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Key Practice Area - Global EHS - 2015 EHS Compliance Excellence Conference
Key Practice Area: Compliance Excellence

2015 EHS Compliance Excellence Conference

May 20-21, 2015

The basis of an effective EHS program remains the strength of its management system and how thoroughly it is integrated into business practices. Focusing on the core of EHS responsibilities, this conference will bring together a diverse group of EHS professionals to discuss the most effective ways to ensure compliance, reduce risk and drive business results.

NAEM's Compliance Excellence Conference helps you expand your knowledge of auditing structures, regulatory updates, Identifying and prioritizing EHS risk, lagging and leading metrics, management systems of enterprise compliance, data management strategies, and staffing and knowledge retention.


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Identifying and Prioritizing EHS Risk
How do you know your efforts are focused on the issues with the biggest potential impact to your business? This session will look at how CP Kelco uses a detailed matrix approach to evaluate all risks and then drive resource allocation. The presentation will discuss the large number of people that feed information into the matrix and the wide range of decisions the matrix is used for, including investment opportunities, risk reduction projects and product quality.

  • Rodney Canada, Vice President, Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability; CP Kelco U.S. Inc.

Approaches to Auditing
This session will examine the various approaches to EHS audit programs that three companies have taken in order to improve performance. The speakers will discuss past management structures, motivations for re-organizing their programs and the resulting gains on audit outcomes. You will gain insights in to critical elements of audit programs such as staffing, data collection, records management and corrective action measures.

  • Mike Morgan, Group Environmental Director; BBA Aviation plc
  • Asif Ansari, Manager, Environmental Compliance/Risk Management; United States Postal Service
  • Scott Rois, Audit Center of Excellence Leader; Koch Industries Inc.

Benchmarking Compliance Metrics
Which compliance metrics are your peers using to drive performance, and which ones are most valued by the leadership within their organizations? This interactive discussion will feature results from NAEM's conference survey. The full set of results will be made available to all conference attendees.

  • Mark Hause, Environmental Manager; DuPont Co.
  • Taylor Gelsinger, Research Analyst; NAEM

Domestic and International Regulatory Updates
This update will target the most important domestic regulatory developments and areas where change is happening, including GHS, state and federal enforcement priorities. We will also take a quick spin of the globe to update attendees on key regulatory changes over the past year and what to expect in the near future; with short stops in China and India to dive a bit deeper.

  • James Lee, Senior Regulatory Analyst; 3E Co.
  • Eric Wu, Senior Consultant; Antea Group

Find, Train and Retain. Talent and Knowledge Management
As the economy improves, companies have been faced with a smaller pool of potential employees as well as increased turnover rates. The speakers in this session will discuss tools you can use to recruit prospective employees that meet your standards, as well as how to leverage available internal talent. The session will also highlight systems for retaining talent and keys to capturing knowledge for transfer to others.

  • Kisa Adkins, Global Environmental Compliance Program Manager; Newell Rubbermaid Inc.
  • Erik Petrovskis, Director Environmental Compliance & Sustainability; Meijer Inc.

Management Systems for Enterprise Compliance
This presentation will look at different management systems in use by companies to minimize risk and ensure compliance. The speakers will share a big picture look at their overall efforts, discuss the motivation for their companies' approach and highlight key strategies they have learned while leading compliance assurance at their organizations.

  • Larry Deeney, Senior Technical Leader – Global Environment; General Mills Inc.
  • Michelle Redfield, Director, Safety, Environment & Process Improvement; Schneider Electric SE

Data Management Strategies
EHS Compliance and reporting requires a large and expanding pool of data. Find out how your peers are structuring their technology to capture a high volume of quality data and then boil it down to produce meaningful information.

  • Kendall Minor, Environmental Specialist; Georgia Power Co.
  • Michael Miller, Vice President of Environmental Health & Safety; Dean Foods Co.

An Inside Look at EPA Initiatives
Hear about the projects in the works at the EPA which will impact your work in the future. Our speaker will cover e-enterprise for the environment, e-permitting, air emissions and water monitoring projects. You will also learn about the new generation of smart tools that inspectors are employing to increase accuracy and reporting.

  • Leslie Cronkhite, Supervisor; United States Environmental Protection Agency

Speaker Bios

Rodney Canada, Vice President, Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability; CP Kelco U.S. Inc.
Rodney Canada is the Vice President of Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability for CP Kelco, a JM Huber company. He leads EHS&S for CP Kelco's global operations which consists of specialty chemicals facilities in the US, Brazil, Europe and Asia. His EHS&S career has spanned over 30 years working in diverse fields such as chemicals, mining, heavy civil construction and manufacturing giving him a broad perspective on EHS&S issues.

Asif Ansari, Manager, Environmental Compliance/Risk Management; United States Postal Service
Asif Ansari is the manager for environmental compliance and risk management for the United States Postal Service. In this capacity he leads the development of corporate policies and programs related to environmental compliance, regulatory reporting, compliance audits, and corporate risk and compliance mitigation plans and strategies.

Mr. Ansari has over 25 years of management experience with emphasis in corporate level compliance, quality standards, regulatory affairs, energy initiatives, and environmental risk mitigation. He has extensive leadership experience within the government and private sector in developing and implementing successful corporate wide compliance programs utilizing a management systems approach.
He has a graduate degree in Civil Engineering and a masters degree in Management and Industrial Engineering from University of Alabama. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E) with certification in Environmental Engineering and has served on the Executive Board of Georgia Institute of Technology's Energy and Environmental Management Center (EEMC).

Mark Hause, Environmental Manager; DuPont Co.
Mark Hause is Global Environmental Competency Leader for DuPont, as part of the Corporate Safety, Health and Environmental Excellence Center. His previous experiences include Global Environmental Engineering Technology Manager, as well as a variety of Leadership roles in Manufacturing, Technology, Sales, Marketing, Business Development, and Business Management in the 32 years that has been at DuPont.

Mr. Hause earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University.

His professional affiliations include: Board membership for NAEM, Red Clay Valley Association, and Adoptive Families with Information and Support. He also previously served as a Board Member for GEMI, the Environmental Associates of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Science and the Center for Waste Reduction Technologies.

James Lee, Senior Regulatory Analyst; 3E Co.
In his role as a Senior Regulatory Analyst at 3E Company, James Lee is responsible for research and analysis of various statutes and regulations of the U.S. and Canada, which pertain to environmental compliance, hazard communication, chemical products, food additives, food contacts and pharmaceuticals.

Mr. Lee also monitors and updates database content for 3E Ariel products and provides regulatory and legal information support to clients. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Emory University, and did graduate studies in Chemistry at Georgia State University before earning Juris Doctorate from University of Missouri- Kansas City Law School. Prior to joining 3E, Mr. Lee worked as an intellectual property attorney, specializing in patent litigation.

Eric Wu, Senior Consultant; Antea Group
Mr. Wu has over 25 years of experience for EHS related risk assessment and mitigation strategy development. Eric is bilingual with Chinese and English and has experiences working in multicultural environments and performing in international projects at global platform, including Africa, North and South Americas, Asia and Pacific, and Europe. He is an instrumental consultant for global EHS management strategy for multinational corporations and emerging markets development.

Erik Petrovskis, Director Environmental Compliance & Sustainability; Meijer Inc.
Erik Petrovskis is Director of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability at Meijer, a leading Supercenter located in six states in the Midwest. He leads environmental management across Meijer, including due diligence, remediation, multimedia compliance, and sustainability. Erik had a 20 year career as an environmental consultant, where he served the automotive, food , chemical, petroleum, and industrial laundry industries. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan, where he teaches water and wastewater treatment design and sustainability engineering principles. He served on the ITRC and Sustainable Remediation Forum. Most recently, he was a member of the National Research Council Committee on Sustainability Tools and Approaches for the US EPA. Erik earned a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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