Registration begins at 2:00 pm in the Solstice Ballroom Foyer.
3:00pm - 6:00pm Opening Session and Welcome
Politics, Policy & Market Drivers
EBJ’s Man-in-Washington reports on 2014 election and the impacts of Republican control of Congress. The Obama White House is digging in on healthcare, immigration and climate change, and staying on track to make the next climate change conclave (COP21 in Paris in Dec. 2015) a legacy issue. Congress favors the Keystone Pipeline, more fracking, and wider use of natural gas, but prices and global politics can trump legislation. The deficit has lessened and government shutdowns are less threatened, partisan haggling over budget priorities for energy and environment could intensify. While no Environmental or Climate Bill is in the cards, Senate E&NR will take up hearings on an Energy Bill in 2015, and energy and environmental policy and investment could be shaped by tax reform.
Presenter: Andy Paterson, EBJ Senior Politics and Policy Analyst, and EBJ Editorial Board Member
Global Capital Market Observations Amidst Chronic Turmoil
Government austerity, slowing growth in Asia, torpor in continental Europe, concerns about Greece and Russia, modest rates of recovery and the geopolitical impacts of low oil prices all impact investment horizons, market growth, infrastructure development and business strategy.
Presenter: Walter Howes, Managing Partner, Verdigris Capital and CCBJ Editorial Board Member
EBJ Market Overview: State of the Environmental Industry 2015
A snapshot of environmental industry performance in 2014 and scenarios for growth in 2015-2016 featuring market data, key trends and results of EBJ’s 2015 survey of 200+ executives. The impact of key market drivers on environmental industry growth focuses on economic growth, federal spending, property values, construction activity, natural gas & oil prices, M&A activity and regulatory programs.
Presenter: Grant Ferrier, Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Business Journal
Executive Response Panel
Executives stress-test EBJ’s economic and industry outlook and render opinions on how their companies will strategically and tactically address industry challenges. Topics: Response to industry consolidation; Impact of low oil prices; Growth in U.S. development, manufacturing and infrastructure; Trajectory of federal programs; Outlook for international opportunities.
Moderators: Grant Ferrier, Andy Paterson
Panelists: Chris Shea, President, Environment & Nuclear, CH2M HILL; Doug McKeown, CEO & Chairman, Woodard & Curran; Jim Nevada, President Environmental USA, WSP, Jim Miller, Vice President, TestAmerica
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Welcome Reception - Pool Deck on the Fourth Floor, sponsored by CH2M HILL
7:00pm - 10:00pm
EBJ and CCBJ Awards Banquet - Solstice Ballroom, hosted by EBI Inc. and EBI Summit Title Sponsor Great Lakes Dock & Dredge Company
Registration begins at 7 am in the Solstice Ballroom Foyer
7:00am - 8:00am
Hot Buffet Breakfast & Registration in the Solstice Ballroom Foyer, sponsored by EarthSoft
8:15am - 9:10am
EBJ Award Winners Panel
EBJ 2014 Business Achievement winners discuss strategy, tactics, M&A, or whatever made 2014 a particular success and plans & challenges for 2015.
Facilitator: Grant Ferrier; Panelists: Steve Moore, CEO, Wastren Advantage; Rich Wankmuller, President GHD Inc.; David Pinsky, President and CEO, Tighe & Bond
9:10am - 9:20am
Special Address by EBJ International Award Winner - Dr. Sijin Lee, CEO, Korea Environment Corp.
9:20am - 10:00am
CCBJ Award Winners Panel
CCBJ 2014 Business Achievement winners discuss strategy, tactics, energy, adaptation, and plans for 2014.
Facilitator: Jim Hight, Senior Editor, CCBJ; Panelists: Emilie Mazzacurati, Founder and CEO, Four Twenty Seven; Dr. Paul Smokler, Vice President, AECOM Environment
10:00am - 10:30am
Break, sponsored by Columbia Technologies
10:30am - 11:30am
Private Markets: Impacts of Oil Price on Development, Infrastructure, Manufacturing and Remediation
With government markets flat at best, attention has shifted to growth in private markets. Lower prices for oil and gas has stimulated some U.S. industrial investment, but has slowed resource extraction and midstream projects. Property and infrastructure markets improve with slowly improving economy, and remediation firms move to stay on top of markets. Panelists discuss market and client trends, and what their companies are doing to address them.
Moderator: George Stubbs, Senior Editor, EBJ; Panelists: Anthony Brown, CEO, Aquilogic; Phil Coop, Chairman, Ensafe; Jack Maserejian, SVP & Chief Client Officer, Envirocon
11:30am - 12:30pm
Future of Global and U.S. Climate Policy and Impact on Business and Investment
Armchair Q&A with David Victor
Facilitator: Andy Paterson, EBJ Senior Policy Analyst; Scenarios for COP21 - What opportunities could emerge?
David Victor is a professor at UC San Diego and Director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation, author of "Global Warming Gridlock", former Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University with a Ph.D from MIT and A.B. from Harvard University.
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Buffet Lunch - Pool Deck on the Fourth Floor
2:00pm - 3:20pm
Business Opportunities in Climate Change & EPA’s Clean Energy Plan
Consultants discuss evolving market for climate change consulting services in U.S. and global markets, and the impacts of EPA's Clean Power Plan's state-by-state emissions targets and requirements that states submit plans to meet targets as soon as 2020.
Chris Jones, President & Managing Partner, Anthesis; Mark Lee, Senior Vice President, ICF International; David Victor, UCSD
3:40pm - 5:00pm
Accelerating Strategic Growth through M&A
Perspectives and insights from buyers and sellers on weighing options in growth and corporate development; recent transactions completed and terminated, and lessons learned from both.
Facilitator: Al Spiers, Founder and CEO, 2020 Environmental Group; David McArthur, CEO-Americas, ERM; Jon Berger, CEO, Great Lakes Dock & Dredge Co.; Glenn Fishler, President & CEO, EORM
5:00pm - 5:45pm
Environmental Industry Trivia Contest III
Two 3-person teams will be selected from the attendee list to compete for bragging rights to this year’s title of most knowledgeable team of environmental industry executives.
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Reception and Dinner - Basic Urban Kitchen & Bar (410 10th Ave), sponsored by Sullivan International Group
Long-term Strategic View & New Markets - Solstice Ballroom Foyer
7:00am - 8:00am
Continental Breakfast & Registration, sponsored by Arthur J Gallagher & Co.
8:00am - 8:20am
Accounting for Major Economic & Societal Shifts in Short- and Long-Term Business Planning
The Emergence of Big Data/Internet of Things and Potential Impacts on Energy and Environment
Presenter: PS Reilly, President, NextGen Today
8:20am - 10:00am
In-Depth Discussion of Future Scenarios
Power Generation & Electricity: Coal, Gas, Nuclear, Hydro and Renewable Energy; Grids & Storage: Is the EPA Clean Power Plan a game-changer and how does RE compete with expiration of tax incentives? Leaders: Andy Paterson, PS Reilly
Transportation: High-Speed Rail; Public Transit; VMT, Fuel & Vehicle Trends: Impacts on planning & permitting and construction. Leader: Grant Ferrier
Oil & Gas: Scenarios in pricing, supply, export/import -- how long does oil stay how low? Impacts on environmental work in the field, midstream and downstream. Leaders: Anthony Brown, Al Spiers
10:00am - 10:30am
10:30am - 11:00am
Cities: Infrastructure & Development
City & State Programs in Transport and Energy.
Leader: Andy Paterson
11:00am - 11:30am
Water Resources & Climate Resilience
Wastewater & Recycling Water
Leaders: Grant Ferrier, Paul Gagliardo, Alex Sandu, Industrial Wastewater Treatment Practice Leader, MWH Global, Inc.
11:30am - 12:00noon
Coastal & Ocean Resources
Leaders: Walter Howes, Rima Franklin, VP of Corporate Development, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.