2019 EHS Operational Excellence Conference

2019 EHS Operational Excellence Conference Agenda


The agenda will focus on the continuing trend toward integrating compliance into the fabric of organizational culture and operations. No longer can EHS professionals simply tick the boxes; they must make safety culture, regulatory compliance and incident reporting an instinctive part of day-to-day operations.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019: NAEM Corporate Member Board of Regents & Affiliates Council Meetings

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

NAEM Corporate Member Meeting

Corporate Members only.


Please email Schana to become a corporate member.

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

NAEM Affiliates Member Meeting

Affiliate Members only.


Please email schana@naem.org to become an affiliate member.

6:30 p.m.

NAEM-hosted dinner for Corporate Members



Tuesday, May 14, 2019: Training Workshop

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Global Trends in EHS Compliance Enforcement

Non-compliance is an avoidable risk. This workshop will focus on the trends of how regulatory agencies are enforcing EHS regulations in recent years and how this can affect your business. Understanding how enforcement is carried out where facilities are located -- around the globe -- will allow you to focus your resources on your highest risk areas. Through case studies of different EHS agencies across the globe, the workshop will identify four trends that globally affect enforcement:


  1. Published agency enforcement plans
  2. Alternatives to traditional administrative enforcement
  3. Publicity of non-compliance
  4. Criminal enforcement


  • Tamer Azar, EHS Project Manager; Enhesa - Bio

Sponsored by


Enhesa is the leading international EHS compliance and regulatory intelligence company, serving North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Ensuring Compliance Through Strong EHS Management Systems

Maintaining a strong compliance program mitigates business risk. What are the best-in-class practices for a robust compliance management program? What does a thorough program that meets the requirements of compliance obligations and ISO certifications look like? This workshop will introduce practical tools and processes for launching an exceptional top-to-bottom compliance management program including:


  • Creating a legal registry
  • Tracking compliance requirements
  • Compliance obligation implementation & documentation
  • Compliance evaluation, audits preparation & follow-up
  • Compliance reporting
  • Shaoqian Zhang, Lead - Compliance Programs Implementation; Nimonik - Bio

Nimonik Safety, Quality and Env Audit and Legal Compliance

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Workshop Happy Hour

Happy Hour for all Workshop Attendees


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.


8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Aligning Your EHS Initiatives With Business Strategy

One of the keys to achieving leadership support for corporate environment, health and safety programs (EHS) is to be an integral part of business planning. Come hear how Dr. Walter Fluharty, Vice President of EHS & Organizational Development at Simon Roofing, successfully elevated EHS&S to the C-Suite. He will share his experience with creating an engaging leadership dialogue around EHS performance, and explain how to embed EHS programs into your company's corporate management systems.


  • Dr. Walter C. Fluharty, Vice President of EHS & Organizational Development; Simon Roofing - Bio
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Achieving Executive Level Accountability for EHS Performance

Gaining support on EHS&S programs from stakeholders is impacted with a strong communications plan. What are your peers showing upper management, internal departments and external parties to garner support? How are companies engaging and reporting to their c-suite? Come to this session to learn the metrics EHS leaders are showing to c-suite, the techniques and skills EHS managers are utilizing to showcase the value of EHS programs and how the impacted same information is presented differently depending on the stakeholder.


  • Anne Monine, Corporate Environmental Lead, EHS; Cargill Inc. - Bio
  • Melissa Spittler, Environmental, Health & Safety Manager; Saint-Gobain - Bio
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Best Practices for Contractor Safety Management

Contractors have always been an important part of improving EHS&S processes, programs and performance. How are your peers training, measuring and tracking contractors' performance? This interactive polling session will address strategies to ensure contractors remain safe & healthy, the biggest challenges when it comes to keeping contractors safe and compliant, and tools to track and measure contractor safety.


  • Taylor Gelsinger, Manager of Research Analytics; NAEM - Bio
  • Elizabeth Ryan, Director of Communications; NAEM - Bio

Moderator: Marcus Pettus, Safety and Supply Chain Product Manager; Veriforce LLC - Bio


Best Practices for Managing Contract Safety Report Sponsored by:


Delivering integrated OQ, drug & alcohol, safety, and COI compliance solutions that combine software and services to enhance workforce and community safety. Compliance Software for PHMSA OQ, D&A, and OSHA Safety | Veriforce

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

How to Build a Compelling Business Case for Investing in EHS&S Programs

Traditionally, the EHS&S professional must be equipped with the right technical skills to be successful. However, as EHS&S is increasingly becoming a business core, EHS&S professionals are now having to build the business case for these programs. This session will allow attendees to assess their own programs and how they can show that their EHS strategy is aligned with the overall business strategy.


  • Matt Gabris, Vice President of Safety, Health and Environment; Aryzta AG - Bio
  • Dr. Robert Sroufe, Professor of Sustainability & Operations Management; Donahue Graduate School of Business Director - Bio

Why Strengthening Emergency Preparedness Builds Business Resiliency

Preparing your corporation for unexpected events, disasters or situations allows your business to continue operations in a safe and timely manner. EHS&S leaders are increasingly be tasked with developing policies to respond to emergencies and executing the plans to save resources and protect employees. This session will cover how companies are defining emergencies, the steps to build out an emergency preparedness plan and ways they are implementing effective emergency preparedness techniques that leads to business resiliency.


  • Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer; City of Pittsburgh - Bio
  • Nick Kell, Emergency Preparedness Project Manager; Ball Aerospace - Bio
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Update on Key Regulations

Join this interactive regulatory update to get key updates on changes at the global, federal and state levels. Hear about regulatory changes that will impact your function and get a chance ask questions from our EHS regulatory experts. The session will cover hot topic areas on the state level, federal level and key international regions.


  • Sanaa Chakibi, Project Director; Specialty Technical Consultants (STC) - Bio
  • Eric Weber, Vice President of Product Development; McCoy and Associates - Bio
3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.


4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Fresh Ideas to Invigorate Your Company’s EHS Culture

A culture of compliance, safety and sustainability is set at the top but needs to be carried out and ingrained at every level to succeed. EHS departments that have a successful program have found a way for EHS&S to permeate all departments at various organizational levels. This session will cover techniques that makes all employees "buy-in" to safety, how companies have branded EHS&S culture and challenges & solutions to implementing a successful EHS&S culture. 


  • John Novotny, Director - Environment, Capital Project/ Facilities and Energy Management; Corning Inc. - Bio
  • Michelle Redfield, North American Director for Environment and Safety/Environment Process Improvement; Schneider Electric SE - Bio
5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Open to everyone


Sponsored by


Arcadis - Design & Consultancy for natural and built assets Haley Aldrich - Environmental and Engineering Consulting


Thursday, May 16, 2019

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.


8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Successful Strategies for Managing a Multigenerational Workforce

Baby boomers, millennials and Generation X – all have different work styles, motivations and priorities. Companies are now faced with developing innovative ways to engage, train and leverage multiple generations of EHS&S leaders. How are companies bridging the gap between generations? What is the best way to engage each generation? This session will cover employee development programs, challenges of engaging the current workforce and innovative techniques to retain employees. 


  • Lesley Clarke, Manager, Environmental Performance; Walker Industries Inc. - Bio
  • Tim Levinger, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Keystone Region; Comcast Business - Bio
  • Tim Murphy, Vice President, Environmental Performance; Walker Industries Inc. - Bio

Moderator: Budd Batchelder, EHS & Sustainability Leader; Comcast Northeast Division - Bio

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Leveraging New Technology to Improve EHS&S Outcomes

Technology has enhanced so many aspects of our lives, but what about EHS programs? Nowadays there is so much technology out there to leverage the EHS processes, but what technologies have companies found that is worth the investment? This session will address technologies that have proven successful, where technology is the most common/successful and how to advocate for new technologies in EHS programs.


  • Shae Birkey, Industry Account Manager; Caterpillar Inc. - Bio
  • Thomas Hill, former General Counsel for EHS Operations; General Electric Co. - Bio

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Legalization of Cannabis in the Workplace

With many states legalizing both recreational and medical marijuana, many employers are now having to evaluate their own policies. When assessing policies, it is important to know the impacts of usage on the workforce. This session will explore how the legalization of cannabis has impacted the workplace, especially as it pertains to health, safety and wellness.


  • Kevin Meyers, North America Manager of Labor Relations; Valvoline Inc. - Bio
  • Brian Ross, Partner; Ross Legal Corp. - Bio
  • Joshua Scott, Instructor, Associate Director for Education; Environmental Health and Occupation – Colorado School of Public Health - Bio

Moderator: Virginia Hoekenga, Deputy Director; NAEM

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Improving Employee Engagement with Audit Results and Corrective Actions

Once an audit is completed, there are several steps that can be taken to show continuous improvement. One effective way is to have a communications plan in place. How are you notifying employees for corrective actions? How are you following up on making sure that the actions are completed? How are you notifying senior executives that findings are being fixed? This session will cover the way that audit results are disseminated into the organization, communication strategies and how to advocate for changes that will ensure corrective actions are taken.


  • Jeff McCormack, Audit Manager - Compliance Audit; Georgia-Pacific LLC - Bio
  • Braun Thompson, Director, Compliance Assurance; PPG Industries Inc. - Bio

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

3:30 p.m.

Conference Adjourns

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