Although 3 days on the calendar, the 2014 Environmental Industry Summit has an executive-friendly schedule starting in the afternoon on the west coast on Wednesday and concluding mid-day Friday with ample opportunity for networking. Sessions are balanced with presentations and discussion panels allowing for audience Q&A and interaction.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Thursday, March 13, 2014 Friday, March 14, 2014

3:00pm - 6:00pm Opening Session

Politics, Policy & Market Factors - View from Washington (Andy Paterson, EBJ Federal Analyst)
EBJ's Man-in-Washington reports that expectations are at all-time lows for WDC as a revenue/policy driver. Even with Congressional agreement on new budgets, sequestration is the new norm and environmental industry executives are looking elsewhere beyond Federal agencies: Continuing oil and gas development, fracking, related water and land use permitting; Fossil Age 3.0: Gas to Liquids, Pipelines, LNG terminals, Gas power refits, water usage, aquifer protection, old coal units closing; States in recovery, but limited and highly variable; Munis: "Restoration Economy" redux; Some new EPA regulatory drivers (air, water), but most will likely be litigated; "Cleantech consolidation" after Recovery Act and subsidies wane, mandates continue; Utilities on "Resilience" spending (post Storm Sandy), and for Smart Grid buildout; Commercial property: Regional hotspots, and elsewhere slow, interest rates remain low; International & Global: "The ongoing dash for resources, resources, resources."

EBJ Market Overview- Industry Stats and State-of-the-Industry (Grant Ferrier, Editor, Environmental Business Journal)
Summary of EBJ market analyses by segment in 2013 and outlook for 2014; EBJ's 2014 Snapshot Survey of 250+ executives; Outlook: Key trends and consensus forecast; Benchmark performance and growth by client, service & geographic markets.

Executive Response Panel (Panelists: Ian MacFarlane, EA Engineering Science and Technology; John Mogge, CH2M Hill; John R. Thomas, SWCA Environmental Consultants)
Executives from 3-4 prominent firms stress test the industry outlook and render opinions on how their companies will strategically and tactically address industry challenges. Topic: Evolving Business Models in a landscape of constrained rates and compressed multipliers.

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Welcome Reception

7:00pm - 10:00pm

EBJ and CCBJ Awards Banquet
EBJ and CCBJ annual business achievement awards are presented in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront's Aqua Salon EF.

~ All Wednesday events at Hilton San Diego Bayfront

7:00am - 8:00am

Continental Breakfast & Registration
sponsored by EarthSoft

8:00am - 9:15am

EBJ Award Winners Panel
EBJ 2013 Business Achievement winners discuss strategy, tactics, M&A, what made 2013 a success and plans for 2014 and on.
Facilitator: Grant Ferrier
Panelists: Shayne Smith, VP Govt and Int. Relations, TetraTech; Dickerson Wright, CEO, NV5; Brian White, VP, O'Brien & Gere; Michael Kozar, VP, O'Brien & Gere.

9:30am - 10:30am

CCBJ Award Winners Panel
CCBJ 2013 Business Achievement winners discuss strategy, tactics, energy, adaptation, what made 2013 a success and plans for 2014 and on.
Facilitator: Grant Ferrier
Panelists: Paul Gagliardo, Manager, Innovation Development, American Water; Simon Bluestone, VP, Energy & Industry West Division Director, MWH Americas; Paul Fennelly, Sr. Vice President, AECOM.

Break - sponsored by 2020 Environmental Group

11:00am - 12:15pm

The shifting sands of energy and power markets
Gradual yet increasingly dramatic changes in source mix, renewables integration and climate & air policy challenge power markets; Oil & gas continues to adjust to the new normal of unconventional production; And both react and plan to global price signals, environmental policy and eventual challenges of adaptation. Panelists discuss market and client trends in these key sectors and what their companies are doing to address them.
Moderator: George Stubbs, Senior Editor, EBJ
Panelists: Leah Bissonette, Partner, ERM; Peter Schultz, Principal, ICF International; Elliott Bouillion, CEO, Resource Environmental Solutions.

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Lunch on the Indigo Terrace

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Sustainability: Market Positioning or Dedicated Practice Area (Velislava Ivanova, PhD, Global Sustainability Practice Director, CH2MHILL; Lucreatria, E3 Engineering & Consulting, Inc.)
Perspective from market leader on market growth, emerging trends and evolving client needs. Case studies on how setting clear goals and organizational structure can secure sustainability performance.

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Growth, Strategy and M&A
Perspectives from buyers, sellers and management consultants reveal opportunities and challenges for large and small firms.

Part I - Accelerating Strategic Growth on a Global Scale
Facilitator: Al Spiers, CEO, 2020 Environmental Group
Arm-chair Conversation with Matthew Sutton, Chief Executive, Global Environment, AECOM.

Part II - Accelerating Strategic Growth, Organically and thru M&A
Perspectives from Buyers, Sellers and Advisors.
Facilitator: John Cowdery, SVP, Environmental Division, TRC
Panelists: Ed Van Woudenberg, President, Groundwater and Environmental Services (GES); Al Spiers, CEO, 2020 Environmental Group; Ron Petti, CEO, PBS Engineering and Environment; Steve Sullivan, CEO, Sullivan International Group; John Drennan, Corporate Development and M&A, Trinity Consultants.

5:00pm - 5:45pm

Environmental Industry Trivia Contest III
Two 3-person teams will be selected from the attendee list to compete for East vs. West (or SEC vs. Pac 12) bragging rights to this year’s title of most knowledgeable team of environmental industry executives.

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Reception and Dinner at Hilton San Diego Bayfront in the Elevation Room
sponsored by Sullivan International Group.

7:00am - 8:00am

Continental Breakfast & Registration
sponsored by Beazley

8:30am - 10:00am

Global Environmental Markets & International Business Development and M&A
The ABCs of the global environmental market: Move over BRICs as Australia, Brazil & Canada have been hot environmental markets on pace with global resource development. Changing commodity prices and the shift in global oil & gas development continues to fuel change and new opportunities. A discussion of market prospects by geography, client sectors and traditional environmental (EHS, EIAs, etc.) vs. emerging services (adaptation, supply chain, sustainability, etc.), and strategy for growth and acquisition in established and emerging markets.
Panelists: Anthony Brown, CEO Aquilogic, formerly, SVP Strategy at WorleyParsons; Bjorn Morisbak, VP Acquisitions, Stantec; Randall Freed, SVP, ICF International.
Moderator: Grant Ferrier


10:30am - 12:00noon

Emerging Opportunities in the Resource-Nexus for Food Production
Relocation of food production operations closer to urban centers of demand is well under way. Over the next 25 years this will represent hundreds of billions of dollars of investment in the Resource Nexus. The critical intersection of clean water, energy and land – to produce our food. The shift away from international industrial food mono-systems to regional and local production is being driven less by policy or regulation than by simple economics and opportunities presented by new technologies in energy and materials. This shift is opening up many market opportunities for project management that involve planning, design, construction and utilization of land, water, energy and transportation assets.
Panelists: Walter Howes, Managing Partner, Verdigris Capital, llc, McLean, VA; PS Reilly, President, NextGen Today.