Environmental Industry Summit 2012


Environmental Industry Summit VideoThe Environmental Industry Summit is a national three-day learning event bringing together professionals from the environmental industry. With an ideal setting, ample networking opportunities and presentations and panel discussions from environmental industry executives and analysts, the Environmental Industry Summit offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable perspective on today's environmental industry.

Environmental Industry Summit X is March 14-16, 2012 at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California.

Environmental Industry Summit


The Environmental Industry Summit is a conference program designed for environmental firm owners and managers, including presidents and CEOs, principals and partners, COOs, operations managers, division managers, CFOs, VPs, marketing and business development executives.

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  • The west coast's best networking event in the environmental industry.
  • EBJ's State-of-the-Industry presentation - all registrants will receive an electronic data set.
  • EBJ's man in Washington Andy Paterson reports on Obama, Congress, 2012 upcoming elections, climate & energy policy and their impact on budgets and programs.
  • The annual EBJ and CCBJ Business Achievement Awards banquet and ceremony on Wednesday night.
  • Registration for the three-day summit is $995.00 for each attendee.

Although 3 days on the calendar, the 2012 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 14, 2012 Thursday, March 15, 2012 Friday, March 16, 2012

3:00pm - 6:00pm Opening Session

Politics, Policy & Market Factors: A review of most likely scenarios for the 2012 election, Congressional majorities and the resulting environmental, energy and fiscal policy that will have most impact on the environmental industry.

EBJ Market Overview: Industry Stats: Summary of EBJ market analyses by segment in 2011-2012; Survey Results: EBJ’s 2012 Snapshot Survey of 300+ executives; Consensus Forecast: Growth expectations for the economy and client & market segments.

Grant Ferrier, Editor, Environmental Business Journal

Executive Response Panel: Executives stress test the forecasts and render opinions on how their companies will strategically address industry challeges.

John Mogge, Senior Vice President, CH2M HILL; Geoffrey Compeau, Vice President, The Shaw Group; Ian MacFarlane, President and CEO, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology

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 Hotel del Coronado's historic dining room.

~ All Wednesday events at Hotel del Coronado

7:00am - 8:00am

Continental Breakfast & Registration: Sponsored by Beazley

8:00am - 9:00am

Award Winners Panel: EBJ & CCBJ Business Achievement winners discuss strategies and tactics that led to their outperforming the market in 2011.

Matt Moeller, CEO, Dade Moeller; Cheryl Karpowicz, Senior Vice President, Ecology and Environment; Michael McEntee, VP of Biology, Chambers Group, Inc.; Moderator: Grant Ferrier.

9:00am - 10:00am

Keynote Address: Leadership Amidst Uncertainty - James Strock

James Strock is a longtime supporter of the environmental industry, serving as founding secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, chief law enforcement officer of the U.S. EPA, and currently as co-chair of the Arizona Solar Energy Task Force.

Break: Sponsored by Columbia Technologies

10:30am - 12:00 noon

Stability or Growth in Traditional Environmental Services: Water, Air Quality, Remediation and a new paradigm in Industrial Productivity

Wally Hise, Vice President, HDR; David Zarider, Senior Vice President, TRC Companies; Robert Kloepfer, Global Director, WSP Environment & Energy; Moderator: George Stubbs.

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch on the Sundeck

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Energy & Power Markets: Renewable Energy & Transmission

Conventional & Unconventional Resource Development: Oil & Gas, Mining, Shale Gas, Tar Sands, Nuclear

Rick Dearholt, Vice President, Sullivan International Group; Robert Bayer, Managing Principal, JBR Environmental Consultants; Paul Fennelly, Senior VP, Global Director Sales and Marketing, AECOM Environment; Michael J. Monea, President CCS Initiatives, Saskatchewan Power Corp.; Moderator: Andy Paterson.

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Finance, M&A Trends and Owner/Investor Panel

Craig Korte, Director, Lazard Middle Market; Steve Gido, Rusk O’Brien Gido + Partners; Rahul Vinnakota, Principal, Tailwind Capital; Peter Young, Chairman, Apex Companies LLC; Moderator: Grant Ferrier.

5:00pm - 5:45pm

Environmental Industry Trivia: Consultants vs. Contractors. 3-person teams will be selected from the attendee list.

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Reception and Dinner at Miguelito’s Cocina sponsored by Sullivan International Group

7:00am - 8:00am

Continental Breakfast

Key Themes in Emerging Markets

8:00am - 9:20am

Environmental Markets & Global Resource Development: South America, Canada, China & Southeast Asia and Australia; Mining, Water & Energy and markets driven by sustainability & climate policy.

Jim Wu, Director, Investor Relations, Tetra Tech, Inc.; Chris Jones, Executive Vice President, WSP Environment & Energy.

9:30am - 11:00am

Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change Adaptation

Dale Sands, Senior Vice President, AECOM; TBA.

11:00am – 12:00 noon

Policy Discussion: Global Governance Trends driving Environment & Energy Markets


LogoHotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118

Hotel Del Coronado

With a stunning beachfront locale, it's easy to see why The Del has been called one of the top ten resorts in the world.

We have booked a block of rooms at the special rate of $239 per night. February 23rd is the deadline to guarantee our discounted room rate. Please call the Hotel Del Coronado directly and identify yourself as part of the Environmental Industry Summit when making your reservation.

Click here to make or cancel reservations on-line.

Built in 1888, this classic beachfront respite has long been heralded as one of America's most beautiful beach resorts. A pronouncement underscored by its designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1977. With the completion of a spectacular $150 million transformation in 2007, the resort now provides an ultra-luxe contemporary vacation experience within the unique charm of the celebrated Victorian landmark.

Personal Driving Directions

  • From San Diego Airport:
    Take a left on Harbor Drive. Follow Harbor Drive to Grape Street. Take a left on Grape Street. Stay on Grape Street until you see the on ramp for Interstate 5 South. Take Interstate 5 South to Interstate 75 Coronado. Continue over the bridge and take a left on Orange Avenue. The Hotel del Coronado will be on your right-hand side, one mile and a half down at 1500 Orange Avenue.
  • From Interstate 15:
    Take Interstate 15 South to Interstate 5 North. Exit Interstate 75 Coronado. Continue over the bridge and take a left on Orange Avenue. The Hotel del Coronado will be on your right-hand side, one mile and a half down at 1500 Orange Avenue.
  • From Los Angeles:
    Take Interstate 5 South (approximately 2 hours) to Interstate 75 Coronado. Continue over the bridge and take a left on Orange Avenue. The Hotel del Coronado will be on your right-hand side, one mile and a half down at 1500 Orange Avenue.
  • From Los Angeles International Airport:
    Take Interstate 405 South (approximately 1.5 hours) to Interstate 5 South. Take Interstate 5 South to Interstate 75 Coronado. Continue over the bridge, take a left on Orange Avenue. The Hotel del Coronado will be on your right-hand side, one mile and a half down at 1500 Orange Avenue.
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AECOM Environment
AECOM Technical Services
American Water
Ames & Gough
Apex Companies, LLC
AXYS Analytical Services Ltd.
CareerSMITH, Inc.
Chambers Group, Inc.
Climate Change Business Journal
COLUMBIA Technologies
Dade Moeller
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology
Eco Analysts, Inc.
Ecology and Environment, Inc.
Envirocon Inc.
Environmental Business Council of New England
Environmental Data Resources, Inc
Evan Consulting Ltd
Groundwater & Environmental Services, Inc.
HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc.
James Strock & Co.
JBR Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, Inc.
Kiawah Consulting Group, L.L.C.
Korea Environment Corporation
Korea Environment Corporation
Mabbett & Associates, Inc.
Marstel-Day, LLC
Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
Microseeps, Inc.
Nautilus Environmental
NextGen Today
NGP Energy Technology Partners
Noble Resources Group
Normnadeau Associates
NW Environmental Business Council
PBS Engineering + Environmental
Pollution Engineering
RegScan, Inc.
Republic Services
RGA Environmental, Inc.
Rusk O’Brien Gido + Partners
Saskatchewan Power Corporation
SCS Engineers
Soil-Therm Equipment Inc.
Sovereign Consulting Inc.
Spintek Filtration Inc.
Straughan Environmental, Inc.
Sullivan International Group
Tailwind Capital
TerraTherm, Inc.
Tetra Tech, Inc.
Texas Molecular, LP
The Phylmar Group, Inc.
The Shaw Group
TRC Companies
Trihydro Corporation
UK Trade & Investment
WSP Environment & Energy
XL Insurance

Sullivan International Group, Inc. is an applied science, environmental, and technology firm that has been serving both the commercial and government sectors since its inception in November, 1998. Sullivan is headquartered in San Diego, California and has regional & project office locations throughout the United States. Sullivan is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB), an SBA Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), and a graduate (August 2010) of the SBA 8(a) program.

Sullivan has a broad base of senior scientists, engineers and technical personnel that support four multi-disciplinary service areas. These are the Mission Services, Environmental Services, Remediation & Construction and Environmental Technology. Sullivan provides services which include site assessments, habitat surveys, and RCRA/CERCLA remedial action and investigations, radiological surveys and decontamination, construction services with an emphasis in security and disaster preparedness. Sullivan also provides GIS services, energy services, advanced database development, robotics and specialty programming services for the defense and aerospace industry, routinely supporting secret and top secret clearance required projects. The Mission services team supports a variety of technical and maintenance related support services that include long term systems operation and maintenance projects and technical and administrative staff augmentation support.

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Headquartered near Denver, Colorado, USA, employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in full-service consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management for public and private clients. With US$7 billion in revenue and more than 30,000 employees worldwide, CH2M HILL delivers innovative, practical, sustainable solutions—helping clients develop and manage infrastructure and facilities that improve efficiency, safety, and quality of life. The firm has long been recognized as a most-admired company and leading employer. CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management, and design firm as ranked by Engineering News-Record (2011). Visit www.ch2mhill.com.


COLUMBIA Technologies is a global specialty contractor dedicated to providing world-class innovative data collection, analyses, visualization, mapping and tracking tools to optimize soil and groundwater remediation. In addition, their real-time data platform, SmartData Solutions® integrates soil stratigraphy and groundwater contamination data into easy to interpret decision making information. This Platform-as-a-Service enables site owners and consulting firms alike to implement the practical and highly cost-effective EPA Triad approach for assessment, cleanup, and monitoring of environmentally contaminated real estate. Founded in 1999, COLUMBIA has successfully performed over 800 high resolution site characterizations throughout North America including Hawaii, Canada, and Mexico for over 300 customers including 20 of the top 40 environmental design firms, Fortune 500 companies, and state and federal agencies.


For 25 years Beazley has helped thousands of design and environmental firms manage risks that threaten their businesses and reputations. In addition to broad coverage that includes a wide range of technology-related exposures, we provide in-depth risk management advice. Beazley offers coverage to firms of all sizes through Beazley Insurance Company, Inc. on an admitted basis and the Beazley Syndicates at Lloyd's on a non-admitted basis (Both rated A by AM Best).


Lazard Middle Market LLC, a subsidiary of Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ), provides strategic advice on M&A, restructuring, and public and private capital raising to the middle market. The firm's professionals focus exclusively on mid-cap companies, bringing to bear all the industry expertise, senior board-level relationships and local perspectives of Lazard's bankers in 39 cities across 24 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia , Central and South America.

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UK Trade & Investment is the British Government organization that supports companies in the UK doing business internationally, and overseas enterprises seeking to set up or expand in the UK. Our range of expert services is tailored to the needs of individual businesses to maximize their international success. We provide companies with knowledge, advice, and practical support.

EBJ’s man-in-Washington Andy Paterson provides the following snapshot:

Going into 2012:

  • With arch-conservatives (revanchist Troglodytes) splintering their vote among multiple candidates, Mitt Romney appears to be trotting to the nomination.
  • However, the mood is SO sour on the campaign trail that few politicians may be safe (save for those unopposed).
  • President Obama could face some anti-incumbent sentiment, but it may be concentrated in states he would not win anyway¡­
  • Republicans in the House derailed many efforts in Congress, and it is clear after the Debt Ceiling showdown that Recovery Act stimulus-style programs are dead; so is Keynes.
  • Because the (Not-very) Super Committee failed to reach a compromise (on the shape of the table), $1.2 trillion of budget cuts will take effect in 2013, half of it from DOD.
  • The White House presents the 2013 budget in mid-Feb., but the ripple effects could intensify acrimony and gridlock. Public opinion of Congress has never been lower, even in the 1880s.
  • Republicans will continue to assail EPA for loading regulations on industry during a recession, and the Democrats in the Senate will push back with the White House.

No environmental legislation is on the table for 2012, but if oil prices rise, there could be attention to energy tax policy (perhaps again in a Lame Duck session in Dec.). But, cheap natural gas in the wake of a shale gas glut, combined with a withering of incentives, is making clean energy deals more difficult comparatively. Still, the advent of stiffer air regulations and GHG reporting by EPA in 2012 looks like it is triggering retirements of the oldest coal plants.

The landscape for the November election looks like:

  • Either a narrow margin in favor of President Obama, or a weak Republican victory with less than 300 electoral votes (270 to win; 538 total).
  • Democrats carry a ¡°Core Blue State¡± edge of 19 states with 242 electoral votes that have voted Democrat all five of the elections from 1992. GOP claims only a dozen such states.
  • A Senate that flips from 53D-47R to perhaps the converse: 47D-53R, as the Democrats must defend 23 seats to only 10 for the GOP. More Democrats are retiring.
  • The House could shift the least, perhaps +/- 10 seats either way. The GOP holds a 24 seat majority (242Rs / 193Ds), and redistricting will likely be a wash roughly.
  • Democrats face further erosion in 2014 with 20 senators facing re-election versus just 13 Republicans; hence, there is no majority in view for major environmental initiatives.

Hence, because the country is truly divided, the 2012 election may offer only a weak mandate, at best. Congress is divided because states do not agree about the role for government. With a lack of clear strategic direction from the Federal Government, state and regional policies and actions will continue to prove important. Still, investment in energy deals, fossil and renewable alike, based on economics and incentives as a larger driver than compliance issues can prompt environmental service niches. In this light, two reactors could be licensed for construction, one in GA, one in SC. Biofuels will continue to be a growth industry with the federal mandate to 2022. A Farm Bill (with an energy title), and the renewal of SAFETEA-LU for transportation funding will be focal points in Congress that cut across the "Red-Blue divide".

The outlook for 2012-2014 then could be dependent on bigger exogenous factors, rather than any political leadership or initiatives:

  • Natural disasters: Katrina-size hurricanes, flooding, earthquake, power blackout from a solar flare, flu epidemic, extended heat wave.
  • A big industrial accident: Fukushima scale event, Deepwater Horizon blowout, refinery explosion, chemical disaster, wide power outage (recall 2003)
  • Some kind of military event, in the Mideast or elsewhere (despite the U.S. troop drawdown in Iraq). Arab Spring and the battle for Libya were surprises in 2011.
  • Social unrest in urban areas related to foreclosures, prolonged economic recession, and gridlock in Congress¡­ students burning college loan docs as a protest(?)
  • A de-stabilization in Mexico in the wake of declining energy revenues and a ¡°South of the Border¡± budget implosion that could stress border states.

Other events globally could have some bearing, as the U.S. is not an island:

  • Major elections in Russia, France, Mexico, Japan and a few other places, plus a new President in China.
  • China will continue to be a planet-wide force, scouring every pocket for energy, resources, and food sources not tied down. More skirmishes in Asian waters.
  • Rio ¡°Plus 20¡± Environmental Summit in Brazil, commemorating the Rio Summit of 1992.
  • A deeper market or financial calamity (banking collapse) in Europe or Asia, that negatively impacts the U.S economy.
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