Environmental Industry Summit 2014


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 XII is March 12-14, 2014 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California.

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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, VP's,marketing and business development executives.
  • Investors and shareholders of environmental firms.
  • Executives responsible for corporate development, M&A and international markets.
  • Business development firms with practices that include renewable energy and climate change risk assessment and adaptation.
  • 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 new administration, climate & energy policy and their impact on budgets and programs.
  • The annual EBJ and CCBJ Business Achievement Awards banquet and ceremony on Wednesday night.
  • Receive continuing education credits. If applicable to your program.
  • Registration for the three-day summit is $995.00* for each attendee.


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One, I get to hear about what the industry is thinking, emerging trends in the sector;
Two, it gives me introductions to people who could be very important strategic partners.
~ Chris Jones, Executive VP, WSP Environment & Energy

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.


LogoHilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 564-3333

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Update Feb 20, 2014: The Hilton San Diego Bayfront where the meeting will be held has sold out. Please click here to see a list of nearby hotels with comparable pricing.

We have booked a block of rooms at the special rate of $229 per night. The special room rate will be available until February 19th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Please call the Hilton San Diego Bayfront directly and identify yourself as part of the Environmental Industry Summit when making your reservation.

Click here to make or cancel reservations on-line.

Here, on the spectacular San Diego bayfront, peace, passion, and possibilities flow freely and spontaneity has room to dance. The Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel has an openness not only in floor plan, but also in attitude, energy, experience, and service. Steps from downtown's Gaslamp Quarter and PETCO Park, and minutes from San Diego Airport, this beautiful San Diego hotel offers the finest amenities and lays the best of the city at your doorstep.

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2020 Environmental Group
Abscope Environmental, Inc.
Arthur J Gallagher Risk Management Services
Arthur J. Gallagher Environmental Insurance
British Consolate- General
California Environmental Business Council, Inc.
Cherokee Enterprises, Inc.
COLUMBIA Technologies
Dade Moeller
Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc.
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology
EarthSoft, Inc.
EcoAnalysts, Inc.
Environmental Business International, Inc.
Environmental Consulting & Technology Inc.
Great Ecology
Groundwater & Environmental Services, Inc.
Group Delta
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
HELIX Environmental Planning
Herndon Solutions Group
ICF International
Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP)
JBR Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Mabbett & Associates, Inc.
Marine Taxonomic Services LTD
Marstel-Day LLC
National Ground Water Association
Nautilus Environmental
NV5, Inc.
OP-TECH and NRC Company
PBS Engineering and Environmental
Pollution Engineering Magazine
RegScan, Inc.
Resource Environmental Solutions
SC&A, Inc.
SCS Engineers
Serve to Lead, Inc.
Shell North America
Soverign Consulting Inc.
Straughan Environmental, Inc.
Sullivan International Group
SWCA Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Tailwind Capital
Tetra Tech
TRC Companies
Trihydro Corporation
Trinity Consultants

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. Their real-time cloud-based platform, SmartData Solutions® integrates soil stratigraphy and groundwater contamination data into easy to interpret decision making information. Founded in 1999, COLUMBIA has successfully performed over 1,000 high resolution site characterizations throughout the Americas including Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil for over 300 customers including 20 of the top 40 environmental design firms, Fortune 500 companies, and state and federal agencies.


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.


Beazley has a 27 year track record writing professional liability business, with a strong focus on complex and unusual risks. Our global environmental team comprises seasoned underwriters, risk management experts and claims managers who are committed and ready to assist clients whenever and wherever necessary. We work with clients at the deal level and provide industry thought leadership which translates into effective risk management practices that improve the bottom line.


Headquartered near Denver, Colorado, USA, employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. The firm’s work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy, facilities and resources. With US$7 billion in revenue and 28,000 employees, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record and named a leader in sustainable engineering by Verdantix. Visit us at www.ch2mhill.com, twitter.com/ch2mhill, facebook.com/ch2mhill.


EarthSoft's EQuIS is the world’s most widely used software for technical environmental data management. Since 1994, EarthSoft’s EQuIS has helped industrials, governments and consultants improve environmental data management of biology, geology, geotechnical, water, limnology, air quality, and their associated compliance monitoring data. The EQuIS innovative automated workflow helps manage, analyze and visualize environmental data. EarthSoft’s EQuIS Data Gathering Engine (EDGE) provides the most advanced field data collection software in the industry.

EQuIS is used in over 25 US states, 5 EPA Superfund groups, many multinational corporations, most major US consultants, and over 500 labs. Some of EarthSoft’s clients new in 2013 include: ExxonMobil, British Petroleum, Brion Energy, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Kuwait EPA, SNC-Lavalin, Queensland Alumina and others.

2020 Environmental Group

2020 Environmental Group brings together a new perspective in management consulting aimed at helping environmental businesses open new paths to success. Companies in the business of the environment call us when they have something pressing on their minds — whether it is expanding into a new market, improving financial performance, or strategic growth through mergers and acquisitions. Founded in 2010, and headquartered in San Francisco, the firm's executive team have been instrumental in connecting the industry to strategic M&A opportunities, private equity investors, and the management expertise needed to maximize growth and shareholder value. In the last two years, 2020 has served as the management consultants to over two dozen environmental firms, including advisors on 12 buy- and sell-side M&A transactions. Visit www.2020env.com.


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.

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I always come away with some new ideas and some new connections that prove fruitful for the future.
~ Cheryl Karpowicz, Senior VP, Ecology & Environment
The summit gives us a great opportunity, given the attendance, to understand better the partners that we work with today but also to find new partners.
~ John Mogge, Global Director Environment, CH2M Hill
It really opened my eyes as to what Eco Analysts could become.
~ Gary Lester, CEO, Eco Analysts
The ability to … sit and talk about opportunities, understand each other's needs and goals is immensely valuable to us as a company.
~ John Sohl, CEO, Columbia Technologies
The panel discussions … really make you think and spur ideas. Throughout the conference I'm jotting down ideas that I'll take back to our management that may be particular to how we operate, our business development strategy or maybe even a proposal.
~ Raymond Wattras, VP Business Development, Michael Baker
You can't beat the Hotel Del in San Diego … right on the beach. The sessions are a lot of fun, very informal, real easy to talk to people.
~ John Cowdery, COO, PMC
This is an event you can't miss. Very enjoyable, you learn a lot, and I encourage you to come.
~ Ian MacFarlane, CEO, EA Engineering, Science and Technology
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