Environmental Industry Summit 2016


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 XIV is March 9-11, 2016 at Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California.

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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, 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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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

Although 3 days on the calendar, the 2016 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 9, 2016 Thursday, March 10, 2016 Friday, March 11, 2016

Registration begins at 2:00 pm.

8:30am - 1:00pm 3rd Annual 2020 Environmental Industry Summit Golf Tournament

Open to all registered EBI Summit attendees at no additional cost, space is limited to 24 players on a first-come, first-served basis, sponsored by 2020 Environmental Group.

3:00pm - 6:00pm Opening Session and Welcome

Politics, Policy, Economics & Market Drivers
EBJ's Man-in-Washington Andy Paterson reports on key developments that are driving the environmental industry in 2016 including: EPA's Clean Power Plan, Waters of the US, transportation and energy bills, federal budgets and other government programs; An outlook for the energy industry including pricing, development, transmission, infrastructure and a 20-year investment horizon in power and oil & gas; Global machinations following COP21 in Paris and impacts on planning; EBJ's fearless forecast for the 2016 election.
Presenter: Andy Paterson, EBJ Senior Politics and Policy Analyst, and EBJ Editorial Board Member

EBJ Market Overview: State of the Environmental Industry 2016
A snapshot of environmental industry performance in 2015 and scenarios for growth by key segments in 2016-2017 featuring market data, trends and results of EBJ’s 2016 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; Global markets; U.S. manufacturing and infrastructure; Trajectory of federal programs.
Moderators: Grant Ferrier, Andy Paterson
Panelists: Paul Favara, Global Practice Director, Site Remediation and Revitalization, CH2M; John Cowdery, Senior VP and Environmental Sector Director, TRC; Anthony Brown, CEO & Principal Hydrologist, aquilogic; Patricia Derocher, President, TechLaw, Inc.; Mark Lee, Senior Vice President, ICF International

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Welcome Reception, sponsored by CH2M

7:00pm - 10:00pm

EBJ and CCBJ Awards Banquet - hosted by EBI Inc. and EBI Summit Sponsors

Poster Session at EBI
Environmental Industry Summit

1:00pm - 3:00pm and 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Univ. of California San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy
Sponsor by Korea Environment Corporation

Registration begins at 7:00 am.

7:00am - 8:00am

Hot Buffet Breakfast, sponsored by ICF International

8:10am - 9:10am

EBJ Award Winners Panel
EBJ 2015 Business Achievement winners discuss strategy, tactics, M&A, or whatever made 2015 a particular success and plans & challenges for 2016.
Facilitator: Grant Ferrier, EBJ
Panelists: Therese Baer, Baer Engineering and Environmental Consulting; Michael Gialketsis, President, Rincon Consulting; Christine Herndon, President/COO, Herndon Solutions Group

9:10am - 10:00am

CCBJ Award Winners Panel
CCBJ 2015 Business Achievement winners discuss strategy, tactics, energy, adaptation, and plans for 2015.
Facilitator: Jim Hight, Senior Editor, CCBJ
Panelists: TBD

10:00am - 10:30am

Coffee Break, sponsored by Arthur J. Gallagher Environmental Insurance

10:30am - 11:30am

Private Markets: Development, Infrastructure, Manufacturing and Remediation
With government markets on slow growth, more attention has shifted to private markets. Lower prices for oil and gas has stimulated some U.S. industrial investment, but has slowed resource extraction but work continues in remediation, air, water, groundwater and emerging contaminants. Panelists discuss market and client trends, and what their companies are doing to address them.
Panelists: Todd Musterait, Director of Client Development, Environmental, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff; Robert Kloepfer, President, Environmental Consulting & Technology Inc.; David Zarider, Senior Vice President, TRC

11:30am - 12:30pm

Future of Global and U.S. Climate Policy and Impact on Business and Investment
Armchair Q&A with David Victor. 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.
Facilitator: Andy Paterson, EBJ Senior Policy Analyst; Scenarios for post-COP21 - What opportunities are emerging?

12:30pm - 2:00pm

Lunch at Sun Deck (overlooking the beach), sponsored by Great Lakes Environmental & Infrastructure Solutions

2:00pm - 3:20pm

Emerging Trends in Water Reuse
Scarcity, drought, security of supply and quality all concern water managers more than ever. Many communities are now moving forward to plan and discuss the sustainable reuse and integrated management of water resources. What are the business opportunities to participate in this growing market?
Facilitator: Shayne Smith, VP, Government and International Relations, Tetra Tech
Panelists: Melissa L. Meeker, Executive Director, WateReuse Association and Research Foundation; Chad Helmle, VP, Tetra Tech; John Helminski, Assistant Director, City of San Diego, Public Utilities Department

3:30pm - 5:30pm

Growth, Strategy and M&A

Part I: Accelerating Growth through Strategic Planning and Leadership Succession
Facilitator: Al Spiers, CEO, 2020 Environmental Group
Panelists: Arm-chair discussion with Gary Oates, current CEO of Environmental Science Associates (ESA), and Leslie Moulton-Post, incoming CEO for ESA.

Part II: Accelerating Growth through M&A and "The Art of a Deal"
Owners, Sellers and Buyers with small, mid-size and large global firms discuss their strategies on achieving growth and value thru M&A. Includes insights on recent M&A transactions completed and lessons learned.
Facilitator: Al Spiers, CEO, 2020 Environmental Group
Panelists: Phillip Fitzwater, former Founder/Owner of Iris Environmental and now VP, RPS Iris; Don Alford, Executive VP, Strategic Growth and M&A, NV5; and Bjorn Morisbak, Vice President, Acquisitions and Strategic Development, Stantec.

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Reception and Dinner - Miguel's Cocina, 1351 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA (2 blocks from Hotel del Coronado), sponsored by TRC

Long-term Strategic View & New Markets

7:00am - 8:10am

Breakfast & Registration, sponsored by Tetra Tech

8:10am - 08:45am

Managing the Trade-off: Grow Today or Innovate for Tomorrow?
This day of the conference focuses on future scenarios, but leveraging the long view while balancing the challenges of short and mid-term strategic issues is an ongoing battle. Navigating that dynamic can mean the difference between being in the right place for the next big growth opportunity, or spending more energy chasing after markets after they've already been locked up by pioneers. How are successful firms keeping teams focused on closing work today while still positioning for the future?
Presenter: P.S. Reilly, NextGen Today

8:45am - 10:00am

Scenarios in Energy & Power: Clean Power Plan and Beyond
Discussion of Future Scenarios in Power Generation & Electricity: Coal, Gas, Nuclear, Hydro and Renewable Energy; Grids & Storage: Is the EPA Clean Power Plan a game-changer and how will U.S. and global markets react to roll out of COP21 commitments?
Moderators: Grant Ferrier; Andy Paterson; Mark Lee, Senior Vice President, ICF International; Anthony Brown, CEO & Principal Hydrologist, aquilogic; PS Reilly, NextGen Today

10:00am - 10:30am

Coffee Break, sponsored by UK Trade & Investment

10:30am - 12:00am

Emerging Climate Change Adaptation & Climate Resilience Markets: From water infrastructure and coastal cities to U.S. Department of Defense and rural Africa.
Facilitator: Jim Hight, Senior Editor, CCBJ
Panelists: Dale Sands, SVP, Director of Metro and Climate Adaptation Services, AECOM; Sandeep Mehrotra, Vice President, Hazen and Sawyer; Rachel Gregg, Lead Scientist, EcoAdapt; TBA, R4 Rural Resilience Initiative

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.

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.
2020 Environmental Group
Alta Environmental
American Water
Anthesis Group
Aragon perfurações e Sondagens
Arthur J Gallagher & Co.
Aspen Environmental Group
Brown Gibbons Lang and Co.
C.K. Early Associates
Cabrera Services Inc.
Cascade Drilling
CDR Group, LLC
COLUMBIA Technologies
E2 ManageTech, Inc.
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology
EarthSoft, Inc.
EcoAnalysts, Inc.
Ensafe Inc.
Envirocon, Inc.
Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.
Great Ecology
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.
Groundwater & Environmental Services, Inc.
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
HELIX Environmental Planning
Hepure Technologies, Inc.
Herndon Solutions Group
ICF International
ISP Environmental
JHA Environmental, Inc.
Kiawah Consulting Group, L.L.C.
Korea Environment Corporation
Mabbett & Associates, Inc.
Magnus Pacific
Marine Taxonomic Services LTD
Mead & Hunt
Mill City Environmental Corporation
Morgan Joseph TriArtisan
MWH Global, Inc.
National Response Corp.
Nautilus Environmental
NV5, Inc.
Parsons Environment & Infrastructure
PBS Engineering and Environmental
Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC
SC&A, Inc.
SCS Engineers
Sovereign Consulting Inc.
Stantec Consulting
Stell Environmental
Straughan Environmental, Inc.
Sullivan International Group
SWCA Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Tailwind Capital
Terra Contracting
TerraTherm, Inc.
Tighe & Bond
TRC Companies
TRC Environment Corporation
Trihydro Corporation
UCSD PhD Student
University of California, San Diego
Vironex Environmental Services
Wastren Advantage, Inc.
Woodard & Curran
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
XL Insurance
Zurich North America
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