Environmental Industry Summit 2015


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 11-13, 2015 at the Hotel Solamar in downtown 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 2015 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 11, 2015 Thursday, March 12, 2015 Friday, March 13, 2015

Registration begins at 2:00 pm in the Solstice Ballroom Foyer.

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

Politics, Policy & Market Drivers
EBJ’s Man-in-Washington reports on 2014 election and the impacts of Republican control of Congress. The Obama White House is digging in on healthcare, immigration and climate change, and staying on track to make the next climate change conclave (COP21 in Paris in Dec. 2015) a legacy issue. Congress favors the Keystone Pipeline, more fracking, and wider use of natural gas, but prices and global politics can trump legislation. The deficit has lessened and government shutdowns are less threatened, partisan haggling over budget priorities for energy and environment could intensify. While no Environmental or Climate Bill is in the cards, Senate E&NR will take up hearings on an Energy Bill in 2015, and energy and environmental policy and investment could be shaped by tax reform.
Presenter: Andy Paterson, EBJ Senior Politics and Policy Analyst, and EBJ Editorial Board Member

Global Capital Market Observations Amidst Chronic Turmoil
Government austerity, slowing growth in Asia, torpor in continental Europe, concerns about Greece and Russia, modest rates of recovery and the geopolitical impacts of low oil prices all impact investment horizons, market growth, infrastructure development and business strategy.
Presenter: Walter Howes, Managing Partner, Verdigris Capital and CCBJ Editorial Board Member

EBJ Market Overview: State of the Environmental Industry 2015
A snapshot of environmental industry performance in 2014 and scenarios for growth in 2015-2016 featuring market data, key trends and results of EBJ’s 2015 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; Growth in U.S. development, manufacturing and infrastructure; Trajectory of federal programs; Outlook for international opportunities.
Moderators: Grant Ferrier, Andy Paterson
Panelists: Chris Shea, President, Environment & Nuclear, CH2M HILL; Doug McKeown, CEO & Chairman, Woodard & Curran; Jim Nevada, President Environmental USA, WSP, Jim Miller, Vice President, TestAmerica

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Welcome Reception - Pool Deck on the Fourth Floor, sponsored by CH2M HILL

7:00pm - 10:00pm

EBJ and CCBJ Awards Banquet - Solstice Ballroom, hosted by EBI Inc. and EBI Summit Title Sponsor Great Lakes Dock & Dredge Company

Registration begins at 7 am in the Solstice Ballroom Foyer

7:00am - 8:00am

Hot Buffet Breakfast & Registration in the Solstice Ballroom Foyer, sponsored by EarthSoft

8:15am - 9:10am

EBJ Award Winners Panel
EBJ 2014 Business Achievement winners discuss strategy, tactics, M&A, or whatever made 2014 a particular success and plans & challenges for 2015.
Facilitator: Grant Ferrier; Panelists: Steve Moore, CEO, Wastren Advantage; Rich Wankmuller, President GHD Inc.; David Pinsky, President and CEO, Tighe & Bond

9:10am - 9:20am

Special Address by EBJ International Award Winner - Dr. Sijin Lee, CEO, Korea Environment Corp.

9:20am - 10:00am

CCBJ Award Winners Panel
CCBJ 2014 Business Achievement winners discuss strategy, tactics, energy, adaptation, and plans for 2014.
Facilitator: Jim Hight, Senior Editor, CCBJ; Panelists: Emilie Mazzacurati, Founder and CEO, Four Twenty Seven; Dr. Paul Smokler, Vice President, AECOM Environment

10:00am - 10:30am

Break, sponsored by Columbia Technologies

10:30am - 11:30am

Private Markets: Impacts of Oil Price on Development, Infrastructure, Manufacturing and Remediation
With government markets flat at best, attention has shifted to growth in private markets. Lower prices for oil and gas has stimulated some U.S. industrial investment, but has slowed resource extraction and midstream projects. Property and infrastructure markets improve with slowly improving economy, and remediation firms move to stay on top of markets. Panelists discuss market and client trends, and what their companies are doing to address them.
Moderator: George Stubbs, Senior Editor, EBJ; Panelists: Anthony Brown, CEO, Aquilogic; Phil Coop, Chairman, Ensafe; Jack Maserejian, SVP & Chief Client Officer, Envirocon

11:30am - 12:30pm

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

12:30pm - 2:00pm

Buffet Lunch - Pool Deck on the Fourth Floor

2:00pm - 3:20pm

Business Opportunities in Climate Change & EPA’s Clean Energy Plan
Consultants discuss evolving market for climate change consulting services in U.S. and global markets, and the impacts of EPA's Clean Power Plan's state-by-state emissions targets and requirements that states submit plans to meet targets as soon as 2020.
Chris Jones, President & Managing Partner, Anthesis; Mark Lee, Senior Vice President, ICF International; David Victor, UCSD

3:40pm - 5:00pm

Accelerating Strategic Growth through M&A
Perspectives and insights from buyers and sellers on weighing options in growth and corporate development; recent transactions completed and terminated, and lessons learned from both.
Facilitator: Al Spiers, Founder and CEO, 2020 Environmental Group; David McArthur, CEO-Americas, ERM; Jon Berger, CEO, Great Lakes Dock & Dredge Co.; Glenn Fishler, President & CEO, EORM

5:00pm - 5:45pm

Environmental Industry Trivia Contest III
Two 3-person teams will be selected from the attendee list to compete for bragging rights to this year’s title of most knowledgeable team of environmental industry executives.

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Reception and Dinner - Basic Urban Kitchen & Bar (410 10th Ave), sponsored by Sullivan International Group

Long-term Strategic View & New Markets - Solstice Ballroom Foyer

7:00am - 8:00am

Continental Breakfast & Registration, sponsored by Arthur J Gallagher & Co.

8:00am - 8:20am

Accounting for Major Economic & Societal Shifts in Short- and Long-Term Business Planning
The Emergence of Big Data/Internet of Things and Potential Impacts on Energy and Environment
Presenter: PS Reilly, President, NextGen Today

8:20am - 10:00am

In-Depth Discussion of Future Scenarios
Power Generation & Electricity: Coal, Gas, Nuclear, Hydro and Renewable Energy; Grids & Storage: Is the EPA Clean Power Plan a game-changer and how does RE compete with expiration of tax incentives? Leaders: Andy Paterson, PS Reilly
Transportation: High-Speed Rail; Public Transit; VMT, Fuel & Vehicle Trends: Impacts on planning & permitting and construction. Leader: Grant Ferrier
Oil & Gas: Scenarios in pricing, supply, export/import -- how long does oil stay how low? Impacts on environmental work in the field, midstream and downstream. Leaders: Anthony Brown, Al Spiers

10:00am - 10:30am


10:30am - 11:00am

Cities: Infrastructure & Development
City & State Programs in Transport and Energy.
Leader: Andy Paterson

11:00am - 11:30am

Water Resources & Climate Resilience
Wastewater & Recycling Water
Leaders: Grant Ferrier, Paul Gagliardo, Alex Sandu, Industrial Wastewater Treatment Practice Leader, MWH Global, Inc.

11:30am - 12:00noon

Coastal & Ocean Resources
Leaders: Walter Howes, Rima Franklin, VP of Corporate Development, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.


Panelists and Speakers include: Chris Shea, President, Environment & Nuclear, CH2M HILL; Jon Berger, CEO, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.; Steve Moore, CEO, Wastren Advantage; Rich Wankmuller, President, GHD Inc.; David Pinsky, President and CEO, Tighe & Bond; Emilie Mazzacurati, CEO, Four Twenty Seven; Dr. Sijin Lee, CEO, Korea Environment Corp.; Al Hannum, Senior Vice President Global Operations, AECOM Environment; Randy Freed, SVP, ICF International; George Stubbs, Senior Editor, EBJ; Anthony Brown, CEO, Aqualogic; Phillip Coop, Chairman, Ensafe; Jack Maserejian, SVP & Chief Client Officer, Envirocon; Al Spiers, CEO, 2020 Environmental Group; David McArthur, Director of Acquisitions, ERM; Mark Lee, Senior VP, ICF International; Glenn Fishler, President & CEO, EORM; Chris Jones, President & Managing Partner, Anthesis; Rima Franklin, VP of Corporate Development, GLD&D Co.; Paul Gagliardo, Innovation Manager, American Water; Grant Ferrier, Andy Paterson, Walter Howes, PS Reilly, David G. Victor, UC San Diego and others.

LogoHotel Solamar
435 6th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 819-9500

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

We have booked a block of rooms at the special rate of $229 per night. The special room rate will be available until February 24th, 2015 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Please call Hotel Solamar directly and identify yourself as part of the Environmental Industry Summit when making your reservation.

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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

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company (GLDD) provides dredging and marine engineering services that have helped shape the living environment and transportation resources of communities across the world, including America’s largest cities and busiest ports. GLDD has played a pivotal role in the creation of shorelines and waterways, the deepening of ports and harbors, and the restoration of aquatic habitats. GLDD's environmental contracting division has grown steadily and is well over $200 million in annual revenues after the 2013 acquisition of Terra Contracting and the 2014 acquisition of Magnus Pacific.

Founded in 1890 and headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company leads the North American market in dredging as the largest industry service provider with over 200 specialized maritime vessels and operates marine yards in six locations nationwide.

Gallagher Environmental

Founded by Arthur Gallagher in Chicago in 1927, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co has grown to be one of the largest, most successful insurance brokerage and risk management companies in the world. With extraordinary reach and depth across international borders, our parent group employs over 19,000 people via a global network that provides service in more than 140 countries. Gallagher Environmental, an expertise group within Gallagher, specializes in providing environmental risk management and insurance services. Our role as an industry leader in this area is to identify the potential risks facing our clients, analyze those risks in terms of their potential frequency and severity, and review the appropriate risk control and financing mechanisms, including insurance, available to address these risks. Our expertise in environmental risk management, strong insurer relationships and coverage expertise enable us to provide environmental service clients with exceptional risk management and insurance 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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