2019 Environmental Business Leadership Conference

The Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland
July 10 - 11, 2019
Registration: Now Open!

Preliminary Agenda (subject to change)
(Confirmed speakers updated as of May 24, 2019. Check back regularly for updates.)

July 10, 2019

8:00 a.m.Registration and Breakfast
9:00 a.m.Welcome Remarks

9:10 a.m.

General Session 1
Vice Admiral Walter E. "Ted" Carter, Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy

10:00 a.m.Networking Break
10:15 a.m.

General Session 2

Maryland is Open for Business: How the $400B Environmental Industry is Benefiting

Roy McGrath, Director CEO, Maryland Environmental Service (moderator)
Kenneth Holt, Secretary, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
R. Earl Lewis, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation
Kelly Schulz, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce


11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session A
Health of the Chesapeake Bay: Tangible Results Through Regulatory and Policy Progress

Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment (moderator)
Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Secretary, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Robert McCord, Secretary, Maryland Department of Planning
Dana Aunkst,
Director, U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office

Breakout Session B
Public-Private Partnerships (P3s): Making Economics Work for the Environment

Joseph P. Gill, Director, Prince George's County Department of the Environment (moderator)
Charles Glass, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy and Analysis, Maryland Department of Transportation
Joe Greco, Director of Planning and Business Development, Ports America Chesapeake
Speaker TBA

12:15 p.m.

Lunch Program

Sonal Deshpande, Sector Vice President, Quality & Mission Excellence, Northrop Grumman, Mission Systems

1:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session C
Solutions in Waste to Energy and Organics Composting: How to Drive Sustainability and Profits

Adam Ortiz, Director, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (moderator)
Walter Dinicola, P.E., M.ASCE, Principal Engineer, Anchor QEA
Michael Ensor, Energy and Environmental Sustainability Program Lead, Northrop Grumman
Paul Joyce, EHS Senior Manager, Stanley Black and Decker
Dr. Ronald Mersky, Associate Professor and Chairman, Civil Engineering, Widener University

Breakout Session D
Workforce Development: Challenges and Strategic Solutions

James Deriu, Vice President, Regional Practice Leader, KCI Technologies, (moderator)
Ian MacFarlane, President and CEO, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.
J. Thomas Sadowski, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, University System of Maryland
Speaker TBA

2:15 p.m.Networking Break
2:30 p.m.

General Session 3

The University System of Maryland’s Marine-Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) Program: Celebrating 40 Years of Student and Employer Success

Dr. Robert L. Caret, Chancellor, University System of Maryland (moderator)
Dr. Peter Goodwin, President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Speaker TBA

Speaker TBA

Speaker TBA

3:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session E
Clean Energy Goals: Strategies for Meeting and Exceeding Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS)

Tim Jones, Vice President, Administrative Services, Chesapeake College
Alexander G. Núñez, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and External Affairs, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)
Jessica Rackley, Senior Policy Analyst, Energy and Transportation Division, National Governors Association
Aaron Robinson, Senior Manager, Environmental Strategy and Sustainability, United Airlines

4:30  p.m.Break
6:00 p.m.Networking Reception
7:00 p.m.Environmental Business Leadership Awards Dinner
July 11, 2019
8:00 a.m.Registration and Breakfast
9:00 a.m.General Session 4
Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour 
10:00 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session F
Innovations in Water and Wastewater Reuse

Dr. Zohreh Movahed, Project Engineer, Water Management Consultant, WATEK (moderator)
Lawrence Hentz, Jr., Senior Vice President, HDR 
Christopher J. Phipps, P.E. Director of Public Works, Anne Arundel County
Matthew Rowe, Assistant Director, Maryland Department of the Environment, Water and Science Administration

Breakout Session G
Real Estate and Environmental Sustainability: Achieving Stewardship with ROI

Rhonda Pringle, Market President and Publisher, Baltimore Business Journal (moderator)
Adam Genn, Director of Development, Weller Development Company
Maria Kaouris, Remediation Manager, Honeywell
Rick Limardo, Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, MGM Resorts International
Whit MacCuaig, Partner, Chesapeake Real Estate Group

11:00 a.m.Closing Remarks/Adjournment

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