The 17th annual San Diego Environmental Industry Summit  will be held on
March 21 & 22, 2019 at the Coronado Island Marriott in San Diego, California.

Now in a shorter amount of time but with the same amount of information!

Join us and many environmental industry executives in our 2-day conference
to discuss topics such as political & policy overview, economic review,
growth trends, and infrastructure & development.


San Diego Environmental Industry Summit XVI (2018) AGENDA

10am – 2.30pm: Golf at Coronado Golf Course

San Diego Environmental Industry Summit Registration begins at 2:00 pm

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

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Politics, Policy & Federal Outlook: EBJ’s Man-in-Washington Andy Paterson
Devolution to “Red States, Blue Cities”: Favoring Development and Infrastructure upgrades
Presenter: Andrew Paterson, EBJ Federal Markets Analyst, Partner at Verdigris Capital

4:00 – 5:00 pm: EBJ State of the Industry 2018
A snapshot of environmental industry performance in 2017 and growth forecast for 2018-2020 in key segments. Top client sectors and emerging service areas are forecast featuring results of EBJ’s annual survey of 100+ executives. Perspective on regional markets and global opportunities as well as how investors, M&A, consolidation, polarization, client vs. service focus, technology, information, human resources and global strategy is impacting marketshare in C&E, remediation, industrial services and labs.
Presenter: Grant Ferrier, Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Business Journal host of the San Diego Environmental Industry Summit.

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Executive Response Panel
Senior executives stress-test EBJ’s political, economic and industry outlook and render opinions on how their companies will industry challenges and opportunities. Topics include: Trump administration 1 year in; Opportunities in infrastructure; Reaction to industry consolidation; Impact of energy prices; U.S. manufacturing; Trajectory of federal programs.
Panelists include: Tom Vetrano, President and Managing Director, Ramboll
Jan Walstrom, SVP, Head of the Environmental Business Unit, CH2M/Jacobs Engineering
Mark Lee, Senior Vice President, ICF

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Welcome Reception – sponsored by Jacobs

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm: EBJ and CCBJ Awards Banquet presented at the San Diego Environmental Industry Summit 

Thursday, March 22

Registration begins at 7 am

7:00 am – 8:00 am: Hot Buffet Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:00 am: EBJ Award Winners Panel
San Diego Environmental Industry Summit EBJ Business Achievement winners discuss strategy, tactics, M&A, or whatever made 2017 a particular success and plans & challenges for 2017-2018.
Facilitator: Grant Ferrier; Panelists include: Ian Crooks, Vice President, Engineering, California American Water

9:00 am – 10:00 am: CCBJ Award Winners Panel
CCBJ Business Achievement winners discuss strategy, tactics, resilience, adaptation, and plans for 2017-2018.
Facilitator: Grant Ferrier

10:30am – 12:00 pm: Emerging Contaminants, Sediments and New Frontiers in Remediation
Ian MacFarlane, President and CEO, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology
Bill DiGuiseppi, Emerging Contaminants Practice Leader, Jacobs
Mark Robbins, Senior Vice President, National Practice Leader, TRC

12:30pm – 2:00 pm: Buffet Lunch

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: 2020 Year Outlook and New Reality for the Environmental Industry
Insights from the C-Suite on changing market conditions, technology drivers and disruptors that will affect the environmental industry in the next 3 years. Strategic planning is not just for business as usual but also scenarios for the impact of IT and AI as well as sector downturns, energy and real estate price swings and a looming recession.
Facilitator: Al Spiers, CEO, 2020 Environmental Group
Panelists include: Vijay Gudivaka, Arcadis (former CEO E2 ManageTech)
Matthew Sutton, Former President, CH2M
John Cowdery, President, Environmental Sector, TRC
Dianne P. Crocker, Principal Analyst, EDR Insight

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Next-Gen Leadership: What They Want and What the Older Generation Fears: Perspectives from a new generation of leaders in the environmental industry.
A discussion on how the next generation of leaders views the future of the industry and where do they see the opportunities, and challenges that lay ahead.  Taking the lessons from their elders, but coming of age in the Digital age, how do they approach strategic growth and enhancing shareholder value, new service offerings to clients, attracting new talent, and tapping into what motivates the industry’s future leaders.
Moderator:  Dan Spiers, 2020 Environmental Group
Panelists Include: Joseph Fluder, Chief Operating Officer, SWCA Environmental Consultants
Alyson Watson, Senior Principal, Woodard & Curran
Amy Essig Desai, Chief Executive Officer, Farallon Consultants

4:30pm – 5:30pm: Investment Banker Roundtable
Perspectives on major transactions in the industry; the entry of new acquirers and investors; key market segments undervalued by investors; strategic options for companies large and small.
Facilitator: Grant Ferrier
Panelists include: Josh Lahre, Senior Vice President, EFCG
Steve Gido, CFA, ROG Partners
Saurin  Mehta, Managing Director, Lincoln International
Al Spiers, Founder and CEO, 2020 Environmental Group

6:30pm – 8:00 pm: Reception and Dinner at Peohe’s

FRIDAY MARCH 23: Long-Term Strategic View & New Markets

7:00 am – 8:00 am: Continental Breakfast & Registration

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Resiliency & Sustainability Leadership Moves to Cities, States and Industry
With more Devolution of policy and funding away from Washington, DC, “Red States, Blue Cities” is becoming a bigger theme for development and upgrades.  How are States working with utilities and communities on Resiliency & Sustainability with the more extreme weather events seen? Hurricane damage in 2017 set a record (Harvey, Irma, Maria), and drought and fires are becoming more pronounced in the West. Even the Navy is devoting more attention to climate change threats under the banner of “national security”. How are these trends affecting emerging opportunities for environmental services?
Panelists include: Kit Batten, Sustainability Leader, PG&E (invited)
Robert Kay, Principal, Climate Change, ICF

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Big Data, AI, IoT, VR & the Environmental Information Business
Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things or widespread connectivity and Virtual Reality each are impacting the environmental industry at increasing rates. Practitioners and experts in the field discuss the evolution of EMIS systems, increasing uptake by clients, changing value propositions, and how service companies often lead in design & implementation.

10:00 am – 10:30am    Coffee Break

10:30am – 12:00 am: Renewable Energy & International Markets
Renewable Energy Scenarios: Wind, Solar, Storage, Grid
Global: Focus on Europe’s Comeback, Growth Economies, Multinational Companies, Water & Energy
Facilitator: Grant Ferrier; EBJ; Panelists: PS Reilly, NextGen Today
Anya Hembrough, Senior Analyst, Environment Analyst Ltd.
Speakers and panelists of the San Diego Environmental Industry Summit include: Tom Vetrano, President and Managing Director, Ramboll
Jan Walstrom, SVP, Head of the Environmental Business Unit, CH2M/Jacobs Engineering
Vijay Gudivaka, Arcadis
John Cowdery, President, Environmental Sector, TRC
John Mogge, Environmental Market Strategy and Sales, CH2M/Jacobs Engineering
Mark Lee, Senior Vice President, ICF
Dianne P. Crocker, Principal Analyst, EDR Insight
Joseph Fluder, Chief Operating Officer, SWCA Environmental Consultants
Alyson Watson, Senior Principal, Woodard & Curran
Josh Lahre, Senior Vice President, EFCG
Steve Gido, CFA, ROG Partners
Saurin  Mehta, Managing Director, Lincoln International
Kit Batten, Sustainability Leader, PG&E (Invited)
Robert Kay, Principal, Climate Change, ICF
Amy Essig Desai, Chief Executive Officer, Farallon Consultants
Matthew Sutton, Former President, CH2M
PS Reilly, NextGen Today
Anya Hembrough, Senior Analyst, Environment Analyst Ltd.
Ian MacFarlane, President and CEO, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology
Bill DiGuiseppi, Emerging Contaminants Practice Leader, Jacobs
Ian Crooks, Vice President, Engineering, California American Water
Mark Robbins, Senior Vice President, National Practice Leader, TRC

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