EBI Webinar Series
June 16, 2023
12 pm PST / 3 pm EST
Welcome to EBI’s Webinar Series!
EBI Webinars are monthly strategic market segment presentations and interactive discussion panels with 90-120 minutes of audio or video content, and one combined presentation file.
EBI Webinars feature the latest EBI research or industry trend analysis from EBJ and CCBJ that is discussed and analyzed by experts and senior executives representing leading companies and innovators across the environmental industry.
New editions of Environmental Business Journal® (EBJ) and Climate Change Business Journal® (CCBJ), in addition to recent EBI research are summarized in webinars hosted by Editor-in-Chief Grant Ferrier.
Webinars feature the proprietary data models and survey results published in each edition, as well as expert opinions and key contributors in an interactive Q&A panel format.
EBI webinars provide deeper perspective to augment the material presented in our EBJ and CCBJ. They also serve as a standalone audio or video and presentation file summarizing the key issues emerging from EBI’s most recent research.
The regular schedule includes monthly broadcasts scheduled for the 3rd Friday of each month, with additional dates for special events like regional Environmental Industry Summits or the annual EBJ and CCBJ Business Achievement Awards.
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Friday, June 16, 2023
12 PM PST / 3 PM EST
John Simon – Principal – Gnarus Advisors (PFAS Expert Symposium
Friday, May 19, 2023
Will the broader onset of digitalization, artificial intelligence, and platforms like chat GPT change the formula for human resource management in the environmental industry?
The next Environmental Business Journal® webcast will feature perspective on personnel and human resources from the continued tactical challenges of recruitment and retention, and building the next generation of leadership within companies, to the long-term implications of technology and digitalization on companies and individual careers.
Cara Corsetti – Senior Principal, Environmental Services – Stantec
Paul Goudreault – Business & Career Coach – Enorine Partners
Friday, April 21, 2023
On April 21st Environmental Business Journal® presents part 2 of a strategic discussion about business strategy, operations, and financial management in the environmental industry in an era of changing ownership models.
Tony Brindisi – Managing Partner – RTC Partners
Jesse Kropelnicki – Chief Operating Officer – Verdantas
Friday, March 17, 2023
The March 17th Environmental Business Journal® webinar features a strategic discussion of business strategy, planning, finance, M&A and growth options in an economy that seems to be pointing in multiple directions.
Tailwinds behind the strategic growth options in the environmental industry and for the design, and consulting in engineering sectors have almost never been stronger, yet economic indicators continue to cloud the horizon.
In an open-format discussion panel, Environmental Business Journal® editor Grant Ferrier interviews two key executives for their perspectives on the business today.
Tom Secker, Senior Vice President of corporate development with Trilon Group, presents the recent history of his company. The private equity-backed firm has completed 11 acquisitions in the last 2 years.
Steve Gido, Principal, ROG Partners, shares his perspective as one of the most experienced advisors in the architect engineering consulting sector.
Friday, February 17, 2023
The February 2023 Environmental Business Journal® monthly webcast features executive leaders from three regional small to mid-sized companies sharing their perspectives on their planning process and the market outlook for 2023.
Panelists will discuss key client sectors, developing service and practice areas, recruitment strategies, and recent strategic planning processes for the short and long term.
Mike Schwerin – CEO – Helix Environmental Planning – La Mesa, CA
Curt Thalken – CEO – Normandeau Associates – Bedford, NH
Friday, January 20, 2023
EBJ’s first 2023 webinar on January 20 will be an open discussion between executives sharing perspectives on how they are approaching business planning in today’s dynamic markets.
Firms in the environmental industry have to balance long-term objectives of new markets and new services with short-term performance objectives and resource needs. Find out how industry leaders approach the planning process, and their take on the challenges that new markets pose to their firm and the industry.
Joining host Grant Ferrier, editor of Environmental Business Journal, will be a panel of senior executives from environmental service companies responsible for the strategic plan for their company or business unit.
Beth Myers Graham – Chief Growth Officer, Environmental – TRC
Frank Sweet – Chief Executive of the Environment & Energy Global Business Line – AECOM
Friday, November 18, 2022
EBJ’s November 18 webinar features a live broadcast from Washington DC at the conclusion of EBJ’s two-day conference: Washington DC Environmental Industry Summit VIII.
Hosted by EBJ Editor Grant Ferrier, the broadcast features co-chairs of the summit Andy Paterson of EBI and Fred Eames of Hunton Andrews Kurth. The midterm election aftermath and its implications for policy and environmental & energy markets will be top of mind, but other key takeaways from the two-day conference will be summarized.
Friday, October 21, 2022
Environmental Business Journal’s October 21 webinar presents three segments of strategic interest to environmental industry executives:
Hosted by EBJ Editor Grant Ferrier
Election preview by Andy Paterson, EBJ’s DC Editor
Joseph Sczurko, President of Earth & Environment at WSP USA
Friday, September 16, 2022
Environmental Business Journal®’s September 16th webinar features an open discussion with industry leaders on PFAS and evolving water and wastewater treatment markets around the United States.
PFAS has been heralded as a major contaminant of concern and market driver for remediation and water treatment for some time, but regulatory certainty has been elusive. Federal standards remain undetermined and while certain states have established criteria for maximum levels, testing protocols, and treatment requirements, the market for services and technology remains highly variable.
Several companies have traction in PFAS markets, and executives in EBJ’s webinar will share the drivers, characteristics, and desired outcomes of their recent project work, as well as their strategy for growing their business platforms around PFAS and emerging contaminants in the 2020s.
Moderator and webinar host Grant Ferrier, editor of Environmental Business Journal®, will be joined by the following panelists.
Jim Claffey – National Technology Innovation Leader – Brown & Caldwell
Matt Burns – Vice President and Technical Fellow – WSP USA
Steve Woodard – Chief Innovation Officer – ECT2, a Montrose Environmental Group company
Angus McGrath – Senior Principal – Stantec
Friday, August 19, 2022
Two major pieces of legislation authorizing hundreds of billions for climate and clean energy have now passed: IIJA & IRA.
The consensus amongst environmental service providers is that not as much as expected has come from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021. The potential flow of project funding is still regarded as a substantial opportunity in transportation, water/wastewater, electricity grid modernization, electric vehicle infrastructure, remediation, and other project areas.
So what is the holdup? And what are some examples of programs or agencies that are in project mode? These questions and how the new IRA shapes up will be the topics for this month’s panel.
Andy Paterson, EBI Politics & Policy Analyst
Jeremy Harrell – Chief Strategy Officer – ClearPath
Richard Harmon – Strategic Funding & Advisory Lead – Woodard & Curran
Friday, July 15, 2022
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission recently raised the bar on how public companies report their exposure to climate change.
The new SEC rules have reinvigorated the demand for climate advisory services, and related sustainability and emissions mitigation practice areas in the environmental industry.
Environmental Business Journal’s® next webcast on July 15th features leaders from climate advisory and sustainability advisory practices.
Panelists share their perception of the new rules and their implementation, and how they have developed client demand and built out their practice areas in 2022.
The new SEC rules require companies to
Josh Nothwang – Global Managing Director, Sustainability Advisory – Arcadis
Elizabeth Logan – ESG & Climate Governance, Strategy and Reporting | Net-Zero Target Setting & Planning – AECOM
Leslie Shoemaker – President – Tetra Tech
Masjood Jafri – Resiliency Director, Atkins, Member of the SNC-Lavalin Group
Friday, June 17, 2022
12 PM PST / 3 PM EST
EBJ’s next webinar on June 17th features a conversation with senior advisors on one of the most important trends in the industry: private equity investment transactions in the environmental consulting industry and the pathway from environmental compliance to energy transition.
In May 2022, 1,750-person Geosyntec announced a majority investment by Blackstone Energy Partners; earlier ERM completed a major transaction with KKR and OMERS; and WSP continues its growth with the recent acquisition of Wood. These and other headline deals are examples, but what is the market strategy behind the deals?
EBJ editor Grant Ferrier interviews senior advisors from the industry.
Joe Smetona – Principal – AEC Advisors LLC
Jessica Barclay – Managing Partner – EFCG
Al Spiers – Founder – 2020 Environmental Group
Friday, May 20, 2022
Setting the context for PFAS markets in mid-2022. With potentially hundreds of thousands of sites in play and the prospect of re-opening remediation sites across the country, per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a hot topic.
Policy, technology, water treatment, and remediation experts share the latest perspective on the building momentum behind PFAS projects across the environmental industry.
Much of the current project activity is in drinking water treatment to meet various state standards, but multiple scenarios exist for how markets may evolve in water, wastewater, and source remediation.
These scenarios are discussed with a focus on states ahead of the curve, and how they may frame the national picture.
Hosted by Grant Ferrier, Editor, Environmental Business Journal® & John Simon, Editor, Remediation Journal
Stephanie Fiorenza, Principal Scientist, Arcadis U.S.
Charles J. Newell, Vice President – Environmental Engineer, GSI Environmental Inc.
Jim Cummings, Technology Assessment Branch, EPA
John Simon, Principal – Gnarus
Friday, April 15, 2022
The Future of Energy Development in a Decarbonizing Economy
February 18, 2022
Part II: Unpacking the New Infrastructure Law: Electricity & the Future of the Grid
EBI presents the second in its series of webinar broadcasts on ‘Unpacking the New Infrastructure Law and Implications for Environmental Markets in 2022’ on Friday, February 18th at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.
A panel of three experts on power markets will discuss generation, T&D, the grid, FERC, NERC, ISOs, renewables, storage, electric vehicle charging, resilience, and other topics pertinent to electricity infrastructure.
The passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has set off a new wave of infrastructure spending across federal, state, and local entities – as well as investor-owned utilities and private power companies – over the next two to three years.
Environmental Business Journal® and its panel of experts will share their perspective on the massive piece of bipartisan legislation, consensus on how programs will roll out in 2022, and where and when the funding is most likely to flow.
Michael Johnson – Vice President / U.S. Transmission Sector Lead – Stantec
Ted Murphy – Partner – Hunton Andrews Kurth
Craig Sieben – Director, Energy – AECOM
Ryan Bliss – VP, Transmission Engineering – TRC
January 21, 2022
Unpacking the New Infrastructure Law and Implications for Environmental Markets in 2022
Environmental Business International’s next webinar on January 21st features an analysis of the infrastructure law passed in November 2021 and its implications for the environmental and climate change industries.
Federal markets will get a boost, but it is likely that state and local markets will benefit even more, although the timing may be less predictable.
Key areas expected to see major surges in demand, most with funding already in place or fully authorized:
Transportation: roads, rail, ports
Water: supply, treatment, storage, and resilience
Electric vehicle infrastructure
Renewable energy generation; Energy storage; Grid management
PFAS and remediation
Environmental Business Journal® will summarize the latest consensus perspective on how programs will roll out in 2022, and where the funding will flow, and convene a panel of business development executives focused on these markets.
Matt Chiller – Vice President, Federal Government Relations – Jacobs
Jason Hill – Public Lands Practice Leader – Hunton Andrews Kurth
Brian Boose – Senior Vice President – AECOM
David A. Goldwater – Vice President, Public Policy – Stantec
Geetha Eva Shan – PE Associate Vice President Market Sector Leader Power & Utilities – Arcadis
December 17, 2021
Perspectives On Strategic Planning In The Environmental Industry 2022
EBJ’s next webinar on December 17 will be an open discussion between fellow executives sharing perspectives on how they are approaching business planning in today’s dynamic markets.
Large and small firms in the environmental industry have to balance long-term objectives of new markets and new services with short-term performance objectives and resource needs. Find out how industry leaders approach the planning process, and their take on the challenges that new markets pose to their firm and the industry.
Joining host Grant Ferrier, editor of Environmental Business Journal, will be a panel of senior executives from environmental service companies responsible for or that contribute to the strategic plan for their company or business unit.
Following a summary of major market dynamics that EBJ believes necessitate a strategic response, there will be a discussion of the planning process, specific trends impacting each company and industry segment, and strategic initiatives and resource allocations towards those initiatives for 2022 and the rest of the decade.
Curt Bjurlin – Vice President of Environmental Services – Stantec
Frank Sweet – Chief Executive of the Environment Global Business Line – AECOM
Patricia Taylor-Woodyard – SVP – Chief Strategy & Development Officer – Weston Solutions
November 19, 2021
Environmental Consulting & Engineering Market Analysis And 2022 Forecasts
Ian Rusk – Managing Principal – ROG + Partners
Joe Smetona – Principal – AEC Advisors
Al Spiers – Founder and CEO – 2020 Environmental Group
October 22, 2021
What does COP26 mean to the Environmental Industry? How are themes at COP impacting business decisions in the regulated community?
The Conference of the Parties will convene in Glasgow 1-12 November 2021. This is not a “normal COP” — coming five years since the Paris ACCORD at COP21, this COP will ask for emboldened commitment. Early indications are the physical attendance in Glasgow will be muted by COVID, but many virtual events are being coordinated to the calendar.
Several Themes are focusing the dialogs at COP26:
1. Finalizing the Rules of the Paris Agreement
Common timelines, Transparency, and Market rules (or taxes)
By the end of COP26 next year, countries must work out the details of three areas within the rulebook of the Paris Agreement. Might Cities emerge as the real players going forward on Climate Policy and Resilience… more than National Governments?
2. Building Resilience and Addressing Loss and Damage
Countries increasingly now are assessing progress made fostering climate resilience and adaptation to adverse impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather events, flooding, drought, polar vortexes, heat waves — more volatility and more hazardous weather. Are Public-Private Partnerships likely to be the larger-scale structure of response instead of Federal Spending?
3. Financing Climate Action
Public finance for climate action is showing the least progress and greatest signs of distrust.
The global COVID pandemic has clearly dented plans and resources for broader government funding.
How can global capital markets play a larger role? What incentives are needed?
The UN Donor Plan for a Green Fund seems to have failed. How can global capital markets (ESG) play a larger role? What incentives are needed?
4. Focus on a “Decade of Ambition” to Reach Climate Goals Sooner
Which broader actions by 2030 can “bend the curve” on emissions at global scale? More renewables, new build for nuclear energy, increasing electrification of transport, better energy use in major urban areas, large-volume fuel switching… What is the outlook? How can the industry move the needle on emissions sooner? Many companies have made “pledges”… How are those being implemented?
Reference WRI INSIDER: 4 Key Topics Climate Negotiators Must Resolve by COP26
Marian VanPelt, Senior Vice President – ICF, Climate and Clean Energy, WDC
Sam Brown, Partner – Environmental Policy, Hunton Andrews Kurth
Roundtable discussion with EBI Executive Audience — Highly Interactive Dialog
James Powell, US Federal Representative – Southern States Energy Board (Biden Appointee).
Highlights and survey results from this session will be provided to the Biden Administration (e.g., DOE, EPA, CEQ). No quotes will be made for attribution, but useful commentary will be summarized as a report out by EBI.
September 17, 2021
Environmental Business International’s next monthly webinar features a wide-ranging discussion of the water industry and the unique and accelerating challenges that service and technology providers face in a market facing pressure from all sides.
Environmental Business Journal convenes a panel of experts in the water industry from consulting engineering firms, operations contractors, and equipment and technology companies to discuss these important trends impacting the water industry in the 2020s, as well as the business and financial issues impacting strategy.
Meena Sankaran – CEO – Ketos
Susan Crawford – Water Services Group Director – CDM Smith
Pauli Overdroff – President – Alarian Associates
Matt Demarco – Vice President – Industrial Infrastructure Program Management, Design and Construction at Arcadis
Peter Shanaghan – Principal Consultant – The Cadmus Group
August 20, 2021
Along with these industry-wide dynamics come changing investment propositions for professional fund managers and strategic investors. In our August 20th broadcast, EBI convenes a panel of leading edge private equity firms discussing the history and future of their investment strategy, and what they are looking for in investments for the 2020s.
Profitable recurring revenue streams in environmental services yes, but what about technology, digitalization, and project investments in regeneration and carbon fixation?
Professional investors will discuss:
Tony Brindisi – Managing Partner – RTC Partners
Chris Melton – Chairman & CEO – The White Oak Group
Michael Castellarin – Managing Director – Clairvest Group
Angus Cole – Managing Director – Head of Energy Transition – Clairvest Group
Evan Kaufman – Principal, KKR Global Impact
July 16, 2021
EBI’s next webcast is an open discussion of key factors impacting the market for ESG advisory services, featuring practice profiles and a panel discussion with leading ESG service providers.
Environment, social and governance issues have become essential elements for any corporation or entity. ESG is rapidly evolving from statements and commitments to ambitious conversions and cultural transitions across each of the environmental, social, and governance areas.
The ESG movement, combined with the acceleration of corporate commitments to carbon neutrality, is creating new opportunities for environmental service providers and a broad range of professional services firms. Panelists share the specialized expertise of their practice in the rapidly evolving field of ESG advisory services, from planning and strategy to metrics, execution and communication.
Lindsay Ross, Director, Global Client Services – Four Twenty Seven (part of Moody’s ESG Solutions)
Chris Kline – Global Senior Principal, Sustainability and ESG – Cardno
Josh Nothwang – AVP, Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change – WSP
Jill Cooper – JD, Senior Principal – Geosyntec Consultants
Rich Goode – Managing Director, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Services practice – Alvarez & Marsal
June 18, 2021
Have the unique economic circumstances of the year 2021 changed the picture for merger and acquisition activity in the environmental industry? Has there been any impact on valuations, or on activities of private equity investors?
EBJ and a panel of experts and advisors weigh in on these factors, and forecast market conditions for the rest of the year and into 2022.
Data will be presented and discussed on transaction activity and valuations, as well as new entrants the market.
Joe Smetona- Principal- AEC Advisors LLC
Jessica Barclay- Managing Partner- EFCG
Dan Spiers- Partner- 2020 Environmental Group
Colvin Matheson- Managing Director- Matheson Advisors
Disha Mehta- Director- Houlihan Lokey
Bradford Page- Managing Director, Global Investment Banking- RW Baird
May 21, 2021
April 16, 2021
Government relations experts, federal markets leaders and analysts discuss evolving priorities for the Biden Administration in 2021 and beyond. Budget and political limitations may restrict some legislative and executive options for advancing environmental and climate policy the next four years, but early signs point to a fairly ambitious agenda.
Panelists will share their viewpoint, and the likely impacts on the environmental industry, public and private sector markets, the energy transition, PFAS, de-carbonization and regional markets.
Cara Bellavia- Vice President of Scientific & Technical Services at SWCA
Matthew Chiller- Vice President, Federal and Government Relations at Jacobs
Brian Tynan- Corporate Vice President Government Relations at AECOM
Justin Mosquera- Managing Director, EHS & Air Practice at AECOM
Tom Lewis- National Business Line Leader for Climate, Resilience & Sustainability- WSP
Marisa Harrilchak- Associate- Hunton Andrews Kurth
March 19, 2021
Environmental industry leaders discuss short- and long-term views on energy and infrastructure transition, the evolution of a low-carbon economy and the emergence of what EBI calls the climate change industry.
CCBJ offers its 2021 quantitative review of the history and forecast for climate change industry segments with a 20-year history and growth scenarios for the 2020s.
Panelists respond and discuss trends that indicate an industry still a ways from maturity, but poised for growth and significant breakthroughs in the 2020s in:
Jan Walstrom- Senior Vice President of Strategy and Solutions at Jacobs
Frank Sweet- Executive Vice President at AECOM
Leslie Shoemaker- President at Tetra Tech
Curt Bjurlin- Power Sector Leader – Environmental Services at Stantec
Kevin Doyle- Executive Director of Career Development at Yale School of the Environment
February 19, 2021
EBI’s February 19th broadcast features a discussion on strategic planning in the environmental industry, with perspective on 2020 and how leading companies have pivoted or adapted or reset their strategic plan for 2021.
An impressive list of companies and executives will discuss how their companies have reacted to the year that was 2020, and what they look forward to in 2021, and how their long term plans may have or may have not changed.
The recently completed survey by Environmental Business Journal® on strategic planning in the environmental industry will be summarized and discussed by the panel offering more perspective on the process and particular areas of importance to environmental service companies.
Grant Ferrier- Editor of EBJ, CEO of EBI Inc.
Kathleen Abbott- President Environment of Arcadis
Alyson Watson- Chief Executive Officer of Woodard & Curran
Kurt Beil- Principal & Environment Market Leader, Northern Hemisphere of GHD
Lytle Troutt- Senior Vice President/Regional Manager South, Wood
Joe Monaco- President and CEO of Dudek
Russ Wachter- Managing Director of Client Services and Executive Vice President of Carollo Engineers
Rebecca Zofnass- Managing Partner EFCG
January 15, 2021
Environmental Business Journal continues its webinar series with a focus on environmental information on Friday, January 15 at 3pm eastern time.
The event features EBI analysis on environmental information markets for technology, software and services firms, and a presentation on the rapid transition to digitalization of environmental project data in the 2020s.
Results of a detailed EBJ survey are presented and discussed by two distinguished panels:
One consisting of recent entrants and startups in focus on environmental data management value propositions for environmental services companies and the regulated community
Another consisting of environmental consulting & engineering and project management leaders and how they have invested in software, systems, training and integration of the latest wave of Information Systems to manage, collect, manage, store, analyze, visualize and display project data for themselves and for their clients.
-Grant Ferrier (host from EBI)
-Jeremy Schewe (Ecobot)
– R. Mukund (Benchmark Digital Partners)
-Mark Packard (DDMS Inc.)
-Jim Jonas (Copper Environmental Consulting)
-Kristen Hazard (Wildnote)
-Emily Mulford (EarthSoft Inc.)
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The evolution of infrastructure in the United States during the decade of the 2020s will have a significant impact on American competitiveness, quality of life and the environment.
The deployment of technology and services to disruptive forces surrounding this evolution will offer significant opportunities for today’s environmental industry, and it sheds light on the tangential services that will be offered in the increasingly broadening and integrating professional & technical services market.
Infrastructure categories researched and modeled in market forecasts by Environmental Business Journal include:
Energy & Power
Water & Wastewater
Solid Waste, Recycling & Energy Recovery
Communications & Information Technology
EBJ’s service definitions and forecast for this evolving market, and rankings of the most influential disruptive forces in the 2020s, will be presented by EBJ editor Grant Ferrier followed by a panel of experts and practitioners in the market. EBI webinars are scheduled for 2.5 hours but open discussion often stretches to 3 hours.
A presentation and interactive discussion of themes and market data published in EBJ Vol XXXIII No 7/8: Infrastructure & the Environmental Industry in the 2020s
Steve Nalefski– Vice President of Environmental Services at Burns & McDonnell
Amanda Black– Principal at Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc.
Amy Squitieri– Vice President at Mead & Hunt
Curt Bjurlin- Power Sector Leader – Environmental Services at Stantec
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Dr. Avi Patwardhan- Managing Director of Global Smart Cities Practice at Jacobs
Sean Quinn- Sr. Associate & Sustainable Design Leader at HOK
Peter Kindel- Director of Urban Design and Planning at Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill
Jay Mezher- Vice President & Digital Delivery Practice Leader at Mott MacDonald
Peter Glus- North American Big Urban Client Director at Arcadis
Marwan Madi- Emerging Technologies Practice Leader at CDM Smith
Tim Farkas- Director of Finance at Ameresco
Click here to see full details on this feature edition of Climate Change Business Journal
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Webinar Host and Moderator:
Grant Ferrier- CEO of Environmental Business International
Webinar Guest Speakers:
Pat Taylor-Woodyard- Chief Strategy and Development Officer at Weston Solutions
Bob Grim- Head of Business Development at AnchorQEA
Peter Walter- Managing Director at L.E.K. Consulting
Dave Zarider- Senior Vice President of TRC
Jay Hofmann- President and CEO of Trinity Consultants
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Environmental Business Journal® recently compiled analysis on merger & acquisition activity and trends in deal structure and valuations in the environmental industry. Combining this perspective with EBJ’s aggregation of expertise of leading analysts and investment bankers serving the industry puts EBJ in a unique position to summarize the current state of investment and M&A in the environmental industry.
On July 24th at 12pm PST, EBJ hosted a 2-hour webcast featuring a summary of environmental industry consolidation and future prospects for investment and acquisition activity. A roundtable of experts debated key issues such as valuations, ownership structures, the increasing influence of private equity-backed companies, and the historical dominance of employee-owned models in a service-based industry.
And no broadcast is complete in the summer of 2020 without an up-to-date analysis on the impact of COVID on the industry. Panelists appeared in three sets allowing Q&A from the participants.
Webinar Host and Moderator: Grant Ferrier- CEO of Environmental Business International
Webinar Guest Speakers:
Panel 1: Reaction to 2020 Pandemic by Buyers & Sellers in Environmental C&E
Al Spiers- Founder & CEO of 2020 Environmental Group
Ian Rusk- Managing Principal at Rusk O’Brien Gido + Partners
Colvin Matheson- CFA CM&AA at Matheson Advisors
Joe Smetona- Principal at AEC Advisors LLC
Panel 2: M&A & Credit Markets in Environmental Services
Jessica Barclay- Managing Partner at EFCG
Effram Kaplan- Managing Director & Principal at Brown Gibbons Lang & Company
Tony Brindisi- Co-Founder and Managing Partner at RTC Partners
Panel 3: Private Equity’s Evolving Picture of Environmental Industry Investments
Disha Mehta- Director at Houlihan Lokey
Michael Castellarin- Managing Director at Clairvest
Ryan Roberts- Investment Partner at Pritzker Private Capital
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Environmental business International continues its webinar series with a 1-hour review and 1-hour Q&A discussion of the recent Environmental Business Journal edition on emerging or disruptive technology in the environmental industry today and for the rest of the decade.
Information management and automated & remote monitoring dominate the activity as the decade dawns, but few seem to know what to do with artificial intelligence and blockchain.
Environmental companies are aware, however that their competitive future increasingly depends on their technical edge.
Join presenter Grant Ferrier, editor of EBJ since 1988 as he summarizes this intriguing topic and presents results of EBJ’s environmental industry survey of expectations about deployment of technology today and investment over the decade, and what type of clients and environmental media applications will see the most movement.
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CCBJ estimates climate change industry consulting revenues at $4.6 billion in the United States, and substantially more in climate-related engineering, construction and contracting for a total market of more than $20 billion. Core segments of Adaptation & Resilience and Mitigation & Compliance are still mostly the realm of specialist firms, but entities of all types are positioning business propositions in climate change. CCBJ’s recent edition on CCC quantifies all aspects of the market, but also profiles 11 leading practitioners.
EBI’s webcast on the subject explains the details of its market quantification and growth models, strategic objectives of major competitor types, and key indicator statistics that form the basis for long-term market demand.
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Natural Resources Management represents a growing $3.3 billion slice of the $34 billion U.S. environmental consulting & engineering industry. In spite of curtailed momentum in natural resource policy in federal agencies, statutes and regulations have hardly been eroded and reinvigorated efforts in state & local jurisdictions and resilient private markets driven by development have paced growth in NRM services. EBJ’s recent research on the subject includes a comprehensive survey of NRM companies with collective perspective on market drivers, client trends, and the already revolutionary impact of technology. EBI’s webcast on NRM features detailed analysis of the NRM market and current trends, and presents key indicator statistics on ecosystems and iconic species.
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EBJ continues its webinar series with a complete analysis and a strategic overview of the $24-billion U.S. Air Quality & Air Pollution Control market. With an emphasis on services, market drivers, pollutants and client sectors, the 90-minute review includes data from EBJ’s Q4 2019 comprehensive survey of AQ&APC equipment and services vendors, and the presentation of historical data on emissions, fuels consumption, APC technology applications and other factors that indicate future growth prospects in the market. Trends in client demands, regulatory requirements and the role of technology, automated systems and AI are also discussed While air quality has traditionally been one of the most regulatory driven of environmental markets, recent federal inactivity has been countered by state & local programs and industry initiatives to continue to drive air quality investments.
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Environmental Business Journal recently completed a strategic overview of the U.S. remediation market and the dawn of the ‘PFAS Era’.