Preliminary Agenda


Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Registration and Light Continental Breakfast and Resource Center

9:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

Update on Emerging Product and Supply Chain Regulations


In countries around the world, new product environmental regulations continue to emerge, dealing with everything from chemical controls and hazard communications to “e-waste”.  Learn about the current regulatory trends and what we might expect going forward.

  • Paul Beatley, Managing Director; ENHESA Inc.


10:30 - 11 a.m.

Break and Resource Center

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Integrating Sustainability Along the Value Chain


From helping internal employees understand the long-term importance of sustainability to integrating product stewardship principles in purchasing decisions, product stewardship is a team effort. This session will focus on how to integrate processes and incorporate product stewardship into your business model.

Moderated by: Virginia Hoekenga, Deputy Director; NAEM

  • Jocelyn Cascio, Lean/Six Sigma Global Program Manager; Intel Corp.
  • Jeff Hynds, Director, Innovation, Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability; Ingersoll Rand Co.


12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

What’s in your supply chain? Leveraging an MIS for Insight and Reporting

Manufacturers must be able to effectively collect, track, benchmark and report-out the chemical substances in their product supply chains. Learn how a high-volume supplier to the food & beverage industry is using product regulatory compliance software to meet these challenges and make a difference in their operations.

  • Kurtis Bubeck, Director of Resource Management; Ithos Global
  • Chris Nowak, Director of Client Services; Actio Corp.



2:30 - 2:45 p.m.


2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Using Product Stewardship to Drive Business Value


Besides following trends and “doing the right thing,” what is the business case for product stewardship? Can it can have a positive impact on the bottom line and become a core element of your business? Hear how one company has turned product stewardship into a competitive advantage.

  • Ray Lizotte, Director of the IT Environmental Stewardship Office; Schneider Electric Inc.


3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Understanding the Impacts of Emerging Global Product Regulations

Developing nations are quickly adopting the United Nations and European Union-based product laws and regulations such as REACh, ROHS, GHS, and WEEE.  This session will focus on how companies are leveraging their networks and in-country resources to better respond to these regulations within the BRIC, Asia-Pacific and Latin American economies.

Moderated by: Sarah Medearis, Senior Consultant; Antea Group

  • Parynaz Mehta, Senior Manager, Product Stewardship; Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices and Diagnostics Global Supply Chain
  • Russell N. Fraker, Associate; Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.


5 - 7 p.m.

Networking reception and Resource Center


Thursday, May 10th

8 - 9 a.m. Registration and Light Continental Breakfast and resource center
9 - 10 a.m.

Assessing the Business Case for Eco Labels and Green Product Certifications


Green product certifications and labels continue to multiply but do they really give companies a competitive edge with customers? Which certifications or labels are the best?  Also, hear about emerging trends EHS&S managers should be aware of in green product labeling.

Moderated by: Mike Mahanna, Program Director; NAEM

  • Billy Grayson, Director, Corporate Sustainability; WESCO Distribution


10 - 10:15 a.m.


10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Effective Producer Take-back and Recycling Programs
Whether spurred to action by government requirements or consumers concerned with unsafe disposal conditions, pressure has been mounting for greater producer take-back and recycling programs.  Learn how your peers have created extended producer responsibility programs to stay ahead of the game.

Moderated by: Richard Vermeij, Senior Director; SAP

  • Ezra Benjamin, Principal Program Manager, Sustainability; EMC

  • Johanna Jobin, Sustainability Programs Manager; EMD Millipore
  • Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer, Product Stewardship Institute 


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Creating Business Value through Life Cycle Management

Life Cycle Management is an effective framework for identifying value creation opportunities, but applying the techniques can be a challenge. Find out how a well-executed Life Cycle Management program can lead to improved customer communications, cost reduction across the supply chain, and innovation in product design and manufacturing.

Moderator: Chris Nelson, Partner, Global Product Sustainability Practice Lead; ERM

  • Wood Turner, Vice President, Sustainability Innovation; Stonyfield Farm
  • Rob Currie, Director, Environment, Health & Safety; Baxter Healthcare Corp.
  • Mike Robillard, Environmental Design Architect; EMC2


12:30 p.m.

Conference Adjourns


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