Symposium 2014

Symposium1/2bannerThe Future of EHS

The most thought-provoking EHS conference, presented by the Campbell Institute. Top EHS managers and executives from leading companies discussed the most pressing environment, health, safety and sustainability issues.



Contact us for more information about the 2015 Campbell Institute Symposium; February 19-20 in Phoenix, Arizona. 

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Event Moderator

Colin Duncan . CEO . BST

DuncanColin Duncan leads the BST organization globally, driving the strategy, direction, and innovation for which BST is renowned. Colin also works with executives and their teams to address safety and operational challenges through strategy development and change management. An accomplished thought leader, Colin speaks and publishes frequently on safety leadership and strategy.



Opening Keynote

Dr. John Howard . Director . National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

HowardJohn Howard serves as the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. He served in this capacity from July 2002 to July 2008 and was re-appointed in September 2009. Prior to his appointment as Director of NIOSH, Dr. Howard served as Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the California Department of Industrial Relations from 1991 through 2002. Dr. Howard received his Doctor of Medicine from Loyola University of Chicago in 1974, his Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1982, his Doctor of Law from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1986, and his Master of Law in Administrative Law from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1987. Dr. Howard is board-certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine. He is admitted to the practice of medicine and law in the State of California and in the District of Columbia, and he is a member U.S. Supreme Court bar. He has written numerous articles on occupational health law and policy.

Leading Indicators
For years, leaders have struggled to develop the "FICO Score" of EHS. Is such an index even possible? What would a world in which the top ten predictors of incidents, injuries, and fatalities were well known look like - and how might we get there?

Joe Stough . Vice President, Innovation Technologies . IHS

StoughJoe Stough is the visionary and strategist behind the IMPACT ERM® Suite of Solutions, a key product in the IHS global EHS & Sustainability platform. With a professional background in large scale database software design and a graduate degree in Applied Statistics from the University of California, Stough has been leading the innovation of solutions that successfully combine the disciplines of enterprise-level business software and advanced statistical analysis. Now with a large "collective" data set due to years of global usage of the IMPACT software, Stough's primary focus is to capture the unique opportunity afforded by applying statistical methods to mine valuable findings from the EHS & Sustainability data set.  His ongoing mission as the leader of Innovation Technologies at IHS is to continuously pursue the measurable organizational factors which yield both a safer work environment and more sustainable operations - so they can be "practically measured" by business leaders to drive continuous sustainability performance improvements.

Dr. Mei-Li Lin . Senior Director, Operational Excellence Solutions . IHS

LinMei-Li has over 20 years of experience in engineering, research and academics with a focus on integrating safety, environment and sustainability goals into business strategy. In her current role, Mei-Li is responsible for conducting research and analytics work to identify leading indicators in environment, safety, health, and sustainability related areas and to promote operational excellence through the integration of EHS&S with operation processes. Prior to joining IHS, Mei-Li was the Director for Research, Analytics, and Business Improvement at DuPont Sustainable Solutions and was responsible for conducting research to support the development of content and solutions in areas related to safety and health. Prior to this assignment, she was Senior Director, Research and Statistical Services and served as the Executive Director for the Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council, where she co-founded the Robert W. Campbell Award and the Campbell Institute. Mei-Li was a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for NIOSH and served on the Initial Review Committee for CDC.  She also served as the Editor for the Journal of Safety Research for 11 years.  Mei-Li received her Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She previously taught Biomedical Engineering at Wright State University.

Predictive Models & Analytics
Big Data has become an increasingly important topic over the past several years - even in safety.  Come hear how research from a team at Carnegie Mellon University - the same group that helped IBM build the Watson supercomputer - is being employed by companies to predict and prevent workplace injuries based on safety inspection and observation Big Data sets.  

Griffin Schultz . General Manager . Predictive Solutions Corporation

SchultzGriffin Schultz is responsible for all aspects of Predictive Solutions' business - a fully owned subsidiary of Industrial Scientific Corporation and a proud member of the Campbell Institute.  Predictive Solutions vision is to end death on the job, in this century.  Its strategy to achieve that vision is to predict workplace injuries so they can be prevented.  Through his work across three software companies focused on various business functions, Griffin is experienced at deploying cutting-edge technology solutions to solve difficult and strategic business challenges.  Griffin earned his MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Wittenberg University in Ohio.  Prior to his private sector experience, Griffin held several positions in U.S. government and political organizations including, Assistant Deputy Mayor, City of Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania Finance Director on one of the 1996 US Presidential election campaigns.

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm



EHS & Sustainability
The role of EHS leaders continues to evolve - and now finds itself at a crossroads with increasingly sophisticated sustainability initiatives. Can EHS and sustainability leaders work together to accomplish shared goals? Is there a path that leverages the efforts on both sides, or will the two remain in separate silos?

Frank O'Brien-Bernini . Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer . Owens Corning

BerniniFrank O'Brien-Bernini is vice president, chief sustainability officer of Owens Corning. His role encompasses global accountability for Owens Corning's sustainability strategy development and implementation, including Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S). In 30 years with Owens Corning, he has held various leadership positions, including most recently, vice president, chief R&D officer. Prior to joining Owens Corning, Mr. O'Brien-Bernini ran a solar design/build firm. Mr. O'Brien-Bernini is a frequent speaker on topics related to sustainability and has addressed conferences organized by Fortune, The Economist, Forbes, the Conference Board, and others, as well as at forums organized by academic institutions including Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth. O'Brien-Bernini currently serves on the National Association of Home Builders Leading Supplier Council and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board Advisory Council. O'Brien-Bernini earned both a bachelor's degree in science and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

The Next Generation
Many young professionals enter leading organizations without an understanding of the work involved in pursuing and sustaining excellence. How do we develop the next generation of EHS and business leaders? Is it possible to create an appreciation for what could happen before complacency sets in?

Eva LaBonte . Worker's Compensation Program Manager . Nike, Inc.

LaBonteEva is currently the Worker's Compensation Program Manager for Nike, Inc., working out of Corporate Headquarters in Beaverton OR, with responsibility for all NIKE employees throughout the world.  In this role with Nike Global Treasury, she develops and implements programs for workers' compensation, claims management, environmental health and safety, risk assessment, loss control, wellness, and employee relations.  Her previous role at Nike included event risk management, Risk Management Information Systems, and insurance and indemnity for global contracts.  Eva was a Risk Management analyst and claims manager at a regional water services company and a University for over a decade.  She was a Board member and past President of the Portland Oregon regional Risk Management Society (RIMS) chapter.  Eva has a M.S., Applied Psychology with emphasis in Organizational Development, Portland State University, B.A., Business Management and Psychology, Pacific University - Forest Grove, Oregon and is an Associate in Risk Management (ARM).

The Future of EHS
Leaders will continue to face an increasingly complex set of global risks played out on a bigger scale than ever before. One hundred years from now, what will the jobs of these leaders look like? What must be done to ensure a future in which EHS not only survives, but thrives?

Donald D. Wirth . Vice President - Global Operations, Corporate Supply Chains . DuPont

WirthDonald D. Wirth is vice president - Global Operations, Corporate Supply Chains. He joined DuPont as a project manager in 1981 in Sydney, Australia. He then held plant and site manager roles in Explosives and Imaging. In 1989, he was appointed general manager - Operations for DuPont Australia. In 1992, he was transferred to Singapore as operations director - Agriculture Products. In 1999, he moved to the United States as Six Sigma Champion for the Agriculture Enterprise. In 2001, he was appointed global operations director - DuPont Crop Protection. In 2006 he was named as vice president - Operations, Agriculture & Nutrition. In July 2007 he was named vice president of Global Operations - Excellence, Center of Competency to lead implementation of the DuPont Production System. He was named to his current position in October 2009. Prior to joining DuPont, Mr. Wirth worked with W.E.B Consulting from 1975-1981 as a consulting Engineer and associate. He received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of New South Wales in 1974.

Closing Keynote

Dr. Tim Marsh . Managing Director . RyderMarsh

MarshTim Marsh, then at UMIST, was one of the team leaders of the original UK research into behavioral safety (in construction) in the early 1990s, is one of only a few Chartered Psychologists who are also Chartered Fellows of IOSH and is considered a world authority on the subject of behavioral safety, safety leadership and organizational culture. As MD of the consultancy Ryder Marsh he has worked with more than 400 major organizations around the world, including the European Space Agency. He has presented to the European Conference Board and was an expert witness at the "Safety Culture" and "Management of Change" expert forums at the Cullen Inquiry (Ladbroke Grove). Tim was awarded a "President's Commendation" in 2008 by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and was selected to be their first ever 'Specialist Fellow' in 2010.He runs the "Behavioral Safety" and "Pro-Active Safety Culture" courses for IOSH and created the award winning "Affective Safety Management" concept for the IIRSM. The book of the same name is now one of Europe's best ever selling safety book. He has chaired more than a two dozen conferences on Behavioral Safety in the UK and has given key note speeches at major conferences in places such as Dubai, South Africa, Malaysia and India.


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