2020 Speakers

Take a look at the expert speakers that will be presenting at Sustainability in Packaging US 2020!

  • Derek Atkinson

    Senior Business Director – Bioplastics, The Americas Total Corbion

    Derek Atkinson is responsible for Corbion's bioplastics business for the Americas and has been located in the USA since July 2015. Following from the announcement that Corbion would build a world scale PLA plant in Thailand Derek has been busy setting up the sales, marketing and technical service organization in the Americas that will facilitate market entry. 

    Previously he was Business Development Director PLA Asia for Corbion located in Singapore. In addition to his main responsibilities for commercializing Corbion's PLA technology in Asia he was also strongly involved in the sourcing and conversion of second generation biomass as feedstocks for sustainable PLA production that does not interfere with the food chain. 

    Prior to that he was Business Development Director at Oxford University spinout Velocys plc, a catalyst technology and microchannel reactor development company in the UK and USA. During his time at Velocys the company grew from 7 people to over 130. The focus of Velocys was in gasification and Fischer-Tropsch conversion for biomass to liquids and gas to liquids – specifically flare gas conversion and stranded gas monetisation. He was a member of the UK Government Thematic Working Group on thermochemical conversion of biomass. 

    Before working for Oxford he held many global sales and marketing positions during his 17 years at Grace Davison mostly focused in the polymer catalyst area and was located in Germany. He has a degree in Chemistry and Polymer Science Technology from Loughborough University in the UK. Until he left Europe he was an  external examiner for the School of Chemistry at the University of Cardiff.
     

  • Murray Bain

    VP of Marketing Stanpac

    Murray has lived in the packaging manufacturing space for more than 35 years.

    Since 1990, Murray has served as Vice President Marketing of Stanpac, a leading food & beverage packaging manufacturer, and prior to that in production management and acquisitions.

    During his tenure, Murray helped grow the business through product diversification and aggressive market expansion.  From its base in Smithville, Ontario, Stanpac now operates additional manufacturing facilities in New Jersey and Texas, and serves over 850 customers across 30 countries.

    Murray’s passion for new product development and innovation helped Stanpac set the standard in tamper evident solutions for the ice cream packaging market.  Other notable achievements include driving the resurgence of refillable glass milk bottles, as well as rolling out innovations in the food service market such as hot cups and take-out packaging. 

    Most recently, Murray has been heavily immersed in the development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions.

  • Elizabeth A. Bedard

    Olefins/Rigids Director for Association of Plastic Recyclers Senior Director of Industry Collaboration for The Recycling Partnership

    Ms. Bedard has over 40 years’ experience in the solid waste management/recycling field.  She was the Director of the NH Governor’s Recycling Program, and a founder and twice Executive Director of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association, the country’s oldest and largest recycling cooperative.  Currently she is APR’s Olefins/Rigids Director and Senior Director of Industry Collaboration for The Recycling Partnership.

  • Scott Byrne

    U.S. & Canada’s Environmental Specialist Tetra Pak

    Scott Byrne serves as the U.S. & Canada’s Environmental Specialist at Tetra Pak, the world leader in packaging and food processing solutions. With his extensive background in all aspects of environmental management and sustainability, Byrne helps ensure that Tetra Pak is on the cutting edge of sustainability initiatives.

    Prior to joining Tetra Pak, Byrne was a sustainability specialist at Cass Information Systems in Jacksonville, Florida, where he was responsible for growing the environmental services offered by the firm’s solid waste management division. In this role, Scott helped forward-looking communities and property groups not only comply with environmental regulations, but also assess waste streams and equipment needs to increase waste diversion. In addition, Byrne led the design of property-level recycling programs, sustainability strategies, and spearheaded education and outreach for multifamily and commercial properties.

    Byrne holds a master’s degree in environmental management and sustainability from the Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, as well as a Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Florida Bar. Byrne received his bachelor’s degree in business economics and public policy from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, in Bloomington, Indiana. When not working, Scott enjoys exploring the outdoors with Arnie, his miniature schnauzer. He is also a sports fan, and be found often at the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s many sports venues. 

  • Oliver Campbell

    Director – Worldwide Procurement & Packaging Engineering Dell

    As Director of Packaging at Dell Oliver’s global organization focuses on packaging design, strategic sourcing, technology commercialization, logistics, and fulfillment. He has brought fresh thinking to the packaging industry and created the engineering and business framework that has driven Dell’s revolutionary packaging innovations. His accomplishments have been recognized through the 2014 Brand Packaging Innovator of the Year; 2013 Inaugural Gold Medal Winner – Packaging Visionary Award; 2011 World Economic Council Low Carbon Award; 2013 & 2010 CHaINA Green Supply Chain Award among others.  He is a frequent speaker with TEDx presentation and interviews in Forbes, the BBC, The Guardian, and China Central Television.  He is a past member of Packaging Digest’ Editorial Advisory Board.  Oliver holds two engineering degrees from Cornell University and an MBA from The University of Texas.  You can follow him @Oliver_Campbell where he comments on packaging, technology, the environment, and management.  He also loves competing in triathlons

  • Sue Campbell

    Founder KIND2

    Coming Soon!

  • Michelle Carvell

    Chief Operating Officer Lorax Compliance

    Michelle co-founded Lorax Compliance in 2014 in order to help companies that are obligated under Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Stewardship legislation around the world. With 15 years of experience working in this sector, her focus is to ensure clients find the process of EPR and Stewardship reporting as simple as possible, despite the complexities placed on businesses by legislation. As COO, her role covers the management and delivery of several teams, including Accounts, Compliance, Sales, Marketing and Human Resources.

     

  • Rocco Colucci

    Sustainability Business Development Manager Brandart

    I was born in Switzerland in 1991 and after growing up on Lake Como, I studied finance at Università Cattolica in Milan. Upon graduating from University, I had the opportunity to complete internships in two of the most prestigious family-run businesses in the luxury industry: Compagnie Financière Richemont and Prada.

    After successfully completing the two programs, I joined two Swiss banks where I covered different technical roles throughout a 5 years’ experience that mainly focused on advising companies in the packaging and plastic industries on mergers and acquisitions.

    It is, however, with my present experience at Brandart that I’ve decided to apply the acquired technical skills to sustainability in Packaging & Display to support the leading luxury brands in their transition towards sustainable and circular solutions”

  • Steve Crawford

    Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer Eastman

    Coming Soon!

  • Bridget Croke

    VP External Affairs Closed Loop Partners

    Bridget Croke leads external affairs including investor partnerships, industry partnerships, communications and special projects at the Closed Loop Partners.  Bridget has been been working on sustainability, circular economy and turning waste into value for 20 years through organizations including Fair Food Project of Philadelphia, Recyclebank and Purpose before Closed Loop Partners

  • Betsy Dorn

    Principal Circular Matters, LLC

    Betsy is the Principal at Circula Matters, LLC and was formerly the Director of RSE USA.  Betsy has over thirty years of experience managing, designing, and implementing recycling and sustainability projects. For 26 years, she has been a consultant assisting public and private sector clients by developing plans, evaluating operations, launching new programs, and providing strategy guidance.  In recent years, Betsy’s work has been in the sustainability and product stewardship arena with a focus on the end-of-life management of packaging and printed paper. 

    Prior to becoming a consultant, Betsy managed Mecklenburg County (Charlotte), N.C.’s Recycling Division. 

    Betsy holds an undergraduate degree in Biology and a Master of Science in Public Health in Environmental Sciences and Engineering – both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently enjoying the good life in South Florida

  • Elizabeth Eaves

    Technical Application Manager Avantium Renewable Polymers

    Elizabeth Eaves was born and raised in South West England. After her initial MSci degree in Chemistry
    from the University of Nottingham (UK), she gained a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Manchester (UK).

    Since 2017, she has worked for Avantium ( NL) and in her current role is part of a team developing the application potential of Avantium Renewable Polymers’ products, including Poly(ethylene furanoate), a 100% plant based and renewable polymer.

  • Joe Fernandez

    Senior Packaging Engineer Vera Bradley

    Joe Fernandez is Senior Packaging Engineer at Vera Bradley.

  • Kyla Fisher

    Program Manager AMERIPEN

    Kyla Fisher is Program Manager for AMERIPEN—a material neutral trade association for the packaging industry. She is responsible for leading the association’s committees and stakeholder engagement efforts, as well as all research and development of the association’s publications and programs. Kyla is also a former instructor of strategy at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability.

  • Suzanne Fisher, CPP

    Associate Director, Packaging Innovation Wayfair

    Suzanne Fisher, CPP has a BS in Packaging from Michigan State University. Her achievements include Hall of Fame inductee in Michigan State University’s School of Packaging Hall of Fame, a member of the Year and College of Fellows member at the Institute of Packaging Professionals, and is strong supporter of packaging education. 

    Suzanne has spent 35 + years in the packaging profession leading teams at Herman Miller, Sam's Club, and presently at Wayfair.  Packaging education - passing on key learnings and experiences to the next generation of leaders - is one of Suzanne's top priorities.

  • Rachel Gibbons

    Global Business Director, Adhesive Coated Solutions H.B. Fuller

    Rachel Gibbons’ experience in manufacturing, marketing & innovation spans more than 20 years. She holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University with focus areas in strategy and innovation management.  Her passion is discovering customer insights, and developing solutions that fulfill unmet market needs. 

    Rachel began her career in the packaging industry applying skills in LEAN and Six Sigma to improve supply chain operations.  From there, she went on to work with software development and e-commerce companies that develop ways to optimize production, logistics and fulfilment operations with state of the art software systems.  She returned to packaging manufacturing with a focus on technology that extends the life of packaging, increases sustainability, optimizes cost and at the same time improves performance.  In her role as the global business director, Rachel partners with stakeholders around the world in the packaging and supply chain segments to develop solutions that improve the industry.

  • Tim Grant

    Director Lifecycles, Australia

    Tim Grant is the Director of Lifecycles – a sustainability focused consultancy based in Australia.  Tim is a specialist in sustainability and life cycle assessment (LCA) with 20 years’ experience developing and applying LCA across many different sectors including packaging, agriculture, energy, buildings and waste management. 

    Tim has been instrumental in the development of life cycle tools in Australia including the latest developments in the Packaging Quick Evaluation Tool. (PIQET) and also runs courses to improve people’s understanding in LCA

  • Kelly L. Helein

    Vice President, Strategic Accounts Footprint, US

    Kelly L. Helein has 27 years of experience in sales, marketing, and product development, working for specialty paper companies, converters, and manufacturers. A self-described highly motivated connector and collaborator, she has extensive experience in business development, driving innovation and growth while working with customers such as ConAgra, Nestlé, Kohler, Mondi, Johnson and Johnson, Becton Dickinson and Zeiss.

    Passionate about product innovation and problem-solving, Kelly serves as Board President for the Paper Discover Center and the Paper International Hall of Fame. She is also on the advisory committee for Smithers Pira’s Sustain Pack Conference and Specialty Papers Europe.

    When she isn’t on the hunt for new product discovery, Kelly can be found with her husband and three children, in Appleton, Wisconsin. Kelly Helein is currently Director of Business Innovation for Footprint.

  • Darcey Howard

    Global Director of Marketing Coconut Bliss

    Darcey Howard is the Global Director of Marketing for Coconut Bliss; a brand leader in divinely creamy plant-based creations. She has a 20+ year success record in building global brands such as Nordstrom, Eddie Bauer, Da Vinci Goumet, Starbucks and The Uniform Project. She has a unique and well-rounded background in areas such as corporate social responsibility, philanthropy, brand strategy, business ownership, and entrepreneurism.  Her work and success has been chronicled in The New York Times, Forbes, TIME, and AOL Online. 

    "Contagious" and "infectious" become positive adjectives when used to describe Darcey Howard’s energy, how she gets things done and her commitment to creating elegant solutions through strategic process development.  She joined Coconut Bliss in 2017 to lead a complete rebrand including new packaging, logo and website, while also spearheading the launch 2 new product lines and new business sector. When she's not eating ice cream for a living she's exploring the world through food. 

  • Greg Janson

    Co-Founder of Evertrak LLC CEO of QRS Recycling and Re-Poly

    Greg has spent a lifetime in the recycling industry and the last 30 years in leadership, visionary, and entrepreneurial roles.  Currently, Greg serves as the CEO of QRS Recycling and Re-Poly and is a Co-Founder of Evertrak LLC, a composite rail tie company. 

    After growing up working summers and weekends in the family recycling plant in New Albany Indiana, Greg attended Purdue University on a Marine ROTC scholarship.  Upon graduation, he spent eight years as a commissioned officer in the US Marine Corps.  Greg began his career at QRS in 1998 as the plant manager of a start-up facility in St. Louis.  He has since held positions of increasing responsibility, becoming a market area GM, Chief Operating Officer, and, finally, CEO in 2008. 

    Through constant innovation into areas such as commercial single stream collection with front loader trucks and centralized, regional mixed container processing, Greg led QRS to become the dominant commercial recycling company in three major markets:  St. Louis, Louisville, and Nashville, consisting of five material recovery facilities, one ferrous and metal yard, a fleet of trucks and trailers, and over 300 team mates.  Greg spearheaded the sale of the St. Louis MRF businesses to Republic Waste, the Nashville operations to Waste Management, and the Louisville plant to WestRock, resulting in significant equity earnings to QRS.  

    Greg was instrumental in pivoting the company’s focus to mixed, post-consumer plastics through the regional PRF model, bulky rigid processing and washing, and post-consumer flake and regrind production.  Finally, Greg is leading QRS in the execution of a vertically integrated strategy with a vision of a world that ships on recycled plastic.   Greg serves on the Board of the Association of Plastic Recyclers and as a steering committee member on the ACC’s Film and Flexible Recycling Group. 

    Greg lives in St. Louis, MO with his wife, Jennifer, and their six children.

  • Patrick Keenan

    Packaging R&D- Engineering Annie's- General Mills Brand

    Patrick Keenan is responsible for Packaging R&D/Engineering for Annie’s Brand at General Mills

    Annie's, a leading Organic consumer Brand has a mission is to cultivate a healthier and happier world by spreading goodness through nourishing foods, honest words and conduct that is considerate and forever kind to the planet.

  • Ben Kuchler

    Director of Product and Packaging Sustainability Hasbro

    Ben Kuchler is the Director of Product and Packaging Sustainability at Hasbro and is genuinely excited to come to work every day and have the opportunity to help shape Hasbro's future as an industry leader in sustainability. He brings a creative perspective and many years of design and development experience to his role which provides innovative thinking, alternative material solutions, and a holistic approach to reduce the environmental impacts of Hasbro’s products and packaging.  He is also a member of Hasbro’s Sustainability Center of Excellence, where he leads the company’s product and packaging sustainability initiatives. Prior to working at Hasbro, Ben was a Design Director at Reebok where he discovered his passion for working on kids’ products. He has an Industrial Design degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

  • Sandeep Kulkarni

    President KoolEarth Solutions Inc., USA

    Dr. Sandeep Kulkarni is the founder and President of KoolEarth Solutions Inc., a technical consulting and business development company focused on helping small as well as large companies develop and commercialize new sustainable packaging solutions as well as to improve the sustainability footprint of existing packaging. Sandeep has over 20 years of industry experience working for several large packaging companies, such as International Paper, Neenah Paper and Georgia Pacific. Most recently he worked for PepsiCo, in the area of sustainable beverage packaging. Sandeep has 7 granted patents as well as several publications in industry journals. He has also served on conference advisory boards and has delivered several invited presentations, at international conferences, on the topics of sustainability and sustainable packaging. Sandeep serves as an Adjunct Professor at The Packaging School (affiliated with Clemson University) as well as the North Carolina State University.

  • Daniel La Spata

    Alderman of 1st Ward City of Chicago

    Daniel La Spata became the Alderman of Chicago's 1st ward on May 20th. He was inspired to run after witnessing anti-democratic and inequitable development processes, which put left too many out of the prosperity of the city's booming economy and housing market. He has spent the last twenty years in Chicago and the last thirteen as a leader on housing and community development campaigns in the greater Logan Square area. Currently a Masters' Candidate in Urban Planning and Public Policy at UIC, Daniel also took on fruitful professional experiences with the Chicago Rehab Network, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, and Friends of the Parkst.

    As Alderman, Daniel hopes to lend his political leadership and organizing experience to the development of a more equitable and sustainable Chicago. A Chicago committed to breaking down it's segregated past (and present) and weathering the storms of climate change will take a multitude of stakeholders and sometimes unlikely partnerships.

    Once those challenges are figured out, he looks forward to getting back to his real passions: running, baking, and making excellent music!

  • Larry Logan

    Chief Evangelist Digimarc Corporation

    Larry Logan enjoys more than 30 years’ success in marketing and creativity, repeatedly developing brands that become industry leaders. He is currently the Chief Evangelist at Digimarc Corporation, the inventor of the imperceptible Digimarc Barcode identifier for all types of media. In that role, Mr. Logan is leading the company’s efforts to create a new standard for the automatic identification of plastics, through a form of technology often referred to as digital watermarking. This effort has received acclaim through the HolyGrail initiative, recipient of Packaging Europe magazine’s overall winner of its 2019 Sustainability Awards. By giving each plastic object its own unique identity that can be discovered by scanning equipment in a recycling facility, industry will seek to achieve increased quality and quantity of yields of recyclates to meet the sustainability targets of manufacturers, dual system and facility operators, and government agencies.

    Among his industry awards and recognition, The World Brand Congress has named Mr. Logan among the 100 Most Influential Global Marketing Leaders. In his previous career in Hollywood, he is the recipient of over 75 Gold and Platinum records in entertainment industry marketing campaigns.

  • Alex Manisty

    Group Head of Strategy DS Smith

    Coming soon!

  • David Murphy

    Marketing Director, PageWide Industrial division HP Inc.

    David serves as worldwide marketing director for HP’s PageWide Industrial division. David and his team drive the division's global marketing strategy, product marketing, and business development. He works intimately with HP’s customers in commercial print, mail, publishing, and packaging sectors, helping them transform their business models, accelerate growth, and maximize value through digital print.

    In his 20-plus-year tenure in the production print community, David has held multi-national leadership roles in marketing, sales, and business development. He is an advocate for digital production print and the graphic arts industry, having served in numerous print associations, conferences, and boards of directors.

    David holds MBA and BS degrees in marketing and he makes his home in San Diego, California.

  • Kemisola Oloriegbe

    Project Manager and Packaging Technologist Heineken Nigeria

    :Kemisola is a highly competent supply chain professional with several years of experience in the manufacturing and production industry. She is an Engineer by education, a Project Manager and Packaging Technologist by profession with a Masters in Industrial Engineering and also an MBA in Business Management.

    She has managed different projects and operations which has strengthen her expertise in supply chain, packaging design and development, project management, quality and maintenance management. She is also a Lean six sigma and continuous improvement leader with international experiences.She is keenly interested in sustainable environment, responsible production and consumption, and youth empowerment.

    When Kemisola is not working, she is volunteering on social causes affecting sustainability and raising the next generation of female leaders in STEM.
     

  • Sneha Patel

    Global E-Commerce Packaging Innovation Lead, R&D Consumer Beauty Division Coty Inc.

    Sneha is an established packaging professional in the FMCG industry who has developed a reputation for adapting to the rapidly evolving & competitive packaging marketplace. She took the road less traveled as her education began in the natural sciences & she let her strengths & passion guide her to Packaging. Sneha has taken both innovate & unconventional approaches towards packaging from an ecologically friendly & sustainable perspective to drive various initiatives.  These qualities naturally led her to the eCommerce space where she is now leading eCommerce packaging initiatives for a Global Consumer Beauty Division at a large CPG.

  • Sergio Perelman

    Global Packaging- Sustainability and Productivity Mondelez International

    Sergio Perelman leads Global Packaging at Mondelez International for both Sustainability and Productivity. He is a passionate believer in the role of packaging in driving sustainable and resilient food and consumer goods supply systems. He has held responsibility for packaging development and procurement activities in the consumer goods sector for 29 years in companies like Unilever, The Clorox Company and now Mondelēz International.

    Sergio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has lived and worked in 5 countries across the Americas and Europe. His international experience in packaging sustainability started in Europe 12 years ago and spans both retail and food service segments.

    Highlights of his career include consistent delivery of more than 5% annual productivity at Mondelez International for 7 years, the launch of a Sustainable Living Plan for Unilever’s global foodservice business, and the development and global roll-out of packaging solutions for brands like Cif, Hellmann’s, Domestos, Clorox, Tang and Halls.

    Sergio holds Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration.

  • Bob Petersen

    VP of Product Management ORBIS Corporation

    Bob has significant experience in reusables in the food, beverage and CPGs segments and is a great resource related to sustainability initiatives and measurement.

  • Brian Powers

    Co-CEO & Co-Founder TemperPack

    Brian Powers is co-CEO of TemperPack. He cofounded TemperPack along with materials engineers James McGoff and Charles Vincent. Prior to TemperPack, Brian worked in M&A and restructuring investment banking at Moelis & Company in New York. Brian has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Brian was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2016, was a EY Entrepreneur of the Year Winner in 2018, and Inc. 30 Under 30 in 2019."

  • Chelsey Quick

    VP Client Success Industry Intelligence

    Chelsey Quick is VP Client Success for Industry Intelligence - a market intelligence provider to the packaging industry that delivers actionable intelligence empowering individuals to connect the dots between market drivers and see their industry from all angles. 

    Recently, Chelsey has focused on collaborating with clients who require a pulse on Sustainability news as it relates to their peers, customers and markets - from corporate/social responsibility, public policy, recyclability, innovation and more - she works with leaders across the packaging industry to provide information they require to stay informed and aligned on news that impacts their business.

  • Anthony Rossi

    VP, Global Business Development Loop

    Anthony Rossi is the VP, Global Business Development for Loop (TerraCycle company), a global platform that enables consumer product companies and retailers to shift from a disposable supply chain to a durable one.

    Anthony has been with Loop for 18 months and TerraCycle for 7-years. Before leading the global business development team for Loop, Anthony was the head of global business development for TerraCycle supporting the company’s growth in 21 markets around the world.

    Prior to joining TerraCycle, Anthony earned his business development stripes working in Toronto, Dijon, Budapest, and Vienna for some of the world’s largest professional service firms and financial institutions.

  • Amandeep Sangha

    Product Manager ORBIS Corporation

    Coming Soon!

  • Brett Stevens

    Global VP of Material Sales & Procurement TerraCycle

    Brett Stevens is the Global VP of Material Sales & Procurement for TerraCycle, a waste collection and recycling company with a presence in 21 countries around the world. The company’s mission is to eliminate the idea of waste by developing collection and recycling solutions for traditionally non-recyclable waste streams, including everything from multi-layer flexible films and cigarette butts to beach and ocean plastic. Brett is heavily involved on the back-end of TerraCycle’s business, working to develop unique processing solutions for the materials that TerraCycle collects and finding downstream uses for these streams. Having been with the company for 9 years, Brett has been responsible for the development, growth, and ongoing management of many unique vendor relationships and supply chains. His projects have earned significant media coverage and have won awards from organizations like the United Nations, Business Intelligence Group, and One Planet.

  • Susan Thoman

    Principal and Managing Director Compost Manufacturing Alliance

    Susan Thoman has over 25 years’ management experience within the solid waste and sustainability fields. Susan served on the Cedar Grove Composting senior management team for 12 years , where she pioneered the development of working  models to create collaboration between solid waste systems and the food service value chain. In January 2017, she and several partners formed a private industry group, the Compost Manufacturing Alliance, to broaden the vision and scope of compostable products testing across North America. Susan served on the US Composting Council board from 2015-2018, and currently serves on the Recycling Foundation Board in Washington State. 

  • Ali-Reza “A.R.” Vahabzadeh

    VP of Memberships & Chief of Staff to CEO American Sustainable Business Council

    Ali-Reza “A.R.” Vahabzadeh is a solutions-geared organizational development professional with strong experience in relationship management and marketing. Prior to his role at the American Sustainable Business Council, he worked in business development and investor relations roles for companies such as Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and J.P. Morgan Chase in the U.S., Europe and Middle East.

    He is a senior business partner with exceptional interpersonal skills and a distinctive ability to support and work alongside executive leadership. He is a graduate of The Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.

  • Lisa VanBladeren

    Senior Sustainability Engineer Whirlpool Corporation

    Lisa VanBladeren is a Senior Sustainability Engineer at Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading home appliance manufacturer, where she works globally to ingrain sustainability into the heart and soul of business. Her role spans from sustainable material alternatives to material compliance and transparency, facilitating true ‘design for environment’. Lisa holds a BS in Biology and Chemistry, and an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

  • Ron Vance

    Chief of the Resource Conservation Branch in the Office of Land and Emergency Management US EPA

    Ron Vance is Chief of the Resource Conservation Branch in the Office of Land and Emergency Management at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) in Washington, DC. Mr. Vance has more than 20 years of experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating materials management programs. He oversees efforts related to materials economy, materials measurement, recycling, and sustainability in sports.

    Before joining EPA, Mr. Vance worked in consulting, nonprofit, and state and local government. Mr. Vance holds a M.S. in Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University and a B.S. in Biology from Wake Forest University.

  • Kate White

    Professor of Marketing and Behavioural Science at Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada Academic Director of the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics

    Kate White is Professor of Marketing and Behavioural Science at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada. She holds a professorship in Consumer Insights, Prosocial Consumption, and Sustainability and is Academic Director of the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics. Kate teaches courses in consumer behaviour, consumer insights, and sustainability marketing at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels. Kate’s research focuses on how to encourage ethical, prosocial, and sustainable consumer behaviours.

    Kate was identified as an up-and-coming Young Scholar by the Marketing Science Institute and, in 2015, she was honored as one of the top 5 Marketing Researchers in the world by the American Marketing Association. Kate has been inducted to the College of Arts and Sciences, Royal Society of Canada. Kate has received the UBC Killam Research Award, the Senior Research Excellence Award from the Sauder School of Business, the Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Journal of Consumer Research, and the Emerald Citation Excellence Award (for most the cited work in business publications).

    Kate currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Marketing Research and is on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Marketing, and the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Kate has consulted on various behaviour-change projects with clients such as The City of Calgary, Health Canada, BC Women’s Hospital, My Sustainable Canada, BC Hydro, Big Rock Brewery, The United Way, the SPCA, Lululemon, and Celgene Health Care. Kate’s industry collaborations tend to focus on uncovering behavioural insights and shifting people towards various types of positive behaviour change.

  • Emily Williams

    Global Growth Platform Leader, Circular Economy Michelman

    Emily is Global Growth Platform Leader, Circular Economy in the Printing and Packaging group at Michelman. Emily is an active member of the ASTM committee for compostable plastics, the Food Service Packaging Institute with the Paper Recovery Alliance and Plastics Recovery Group, and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Her expertise is on the subject of compostable coatings for packaging applications, and she has presented at several conferences on the subject, including the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and PaperCon. She has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University and an M.S. in the same from the University of Cincinnati.

  • Kelly Williams

    Sustainability Strategist Futamura Group

    Coming Soon!

  • Gabe Wing

    Director of Environmental Health and Safety Herman Miller

    Coming Soon!