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2020 Speakers

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

  • Derek Atkinson

    Senior Business Director, The Americas Total Corbion PLA

    Derek Atkinson is responsible for Total Corbion PLA's business in the Americas and has been located in the USA since July 2015.

    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.

  • Josh Ball

    Product Innovation Manager TC Transcontinental Packaging

    Josh Ball holds the role of Product Innovation Manager at TC Transcontinental Packaging. In his role he is responsible for the evaluation and commercialization of platform innovations and technologies that will drive success in TC Transcontinental’s commitment to providing packaging materials that are recyclable, reusable, or compostable across their wide flexible packaging portfolio. Josh has over twelve years of flexible packaging product development experience, working for companies like Alcan Packaging, Berry Plastics, and TC Transcontinental. In those twelve years, he’s collaborated across the value chain working with material suppliers, equipment OEMs, and co-packers and brand owners to deliver creative and technology driven flexible packaging solutions to the market.

  • Scott Byrne

    Market Sustainability Manager US/Canada Tetra Pak

    Scott Byrne serves as the Market Sustainability Manager US/Canada 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”

  • Charles Cook

    Director of Concept Engineering Starbucks

    Charles is director of Concept Engineering at Starbucks.  In his role, he leads early innovation projects from the fuzzy front end through proof of concept.  With the current company focus on sustainability, his team has partnered closely with Global Packaging to drive projects in waste reduction and packaging reuse. 

    Charles has over 20 years of experience in product design and development, ranging from electronics components to consumer electronics, to retail equipment.  He is proud to be work for a company that lives by its mission and values and is excited to be helping reduce Starbucks’ environmental footprint.

  • Bridget Degnen

    Cook County Commissioner in District 12 Chicago

    Bridget Degnen serves as Cook County Commissioner in District 12 of Chicago. Bridget grew up in Edgebrook, a neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side and now live in North Center, on Chicago’s north side, with her husband and son.

    Before becoming Commissioner, Bridget received her undergraduate degree in environmental engineering. She then served in the United States Peace Corps, in Mali, West Africa. Upon returning to the states she worked as an environmental engineer directing field crews throughout North America. These experiences inspired her to attend law school, after which she practiced law in both the private and public sectors. Since 2013, Bridget served as the Deputy General Counsel of the Illinois Department of Public Health, then served as the Deputy Director of Medical Cannabis regulating dispensaries licensed under Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Program.

    Bridget is dedicated to solving the problems of how to keep Chicago neighborhoods safe, raise revenue without raising taxes, and combat climate change. One of her primary goals as Cook County Commissioner is to increase confidence in the electorate, and provide information on the services Cook County offers.

  • 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.

  • Dan Felton

    Executive Director AMERIPEN

    Dan Felton is Executive Director of AMERIPEN – the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment. He is a well-known policy and trade association leader who has worked within the bottled water, credit card, healthcare and information management industries. He is particularly passionate about environmental, sustainability and packaging issues and has engaged extensively in those areas at the state and federal levels. He has chaired committees and led task forces for several national trade associations and has served on the board of the State Government Affairs Council (SGAC) where he is a graduate of the their nationally recognized professional certificate programs. A former professional actor and musician, he has run the finances and served on the board of a nationally recognized theatre education non-profit. He has also been involved with the Commission on Presidential Debates since 2000 in support of their quad-annual presidential and vice presidential debates. A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, Dan lives in the Washington DC area.

  • Joe Fernandez

    Senior Packaging Engineer Vera Bradley

    Joe Fernandez is Senior Packaging Engineer at Vera Bradley.

  • Ron Firooz

    Product Marketing and BDM – HP Digital Pre Print Corrugated Packaging HP Inc.

    Ron is the Product Marketing Manager for HP’s Digital Pre Print corrugated packaging business and is directly involved with managing HP’s growing customer base (Corrugated Converters).   Ron has engineering and computer science degrees and an Executive MBA from university of Michigan.  He is very passionate about Sustainability and how digital printing technology can significantly reduce the environmental impact in Packaging.  Ron lives in San Diego California and has been with HP for over 30 years.   

  • 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, USA

    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.

  • Karrie Gibson

    Co-Founder Yerbae Enhanced Sparking Water, LLC

    Coming Soon!

  • 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

  • James Harmer

    Insight & Innovation Director Touch –shaping things to come

    James Harmer is the Planning Director at Touch. He has over 20 years of experience in the branding and packaging design industry. Working for leaders in brand consulting and design, such as Landor Associates and Design Bridge. Developing brand communications and delivering major packaging innovation for global FMCG companies.

    James is responsible for navigating the trends, challenges and opportunities that will impact client’s brands in future. His role involves creating and delivering bespoke innovation initiatives across the FMCG packaging world.

  • 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.

  • Brad Jeffery

    CEO & Co-Founder CAUSEGEAR and the MADE FREE® brand

    The MADE FREE® model was designed to provide sustainable social reform - addressing the root cause of slavery (including human
    trafficking) and poverty. Every purchase supports a day of freedom from slavery and poverty through a self-sustaining job. Brad and his
    wife Katherine started the company from a deep desire to use business as a force for ending one of todays most urgent human
    injustices, slavery. Brad’s background includes 30+ years of sales, marketing, design, leadership, and business development. He has a
    B.S. Graphic Design from Bradley University and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Brad is an advisory board
    member, of the Loyola Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility.
    Brad and Katherine reside in Chicago. His passions include art and design, outdoor sports, distance running, international business
    compassion, global missions for victims of trafficking & extreme poverty, and sustainable life transformation.

  • Andrew Kern

    Fiber Procurement Manager Smurfit Kappa

    Andrew Kern is Fiber Procurement Manager for Smurfit Kappa North America Recycling.  He is part of a team responsible for procuring fiber for the company’s 100% recycled containerboard mill in Forney (Texas) as well as its other mills throughout The Americas and Europe.

    Andrew has extensive recycling experience in sourcing, marketing, logistics, and both domestic & export movement of recovered paper. During the more than 14 years he has worked in this area he has been passionate about the importance of achieving true closed loop production cycles and promoting circular economies within the paper industry.

    In his time sourcing recovered paper he has worked with companies of all sizes, from small independent recycling organizations, local municipal recycling programs,  large publicly traded waste management companies to Fortune 500 manufacturers and retailers.  All with unique perspectives and rolls in the recycling ecosystem. 

    In the realm of the Smurfit Kappa Better Planet Packaging initiative, which aims to create more sustainable packaging solutions to reduce packaging waste, Andrew has found an important area to share all of his knowledge regarding paper and it´s sustainable life cycle, with his colleagues and peers throughout the Company and beyond in meetings, conferences and presentations.

    Andrew sits on the STAR (State of Texas Alliance of Recycling) Business council and has recently joined the board of directors of North Texas Corporate Recycling Association.

  • Matthew Kreiger

    Senior Engineer Whirlpool Corporation

    Coming Soon!

  • 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!

  • Brad Lich

    Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer Eastman

    Brad A. Lich is executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Eastman. He is responsible for the company’s Advanced Materials and Fibers segments, as well as the leadership of the Marketing, Sales, Procurement and regional organizations.

    Previously, Lich was vice president and general manager of Eastman’s Additives & Functional Products and Advanced Materials segment as well as the company’s sales and marketing functions. Prior to that position, he was vice president and general manager of Coatings, Adhesives, Specialty Polymers, and Inks business segment.

    Lich holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and an MBA from Northwestern Kellogg Graduate School of Management

    Lich joined Eastman in 2001 as director of Global Product Management and Marketing for Coatings. Other positions of increasing responsibility followed. In 2006, Lich became vice president of Global Marketing with direct responsibility for company-wide marketing functions. Prior to joining Eastman, Lich was co-founder and CEO of CoatingsMart, Inc. Lich’s work experience also includes serving in various roles with Valspar and Dow Chemical.

    Lich and wife reside in Tennessee and have two children. He serves on the Silgan Holdings Board of Directors and has served in several leadership roles in industry associations and civic organizations. Lich’s personal interests include golf and skiing. 

  • Rian Mabry

    Director of Procurement-Packaging HelloFresh

    Rian Mabry is the Director of Procurement-Packaging for HelloFresh. HelloFresh is a meal-kit delivery company focusing on delivering fresh food to customer around the world. Rian came to HelloFresh to focus on driving innovation in the meal delivery industry. Through continued sustainability and food safety of packaging materials. Rian has a strong desire to see the meal-kit industry drive changes into how e-commerce packaging is perceived.

    Rian is a graduate of Michigan State University School of Packaging. Since completing his education he has worked in Pharmaceuticals, Confections and Beverage industry focusing on packaging innovation and productivity.

  • Matt Martin

    Alderman of 47th Ward City of Chicago

    Matt Martin is serving his first term as alderman of the 47th Ward Alderman. He lives in Lincoln Square with his wife Katelyn, four-year-old son Isaac, and newborn daughter Ameena. Prior to being elected alderman, Matt worked as a civil rights lawyer at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, where he worked on important issues including police reform, immigration, healthcare, and worker’s rights. Matt earned bachelor’s degrees in Jazz Studies and Political Science from Northwestern University, and his JD from Harvard Law School.

  • Charles David Mathieu-Poulin

    Senior Advisor – Circular Economy TC Transcontinental

    Coming Soon!

  • Shannon Moore

    Lead Packaging Engineer Kashi

    As Lead Packaging Engineer for Kashi and Bear Naked, Shannon leads package design with a focus on sustainability roadmaps as well as technology developments to support those journeys.

    Throughout her career, Shannon has supported packaging design and innovation for multiple billion-dollar brands within the home and personal care categories as well as collaborated across supply chains to deliver packaging solutions that complemented brand growth opportunities. The passion for sustainability extends beyond her professional career as she believes that there are always opportunities to make a positive impact for the planet every day.

  • Adam Peer

    Senior Director, Packaging American Chemistry Council

    Adam Peer leads the Plastics Division’s Packaging Team, representing major U.S. resin manufacturers. He advocates for policies and initiatives that recognize plastic packaging and products as a valuable resource. He leads the Team’s efforts to achieve the ACC’s Circular Economy Commitments for 100 percent recyclability or recoverability of plastic packaging by 2030 and 100 percent reusability, recyclability, or recoverability of plastic packaging by 2040.

    Additionally, he provides leadership and strategic direction to the Plastic Foodservice Packaging Group (PFPG) and Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) by working closely with members to build consensus and identify opportunities to find sustainable solutions for creating and recovering plastics and preventing marine debris.

    Previously, he led legislative and regulatory initiatives advancing the physician assistant profession in the North Central states. He formally advocated for the professional employer organization industry where he led the effort to enact legislation eleven states

    A Wisconsin native, he advised both the assembly speaker and the insurance committee chair. He served five years as the youngest member of the county board where he chaired the public safety and justice committee.

    He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in accounting and resides in Northeast Washington, D.C.

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  • Jo-Anne Perkins

    Vice President & General Manager Cascade Cart Solutions, Cascade Engineering

    As vice president of Cascade Cart Solutions, a division of Cascade Engineering, Inc., Jo-Anne’s industry vision has centered on enabling municipal solid waste customers reach zero waste not only in the recovery of materials, but also in business operations.

    Since joining Cascade Cart Solutions in 2001 Perkins has become a widely recognized leader and innovator in North America’s solid waste and recycling industry.

    Moving quickly through the management ranks and obtaining first the role of national sales manager and then general manager of the division within five years, Jo-Anne doubled group revenues through a dual emphasis on new and organic business. Jo-Anne believes that developing strong relationships is the foundation for everything she does, both professionally and personally.

    Jo-Anne initiated smart technology and recycled alternative material manufacturing within the division. While growing the business, she took Cascade’s triple bottom line dedication to building social capital just as seriously, initiating the successful “Pink Cart” campaign.

    Jo-Anne is a tireless leader known for her energy, ambition, and drive. A visionary who has the will to see her ideas through to completion, she has a passion for improving the people and world around her. Whether mentoring young women, raising funds for charity, or pursuing reduce, reuse and recycle initiatives in the business, Jo-Anne demonstrates her passion for people and the planet daily.

    In addition to this economic growth and cause awareness work in the industry, Jo-Anne is a member of the National Waste & Recycling Association Women’s Council, working to advance professional development of women in the municipal solid waste industry.

    Jo-Anne is the recipient of the 2016, 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan award, the 2015 Manufacturing Institute STEP Ahead Award and the 2010 YMCA Tribute Award for Business, Management, and Industry & Labor.

    Jo-Anne graduated from Sheridan College, Brampton Ontario with a degree in Fine Arts, it’s there that her creative nature and lifelong love of the arts was born.

    Jo-Anne currently resides in Ada, MI with her husband and two dogs.

  • 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.

  • Mike Riola

    National Recycling Manager Rehrig Pacific Company

    Mike Riola is the National Recycling Manager for the Rehrig Pacific Company. He has over 20 years of experience in the injection molding industry, with an extensive background in alternative plastic materials and rigid packaging. Mike leads the team focused on recycling and reclamation programs, as well as all sustainability initiatives.

    Mike ensures Rehrig Pacific is on the cutting edge of alternative material use. He partners with Fortune 500 and environmental waste companies to find solutions to their recycling needs. He began his career as a Plant Engineer and evolved into positions including Plant Manager and Operations Manager; he brings this hands-on knowledge to his current role.

    Mr. Riola is a graduate of the University of Arizona and earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. Outside of work, Mike enjoys coaching and participating in baseball and soccer activities with his kids.

  • Craig Robinson

    Global VP of Business Development and Innovation PTI

    With a strong foundation and background in leadership and sales and marketing management, Craig Robinson leads the business development efforts at PTI, an industry leader in plastic packaging design and development. In this role, Craig works with global CPG’s with their package development efforts, as well as having a lead role in the development of develops strategic partnerships that enhance PTI’s service offering and client delivery.

  • Eric Roegner

    President Amcor Rigid Plastics

    Mr. Roegner joined Amcor in 2018. For the previous 12 years, Mr. Roegner held executive roles with Arconic Inc., previously known as Alcoa Inc. Arconic develops, engineers and makes materials and components for customers in aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation, packaging and other industries. In his last role at Arconic, he was Executive Vice President and Group President, Arconic Engineered Products and Solutions. Mr. Roegner’s organization generated annual revenue of about US$6 billion, with 24,000 people in nearly 100 sites across 13 countries. Earlier, Mr. Roegner was a partner at McKinsey & Co.

  • Allison Shapiro

    Executive Director Closed Loop Partners

    Allison is responsible for strategic partnerships, capital formation, and fund structuring at Closed Loop Partners, an impact investment and advisory services firm dedicated to developing the circular economy.

    Prior to CLP,  Allison spent seven years at J.P. Morgan in structured finance and held previous roles clean technology strategy at Johnson Controls, PG&E Corp, and The Brookings Institution. She began her career as a carbon market research analyst at Ecosystem Marketplace. Allison holds an MBA and an MS from the University of Michigan and a BS from Georgetown University.   

  • Wendell Simonson

    Marketing Director BPI

    Wendell Simonson is the Marketing Director for the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), and is responsible for all aspects of the Marketing function including but not limited to: content development, communications strategy, brand management, and member engagement.  Prior to joining BPI, Wendell ran Ellipsis Strategy, a Marketing Consulting business where BPI was an early client. Before starting Ellipsis, Wendell spent 10 years building the Marketing function at Eco-Products in Boulder, CO. 

    The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) is North America’s leading certifier of compostable materials, products, and packaging.  The organization is science-driven, and supports a shift to the circular economy by promoting the production, use, and appropriate end of lives for materials and products that are designed to fully biodegrade in specific biologically active environments.  The BPI certification program verifies claims of compostability using ASTM standards so that certified products and packaging can be of assistance in the broader effort to keep organics, and specifically wasted food, out of landfills. 

  • Mark Ushpol

    Managing Director- North America Packaging and Paper Division DS Smith

    Mark Ushpol is DS Smith's Managing Director of Packaging in the US, and comes to DS Smith from Mondi where he was President of the Industrial Bags Division.  Mark has lived on three continents and brings a solid track record of both commercial and operational leadership, with a focus on exceptional customer service, product innovation and quality, the highest standards of safety and continuous improvement in operational efficiency and productivity.

    One of Europe’s leading packaging and recycling leaders, DS Smith, is expanding in North America and opened its US headquarters in Atlanta earlier this year. As the company propels sustainability in the US, DS Smith is also setting precedent for integrating corrugated into a circular economy. In addition to its growing market leadership with its proprietary, fully recyclable corrugated wax alternative, DS Smith also recently entered into an exclusive relationship with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as the organization’s only packaging partner.

  • 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.

  • Virginia Vowell

    Senior Research Analyst Shelton Group

    Virginia Vowell is a Senior Researcher at Shelton Group, the nation’s leading marketing communications agency focused exclusively on energy and the environment. Shelton Group’s vision is that every home and building in America is energy responsible and sustainability is ordinary. Virginia has worked closely with Shelton clients like Consumers Energy, Avista, Environmental Defense Fund, Fannie Mae, the National Confectioners Association, and Domtar.

    After over a decade working for a traditional market research agency, Virginia was ready to shift her focus to work that better aligned with her values. Shelton’s focus on environmental responsibility made it possible for her to use her powers for good while helping clients who are trying to do the same. She has extensive experience in all kinds of primary research, and loves to dig into complex topics and make sense of them through analysis and storytelling.

  • JC Walker

    Partner Keller and Heckman LLP

    Coming Soon!

  • 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.

  • Scott Wilcox

    VP Client Services Digimarc

    Scott Wilcox is Digimarc’s Vice President of Client Services and a 30-year veteran of the premedia and print industries with a specialization on packaging development.

    He has significant global experience working with consumer brands, retailers, print suppliers and technology companies and has held multiple senior executive roles in his career with a proven track record in operations, management and sales, as well as client services.

    In his executive role at Digimarc, Scott leads a diverse group of premedia and print quality professionals responsible for supporting R&D and software development. His team also delivers supply chain consulting, training, and implementation of Digimarc Platform technologies in a variety of print media and structural materials.

  • 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

    Kelly earned his chemical engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1996 and has been in the flexible packaging industry ever since. Kelly began his professional career while still in school working in polyethylene synthesis for more than 10 years and then spent the next 15 years in radiation curable coatings and adhesives, reactive gas chemistries of polymer surfaces, laminating adhesives, coatings for labels and packaging, digital printing, and is now a recognized industry thought leader. Today, Kelly works as an agnostic industry advisor to brands, retailers, packaging converters, and industry co-suppliers to provide guidance and insight into making packaging Earth Digestible and, a Profit Center.