2017 EHS and Sustainability Software and Data Management Conference

More than just Demos!


A program designed to meet the needs of both software buyers and software optimizers.


With specialized tracks for EHS teams who are going through the software selection and implementation process and those looking to optimize the use of their current system, NAEM's 2017 Software and Data Management provides tools and benchmarking for wherever you are in your software journey.



Optimize & Streamline


Select & Implement


Selection Workshop
(New for 2017)

  • Get your data out of data jail
  • Build better metrics
  • Optimize your system for better compliance tracking
  • Improve user engagement
  • 12 user-led demos (no sales pitches!)
  • Keys to implementation success
  • Cloud vs. SaaS
  • Making the business case for software
  • Assess your organizational readiness
  • Map out a timeline
  • Create a strategic plan
  • Outline your vendor requirements


Monday, March 6, 2017

1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Software Selection Workshop

New this year, and strongly recommended for anyone in the market for a software system, this workshop will set the stage for the rest of the conference by giving you tools to maximize your time on Tuesday and Wednesday.


This workshop will provide immediate value to you by:

  • Catapulting you into the buying process
  • Ensure that you will have focused and valuable conversations with vendors/sponsors
  • Help you gain a deeper understanding and knowledge at the data management issue focused sessions
  • Equip you to develop a well-managed and effective selection process


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 –
9:15 a.m.

Official Welcome and Introductions

9:15 –
10:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote

10:45 –
11:45 a.m.

Implementing a Global EHS Compliance & Monitoring Project: Challenges, Benefits, and Keys to Success


Philip Pulitzer

Regional Manager, North America



Corporate managers at headquarters want to ensure their global sites are meeting regulatory requirements, while site-level managers often see environment management systems as more work with little benefit. This session will review the challenges of ensuring compliance in different jurisdictions, the benefits and drawbacks of a single global system and the importance of site-level buy-in.

Demonstration 1

Jessica O'Brien
Environmental Manager

NuStar Energy LP



Demonstrating regAction with BBNA


NuStar will show how it has utilized the partnership between BBNA and regAction to address the challenges that many EHS professionals face: keeping regulatory information current and applicable to all facilities and modules.  The speaker will also demonstrate how to create an up-to-date auditing template and conduct the audit all within the EMIS.

Demonstration 2

Laura Espinoza
EHS&S Specialist II

Apache Corp.



Demonstrating Intelex Technologies Inc.



Apache will demonstrate how it uses Intelex ACTS along with AVOCET improve overall reporting workflow, increase accuracy of collected data, and allow for a leaner group of environmental staff so other EHS tasks take priority.  

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch and Exhibit Hall

1:00 -
2:00 p.m.

Is a Highly Customized EHS Data Management System Worth It? The Benefits And Drawbacks Of One System vs. Multiple Solution Specific Systems


Allie Janoch




Many industry experts advocate for broad EHS software systems, requiring intense customization and configuration to fit with a company's existing workflows and processes. What are the benefits and drawbacks of this strategy? Can solution specific systems can be combined to form a "best-in-class" EHS system? Can these narrow but focused software solutions provide expertise the broad systems cannot? Join the discussion to learn which solution might be best for you.

Aligning EHS Through Integrated Systems: Success Factors for System Excellence


Sameer Vyas


Huco Consulting


Though each organization is unique, many are subject to similar regulations and requirements, especially when they operate in the same geographical area or industry segment. So, do they need to be unique when managing their EHS responsibilities and risks? Come learn success factors and best practices that can streamline processes, how to avoid common pitfalls, the drivers of an integrated system and when an integrated system is most beneficial.

Demonstration 3

Troy Monk

Corporate SSHERA Manager

TPC Group



Demonstrating Dakota Software Corp.


This presentation will demonstrate how TPC Group, a leading provider of chemical and petroleum-based products, utilizes Dakota Software’s ProActivity Suite to capture non-conformances, assess hazards, and prioritize and take action on high risk items. It will further highlight how they use ProActivity’s Compliance Profiles to identify and stay current with relevant regulatory requirements, to perform self-assessments against RCMS and PSM requirements, and to ensure they are meeting their organizational policies and corporate sustainability goals.

2:15 -
3:15 p.m.

Using Technology to Bulletproof EHS Compliance Management


Julian Moffatt

Director of Environmental Solutions



As EHS regulations evolve, companies face a growing number of challenges. Perhaps the greatest obstacle to compliance is coordinating all of the monitoring, recordkeeping, communication and reporting required within a centralized, top-down management system. Without an effective way to schedule compliance tasks, track corrective actions and stay ahead of changing regulations, the risk of non-compliance is far too great. This session will discuss how software technologies can help strengthen your EHS compliance management program.

Demonstration 4

Mick Durham

Director of Environmental Services

Grain Processing Corp.



Demonstrating Locus Platform


This presentation will demonstrate how companies can record and manage their environmental data for regulatory compliance using Locus Platform configurable forms specifically designed for their needs. GPC has been using Locus Platform since 2015 to streamline their Environmental Compliance Log documentation process by making use of configurable data entry forms, automated e-mail notifications, analytics dashboards, and flexible data log revisions. GPC streamlined their Environmental Logs reporting process required for Regulatory Air Permits.

Demonstration 5

Adam Pearson

Assistant Manager – Safety

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.


Demonstrating Medgate


This presentation will show how Toyota uses Medgate's EHS platform to improve its operations.  Specifically, the reporting and dashboard functionality is being used for tasks such as moving users through the existing processes, and the inspections process and findings and actions.  Mr. Pearson will will discuss how to approach team member training, subject matter expert support, and overall roll-out logistics.

3:15 -
4:00 p.m.


4:00 -
5:00 p.m.

The Transformational Power of Emerging Technology: How Wearable Technology, Virtual Assistants, & Virtual Reality Will Change the World of Data Collection in EHS


Donavan Hornsby

Vice President & Corporate Strategy Executive

Gensuite LLC


There are few things that change as quickly as technology. What does the future of environmental, health, safety and sustainability programs, processes and performances look like as we enter the world of smart glasses, intelligent speaker systems, QR technologies, and virtual reality? Come learn practical examples of how EHS&S leaders are leveraging emerging technology to enhance EHS programs, the safety considerations involving increased technology in the workplace and the insights from a first-hand experience with integrating new technology with EMIS solutions.

Using Technology to Advance Behavior Based Safety


Harold Gubnitsky

President and Chief Strategy Officer

ProcessMap Corp.


If King George had access to a data system or the ability to track Behavior Based Safety, would we still celebrate the 4th of July? In this session, we will explore the concepts of Behavior Based Safety and how systems can be utilized to help with observations, documentation and changing behaviors through the use of technology.

Demonstration 6

Chuck Kendall

Corporate Safety Manager

Land O' Lakes Inc.


Demonstrating The Humantech System


This presentation will highlight how Land O’Lakes implemented an ergonomics program across its 300 North American plants with The Humantech System®. The software helped the company improve its workplace assessments and job improvements process and, as a result, decreased MSD risk and eventually reduced injuries. Corporate Health and Safety Manager Chuck Kendall will demonstrate how employees completed nearly 1,500 e-learning modules and 250 job assessments, and identified over 300 improvement opportunities in one short year. 

5:00 -
6:00 p.m.

Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall

Wednesday March 8, 2017

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 –
9:15 a.m.

Morning Announcements

9:15 –
10:15 a.m.

NAEM Research

10:15 –
10:45 a.m.


10:45 –
11:45 a.m.

Using Data Visualization to Improve your Balance Sheet


Kristin Colberg

Global Environmental Manager

H.B. Fuller Co.


Many companies spend time and money managing and utilizing traditional methods to collect and analyze data associated with legacy liability projects. Since many resources are expended, it is important that companies get the value out of this process. Now, EHS professionals are turning to data-visualization technology to leverage their data and improve their bottom line. Come learn how enhanced data visualization provides investment validation, more precision in strategy implementation and how information can be transformed into common stakeholder communication tools. 

Demonstration 7

Sara Osterman

HSE Manager

Masco Corp.


Demonstrating Sustainability Intelligence


Prior to implementing Green Diamond’s Sustainability Intelligence (SI), Masco Corporation was utilizing a wide range of platforms, systems and documents to track, analyze and report EHS data. Since employing SI, Masco has taken a warehouse systems approach to storing data, ensuring secure corporate-wide access and optimizing big data tactics to proactively make improvements. Come hear how Masco has been able to focus business intelligence, improve reporting accuracy and issue reports on a cloud-based platform.

Demonstration 8

Joseph Standen

Environmental, Utilities & Regulatory Services Manager

Wawa Inc.





This demonstration will showcase how Software as a Service (SaaS) solution can streamline and centralize your environmental program.  From mobile data collection to real time reporting, we will show how information from various sources can be collected and reported using an intuitive interface. Walk through the easy-to-use mobile interface, how it synchronizes with the ARTEMIS interface; and additional tools such as, KPI roll ups, mapping, custom reporting and document management.

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch and Exhibit Hall

1:00 -
2:00 p.m.

Business Processes for Keeping Your System Fresh


Sara Kitchens, CSP, PMP

EHSMIS Program Manager



You've gone through the process of selecting and implementing your new EHS software, so the project is complete, right? The world is not static so your EHS software configuration should not be either. This session explores how the hard work really begins after the deployment of a new EHS software and the importance of keeping your system relevant and fresh. Attendees can expect to learn best practices to maintain the value of their EHS software system and how to plan for continuous implementation.


The Need for Collaboration in the Collection of Supply Chain Data: Human Connectivity And Advanced Technologies


Scott Kaufman




It's no secret that the need for supply chain data collection is growing tremendously. While technology certainly does have a large part to play, it is the relationships between people that often determines the success or failure of supply chain initiatives.  This talk will explore how good old fashioned human connectivity is helped and hindered by proliferating technologies, and how this dynamic interplay might take shape in the future.

Demonstration 9

Nancy Neilsson

Director EHS - Programs & Audit

Dean Foods Co.


Demonstrating Tableau Software Inc.


This presentation will highlight how Dean Foods uses Tableau's data visualization tools to understand what information is hiding in the data and to make better decisions.

2:15 -
3:15 p.m.

Calculating And Verifying Historical Data From Legacy Systems


Scott Shaw

Senior Environmental Specialist

Sasol North America Inc.

Craig Laskowski

Project Manager, EHS Information Management


Kevin McKee

Senior Technical Consultant EHS Information Management



Now that you've selected and implemented a new EHS software, can you be sure your metrics are being calculated correctly? The process of verifying calculations within a newly deployed information system is a critical component of both user adoption and the decommissioning of legacy systems. This session will discuss examples of data inconsistencies, key components, and best practices to ensure that EHS business process calculations are successfully transferred over to newly implemented EHS systems.

Demonstration 10

Michael Tucker

Principal Program Manager

National Grid plc


Demonstrating Perillon


National Grid implemented Perillon's environmental management system to effectively measure, monitor, and analyze comprehensive environmental compliance across its North American operations to meet ISO 14001:2015 standards. Come see how National Grid uses the mobile app, corrective action workflows and analytical tools to streamline periodic and scheduled assessments for a wide range of programs.

Demonstration 11

Kathleen Woodward

Manager, EHS&S

Biogen Inc.


Demonstrating  CR360


Biogen’s commitment to successfully managing their EHS&S functions required a system that supported their current framework. The cr360 platform allowed for a customizable software system that not only sustained but enhanced Biogen’s EHS&S initiatives. By utilizing custom modules Biogen has been able to tackle common challenges, increase focus on metrics and streamline data. Come hear Ms. Woodward’s lessons learned, successes and tips for your own software implementation experience.

3:15 -
4:00 p.m.


4:00 -
5:00 p.m.

How To Revive A Deployed Compliance Management System From The Brink Of Disaster


Phillip Wiedenfeld, PE

Senior Advisor, Environmental Systems

Enbridge Energy Company Inc.


Maybe you have a system that has been remaining idle for a long period of time or your current system is on the verge of failing. If this sounds familiar, come to this session to learn how to manage and create communication channels early and often with all stakeholders, why establishing previous deployment disconnects early in the process will help the current initiative and why training bundled with live hands-on user acceptance testing is ideal.

Leveraging Excel To Support Reporting And Task Management


Don Ahearn


xOverTime Inc.

David Hadzinsky

Director, EHS

PCC Airfoils LLC


Everyone hears about "the cloud" and they often wonder, "What is the big deal?" or "How is it helping me?" And yet, Excel is everywhere in an EHS department. Even when enterprise systems are in place, Excel is still used for reporting and data manipulation outside the enterprise system. In this presentation attendees will learn how cloud technologies can support business users in a way that allows them to take familiarity and usability of Excel and deliver the power that typically they only received from an enterprise EMIS.

Demonstration 12

Nate Snyder

Global Manager, Operations EHS

Valvoline Inc.


Demonstrating ProcessMAP


Valvoline, like most companies, has a consistent Environmental, Health and Safety record, aspiring to achieve an ultimate goal of zero incidents.  Come see how Valvoline first implemented key performance indicators to monitor and improve employee's workspace and customer areas, how they use processes, procedures, and methods to encourage safe behaviors throughout their ecosystems and how the ProcessMAP platform along with its associated data analytics tool will provide lagging and leading indicators in order to improve Valvoline's EHS performance.


Conference Adjourns


Program Topics


The program will help you plan for and optimize your software performance in these program areas and more:


  • Auditing
  • Incident and illness tracking
  • Materiality
  • Management of change
  • Metrics management
  • Sustainability reporting
  • GHG tracking
  • Lifecycle assessments
  • Regulatory tracking and updates
  • Mobile functionality
  • Structuring your IT system
  • Risk Management
  • MIS lifecycles

Do you have a case study or best practice to share? Call for Presentation Abstracts coming soon!


NAEM will soon be accepting presentation abstracts for 12 sessions featuring a client or end software user who will describe how s/he addressed an EHS or Sustainability challenge with the help of a software product. If you are interested in submitting a presentation abstract, please fill in and return the attached abstract submission form.


Contact NAEM Program Director Mike Mahanna at (202) 986-6613 or mike@naem.org to talk more about how you can get involved in the 2017 EHS and Sustainability Software and Data Management Conference or if you have any questions regarding the abstract submissions.

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