2012 Keynote Speakers

Cylvia Hayes | First Lady of Oregon  

Cylvia Hayes

Cylvia is a Fellow of the Clean Economy Development Center, the Center for State Innovation and the American Leadership Forum. She is also the founder and CEO of 3EStrategies, a clean economy consulting firm. Cylvia has 23 years of professional experience in sustainable energy, economic development, green jobs, green building and sustainable forestry and agriculture. Cylvia co-chaired the Oregon Renewable Energy Working Group which developed Oregon's Renewable Energy Standard, Renewable Fuels Standard and other clean energy policies. In her role as First Lady of Oregon, Cylvia is working on the following issues: Reducing Poverty and Hunger, and Ocean Health.

Nick Barham | Global Director, W+K Tomorrow, Wieden+Kennedy  

Nick Barham

Highlights of his tenure include Nike's campaign for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a 6-month program that included a TV series, and a light show on Rem Koolhaas' CCTV building; the Converse Love Noise tour, China's firstrock road trip; an interactive installation at Shanghai's eArts festival; as well as a strange project for the Shanghai Watch Company that ended with a limited edition run in Colette's Paris store. Nick moved to Portland as Global Director of W+K Tomorrow in 2010. Working across the network to help W+K innovate beyond its core advertising business, he is currently exploring how emerging tech, sustainability, open data, and a bunch of stuff he doesn't know about yet are changing how a communications company could behave and what it makes.

2012 Featured Speakers

Dave Underriner | Chief Operating Officer, Providence Health & Services  

Dave Underriner

Dave has recently been named Chief Operating Officer for the Oregon Region. Dave earned a master's degree in health service administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University. Dave has been an active member of the community that is served by Providence Health & Services in Portland. He currently sits on the boards of Oregon Association of Hospital & Health Systems, Our House of Portland, Portland Business Alliance, Trillium Family Services, & Volunteers of America. Dave has received many awards, including the Providence Health System-Oregon Region Diversity Leadership Award and the Ethics in Business Award, individual category from Samaritan Counseling Center.

  Dave recommends Healthier Hospitals Initiative

Carol Sanford | Author, The Responsible Business  

Carol Sanford

Carol has published dozens of works in 10 languages, including a series of articles in Executive Excellence, Stephen Covey's newsletter and At Work, a Berrett-Koehler Journal. She is the author of The Responsible Business: Re-imagining Sustainability and Success (March 2011). Carol was shortlisted for Best Business Book of the Year (out of 11,000 Biz books) and she was named to Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior — 2012. Central to Carol's philosophy and approach is a fresh look at what makes an organization truly responsible. Carol believes that business can and will play a major role in creating a better world. She has worked with businesses for four decades who have successfully done so BY building great businesses.

  Carol recommends The Coming Prosperity by: Philip Auerswald

Duncan Wyse | President, Oregon Business Council

Duncan Wyse

Two major initiatives under the umbrella of the OBC are the Oregon Business Plan and E3: Employers for Education Excellence. The Oregon Business Council is the winner of the 2003 Governor's Gold Award in the category of outstanding public organization. In 2009 Wyse received the Sustainable Business Oregon Leadership Award. Prior to this position, Wyse was Executive Director of the Oregon Progress Board, where he developed Oregon Shines, Oregon's long-range strategy for economic growth, and Oregon Benchmarks, indicators measuring how Oregon is doing as a people, place and economy. Under his leadership, the Oregon Progress Board won the Innovations in Government Award from the Ford Foundation and Harvard's Kennedy School. Previously, he spent eight years at the California Public Utilities Commission, serving as advisor to the President and Director for Policy and Planning. Wyse currently serves on the Oregon State Board of Education, Oregon Community Foundation Board, Willamette Partnership, the Governor's Transportation Electrification Executive Council, the Oregon Solutions Advisory Board and the Oregon Industry Cluster Network (as co-chair.) Wyse holds a Bachelor's degree from Pomona College and a Master's in Business Administration from Stanford University. He grew up in Portland, and is married with three children.

Tyson Keever | Co-Founder, Sequential Pacific Biodiesel  

Tyson Keever

In June of 2008 Tyson led the formation of Encore Oils LLC, a cooking oil collection company to provide a direct supply of feedstock to the SeQuential Pacific Plant. In early 2011, Tyson led SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel to acquire the NW cooking oil collection assets of Standard Biodiesel, Pacific Rendering, Rainier Ranch and NW Biofuels in Washington State. SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel and its subsidiary Encore Oils are now the Northwest's premiere biodiesel supply, cooking oil recycling and grease trap services company employing over 80 local service professionals.

  Tyson recommends Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by: Yvon Chouinard

Bruce Daucsavage | CEO & Partner, Ochoco Lumber Co.

Bruce Daucsavage

In an effort to end the gridlock, of the various interest groups regarding opinions on forest management, a collaborative group, the Blue Mountain Forest Partners, was formed. With six years experience of attempting to provide socioeconomic stability to the local communities, the collaborative has been recognized nationally as a successful model of cooperation between diversified interests in the management of our public lands. For the past 30 years Bruce has been active in the promotion, domestically and internationally, of wood products. The participation, in numerous forest product/biomass associations, has enabled him to gain the knowledge to testify before Federal and State governmental committees on the need for sound sustainable forest management Bruce, a CPA, has significant experience in public financing models, whereby small business can be assisted, by various governmental programs, with investment in rural communities. As a current member of the Oregon Business Council, Bruce has expanded his interest to health care policy for small businesses and rural communities. He currently serves as a board member of the Bend Memorial Clinic.

Amelia Pape | Founder, My Street Grocery  

Amelia Pape

After graduation, Amelia founded My Street Grocery, a pop-up mobile grocer with a mission to increase fresh food access in communities with barriers to healthy eating. My Street Grocery launched its pilot program in the fall of 2011 and, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, began full time operations in May 2012. My Street Grocery is a graduate of the Social Innovation Incubator Circuit Program and has been featured in Fast Company, Sustainable Business Oregon, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Amelia received her BA from the American University and her MBA from Portland State University with a focus in social enterprise. She currently works full-time with My Street Grocery, is a member of the Portland/Multnomah Food Policy Council, and serves on the Food Justice Work Group.

Christa Svensson | Export Sales and Marketing, Bornstein Seafoods Inc.

Christa Svensson

Christa currently serves on the Oregon Albacore Commission, as a Director for the Albacore Fisherman's Research Foundation Board, and as the Vice-President for the Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. Christa attended Oregon State University and earned a Bachelor's degree with honors in anthropology. In 2003, she earned a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Washington with a focus on fundraising and development. In her spare time she is an avid traveler, reader and beekeeper.

  Christa recommends FishChoice.com

Geoff Bolan | Commercial Director, Marine Stewardship Council

Geoff Bolan

Geoff has over 20 years of experience launching and growing enterprises in the for-profit and non-profit sectors worldwide. He has held executive and leadership roles with TravelCLICK, McDonalds, iExplore, and Conservation International. Geoff holds his MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and his BA from Tufts University.

Brad Pettinger | Director, Oregon Trawl Commission

Brad Pettinger

He serves on numerous industry committees and boards, including Oregon's Ocean Policy Advisor Council and the Pacific Fishery Management Council's Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee. He was also member of the Trawl Individual Quota Committee that helped design the west coast trawl rationalization program that was implemented in 2011. He is a 1981 graduate of Oregon State University and makes his home in Brookings Oregon.

Kristofor Lofgren | CEO & Founder, Bamboo Sushi  

Kristofor Lofgren

When Kristofor is not working to foster and grow the culture and people of Team Bamboo, you can probably find him traveling to meet with suppliers, environmental scientists, and policy makers. Kristofor enjoys spending his time outside of work with his wife, family, friends and participating in adventure and adrenaline sports.

Summer Gorder LEED AP+BD&C | Chair of the Sustainability and Equity Committee, Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs & President ecoREAL, LLC

Summer Gorder

Her experience stems from over a decade of work with Sienna Architecture Company as a co-founder of their Sustainability Team. Through this vast experience she has developed a proprietary Green Building Implementation and Management (GBIM) tool-kit that has proven results for navigating the LEED certification process with cost effective results. She is the chair this committee for the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME), and serves on the AIA Board of directors in Portland, OR.

Jacen Greene | Ames Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship, Impact Entrepreneurs, Portland State University  

Jacen Greene

Jacen has previously worked with social entrepreneurs in the U.S., India, Cambodia, and Latin America across sectors as diverse as green energy, impact sourcing, and certified coffee. Jacen graduated Beta Gamma Sigma with an MBA in sustainability from Portland State University and holds a B.A. in China studies from Willamette University.

  Jacen recommends Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know by: David Bornstein and Susan Davis

Franko Martinec | Facilities Services Division Manager, Port of Portland

Franko Martinec

Most recently, Franko was also assigned to lead the Port of Portland's Carbon Footprint Reduction and Energy Management program. The program addresses all of the Port's marine, aviation and business and industrial park operations, along with the Port's navigation department, which performs maintenance dredging of the Columbia River's navigation channel.

  Franko recommends Jolt! The Impending Dominance of the Electric Car by: James Billmaier

Joshua Skov | Partner, Good Company   

Joshua Skov

He helps clients in understanding how the challenge of sustainability relates to their organizations, assessing social and environmental performance, and implementing measures to address these emerging issues. Mr. Skov is the chair of the City of Eugene Sustainability Commission. He has also served on citizen advisory committees of Eugene Water & Electric Board for electric resource planning and the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission for the development of systems development charges.

Suzanne Swanson | Associate Marketing Manager, Adidas Group

Suzanne Swanson

Suzanne is also the founder and owner of Recycle Racing, provider of locally-produced sustainable race products including race numbers, bike numbers, and a full suite of sustainable triathlon race products. In two short years, Recycle Racing has become an international business serving hundreds of races around the US and abroad. Naturally, Suzanne is an avid runner as well as a RRCA-certified running coach. Suzanne received her B.A. from the University of Oregon and her M.B.A. from the University of Portland.

  Suzanne recommends The Zero Waste Home

Jay Coalson | Executive Director, Zero Waste Alliance  

Jay Coalson

Coalson brings to ZWA his passion for innovative technology, market development, and industry and community engagement. He is extremely active on a variety of issues pertaining to sustainability and community vitality and sits on the Boards of Sustainable Northwest, Portland Sustainability Institute, the Portland Community College Foundation, PSU's First Stop Portland and the Center for Innovative School Facilities. Coalson is an alumni of Portland State University and active with the PSU Business School.

Yvonne Garcia | Sustainability at Work Adviser, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability  

Yvonne Garcia

Yvonne has been a Sustainability Adviser at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability for 5 years and provides technical assistance to Portland businesses in the areas of resource efficiency and sustainable operations. Yvonne has rich experience with community outreach and engagement. She can be seen in the field talking with business associations and community groups to learn how Sustainability at Work can best serve our local businesses community.

Paul de Block | Sustainability at Work Adviser, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability  

Paul de Block

With over a decade of experience in resource efficiency, Paul has helped hundreds of businesses reduce their environmental impacts. His current focus is on assisting commercial property managers in providing their tenants with education and inspiration to improve their sustainability programs.

Kim White | Sustainability at Work Adviser, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability  

Kim White

With a degree in Community Development, a passion for Portland, and more than 20 years of experience working with private, nonprofit and governmental organizations, Kim is well equipped to assist businesses with finding resources and technical assistance that enable them to become more sustainable.

Lindsey Maser | Sustainability at Work Adviser, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability  

Lindsey Maser

Lindsey has provided assistance to businesses through the Sustainability at Work program for the past four years, answering technical questions, providing resources, and connecting individuals with other experts in the sustainability field. As a certified Master Recycler, Lindsey is well versed in the intricacies of recycling, composting, and creative re-use opportunities.

Jon Blumenauer | Founder, Hutani Sustainability Strategies

Jon Blumenauer

A Principal at GlobalEdge Solutions, Jon is the founder of Hutani Sustainability Strategies and has worked previously with Nike, G4S International and the Rimba Group. He graduated from Pomona College in Los Angeles, with an MBA and Masters in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Michigan. Jon has served on the board of directors of the Northwest Earth Institute , NWEI's EcoChallenge Task Force, and the advisory board of the Portland State University Center for Global Leadership in Sustainability.

Patsy Feeman | Principal GlobalEdge Solutions

Patsy Feeman

Patsy was previously a principal with LionHeart Consulting, a change management company focused on redefining leadership excellence and The Rouse Company, a pioneer retail real estate developer. She believe that sustainability, at its core, is about creating a new future — one that brings forth new realities and actions more in line with what we deeply care about.

  Patsy recommends A Whole New Mind by: Daniel H. Pink

Christopher Gilbert, Ph.D. | Managing Principal, GlobalEdge Solutions, LLC.

Christopher Gilbert

Dr. Gilbert has also served as Provost for the sustainable business MBA at Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Seattle and international business faculty at universities in the EU, China, and the Russian Republic. His new book, There's No Right Way to Do the Wrong Thing is slated for publication in spring of 2013.

  Christopher recommends Global Mind Change: The Promise of the 21st Century by: Willis Harmon

Dave Newman | Senior Strategist and Supply Chain Consultant

Dave Newman

Dave's management of the global climate reporting initiative to the Carbon Disclosure Project and Climate Counts resulted in Nike achieving the highest rating of any company from Climate Counts in 2008. He partnered with the World Federation of Sporting Goods Industry to pilot energy efficiency within apparel and equipment contract manufacturing. Dave is a board advisor for GreenShipping.com and Climate Clean. He has extensive public speaking experience as a subject matter expert at industry conferences, working groups, non-profit events and universities.

  Dave recommends Believing Cassandra by: Alan AtKisson

Molly Chidsey | Sustainability Coordinator, Metro  

Molly Chidsey

Previously, she worked with the Multnomah County Sustainability Program to develop programs to prevent waste, increase recycling, reduce toxics and make county purchases more sustainable. Her work with the international Health Care Without Harm Coalition included coordination of a voluntary "Mercury-Free Medicine" campaign with health care facilities. She has also worked with college campuses to adopt sustainability practices through National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology program. Originally from Cleveland, Molly has a passion for creating sustainable communities that create opportunities and benefits for all.

Jacqueline Drumheller | Environmental Affairs Manager, Alaska Airlines  

Jacqueline Drumheller

In 2008 she co-founded Alaska Airlines' corporate sustainability program. She raised awareness of the importance and value of environmental stewardship through the launch and leadership of a cross-divisional Green Team, which lead to a company-wide adoption of new "greener" business initiatives and strategies. In 2009, she completed Alaska Air Group's first ever Corporate Environmental Responsibility Report. She is currently putting the finishing touches on Air Group's first Sustainability Report. By institutionalizing sustainability and integrating environmental decisions into routine business decisions, Ms. Drumheller believes that businesses can improve their brand value and corporate image, increase employee engagement, cut costs, and reduce risks. Ms. Drumheller is an enthusiastic public speaker who enjoys turning dry technical information into something simple, fun, and understandable.

Andrea Durbin | Executive Director, Oregon Environmental Council  

Andrea Durbin

Before moving to Oregon, Andrea worked as an independent consultant based in Brussels Belgium and Washington, DC, focused on establishing environmental and social standards for the financial sector. In Washington, DC she worked as a senior manager for national environmental organizations focused on national and international policy making. She has authored articles on the topics of globalization, finance and trade issues as they relate to the environment, testified before Congress and served as an NGO Representative on the US delegation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). She received her degree from the University of Washington, and has completed Harvard's Executive Management Program.

Ben West | Co-Founder and CEO, EcoZoom  

Ben West

Ben got his start and thirst for business in an unlikely place - the trucking industry. He turned his account at the billion dollar company US Xpress into an entrepreneurial venture and created innovative programs to slash turnover, grow revenue and exceed profit projections. After three years of success and unprecedented growth in the account, Ben decided that his career has to be more than a big paycheck. He then went to get his MBA at the University of Oregon with the idea to use business to make social and environmental change. Ben graduated in 2009 and immediately put his new skills to work in the clean cook stove industry.

Stephen Aiguier | President and Founder, Greenhammer  

Stephen Aiguier

Stephen Aiguier is a certified Passive House consultant and CEO of Green Hammer, an integrated design, build and energy firm based in Portland that is recognized as one of the premier experts in high-performance building in the United States. Aiguier works with Green Hammer's multidisciplinary teams, his students at Earth Advantage Institute and members of the community. He's passionate about creating healthy, durable and inspiring spaces that drastically reduce carbon emissions and live in harmony with natural ecosystems.

Peter West | Director of Energy Programs, Energy Trust of Oregon  

Peter West

He also helped launch the Oregon Rivers Council, now the Pacific Rivers Council. Peter served as the Supervisory Regional Economist for Bonneville Power, overseeing economic and electrical demand analysis and forecasting. Prior to working at Bonneville Power, he was an Agricultural Resource Economist for Oregon State University working on cost-effective strategies to control soil erosion. Peter has a graduate degree in Agriculture and Resource Economics from Oregon State University and a Bachelor's of Science degree in Economics from the University of Maine.

Conference Emcee

Nik Blosser | Co-founder and President, Celilo Group Media  

Nik Blosser

The winery has organic farming, production and retail operations in Yamhill County and its wines include Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Evolution. The company has distribution in 50 states and over a dozen foreign countries. For the past decade in the Pacific Northwest Nik has been a leading voice in the sustainable business arena, shaping both political and business perspectives around the economic opportunities surrounding sustainability. He was the founding Publisher of Sustainable Industries business magazine in 2003. Celilo Group Media's publications have been recognized with several awards including the 2007 Cecil D. Andrus Leadership Award for Sustainability and Conservation, the first ever Aveda Environmental Award for the magazine industry, a BEST Award from the City of Portland, A Founder of the Northwest Award and several Utne Independent Press Award nominations. Nik is also co-founder and current Board Chair of the Oregon Business Association. He was appointed by two Oregon governors to serve on the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission, which included service as Vice-Chair of the Commission. Nik received his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in aeronautical engineering and English from Stanford University. Nik is married to Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury and resides in Portland, Oregon with their three children.

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