Meet the speakers
Christopher Lee Allen
Director | Foreseeable™ Solutions: Net Zero + Nature Positive, Jacobs
Chris is the Managing Director for Jacobs Foreseeable Net Zero + Nature Positive solutions. With 30+ years consulting and strategic management experience, he works with teams to integrate sustainability and resilience into planning and design for a range of private and public sector clients all around the globe.
Guided by strategic thinking and an interactive process, Chris specializes in working with clients and teams to drive innovative outcomes that create new business and social value. He also serves as the Jacobs strategic alliance liaison to Biomimicry 3.8 for ecologically aligned regenerative design and development.
Javier A. Baldor
Chief Executive Officer, BST Global
As BST Global’s Chief Executive Officer, Javier A. Baldor leads a global team of professionals responsible for the market introduction of the company’s business software products and cloud solutions. He is also instrumental in crafting and implementing the company’s business strategy, overall vision and mission.
Javier joined BST Global in 1989 and has served in various capacities during his tenure. In 1999, Javier was the primary catalyst in establishing a global vision for BST Global, and since that time, the company has flourished from its roots in North America. Today, BST Global serves clients in 65 countries on six continents.
Managing Partner, The Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG)
Jessica Zofnass Barclay is a Managing Partner of the Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG). EFCG is the leading advisor to architecture, engineering, and construction firms and leverages its 30 years of proprietary industry research and data to provide differentiated M&A advisory expertise, financial and strategic consulting, and executive conferences.
Jessica leads the firm’s M&A team, working with clients on ownership transitions, recapitalizations, inorganic growth strategies, and preparing firms for a sale.
Prior to joining EFCG, Jessica spent a decade in finance working with institutions, family offices, and private equity firms through her roles at Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, and Black Creek Group.
Jessica received her MBA with Distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she was named an Edward Tuck Scholar, and graduated with Honors from Harvard University, where she rowed for the Women’s Varsity Crew Team for four years.
Hugh W. Brown, Jr.
Director, Americas & Head of Financial Services, BSR (Business for Social Responsibility)
Hugh is the Head of BSR’s Financial Services practice and partners with companies across sectors. He advises institutional investors, corporations, and other capital market participants on corporate sustainability strategy, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing and risk management, and stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining BSR, Hugh was a senior director at Ceres, where he led investor engagement with global institutional investors representing over US$20 trillion in assets under management (AUM).
Hugh has over 15 years of investment management expertise, holding roles at the Florida State Board of Administration and Morgan Stanley, and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Senior Director, Investor Engagement Hub & Climate Action 100+, Ceres
Cynthia McHale is a Senior Director at Ceres, a Boston-based nonprofit that works with the most influential investors and companies to tackle the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change. She has over 20 years of experience working with leading companies, investors, and non-profits to build financial, environmental and community leadership.
Cynthia oversees Ceres’ investor engagement initiatives that seek to strengthen the voice of shareholders pressing companies to address the full range of climate and sustainability challenges. Cynthia works with shareholders, colleagues, and other stakeholders to design and implement active ownership practices including investor-corporate dialogues, shareholder proposals, and governance campaigns. Over the past 5 years, she led the development and implementation of the Climate Action 100+ initiative—a global campaign to move the largest carbon-emitting companies across all major sectors to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Today, more than 700 investors with over $68 trillion in assets collectively under management are engaging companies on improving governance, curbing emissions, and strengthening climate-related financial disclosures.
Cynthia launched her sustainability career at Ceres by working with insurance companies, regulators, and policy makers to set new standards and expectations that promote a more proactive insurance industry response to myriad climate risks and move companies and communities towards greater resiliency.
SVP, Environmental Advisory Services, Montrose Environmental
Mark has 30+ years’ experience in senior executive and leadership roles for public & private power generation and renewable energy companies, and also consulting/engineering firms. Mark’s corporate responsibilities included strategic planning, EH&S programs, government affairs, marketing & communications, investor relations and business development.
For Montrose Environmental, Mark leads the Montrose Environmental Advisory Services team, and heads the U.S. West and Central Region Consulting Services teams, along with the Ecosystem Service Economics line. Mark holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Indiana University, and a B.A. in Chemistry from Austin College.
Vice President, Global Director for Climate Resilience & ESG, Wood
In his role as Vice President and Global Director for Climate Resilience & ESG at Wood E&I he integrates sustainability and resilience into projects to strategically deliver project outputs that support ESG performance. He is the director for the Wood ADAPT for ESG Performance framework and the ResilienceLensTM Screen for Investments tool developed in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation. He is on the Meridiam Investments Resilience Committee for the Urban Resilience Catalytic Capital Fund (CCF) and an associate on the UNFCCC Climate Champions team to mainstream resilience for global impact.
He manages the Wood partnerships with Resilience Rising and the Resilient Cities Network, a member of the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI) and on the IPCC SUP Global Dialogue WG. He has been a speaker at the World Urban Forum, Global Infrastructure Dialogues and at COP26. He is on the Advisory Board for the ‘New Zero World’ campaign and film, is based in Portland, Maine and has been with the firm for over 35 years.
Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute
Richard Heinberg is a Senior Fellow at Post Carbon Institute and is the author of 14 books, including POWER: LIMITS AND PROSPECTS FOR HUMAN SURVIVAL, along with hundreds of essays and articles, some of which have appeared in NATURE, WALL STREET JOURNAL and THE AMERICAN PROSPECT.
He has lectured on 6 continents and has appeared in numerous environmental documentary films.
Director - Emerging Technology, Montrose Environmental Group
Mr. Heitmann is the Director of Emerging Technology with 7 years' experience managing technology development and evaluation as well as all aspects of air monitoring programs. Mr. Heitmann applies his expertise in the installation, integration and commissioning of ambient, indoor, and source continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) for a variety of client projects across North America.
Mr. Heitmann’s extensive background of developing and managing cost effective ambient air sensors for integration in community and industry-based air monitoring programs, and his ability to support interpretation and communication of what the data collected means has proved invaluable to clients.
President & CEO, Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)
As the president & CEO of ISI, Anthony oversees the organization’s overall operations and leads the development of the Envision framework for sustainable infrastructure. Anthony was formerly a research director at the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, a research associate with the Materials, Processes, and Systems Group at Harvard University, and an instructor at the Boston Architectural College. He holds a bachelor’s in architecture, summa cum laude, from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in design studies from Harvard University.
Anthony is a co-author of Ceramic Material Systems in Architecture and Interior Design and a contributing author of Infrastructure Sustainability and Design.
CEO, ESG Global Advisors Inc.
Sarah is an ESG and climate change expert with over a decade of work experience as a thought leader, consultant, facilitator, and auditor. She regularly presents to Executive teams and Boards of Directors on the link between ESG and climate change with financial and operational performance and long-term value. Sarah helps her clients establish ESG and climate change strategies that align with strategic priorities, enabling effective integration with existing risk and strategy processes.
Prior to joining ESG Global Advisors, Sarah was a Principal at CPA Canada where she produced research, thought leadership and guidance for companies to integrate climate change considerations into business strategy, risk management, governance, and reporting. Previously, Sarah held senior roles at PwC and MNP working with the energy and mining sectors.
Climate, Resilience & Sustainability Executive Lead, WSP USA
Tom Lewis is WSP USA’s senior executive in charge of Climate, Resilience & Sustainability for WSP USA, which includes the firm’s Future Ready innovation program. In this role and across his 30-plus year career, he has developed specialized experience in complex program management, technology innovation, renewables and clean energy, climate adaptation and resilience, sustainability, civil, geotechnical and transportation engineering, waste to energy, environmental protection and ecosystem restoration, groundwater and sediment remediation, brownfields redevelopment, industrial hygiene, disaster management and infrastructure recovery, water services, and construction management.
Tom has served on a variety of boards and committees promoting sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, Resilience First, and the Zofnass Program’s Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory Board at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Tom holds a BS and MS in Civil Engineering and a JD with focus on environmental law/regulation. He is a licensed professional engineer and passed the bar in multiple states.
Chief Executive Officer - North America, Anthesis Group
Chantelle Ludski joined Anthesis in September 2020 as Chief Operating Officer for North America and Asia Pacific, and is a member of the Global Leadership Team. Chantelle previously held the role of Chief Administrative Officer for the Americas at Renewable Energy Systems, Inc and prior to that, she was Global Chief Risk Officer at Arcadis N.V.
Chantelle started her career in her native South Africa as a Corporate & Commercial lawyer in private practice, before moving to a General Counsel role with one of her firm’s clients in the UK.
Managing Director & Climate Resiliency Leader, Public Sector Partnership, Aon
Natalia is a Managing Director, Climate Resiliency Leader at Aon’s Public Sector Partnership (PSP), which focuses on developing innovative solutions to help governments and other public institutions reduce volatility and increase the resiliency of their mission. The PSP is a global team of talented colleagues that have deep experience serving in government, insurance, reinsurance, and the capital markets.
In her role, Natalia works with clients to advance climate resiliency and disaster risk reduction solutions, well as drives innovative solutions to support the transition to a lower carbon economy (e.g., exploring the role that insurance can play in de-risking cleantech investments, improving the integrity of carbon offset transactions).
Prior to joining Aon, Natalia worked as a Director of Climate Resilience at the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, where she led the development of programs, guidelines and standards for climate resilience and disaster risk reduction in Canada. Natalia held sustainability consulting and risk assurance roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada. She is a Board Member of the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative, a non-profit that helps governments identify, value and account for natural assets in their financial planning and asset management programs.
Natalia holds a B.A in Economics and a M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo.
President of Earth & Environment, WSP
Dennis 'Denny' Papilion has more than 35 years of experience in operations, strategy and development, and project/program management in the environmental, engineering and construction industries. He has served as executive lead of multidisciplinary operations across the US, Canada and Latin America, and has demonstrated success driving the execution of strategic business initiatives.
Denny has experience across all market sectors served by Earth & Environment, including oil & gas/chemicals, power and energy, transportation, government, water/wastewater, mining and commercial/industrial, and has extensive background in a wide range of key service areas.
Denny recognizes the importance of centering environment, social and governance (ESG) considerations in the delivery of services and solutions to clients; he is passionate about inclusion and diversity; and he is a champion of safety culture. Denny graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture, and he resides in Denver.
Executive Advisor - Sustainability, Resilience & ESG, GHD
As GHD’s Executive Advisor, Sustainability, Resilience & ESG, Ginny Philps, an anthropologist by training, identifies opportunities for GHD clients to derive tangible value from the ESG reporting and disclosure process. This work enables clients to move beyond compliance, leveraging synergies, supporting innovation and driving business value.
Ginny’s participation in Cambridge Judge Business School’s inaugural Circular Economy cohort, in conjunction with The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, strengthened her understanding, acumen and vision for what is possible when we seek to embrace a Circular Economy.
Joining the global energy industry in 2001, Ginny’s responsibilities encompassed social investment strategy development, sustainability reporting and external relations. Since then, she has continued to build global experience across diverse sectors including non-profit capacity building and analysing rural educations programs in Egypt, assisting organizations to become social impact-investment ready in Australia and publishing research on non-financial indicators in Brazil. She also spent time building business-chamber support for a leading food bank and assisted multinationals in their pursuit of integrated reporting and climate conscious portfolios in Asia.
Executive Vice President, Environmental Services, Stantec
An executive vice president and business operating unit leader for Stantec's Environmental Services business, Susan is a dynamic leader recognized for forging strong client relationships, driving growth, and inspiring an inclusive team environment.
Her project and leadership experience span diverse sectors and geographies across the consulting engineering and construction industry. Susan has managed complex environmental programs around the world and provided strategic oversight of transformational business change. No matter her role, Susan is committed to superior client care and project delivery.
Susan is an advisory board member of the FIDIC (International Federal of Consulting Engineers) Global Leadership Forum and a member of OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Executive Consultation Group supporting their Blue Dot Network. She has a bachelor of geology from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Science in geochemistry from the University of Chicago.
Global Market Leader – Digital Environment, GHD
As the Global Market Leader, Digital Environment, Brett Roberts and his team are at the forefront of digitally transforming environment, ESG, and sustainability programs. By leveraging digital solutions and products, he is charting the path to a Future Environmental industry, enabling better and more efficient outcomes for clients. Brett’s approach to applying innovative and disruptive technologies amplifies the impact of environmental practitioners and accelerates progress towards a zero-carbon economy and achievement of sustainability goals.
From the ownership of P&L, sales and business development, integration of mergers and acquisitions, software and solution development and integration, leading strategic and business planning, and much more, Brett has made significant strides in the EHS&S software and consulting space through numerous executive leadership roles.
Since joining GHD in 2020, Brett has led the development of new digital capabilities, solutions, products, and partnerships. He has applied technologies such as advanced data analytics and Artificial Intelligence, data and document mining, Robotic Process Automation, software solutions, centralized data management systems, real-time IoT enabled data collection, and advanced visualization techniques like Virtual Reality to support client environmental and sustainability programs.
Vice President – Asset Management National Practice Lead, Arcadis
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Global Head of ESG Advisory Services, AECOM
In his role as Global Head of ESG Advisory Services, Mr. Spencer supports the advancement of the firm’s environmental, social and governance strategy.
Mr. Spencer has been an integral member in devising and embedding corporate ESG strategies in a post-COVID-19 environment, providing ESG-focused business planning and green recovery. He has driven climate change and carbon performance change management programs in-house and for client organizations; aligning climate action and sustainable development with strategic planning.
Additionally, Mr. Spencer is a co-founder and executive director of the Natural Capital Laboratory (NCL), and works in a pro bono ESG advisory capacity for the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) as an Advisory Board member and chair of the EIC Natural Capital Taskforce. He is also Vice Chair of the Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Conseils (FIDIC) Sustainable Development committee and sits on the Environment Analyst Sustainability Advisory Board. Recently, he established the Science working group of Sustainable Markets Initiative – Nature-based Solutions taskforce.
Global Business Line Chief Executive for Environment, AECOM
Frank is the Chief Executive of the Environment Global Business Line, with more than 7,500 scientists, engineers and support staff serving clients globally. The business provides a full range of environmental and energy consulting, engineering and field services.
Mr. Sweet was appointed to lead the Environment Global Business Line in October 2020 and has been leading the integration of the Environment Business Line in the Americas since August 2018.
Mr. Sweet has held a series of operational and corporate roles including his most recent role leading Delivery Excellence which established the company’s project management systems, training and technical quality programs. Previously he was responsible for AECOM’s Northeast Region of the Americas. Prior to joining AECOM, Mr. Sweet led ENSR’s Environment Business in the Americas.
Global Emerging Contaminants Programme Manager, Wood
A leading advisor on strategically managing PFAS challenges, Shalene Thomas began her career in toxicology and risk assessment consulting then quickly expanded her expertise to create data management and visualisation tools. For the last 12 years, she has worked to guide clients through navigating PFAS use transition, investigation and clean-up. Shalene is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Project Manager, Corporate Climate Leadership, Environmental Defense Fund
Maren is a Project Manager supporting EDF’s work to raise the bar for corporate climate leadership. She works with companies, investors, ratings/rankings agencies, employees, and other stakeholders to ensure that consistent climate policy advocacy is an essential part of corporate leadership on climate change.