2017 Symposium Program

Charting the Course

California Leading the Way in Sustainable Freight

To view the PowerPoint presented at the 2017 Symposium by Daniel Smith, Principal at The Tioga Group, please click here.


Wednesday     February 15, 2017

12:15 pm           Registration Opens

1:00 pm             Day 1 Opening Keynote

1:30 pm             Panel: Smarter, Faster, Cleaner Freight Systems 

How Can we Partner to Increase Efficiency?

  • MODERATOR:  Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, Chair, Assembly Select Committee on Ports
  • Tony Brower, Owner, Brower and Co. Freight Forwarding
  • Michael Christensen, Senior Executive Lead, Supply Chain Optimization, Port of Long Beach
  • Elizabeth Fretheim, Senior Director, Logistics Sustainability, Walmart
  • Robert “Bobby” Olvera, Jr., President, International Longshore Warehouse Union – Local 13
  • Chris Shimoda, Vice President, Government Affairs, California Trucking Association

3:00 pm            Why Zero Emissions Must be Our Goal to Support Healthy Communities

  • Dr. John Balmes, Director of the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, UC Berkeley; Board Member, California Air Resources

3:10 pm             Networking Break

3:30 pm             Panel: Path to Zero Emissions

How Do We Transition to Zero Emission Operations?

  • MODERATOR: Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Chris Cannon, Director of Environmental Management, Port of Los Angeles
  • Stella Li, President, BYD Co.
  • David Pettit, Senior Attorney, Southern California Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Joseph W. Pratt, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineer, Advanced Energy RD&D, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Janea Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

5:00 pm             Symposium Day 1 Adjourns

5:00 pm             Welcome Reception and Awards Ceremony

5:15 pm              Brief Address

  • Commissioner Jason Hodge, President, Board of Harbor Commissioners, Port of Hueneme

CMLS Honoree of Merit Award Presentation

  • Will Kempton, Executive Director, Transportation California; Former Executive Director, California Transportation Commission

Gary L. Gregory Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation

  • In Memory of Bill Lyte

Thursday        February 16, 2017

7:15 am             Registration Opens & Breakfast

8:00 am             Day 2 Opening Address

  • Jody Breckenridge, Board Chair, San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA)

8:30 am             Panel: Where Profit Meets Progress

How Can We Increase the Competitiveness of California's Freight System and Economic Returns While Continuing Environmental Progress?

  • MODERATOR: Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva, Chair, Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
  • Jean Banker, Principal Assistant to Executive Director, Port of Oakland
  • Kristin Decas, Chief Executive Officer and Port Director, Port of Hueneme; President, California Association of Port Authorities
  • LaDonna DiCamillo, Regional AVP Government Affairs, BNSF Railway Company
  • Andrew Grant, President and CEO, Northern California World Trade Center
  • Kish Rajan, President, Southern California Leadership Council

10:00 am            Networking Break

10:20 am            The Need for Sound Planning and Investment in California's Freight Corridors

  • Fran Inman, Senior Vice President, Majestic Realty Co. 

10:30 am            Panel: Financing the Future

 How Do We Pay For It All? 

  • MODERATOR: Will Kempton, Executive Director, Transportation California; Former Executive Director, California Transportation Commission
  • Keith Dunn, Executive Director, Self-Help Counties Coalition
  • James Jack, Executive Director, Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT)
  • Mike Jacob, Vice President & General Counsel, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association
  • Matt Petersen, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles
  • Jonathan Rosenthal, Chairman, TTSI; Managing Partner, Saybrook Capital

12:00 pm            Economic Forecast

  • Daniel Smith, Principal, The Tioga Group

12:30 pm            Symposium Adjourns