2017 Symposium Program

Charting the Course

California Leading the Way in Sustainable Freight


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