If our 2019 speakers chose to make their presentation PowerPoints public, they will be linked under the sessions below.

Track A


Fundamental sessions designed as an introduction or refresher on topics ranging from emergency response, hazardous waste, stormwater management, and more.



Track B


Technical sessions for those wanting to “go deep” on topics like stormwater management, PFAS, site assessment, and more.



Track C

Cross-cutting Issues

Trending topics that range from the complex to the controversial including a special day two spotlight on the agencies.



Track D

Sustainability & Best Business Practices: Going Beyond Compliance

Sessions highlighting sustainable business with a day two focus on advanced best management practices.



Keynote Speakers

Kevin Winston

Global Environmental Affairs Leader


Mr. Winston is a graduate from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering Technology and has 24 years of environmental management experience.  He is presently the Global Environmental Affairs Leader at Amazon.com. His primary responsibilities include managing environmental risk programs and management systems, and developing the strategic plan for mitigating environmental risks. Before coming to Amazon almost 4 years ago, Kevin was employed in the Food and Beverage Industry (PepsiCo) and the Chemical and Refining industries (Sunoco, Inc. and Rohm and Haas Company).

Steve Moore, Ph.D.

Executive Director and CEO

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Steve serves the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust as the Executive Director and CEO. Steve is an alumnus of McMurry University, Asbury Theological Seminary, St. Andrews University, and the University of Michigan. He did post-grad work at Hebrew University and Harvard University and was a visiting scholar at Oxford University. He is a widely published author and speaker and has served in a number of leadership roles in community and professional organizations.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is a private foundation that provides grants to nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest in four primary areas: scientific research, education, arts and culture and health and human services.

The Murdock Trust was established by the last will and testament of the late Melvin Jack Murdock, co-founder of Tektronix, lifelong resident of the Northwest and dedicated philanthropist. Since it was founded in 1975, the Murdock Trust has provided nearly than $975 million in grants and support to more than 3,000 organizations.

Featured Keynote Panel

Laurie A. Wayburn

Co-founder, Co-CEO, and President

Pacific Forest Trust

Neal Ewald

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President

Green Diamond Resource Company

Meta Loftsgaarden

Executive Director

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board

Water & Forests: Transforming traditional problems into historic opportunities

Once a trickle, now a deluge, access to clean reliable water is increasingly disrupted in the Pacific NW from population and economic growth, shifts in land use/management patterns, and rising weather variability from climate disruption. Such variability impacts watershed function, and water demand affecting the region’s economic security, hydropower supplies, downstream water availability for industrial and agricultural users, as well as environmental benefits of hunting, fishing, water for fish and wildlife and recreation. Traditionally, water conflicts have been intense, often legal and legislative battles pitting users against other users. But this problem can be turned into an economic opportunity. In this plenary session, we will hear about Oregon’s 100-year water vision and learn from innovative policy advocates and working landowners on how to build a new resource economy supporting businesses and landowners for protecting and restoring watersheds to ensure long-term resiliency for the region’s rapidly growing economy.

HAZWOPER 8-Hour Refresher

Designed to provide participants with general information in relation to the OSHA requirements for those who work at hazardous waste operation sites. This course meets the training requirements specified in 29 CFR 1910.120 for workers who need the annual 8-hour refresher training. The course content emphasizes the health and safety requirements and procedures for those who work cleaning up waste sites, handling hazardous waste at treatment, storage or disposal facilities or responding to major spills or releases of hazardous substances.

Prerequisite: 24- or 40- Hour Initial HAZWOPER Training Course

Thursday, December 12, 2019
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Red Lion Hotel on the River – Jantzen Beach
909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland OR

Cost: $150



Kathleen Fisher
Environmental Health & Safety Specialist

Ms. Fisher has more than 30 years of health and safety experience within both industry and governmental settings in the United States and abroad. She has spent more than a decade providing instructor-led training including teaching hazard response, environmental compliance, hospital laboratory procedures, and science-related courses. Her areas of expertise include Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance; OSHA and Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training; risk assessment; and audits for chemical safety and environmental compliance.

Meet the Regulators

Richard Whitman


Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Anthony L. Barber, PE

Director, Oregon Operations Office

US EPA Region 10

Rich Doenges

Southwest Region Director

Washington State Department of Ecology

The Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Washington State Department of Ecology will kick off Business & The Environment with the opening keynote panel on Day 1. Come hear the latest information in a lively discussion, moderated by Geoff Tichenor, Stoel Rives LLP.