Industry Keynote, Panelist, and Presenters


Industry Keynote Speaker:

From Here to Circularity: A Model for Restorative and Regenerative Enterprise

John Davies, Vice President and Senior Analyst, GreenBiz


John Davies is vice president and senior analyst at GreenBiz Group, heading up independent research regarding green strategies and business operations and the sustainability profession. Davies also leads the GreenBiz Executive Network, a member-based, peer-to-peer learning forum for sustainability professionals. The network is made up of senior executives from $1B+ corporations working together to share best practices and lessons learned for implementing sustainable development programs. Davies is an experienced entrepreneur and innovator who has applied his business and management skills to launching start-ups as well as improving the operations of existing businesses. Davies is a frequent keynote speaker at international events, is well-known for his supply chain and sustainability expertise and is the author of numerous articles in business, industry, and educational publications. John received his BA from SUNY at Fredonia and his MA from the University of Delaware.

Industry Panel Discussion:

Opportunities and Challenges in Sustainable Manufacturing

Jessica Sanderson, Director of Sustainability, Novelis Inc.


Jessica Sanderson is the Director of Sustainability at Novelis, the world’s leader in aluminum rolling and beverage can recycling. At Novelis, Jessica engages with a multitude of stakeholders to progress Novelis’ ambitious sustainability goals including becoming the low-carbon aluminum producer. In this position, Jessica stresses the importance of understanding the environmental footprint and social impact of a product throughout its entire lifecycle and a developing a sustainability strategy that supports the business. Prior to joining Novelis, Jessica worked in the areas of sustainability and product safety at USG Corporation, a building materials manufacturer. She earned her MBA at DePaul University, Masters of Public Health at Tulane University and graduated from Tulane undergraduate in Cell and Molecular Biology.

Jon Doyle, Sustainability Engineer, Corporate Sustainability, Lexmark International, Inc.


Jonathan Doyle is a sustainability engineer in the corporate sustainability department for Lexmark International, Inc. He is responsible for the Life Cycle Analyses for new printers and the End-of-Life (Recycling, EPR, WEEE) Programs. Jonathan has been with Lexmark for 18 years and has served in his current position since 2015.
Prior to sustainability, Jonathan has been a product engineer supporting Inkjet Supplies and Laser Supplies. He also has experience in Global Sourcing, managing vendor relationships. Jonathan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 2000. He also graduated from Western Kentucky University with bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Science. Prior to joining Lexmark, Jonathan served as a Radiation Chemist for the State of Kentucky.

Adam Schafer Ph.D., Director of Supply Chain Sustainability, Intel Corp.


Adam is a director within Intel's Global Supply Management organization, responsible for Supply Chain ESG and Chemical Compliance. Within this role, Adam oversees Intel’s Supply Line Sustainability, Chemical Regulations and Policy, Green material selections, and the company’s “Conflict Free" minerals, & Supply Chain Diversity and Inclusion programs.
Specialties: Supply line sustainability, conflict minerals, corporate social responsibility, technical management, risk management, thin films process engineering and development, Semiconductor Metrology and Inspection.

Kevin Bell, Energy Manager, Toyota Motor North America


Kevin Bell started in the Automotive Industry 29 years ago. He completed a 4 year Electrical Control Apprenticeship with Ford Motor Company of Europe and received his ONC and HNC in Electrical and Electronic Controls Engineering. He spent 9 years in various roles, Powertrain, Facilities and Boiler House Operations. During this time Kevin received his BEng (Hons) in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Kevin transitioned to his new role of Electrical Controls Engineer for Ford Group Staff in 2001.
In 2003 Kevin emigrated to Canada and began working for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, his focus areas were Utilities Equipment & Construction Management. In 2006, Kevin was transferred to the Facilities Engineering pilot group responsible for all aspects of design and construction of the new Woodstock Toyota Plant, tasks included equipment selection, commissioning, training, plant start-up and utility operations.
Kevin transferred to Toyota Motor Manufacturing America in 2011; he has spent the last 7 years working in the Facilities Engineering Group responsible for Energy Management, he was promoted to Energy Manager in January 2015.

Luncheon Speaker:

Global Sustainable Development Goals - An Obligation for All of Us!

Dr. Ömer Şahin Ganiyusufoğlu, Chairman, CIRP-CMAG; Consultant, Shenyang Machine Tool (Group) Co.


Ömer Şahin Ganiyusufoğlu received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1979 and his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering (with a focus on machine tools and manufacturing technology) in 1984, both from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, working as a research associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) in the Institute for Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology and Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Design (IPK – Berlin), directed by Prof. Dr. Spur. Between 1985 and 1989, he worked at the German CNC lathe manufacturer Traub, as Head of Automation. In 1990 he joined Yamazaki Mazak Germany, and worked there until 2005 as the Managing Director. He joined the German CNC lathe manufacturer Index-Werke in 2006, and moved to China as the General Manager of Index Dalian Machine Tool Ltd., which is a Joint Venture between Dalian Machine Tool Group and Index-Werke Germany. In 2011, he joined Shenyang Machine Tool Group (SYMG) Co., Ltd. in Shenyang, China. As a senior consultant to the Chairman of the Group, he currently supports the company in terms of strategy, globalization and international cooperation.
Ömer Sahin Ganiyusufoglu is a Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Tongji University in Shanghai, China. Within the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), he is representing SYMG as a Corporate Member. Since 2016 he has been serving as the Chairman of the Corporate Members Advisory Group (CMAG) of CIRP. He has been a member of the German Engineers‘ Association (VDI) since 1977. He is a recipient of the “Best Labor Award” of the City of Dalian, the “Rose Prize” of the City of Shenyang, the “Friendship Award” of Liaoning Province in China and the “Friendship Award” of the Chinese government in 2018, which is the highest honor awarded to a foreigner in China.

Industry Case Studies:

Featured Case Study: Circular Economy- Real-World Success

More than twenty years ago three companies all focused on improving product end of life management, reducing environmental impact and improving business processes and performance forged a partnership that has become an incredible example of how working together on a common set of goals can lead to amazing success. Throughout the twenty-year partnership there have been many hurdles to clear, technology challenges to solve and business demands to meet. This session will summarize the dedication, innovative thinking and accomplishments of this partnership and how it is an example of a real-world application of circular economy principles.

John Gagel, CIH, Senior Manager Global Corporate Sustainability, Lexmark International, Inc.


John D. Gagel is the senior manager of global corporate sustainability for Lexmark International, Inc. He is responsible for corporate management of all global sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and strategy development as well as product safety compliance. Gagel has been with Lexmark for 19 years and has served in his current position since 2007.
He is responsible for the development and release of Lexmark’s annual CSR report; and is the corporate senior manager for environmental, health and safety, responsible for Lexmark operations globally. In addition, he provides customer-focused sales and marketing support for all Lexmark sustainability initiatives worldwide, and has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars about the importance of sustainability as a key business strategy.
Gagel is the Lexmark representative to the Manufacturing Executive Leadership Council Board of Governors and the University of Kentucky, College of Engineering Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing. He has more than 25 years of experience in the sustainability, environmental, health and safety field. Prior to joining Lexmark, he served as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies in varied manufacturing settings on environmental, health and safety-related issues.
Gagel is certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Fredonia.

Ingrid Sinclair, Vice President - Recycling, Sims Recycling Solutions Inc.


As VP of Recycling for Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), Ingrid has spearheaded innovation in electronics recycling operations for almost 10 years. On behalf of SRS, Ingrid has played a pivotal role, partnering with OEMs and Lavergne, in developing a solution for the closed loop reuse of recycled plastic, which is one of the more challenging areas of electronics recycling. This project represents a major step forward in sustainable electronics recycling. With this solution, OEMs are able to recover plastic from recycled printers and directly reuse the recovered plastic to manufacture new printer plastic cases.
Ingrid has been in the electronics recycling industry for over 15 years, starting her career in this field as a process engineer at the Glencore Canada copper and precious metal refinery in Montreal, Quebec. In addition to being trained as a Six Sigma Black Belt, Ingrid has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Ottawa and a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University.

Jean-Luc Lavergne, CEO and President, Lavergne Group


Jean Luc Lavergne began his career in the plastics industry in 1982 as a sales representative for a plastics resins distributor in Montreal, Quebec where he expanded his knowledge and delved into the world of recycling.
He founded the Company in 1986, manufacturing Re-generated plastics compounds from post-consumer & post-industrial plastic wastes steams.
In 1996, he was the first one to obtain a non-objective FDA status in North America where the end products were used in contact with food. A First in the recycling community.
In 1998 he added a new division that utilized a unique technology that transformed recycled material into a highly sophisticated Re-engineering compounds. All the while amassing the skills of a team of experts in different fields like equipment, production output, quality systems, as well as, chemistry design that enable the company to offer his clientele high quality products at competitive pricing.
More investment started in the summer of 2018 to increase capacity, adding latest separation technology and more automation. Keeping up with the demand, assuring amazing service and never jeopardizing their clientele competitive edge within their respective industries.

Industry Case Studies:

Case Study 2: Sustainable Value Creation through Remanufacturing

While sustainability has become a more frequently used term in industry in the last decade, Remanufacturing has been alive and well for over 40 years in the mining, construction, and heavy trucking industry. The survival (and success) of this industry segment proves that it is sustainable for the long term. This presentation will provide an insight into the heavy equipment remanufacturing industry through the eyes of someone who has been inside the industry for over 15 years in different roles within Cummins, Komatsu, and now SRC (Springfield Remanufacturing Company). It will focus on not only the engineering challenges that are faced in the industry, but also the difficulties in materials management, changing regulations, and long-term sustainability of a for-profit business.

Adam Trebolo, Director of Sales & Marketing, Springfield Remanufacturing Corp. (SRC)


Mr. Trebolo started his professional career as a Product Development Engineer for Cummins Incorporated in Columbus, Indiana where he developed power cylinder componentry for Heavy Duty Diesel engines. After 5 years at Cummins, Adam went to work at Komatsu America in Lexington, Kentucky in 2003 to start a career in Remanufacturing heavy equipment for the construction and mining industries. Starting as the Reman Engineer at Komatsu, Adam wore many hats at Komatsu. He led the installation of the Quality Management System at the factory as the Quality and Engineering Manager and stayed in that role until Komatsu closed the facility, taking on responsibility for Environmental and Maintenance until it was purchased by Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation in 2009. After the acquisition by SRC, one of the most respected names in Remanufacturing, Adam became Operations Manager in the Lexington facility. After spending several years in this role, he led the implementation of an ERP system in the facility and currently heads the Sales & Marketing arm of SRC of Lexington, Inc. Mr. Trebolo completed his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1997.

Industry Case Studies:

Case Study 3: Measuring Sustainable Performance in an Environment Where Every Product is Unique

The State of California recently enacted the Buy Clean California Act requiring certain products used on state contracted construction projects provide facility specific Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and document a Global Warming Potential (GWP) impact less than a state mandated maximum GWP level. While well intentioned, these requirements create significant issues for manufacturers of construction products such as fabricated structural steel used in framing systems who do not control the design of the product they are producing. This dilemma is further complicated by each fabricated component being unique and a project mix that varies greatly over time. This paper will explore the challenges of complying with legislated sustainable performance, the disconnect between historic and future manufacturing performance when the manufacturer does not control product design, the assessment of environmental impacts in a unique product environment, uncertainty in the measurement of environmental impacts, and the development of defensible approach to establishing maximum allowable environmental impacts. The paper will be based on a case study focusing on the fabricated structural steel industry.

John Cross, PE, LEED AP, Fmr. Vice President of Special Projects, American Institute of Steel Construction


John Cross recently retired as the Vice President of Special Projects for the American Institute of Steel Construction. During his career at AISC he also served as Vice President of Market Development and Finance. He is a registered professional engineer and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, as well as master’s degrees in divinity and business. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and workshops focused on marketing, construction economics, sustainability, resilience and the early involvement of steel specialty contractors in the design and construction process. He is a LEED accredited professional, and serves as a voting member of the ASHRE 189.1 Standard Committee for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings and the Consensus Body of the Green Building Institute.

Panel Discussion:

Manufacturing USA: National Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation
Dr. Alan Taub, CTO, Institute for Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT)
Dr. Uday Vaidya, CTO, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)
Dr. Jim Davis, CIO, Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)