2020 Topics & Schedule
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2020 Southern New England Marine Industry Environmental Conference 


8:00 – 8:30am Registration, Breakfast & Networking


8:30 – 9:15am – Our Environment, Our Future: Introductory Keynote – Chris Edmonston, BoatU.S. Foundation

A number of significant environmental challenges stand to influence the future growth of the marine industry and recreational boating. While many of the solutions these challenges seem to be rooted in the actions of individuals or businesses, others will only arise from collective industry collaboration. As one of the most powerful convening forces in boating, BoatU.S. initiates a reflective discussion on the importance of environmental action in 2020.


9:15 – 10:00am – Building a Culture of Compliance – Kellie Crete, Gowrie Group

Approaching environmental compliance efforts from a ‘bottom-up’ perspective can seem daunting. Learn about how a focus on employee actions and workplace culture can make the difference during your next inspection. Enjoy a visual “field trip” presentation that highlights common areas of difficulty and potential remedies to those regulatory issues.


10:00 – 10:10am – Break 


10:10 – 11:00am – Can Your Business Float? Resilience and Preparedness at Any Facility

Daniela Abbot, PARE Engineering, Shaun O’Rourke RI Infrastructure Bank

 Proactive planning and infrastructure resilience for facilities both on waterfront and down the street. A discussion about actions that prepare you for every-day occurrences (heavy rain, snow melt, etc.) just as well as the 100-year storm. Learn how these steps relate to state resilience resources for small businesses and the related state strategies.


11:05 – 11:55am – Sustainability from the Ground Up – An Update with North Sails

Tom Davis & Bridgid Murphy, North Sails

North Sails reflects on their collective journey toward establishing their brand as a leading environmental force in the recreational boating industry. Follow-up on their experiences with improving workplace logistics and small-scale adaptations with an overview of their advancements in materials science and product lifecycle innovation.


12:00 – 1:00pm – Lunch


1:10 – 2:00pm – Insurance Outlook: Learning Liabilities, Eliminating Risk and Recovering from Disaster

Chris Burns & Jay Frechette, Starkweather & Shepley, Eric Anderson, Enviro Clean Restore, Russ Brown, Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance

 How does planning or remediation reduce environmental risk and improve your insurance coverage?  Starkweather and Shepley share perspectives from underwriters and consultants to understand where the dollars and cents behind sustainable business operations are gained and lost.


2:05 – 2:45pm – From New England to Capitol Hill: 2020 Environmental Legislative Outlook

Kathleen Burns, CMTA, Adam Fortier-Brown, MRAA, Clay Crabtree, NMMA

Make sense of the legislative activity surrounding regional and national environmental issues with expert perspectives from New England and Washington DC.  Find out how to utilize the resources of your federal delegation and local state officials. See how political action can incentivize sustainable business practices


2:50 – 3:20pm – Updates on Offshore Renewable Energy Development in New England

Jeff Tingley, Commerce RI

Experts believe that our region is uniquely positioned to harness the wind. Hear about the latest developments in regional offshore wind development, anticipated future trends and the coordination of coastal stakeholders — including the marine industry.


Closing Remarks


3:30 – 4:30pm – Refreshments and Networking


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For more information, contact Evan Ridley at RIMTA

(evan@rimta.org / 401-396-9619)


For more information, contact Evan Ridley at RIMTA
evan@rimta.org • 401-396-9619

This conference is made possible by our partners and sponsors: