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Argus California Carbon & LCFS Summit

Confirmed Speakers
Richard Corey
Richard Corey,
Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board

Mr. Corey has nearly 30 years of professional experience in the air pollution field with over 20 years of that experience in a management capacity at ARB. Prior to his appointment as Executive Officer, he served as Deputy Executive Officer and Chief of the Stationary Source Division.

Mr. Corey’s team of approximately 1,400 staff including engineers, scientists, and analysts are responsible for a broad range of programs including those concerning fuels, mobile sources, climate, incentives, and air toxics. Some of the key programs that his team is responsible for implementing include low emission vehicle programs, low carbon fuel standard, cap-and-trade regulation, measures and incentives to reduce emissions from a variety of goods movement sources, including port trucking, transport refrigeration units, cargo handling operations, and maritime operations. His team also develops and implements measures to reduce emissions from stationary and portable diesel engines as well as several strategies to reduce toxic air contaminants from a wide variety of sources. His team also develops key planning documents to keep California on track to meeting health-based air quality standards and climate goals. Mr. Corey has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Toxicology as well as an MBA from the University of California, Davis.
Aimee Barnes
Aimee Barnes
, Senior Advisor to the Governor, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Aimee Barnes was appointed as a senior advisor to California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2017. She has worked for more than a decade on climate change and environmental sustainability issues in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Previously she served as Deputy Secretary for Border and Intergovernmental Affairs with the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), where her work included the negotiation and execution of climate change and clean energy agreements with China, Mexico and others; participation in the Paris climate talks; and the development and execution of a subnational-level climate agreement among 170 state and regional level jurisdictions on long-term decarbonization goals. Aimee also previously worked as a partner at Allotrope Partners, where she focused on innovative climate finance in emerging markets.

Earlier in her career, Aimee served as a climate change advisor to foreign governments, including the United Arab Emirates, where she helped establish a new department within their Ministry of Foreign Affairs to manage the country's climate and clean energy policies, and the Government of the United Kingdom, where she worked as a policy advisor on strategy and finance issues for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Before that, Aimee managed US Regulatory Affairs at EcoSecurities and coordinated California advocacy and Latino outreach for the Natural Resources Defense Council. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College and an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Glen Murray 100
Glen Murray, Executive Director, The Pembina Institute

Glen is the executive director of the Pembina Institute.Prior to joining the Institute, Glen was an Ontario cabinet minister, and oversaw several portfolios, including transportation; training, colleges, and universities; research and innovation, and most recently, environment and climate change. In his role as environment minister, Glen led the development and implementation of the cap-and-trade system, and extended producer responsibility in Ontario. His work was foundational to the creation of the Quebec-Ontario-California carbon market.

Glen has held a number of leadership roles, including serving as mayor of Winnipeg from 1998-2004, and was chair of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus. During his time as mayor, he led the successful fight to transfer the five cents/litre federal gas tax to municipalities.

He also served as chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, under Prime Ministers Harper and Martin. Glen was also president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute.

Glen started his career in activism as a founding member of the Canadian AIDS Society, and helped establish the Village Clinic in Winnipeg, a centre for AIDS prevention and care. He has worked internationally, helping establish the World Health AIDS Service Organization’s working group.
Samuel Wade
Sam Wade, Chief, Transportation Fuels Branch, California Air Resources Board

As Chief of the Transportation Fuels Branch at the Air Resources Board, Mr. Wade oversees rule development and implementation of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. In prior positions with ARB, Mr. Wade contributed to the inception of California’s cap-and-trade program, authored portions of the 2008 AB 32 Scoping Plan and served as ARB’s deputy director of legislative affairs. His private sector experience includes work in energy policy at a major Californian utility and time with a bioenergy start-up. Sam holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Davis, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii, and an M.P.A in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University
Rajinder Sahota
Rajinder Sahota, Assistant Division Chief, Cap-and-Trade Program & Scoping Plan, California Air Resources Board

Rajinder Sahota is an assistant division chief with the Air Resources Board whose primary portfolio includes the Cap-and-Trade Program, AB 32 Scoping Plan, and Clean Power Plan. Her position also requires coordination with other climate programs such as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Prior to this position, Rajinder managed the design and implementation of the Cap-and-Trade Program, including its linkage with Quebec's program. She holds a BS and MS in Atmospheric Sciences from UC Davis.
Ray Williams, Director, PG&E
Ray Williams, Director, Climate Policy & Analysis, PG&E

Ray Williams is the Director, Climate Policy & Analysis at Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Mr. Williams’s current scope includes federal and state greenhouse gas policy. Mr. Williams joined PG&E in 1981. Prior to joining the Energy Procurement Department in 2004, Mr. Williams held a wide variety of positions at PG&E, including electric operations, electric resource planning, corporate planning, regulatory relations, and gas transmission. He has supported PG&E through electric and gas industry restructuring, its bankruptcy as a result of the failure of electric industry restructuring, and in the development of its long-term electric procurement processes.

Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the Clark University, Worcester MA and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.

Julia Bussey
Julia Bussey, Climate Policy Analyst, Chevron Corporation

Julia Bussey manages climate policy for Chevron Corporation. In this capacity, she evaluates greenhouse gas legislation and regulation, providing policy implementation recommendations at the state and provincial levels in the US and Canada. She also provides expertise implementing climate policy in other jurisdictions such as Singapore, South Africa and Kazakhstan. Julia collaborates with industry groups and environmental stakeholders and represents Chevron before the Air Resources Board. Julia has extensive professional experience in environmental policy and compliance including 12 years of government service. After graduating from Cal-Berkeley, Julia developed permit policy at the California Air Resources Board, worked on incineration and air toxics at US Environmental Protection Agency, and managed a team in Superfund at the Department of Toxic Substances Control. She has also worked in Regulatory Affairs in industries as diverse as landfills, recycling and semi-conductor. Ms. Bussey is a native of San Francisco, where she continues to live.
Debbie Raphael
Debbie Raphael, Director, San Francisco Department of the Environment

Debbie Raphael is the Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment and believes that cities can take bold action to address environmental harm. A scientist by training and public servant by profession, Debbie has spent more than twenty years working in government to ensure that everyone has an equal right to a safe and healthy environment. As Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, Debbie sees herself as both a leader and a collaborator around environmental issues. She works in close partnership with other City agencies and community stakeholders to implement San Francisco’s ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals while advancing policies and programs that are inclusive of diverse communities and build on the city’s innovative and pioneering spirit. Debbie was appointed by Mayor Edwin M. Lee in 2014 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Physiological Plant Ecology from UCLA.
Miles Heller
Miles Heller, Director, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Andeavor 

Miles Heller is the Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Andeavor, located in Sacramento. In this capacity, he focuses primarily on emerging fuels, climate, and environmental policies and regulations in California and other west coast states. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1990 with a degree in chemical engineering. Miles began his career with Unocal as a process engineer at their Los Angeles refinery. He has held refinery roles in engineering, construction, environmental, and operations, and advocacy roles related to air, fuel, and climate regulations. He has held positions at several companies including Unocal, Tosco, ConocoPhillips, BP and Tesoro.
Ken Morgan
Ken Morgan, Director, Business Development and Government Affairs, Tesla

As Tesla’s Director of Business Development & Government Affairs, Ken engages with governments around the world to support the development of effective policies that accelerate the transition to zero-emission transportation and renewable energy. Ken specializes in California regulations, including the Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate and Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and runs Tesla’s trading desk for global emissions and fuels credits.

Prior to joining the Business Development team, Ken held the position of Senior Finance Manager at Tesla. In this role he was responsible for the company's consolidated financial plan, and supported business operations during the launch of the Model S, Tesla’s award-winning 100% electric sedan.

Prior to joining Tesla, Ken was part of the Mergers and Acquisitions group of Sagent Advisors, a New York-based investment bank. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Xantha Bruso, Manager, Long-Term Energy Policy for Energy Procurement, PG&E
Xantha Bruso,
Manager, Climate Policy and Analysis, PG&E

Xantha Bruso is the Manager in the Climate Policy and Analysis group at PG&E, where she leads a team that analyzes and advocates on energy and environmental policies, including California’s Cap-and-Trade Program and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. In her decade of work at PG&E, Xantha has also managed competitive solicitations and contract negotiations for environmental commodities, conducted PG&E’s voluntary greenhouse gas and Carbon Disclosure Project reporting, helped commercialize emerging renewable energy technologies, and administered the California Solar Initiative.

Prior to PG&E, Xantha worked as a third-party mediator of environmental disputes and as an economic and environmental consultant. Xantha earned a BA in Geography and Asian Studies from Dartmouth College, a Master in City Planning degree from MIT, and a MBA from the Presidio Graduate School.
David Almedia
David Almeida, Manager, Electric Vehicles, PG&E

David Almeida is a Manager at Pacific Gas & Electric Company in their Clean Energy Programs Group focusing on electric vehicles. In this role, he oversees the roll out of PG&E’s EV Charge Network which will install 7,500 electric vehicle charging stations throughout Northern and Central California and the implementation of the Clean Fuel Rebate. Prior to this role, David focused on customer engagement strategies and vehicle grid integration demonstration pilots. Before joining PG&E, David worked at the Center for Sustainable Energy managing the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project as well as leading the organization's role in clean transportation policy.

David has a bachelors degree in political science and biochemistry from the University of Minnesota and a graduate degree from the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UC-San Diego. Prior to graduate school, David worked in international development in Southeast Asia. David lives in the Bay Area with his wife and young son.
Fiona Oliver Glasford
Fiona Oliver-Glasford
, Senior Manager, Carbon Strategy and Integrated Resource Planning, Enbridge

For the past 15 years, Fiona has strived to advance energy efficiency policy, program design and implementation and evaluation practices that support customer engagement in conservation activity and its related energy and environmental benefits. This work has advanced through roles with the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, Clean Air Foundation, the Summerhill Group, Union Gas and culminated at Enbridge Gas Distribution with the leadership of a five-year, comprehensive and customer-centric demand side management plan.

Early 2016, Fiona was appointed to lead carbon strategy at Enbridge. In this capacity, Fiona is responsible for developing Enbridge Gas Distribution’s first Cap and Trade Compliance Plan for 2017 roughly valued at $400 million. Fiona holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, and an exchange with the Copenhagen Business School.
Patrick Cummins
Patrick Cummins,
Senior Policy Advisor, Lead on Western States Clean Power Plan Initiative, Center for the New Energy Economy 

Patrick Cummins is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Center for the New Energy Economy where he led the Western States Clean Power Plan Initiative from 2014-2016 and where he now is working on a new effort called Repowering the Western Economy. The Center for the New Energy Economy is based at Colorado State University and is led by its Director, former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter. Patrick has worked with Western states and stakeholders on air quality and climate programs for 30 years, including at the Western Governors’ Association and at the Regional Air Quality Council in Denver. From 2008-2015 he served as Executive Director of the Western Climate Initiative where he helped develop and implement North America’s first economy-wide cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions. During his time at the Western Governors’ Association, he served as Co-Chair of EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee on Air Quality Management. Patrick holds a chemistry degree from Fort Lewis College in his hometown of Durango, CO and an MPA in environmental policy from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.
Timothy Tutt Program Manager State and Regulatory Affairs SMUD
Timothy Tutt,
Program Manager, State Regulatory Affairs, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Tim has worked in the energy field for 37 years -- 2 years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 8 years at Southern California Edison, 19 years at the California Energy Commission, and the last 8 years at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Tim is the Program Manager for State Regulatory Affairs at SMUD, handling interactions between SMUD and California agencies such as the California Energy Commission and the California Air Resources Board. At the Energy Commission, Tim was Technical Director of the Renewable Energy Program and Advisor to Energy Commissioner Jacqueline Pfannenstiel, as well as working in the energy forecasting and energy efficiency areas. Tim graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1979 with a B.S in Social Science. 
George Minter
George Minter, Regional Vice President, External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, SoCalGas

George Minter is regional vice president of external affairs and environmental strategy for SoCalGas. He is responsible for the company’s public affairs, community relations, public policy and energy and environmental affairs functions. Minter is a long-time policy professional specializing in energy and environmental matters, strategic planning, program development, communications and political advocacy.

Before re-joining SoCalGas as senior director of policy and environment, Minter was managing principal for L.A.-based public affairs firms Greer/Dailey/Minter and GM Public Affairs from 2000 to 2013. There he managed public policy initiatives and communications programs to approve large energy and land use projects. Minter also served in the capacity as director and manager of a number of other functions for SoCalGas from 1985–2000. Prior to his career at SoCalGas, Minter was a political consultant handling local, state and national political campaigns, responsible for strategy development, campaign management, direct mail and television and radio production.

Minter has served as a board member of numerous civic associations and community organizations, including the Central City Assoc., Valley Industry and Commerce Assoc., L.A. Family Housing Corp. (as board chair), Coro Foundation, Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal-State L.A., Center for the Study of L.A. at Loyola Marymount University, Campaign to Clear the Air and the California League of Conservation Voters Foundation. He was one of the founders of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a federal energy trade association, and the California CCS Coalition, a statewide energy advocacy organization.

He currently serves as co-chair of the Energy, Water and Environmental Sustainability Council of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, is a Board member at the Coalition for Clean Air, and is a member of the Land Use (GLUE) Council for SCAG, and the Advisory Boards of the Clean Tech Initiative of the LAEDC and Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL). Minter has been the recipient of several awards and honors and has been a regular speaker at state and national conferences on energy and environmental policy. He recently was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the U.S. Council on Service and Civic Participation.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
Joe Gershen
Joe Gershen,
Founder & President, Encore BioRenewables

Joe has been a leading renewables executive since 2001. He was a biodiesel industry pioneer, instrumental in facilitating numerous fleet transitions to America’s first advanced biofuel. As president of a joint venture with McDonald’s supply chain partner, Golden State Foods, Joe created a successful closed-loop solution to recycle their fryer oil into biodiesel used to power their distribution fleets. He is a co-founder and current VP of the California Biodiesel Alliance, the state industry trade association.

As founder and president of Encore BioRenewables, a clean-tech sustainable products company, Joe collaborates with pioneers and technical innovators in the renewables and recycling space to promote a zero waste, carbon-neutral future. He also co-founded Forge Ventures, a clean-tech consultancy focused on successful commercialization of early stage companies. Joe sits on the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program Advisory Committee, regularly works with clients and partners in the energy industry, and has provided business development, supply chain, logistics and CRM solutions for companies in the emerging carbon economy.
Craig Ebert
Craig Ebert
, President, Climate Action Reserve

Craig Ebert serves as the President of the Climate Action Reserve where he is responsible for ensuring that the organization’s activities meet the highest standards for quality, transparency and environmental integrity. He oversees the organization’s continued leadership and commitment to ensuring offsets are a trusted and powerful economic tool for reducing emissions. In his role, he also leads the organization in identifying and entering into other opportunities that build upon its knowledge and expertise and further its work under its mission and vision. Among his responsibilities Craig is currently directing the adaptation of 13 offset protocols to serve the Ontario, Quebec and other provincial markets. Another major opportunity Craig is overseeing is the launch of its Climate Impact ScoreTM program that quantifies the climate impact of financial investments.

During his career, Craig has helped create the foundations for international, national and state policies to address climate change. He supported U.S. negotiations on international climate change agreements, including negotiations leading up to the creation and signing of the Kyoto Protocol, and helped develop the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI) provisions under the protocol. Craig’s work also involved pioneering efforts on carbon accounting principles and methodologies. He served as the technical director of Estimation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, which was adopted by the IPCC as its GHG Inventory Programme, and was a key architect behind the development of the official U.S. national GHG inventory to meet commitments under the UNFCCC.

Prior to joining the Reserve, Craig advised the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) and served at ICF for nearly 34 years.
Kevin Poloncarz
Kevin Poloncarz, Partner, Paul Hastings

Kevin Poloncarz is an authority on the Clean Air Act and climate change and has been deeply involved in extension of the Cap-and-Trade Program. He has represented a coalition of major power companies in defense of EPA’s Clean Power Plan, arguing the main statutory question in the case before a 10-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit in September 2016. According to press accounts, “[e]ven [the rule’s] opponents conceded that the industry intervenors’ arguments were effective with the judges, [saying] Poloncarz ‘did an outstanding job representing his clients.’” He is ranked by Chambers as among the top climate change lawyers nationwide and the top environmental lawyers in California and was recently named by the National Law Journal as an “Energy & Environmental Trailblazer” for 2017. 
Jon Costantino
Jon Costantino,
Founding Principal, Tradesman Advisors

Jon Costantino was the original AB 32 Climate Change Planning Manager for the California Air Resources Board's Office of Climate Change. He oversaw the first publication of the State’s foundational climate policy document—the AB 32 Scoping Plan. In that role he managed the program, from its infancy, through implementation. He also oversaw the development of policies and strategies that eventually would be followed internationally.

Prior to founding his own firm, Tradesman Advisors, Inc., Jon built and managed a climate change regulatory practice for a diverse portfolio of clients at a national law firm. He also was the lead legislative analyst at ARB, where he focused on energy and transportation fuels, after a decade working as an Air Quality Engineer at one of California’s local air quality districts.

During his diverse career, Jon gained in-depth insights about the complexities as well as specific issues affecting California's diverse set of industries, including: agriculture, construction, energy production and distribution, transportation and goods movement, consumer products and transportation fuels.

With an insider’s perspective, and decades of technical experience, he has become a sought-after source of information and opinion by both mainstream and industry-specific media as a recognized authority on the development and implementation of climate change regulation and policy. His approach to solving problems includes working with agencies crafting solution-oriented policy and regulatory positions, and conveying them to industry through clear communications, while using real world experiences and relationships established by being on the ground and in the mix.

He also currently sits on the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board as a governor's appointee, where he works closely with agricultural and domestic water users, and industries discharging waste, to protect and ensure water quality, within the Central Valley region.
Chris Busch
Chris Busch,
Director of Research, Energy Innovation

Chris Busch serves as Energy Innovation’s Research Director and leads its California policy work, which contributes to the effective design of the policies needed to accomplish the state’s aggressive 2030 emissions limit. His report “Recalibrating Cap-and-Trade to Account for Oversupply” has been widely cited as the authoritative analysis of the balance of supply and demand in the California-Quebec carbon market. Previously, Chris served as Policy Director for the BlueGreen Alliance, as Climate Economist for the Union of Concerned Scientists, and as a Senior Researcher at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. He has testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee and was appointed to the California EPA’s Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and has been quoted in leading news outlets. Chris earned a Ph.D. from the world’s top-ranked environmental economics program at the University of California at Berkeley.
Graham Noyes
Graham Noyes,
Executive Director, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition

Graham Noyes is the Managing Attorney of Noyes Law Corporation, a firm dedicated to fuel and carbon law. Graham is nationally recognized for his work on the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and other climate policies and incentive programs. Graham serves as the Executive Director of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, a technology neutral trade association dedicated to supporting and expanding sound low carbon fuel policies. He is the author of The Carbon Rush: America’s Path to Fire and Gold, a book examining America’s energy history. Graham previously was a leading biofuel executive and Secretary of the National Biodiesel Board.
Philip Sheehy
Dr. Philip Sheehy,
Technical Director, ICF

Philip Sheehy, PhD is a Technical Director in the San Diego office of ICF. His work is focused on the regulatory, technical, and economic drivers for conventional and alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. He has led several studies on the feasibility and impacts of implementing California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Dr. Sheehy leads ICF’s team that provides advisory services in the context of fuel programs to policy makers and regulated parties, work that includes regulatory impact analyses, lifecycle GHG emission accounting for fuel pathways, reporting and verification, and infrastructure assessments.
Neville Fernandes
Neville Fernandes, Head of Renewable Jet Fuel Development Project, North America, Neste

Neville Fernandes has been a keen promoter and supporter of renewable fuels in USA and Canada for the past decade. He has managed the market development, sales and marketing teams at Neste US, Inc., that successfully commercialized renewable diesel in the USA and Canada several years ago. Neville has held many roles in Neste including General Manager and President of Neste US, Inc., and he is now focusing his efforts on commercializing renewable jet fuel. Neville is passionate in his belief that sustainable, low-carbon, biofuels are an important contributor to the responsible management of greenhouse gases and to the fight against climate change. Neville is currently serving as the Chairman of the Advanced Biofuels Association based in Washington, DC. He has presented and given testimony at numerous conferences and proceedings on renewable fuels. He has a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering (Princeton University) and an MBA in Marketing (Schullich School of Business), and is a licensed professional engineer (Ontario, Canada). 
Katie Sullivan
Katie Sullivan
, Managing Director, IETA 

Katie serves as Managing Director of IETA, the global business voice for the intersection of markets and climate change. On behalf of IETA’s 150+ business members, Katie leads efforts to inform climate policy & market design across The Americas and Asia-Pacific. She also manages IETA’s growing work on international aviation and financial instruments to scale “clean” private capital. Katie’s a member of University of Toronto’s Environmental Finance Committee, Ivey Foundation’s Climate Advisory Committee, and the Climate Advisory Group to Ontario’s Minister of Environment & Climate Change. She also serves as Board Member to the newly-launched International Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Knowledge Centre. Prior to IETA, Katie worked as a Senior Associate for ICF International. She holds a Masters with Distinction in Environmental Policy & Development from Sussex University.

Sean Penrith
Sean Penrith, Executive Director, The Climate Trust

Sean assumed the role of executive director at The Climate Trust in 2013. TCT is a mission-driven nonprofit established in 1997 that manages a $22 million carbon investment fund to deliver offset acquisition programs for utilities, governments, and large businesses. TCT’s specialty is in the forestry, agriculture and livestock sectors working in both the voluntary and compliance markets. Sean has been dedicated to TCT’s latest initiative to prove that environmental performance can be relied on to repay impact investors market rate returns while deepening the level of greenhouse gas reductions. 2016 saw the launch of Climate Trust Capital, a pilot carbon investment fund to demonstrate this thesis.

Sean is a recognized Portland Connector, an Edison Awards and Pivotal Leader nominee, an alumni of the EMERGE Leadership for Sustainability program, a member of the Association of Climate Change officers, a UNITAR Climate Change Diplomacy graduate, an advisor to MIT’s Climate CoLab initiative, and an Observer to the Green Bond Principles. He holds a BSc in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town.

Sean presents frequently on topics that include conservation finance, green building, deep carbon reduction strategies, carbon mechanisms and markets, the future of sustainability, and climate change.

Sean is an avid sailor and can be found on any navigable body of water on his boat with his wife Meredith and son Quinn.
Mike Lewis
Mike Lewis, General Manager, Pearson Fuels

Mike Lewis is one of the leading developers of alternative fuel infrastructure in the country. He was the Project Manager for the Regional Transportation Center in San Diego, CA., the nation’s first Alternative Fuel Vehicle Center. The Center opened in 2003 and featured an alternative fuel station named Pearson Fuels, a new car showroom for alternative fuel vehicles, a repair and conversion shop for the vehicles and an Eco Center educational program.

As the General Manager of Pearson Fuels, Mike has gone on to help many retail gas station owners enter the alternative fuel industry. Pearson assists them financially to install E85 into their existing gas stations. Pearson has used this business model as a stepping stone to becoming the largest E85 wholesale distributor in California. Pearson Fuels has developed two biodiesel blending facilities, one hydrogen station and over 40 E85 sites with an additional 20 sites currently under construction or in development.

He resides in San Diego, California with his wife and two teenage boys.
Jim Duffy
Jim Duffy, Manager, Alternative Fuels, California Air Resources Board

Jim Duffy manages the Alternative Fuels Section at the Air Resources Board and oversees long-term policy development for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. In prior positions at ARB, he has led efforts to evaluate land use change emissions for biofuels and estimate emissions for crude oil production.

Dr. Duffy holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University and a PhD in Water Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Between his undergraduate and graduate schooling, he served for six years as a nuclear engineering officer onboard the USS Georgia submarine and as a nuclear power plant instructor at the Naval Nuclear Prototype Training Facility in Idaho. After earning his PhD, he taught for eight years in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Montana State University.
Cory Ann Wind
Cory-Ann Wind, Program Manager, Oregon Clean Fuels Program

Cory-Ann Wind works for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) as the Oregon Clean Fuels Program manager.

Cory has worked for ODEQ for over 24 years, the last seven in fuels. Prior to this assignment, Cory managed ODEQ’s Portland area office overseeing permit writers and inspectors implementing both federal and state air operating permit programs and working with local governments to maintain attainment with the federal ambient air quality standards. In addition to managing the Clean Fuels Program, Cory also oversees other transportation-related programs including electric and diesel vehicles and planning activities. Cory holds a B.S. in BioResources Engineering from Oregon State University. 
Ronnie Virissimo
Ronnie Virissimo, Broker, SCB Brokers

Ronnie has been a part of the SCB Group for over 8 years. He began his career at Louis Dreyfus where he was a member of the ethanol trading team before moving to his current role as a broker. Since 2009 Ronnie and his colleagues have developed the international ethanol markets, being a part of movements between North America, South America, Europe and Asia including sugarcane ethanol imports into the USA. In addition to ethanol, Ronnie is a part of SCB’s compliance credit brokerage group. He is also on the board of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, acting as the group’s treasurer. After working in Chicago and San Francisco, he and his wife now live in Puerto Rico where SCB has its third North American office. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and anthropology from University of Chicago.

SCB is the world’s largest biofuels brokerage firm, with offices in Europe, the United States and Singapore and a mission to promote the adoption of a low carbon future. Through their integrated offices around the world, they are able to reach and cover all market sectors in their chosen physical and derivative commodity products. Always looking to add value for their clients and the markets in which they participate, SCB has been awarded numerous times for their groundbreaking deals and market leading position throughout the industry, including Energy Risk Magazine’s #1 rated Global Biofuel Broker for 5 consecutive years.
Jean Yves Benoit
Jean-Yves Benoît,
Carbon Market Division, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development

Mr. Jean-Yves Benoit is Director of the Carbon Market Division for the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Figth Against Climate Change of Québec. He have been involved in the climate change file for over a decade now.

He and his team are responsible of the development and implementation of Québec’s Cap-and-Trade Program, including its linking with other programs such as California’s and Ontario’s through the Western Climate Initiative.

Mr. Benoit also represents Québec on the Board of director of WCI Inc. and is currently co-chair of the Internatinal Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP).
Kate Rich
Kate Rich,
Director, Carbon Pricing Bureau, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Kate has joined Environment and Climate Change Canada to advance implementation of the pan-Canadian approach to carbon pricing, establishing pricing across the country by 2018. She is working to set the federal backstop system as well as with province and territories to inform their system design. Prior to this position, Kate managed the Government of Alberta’s climate change policy team, establishing and implementing the province’s Climate Leadership Plan and overseeing delivery of the regulatory programs. She has a passion for sustainable development and has led various initiatives for the private and public sectors related to climate change, air quality, water and land management. She holds a B.Sc.H. in geology and chemistry from Queen’s University and a M.Sc. in earth and atmospheric sciences from the University of Alberta.
Erica Morehouse
Erica Morehouse, Senior Attorney, EDF

Erica is a Senior Attorney with Environmental Defense Fund’s Global Climate program. Since joining EDF in 2009, her work has taken her into all branches of California government from the courts to the Legislature and the Governor’s office to executive agencies. With carbon markets proliferating globally Erica is utilizing her expertise across North America with a particular focus on subnational action and areas connected or potentially connected to the California market.

Erica has been directly involved in defending AB 32 programs from major litigation including cases challenging the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, cap-and-trade offsets, and cap-and-trade auctions. She has lead EDF advocacy during regulatory proceeding at the Air Resources Board to update the cap-and-trade program, link California’s program with Quebec and Ontario, develop, expenditure plans for cap-and-trade proceeds, approve updates to the AB 32 Scoping Plan, and was deeply involved in the legislative effort to set an ambitious 2030 target and extend the cap-and-trade program beyond 2020.

Erica has contributed to a World Bank handbook on emissions trading systems, co-authored a report on the performance of California’s cap-and-trade system, has shared lessons from California cap-and-trade with audiences from around the world including New Zealand, China, Kazakhstan, and Ontario, as well as throughout the United States, and is a regularly blogger focusing on carbon market performance.
Michael Berends
Michael Berends, Head of Carbon Sales, ClearBlue Markets

Michael is the Head of Sales at ClearBlue and has over 12 years of experience in Carbon Markets, in particular with Cap & Trade strategy, offset development and trading. Michael has been supporting Ontario compliance entities with the development of their Cap & Trade Strategies since mid-2016. Michael has executed thousands of carbon product deals, structuring transactions for offsets, allowances, and allowance related products in the primary and secondary carbon markets in over fifty countries. Michael works with the rest of the ClearBlue team on the overall Cap & Trade strategies for a number of top Ontario emitters and smaller clients, and is involved in the active management of their compliance positions. He further provides his expertise on Ontario’s Cap & Trade program by facilitating educational workshops, speaking at conferences and acting as the chair of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association’s (OSEA) Cap & Trade working Group.
William Murtha
Will Murtha, Emissions Markets and Policy Reporter, Argus

Will Murtha covers carbon markets across the US West Coast and Canada for Argus Media. Based in San Francisco, he writes frequently about California’s cap-and-trade and LCFS programs, as well as Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. Prior to joining Argus, he worked for The Nature Conservancy and served in both the US Navy and Peace Corps. He is a graduate of Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Jessica Dell, Argus, US West Coast Bureau Chief
Jessica Dell, US West Coast Bureau Chief, Argus

Jessica has been with Argus since October 2011. She is the US west coast bureau chief, based in San Francisco, and she covers the west coast refined products market. She has also edited Argus’ European Emissions Market report, focusing on carbon emissions pricing and analysis at the company’s London headquarters and edited Argus’ Biomass Markets report. Jessica holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of California, Berkeley.  
Zander Capozzola, US Biofuels Editor, Argus
Zander Capozzola, Editor, Argus Americas Biofuels, Argus 

Zander Capozzola oversees Argus Media's US and South American biofuels coverage as editor of the Argus Americas Biofuels report. Zander has over ten years of experience in market reporting and analysis covering crude, refined products and biofuels markets along with a background in risk management and operations. Argus is the world's largest independently-held price reporting agency with 700 staff across 23 countries responsible for publishing more than 8,000 daily commodity price assessments. Zander holds a Bachelor of Science degree of international relations from Seton Hall University.
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Michael Ball, Editor, Argus Air Daily, Argus

Michael Ball is editor of Argus Air Daily, the leading source of pricing, news and analysis for the North American environmental markets. Michael joined Argus in 2003 and has been editor of Air Daily since 2012. He has covered wide range of state and federal environmental issues, including the development of California’s AB 32 legislation, US Environmental Protection Agency regulations such as the Clean Power Plan, and Clean Air Act cases before the US Supreme Court.
Paul Niznik
Paul Niznik
, Manager, Biofuels & Environment, Argus Consulting Services

Paul has over 27 years of experience in biofuels and alternative fuel development. His broad knowledge of biofuel economics – including RFS, RINs and LCFS – has kept refiners, biofuels producers, automakers and government agencies informed of alternative fuels markets and policies. He pioneered biodiesel sales for major oil companies such as Hess, Gulf and Irving Oil, and has consulted for Chevron, US DOE, USDA, Phillips 66, Nissan, Toyota, Hess, Petrobras, the Government of Zimbabwe and UOP Honeywell. Paul is an alumnus of Yale University where he studied astrophysics.


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