2019 Sustainable Business Summit

Building Your Business –

           Reducing Your Footprint

May 8, 2019 at Hotel Henry


Meet up with peers, engage with sustainability leaders, and be inspired! We are building on last year’s success when we brought together over 180 people representing 87 businesses across WNY and South Ontario. This year, we are offering a thought provoking key note lunch you don’t want to miss, several hands-on breakout sessions and engaging networking events. 


Keynote Speaker

Philip Ivey will share his insight and counsel of his sustainability journey over the past 30 years at Milliken—a global corporation that combines science, design and insight to tackle the issues and concerns of today with over 35 manufacturing facilities and 7,000 employees. He will convey the challenges and lessons learned along the way as well as how Milliken has created healthier materials that have spurred corporate opportunities and growth. Don’t miss out on the chance to learn, listen and engage with this inspiring sustainability speaker.

Philip Ivey is the Global Strategic Sustainability Leader for Milliken. As a professional sustainability leader, Philip manages sustainability drivers​ for Milliken’s global floor covering
division, including leading educational courses about material health transparency issues and programs. Philip was recently voted to the Carpet American Recovery Effort (C.A.R.E.) board of directors, which works on market-based solutions for the elimination of post-consumer carpet
going to landfills in the US. He graduated from Auburn University and is certified WELL Faculty, a LEED Green associate and a Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt.


Lisa Payne Wansley

VP Environmental Justice & Sustainability, NYPA

John Havrilla

Director of Alternative Fuel, Wendel

Adam Shine

VP of Manitoba,

Maria Whyte

Deputy County Executive, 
Erie County

Dan Keating

Manager Technical Sales and Support NYS, National Grid

Cheri Peele

Senior Research Associate,
Clean Production Action


Lynn Braband

Senior Extension Associate,
Cornell University

Paul Tyno

Strategic Advisor Energy Initiatives, BNMC

Jon Williams

CEO, OSC Holdings, Inc.

JD Hartman

Managing Partner,
Signity Financial

Rahwa Ghirmatzion

Executive Director
PUSH Buffalo


Kim Bawden

Senior Staff Engineer


Tiffany Vanderwerf

Chief Conservation Officer
Buffalo Zoo

Michael Mroziak

News Reporter

Alan Davis

VP of Post Collection Operations and Sales
Modern Corporation

Erin Moscati

Sustainability Education Manager, University at Buffalo

Bobbi Wilding

Deputy Director
Clean & Healthy New York

Amir Rezaei

High Performance Building Analyst, CannonDesign

Josh Stack

Consultant, Resilience Science Consulting

Alexandra McPherson

Principal, Niagara Share

Warren E. Emblidge, Jr.

Owner, S. J. McCullagh, Inc.

Debbie Friedel

Director of Sustainability, Delaware North

Jacqueline Ashby

Director of Education, Journey’s End Refugee Services

Ken Schlafer

Technical Program Manager NYSP2I

Jenna Walczak

Program Manager, Journey’s End Refugee Services

Tracy Skalski

Sustainability Coordinator, Erie County DEP

Ryan McPherson

Chief Sustainability Officer, University at Buffalo

Mark Shriver

Director, Safety & Environmental Affairs, Curbell

Gary Carrel

Recycling Coordinator,
Erie County DEP

Aliesa Adelman

Account Executive and Director of Sustainability, Wendel

Jeff Welch

Associate Director of Operations, Harmac

The Program



lunch and afternoon
plenary presentations by sustainability leaders


3 networking opportunities including cocktail hour with our exhibitors


choose from 4 themed tracks with 8 sessions and 20+ presenters


business success stories at the Second Annual SBR Recognition Ceremony


The Sponsors

Visionary Leader

Scholarship Sponsor

Change Agents

Sustainable Stewards