2009 ACCL Princeton Symposium

November 5

and Welcome
8:30 - 9:00
Steven G.M. Stein, President, American College of Construction Lawyers

Pablo Debenedetti, Vice Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science,Princeton University
    Opening Speaker
    9:00 9:30
    George Smitherman, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, and Member of Provincial Parliament, Ontario, Canada
      Climate Change as the Ultimate Environmental Imperative
      9:30 11:30
      Panel Monitor: Katherine H. Gurun, JAMS -- The Resolution Experts, New York, NY
      • Climate change as seen from the Transportation Sector. Public policy, infrastructure planning, design challenges and system adaptation
      • Combating climate change demands a step change in innovation from the construction industry. The failure to understand the history and role of Intellectual Property in infrastructure development threatens the West's ability to respond adequately to climate change-- China may emerge as the new leader.
      • Solutions to global warming-- the role of the construction industry in retrofit of existing buildings, new electricity generation and rail and transit infrastructure.
      • Panelists:
        Ian Harvey, Chairman, Intellectual Property Institute Board, London, United Kingdom

        Ashok Gupta, Senior Energy Economist, Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, D.C.
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        Dr. Michael D. Meyer, Frederick R. Dickerson Chair of Transportation Systems, Director, Georgia Transportation Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
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        LUNCH Keynote Address: “The Age of the Unthinkable”
        11:45 1:45
        Joshua Cooper Ramo, Managing Director, Kissinger Associates, Beijing, China & New York, NY
          Resource Imperatives
          2:00 3:30
          Panel Monitor: Deborah S. Ballati, Farella Braun + Martel LLP, San Francisco, CA
          • This panel will focus on scarcity of resources including professional and craft labor, commodities, water and natural resources.
            • The impact of labor and immigration policies and practices on the future of the global construction market
            • Commodities scarcity in the future
              • Identifying
              • Managing
            • Water and natural resource scarcity
              • The problem
              • Solutions for the future
          • Panelists
            Spiro Pollalis, Professor, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

            Martin Fischer, Professor, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
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            Kimon Onuma, President & Founder, ONUMA, Inc., Pasadena, CA
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            John L. Tocci, CEO, Tocci Building Companies; Chair, AGC BIM Forum, Woburn MA
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            Innovation and Technology for Change
            3:45 5:30
            Panel Monitor: Howard W. Ashcraft, Jr., Hanson Bridgett LLP, San Francisco, CA
            • This panel will explore the impact of technology on the construction industry, in terms of both sustainability and efficiency.
              • Technology as a driver of project delivery
              • The role of innovation and technology in planning for sustainability
            • Panelists
              Maria Echaveste, Professor, University of California- Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

              Mark Lasswell, President of Transportation Business Group, CH2M HILL, Englewood, CO
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              R. Joseph Stratman, Executive Vice President, Nucor, Charlotte, NC
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              November 6

              Structure and Financing for Change
              8:30 10:30
              Panel Monitor: Lynn R. Axelroth, Ballard Spahr LLP, Philadelphia, PA
              • This panel will explore the changes in financing brought about by the new focus on sustainability.
                • Global partnerships and teaming
                • Carbon funds and similar financing sources
                • The impact and role of regulatory interventions on the structure and financing of construction
              • Panelists
                Jean-Philippe Brisson, Climate Action Reserve, New York, NY
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                Ian Mallory, President, Pickworth Investments LP, Calgary, Canada
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                Lee Davis, Vice President Development, NRG Energy, Inc., Princeton, NJ
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                Glenn J. Payne, Director, First Reserve Corporation, Greenwich, CT
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                Sophie Smyth, Associate Professor, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
                Sustainable Design for the Future
                10:45 12:15
                Panel Monitor: Ty D. Laurie, DLA Piper LLP (US), Chicago, IL
                • As the culmination of the symposium, this panel will bring together the themes of sustainability, resources scarcity, technology and changes in finance to understand the trajectory of the construction industry.
                • Panelists
                  Stefan Behnisch, German architect, Behnisch Architekten, Boston, MA
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                  Dr. Robert H. Harris, Environ Holdings, Inc., Princeton, NJ
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                  Mahadev Raman, Professor, Princeton University, New York, NY
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                  Lunch with Presentation
                  12:30 2:00
                  Major General Don T. Riley, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers