Global Construction Summit

Date October 23, 2017

Location Sheraton New York Times Square

Presented By
Engineering News Record Marcum    Register Now!

ENR 2017 Global Construction Summit Agenda

7:30 AM - 8:20 AM

Registration Open / Continental Breakfast


8:20 AM – 8:25 AM

Program Welcome & Opening Remarks

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Scott Seltz, Publisher, Engineering News-Record
Joseph Natarelli, National Construction Industry Leader & Partner-In-Charge of the New Haven Office, Marcum LLP

8:25 AM - 9:25 AM

basu a Keynote: Markets, He Wrote:  Looking for Clues into the Economy's Direction

Speaker: Anirban Basu, Chief Construction Economist, Marcum LLP

This global economic guru in the construction sector, who also advises several leading industry groups, will provide an update on important financial and political trends that will affect world building markets going forward.  Read more.


9:25 AM - 10:15 AM

(Panel Discussion)

Managing Risk in a Complex Global Environment

Panelist: Christopher M. Burke, Partner, Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino LLP
Panelist: Daniel Haussner, Civil Engineer, Hazama Ando Corp.
Panelist: Jim Schnieders, Managing Director, Energy EPC Projects, Black & Veatch
Moderator: Scott Hazelton, Managing Director, Economics & Country Risk, IHS Markit

 With global uncertainty on the rise, managing risk on complex projects becomes more important than ever. This panel of experts will explore the nuances of performance planning to overcome obstacles on projects that cross borders. Speakers will deliver insights on micro risk assessments, risk management plans, contingency models, and cash flow analysis among other topics. The discussion will include tips on risks to consider even when working for the U.S. Government overseas, such as labor and material procurement, code compliance and legal risks that could lead to international arbitration.


10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Morning Networking Break

Refreshments and Networking in Exhibit Hall


10:45 AM – 11:30 PM

(Panel Discussion:)

How Cost Management Can Keep Global Projects Profitable

Panelist: Mark Chaves, International Tax Services Practice Co-leader, Marcum
Panelist: David Hudd, Principal, North America Cost Consultancy, Arcadis
Moderator: Julian Anderson, Global Chairman, Rider Levett Bucknall

Work across the globe often comes with hidden expenses. The panel will examine the costs of doing business globally, from international taxes to construction materials prices, and strategies for owners, developers and builders to use to meet changing requirements and insure project and profit success. Panelists will outline tax strategies such as qualified dividend structuring, foreign tax credit planning, and use of holding companies, and efficient materials buying approaches.


11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

(Panel Discussion)

Surety Bonds Outside the U.S.: A User's Briefing

Panelist: David C. Moylan, managing director, International Surety, Alliant Insurance Services
Panelist: Richard Tasker, President, Sage Associates
Panelist: Nancy Schnee, Senior Vice President, Construction Services Group, Aon Risk Solutions
Moderator:  Richard Korman, ENR Deputy Editor and Editor of the ENR Risk Review

Surety bonds are used from time to time on construction projects outside the U.S., where they are less common. A panel of surety experts will explains when surety bonds have replaced letters of credit, what liquidity requirements are required by obligees, and how such guarantees work in different countries. They will identify the type of owners that accept surety guarantees outside the U.S. And they will explain differences in the percentage of contract value covered, duties and obligations owed by the surety and the obligee and what law would apply in the case of a dispute.


12:15 PM - 1:20 PM


1:20 PM- 2:00 PM


Speaker: Neil Bruce, President and CEO, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

This construction sector veteran and head of a $9-billion design-build-operations giant will share perspectives on leadership and growth in a more challenging global environment.  Read more.


2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

 (Panel Discussion)

Building and Managing a Truly Global Leadership Team

Panelist: Tim McManus, Vice President, Capital Projects & Infrastructure Practice, McKinsey
Panelist: Steve Coughran, Founder and Strategy Director, Coltivar Group

For AEC firms today, delivering projects and bottom line results across borders has made successful teambuilding more critical than ever.  This panel of industry talent experts will explore how global companies are developing project and corporate leaders for the next generation—reflecting needed diversity and business ethics savvy—and employing the latest technology to push global training and connection.  


2:50 PM - 3:05 PM

Quick-fire Presentation

Global Pulse 

3:05PM - 3:35 PM

 Afternoon Networking Break

Refreshments and Networking in Exhibit Hall

3:35 PM - 3:50 PM

Quick-fire Presentation

Global Pulse

3:50 PM – 4:45 PM

(Panel Discussion w/ Presentations)

Boosting Productivity and Profits on Overseas Megaprojects

Panelist: Stephen Cabano, President, Pathfinder LLC

Panelist: Darren Mort, LNG general manager, Bechtel

Panelist: Ken Gilmartin, Life Sciences, Consumer Goods & Manufacturing Senior Vice President, Jacobs

To fill the growing infrastructure, manufacturing and energy production needs, large-scale projects often need to be planned and implemented across borders and in remote regions. Through a discussion of recent megaprojects around the globe, the panel will provide real-world strategies to keep overseas projects on time and on budget, including managing the supply chain, modularization, technology to enable global teaming and procurement and other best practices to optimize productivity.


 4:45 - 5:25 PM

Closing Keynote


4:55 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Scott Seltz, Publisher, Engineering News-Record
Joseph Natarelli, National Construction Industry Leader & Partner-In-Charge of the New Haven Office, Marcum LLP


5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Cocktail Reception

The Global Construction Summit Cocktail Reception is the perfect place for you to meet with peers, make new industry contacts and further establish existing business relationships. This reception also provides a unique opportunity for you to discuss your obstacles and challenges with exhibitors and sponsors.


7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Global Best Projects Awards Dinner*

ENR is honored to recognize the global project teams behind outstanding design and construction efforts during this past year at the annual Global Best Projects Awards Dinner immediately following the Global Construction Summit.  These awards focus on the challenges, risks and rewards of designing and constructing in other countries.  Join us to celebrate the teams responsible for the world's best construction projects this October in New York City!

*Separate Registration Required












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