ENR 2017 Global Construction Summit Agenda
October 22 - Early Registration Open - Credentials Pick-up
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Metropolitan Foyer, 2nd Floor
Avoid lines by picking up your credentials early.
7:30 AM - 8:20 AM - Central Park East/West, 2nd floor
Registration Open / Continental Breakfast
8:20 AM – 8:30 AM - Metropolitan West Ballroom, 2nd floor
Program Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Metropolitan West Ballroom
Keynote: Where is the Global Economy Going?
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.
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM- Metropolitan West Ballroom
Managing Risk in a Complex Global Environment
Panelist: Christopher M. Burke, Partner, Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino LLP Read more
Panelist: Daniel Haussner, Civil Engineer, Hazama Ando Corp. Read more
Panelist: Jim Schnieders, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Energy EPC Projects, Black & Veatch Read more
Panelist: HuBiao Kang, Assistant President of China National Machinery Import & Export Corporation (CMC) Read more
Moderator: Scott Hazelton, Managing Director, Economics & Country Risk, IHS Markit Read more
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.
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM - Central Park East/West Ballroom
Morning Networking Break
Refreshments and Networking in Exhibit Hall
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM - Metropolitan West Ballroom
How Cost Management Can Keep Global Projects Profitable
Panelist: Mark Chaves, International Tax Services Practice Co-leader, Marcum Read more
Panelist: David Hudd, Principal, North America Cost Consultancy, Arcadis Read more
Moderator: Julian Anderson, Global Chairman, Rider Levett Bucknall Read more
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.
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM - Metropolitan West Ballroom
Surety Bond Users Briefing: Going Outside and Coming Into the U.S.
Panelist: David C. Moylan, managing director, International Surety, Alliant Insurance Services Read more
Panelist: Richard Tasker, President, Sage Associates Read more
Panelist: Nancy Schnee, Senior Vice President, Construction Services Group, Aon Risk Solutions Read more
Moderator: Richard Korman, ENR Deputy Editor and Editor of the ENR Risk Review Read more
Surety and letters of credit are the chief instruments used for project guarantees around the world. A panel of surety experts will explain when surety bonds have replaced letters of credit outside the US and how overseas companies accustomed to using letters of credit begin to use surety bonds when working in the U.S. The panel will discuss how such guarantees work in different countries, the type of owners that accept surety guarantees outside the U.S., duties and obligations owed by the surety and the obligee, differing legal forums and the chief issues regarding liquidity and balance sheet strength that allow overseas and multinational contractors to secure or expand bonding levels in the U.S.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - Central Park East/West
1:30 PM- 2:10 PM - Metropolitan West Ballroom
Keynote: Sleeping Giant
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.
2:10 PM - 3:00 PM - Metropolitan West Ballroom
Building and Managing a Truly Global Leadership Team
Panelist: Guy Leonard, Executive Director-Global Strategy, Mott MacDonald Group Read more
Moderator: Steve Coughran, Founder and Strategy Director, Coltivar Group Read more
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.
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM - Central Park East/West
Afternoon Networking Break
Refreshments and Networking in Exhibit Hall
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM - Metropolitan West Ballroom
Q&A: Cross-Border M&A-Experts Share Strategies
Moderator: Andrej Avelini, Managing Director, EFCG Read more
Chris Larsen, Principal, Halmar International Read more
Frank Marrazza, President, North America and Brazil, Ramboll Environ Read more
Executives of two US firms that have recently completed international acquisition deals share strategies on overcoming key challenges and planning for successful results. A veteran AEC sector broker of global mergers and acquisitions will moderate the session and offer his own advice on cross-border transactions.
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM - Metropolitan West Ballroom
Technology in Action: Construction Learning Goes Global Through the MOOC Platform
Speaker: Ibrahim S. Odeh, Founding Director, Global Leaders in Construction Management – Research Initiative at Columbia University, New York City Read more
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM - Metropolitan West Ballroom
(Panel Discussion w/ Presentations)
Boosting Productivity and Profits on Overseas Megaprojects
Panelist: Stephen Cabano, President, Pathfinder LLC Read more
Panelist: Darren Mort, LNG general manager, Bechtel Read more
Panelist: Ken Gilmartin, Senior Vice President, Life Sciences, Consumer Goods & Manufacturing, Jacobs Read more
Moderator: Elizabeth Sanborn, Chief Operating Officer, Independent Project Analysis, Inc. Read more
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.
5:15 PM - 5:20 PM - Metropolitan West Ballroom
5:20 PM - 6:30 PM - Central Park East/West
The Global Construction Summit and Global Best Projects Awards Cocktail Reception is the perfect place for you to meet with peers, mingle with teams from the winning projects, 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.
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Metropolitan West Ballroom
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!