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Beyond Zero

Wednesday - Thursday, January 26, 27
8:00 am - 9:00 am

Session II:
Beyond Zero (Pt 2)
Wednesday - Thursday, January 26, 27
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Bill Sims is a leadership speaker, author and leadership workshop developer. Bill is also President of The Bill Sims Company, Inc.  For more than 40 years, the Bill Sims Company has created behavior-based recognition programs that have helped large and small firms to inspire better performance from employees and increase bottom line profits.

Bill’s book entitled Green Beans & Ice Cream-The Definitive Recipe for Employee Engagement, Motivation and Recognition is based on this seminar and his experience having built more than 1,000 recognition programs since. More than 1,000 firms have benefited from consulting with Bill, including Dupont, Disney, Siemens VDO, Coca-Cola, and Ford, to name a few.
Bill Sims has spoken at the American Association Of Safety Engineers (ASSE’s) annual Professional Development Conference’s in San Antonio, Baltimore and recently in Chicago to international Health Safety and Environment (HSE) professionals and corporate management. He has been a keynote speaker and leadership speaker at a vast number of conferences globally; for example; the National Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH/NIOSH) in Scotland, the Saudi Council of Engineers and at many more locations in the Middle East, Europe, Australia, South Africa and more.
Decarbonization Technologies for a Lower Carbon Future

Wednesday - Thursday, January 26, 27
Time TBD
Tim Byrne is Vice President, ClimateBright™ for The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W), a leader in energy and environmental products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide. 

Named to this position in June 2021, Byrne leads the commercial advancement of ClimateBright, B&W’s comprehensive suite of carbon capture, hydrogen and other decarbonization products and services designed to help utilities and industry aggressively combat greenhouse gas emissions and climate change while producing clean energy.

Byrne has 32 years of experience with B&W. Prior to his most recent role, he served as Director of Sales and Business Development for B&W’s Canada operations from 2015 to 2021.  Before that, he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility within B&W’s Canada operations, including serving as General Manager of Construction for Central Canada, Regional Manager of Replacement Parts and Services, Manager of Production Control and Manufacturing Services, and Manufacturing Business Unit Manager. 
Lignite 101: Know the Industry You Serve

Tuesday, January 25, 2022
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch included with registration. Participants must pre-register; fee waived/courtesy of Lignite Energy Council

Jason Bohrer was named President and CEO of the Lignite Energy Council in June, 2013. He has spent his time at the Lignite Energy Council leading its public outreach and advocacy operations and engaging with stakeholders and government officials on behalf of the lignite coal industry. Jason is a 1998 graduate of North Dakota State University, where he received a degree in history. His first job in energy policy was as Regional Director for United States Senator Larry Craig, where he served as liaison to the Idaho National Laboratory, the nation’s premier nuclear power research facility. Jason, his wife and two children then moved to Virginia, where he attended George Mason University School of Law and served as energy policy advisor to several Members of Congress, and eventually Chief of Staff to United States Congressman Raul Labrador. During his career in energy policy, Jason has worked on energy policy initiatives related to coal mining and energy development, as well as nuclear energy and waste disposal, oil and gas exploration, energy tax credits, hydropower relicensing, and geothermal permitting reform. He has also drafted legislation to facilitate the expansion of the nation’s transmission infrastructure and improve cybersecurity protocols.
(moderator) Environment, Social and Governance (ESP) Panel

Wednesday - Thursday, January 26, 27
1:30 pm - 3:15 pm


Mike Holmes is vice president of research and development for the Lignite Energy Council and serves as the technical advisor to the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) lignite research development and marketing program. Prior to joining the LEC in 2016, he served as director of Energy Systems Development at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) in Grand Forks, where he oversaw fossil energy research areas. His principal areas of interest and expertise include CO2 capture; fuel processing; gasification systems for coproduction of hydrogen, fuels, and chemicals with electricity; process development and economics for advanced energy systems; and emission control technologies. Prior to his work at EERC, Holmes spent 15 years working on coal-related research and development and commercial projects for Babcock & Wilcox, a major supplier of advanced energy and environmental technologies for the power industry. He received a master’s of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of North Dakota and bachelor of science degrees in chemistry and mathematics from Mayville State University. He is a member of the National Coal Council and has been an executive member and served on the board of directors of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association.
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