The premier event for professionals who care about investing in sustainability
Join us in NYC on May 17, 2017
The New York City Bar Association
Meet like-minded people this Spring!
At SILCNY 2017, you will:
Learn how to implement sustainability practices such as integrated reporting, sustainable policies and good governance at your and clients’ firms.
Meet other attorneys, accountants, investors, and financial professionals in the global investment community.
Make personal connections and take home a practical understanding of how sustainability can drive profit for your and your clients’ firms.
SILC brings together an amazing lineup of sustainability and corporate luminaries, from attorneys and CPAs to CEOs and CFOs to environmental experts and champions for social change.
Mervyn King has chaired and been a director of several companies listed on the JSE and is probably best known as the Chairman of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa. However, he also serves as President of the Advertising Standards Authority, First Vice-President of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa, a member of the Securities Regulation Panel, which oversees all mergers and acquisitions in the country, Chairman of the Appeal Committee of the United Cricket Board and of the Automobile Association, Strate, the settlement arm of trades in equities and other instruments in South Africa, and of Brait Societé Anonyme. He was the South African representative at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris for nine years and still acts as an arbitrator and mediator in commercial disputes. He is associated in numerous ways with several other organizations including the Commonwealth Association of Corporate Governance, the World Bank and the United Nations, amongst others. A committed South African, dedicated campaigner for justice and fairness, an accessible and selfless man, Mervyn King has consulted, advised and spoken on legal, business and corporate governance issues in 39 countries, has written a book, The Corporate Citizen, and has received many awards.
Barry C. Melancon is the President and Chief Executive Officer at the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the national professional association of CPAs, with more than 412,000 members worldwide. As head of the largest body of CPAs in the world, Melancon is called upon to represent the Institute with state, national and international organizations and is sought after by key opinion leaders for his expertise. Under Melancon, the Institute has spearheaded a number of initiatives designed to benefit not only the profession, but also investors, business owners, lenders and the general public. These include audit quality centers; private company reporting standards; eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL); the computerized CPA exam; and two consumer financial literacy education programs. Also under Barry’s leadership the AICPA and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) developed a joint venture to establish the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation to elevate management accounting globally. More than 150,000 management accountants now hold the CGMA designation worldwide. Melancon also serves as the CEO and a board member of the Joint Venture, the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, which oversees all CGMA activities internationally.
Lee DeHihns is a member of the firm’s Environmental and Land Use Group. He has practiced environmental law since 1974. He concentrates on regulatory matters and defensive litigation matters, including corporate audits, compliance program development, debarment, white-collar criminal defense, air quality, hazardous waste, water quality and wetlands matters for industrial and municipal clients. He is an author on the topics of water quality and quantity, corporate environmental responsibility, and citizen suits, and a frequent speaker to professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, the Georgia Municipal Association, and the Atlanta Bar Association. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. DeHihns was ranked as a leading environmental lawyer in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers 2005. He is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources 2005-2006, he was previously a member of the Council, 2001-2004, and Chair of the Water Quality and Wetlands Committee, 1999-2001 and a Vice Chair of that Committee, 1997-1999. Lee joined the firm in 1990 after serving four years as Deputy Regional Administrator of USEPA Region 4, the Agency’s senior career position in the Southeast. His career began with USEPA in 1974 in Washington, D.C. where he rose to the position of Associate General Counsel. Lee received a Senior Executive Service Meritorious Rank Award from President Bush in 1989.