Posted on May 3rd, 2018

2018 ADAO Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference Agenda 
 FRIDAY, April 13, 2018


1:15 – 5:30 PM Newseum Tour
6:30 – 8:00 PM Marriott Casual Dinner
 SATURDAY, April 14, 2018: ADAO Conference


Opening Remarks
8:00 – 8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:40 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks: Linda Reinstein, ADAO President and CEO
8:40 – 8:55 AM International Messages of Support
Session I – Progress and Challenges from the Frontline (Moderator: Steven Markowitz, MD, DrPH)
8:55 – 9:05 AM Cortney Segmen, Mesothelioma Warrior, “The Power of Our Personal Stories”
9:05 – 9:15 AM Linda Reinstein, ADAO President/CEO, “Progress and Challenges in Changing Political Times”
9:15 – 9:25 AM Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD; Professor of Public Health and Chair Emeritus of the Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Drexel University School of Public Health, “From Success in Brazil to Work in Mongolia to New Data from Sri Lanka”
9:25 – 9:35 AM Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH; Assistant U.S. Surgeon General (Ret.) and Rear Admiral, USPHS (Ret.), “Mesothelioma, Today, Tomorrow, & Never”
9:35 – 9:45 AM Earl Dotter, Photojournalist and Creator of the exhibit BADGES: A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers, “ASBESTOS FIGHTERS: Firefighters, Emergency Responders, and Caregivers”
9:45 – 9:55 AM Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH, “Asbestos: Nothing Fake, Only Harm”
9:55 – 10:00 AM Q & A
Session II – Medical Advancements: Diagnosing and Treating Mesothelioma and Other Asbestos-Related Diseases (Moderator: L. Christine Oliver, MD, MPH, MS)


10:00 – 10:10 AM John Panza, Mesothelioma Warrior, “Pedestrian Asbestos Exposure: Unexpected Curse.”
10:10 – 10:25 AM Michael Harbut, MD, MPH, FCCP; Chief of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Clinical Assistant Professor of Environmental Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine, “Diagnosing and Treating Asbestos-Related Diseases”
10:25 – 10:40 AM Brad Black, MD, Medical Director and CEO for the Center for Asbestos and Related Disease, “Libby Amphibole Exposure: A Poorly Recognized Risk”
10:40 – 10:55 AM Marika Townsend, Advisor for London Asbestos Support Awareness Group (LASAG), “Supporting Patients and Families Through Their Mesothelioma Journey”
10:55 – 11:10 AM Paul Demers, PhD, Director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, “The Current Human and Economic Impact of Asbestos in Canada, the Ban and Challenges Going Forward”
11:10 – 11:25 AM Jukka Takala, DSc, MSc, BSc, President of The International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH), “Global Estimates and Asbestos at Work”
11:25 – 11:40 AM Raja Flores, MD and Chairman, Dept. of Thoracic Surgery, Mt. Sinai Health System, “Continuing Dr. Irving Selikoff’s Lifetime Legacy, as Clinicians and Advocates”
11:40 – 11:45 AM Q & A
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM Keynote Speaker: Patrick J. Morrison, Assistant to the General President for Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine at the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), “Never Back Down”
12:15 – 12:20 PM Speakers Group Picture
12:20 – 1:20 PM Lunch
Session III – Prevention: What Is It? Where Is It? What Do I Do?  (Moderator: Brent Kynoch, Managing Director of the Environmental Information Association (EIA))


1:20 – 1:30 PM Robert and Laura Kuzmick, Mesothelioma Warriors, “Asbestos DIY:  We Didn’t Know”
1:30 – 1:45 PM Tony Rich, Industrial Hygienist and Environmental Technician Specializing in Asbestos-related Work, “Asbestos: Magic to Tragic in 150 Years”
1:45 – 2:00 PM Mark Catlin, Occupational Health and Safety Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), “Asbestos: A Matter of Time”
2:00 – 2:15 PM Chris Walker, Supervisor in the Training and Compliance office at the University of Vermont, “Local Mine, Global Problem”
2:15 – 2:30 PM Tom Laubenthal, Training Supervisor & Technical Chief, The Environmental Institute, “Asbestos: Information and Communication; What is Available and What Doesn’t Happen”
2:30 – 2:35 PM Q&A
The Andrew Schneider Memorial Lecture
2:35 – 3:05 PM Chris Graham, Editor, New Matilda, an Independent Australian News Outlet, “Lethal Lies: How Asbestos Companies Use Power And Privilege (And Lawyers And Spies) To Hide The Truth”
3:05 – 3:10 PM Q & A
3:10 – 3:20 PM BREAK
Session IV – Education and Advocacy: Global Ban Asbestos Action (Moderator: Barry Castleman ScD)


3:20 – 3:30 PM Daniel Pineda González, Mesothelioma Warrior (Colombia), “Love Is Stronger Than Cancer”
3:30 – 3:45 PM Fernanda Giannasi, Founder of the Brazilian Association of People Exposed to Asbestos (ABREA) and Marcia Cristina Kamei Lopez Aliaga, Federal Labour Prosecutor at the Labour Public Ministry (Brazil), “The Evolution of the Ban Asbestos Movement in Brazil”
3:45 – 4:00 PM Barry Robson, President of the Asbestos Disease Foundation of Australia (ADFA) (Australia), “After the Asbestos Ban — What Now”
4:00 – 4:15 PM Sinem Delal Kankotan (Turkey), “Asbestos: Dramatic Transformation in the Economic Turkish Landscape”
4:15 – 4:30 PM Sarah McOnie, Director and Founder of McOnie, a B2B Communications Agency (United Kingdom), “Global Asbestos Prevention: One Voice”
4:30 – 4:40 PM Sheri Benson, Member of Parliament (Canada), “Towards a Truly Comprehensive Ban”
4:40 – 4:45 PM Eric Jonckheere, President of Asbestos Belgium Victims Association (ABEVA) (Belgium), “United, Asbestos Victims are Stronger”
4:45 – 4:50 PM Q & A
4:50 – 5:00 PM Program Concludes
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018: Awards and Recognition Dinner : 6:00 – 9:00 PM


  Awards Dinner with Performance by Jordan Zevon, Singer, Songwriter, Film Composer and ADAO Spokesperson 
 Honoree  Eric Jonckheere, 2018 The Alan Reinstein Award
 Honoree  Daniel Pineda González, 2018 The Alan Reinstein Award
 Honoree  Annamarie Kearns, 2018 The Alan Reinstein Award
 Honoree  Rachel Shaneyfelt, 2018 The Alan Reinstein Award, Honored Posthumously 
 Presenter  Linda and Emily Reinstein
 Honoree  Jock McCulloch, 2018 The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award, Honored Posthumously
 Presenter  Dr. Barry Castleman
 Honoree  Dr. Jukka Takala, 2018 The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award
 Presenter  Dr. Richard Lemen
 Honoree  Senator Jeff Merkley, 2018 The Tribute of Hope Award
 Presenter  Kim Cecchini
 Honoree  Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, 2018 The Tribute of Hope Award
 Presenter  Ellen Costa
 Honoree  Environmental Working Group, 2018 The Tribute of Unity Award
 Presenter  Dr. Arthur Frank
 Honoree  Patrick J. Morrison, 2018 The Tribute of Inspiration Award
 Presenter  Linda Reinstein
   Warren Zevon “Keep Me in Your Heart” Tribute Honoree Reflections
 Presenter  Jordan Zevon, ADAO Spokesperson and Musician
 Honoree  Chris Graham & Michael Gillard, 2018 The Andrew Schneider Memorial Award
 Presenter  Kathy Best, Editor of the Missoulian
 Diamond Donors  Lisa Crandall
 Emerald Donor  The Kearns Family, The Von St. James Family
 Sapphire Donor  The Mattmuller Family, Kathryn Crandall
 Garnet Donor  Mark Catlin, Renee Chicoine, Paul & Yvonne Hall, Kim Hoover
 Platinum Sponsor  Motley Rice, LLC; Accepting: Nathan Finch
 Platinum Sponsor  Simmons Hanly Conroy, LLC; Accepting: Todd Adamitis
 Silver Sponsor  Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen; Accepting: Jennifer Lucarelli
  SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018: Unity and Remembrance Brunch : 9:30 – 11:30 AM (Moderator: Ellen Costa, 2018 ADAO Conference Coordinator, Strategy Consultant at Wells Fargo, US)


 9:30 – 9:40 AM  Linda Reinstein, ADAO CEO/President
 10:00 – 10:10 AM  Ellen Costa, Strategy Consultant at Wells Fargo Home Lending and ADAO Board Member
 10:10 – 10:25 AM  Keynote Speaker: Eric Jonckheere, Mesothelioma Warrior and President of Asbestos Belgium Victims Association (Belgium)
  10:25 – 10:40 AM  Pat Martin, Former Member of Parliament, Canada
  10:40 – 10:50 AM  Annamarie Kearns, Mesothelioma Warrior
  10:50 – 10:55 AM  Jill Cagle, Mesothelioma Widow and Singer; Performing “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe
  10:55 – 11:10 AM  Candle Lighting, Kim Cecchini, Senior Communications Strategist & ADAO Board Member
 11:30 AM   Program Concludes