Economy Panel: Global Economic Perspectives: Steel, Oil, and the Scrap Industry
Heather M. Douglas is President of Strategic Public Affairs Ltd. Heather was a journalist covering energy for almost a decade with Southam Publishing with the Daily Oil Bulletin. She worked for Mobil Oil Canada as Manager of Public Affairs and was accountable for several of Canada’s largest public consultation programs, including the Hibernia offshore oil project and the Sable Island gas development. She also worked for Mobil in Norway, Scotland and the U.K. The company sent her on several assignments to Washington, D.C. to liaise with a number of Asian embassies and governments. Heather was appointed Vice President, Public & Government Affairs with Atomic Energy of Canada. In 2005 she accepted the appointment to President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Heather joined Athabasca Oil Sands Corp. in July, 2010 as the company’s Vice President, Communications and External Affairs. She has won numerous awards for her writing, public affairs programs and international government relations strategies.
Becky E. Hites is a global steel industry professional who has served as an equity analyst, project finance and mergers and acquisitions investment banker, cost modeling expert, industry trend macro and micro consultant, expert witness and C-level strategic planning consultant. She’s a proven leader with deep financial, operation, trade and market relationships with steel producers, traders, processors and users. In 2012, she formed Steel-Insights, LLC, a strategic consulting firm focused on the steel, metals and manufacturing industries. Prior to Steel-Insights, Becky was a Managing Partner of World Steel Dynamics Inc. the world’s leading steel information firm run by Peter Marcus, where she worked for almost a decade tracking and forecasting trends in the global steel industry. Becky has experience on Wall Street, she is a leader on numerous industry committees, and she was the keynote speaker for BIR’s World Recycling Convention (Ferrous Division) last fall.
John W. Harris has worked in the steel industry for more than 30 years. As CEO/Owner of Aaristic Services Inc., he works regularly with market analysis companies, providing knowledge and global market intelligence to their market investment clients. He assists companies setting up, managing, and buying and/or selling scrap recycling yards. Harris also conducts site assessments and marketability for slag mining for raw materials for the steel industry. Previously, he held the title of Director of Raw Materials Purchasing at ArcelorMittal for more than a decade. At ArcelorMittal, Harris directed NAFTA monthly metallics purchases, and consulted with various AM group plants both stainless and ferrous operations, performing materials audits, due diligence for new steel plant acquisitions, and total metallic assessment projects. Harris frequently speaks at conferences, where he provides expertise on the steelmaking process, global metallics markets, and the recycling industry.
Joseph C. Pickard serves as the Chief Economist and Director of Commodities at The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. in Washington D.C., where he conducts research and analysis on commodity and scrap market developments and the key economic role that recycling plays both in the U.S. and abroad. Pickard regularly provides information and insights on primary and secondary ferrous, nonferrous, paper, plastics and electronics markets to the 1,600 ISRI member companies as well as to industry associations, policymakers, the press and the general public. As a current member of the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee and Industry Trade Advisory Committee No. 9, he serves as an advisor on recycling-related trade issues to the U.S. Commerce Department and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Jean Simard – As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aluminium Association of Canada (AAC) since 2009, Jean Simard is the industry’s official representative and spokesperson with governments, business associations and the media, as well as with international organizations linked to the industry. Mr. Simard represents the AAC at the International Aluminium Institute (IAI) and at the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Quebec Industrial Aluminium Cluster (AluQuébec), the Conseil patronal de l’environnement du Québec (CPEQ), as well as of the Centre québécois de recherche et de développement de l’aluminium (CQRDA).