We are thrilled to have Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, do the honors of opening the 2016 SIA Snow Show in Denver, Colorado. In Partnership with Protect Our Winters (POW), SIA will host Gina McCarthy as the keynote speaker during Day 1 of the Snow Show at the Opening Keynote and Complimentary Breakfast. Doors open at 7:30am on Thursday, January 28th in the Mile High Ballroom of the Colorado Convention Center.
US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to hear Administrator McCarthy speak about how climate change will affect the snow sports industry. Complimentary breakfast will be served – doors open at 7:30 am, and the Opening Ceremony will begin at 8:00 am.
Appointed by President Obama as Assistant Administrator in 2009, Gina McCarthy has over 30 years experience working at both state and local levels on critical environmental issues. Her career has been shaped by her passions and dedication to coordinate policies on economic growth, energy, transportation, and the environment. Since joining the United States Environmental Protection Agency as Administrator, Gina McCarthy has been a leading advocate for strategies to protect public health and the environment.
“We are incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to partner with POW and welcome Gina McCarthy as this year’s SIA Snow Show keynote speaker,” said incoming SIA President Nick Sargent. “With the historic COP21 agreement in place and the current season seeing drastic weather conditions, we are facing a pivotal moment in environmental advocacy.”
In the wake of last month’s groundbreaking United Nations COP21 Climate Conference in Paris, Gina McCarthy will speak to environmental topics that hit close to home for SIA’s vast network of snow sport retailers, reps, consumers, and enthusiasts. Gina McCarthy will discuss climate change, clean power, and climate solutions in her keynote, followed by a sit-down “coffee-talk” with snow sport industry leaders.
“It’s an honor to host Gina McCarthy as our keynote speaker,” said POW’s executive director Chris Steinkamp. “We look forward to a lively discussion about the extremely time sensitive and important climate change issues that are so closely tied to the snow industry.”
Also, Friday at 7:30 am, don’t miss the Protect Our Winters Breakfast: Burritos and Bloodies. Get the update on POW’s inspiring success this year and hear keynote speaker Diarmuid O’Connell, VP, Tesla Motors, with an introduction by Andy Wirth, President & Chief Executive Officer, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings.
Diarmuid O’Connell, VP, Tesla Motors
- O’Connell will present The Future Of Energy & Transportation: Success against climate change means transitioning to 100% clean, renewable energy. And Tesla Motors is leading the charge, shaping the future of our energy production and transportation. Come hear Diarmuid O’Connell from Tesla Motors speak about the future of energy – its generation and uses. What will our advanced clean energy and transportation solutions be in the not-so-distant future? Introduced by Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth, speaking about the cutting-edge clean energy partnership between Tesla Motors and Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. The POW Breakfast is Friday, January 29, Doors Open at 7:30A
To read up on POW’s work in 2015, check out some of our past posts: