Sixth Annual Business Forum


Great River Greening presents the Sixth Annual Business Forum

Doug Baker, CEO of Ecolab, will present “Navigating Our Water Future: A Course for Industry”, followed by a Q&A moderated by acclaimed business journalist Chris Farrell.

Friday, October 11, 2013
7:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Minnesota Valley Country Club
Bloomington, MN

Link to Doug Baker’s presentation


Great River Greening hosts the Business Forum to reinforce the connection between a healthy economy and a healthy environment.  Now in its sixth year, the annual event has built a reputation among professionals as an engaging event where colleagues converge on important environmental topics facing our community. Last year, 300 business professionals and community leaders attended.

This year’s event will explore water use with Minneapolis Saint Paul Business Journal’s Executive of the Year Doug Baker and award winning and widely acclaimed author Farrell.

Companies are setting water goals, deploying technology and innovation, and measuring progress. But is that enough?  The Business Forum will provide ample time for discussion about business’s options for responding to water use and demand, which the World Bank predicts will exceed supply by 50% by 2025.

 “Water is inherently local, and industry must know their local watersheds and partner with others who use those watersheds to protect the resource.” Doug Baker

Doug_Baker_photoDoug Baker

Chairman and CEO of Ecolab Inc.

Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. Baker was named Ecolab’s president and chief executive officer in July 2004, and in May 2006, added chairman of the board to his duties.

The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal named Baker the 2013 Executive of the Year, and in 2012, Baker was inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame. In addition to his Ecolab responsibilities, Baker serves on the board of directors of U.S. Bancorp and Target Corporation.

ChrisFarrellChris Farrell

Senior Economics Contributor at APM’s Marketplace

Chris Farrell is Senior Economics Contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio business and personal finance programs.

An award winning journalist, Chris is a columnist for Bloomberg Businessweek, Next Avenue and the Star Tribune. The author of three books, his latest is The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More and Live Better. Chris lives in St. Paul.


7:15 am       VIP Sponsor Reception

7:30 am       Registration & Breakfast Buffet

8:00 am       Introductions

8:10 am       Presenation by Mr. Baker

8:30 am       Conversation between Mr. Baker and Mr. Farrell

8:45 am       Audience Q&A

9:10 am       Concluding Remarks

9:15 am       Post-Event Networking

Presenting sponsor

Stoel Rives

Event Sponsor

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Table Sponsors

Aggregate Industries

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Liesch Associates

Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly


Saint Paul Port Authority

Snacks Holding/Flagstone Foods

Promotional Partners

Bloomington Noon Rotary Club

Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce