Summit Agenda

2 Days – 6 Trailblazers – 8 Panels – 9 Workshops

The sixth annual Verdantix Summit convened HSE professionals from diverse industries to share insights on how to improve HSE outcomes with innovative technologies such as software, mobile apps, drones, in-vehicle monitoring, virtual reality training, smart PPE and data analytics.

 

EHS Summit Americas 2018 Agenda

  • Welcome
    08:30-08:45
    Concourse Ballroom

    Welcome & Overview

    Speaker:
  • Keynote
    08:45-09:15
    Concourse Ballroom

    Getting On The Front Foot With EHS Innovation

    Speaker:
    • Jon Lessard , Senior Vice President - Health, Safety, Security & Environment at Stantec

    The EHS function has changed significantly over the last 30 years. Technology innovation has been a significant factor in enabling and causing those changes. The rise of web-based software shifted decisions from sites to corporate leaders with global oversight. With a new wave of technologies now impacting every aspect of business operations, EHS leaders need to shape a new vision which moves their function from a hierarchy towards a network, from siloed activities towards collaborative workflows. How far have you moved on this journey?

  • Panel
    09:15-09:45
    Concourse Ballroom

    Changing Mindsets: Moving EHS From Digital Follower To Digital Leader

    Chair:
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  • Panel
    09:45-10:15
    Concourse Ballroom

    Environmental Compliance: Exploiting Cost Effective Technologies

    Chair:
    • Mark Weitner , Senior Advisor at Verdantix
    • Steve Bolton , Research Director at Verdantix
    • Erick Click , Director of Environmental Health and Safety at Lippert Components
    • Don Harris , Director - Environment, Health and Safety at AT&T

    Keeping sites in compliance with environmental regulations requires constant attention to both regulatory updates and to changes to operational activities at sites. For firms operating across multiple US states and municipalities this is a major challenge. Firms with an international footprint have an even more complex challenge. This panel will discuss the potential for cost effective technologies such as sensors, mobile apps, drones and environmental data management software to help deliver more robust compliance with lower resource and financial commitments.

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  • Networking Break
    10:15-10:45
    Exhibition Space

    Networking Break

    Sponsored by Golder

  • Workshop
    10:45-11:30
    Concourse Ballroom

    Best Practices Workshop

    Gensuite

    Managing Compliance and Risk Through Change

    Speaker:

    Cority

    How to Champion Your EHS Program

    Speakers:
    • Pam Bobbitt , Director of Channels & Product Marketing at Cority
    • Michael Perkins , Environmental Representative at Eastman Chemical Company
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  • Trailblazer
    11:30-11:50
    Concourse Ballroom

    Innovation Trailblazer

    Verisk 3E

    Achieving Proactive Compliance in a Dynamic Regulatory Environment

    Speaker:
    • Leo Oves , Chief Information Officer at Verisk 3E
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  • Trailblazer
    11:50-12:10
    Concourse Ballroom

    Innovation Trailblazer

    Predictive Solutions

    Taking Fake News Out of Prediction

    Speaker:

    Red-on-line

    Integrated Global HSE Compliance & Risk Management

    Speaker:
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  • Lunch
    12:10-13:15
    Exhibition Space

    Lunch

    Sponsored by Dakota Software

  • Analyst Teach In
    13:15-13:30
    Concourse Ballroom

    The 15 Minute Business Case For EHS Software

    Speaker:

    Securing additional funds for a new EHS software platform or simply getting money for a major upgrade of an existing application can become a frustrating, time-consuming process for corporate EHS teams. Often it takes 2 or 3 years before finance and IT come on board. This analyst teach-in, will provide you with a step-by-step process to navigate the capital requisition process, calculate financial benefits, flag up EHS performance benefits and emphasize compliance risks to CFOs who are bombarded by competing pitches for investment. Attendees will receive a copy of the Verdantix report “Mastering The Business Case For EHS Software” and an Excel template to calculate the ROI of your project.

  • Panel
    13:30-14:15
    Concourse Ballroom

    Competing For Capital: How To Secure Funding For Your EHS Technology Project

    Chair:

    Learn from four experts who have successfully shaped investment plans for EHS IT projects and build a winning coalition internally to get sign-off for the project. If you’re seeking investment you’ll learn what needs to be done to persuade the finance and IT teams to support your bid and get insight into how corporate processes for capital requisition typically work. The panellists will explain how you can partner with both software vendors and consultants who will help deliver the project to draw on their knowledge of other successfully-funded EHS projects.

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  • Focus Group
    14:15-15:15

    Best Practices For Funding EHS Innovation

    Delegates Conduct Small Group Discussions

    Building on the panel discussion, delegates share practical tips for securing funding for different types of EHS projects. Discussions will be framed by a worksheet which covers: new EHS software investments; EHS software upgrades; bulk purchases of intrinsically safe devices; integration between different EHS applications; pilot projects of wearable technology/smart PPE; health and safety learning management systems.

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  • Networking Break
    15:15-15:30
    Exhibition Space

    Networking Break

    Sponsored by Golder

  • Panel
    15:30-16:15
    Concourse Ballroom

    Which Digital Tools Add Value For Health & Safety Capability Building?

    Chair:

    Training, learning and development have increasingly moved from instructor-led, classroom formats to digital formats delivered on learning management systems. Whilst online OSHA courses, micro-learning snippets and video content have been widely adopted do these techniques adequately build health and safety capability? Will tools such as augmented reality visors which deliver context-specific information during the performance of tasks get over the hurdle of cost and usability? This expert panel will share their experiences with new approaches to health and safety training and suggest where EHS directors should focus their time for maximum engagement of frontline workers.

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  • Panel
    16:15-17:00
    Concourse Ballroom

    New Directions For EHS Analysis, Insights & Reporting

    Chair:

    Whilst there are still firms trying to achieve a basic level of EHS compliance, the majority of EHS leaders in firms with revenues above $1 billion have their sights set on enhancing ISO-certified management systems and boosting overall EHS performance. The most advanced are seeking ways to add value to the business not just enhance EHS indicators. This expert panel will discuss what analytical techniques are generating the best insights and share their views on where data and technology need to be improved in the future. Does EHS really need ‘big data’ or should the focus be on applying proven analytical techniques to existing data sets?

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  • Wrap up
    17:00-18:00
    Concourse Ballroom

    Day One Wrap Up

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  • Reception
    18:00-19:00
    Gala Dinner

    Cocktail Reception

  • Dinner
    19:00-22:00
    Gala Dinner

    Verdantix Gala Dinner & VIP Keynote

    Speaker:
    • Nigel Packham , Associate Director, Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA

    Human spaceflight is inherently risky, and certainly not “safe”. The better standard that is used by NASA and other high risk organizations is to ask the question, “Is it Safe Enough”. There will always be risk in such endeavours. The challenge is to identify and manage that risk so that the remaining, or residual risk is acceptable. This presentation will focus on the management of risk in several non-aerospace fields and compare the various methodologies to that used in Human Space Flight.

  • Welcome
    08:30-08:45
    Concourse Ballroom

    Welcome & Overview

    Speaker:
  • Keynote
    08:45-09:15
    Concourse Ballroom

    Extending The Horizons: Integrated Risk Management As Key To Achieving Operational Excellence

    Speaker:
    • Paul Marushka , President and Chief Executive Officer at Sphera

    As every professional managing a portfolio of risks is well aware, the value of a robust Integrated Risk Management system cannot be underestimated. Risk Management solutions can help companies keep their workers safe, their products sustainable and their operations productive. But what happens when the C-suite or Board of Directors requires justification? Do you have the information you need to communicate the value of your risk management solutions and future investments?

    In this keynote, Paul Marushka, Sphera’s President and CEO, will offer expert advice on how you can answer these tough questions and get the buy-in you need to achieve Operational Excellence.

  • Panel
    09:15-10:00
    Concourse Ballroom

    Empowering Frontline Workers With Collaborative Safety Technology

    Chair:

    Since 2000, most EHS technology strategies have been designed as top-down initiatives to improve the ability of the corporate centre to collect data from operational sites thereby achieving compliance with regulations, policies and procedures. In the last two years, cloud and mobile technologies have created an opportunity for EHS leaders to empower frontline workers to keep themselves safe in real-time. Fifty-seven per cent of EHS functions now use mobile apps for incident and audit. Rather than relying on plant operators and truck drivers to report historical incidents, technology can mitigate risks in the moment. This expert panel will discuss the feasibility of moving to an ‘in the moment’ approach to safety and risk management.

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  • Networking Break
    10:00-10:30
    Exhibition Space

    Networking Break

    Sponsored by Golder

  • Workshop
    10:30-11:15
    Concourse Ballroom
    Secondary Space

    Best Practices Workshop

    Sphera

    Solving The Leading Indicator vs Lagging Indicator Conundrum

    Speakers:
    • David Klocek , Director Solutions Consulting at Sphera
    • Kim Knotts , Director, Industrial Safety, Americas at Arkema
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  • Trailblazer
    11:15-11:30
    Concourse Ballroom

    Innovation Trailblazer

    Arcadis

    Reimagine the SHE Experience – How Digital Technologies are Transforming the SHE Information Lifecycle

    Speaker:
    • Prasoon Sinha , Director of Digital and Analytics Solutions at Arcadis

    Airsweb

    Integrated EHS, Risk And Compliance Software

    Speaker:
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  • Workshop
    12:00-12:15
    Concourse Ballroom

    Best Practices Workshop

    IsoMetrix

    PURSUING BRILLIANCE - Benefits and Challenges of a Unified Global EHS and Risk Management Solution

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    UL

    More than a Manual: How Talos Learned to Live its Safety Mission

    Speaker:
    • Jennifer Meister , Global Commercial Director at UL EHS Sustainability
    • Robert Sheninger , Vice President, Health, Safety, Environmental and Regulatory Compliance at Talos Energy
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  • Lunch
    12:15-13:15
    Secondary Space

    Lunch

    Sponsored by Dakota Software

  • Panel
    13:15-14:00
    Concourse Ballroom

    Fixing The Complex Contractor Safety Challenge

    Chair:
    • Stuart Neumann , Director, Advisory Services at Verdantix
    • Kal Johnson , Director HSSE at Cameron LNG
    • Joe Schloesser , Director of Research and Development at ISN
    • Robert Sheninger , Vice President, Health, Safety, Environmental and Regulatory Compliance at Talos Energy
    • Brian Wedemeyer , Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety at Partner Industrial

    The ‘new normal’ for oil and gas prices has caused petro-chemical firms to shed permanent staff to align costs with expected revenues. Losing the tacit knowledge of safe operations held in the brains of long-term employees and at the same time bringing in hundreds of contractors creates a broad array of risks. This is especially true when contractors are expected to be fully productive from day one. This panel discusses the end-to-end risk identification and mitigation process required to ensure contractors, employees and operations stay safe in the new business context.

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  • Roundtable
    14:00-14:40
    Concourse Ballroom

    Best Practices For Reducing Contractor-Related Risks

    Delegates Conduct Small Group Discussions

    Building on the panel discussion, delegates share practical tips for reducing contractor-related risks. Discussions will be framed by a worksheet which covers: pre-selection risk management; training; communicating policies; liability; reporting; software access.

  • Networking Break
    14:40-15:00
    Exhibition Space

    Networking Break

    Sponsored by Golder

  • Panel
    15:00-15:45
    Concourse Ballroom

    Getting Your EHS IT Assets To Work Together: Secret Sauce Or Unfixable Problem?

    Chair:

    The Verdantix annual survey of 382 EHS decision-makers found that 81% of respondents prefer to invest in an EHS software platform which covers all of their workflows. However, in most large enterprises, legacy applications and ongoing acquisitions of other firms means that having a single software platform is not an achievable goal. Skunkworks projects with form building software for mobile dervices further complicate the EHS IT system landscape. This panel will share their expert view on how to you can get your disparate EHS IT assets to work together by investing in only those integration projects which add tangible value.

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  • Panel
    15:45-16:30
    Concourse Ballroom

    Transforming Operational Risk Management With Digitized Processes

    Speakers:
    • David Metcalfe , CEO at Verdantix
    • Gary Aucoin , Manager, Safety and Sustainability at Statoil
    • Paul Espenan , Vice President of Environmental, Health & Safety at Linn Energy
    • Thelma Kipe , Vice president Sales at Rolls-Royce
    • David Selsky , VP North American Environment, Health, and Safety at Direct Energy

    An increasing number of EHS leaders are jointly tackling safety and risk with operational leaders. The digitization of operational risk management spans a broad range of activities such as process safety, fleet safety, unloading containers at a port or protecting lone workers. Digital tools cover permit-to-work, barrier management, shift management, safeguards and MOC. This expert panel will share their view on current best practices and predict how operational risk management will evolve in the future.

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  • Wrap up
    16:30-
    Concourse Ballroom

    Summit Wrap Up & Close

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  • Workshop
    16:45-17:45
    Concourse Ballroom

    Customer Workshop

    EHS Software Vendor Selection

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    This workshop will help EHS decision-makers to speed up the vendor selection process, minimize the risk of making a bad decision and avoid paying over the odds. Based on our benchmark of the 20 most prominent vendors and numerous best practice reports, the Verdantix analyst team will provide attendees with a step-by-step guide from setting the vision and strategy to structuring the RFP and product demo process. We’ll also share insights from the diverse vendor selection projects we have worked on to highlight potential pitfalls to avoid.

  • 17:45-

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