Summit Agenda

2 Days – 6 Trailblazers – 8 Panels – 9 Workshops

Join us for 2 days of thought leadership discussions and insights. Verdantix events and content are crafted and delivered through sessions such as Keynotes, Panels, Best Practices Workshops, Innovation Trailblazers, Analyst Teach-Ins, Focus Groups, Roundtables, and Customer & Vendor Workshops.

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  • Welcome
    08:30-08:45
    Concourse Ballroom

    Welcome & Overview

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  • Keynote
    08:45-09:15
    Concourse Ballroom

    Technology Turmoil or Tranquility?

    Speaker:
    • Robert Sheninger , Vice President Health, Safety, Environment (HSE) & Sustainability at Talos Energy

    In the last 2 years, the mindset of EHS leaders has changed from “Why should we align with digital strategies?” to “How should we implement digital strategies?”. Reflecting this overall shift in business thinking which has spread from the technology and consumer sectors into the industrial world, this keynote speech will illuminate the strategic implications of digital transformation for the EHS function.

  • Panel
    09:15-09:45
    Concourse Ballroom

    The EHS Journey To Digitization: Evolution Or Revolution?

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    The mission statement for EHS is moving from compliance to participating in business value creation. This has big implications for the responsibilities, activities and skill sets of future EHS leaders. If the future of EHS leadership is dependent on innovation, collaboration and digitization, what does the EHS community need to change to ensure the profession continues to succeed in the next 5 years?

  • Panel
    09:45-10:15
    Concourse Ballroom

    Engaging Stakeholders With EHS Data Transparency

    Chair:
    • Stuart Neumann , Director, Consulting Services at Verdantix
    • Gena Knight , Director – Environment, Health, and Safety at thyssenkrupp Elevator Manufacturing
    • Sharon Liput , Manager, Product Stewardship and EHS Business Process Systems at PPG Industries
    • J R VanOrder , Digital Solutions Global Practice Leader at Golder

    Managing a corporate EHS programme and concurrently fostering productive engagement with internal stakeholders can be challenging. Being transparent in EHS data collection and analysis, as well as how that data is utilized to create a safer workplace can help reduce any concerns among workers and enable collaboration across operational siloes. This panel will discuss best practices for positively engaging corporate stakeholders through EHS data transparency—empowering them to become emissaries of the internal safety culture and better understand their role in achieving the firm’s EHS objectives.

  • Networking Break
    10:15-10:45
    Exhibition

    Networking Break

  • Workshop
    10:45-11:30
    Concourse Ballroom

    Best Practices Workshop

    Cority
    Driving Operational Excellence Through Digital Transformation

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    Gensuite
    Bottom-To-Top Stakeholder Engagement – Through Evolution, Innovation, And Digitization

    Speaker:
    • Donavan Hornsby , Vice President & Corporate Strategy Executive at Gensuite
    • John Novotny , Director - Global Environment & Sustainability at Corning Incorporated
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  • Trailblazer
    11:30-11:50
    Concourse Ballroom

    Innovation Trailblazer

    Veriforce
    The Contractor Safety Compliance Management Maturity Model

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    SAI Global
    From Workplace Accidents To Mental Health & Wellbeing: How Technology Can Reduce Health & Safety Risks

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  • Trailblazer
    11:50-12:15
    Concourse Ballroom

    Innovation Trailblazer

    SHE Software
    Does User Engagement Matter?

    Speaker:
    • Joe Harmon , VP Product & Engineering at SHE Software

    Avetta
    Using Technology To Optimize Supplier Performance

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  • Lunch
    12:15-13:15
    Exhibition

    Lunch

    Sponsored by Dakota Software

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

    Succeeding With Wearables Projects

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    Whilst EHS professionals see significant potential for wearable technologies to improve health and safety outcomes, the market is flooded with scores of new tech devices and few examples exist of large-scale successful roll-outs. During this 15-minute analyst teach-in you’ll get a clear understanding of the different categories of industrial wearables on the market, insights into different vendors’ offerings and advice on how to initiate a successful pilot project.

  • Panel
    13:30-14:15
    Concourse Ballroom

    The Growing Impact Of Sustainability On The EHS Function

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    Most large firms headquartered in North America have been publishing sustainability reports for 10 to 15 years. Regulated industrial facilities have been obliged to produce estimates of GHG emissions to meet the requirements of the North American Emissions Trading System regulation. With growing momentum behind the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Accord and increasing investor scrutiny of a potential peak in fossil fuel consumption, do firms need to review and overhaul their sustainability and GHG emissions reporting?

  • Focus Group
    14:15-15:15
    Focus Suite

    More Data = More Insight? How To Close The Gap Between Data And Insight Through AI.


    Focus group sponsored by Lloyd's Register

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  • Focus Group
    14:15-15:15
    Focus Suite

    Does Your EHS Software Program Match Your Short-term And Long-term Expectations?


    Focus group sponsored by Red-on-line

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  • Focus Group
    14:15-15:15
    Focus Suite

    Your Business is Unique. But When Does EHS Customization Go Too Far?


    Focus group sponsored by KPA

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  • Focus Group
    14:15-15:15
    Focus Suite

    Engaging Front-Line Workers For Measurable Operational Excellence


    Focus group sponsored by Corvex Connected Worker

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  • Keynote
    14:15-15:15
    Concourse Ballroom

    Towards A New EHS Paradigm

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  • Networking Break
    15:15-15:40
    Exhibition

    Networking Break

  • Panel
    15:40-16:15
    Concourse Ballroom

    Standardizing Site-Level EHS Practices Faster With IT Systems

    Chair:
    • Stuart Neumann , Director, Consulting Services at Verdantix
    • Janette Courtney , Division Environmental, Health and Safety Director at Bonnell Aluminum
    • James Mallon , President at VelocityEHS | Humantech
    • Jill Raymond , EHS Director, Americas at Porex Corporation
    • Chad Smith , Corporate Safety Director at Evans General Contractors

    Coordinating EHS activities, data collection, data analysis and incident prevention across multiple facilities remains a critical, yet complex responsibility for EHS managers. Technology and software can help enable harmonization across sites, but only if they are actively administered as part of a firm’s overall EHS programme. This panel will review challenges faced by EHS leaders in implementing standard processes across sites and discuss how different technologies could help address those problems, as well as more efficiently standardize EHS practices across a firm’s facilities.

  • Panel
    16:15-16:50
    Concourse Ballroom

    Engaging Employees With Behavior-Based Safety Innovations

    Chair:
    • Steve Bolton , Research Director at Verdantix
    • Gary Hale , Global EHS Manager at Neenah
    • Clarence Izzard , Director, Global Safety & Security at Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation
    • Mark Weitner , Principal Management Consultant, IDP at Arcadis
    • Brian Wright , CMMS & Safety Supervisor at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

    Focusing on individuals’ behaviors to improve health and safety can promote sounder conduct and actions among workers. However, there is no guarantee that drawing workers’ attention to their behaviors and those of their colleagues will create a safer labor environment. How can positive employee engagement and collaboration, along with innovative technology, help realize the safety goals of a behavior-based approach? This panel will discuss social and technological resources that can be utilized to encourage behavioral-based safety and enhance corporate culture.

  • Wrap up
    16:50-17:00
    Concourse Ballroom

    Day One Wrap Up

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  • Travel
    17:30-18:00

    Bus To Porsche Center

  • Reception
    18:00-19:00
    Porsche Heritage Center

    Cocktails And Race Track Experience

  • Dinner
    19:00-22:00
    Porsche Heritage Center

    Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony

    Sponsored by Guardhat

    Dress code: Business Smart

  • Welcome
    08:30-08:45
    Concourse Ballroom

    Welcome & Overview

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  • Keynote
    08:45-09:15
    Concourse Ballroom

    The Stars Have Aligned For EHS

    Keynote Sponsored By Cority

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    Over the last decade there has been a wave of activity in technology, including the EHS sector. These investments coupled with market trends and changing standards have generated the ideal conditions for EHS to finally have their day in the sun.  The discussion will focus on the changing landscape, the driving trends and influences, and the importance of adopting the right technology without ignoring your most important assets.

  • Panel
    09:15-10:00
    Concourse Ballroom

    Work To Zero: New Approaches To Reducing Serious Injuries & Fatalities

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    EHS professionals continually pursue an objective of ‘zero accidents’ or ‘zero harm,’ but what does this mean for their program designs and daily activities? Furthermore, how can technology be leveraged to achieve this goal? This panel will discuss how to define a ‘zero’ goal and explore both new approaches to safety and emerging technologies that can expedite a firm’s journey to zero. This panel also will share information about a project being undertaken by the National Safety Council and Verdantix to help EHS managers understand technological safety advancements that promise to reduce and ultimately eliminate preventable deaths.

  • Networking Break
    10:00-10:30
    Exhibition

    Networking Break

  • Workshop
    10:30-11:15
    Concourse Ballroom

    Best Practices Workshop

    Arcadis
    The Art Of The Possible - Improving Mobility In Atlanta

    Speakers:
    • Prasoon Sinha , Chief Digital Officer at Arcadis North America
    • Matt Glasser , Regional Traffic Operations Program Manager at Georgia Department of Transportation

    IsoMetrix
    Care at the Core- Trevali’s journey to world class sustainability

    Speakers:
    • John Castner , Managing Director at IsoMetrix
    • Tracey Jacquemin , Corporate Manager Health Safety Environment and Community (HSEC) at Trevali Mining Corporation
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  • Workshop
    11:15-12:00
    Concourse Ballroom

    Best Practices Workshop

    Enviance
    Improving While Evolving: Implementing EHS Software During Times Of Changes

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    UL
    EHS Cultural Transformation: Before Technology Can Happen

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  • Trailblazer
    12:00-12:20
    Concourse Ballroom

    Innovation Trailblazer

    Axonify
    How Merck Drives Frontline Safety—And Business Value—With Modern Training

    Speaker:
    • John Gorrie , Strategic Customer Success Manager at Axonify

    Airsweb
    Tackling One Of The Most Dangerous Activities On Earth

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  • Lunch
    12:20-13:20

    Lunch

    Sponsored by Dakota Software

  • Panel
    13:20-14:00
    Concourse Ballroom

    Fixing The Contractor Safety Challenge: Beyond Prequalification

    Chair:
    • Dennis Callaghan , Principal Analyst at Verdantix
    • Scott DeBow , Practice Leader: Occupational Safety & Health at Randstad
    • Robert Sheninger , Vice President Health, Safety, Environment (HSE) & Sustainability at Talos Energy
    • Mike Zamis , Chief Product Officer at Sphera Solutions

    EHS managers face unique challenges when their firms engage contractors—they need to not only ensure the safety of their own workers but also the safety of the contractors’ employees. Prequalification of vendors is one part of the solution. However, contractors visit a worksite multiple times during a project and safety best practices call for reviewing each worker’s authorisation when accessing the site. How can EHS managers do this efficiently while not curtailing a comprehensive assessment of each individual? This panel will discuss how emerging technologies—including wearable devices and beacons—can save time and concurrently enhance workplace safety.

  • Panel
    14:00-14:40
    Concourse Ballroom

    Worker Health and Safety – What Role For Technology?

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    Corporate health and safety programmes traditionally have targeted workplace accidents and incidents. Today, EHS managers are paying greater attention to broader definitions and longer-term factors of worker health and safety. Such areas include ergonomics, in which repetitive motions, heavy lifting or sedentary jobs can lead to permanent physical damage; worker wellbeing, for which managers take a comprehensive view of workers’ physical, mental and psychological health; and fatigue monitoring, which adds worker exhaustion to the EHS factors that gauge overall health. In this panel, speakers will discuss how they are utilising or exploring technologies to help address these expanded EHS considerations.

  • Networking Break
    14:40-15:00
    Exhibition

    Networking Break

  • Workshop
    15:00-15:45
    Concourse Ballroom

    Customer & Vendor Workshop

    Best Practices For EHS Software Selection

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    Future Evolution Of The EHS Software Market

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  • Wrap up
    15:45-16:00
    Concourse Ballroom

    Summit Wrap Up & Close

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