Taking place from 10-12 June 2020 at the magnificent The Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch in Arizona, the US edition of our HSE Insight Summit will bring together senior health and safety decision-makers and business leaders from across North America to discuss industry challenges, opportunities and current best practice.

The summit will focus on key topics such as: how to build a safety culture using management software tools, leadership and training; improving process safety; and revisiting risk management for a rapidly changing environment.

From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside best-in-class organizations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to your specific needs, the summit provides you with everything you need to implement your key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Past Attendees

At previous events we've helped executives from some the world's most significant firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - to address their project challenges.
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Bruce Klafter
VP Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibiltiy
Flex
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John Dony
Director Campbell Institute
National Safety Council
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Britt Howard
Group Director HSE, Quality & Risk
Worley
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Kevin Selby
Director EHS & Compliance
Sempra Energy
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Timothy Chetwynd
Director QHSE On/Offshore
TechnipFMC
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Laura Tankenson
VP HSE
Paramount Pictures
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Perry Logan
Director Safety & Health
3M Company
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Hannah Sesay
VP & Head of Health and Safety
Ferguson PLC
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Jennifer Parzakonis
Associate Director Global Environment, Health and Safety
Takeda
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Daryl Guercio
Director HSE
BrandSafway
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Jeff Charboneau
HSE Director
Fluor Corporation
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Stanley Evans
HSE Director
Turner Construction Company

6 Challenges in Health, Safety & Environment

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • To Bridge the Gap Between Your Multigenerational Workforce
  • Choose and Use: Identifying and Implementing Transformative Technologies
  • To Better Use Data and Analytics to Iterate and Drive a Program of Continuous Improvement
  • To Create a Happier, Healthier, Safer Working Culture and Demonstrate Effectiveness Every Step of the Way (On Every Budget)
  • Risk Planning: Prediction, Prevention and the Latest Thinking in HSE Management, Compliance and Communication
  • To Secure Executive Engagement and Accountability For All Aspects of a Lasting Safety Culture
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Past Summit Schedule

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Wednesday June 10, 2020
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Join us at 1.00 pm when registration opens to collect your badge, check-in, meet the on-site team, and start your 2.5 day Summit experience.

Solution provider briefing
2:00pm - 2:30pm

Our VP of Sales will brief you on the next 2 ½ days at the summit, giving you all the information you’ll need for your 1-2-1 meetings, the networking sessions and what to expect to maximize your summit experience.

Welcome remarks and delegate briefing
2:30pm - 2:45pm

Our Master of Ceremonies will kick off the Summit with a welcome brief and orientation session, giving you all the information you need to maximize your Summit experience.

Panel Discussion
2:45pm - 3:20pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
Level Up: How We Get to HSE 4.0

What skills and knowledge does the next generation of EHS professionals need to be successful?
Tasks that were traditionally carried out by human beings are being slowly replaced by monitors and sensors.
Learn how EHS leaders are hoping to utilize the latest safety technologies in the workplace to increase human performance, automate basic tasks, and simplify employee training.

Interview
3:20pm - 3:50pm
A one on one interview diving into the details of how to prepare yourself for the realities of one of the industry's top challengers.
Trends Shaping EHS Management

Learn best practices from a successful EHS leader who has succeeded in protecting his workers, improving the environment & improving business performance.

Learn some predictions for EHS management trends in 2020.

Roundtable Track 1
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
The Employee Demographic Shift

As baby boomers retire, health & safety programs must progress to keep millennials engaged. What do you do differently to appeal to the younger generation? Explore the forces affecting the changing workforce and learn how to adapt.

Roundtable Track 2
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Digital Transformation & Emerging Technologies in the Workplace

Innovations in technology are helping to better operationalize EHS management systems to drive continuous improvement. The technology is here but will only work by learning how to adopt and utilize it through your workforce. Which technologies are worth your investments, whether now or in the future?

Roundtable Track 3
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Safety Data & Analytics – Leveraging Your Management System to Drive Progress
  • What are some of the challenges associated with implementing a SMS?
  • What regulatory framework may be problematic in industry implementation?
  • What processes and procedures could be used to mitigate the complexity of the program?
Roundtable Track 4
Session 1 - Challenges
3:00pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
The Safety Culture Mindset: Communication & Training Techniques

To achieve a safe and productive environment, employers must maintain a strong and positive safety culture in the workplace.
The challenges?

1. Making safe production culture a company mindset that defines “who we are”
2. Creating a “Just Culture” learning environment with safety communication
3. Overcoming barriers to safety success
4. Sustaining safety excellence

This roundtable explores various ways to achieve your ideal safety culture

Roundtable Track 5
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Risk Planning: Predicting & Preventing Injury

As part of managing health and safety, you must assess and control the risks in your workplace and the potential harm to your employees. Employers need to consider what might cause their employees harm and take the necessary steps to prevent it. Risks should be reduced to the lowest level possible by taking preventative measures. What if you could predict when an employee is going to be injured and prevent that injury from happening?

Roundtable feedback
5:00pm - 5:30pm

This is a show and tell with the entire delegation, lead by the roundtable moderators. Hear other challenges, perspectives, and topics that will set the tone for the Summit.

Networking drinks
6:00pm - 7:00pm

A casual setting to network and meet the rest of the attendees and discuss relevant topics at your leisure.

Gala dinner
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Join us for our Gala Dinner & Keynote Speaker. An opportunity to network with your peers in a social environment with a three course dinner and wine whilst listening to an industry leader discuss a key topic.

Keynote
8:00pm - 8:30pm
Our Keynote speaker will be addressing the entirety of Summit attendees during our Gala Dinner. They will be going beyond the 'brand story' and sharing their experience and the real truths of tackling a challenge that is shaping the industry.
Gala dinner keynote, Q&A: We Can’t Fix Mental Health with Duct Tape: A New Frontier in Safety

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Thursday June 11, 2020
Breakfast
7:00am - 7:50am

Please come down and join us for breakfast and prepare for a day of workshops, keynotes, debates and panels.

Welcome Remarks
7:50am - 8:00am

Our Master of Ceremonies will brief you into the day 2 program to make sure you are in the right place at the right time.

Keynote
8:00am - 8:20am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Serious Injury & Fatality: Proven Prevention Practices

While overall injury rates have been steadily declining, serious injuries and fatalities have been reduced either at a much slower rate or, in many cases, have actually stopped improving altogether.
Organizations are doing really well in preventing non-fatal injuries, but serious injuries and fatalities continue to occur…

1. What can companies do to get better at SIF prevention?
2. Which procedures and systems are best for preventing serious injuries and fatalities?

Keynote
8:20am - 8:50am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Changing Culture Through Employee Engagement and Training

The path to achieving organizational safety culture maturity and compliance training maturity have many similarities. Both have an early awareness and reactive phase that can eventually evolve into an interdependent and strategic, value based culture. These more mature cultures excel in safety performance and understanding both maturity models and how they can work together is essential to changing culture and achieving tangible safety and business performance results.

Panel Discussion
8:50am - 9:20am
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
How To Build a Successful Safety Culture

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Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
9:20am - 10:00am
One Topic. Two experts. Two opinions. You'll get the chance to vote on where you stand before the session starts. We'll then hear from our two experts, to see if they can sway your opinion when you participate in the closing vote.
Wearable Technology: Safety Vs Privacy

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Coffee & Networking Break
10:00am - 10:20am

Take a break and refuel whilst networking and socializing with your peers.

Workshop
10:20am - 11:00am
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
Policies Don’t Save Lives: Making Safety Human Again

Having the best safety policies, procedures, using the latest best practices and implementing the most effective safety initiatives does not ensure safety. If the hearts and minds of your employees are not engaged in safety, all the above will only have so much affect. We must make safety about our employees, empowering and enabling them to be safe. We must make safety human again.

Workshop
11:05am - 11:45am
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
How do you transform the safety culture of an industry?

In the late 90’s the Solid Waste Industry was considered one of the the most dangerous in America, just below the Alaskan Crab Fishing industry. Waste Management had an injury rate in the low 20’s and a cost of risk at ½ a Billion Dollars.

Panel Discussion
11:50am - 12:30pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
Fix the Worker Or Fix the System?

Traditional safety management tends to focus on “fixing” the worker or an error made by the worker after an incident occurs. By contrast, human organizational performance focuses on fixing the system. Is it best practice to “fix the worker” or “fix the system”?

Keynote
12:30pm - 1:00pm
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Improving workplace safety culture and engagement with wearable technology

Wearables have flooded the technology market over the past 15 years, but what does this mean for workplace safety culture? How do you measure and then improve?

Traditional ergonomic workplace assessments are subjective and don’t paint a full picture of the movement strain being placed on individuals. However, detailed and objective data assessments allows organizations to make fully informed decisions with confidence. That is if you are collecting the right data and know how to interpret it.

Can wearable motion sensors, software, and sophisticated algorithms provide an objective quantitative overview of workplace physical activity? How do you turn these results into a safer environment?

Takeaways:

  • Learn how to identify, quantify and solve manual handling movement issues in your workplace.
  • Understand how you can use wearable tech to improve decision making around equipment selection and work practice.
  • Hear how organizations have used wearable technology to build engaging manual handling training and behavior change programs.
Networking Lunch
1:00pm - 1:45pm

Join us for a sit-down lunch, and a chance to catch up on emails and get ready for the afternoon.

Roundtable
Session 2 - Discovery
1:50pm - 2:30pm
Learning and sharing with your group. What are the solutions? Are they readily available? What path are you going to take?
Drill Down Roundtables

1. The Employee Demographic Shift

2. Digital Transformation & Emerging Technologies in the Workplace

3. Safety Data & Analytics – Leveraging Your Management System to Drive Progress

4. The Safety Culture Mindset: Communication & Training Techniques

5. Risk Planning: Predicting & Preventing Injury

Workshop
2:35pm - 3:15pm
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
Make It Visual: 10 Strategies for Capturing and Keeping Employee Attention

Safety professionals everywhere are looking for more effective ways to engage their employees and get them focused on safety. Attention spans are shorter than ever. Visual communication is the “secret weapon” that can help you capture (and keep) your employees’ attention.

In this workshop, you’ll learn:
• Why your employees aren’t hearing you and what you can do about it

• Why visual communication works

• 10 proven strategies to employ visual communication in your safety program

Case Study
3:20pm - 4:00pm
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Six Benefits of Sustainability for Your Safety Culture

Is climate change a business risk?
Learn how developing a safety culture that educates employees about sustainability can attract consumers, employees and investors, decrease risk, increase productivity and reduce costs.

Panel Discussion
4:05pm - 4:45pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
Productivity Alert: Are You Using Best Practices in Contractor Management?

Hiring contractors for various projects has become the most common way of executing work. However, the gaps EHS professionals face regarding contractor management can be deadly.
Hear from safety professionals who are working to mitigate risk and increase productivity by extending the culture of safety to all site workers.

Keynote
4:50pm - 5:30pm
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
The Unhappy Accident

Why do we still die in accidents? It’s a mystery that’s bedeviled safety professionals for decades. We have all the technology, the design, and the safeguards we need to avoid untimely deaths. And yet we still succumb. Happiness expert and bestselling author Rodd Wagner asserts that the ultimate root cause of our worst decisions is our natural discontent. We are wired to be dissatisfied – to want more, to do more, to sleep less, to go faster, and to take too many risks. The secrets to keeping ourselves safe are, strangely enough, the secrets to greater mindfulness and happiness. Drawn from the research for Rodd’s next book, this presentation will change the way you think about human nature, risk, and strategies for life itself.

Attendee downtime
5:30pm - 7:00pm

A needed break after a content filled day. Please use this time as you wish prior to joining us for our night 2 seated dinner.

Networking drinks
7:00pm - 7:30pm

A casual setting to network and meet the rest of the attendees and discuss relevant topics at your leisure

Dinner & Interview
7:30pm - 10:00pm

Join us for our night two Gala Dinner, which will be in a casual and inviting setting.

Friday June 12, 2020
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:15 am

Please come down and join us for breakfast and prepare for a day of workshops, keynotes, debates and panels.

Welcome Remarks
8:15 am - 8:25 am

Our Master of Ceremonies will brief you into the day 3 program to make sure you are in the right place at the right time.

Keynote
8:25 am - 8:50 am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Just A Second Ago...

Brad Livingston was involved in back to back explosions that were 100% preventable. The contributing factors to these explosions were the same as what exists in EVERY type of company EVERYWHERE – shortcuts; complacency; pride; bad attitudes; improper perspectives. Brad overcame a 5% chance of surviving his injuries and now shares his story.

Keynote
8:50 am - 9:20 am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
EHS Cultural Transformation: Before Technology Can Happen

The biggest mistake organizations make is believing technology to solve ALL their EHS issues.  Although technology can help an organization standardize reporting, generate useful metrics and instill a higher degree of organizational accountability,  being void of sound and effective EHS policies, program and procedures often render technology useless.

Roundtable
Session 3 - Outcomes
9:20 am - 10:00 am
What does it all mean. Tracing back through two days of work, where are we? What you are bringing back to the office with you.
Drill Down Roundtables

1. The Employee Demographic Shift

2. Digital Transformation & Emerging Technologies in the Workplace

3. Safety Data & Analytics – Leveraging Your Management System to Drive Progress

4. The Safety Culture Mindset: Communication & Training Techniques

5. Risk Planning: Predicting & Preventing Injury

Coffee & Networking Break
10:05 am - 10:15 am

Take a break and refuel whilst networking and socializing with your peers.

Case Study
10:20 am - 11:00 am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Distracted Driving Prevention Technology for The Mobile Workforce

Can companies control cell phone use among fleet drivers and still maintain a positive culture? This session will discuss the “big brother” stigma of telematics and examine different approaches to selecting fleet technology that improves safety, promotes employee engagement and meets your organization’s risk reduction goals. Also included is a review of cost/benefit methodologies.

Workshop
11:05 am - 11:45 am
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
BioErgo: Individualized Worker Ergonomic Risk at Enterprise Scale

Discover how to capture 100% of workers at risk for musculoskeletal disorders through a scalable, individualized approach leveraging wearable technology. BioErgo also enables your organization to:1. Produce heat maps of job demand profiles based on your worker’s fatigue-based objective data.2. Test the efficacy of any ergonomic solution before investing capital.3. Objectively measure enterprise-wide worker’s improvements in risk and productivity.

Panel Discussion
11:50 am - 12:40 pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
Closing panel & wrap up: Actions Not Words: How Will Tomorrow be Different From Today?

As we contextualise everything, we have learned over the last few days together, what will we take back to the business? How do we implement what we have learned? What steps should we be taking moving forward?

Buffet Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Before you head home, make sure you grab something from our buffet-style lunch for your journey ahead

Summit Location

The Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch, Arizona

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

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