Taking place from 16-18 March 2020 at the magnificent Houston in Texas, 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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JA Rodriguez
Global Senior Leader EHS
Raytheon
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David McMichen
Director of Safety & Health
Georgia Power Company
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Obed Varela
Director, Environmental Health & Safety
Takeda Pharmaceuticals
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Angelo Miklos
Global EHS Director
PPG Industries
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John Dony
Director Campbell Institute
National Safety Council
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Michael Hagerty
VP Safety & Security
Flowers Foods
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Andrew Martinez
VP Safety, Security & Business Resiliency
Southern California Edison (SCE)
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Jack Moss
Director of Health, Safety and Risk – Global Manufacturing Operations
Blue Diamond Growers
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Paige Goff
VP Sustainability
Domtar Corporation
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John Green
SVP EHS & Chief Safety Officer
Aecon
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Bill Hilton
Director of Safety Services
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

6 Challenges in Health, Safety & Environment

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

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday March 16, 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 maximise 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 - 3:30pm
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.
From Tech to Talent: How EHS Disruptors Impact The Way We Measure Safety

Where should we be focusing our resources time and energy as the landscape of EHS evolves?

  • How will culture transformation, technology, AI and other disruptors impact the way we manage safety, and the expectation of EHS leaders in 2020
  • How can we improve effectiveness of safety processes by changing the way we measure safety
  • How to identify leading metrics and indicators and utilise them.
  • What strategic measure can we put in place to fix the system and drive change?
Interview
3:30pm - 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.
Level Up: How to Break Through an EHS Career Plateau
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.
How to Align Safety Management with The Goals of Your Business

How do you position EHS as a pivotal factor in business progression and success?

  • EHS roles often are as much about relationships as they are about the work itself. How to understand the bigger picture and align the work you are doing to larger business goals of your corporation
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.
Leadership and Employee Engagement

As an EHS Leader, how do you Manage, Measure and Maintain Safety Culture

  • How do you identify where the most challenging areas are in culture management within your organisation? How do you build strategic game plan to combat these?
  • What can we learn from strategic initiatives EHS leaders are utilising, how do you measure culture change and how does this differ throughout the industry?
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.
EHS Software
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.
EHS Hardware
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.
EHS Data Management Strategy
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're Just Wired That Way

What can science tell us about the ways in which we evaluate risk and interact with hazards? The more we understand about the brain the easier it is to intervene and encourage productive management of human safety. How is our attitude towards risk hardwired into our brains and what can we do about it?

Tuesday March 17, 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.

Panel Discussion
8:00am - 8:30am
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.
Quantifying Safety Culture

Within EHS there is pressure to report and publish incidents and injuries, however there is little pressure to publicly report metrics which emphasise positive developments in safety. This creates a situation where there is a constant focus on the negative elements of EHS within a corporation. What can we do to change this attitude?

  • How do EHS executives measure developments in safety culture. What can we learn from comparing initiatives leaders use in different industrial sectors?
Keynote
8:30am - 9:00am
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.
TBD
Keynote
9:00am - 9:30am
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.
Strategic SIF intervention

Over the past decade the US has seen remarkable improvement in the rate of non-serious workplace. However, the number of life-changing injuries and fatal incidents has been on a much slower decline. In fact, it has increased in the past three years. How can we identify, measure and limit exposure to precursors. That lead to serious injury and fatality?

Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
9:30am - 10:10am
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.
Drug Testing Employees: Is 0 Tolerance an Still a Viable Option?

Drug legalisation across many US states is a force of change in vocational drug tolerance policy. Employers are often unsure on how to handle drug testing within their organisation, therefore risk profiles are increasing. How should EHS proffessionals approach this change? How progressive can EHS leaders be when it comes to this sensitive topic? Should we appach with conservative caution, or optimistism?

Coffee & Networking Break
10:10am - 10:35am

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

Case Study
10:35am - 11:05am
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.
Building A Business Case for Safety

EHS professionals are often faced with too many projects and not enough funds to complete them. Buy-in from key stakeholders is more effective when EHS initiatives align with broader organizational strategies and objectives. Building a compelling business case for employee safety is essential for progress.

Workshop
11:10am - 11:40am
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?
TBD
Panel Discussion
11:45am - 12:15pm
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.
Best Practices in Employee Engagement
Keynote
12:20pm - 12:50pm
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.
Brain-Centric Reliability: Creating Effective Layers of Protection for Risk Management

DEKRA scientist Rajni Walia will present on the Brain-Centric Reliability layers of protection for a risk management approach. Within the presentation, the speaker will discuss some of the limitations of the human brain and the importance of creating risk profile alignment, enabling an organization to utilize events as learning platforms, and the neuroscience of leadership messaging.

Networking Lunch
12:50pm - 1:50pm

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 - 2:40pm
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. How to Align Safety Management with The Goals of Your Business

2. Leadership and Employee Engagement

3. EHS Software

4. EHS Hardware

5. EHS Data Management Strategy

Workshop
2:40pm - 3:10pm
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?
TBD
Case Study
3:15pm - 3:45pm
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.
Emerging Technology and a New Wave of EHS Opportunity

Industry 4.0 is here. While the adoption of new technology poses new risks to our employees it also offers new opportunities for development in EHS. How can EHS executives make savvy decisions to harness and incorporate new tech into safety management systems and take advantage of all industry 4.0 has to offer

Panel Discussion
3:50pm - 4:20pm
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.
Contractor Prequalification a Management Strategy
Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
4:20pm - 5:20pm
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.
Is Work to Zero Achievable?

All organisations are geared towards a goal of 0 workplace fatalities. However, wile we can work towards eliminating SIFs, there is significant debate over whether it is reasonable to eliminate risks entirely. Therefore, is work to 0 really an achievable goal?

Attendee downtime
5:20pm - 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 & Entertainment
7:30pm - 10:00pm

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

Wednesday March 18, 2020
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:20 am

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

Welcome Remarks
8:20 am - 8:30 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
8:30 am - 9:00 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.
The Nature of Risk

Businesses face nature-related risks when they cause major and disruptive impacts within nature that result in financial losses, sanctions, or other legal action, or when climate changes impact the working environment causing physical risk to employees and customers. These aren’t theoretical risks; they are present and demonstrably growing.
Learn from WWF how you can prepare for the changing landscape of business operations in the field as our climate continues to change. What can businesses do to slow decrease their environmental impact? How can we think ahead and keep our employees safe.

Keynote
9:00 am - 9:30 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.
TBD
Roundtable
Session 3 - Outcomes
9:30 am - 10:10 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. How to Align Safety Management with The Goals of Your Business

2. Leadership and Employee Engagement

3. EHS Software

4. EHS Hardware

5. EHS Data Management Strategy

Coffee & Networking Break
10:10 am - 10:30 am

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

Case Study
10:35 am - 11:05 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.
Lone Workers

Lone workers occupy some of the most challenging and dangerous jobs. In a crowded marketplace of lone worker safety solutions, organizations are faced with many options for improving lone worker safety.

What are the best tactics to keep your lone workers safe and engaged in safety procedure?

Workshop
11:10 am - 11:40 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?
Aligning safety and operational performance
Panel Discussion
11:50 am - 1:00 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: EHS Evolution

Whats on the horizon for EHS management

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

Woodlands Resort, Houston, Texas

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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