Taking place from 7-9 October 2019 at the magnificent Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, 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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Attendees Include

The upcoming summit will welcome executives from some of the world's biggest and most recognisable firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - as they look 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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John Dony
Director Campbell Institute
National Safety Council
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Angelo Miklos
Global EHS Director
PPG Industries
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Michael Hagerty
VP Safety & Security
Flowers Foods
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Anthony Miller
SVP Health Safety & Environmental
Parsons Corporation
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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
  • To create a happier, healthier, safer working culture. And demonstrate effectiveness every step of the way.
  • To better use data and predictive analytics to iterate and drive a program of continuous improvement.
  • To understand the latest thinking in HSE management, compliance, and communication.
  • To create a lasting safety culture through scalable, meaningful and formalized programs (on every budget).
  • To bridge the gap between your multigenerational workforce.
  • To secure executive engagement and accountability for all aspects of a lasting safety culture.
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 4 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday October 7, 2019
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Grab your name badge, say hello, activate the onsite app and prepare to leave the office behind for two-and-a-half days of networking, learning and intelligence gathering.

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

Details To Follow.

Welcome remarks and delegate briefing
2:30pm - 2:45pm
Panel Discussion
2:45pm - 3:20pm
Keynote Panel: Level Up – HSE 4.0
Moderator
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Rich Eagles
Regional Director - DuPont Sustainable Solutions
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Nick Milillo
Executive Director, EHS - Quest Diagnostics
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Bill Hilton
Director of Safety Services - Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Interview
3:20pm - 3:50pm
How Are You Building a Successful Safety Culture?
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Tim Tyran
Chief Safety Officer - Maryland Department of Transportation
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
The Employee Demographic Shift
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Digital Transformation & Emerging Technologies in the Workplace
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Obed Varela
Director, Environmental Health & Safety - Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Safety Data & Analytics – Leveraging Your Management System to Drive Progress
Roundtable
3:00pm - 5:00pm
The Safety Culture Mindset: Communication & Training Techniques
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Risk Planning: Predicting & Preventing Injury
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Michael Meyers
Chief Safety Officer - FDNY
Roundtable feedback
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Networking drinks
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Gala dinner
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Keynote
8:00pm - 8:30pm
Gala dinner keynote, Q&A: We Can’t Fix Mental Health with Duct Tape: A New Frontier in Safety
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Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas
International Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Impact Entrepreneur - Sally Spencer-Thomas, LLC
Tuesday October 8, 2019
Breakfast
7:00am - 7:50am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Welcome Remarks
7:50am - 8:00am

Details To Follow.

Keynote
8:00am - 8:20am
Trends Shaping EHS Management
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JA Rodriguez
Global Senior Leader EHS - Raytheon
Keynote
8:20am - 8:50am
Why the Future of Safety Training is Through a Virtual Reality Visor
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Lorenzo Gallo
CEO - Nextwave Safety Solutions
Panel Discussion
8:50am - 9:20am
Serious Injury & Fatality Prevention Practices
Moderator
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John Dony
Director Campbell Institute - National Safety Council
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Anthony Miller
SVP Health Safety & Environmental - Parsons Corporation
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Andrew Martinez
VP Safety, Security & Business Resiliency - Southern California Edison (SCE)
Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
9:20am - 10:00am
Is Zero Harm Achievable?
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Rick Riley
Director of Safety - Toray Plastics
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John Green
SVP EHS & Chief Safety Officer - Aecon
Coffee & Networking Break
10:00am - 10:20am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Workshop
10:20am - 11:00am
Enabling Hearts & Minds: Making Safety Human Again
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David McMichen
Director of Safety & Health - Georgia Power Company
Workshop
11:00am - 11:40am
Prevention, Protection & Performance: Taking Hand Protection Deeper
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Jennifer Choi
VP - Cestusline
Panel Discussion
11:40am - 12:20pm
Fixing the Worker vs. Fixing the System
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John Phillips
GM Safety - NextEra Energy
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Michael Hagerty
VP Safety & Security - Flowers Foods
Keynote
12:20pm - 12:50pm
Title TBC
Networking Lunch
12:50pm - 1:50pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch, and prepare to meet the afternoon head-on.

Roundtable
1:50pm - 2:40pm
Drill Down Roundtables
Workshop
2:40pm - 3:20pm
Title TBC
Case Study
3:20pm - 4:00pm
The Benefits of Incorporating Sustainability into EHS
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Paige Goff
VP Sustainability - Domtar Corporation
Panel Discussion
4:00pm - 4:40pm
Productivity Alert: Are You Using Best Practices in Contractor Management?
Moderator
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Jerry Shupe
Corporate Safety Director - Hensel Phelps
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Tom Janicik
EHS Manager - Afton Chemical
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Jim Smoltz
Global Construction EHS Manager - Google
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Nick Milillo
Executive Director, EHS - Quest Diagnostics
Coffee & Networking Break
4:40pm - 5:00pm

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
5:00pm - 5:40pm
Is Wearable Technology the Future of Safety Management?
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Shaun Carvalho
VP Safety - Shawmut Design & Construction
Keynote
5:40pm - 6:10pm
Closing Keynote
Attendee downtime
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time for a well-deserved break in your busy schedules.

Networking drinks
7:00pm - 7:30pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Gala dinner, silent auction, quiz/trivia 2nd night keynote
7:30pm - 10:00pm
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Brad Livingston
Motivational Safety Speaker -

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Wednesday October 9, 2019
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:20 am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Welcome Remarks
8:20 am - 8:30 am

Details To Follow.

Keynote
8:30 am - 8:50 am
Early Intervention...Being an Employee Advocate
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Jack Moss
Director of Health, Safety and Risk – Global Manufacturing Operations - Blue Diamond Growers
Keynote
8:50 am - 9:20 am
Title TBC
Roundtable
9:20 am - 10:00 am
Drill Down Roundtables
Coffee & Networking Break
10:05 am - 10:30 am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Case Study
10:30 am - 11:10 am
Distracted Driving Prevention Technology for The Mobile Workforce
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Angelo Miklos
Global EHS Director - PPG Industries
Workshop
11:10 am - 12:20 pm
Title TBC
Panel Discussion
12:10 pm - 1:00 pm
Closing panel & wrap up: So, what’s next...
Buffet Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch for your journey home.

Summit Location

Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

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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To discuss how GDS Summits can help you solve your project challenges contact us on: 0117 921 4000 or email sayhello@gdsgroup.com.

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