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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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 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

What? When? How? Where? Join our Master of Ceremonies for a brief welcome and orientation session, where we’ll explain your itinerary for the next few days.

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
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
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Paul Pace
Global Leader EHS - Amazon
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Nate Snyder
Global Manager EHS Operations - Valvoline

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
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JA Rodriguez
Global Senior Leader EHS - Raytheon

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
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Pradip K. Banerjee
Chairman of The Board and Chief Executive Officer and Founder - Xybion

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
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Nick Milillo
Executive Director, EHS - Quest Diagnostics
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Eric Michrowski
CEO - Propulo

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

1. Making safety culture a company mindset
2. Developing a communication strategy where employees feel comfortable reporting safety-related feedback

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
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Michael Meyers
Chief Safety Officer - FDNY

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

Details To Follow.

Networking drinks
6:00pm - 7:00pm

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

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
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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Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas
International Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Impact Entrepreneur - Sally Spencer-Thomas, LLC

Details To Follow.

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
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.
How To Build a Successful Safety Culture
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Paul Power
Director of Workforce Safety - Northwell Health
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Tim Tyran
Chief Safety Officer - Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Transit Administration

Details to follow.

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.
TBC

Keynote Hosted by Skillsoft

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.
Serious Injury & Fatality: Proven Prevention Practices
Moderator
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John Dony
Director Campbell Institute - National Safety Council

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?

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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Shaun Carvalho
VP Safety - Shawmut Design & Construction

Details To Follow.

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
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
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David McMichen
Director of Safety & Health - Georgia Power Company

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
11:00am - 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?
Five Safety-Improving Insights From Wearable Technology
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Andrew Ronchi
CEO - dorsaVi

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.
Panel Discussion
11:40am - 12:20pm
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.
Fix the Worker Or Fix the System?
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John Phillips
GM Safety - NextEra Energy
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Michael Hagerty
VP Safety & Security - Flowers Foods
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Gary Rosenblum
Associate Vice President, Risk Management - California State University Sacramento
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Jim Barfield
EHS Manager - Duke Energy Corporation

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
12:20pm - 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.
Why VR is the Future of Safety Training

Our industries require new workforce and workplace training, an investment in safety leadership, and consistent reinforcement. Using VR allows the user to learn from their mistakes, safely.

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
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. 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
2:40pm - 3:20pm
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
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Jude Carter
VP Marketing - Marlin

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
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Paige Goff
VP Sustainability - Domtar Corporation

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
4:00pm - 4:40pm
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?
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Tom Janicik
EHS Manager - Afton Chemical
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Jim Smoltz
Global Construction EHS Manager - Google

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.

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
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.
Zero Harm: Corporate BS Vs Meaningful Vision

Details To Follow.

Keynote
5:40pm - 6:10pm
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
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.

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

Keeping you on your toes in the ring & onsite – with George St Pierre

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
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...
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Brad Livingston
Motivational Safety Speaker - Ted Speaker

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.   This case-study presentation will tell the story of Sarah Cannon’s CHS (Colleague Health and Safety)  cultural transformation and the positive impact culture change has made on the organization.  It will also highlight the changes Sarah Cannon had to make to ensure their future investment in technology would yield the desire results to improve and sustain their proactive, leading indicator-based colleague health and safety programs.

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 - 10:30 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
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
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Angelo Miklos
Global EHS Director - PPG Industries

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
11:10 am - 12:20 pm
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?
TBC

Details to Follow.

Panel Discussion
12:10 pm - 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: Actions Not Words: How Will Tomorrow be Different From Today?
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Andrew Ronchi
CEO - dorsaVi
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Michael Meyers
Chief Safety Officer - FDNY
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Nick Milillo
Executive Director, EHS - Quest Diagnostics

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

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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