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

Also Speaking: Paul Pace, Global Leader EHS at Amazon & Nate Snyder, Global Manager EHS Operations at 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
How Are You Building a Successful Safety Culture?
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Tim Tyran
Chief Safety Officer - Maryland Department of Transportation

Also Speaking: Paul Power, Director of Workforce Safety, Northwell Health

Questions:
1 – Can you give some examples of how you communicate safety in your organization?
2 – Talk about some of your big safety wins.
3 – How have the employees embraced this culture of safety?
4 – What would you recommend to others who want to build a successful safety culture?

Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
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
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Digital Transformation & Emerging Technologies in the Workplace
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Obed Varela
Director, Environmental Health & Safety - Takeda Pharmaceuticals

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?

1. Virtual Reality
2. AI
3. Wearables
4. Exosuits/Exoskeletons

Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
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
3:00pm - 5:00pm
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 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
3:50pm - 5:00pm
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
Networking drinks
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Gala dinner
7:00pm - 10:00pm
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
Welcome Remarks
7:50am - 8:00am
Keynote
8:00am - 8:20am
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.

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

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.

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)

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
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

Details To Follow.

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

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
Prevention, Protection & Performance: Taking Hand Protection Deeper
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Jennifer Choi
VP - Cestusline

The safety industry has undergone some impressive changes, and no one can afford to get in a rut. Protecting worksite employees from avoidable injuries has become increasingly important as HSE managers are weighed down by new waves of accountability. Some industries are facing slim margins, and the first course of action from top execs is to weigh the price of quality PPE with the potential costs of workers comp claims. As safety managers work to orchestrate high participation safety programs, the safety industry has released a steady stream of new innovations that are sight unseen to many. Did you know there are going to be changes in the way gloves are tested and the ratings they receive? Safety professionals need access to a fastcap of current test standards and which ones are most relatable to real-life jobsite hazards. Accounting Department got you down? New austerity measures have safety professionals scrutinizing their budgets and weighing the cost-performance of their current PPE programs. Event-Only programs create the reliability you need with cost controls to keep everyone on the team happy. Cestusline’s experienced team can help you navigate through these industry trends, testing changes, and tightened budgets with some of the industry’s most intelligent designs, for any industry.

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

Also Speaking: Jim Barfield, EHS Manager at 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
Title TBC

Details To Follow.

Networking Lunch
12:50pm - 1:50pm
Roundtable
1:50pm - 2:40pm
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
Title TBC

Details To Follow.

Case Study
3:20pm - 4:00pm
The Benefits of Incorporating Sustainability into EHS
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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
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

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
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

Details To Follow.

Keynote
5:40pm - 6:10pm
Closing Keynote

Hosted By: SafeStart

Details To Follow.

Attendee downtime
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Networking drinks
7:00pm - 7:30pm
Gala dinner, silent auction, quiz/trivia 2nd night keynote
7:30pm - 10:00pm
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Brad Livingston
Motivational Safety Speaker -
Wednesday October 9, 2019
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:20 am
Welcome Remarks
8:20 am - 8:30 am
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

Details To Follow.

Keynote
8:50 am - 9:20 am
Title TBC

Hosted By: UL EHS Sustainability

Details To Follow.

Roundtable
9:20 am - 10:00 am
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
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

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
Title TBC

Hosted By: Marlin

Details To Follow.

Panel Discussion
12:10 pm - 1:00 pm
Closing panel & wrap up: So, what’s next...

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

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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