February 26-28, 2019 | Houston Texas

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The Operational Excellence & Risk Management Summit will bring together over 150 Heads of Operations, HSE, ORM and Operational Excellence from industrial manufacturing, energy, chemicals, resources, transportation and more – all industries facing high levels of operational risk.
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Interviews with Industry Leaders

60 Seconds: Operational Excellence at NASA

Minimizing the risk of a catastrophe by bringing the lessons of space home

In this exclusive interview, David Loyd, Head of the Safety and Test Operations Division at NASA, provides his insights on integrating risk management practices and techniques throughout a large organization with an extraordinarily diverse mission.

Download the full interview to see how operations leaders in high risk industries can move beyond the use of historical data and really leverage data to be more proactive and predictive – so that data flags warnings early, before catastrophic events occur.

Leading Millennials to Operational Excellence

Everyone seems to have an opinion about the millennial generation – positive, negative, or otherwise. Regardless, it is difficult to deny that this blossoming generation grew up in a very different environment than preceding generations. These differences invariably lead to different perspectives, priorities, and practices.

As leaders working in hazardous industries, it is imperative to understand, embrace and leverage these differences to maximize your company’s performance. In this interview, Matt DiGeronimo, Vice President of Operations at Veolia, shares his experience working with millennials in the military and energy industries and presents suggestions for leading this generation on your journey to operational excellence.

Safety Culture at Arkema: Focusing on culture to drive Operational Excellence

At a time when the industry is putting increased pressure on improving operational efficiency, how can you ensure that safety remains a top priority for your organization? 

Paul LeonardVice President of Health, Safety and Environment at Arkema – shares his insights on the company’s journey to safety excellence and how they focused on culture to drive operational excellence and become one of the safest chemical companies in the world.

Laying the Foundation for EH&S Excellence

In this in-depth interview, Bonnie Schwartz, Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety at Calpine – a $6B Fortune 500 company with over 2,200 employees and America’s largest generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources - shares her insights into successfully building a foundation of operational excellence with principles that begin with safety.

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Project Risk Management at BP

Hugo Ashkar, Global Projects Risk Manager at BP, talks through the important combination of holistic and evergreen risk management approach deployed at BP.

In this interview Hugo discusses the biggest risks to large capital projects today - particularly in the current market and environment - and how BP is aligning their risk management program with the overall strategy of the business.

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60 Seconds with Shell Oil

Lynn Buchanan, America’s Regional Manufacturing Excellence Lead at Shell Oil, provides us with insight into the importance of leadership and the management behaviors required in driving operational excellence.

Download this exclusive interview to see what is driving Shell’s manufacturing excellence strategy, and how to secure executive level support for continuous improvement initiatives when the business is facing more market volatility, risk and complexity than ever before.

Improving Productivity Safely: Driving OE to the Frontline

Kristen Kulinowski, board member of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, provides her insight into CSB’s recent investigations and efforts to identify common drivers behind several major chemical incidents.

CSB Investigators have recently closed high profile investigations into Macondo, the West Fertilizer explosion and fire, the Tesoro Martinez chemical spill, Williams olefins explosion and several others - and are currently investigating spills and explosions at ExxonMobil, AirGas, Dupont facilities.

In this exclusive interview Dr. Kulinowski shares her insight into some of the critical lessons learned from such chemical accidents and the operational risks associated with deferred maintenance, improper MoC, inadequate condition monitoring and more.

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60 seconds with Deepwater Horizon Investigator Captain Hung Nguyen

Just seven days after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, U.S. Coast Guard Captain Hung Nguyen was designated as the co-chair for the US Departments of Homeland Security and Interior joint investigation into the incident that killed 11 workers and resulted in the largest oil spill in US history. Captain Nguyen’s role was to determine the causes of the accident and make recommendations for safe operations of future oil and gas activities.

Many of the report’s recommendations have been implemented and we spoke with Captain Nguyen to discuss his personal perspective on the leadership lessons learned from the incident – and where safety improvements still need to be made.

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60 Seconds with Cenovus Energy's VP of Health and Safety

Mark Little, Vice President of Health and Safety at Cenovus Energy, provides his insights on maturing your safety culture and what it means to achieve excellence in health and safety.

Read the full interview to learn how Cenovus is using their management system framework to drive operational excellence and risk management and how this has helped to simultaneously keep their people safe, their operations productive and their products sustainable during what’s been a very volatile time for companies operating in hazardous environments.

Human Factors meets Data and Analytics at Chevron

Graciela Perez, Global Manager at Chevron, shares how the global oil and gas giant is leveraging human factors and data analytics as part of their Lean Transformation.

Download the interview to learn how human factors, linked together with Lean Six Sigma, has helped Chevron facilitate change management, improve cross functional learning, and deliver safer and more efficient operations.

6 Ways NASA’s risk management tools can dramatically improve your safety record

David Kaplan - Head of Safety & Mission Assurance at NASA - shares 6 key lessons learned from NASA’s experience with Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) and how to apply some of these risk assessment tools to the challenges and new regulations that impact hazardous industries.

Digital Transformation in Oil and Gas: The Baker Hughes Story

In this exclusive interview, Rustom Mody – Vice President of Technical Excellence at Baker Hughes - provides useful insights into how disruptive technologies can help oil and gas companies transform their processes, reduce operating costs and improve collaboration among relevant stakeholders.

60 Seconds with Ed Brewer: Cascading Operational Excellence at Duke Energy

Ed Brewer, General Manager, Generation Strategy and Planning at Duke Energy, explains what prompted the energy giant to rethink - and rework - their approach to Operational Excellence.


Building a High Reliability Culture

This exclusive eBook will take you through the critical steps that companies operating in hazardous environments must take to improve their corporate culture and ultimately reduce operational risk, improve productivity and drive world class performance. 

Part One of the Guide will show you how to: define what is a ‘High Reliability’ culture; understand how behaviors and values are tied to operational and financial performance; and identify if you have what it takes to build a high performing culture.

Part Two of the guide will show you how to: compares your company to a High Reliability Culture, implement a 4-step culture change framework that will change your culture for the long haul and identify what landmines to avoid for a greater chance of succeeding with your culture change initiative.



The Future of Operational Excellence in High Risk Industries

Industry leaders in high risk industries are increasingly looking toward a programmatic management-system approach to Operational Excellence to identify and mitigate the associated risks of process and occupational safety and environmental incidents – striving to become what’s called a high-reliability organization.

Recently IQPC surveyed more than 150 operations leaders across high-risk industries to understand how leaders are responding to the current market conditions and setting themselves on a more sustainable path.

Download the full report to find out emerging trends and clear actions that hazardous industries need to implement to survive and thrive in the future upturn.