2015 ISN CONNECT Speakers

Over 80 industry leaders and regulatory representatives participated in open discussion forums and offered their expertise on various topics. We were pleased to have the following keynote, panel and breakout session speakers at the 2015 ISN CONNECT Conference.

 
 

President Bill Clinton
Founder, Clinton Foundation
42nd President of the United States

William Jefferson Clinton, the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice, led the U.S. to the longest economic expansion in American history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs.

After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results. Throughout the Foundation’s history and growth, Secretary Clinton and Chelsea offered their voice, vision, and counsel. To recognize their past contributions and acknowledge their role in shaping the Foundation’s future, the Foundation was renamed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Today the Foundation has staff and volunteers around the world working to improve lives through several initiatives, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which is helping 5 million people living with HIV/AIDS access lifesaving drugs. The Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton Development Initiative, and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership are applying a business-oriented approach to fight climate change worldwide and to promote sustainable economic growth in Africa and Latin America. In the U.S., the Foundation is working to combat the alarming rise in childhood obesity and preventable disease through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative. Established in 2005, the Clinton Global Initiative brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. So far, nearly 2,300 Clinton Global Initiative commitments have improved the lives of more than 400 million people in 180 nations.

In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton has joined with former President George H.W. Bush three times – after the 2004 tsunami in South Asia, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Hurricane Ike in 2008, and with President George W. Bush in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. Today the Clinton Foundation supports economic growth, job creation, and sustainability in Haiti.

President Clinton was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. He and his wife Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton have one daughter, Chelsea, and live in Chappaqua, New York.

General Session Speakers


David Michaels, PhD, MPH
Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Appointed in 2009, Dr. Michaels is the longest serving Assistant Secretary in OSHA's history. He has worked to strengthen the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) enforcement in high hazard industries, promote common sense worker protection programs and standards, expand compliance assistance provided to small employers, improve the agency’s whistleblower protection program, and increase outreach to vulnerable populations at risk for work-related injury and illness. In his role, he has also increased OSHA's focus and capabilities in the areas of data analysis and program evaluation.

Prior to his appointment at OSHA, Dr. Michaels was a professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health. From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Michaels served as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environment, Safety and Health. In that position, he was the chief architect of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, the historic initiative to compensate nuclear weapons workers who contracted occupational illnesses as a result of exposure to radiation, beryllium and other hazards.

In 2006, Dr. Michaels was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award. He also won the John P. McGovern Science and Society Award in 2009, given by Sigma Xi the Scientific Research Society, for his work in scientific integrity and for gaining compensation for nuclear weapons workers.

He is a graduate of the City College of New York, and holds a Master of Public Health and PhD from Columbia University.


Darren W. Woods
Senior Vice President
Exxon Mobil Corporation

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Darren Woods is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois.

Mr. Woods first joined Exxon Company International in 1992 as a planning analyst in Florham Park, New Jersey. He progressed through a number of domestic and international assignments for Exxon Company International, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, and ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company.

In 2005, Mr. Woods was appointed vice president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company in Houston, Texas, where he managed global specialty-chemical businesses. In 2008, he moved to Brussels, Belgium, to work as ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company director of refining for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. In 2010, he was appointed vice president of supply and transportation and moved to Fairfax, Virginia.

Mr. Woods was appointed president of ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company and vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation in 2012. In this role, he had primary responsibility for ExxonMobil’s global refining, supply, and transportation activities.

In 2014, Mr. Woods was elected senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation.


Major Dan Rooney
United States Air Force

Fighter Pilot, PGA Professional, Patriotic Philanthropist and Author, A Patriot's Calling: Living Life Between Fear and Faith.

Major Dan Rooney is the founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation, a Fighter Pilot with 3 combat tours in Iraq, the founder of The Patriot Golf Club, a PGA Professional, and author of A Patriot’s Calling – Living Life between Fear and Faith. He was the only motivational team speaker for the US Ryder Cup team in Wales.

Folds of Honor, a non-profit organization, provides scholarships to the spouses and children of military service members disabled or killed in action. In five short years, Folds of Honor has raised over $70 million and awarded nearly 8000 scholarships to the family members of those killed in action or disabled in combat.

Major in the Air Force Reserve and a decorated military aviator, he is a two-time recipient of the Top Gun award and was honored with the Spirit of Attack award as a top graduate of F-16 training. He has received many decorations including the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Anti-terrorism Medal, Combat Readiness Medal and Air Expeditionary Medal.

For his service and patriotism – Rooney was presented the White House's “Presidential Volunteer Service Award” by President George W. Bush, the Air National Guard's “Distinguished Service Medal”, the Air National Guard’s “Directors Service Award” and the Ellis Island “Medal of Honor”. He was honored at The Masters Invitational with the “William D. Richardson Award” for his outstanding contributions to golf and received the PGA of America's first-ever “Patriot Award”. He has been recognized as one of People Magazine's “Heroes of the Year”, Money Magazine’s “Hero of the Year” and ABC World News Tonight's “Persons of the Year”. He is a “Significant Sigma Chi” and was featured on NBC World News Making a Difference report.

Rooney founded The Patriot, a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed course in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is currently ranked 42nd among American golf courses in Golf Week’s Modern Top 100. The Patriot is home to the Folds of Honor Foundation headquarters.

Breakout Session Speakers


Adam Pickens, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor – Environmental and Occupational Health
Texas A&M University

Adam Pickens PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental and Occupational Health Department of the Texas A&M University School of Public Health. He has multiple areas of research primarily focusing on occupational safety, ergonomics, and biomechanics. Dr. Pickens received his PhD from Texas Tech University in Industrial Engineering in 2008, his MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health from Texas A&M in 2002, and his BS from Texas A&M in Biomedical Science in 1999. He has a varied work history; from academia to the defense industry and genetics. Dr. Pickens has been an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the National Safety Council (NSC) and a number of other industry and advising groups. Currently he serves the Faculty Advisor for the local student group at Texas A&M.


Alan Dennison
Loss Investigation and Compliance Specialist
Valero Pembroke

Alan Dennison brings over 26 years of experience at refineries to his current role at the Valero Pembroke Refinery, where he provides advice and counsel to all stakeholders in a number of locations within the United Kingdom and the United States. Mr. Dennison is responsible for facilitating Corporate audits and ensuring that all company safety standards, safe work practices and regulatory requirements are up-to-date and practiced consistently and responsibly. As Process Owner, he is responsible for ensuring compliance with current contractor safety management operations using ISNetworld. Mr. Dennison is Valero’s OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Coordinator and was invited to speak at the VPPPA National conference. Prior to Valero, he held positions for Texaco and Chevron.


Alex Sagebien
Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)
Hess Corporation

Alex Sagebien is Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) of Hess Corporation, a global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas.

In this role, Sagebien is responsible for leading a global team of functional specialists, providing thought leadership on emerging issues for senior management, developing trusted partnerships with key stakeholders and strengthening the sustainability culture enterprise wide.

Alex joined Hess in 1995 as Supervisor of Environmental Projects in the Refining and Marketing division. Since then, he has served in a variety of corporate and operational EHS roles covering Onshore and Offshore, and Global Drilling and Completions. Sagebien joined the E&P division as Manager of EHS for the Americas (Gulf of Mexico, Permian and North Dakota), and then took on the Senior Manager position of EHS&SR for Africa (Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, Algeria and Libya), then became Director of EHS&SR for Hess ’Unconventionals business in the Bakken. He has been a member of the Gulf of Mexico Incident Management team for emergency response, led the function’s business planning and budgeting, and co-led the EHS career development team.

Alex earned a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Colgate University.


Ana Davis
Head of Health, Safety, Environment & Security
Syngenta Corporation

Ana Piqueras Davis received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1991. She began her career as a Process Control Engineer with Exxon’s Baytown, Texas refinery and later joined Advanced Micro Devices in Austin, Texas as a Facilities Engineer.

In 1997, she joined Union Carbide Corporation where she advanced through several assignments to become the Production Manager of the Polyox Plant in Institute, WV following Union Carbide’s merger with Dow Chemical. In 2003, she became Plant Manager of Dow’s Epoxy III Plant in Freeport, Texas. In 2005, Ana joined Kao Specialties Americas in High Point, North Carolina in a variety of production and Health, Safety, and Environmental Management roles. In 2009, she accepted a role with Syngenta as a Manager of Health & Safety, responsible for developing safety improvement initiatives, primarily in the growing media business. In 2011 she took on additional responsibilities as Head of HSE for Lawn & Garden supporting the Flowers and Turf & Landscape businesses followed by her most recent assignment as Head of Health, Safety,Environment & Security for Syngenta North America. She and her husband John reside in Jamestown, NC with their three children.


Andrea Korney
Manager, Supplier Lifecycle Management
TransCanada

Andrea currently manages the Supplier Lifecycle management team for TransCanada. She has 19 years of Oil and Gas industry experience and has had the opportunity to work in many facets of the business including Transmission, Energy, Heavy Oil and Oil Sands. Andrea and her team qualify TransCanada’s material and service providers to ensure safety, quality, technical and financial alignment with TransCanada’s standards. She has held several positions in her career starting in Human Resources and moving in to the Supply Chain side of the business 7 years ago. Andrea is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and has used these skills in Emergency Response and Incident investigation. She has been in her current role for 2 years and with TransCanada for a total of 14 years.


Andy Euthon
Lead Health and Safety Specialist
Valero

With over 30 years experience in the Oil and Gas business, Andy Euthon is currently a Lead Health and Safety Specialist at the Valero McKee Refinery. He started his career with Valero in 1986 and has held several positions within the organization including Safety Specialist, Voluntary Protection Program Coordinator and several bid jobs in his 29 years at the McKee Refinery. With numerous years of experience and training, Mr. Euthon is certified as a HAZCOM First Responder, SME Basic Operator Training Instructor and Safety Instructor. Along with several safety certifications, he acts as ISN Lead for the McKee Refinery, Emergency Response Team Member, and Contractor Safety Council Liaison, Safety and Health Guideline author and reviewer.


Angel Ramos
Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Manager
Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc – Novartis Portfolio

Angel Ramos is currently the EHS Manager for JLL with the Novartis portfolio, where he provides expertise and leadership in the implementation of the EHS compliance and management system.

During his tenure as EHS Manager, Mr. Ramos has generated a series of initiatives with mutual benefits for Jones Lang LaSalle and the Client including: the partnership with a national company to provide occupational health services to Jones Lang LaSalle employees, an electronic incident tracker to communicate accidents/incidents, and an innovative vendor EHS pre-qualification program using a third party electronic platform. Under his leadership, the JLL – Novartis portfolio was recognized with the 2013 IFM Leadership in Safety Award (for a portfolio over 10 Million SF.)

A 20-year EHS professional, he has extensive hands-on experience in developing and implementing EHS compliance and management systems including experience with implementing third party certified EHS management systems (ISO 14001 and OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP)).

Mr. Ramos holds a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez Campus. He is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Mr. Ramos is bilingual (English and Spanish).


Anna-Lise Hansen
EHS Manager
Frank D Riggio Co.

As EHS manager at Frank D Riggio Co., Ms. Hansen is responsible for all aspects of EHS compliance. Ms. Hansen has been with F.D. Riggio for the last fifteen years for total of thirty-five years of experience. This experience includes working in the petro-chemical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and service industry worldwide and holding increasingly responsible positions directing EHS in line with corporate goals and objectives.

Ms. Hansen’s experience spans development of comprehensive Safety/Health Programs, Security and Transportation Programs, Environmental Management Systems, GAP Analysis, ISO Auditing Programs, and due diligence audits, as well as the management and execution of all programs and standards for various industries. NFPA, OSHA, PSM, EMS, ANSI, API, DOT, EPA, ISO, FRA, TSCA, CAER.

Ms. Hansen received her Bachelors of Science in Environmental and has the following certifications, Environmental Auditor, Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Trainer, Haz-Mat Emergency Responder and Trainer, Fire Fighter, Emergency Planning, Emergency Coordinator. She is also a member of ASSE, NSC, various emergency volunteer agencies and past Fire Commission and LEPC Member.


Anton Pavlovsky
Sr. Manager - Health, Safety and Environment
Alcon - Division of Novartis Pharmaceuticals

As a Senior Manager in Alcon’s Global Health, Safety and Environment organization, Anton supports manufacturing sites worldwide in the areas of safety engineering, electrical safety, contractor management and other HSE specific areas of focus.

Anton began working for Alcon at the Houston, Texas facility in 2001. Since then, he has worked within multiple business units including Surgical and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Research and Development and Campus HSE management at the company’s headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.

As the global leader in eye care, Alcon, a Division of Novartis Pharmaceuticals develops and manufactures innovative medicines and devices to serve the full life cycle of eye care needs.


Benjamin Oard
Purchasing Supervisor
National Cooperative Refinery Association (NCRA)

With over 11 years in the oil and gas industry, Benjamin Oard currently serves as the Purchasing Supervisor for NCRA. In this role, Mr. Oard is responsible for procuring all goods, services and contracts at NCRA. Previously, he held positions in manufacturing, product scheduling and turnaround executions. Mr. Oard received his bachelor’s degree in administration followed by a master’s degree in Management from Friends University in Wichita, KS. He is a Certified Professional of Supply Management (CPSM) and has a Master Certificate in Commercial Contract Management.


Beth Hurley, CIH
Vice President of Safety and Health
Covanta Energy Corporation

Beth Hurley is the Vice President of Safety and Health for Covanta Energy Corporation, an internationally recognized owner and operator of over 40 Energy-from-Waste and other renewable energy projects. Annually, Covanta safely and securely converts approximately 20 million tons of municipal solid waste into 9 million megawatt hours of clean, renewable electricity and creates more than 9 billion pounds of steam sold to a variety of industries. With more than 30 years of experience as a safety professional, certified industrial hygienist and industrial hygiene chemist, Beth leads Covanta's vision of an injury free workplace for its 3,500+ employees and thousands of contractors. 40 of Covanta's sites are in the OSHA VPP STAR program. Beth earned a BSc. in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Dayton, OH and an MSc in Public Management and Policy from Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), a Diplomat of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) and a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).


Bill Wester
US Team Lead – UA Contractor & Worksite Safety Management
Shell Exploration & Production

Bill currently serves as the US Team Lead for Contractor & Worksite Safety Management for Shell Exploration & Production based in Houston, TX. In this role, Mr. Wester leads a team responsible for the prequalification and post-award performance monitoring and improvement of Shell’s Upstream Americas contractors/Partners in Safety. With over eight years of experience in Contractor Safety Management, and 17 years overall in HSSE Management both off and onshore, Bill focuses on leadership engagement, performance outcomes and shared accountability for Company and Contractor Leadership. His assignments have included international work in Nigeria, Angola, Mexico, Venezuela and Brazil while domestically he has been based in Alaska, Pennsylvania and Texas. Bill also served 14 years in active military service with the 82nd Airborne Division and 7th Special Forces Group working throughout Latin America.


Brandon Peck
Risk Manager
Devon Energy Corporation

Devon Energy Corporation is a leading independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. Devon's operations are focused onshore in the United States and Canada. The primary focus of the Insurance Management Group is to analyze exposure to risk of loss and minimize those potential or real losses to levels acceptable to the Company. Prior to Devon, Mr. Peck played for the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He received his bachelor’s degree in business from Kansas State University and an MBA in Finance from Oklahoma City University.


Bryan Walters
HSE Supervisor - Contractor Management
Southwestern Energy

Bryan Walters is an HSE Supervisor at Southwestern Energy (SWN), which is the fourth largest natural gas producer in the lower 48. His current role includes managing health and safety information for over 1,200 contractors across the United States.

Bryan received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from John Brown University. After graduation, he began his 20 plus years in the oil and gas industry starting with a major oil field service company (Baker Hughes) in 1991. He moved to a transmission pipeline company (Spectra Energy) in 2007 and into his current role at an upstream E&P company in 2010.

Having worked on both sides (for a service company and an owner/operator), he brings a balanced perspective to the contractor relationship.


Byron Ables
Senior Manager, Field Training
Enterprise Products

Byron Ables is currently the Senior Manager of Field Training for Enterprise Products Eastern/Gulf Coast region. Enterprise Products Partners L.P. is one of the largest publicly traded partnerships and a leading North American provider of midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, NGLs, crude oil, refined products and petrochemicals. Byron received his Bachelor of Science in Communications from Lamar University, his Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Texas and his Master of Science in Human Resources from University of Houston. Byron is affiliated with ASME B31Q Committee and API Control Room Management Committee.


Chris Rohlfs
EHS Senior Specialist Contractor Management
Hess Corporation

Chris Rohlfs is an EHS Senior Specialist for Hess Corporation, where he assists with the verification and selection of contractors working for Hess. Prior to joining Hess in 2011, Chris spent three years with D.E. Harvey Builders as a safety professional and lead safety coordinator. In that role, he was accountable for all contractor safety programs, tracking daily safety observations and sending weekly reports.

Prior to working with D.E. Harvey, Chris was an EHS Supervisor for KBR in Mosul, Iraq, where he was responsible for the EHS civilian contractors on a military base with over 3,000 contract workers. He was responsible for the housing of the workers, ensuring that they lived in healthy conditions, monitoring the dining facilities and developing programs to assist the contractors in their day-to-day activities on the base.

Having worked with many contractors, Chris has extensive experience in management, environment, health and safety, risk management and career development.

Hess Corporation is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas.


Christina Herrera
HSE Director
Sava Energy

Christina Herrera has served as the HSE Director for Sava Energy for the past two years. In this role, Christina coordinates the safety needs, efforts, and requirements for the company. In addition, she also manages the office on a daily basis, prepares financial information, invoices customers, handles HR duties and wears many hats. Christina strives to ensure compliance and promote a proactive and safe workforce.

Ms. Herrera received her Associates degree in Marketing from Community College of Aurora in August 2012. She is currently finishing up her Bachelor’s in Marketing at Capella University. Her sales ability, business education, and management experience has helped Sava Energy obtain new clients, control costs, and communicate the importance of safety throughout the company.


Christine LaRocca
Safety Operations Manager, North America
Unilever

Christine LaRocca joined Unilever in 2005 as Senior Attorney – Environmental and Safety, where she provided advice to the business on all aspects of environmental and safety compliance. In 2010, she joined a cross-functional team that was tasked with building Unilever’s flagship North American ice cream manufacturing plant in Covington, Tennessee, where she managed all of the environmental and safety aspects of the project, including safety oversight for more than 700 contractors and development of the safety and environmental programs for the new operation. The plant commissioned its first line in 2011 and it has grown to become one of the largest ice cream manufacturing plants in the United States.

Since the end of 2013, she has served as Unilever’s North American Safety Operations Manager, with overall responsibility for administering Unilever’s safety programs for the entire North American business, which includes a diverse group of food, refreshment and personal care manufacturing plants, an extensive distribution chain and research and development facilities. She is committed to continuous improvement in safety and ensuring that all of Unilever’s employees and contractors can return to their families each day in the same condition they came to work.

Christine has a B.S. from Rutgers University in Environmental Science and M.S. in Public Health from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she worked for many years at a large regional wastewater treatment authority in New Jersey. She obtained her law degree at night, graduating from Pace University School of Law magna cum laude. Prior to joining Unilever, she spent a number of years in private practice, most recently at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti, LLP in Morristown, New Jersey.

Christine volunteers her time to a number of community not-for-profit organizations. For more than ten (10) years, she has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Spectrum for Living Development, Inc., a New Jersey not-for-profit that provides residential, medical and support services for more than 700 developmentally disabled adults throughout New Jersey. An avid fly fisherman, she is also involved with several organizations devoted to enhancement of the sport and conservation of our cold water fisheries.


Chuck Hester
Sr. Safety Specialist
Aramark Facility Services

With over 15 years of experience in Environmental, Health, and Safety, Chuck Hester serves as senior safety specialist for Aramark Facility Services, which is responsible for sending 1300 employees at 15 automotive and manufacturing facilities in the United States home safe and sound to their families every day with the support from seven site safety managers. Aramark provides services for the cleaning and maintenance of facilities, which includes all types of skilled trades workers, janitorial, and contract services. Chuck comes to us with a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in Wildlife Biology and several professional certifications.


Clayton Enns
Manager Procurement and Contracts,
FortisAlberta Inc.

Clayton Enns has been with FortisAlberta Inc. for eight years, with five being in Supply Chain. FortisAlberta is an electrical distribution company serving more than half a million residential, farm, and business customers covering 225,000 square kilometer service area. In his current role, he is responsible for procuring all goods, services, and contracts for FortisAlberta. Mr. Enns received his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation in 2006.


David K. Dugas
SEMS & Contractor Safety Management Coordinator
Fieldwood Energy

David Dugas brings over 34 years of Safety, Health and Environmental experience with offshore drilling, marine transportation and oil & gas production operations to his current position of SEMS & Contractor Safety Management Coordinator for Fieldwood Energy. He previously served in a similar role with Apache Corporation prior to Fieldwood Energy’s acquisition of Apache’s Gulf of Mexico Shelf assets in November of 2013. David works with, and monitors, over 600 Fieldwood Energy Contractors and Subcontractors to ensure compliance with Fieldwood’s contractor safety, training and drug testing requirements. He was also instrumental in developing and implementing Fieldwood Energy’s current electronic scanning process for verifying contractor compliance on a company and individual employee level. Mr. Dugas has been active in a number of industry groups and organizations over the course of his career including the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Gulf Coast Safety & Training Group (GCS&TG), serving terms as Treasurer, Vice President and President of that organization. He has also participated as a member of the SafeGulf Advisory Committee, the Verification of Skills & Knowledge Subcommittee for the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) and several committees for the International Association of Drilling Contractors (I.A.D.C.).


David L. Reisman
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Bisso Marine, LLC

David Reisman has served as General Counsel of Bisso Marine, LLC since 2007. Bisso Marine is a leading provider of marine construction, pipeline, heavy lift, salvage and diving services. His areas of responsibility include contracts, risk management, insurance, litigation and corporate matters. In addition, he supervises the company’s safety, human resources and quality departments and is a member of the Bisso Marine Executive Steering Committee.

Prior to joining Bisso Marine, Mr. Reisman was a partner in the New Orleans office of Liskow & Lewis. Mr. Reisman maintained a diverse practice during his fifteen years with Liskow & Lewis, with an emphasis on admiralty and maritime litigation, contracts, and insurance matters for clients in the marine and energy industries. Mr. Reisman graduated from Grinnell College in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 1992 he graduated Order of the Coif from the Louisiana State University Law Center where he served as Senior Editor of the Louisiana Law Review. Mr. Reisman is admitted to practice law in Louisiana and Texas and is a frequent speaker on maritime, salvage and insurance topics.


Dawn Coulter
HS&ER Analyst: Contractor Management
Nexen Energy

With over 3 years of Health and Safety experience, and over 15 years of management and service experience, Dawn Coulter currently serves as a Health, Safety and emergency response Analyst specializing in Contractor Management for Nexen Energy at their Calgary based office. Ms. Coulter is responsible for contractor management for Nexen’s Canadian divisions, managing over 1100 contractors. She also assists with training and some auditing needs within her division. She received a Bachelor of Music at the University of British Columbia and has sung all over the world. She is also certified as a National Food Safety Trainer and has over 12 years experience in training leadership courses.


Dennis Creech
Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Hess Corporation

Dennis Creech is Vice President, Global Supply Chain, for Hess Corporation, which is a pure play Exploration and Production company based in New York City. Hess operates in 15 countries globally and demonstrates industry leading operating performance in onshore and offshore, conventional and unconventional Oil & Gas Drilling and Development & Production. Supply Chain manages Procurement and Supplier Relationship Management, Payables, Materials Management, Logistics and GSC EHS processes.

Creech has more than 35 years in the Oil & Gas industry. He has extensive experience with innovative Supply Chain solutions for conventional and unconventional Oil & Gas Development & Production, Lean Business Improvement Practices, SAP Applications, and Change Management.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Old Dominion University.


Donald Lowe
Corporate EH&S Director
Tampa Tank Inc. - Florida Structural Steel

Don Lowe is Corporate Environmental, Health & Safety Director for Tampa Tank Inc. - Florida Structural Steel. TTI-FSS primarily serves the petrochemical industry in North America, Latin America, & the Caribbean with field erected storage tanks and pipelines. Strategically located facilities with direct deep water access at Port Tampa allows the company to ship fabricated steel products to markets around the globe.

Don credits the skills and work ethic developed while serving in the 82nd Airborne with laying the foundation for his success. With 25 years of experience in the construction industry including cellular tower erection, structural steel, heavy civil, commercial roofing, maritime construction, storage tank erection, electrical, and Corps of Engineers projects, Don has gained a knowledge base that has been priceless to him in the Safety profession.

Since coming to Tampa Tank, Don has served in the capacity of Site Safety Manager, Superintendent, and EH&S Director for Construction Operations. In his current role as Corporate EH&S Director for Tampa Tank Inc. – Florida Structural Steel, he is the head of safety for all domestic and international operations.


Donald L. Smith
Director, Operations and HESQ (Health, Environmental, Safety & Quality)
Yara North America

Don is currently the Director, Operations and HESQ at Yara. He leads the North American Operations for the world’s largest nitrogen fertilizer producer operating in more than 50 different countries around the world. During the span of Don’s career, he has covered environmental & safety regulatory compliance, product quality & stewardship, sustainability & alternative energy as well as operations management – all while leading numerous key initiatives and large capital projects for Fortune 500 companies.

He grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming - but now calls the sunny beaches of Florida’s west coast his home. Donald received his Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Wyoming and later continued his education 15 years later by earning a Master’s of Business Administration degree (MBA) in Executive Management at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

In the community, Smith has and continues to participate in volunteer work for charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Tampa Bay Watch.


Edwin G. Foulke, Jr
Fisher & Phillips LLP
Former Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr is a partner with Fisher & Phillips LLP, a leading national labor and employment law firm. Mr. Foulke is co-chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group in its Atlanta, Georgia office. Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, Mr. Foulke was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA, he served from April 2006 to November 2008. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities rates dropped to their lowest level in recorded history. He also served as Chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. He is the only person in the United States to serve as head of OSHA and as Chairman of the Review Commission.

For approximately thirty (30) years, Mr. Foulke has worked in the labor and employment area, specializing in occupational safety and health issues. In 2010 and again in 2011 he was named as one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” by EHS Today magazine, and in 2008 he was named as one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” in the United States by Occupational Hazards magazine. Mr. Foulke is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health issues and one of the top speakers and writers in this area.

Mr. Foulke, a native of Perkasie, PA, graduated from North Carolina State University with a BA degree in Political Science (with honors) in 1974. He earned his law degree from Loyola University – New Orleans in 1978 and a Master of Law (Labor) degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1993.


F.W. (Bill) Cottrell
Contractor Health, Environment and Safety Management Team Leader
Chevron North America Exploration and Production – Mid Continent

Bill has over twenty five years’ experience working for Chevron and is currently based in Midland, Texas, serving as the Contractor Health Environment and Safety Management Team Leader for their Mid-Continent operations.

Bill’s previous experience includes responsibilities in various positions of leadership, primarily in operations throughout the energy supply chain including North America Midstream, North America Downstream and Latin America Downstream.


Gary Childress
Vice President - HS&E
Oil States Energy Services

Gary has 37 years of QHS&E experience in the oil & gas industry serving in facility, regional and senior global roles for four oil & gas industry service and manufacturing companies including Baker Hughes, Grant Prideco, Express Energy Services and today Oil States Energy Services.

Gary has extensive experience in successful Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental Management systems and supporting development education assurance processes. Gary presently serves as the Vice President of Health, Safety and Environmental for Oil States Energy Services based in Houston Texas.

In addition, Gary was the concept creator and Executive Producer of the industry award winning movie production, “Left Undone.”


Gregory Spurgeon
HSE Director
Summit Casing Equipment

With over 15 years combined experience in safety and risk management, Gregory Spurgeon currently serves as the HSE Director for Summit Casing Equipment, a national manufacturing company specializing in centralizers, bow-springs, float equipment and composites serving the Oil & Gas industry. He has received extensive training and education from the U.S. Military, law enforcement, and the University of Texas – Arlington. Based out of Summit’s corporate headquarters in Fort Worth, TX, Mr. Spurgeon is directly responsible for the company’s safety, health, DOT, and environmental compliance for 10 locations.


Heather Harriss
Director, Health and Safety
Tesoro Corporation

Since June of 2013, Heather Harriss has served as Director, Health & Safety within the Corporate Environmental, Health, Safety & Security group at Tesoro. The Health & Safety group is responsible for managing Occupational Health and Safety for the Refinery, Retail and Administrative functions of the corporation.

Prior to this role, Heather spent seven years as an Environmental, Health and Safety attorney in the Tesoro Legal Department. During her tenure in the Legal Department, she provided daily legal support to the refinery, logistics, and retail assets on EHS issues, as well as managing complex administrative law and litigation issues, including the defense of toxic tort cases, OSHA citations, air permitting challenges by agency and advocacy groups, and response to major incidents.

Prior to Tesoro, she worked for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (CPChem) for five years, and Phillips Petroleum for the five years prior to that. Heather held various safety, process safety, industrial hygiene, and environmental positions within CPChem and Phillips.

Heather has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety from Murray State University, a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston.


Jack Isbell
Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Specialist
Murphy Oil Corporation

Jack Isbell is a Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Specialist at Murphy Oil Corporation. Jack is responsible for Drilling and Completions HSE, Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) compliance and contractor HSE management. Jack broke out in the oilfield as a roustabout with Rowan Companies, Inc., where he worked as a floorhand and was lined up to work derricks when he transferred to the HSE Department to supervise HSE for a newbuild jack-up that would soon be drilling High Pressure/High Temperature ultradeep wells.

While advising on the HSE activities for the land and offshore divisions, he served as the lead in the development and implementation of HSE Cases for the fleet’s 31 MODUs. This presented the opportunity to work with drilling crews in the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, the Persian Gulf and Trinidad. From Rowan, Jack joined Chevron in their Deepwater Exploration and Projects Drilling and Completions group to lead the bridging of their management system to that of the drilling contractors’ for SEMS, as well as leading in the review and verification of the drillships’ HSE Cases on behalf of the operator.

Jack has served on several committees for the American Petroleum Institute (API) and is currently chair of a work group in the revision of API RP 75 (SEMS). Jack has also served on multiple Offshore Operators Committee and International Association of Drilling Contractors work groups to ensure industry compliance with new emerging regulations.

Jack holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Jack, his wife Autumn and their two children enjoy going to Astros games, travelling with their Airstream, and their three dogs.


James "Skipper" Kendrick, CSP
President
Kendrick Global Enterprises, LLC

Named by Occupational Hazards magazine as one of the most influential safety leaders of the last decade and as a member of Industrial Safety and Hygiene News Power 101, James "Skipper" Kendrick, CSP has over 39 years experience in the disciplines of management, safety, education and training. Skipper is President of Kendrick Global Enterprises, LLC, founded with the mission of helping organizations achieve continual improvement through utilization of solid principles, processes and systems. His years of experience in manufacturing, education, shipyard/maritime, construction, aerospace and association management have produced a knowledge base enabling realistic, cost effective solutions to a broad variety of problems and issues. A keen awareness of business processes coupled with a continual improvement mindset makes his organization a definitive choice in partnering for premier performance.

Prior to forming Kendrick Global Enterprises, LLC, he was the Director, Global EHS Training for Textron Inc., Providence R.I.; a $14.2 billion Fortune 500 multi-industry conglomerate with major brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, E-Z Go, Greenlee and Jacobsen. As such he was responsible for developing and leading EHS training strategies for businesses in 29 different countries with 42,000 employees worldwide. Prior to this position, Skipper was Manager, Industrial Safety and Hygiene for Bell Helicopter, a world's leader in helicopter and tiltrotor production with manufacturing facilities, sales and service centers in the U.S and 30 other countries around the world.

Skipper holds a BS degree in Industrial Technology, with a safety option, from Louisiana State University. He is a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) by examination. Skipper holds ASSE’s Certificate in Safety Management and Executive Safety Certificate as well as a 32 Hour Certificate in Human Performance Improvement from the University of Idaho.

As an ASSE member for over 30 years, he has served in numerous voluntary positions at the Chapter, Region and National level to include Society Presidency. In addition to his service at the executive level, he served as Vice President, Region III and served as Chair of the Council on Member and Regional Affairs and Congress of Councils. Skipper has maintained membership in both the Fort Worth and Southwest Chapters. He is currently one of the top recruiters within the Society, having sponsored approximately 200 new members. Skipper was selected as the recipient of ASSE’s National Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year Award in 2000 and has also been recognized as Safety Professional of the Year for the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter (1985), Fort Worth Chapter (1989-90) and Region III (1988-89). He is a recipient of ASSE’s highest honor, that of being named a Society Fellow.

Skipper has been recognized as Bongarde SafetyXchange’s National Safety Trainer of the Year. He presents a wide variety of management, general safety, safety management, work-place training and communication seminars to audiences including Federal and State OSHA, Workers Compensation programs, general industry, educational institutions and trade or professional organizations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Skipper is the co-author and instructor of Safety Management I & II; required courses for ASSE's Certificate in Safety Management. He is also a faculty member of the Society’s Executive Safety Certificate program.

Skipper served as an adjunct instructor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University teaching graduate studies in safety management. He is a certified OSHA General Industry Outreach Trainer and an instructor within UTA’s Region VI OSHA Education Center. He is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.


Jason Valliere
Senior Manager - Project Health and Safety Field Services
Ontario Power Generation

Jason supports Ontario Power Generation (OPG), a Canadian provincial utility with 74 generating facilities including thermal, hydro and nuclear units, that have an installed capacity of over 16,000 megawatts. OPG has over $13 billion in projects presently under development and execution. Jason is responsible for the development and continued maintenance of OPG’s project and contractor safety management governance and performance. Prior to OPG, he worked as a Director with an international nuclear power plant OEM, and helped with the development and execution of construction safety management systems across several industries internationally. Jason is presently completing his EMBA at the University of Toronto’s, Rotman School of Business.


JEFF WARD
Manager Program Compliance
Clean Harbors

Jeff is currently the Manager of Program Compliance at Clean Harbors in their Health and Safety department. He has 5 years of experience in the Environmental Services industry and worked at Safety-Kleen prior to their purchase by Clean Harbors in December 2012. Jeff currently serves as one of the company’s ISN liaisons and is a key contributor in ongoing adoption of ISN at its facilities. He also manages multiple third party contractor database accounts for Clean Harbors, including ISN. Prior to his current role, he held positions in Compliance & Ethics, Regulatory Compliance and Internal Audit. Jeff received his Bachelor’s degree from Centenary College of Louisiana and is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Six Sigma Green Belt.


Jennifer Welshons
Deepwater Negotiator
Noble Energy, Inc.

Jennifer Welshons is a Deepwater Negotiator for Noble Energy, Inc., working in their Gulf of Mexico business unit. She joined Noble in 2011 and has previously held the roles of Manager of Major Services and Domestic Contracts Manager. Prior to joining Noble, Ms. Welshons served as in-house counsel with a major international oilfield contractor. Ms. Welshons is a native of South Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 2001 before going on to attend the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU, earning a Bachelor of Civil Law/Juris Doctorate in 2004. She is licensed in both Texas and Louisiana and is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel.


Jeremy L. King
Regional Safety Manager, North American Region
Voith Industrial Services

Jeremy King is a Regional Safety Manager covering the North American Region for Voith Industrial Services, a global leader in technical services. He provides strategic direction and global operational support to over 2,500 employees located in 12 locations across the country.

Jeremy has 8 years of health, safety and environmental experience in Consulting, Oil and Gas, Dept. of Energy (D&D), Heavy Civil Construction, as well as the Automotive Industry. Today he is responsible for leading and managing an extensive region of customer sites providing direction and administration of EHS processes, systems and initiatives.

Key responsibilities involve the development and management of processes designed to anticipate, identify, and evaluate hazardous practices and conditions across Voith’s enterprise; advise and provide counsel on compliance with EHS standards; measure and evaluate the effectiveness of risk control processes, and provide counsel to site management and key stakeholders.

Prior to joining Voith Industrial Services, Jeremy was the Corporate Health and Safety Director at Amteck Electric out of Lexington, KY. Jeremy has earned a Master of Science in the area of Occupational Safety and Health (Safety Mgt.) from Murray State University in 2007 where he graduated with honors.


Jeremy Train
Safety & Health Specialist
Koch Ag & Energy Solutions

Jeremy currently works as Safety & Health Specialist for Koch Ag and Energy Solutions at the corporate office where he oversees the safety vetting of new contractors, and related audits for PSM compliance. Along with Contractor Management Program efforts, he performs general EHS support and Safety Instructor functions. Jeremy has a combined safety related career of over 20 years experience, beginning in the public safety sector with decorated service for the Butler County, KS Sheriff’s Office of over 17 years in positions including Detective, Patrol Lieutenant, and ultimately Training Captain. In that role he oversaw department compliance, hiring, training, policy/procedure authoring, and instructional functions. He retains a commission as a trainer for another local department, and has served on the Board of Directors for the KIDS Network of Kansas for over four years as well.

Jeremy transitioned his career into industrial/occupational safety in the role as Safety/Training Chief with PK Safety Services for two and a half years. In addition to fulfilling company safety compliance, Jeremy’s OTI accreditation as OSHA Gen. Industry instructor aided in the training for safety and rescue technician staff and client training services to those in oil/gas & fertilizer industries in several topics including Confined Space Entry/Rescue and First Aid/CPR. Jeremy resides with his wife Cindy outside of Wichita KS with one daughter and another on the way.


Jerrod Moser, CSP
Director, Health & Safety
OGE Energy Corp.

Jerrod Moser is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and is the Director of Health and Safety at Oklahoma City-based OGE Energy Corp. Jerrod has over 21 years of health and safety-related experience in the retail, oil and gas, and electric utility industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial safety from the University of Central Oklahoma and has held several officer positions with the local ASSE chapter and has served on the board of the Safe Kid's Coalition. Jerrod also is a small business owner and currently serves as the president of the Piedmont School board.


Jim Gavin
Director of Insurance Information Services
Independent Insurance Agents of Texas

Jim is a graduate of St. Edward’s University where he majored in both business and education. He began his career on the insurance company side earning experience in personal and commercial lines underwriting. As a branch manager, he was responsible for all aspects of company operations in a three state area. Jim was an independent insurance agent in Wichita Falls, Texas for over 20 years. During that period he was active in the local agents’ association, serving twice as president. He holds the IIA designation as Associate in Underwriting and has successfully completed the Certified Insurance Counselor program. He has served as the Manager of Continuing Education Programs for the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas since 2002, becoming the Director of Insurance Information Services in 2011.


Jim Hoesly
Director Procurement, Global Indirect Spend
Stepan Company

Jim Hoesly is Currently Director Procurement, Global Indirect Spend. Stepan is a leading merchant producer of surfactants, which are the key ingredients in consumer and industrial cleaning compounds. The Company is also a leading supplier of Polyurethane polyols used in the expanding thermal insulation market, and C.A.S.E. (Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, and Elastomers) industries with 15 production facilities located around the globe. Jim has 35 years of experience in the Chemical industry and was instrumental in the adoption of ISN for Stepan's U.S. and Canadian facilities.


Jim Nabors
Senior Program Manager – Safety Support
Tennessee Valley Authority

Jim serves as Senior Program Manager at TVA, the nation’s largest public utility. In this role, Mr. Nabors directly responsible for the technical guidance and control of the TVA Safety Manual and programmatic initiatives, including ISNetworld implementation for the Agency. Jim has over 15 years’ experience in HSE&E with experience in Nuclear Utility, Heavy Construction, Automotive & Heavy Manufacturing He is a graduate of Michigan State University in 1990. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and a Registered Nurse (RN).


Jim Smart, MSEM
Director of Environmental Safety and Health
ConAgra Foods

Jim Smart, Director of EH&S for ConAgra Foods, has managed project execution and contractor safety for over 25 years, in industries including nuclear, food, paper and brewing. Since arriving at ConAgra in 2007, Mr. Smart has overseen in excess of $800MM in capital installations as well as the development and implementation of ConAgra’s current contractor safety program. In addition to his master’s degree in Engineering Management, Mr. Smart is a Licensed Journeyman Steamfitter, OSHA outreach instructor and holds a PMP®.


Joe Hess
North America Director of Health, Safety, Security and Environment
DTZ, Inc.

Joe currently works for DTZ as the North America Director of Health, Safety, Security and Environment for the Life Science Group. DTZ is global commercial real estate and facility management company. As part of his overall risk management responsibilities he leads the ISN implementation effort for his company. He has worked in the aerospace, consulting, semi-conductor, and life sciences industries. Joe Hess has a BS in Environmental Sciences, a Masters of Public Health, and over 25 years of EHS experience.

Joe is a native of Southern California where he currently resides with his wife and son in San Diego.


Joe Sava
Safety Manager
Sava Energy

Joe Sava started working for Sava Energy shortly after they opened in 2012. He is currently the Safety Manager and is responsible for completing rig inspections, employee observations, behavior coaching, and enforcing all Sava Energy’s safety-related rules and standards. Joe also assists with new-hire orientations, inventory purchasing, ordering and managing rig employee uniforms, and acting as a substitute rig hand.

Prior to joining Sava Energy, Joe Sava worked full-time as an unloader in a Walmart distribution center. He unloaded trucks in the receiving department and helped manage 20 employees. He served as a member of the safety committee there for six years. Joe has his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and is certified to administer drug screens.


Joe Teel – REM, CSEM
Principal HSE Manager, North America Operations
Exterran Energy Solutions

Joe is currently the Principal HSE Manager, North America Operations for Exterran Energy. Joe joined Exterran in 2010 supporting global Integrated Projects and the North America Operations as the senior HSE leader for the past 5 years. As a global leader, he has supported projects and operations in North America, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. His core competencies include regulatory compliance auditing and inspections, training program development, risk analysis, ISO 14000 and OSHAS 18000 implementation, environmental permitting, waste minimization and contractor safety management. Previous employers include Exxon-Mobil, Waste Management, Hughes Aircraft, Raytheon, L3 Communications and Enterprise Products. Throughout his career he held increasing levels of responsibility for HSE program management and implementation.


John G. Gentile
Manager – Project Management
General Motors Corporation

John currently serves as the Manager, Project Management & Global Support, Global Facilities. In this role, John is responsible for the global implementation of buildings and infrastructure construction management processes for General Motors Corporation. Prior to this role, he served as the Manager, Business Planning, Global Facilities Group, where he was responsible for development and management of business operations and process for General Motors North America.

With over 30 years at General Motors in the facility design and construction business, John has served many roles within the organization including, Architectural Engineer, Estimating Group Manager, Manager-Project Management, Manager-Project Development Group and Manager-Global Support & New Project Development including two multi-year international assignments.

John received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University. His professional memberships include AACE International, Construction Industry Institute (CII)-Improving Early Estimates, Initial Research Team, Construction Users Roundtable (CURT), CII Globalization Committee and CII Research Committee.


Jon Holztrager
Director of Sourcing
Tennessee Valley Authority

Jon Holztrager is responsible for $3.5 billion in materials and services contracts at TVA. In this role he provides leadership for procurement standardization efforts, leverages strategic alliances / fleet-wide opportunities, and collaborates with internal business partners to reduce acquisition risk and total delivered cost of ownership for TVAs asset base.

In prior roles with Kimberly-Clark and Sony Corporation, Jon had multi-site, executive responsibility for North American supply chain operations in the functional areas of distribution and transportation. While at Sony as SVP of North American Distribution and Transportation functions, he had P&L responsibility for six U.S. distribution centers and U.S./Canadian transportation operations.

Jon has guest-lectured at The University of Texas-Austin on various Operations Management topics and is a member of the Supply Chain MBA capital project review board at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.


Jon Wickizer
Corporate Health, Safety and Environmental Director
Brahma Group

Jon has 20+ years of health, safety and environmental experience in the heavy construction industry with underground utilities, chemical plants, steel mills, refineries, surface, underground and pit mines, alternative energy and power plants, data center manufacturing plants, micro-chip manufacturing plants. For the past twenty years Jon has been actively involved with training and safety programs on multiple construction and mine sites. He has worked on numerous manufacturing projects in the heavy construction industry as a Corporate Safety Manager and is responsible for project safety management and implementation, safety audits and safety training of craft personnel. Jon has proven abilities to develop, implement, and maintain pro-active behavior based safety programs with an industry leading EMR.


Kay Ballance
Organization Manager
Matrix Service
Gulf Coast Turnaround Division, Gulf Coast Tank Maintenance & Repair Division

Kay Ballance has worked for Matrix Service since 2007. In her role as Organization Manager, she works directly with ISN in maintaining training requirements as established by their customers. On top of her ISNetworld responsibilities, she manages the administration staff for two business units in Houston, TX including record keeping and training records, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, Human Resources data entry and IT Liaison.

Prior to working for Matrix, Kay worked in the legal field for over 25 years. She is currently attending school and will graduate with a paralegal associate degree in Spring 2016.


Ken Wengert, CSP, ARM
Director, Safety and Environment
Kraft Foods Group

Ken has been with Kraft Foods for over 20 years and currently has responsibilities for employee safety, environment/sustainability, business continuity planning, and workers’ compensation. Based outside of Chicago, he is responsible for the development of the safety, environmental and sustainability processes that cover over 16,000 employees in approximately 50 locations. Prior to his current responsibilities, Ken served in roles of Division Safety Manager, Area Safety Director, Safety Program Director and Manager of Insurance.


Kevin Ediger
EHS Performance
Chesapeake Energy

Kevin currently leads the EHS Performance team at Chesapeake Energy. The team is responsible for EHS Contractor Management, EHS Performance Analysis and EHS Training. The team works to promote and foster an environment of continual improvement in safety and environmental performance with Chesapeake Energy’s Contractors. Prior to joining the Chesapeake team in 2011 Kevin served several EHS roles with oil and gas drilling, service rigs, trucking and machine shop services.


Kevin Featherston
Senior Contract Manager
Tennessee Valley Authority

Having joined TVA in 2011, Kevin serves as a Senior Contract Manager at TVA, the nation’s largest public utility. In this role, he is directly responsible for the negotiating, drafting and support of over 500 million dollars of construction and engineering services contracts for the Transmission and River Operation business units of TVA. Mr. Featherston is the current Chairman of the Supply Chain and Facilities Certified Health and Safety committee. Prior to joining TVA, he spent over 20 years in private law practice with concentrations in municipal, real estate and business law. He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a 1991 graduate of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis, earning his Juris Doctor.


Kristin Mohs
Manager of Supply Chain Safety Programming
PepsiCo

Kristin currently is the Pepsi North American Beverages Manager of Supply Chain Safety Programming for the Pepsi, Tropicana, Gatorade and Naked Juice sites for the US and Canada. She began her career as an Advanced EHS Engineer with 3M, and later joined PepsiCo as a site HSE Manager. Kristin received her M.S. in Environmental Health and Safety from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 2009.


Laurie Knape
HSE SEMS/Contractor Management
Apache Corporation

Laurie Knape currently serves as the HSE SEMS/Contractor Management for Apache Corporation, GOM region, where she works with contractors to ensure compliance with Apache’s offshore requirements. She is also responsible for contractor auditing and maintaining internal quality improvements.

Laurie has over 20 years of health, safety and environmental experience and is a member of various groups, including the Gulf Coast Safety & Training Group (GCSTG), where she is the Regulatory Chairperson, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), API RP 75 revision work group, API T1 revision work group, Safe Gulf revision work group and the OOC SEMS sub-committee.

Ms. Knape attended the University of Connecticut HSE and holds numerous HSE and Quality certifications.


Linda Fett
Comptroller and Manager of Administration
Frank D Riggio Co.

Mrs. Fett is responsible for all areas of Administration, Finance and Compliance for the company. Mrs. Fett has over twenty-five years of experience in all areas of human resources, personnel administration, insurance requirements, accounting and administrative compliance, including health and safety. Her experience includes comprehensive safety programs, as well as statistical trending and the application of the trend results for continuous improvement of the systems and programs. Mrs. Fett is the ISN Coordinator for the company and has been working with ISN for the past 7 years. She is familiar with most of the management tools of ISN and regularly maintains and updates all information required by the clients. She has achieved 100% compliance in ISNetworld, since the company joined in 2008.




Lindsay Colley
Corporate EHS
Chesapeake Energy

Lindsay has 12+ years of Administrative and Management experience – almost a decade in general Health and Safety and three years specific to the oil & gas industry. Lindsay currently serves as the company ISN liaison on the EHS Performance & Analysis team and is an avid contributor to Chesapeake Energy’s emphasis on EHS Contractor Management.


Mario Bruno
Training Manager
Island Operating Company

Mario Bruno has been Director of Training at Island Operating since 2006 and has over 12 years of training management experience in the Oil and Gas Sector. She is directly responsible for overseeing all training requirements for Island’s 1300+ offshore/onshore production operators. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2002 where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technology.


Mark Winner
General Manager
Tulsa Gamma Ray

As General Manager, Mark Winner leads pipeline and field operations at Tulsa Gamma Ray. Founded in 1976, the company provides certified non-destructive testing (NDT) services to the oil and gas industry throughout Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.

Mark has over 20 years of managerial experience, with 12 of them in the NDT inspection and quality control industry. Within his current role at Tulsa Gamma Ray, he manages certified level II NDT technicians. Previous work experience includes General Manager for Affordable Residential Communities, Finance Manager for Davis Moore and Sales Representative for Kansas Truck Center.


Matt Kirby
Contractor Safety Specialist
Agrium

Matt currently serves as the Contractor Safety Specialist for Agrium’s Wholesale Business unit, with responsibilities for contractor health and safety, management systems, and program development. While Matt has only been employed at Agrium for one year, he brings twenty years of industrial and mining experience with him. Matt’s industrial experience includes operations, construction, mechanical and electrical maintenance, safety supervision, and process safety. This diverse background lends to a “common sense” approach while developing and implementing programs within the safety world. Matt completed an Electrical Apprenticeship at Idaho State University prior to earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University.

Agrium Wholesale employs more than 2,500 extremely skilled people on four continents, representing an exceptionally broad range of professions, trades and disciplines. We partner with over half a million grower customers globally to help them increase their yields and returns on more than 50 different crops. Matt takes pride in the fact that Agrium strives to improve the communities in which it operates through safety, education, environmental improvement and new technologies.


Matthew Stratmann
Director of Regulatory and GIS
Summit Midstream Partners

Matthew Stratmann has over 27 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He spent 20 years in oil and gas operations before moving into his regulatory role. Mr. Stratmann also holds a seat on the Executive Board of the Texas Gas Association and currently chairs the association’s Transmission and Gathering Committee.

Prior to joining Summit Midstream, Mr. Stratmann served as a Senior Pipeline Compliance Representative for Enterprise Products, where he was in charge with overseeing PHMSA related programs for more than 11,000 miles of natural gas pipelines in Texas and New Mexico and 20 liquid and gas Underground Storage facilities throughout the United States. His career began in oil and gas operations in 1988 with Martin Gas. In 1991 he joined Enterprise Products where he held various roles in pipeline and process operations. In 2008, he transitions into regulatory compliance role. In this capacity, Mr. Stratmann participated in training, internal auditing, Operator Qualification, and pipeline compliance programs.

In 2013, Mr. Stratmann left Enterprise to join Summit Midstream Partners. As Director of Regulatory and GIS, he is currently is responsible for the Process Safety Management, Pipeline Compliance, Facility and Pipeline Integrity, and GIS programs.


Michael A. Flynn, MA
Social Scientist, Training Research and Evaluation Branch
Assistant Coordinator, Priority Populations and Health Disparities Program
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Michael Flynn is a Social Scientist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health where he is the project officer for a program of research regarding the occupational health of immigrant workers. He also serves as the Assistant Coordinator for the Priority Populations and Health Disparities Program. Mr. Flynn conducts field studies, manages institutional relationships and provides professional leadership to NIOSH and external stakeholders on efforts to improve occupational health outcomes for high-risk populations. He frequently presents and publishes on topics such as culture, diversity, intervention effectiveness, and immigration as they relate to occupational safety and health. Mr. Flynn has a Master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Cincinnati and is a Research Fellow of the Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research at Michigan State University.


Michael Kiester, CSP
EHS Professional
Devon Energy

Michael is currently an EHS Professional at Devon Energy and is responsible for managing the EHS component of over 2,800 contractors. Michael recently authored Devon’s Contractor EHS Protocol and implemented a new contractor grading rubric. This process will provide Devon leaders the exposure that contractor companies bring to Devon locations. Prior to joining Devon in 2013, Michael was a Department of the Air Force civilian OSH Manager for ten years, where he had the privilege of providing safety services to the nation’s warfighters and their families. He has implementation experience in ISO14001, ASO9100, and VPP, as well as experience developing safety management systems.


Mike Koby
Sr. Director of Enterprise Safety & Reliability
Enbridge Pipelines

Mike was appointed Sr. Director Enterprise Safety & Reliability in June 2013. In this role he is accountable for leadership and oversight of safety, operational reliability and environmental protection policies and practices across the enterprise.

Mike began his career at Enbridge in 2001 and has had the opportunity to gain experience in a number of areas including EH&S, Operations Services, Measurement, Lands & R.O.W, Training, Compliance and Maintenance. He has also had the opportunity to work in several Enbridge locations in field and office roles within multiple business units such as Liquids Pipelines while based in Canada and Gas Transportation based in the U.S.

Mike holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas, Tyler and a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.


Mike Ryan
Health & Safety Best Practices Manager
ArcelorMittal Flat Carbon USA

With over 34 years of experience in the steel industry, Mike Ryan is currently Manager, Health & Safety Best Practices, for ArcelorMittal Flat Carbon USA. In this position, he provides assistance with establishing, implementing and auditing best practices for employees and contractors which are designed to prevent serious injuries, fatalities and catastrophic events. Mike serves as a member of the Steel Manufacturer’s Association safety committee and is the ArcelorMittal Planning Committee representative for the annual United Steelworkers District 7 Safety and Health Conference. Mike earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).


Mitch McDowell
Contractor Safety Superintendent
The Mosaic Company

Mr. McDowell has been involved in EH&S his entire career spanning 25 years. His knowledge and experiences include hazardous waste disposal, RCRA cleanup, clandestine drug lab cleanup, wetland mitigation, permitting, and contract management for multiple government environmental/safety contracts. For the last seven years, Mitch has served as the Contractor Safety Superintendent for The Mosaic Co. where his responsibilities include managing contractor compliance.


Murray Sunstrum
Manager, EH&S Systems
Encana Corporation

Murray started in the oil and gas industry in 1997. He ‘learned the ropes’ of the industry in the national trade association for drilling and service rig contractors. He then served as the Vice-President, Safety Services at Enform, the national safety association for the Canadian upstream petroleum industry, before joining Encana Corporation in 2008.

Murray’s most recent portfolio at Encana involves ‘Ethos’ – their Environmental, Health and Safety Management System, EH&S software systems, as well as accountability for service provider EH&S engagement, including ISNetworld. Encana’s use of ISN spans just under 2000 service providers in Canada, and just over 1300 here in the US.

He is a graduate of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, a past member of the Council of Governors for the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOH&S) and has represented the petroleum industry on numerous regulatory and safety groups. Murray obtained his Canadian Registered Safety Professional Designation in 2001, a Certificate in Strategic Leadership from the Banff Centre for Management in 2011 and is also member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.

Murray lives in Calgary with his wife and three young children.


Randy Patton
Senior Manager, Corporate Health and Safety
HollyFrontier

Randy Patton is Senior Manager, Corporate Health and Safety for HollyFrontier – an independent refining and wholesale marketing company serving markets throughout the mid-continent, southwestern, and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States.

Certified Safety Professional with over twenty-five years of experience including roles as Vice President – Technical Services for Total Safety and Corporate Safety Director for Valero Energy, Randy is passionate in his drive to improve occupational and process safety performance throughout the industry.

Randy is a graduate of Texas &M University where he remains involved in promoting safety education through his role on the advisory boards of the Texas A&M School of Public Health – Masters in Occupational Health and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.


Randy Robichaux, REM, CSEM, CES, CSP
Director of Environmental & Safety Regulations
Denbury Resources, Inc.

Randy Robichaux is the Director of Environmental & Safety Regulations at Denbury Resources Inc., and has worked for Denbury for the past 17 years in an HSE capacity. Denbury is one of the leaders in enhanced oil recovery using carbon dioxide and operates in seven states across the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions. Randy received his Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Nicholls State University in 1992 and is a Registered Environmental Manager (REM) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Randy is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the National Association of Environmental Mangers (NAEM).


Rick Slaugh
Director, Business Continuity Shared Services & Contractor Safety
Kinder Morgan

Rick is an EHS professional with 25 years’ experience and management skills working for Kinder Morgan. Rick is currently managing the Contractor Development and Safety Program with oversight of all business units within the company. Kinder Morgan is the largest midstream and the third largest energy company in North America with approximately 80,000 miles of pipelines and 190 terminals.


Rikki Cornell
Registries Coordinator
Tervita Corporation

Rikki is currently the Registries Coordinator for Tervita Corporation. Tervita is a leading North American environmental solutions provider within the oil and gas, industrial and mining industries. With more than 4,000 dedicated employees and over ten offices across North America, Tervita has six accounts and over 200 client connections within ISNetworld alone. Rikki has ten years of administrative experience and is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in administration. She has been working in her current role managing registry accounts with Tervita for two years.


Rochelle Fjeldstrom
ISN Administrator
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan

With over 10 years purchasing experience, Rochelle currently serves as a Buyer at PotashCorp - Allan Division, as well as administers the ISN process for the whole corporation with 16 site locations across Canada, USA and Trinidad. PotashCorp is the world's largest fertilizer company by capacity, producing the three primary crop nutrients: potash (K), nitrogen (N) and phosphate (P). In her role, Ms. Fjeldstrom is directly responsible for the administration, training, policy compliance and continuous improvement for the ISN process at PotashCorp. Rochelle has been with PotashCorp for 9 years. She received her Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) and reciprocal Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) designation in 2011.


Ron Walton
Vice President - Risk Management
NuStar Energy

Ron is Vice President – Risk Management for NuStar Energy L.P. He manages all aspects of the corporate-wide property/casualty programs including insurance placement, premium allocations, surety bonds, risk analysis, establishing insurance contractor requirements, insurance clause contract negotiations and claims handling.

Prior to joining NuStar, he spent 9 years at AT&T with responsibility for their corporate insurance and workers’ compensation program. The company generated workers’ compensation claim payments in excess of $100MM a year. He served on the Board of Directors of the Workers Compensation Research Institute from 2000 until 2007 and as Vice Chair from 2003-2007. He currently serves on the Zurich Energy Risk Management Council. He also spent 10 years in the insurance industry as a claims representative and supervisor. Ron received his BBA from Baylor University and his MBA from The George Washington University and has obtained his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Associate in Claims (AIC) designations. He has served as a Director of the South Texas Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Chapter after serving various officer positions.


Scott Long
Manager, Contractor Safety/Project Support
Kinder Morgan

Scott brought over 14 years of experience in project development and management to Kinder Morgan when he joined the team in 2012. At Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, Scott currently leads the companies’ contractor safety program on major construction projects. He also oversees EHS project support activities and all contractor EHS auditing program. Scott received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Truman State University and his Masters’ in Business Administration from William Woods University. He currently serves as Chair of the Field Audit Network (a collaboration of midstream companies) and a Lessons Learned Coordinator with Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA). Scott is also a member of American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and Environmental, Safety, & Health Auditing Association (ESHAA).


Scott Roberts
Manager of Safety, Global Safety and Health
Georgia-Pacific

With over 15 years of experience in the Pulp and Paper industry, Scott Roberts currently serves the Atlanta, Georgia based company Georgia Pacific LLC. Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading makers of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products and related chemicals. In this role, Mr. Roberts is responsible for Georgia Pacific's Contractor Safety Management initiative to positively influence the related culture associated with developing a shared vision for Contractor Safety Excellence across GP. Scott holds numerous certificates in Public Safety and worked in the public fire service for several years before joining Georgia Pacific as an operator, then as the Safety, Health and Compliance leader in New Augusta, Mississippi. In 2014, Scott accepted the role of Manager of Safety with the Global Safety and Health Team in Atlanta, Georgia.


Sean H. Kelly
Health & Safety Manager
Summit Midstream Partners

Sean Kelly has over 10 years in safety management in both the transportation industry and oil & gas industry. Currently, Sean serves as the Health & Safety Manager for Summit Midstream’s Western Business unit. In this role, Sean is responsible for two direct report employees who support 2,200 miles of pipeline, 21 compressor stations and two PSM facilities. Prior to starting with Summit Midstream, Sean served as a Safety/PSM Coordinator for Enterprise Products for over five years and a Director of Safety for two large trucking companies in Arkansas. Sean graduated from the Baptist School of Nursing in Little Rock, AR and has various safety qualifications.


Sean Nicholson
Director of Health, Safety & Environment
MICHELS Corporation

Sean Nicholson is the Director of Health, Safety & Environment for Michels Corporation, a multi-faceted construction company headquartered in Brownsville, Wisconsin.

Sean has over 16 years of professional experience at a senior/executive level managing health, safety, risk, compliance, and training programs in a variety of industries, but especially in the oil and gas industry. His experience allows him to effectively lead and manage the HSE team at Michels Corporation, which is currently rated by ENR (Engineering News Record) Magazine as the “Top Pipeline Construction Company in North America”, and is also rated #24 on the ENR’s 2014 Top 400 List. His responsibilities include advising the executive management team of Michels on matters related to the continuous improvement efforts of their HSE program and culture, and the overall safety of Michels Corporation employees and subcontractors, as well as, managing approximately 65 HSE/OQ team members assigned to field locations in both the United States and Canada.

In addition to the many roles Sean is accountable for within Michels Corporation, Sean is also very involved in improving the way the industry as a whole conducts business from a safety and quality perspective. Sean is a member of many industry related committees/boards, and is currently the Chairman of the Safety and Quality Committee for the INGAA (Interstate Natural Gas Association of America) Foundation.

Sean earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and several certifications in Health and Safety law. His determination and enthusiasm to “raise the bar”, is not only impeccable, but contagious, and is echoed by Michels current HSE slogan; “Lead Safely. Others will follow.”


Steven E. Greene
Vice President
National Center for Construction Education and Research

Steve currently serves as vice president of NCCER (originally known as the National Center for Construction Education and Research). He has over 35 years of construction management experience (superintendent, project manager, director of human resources and senior director of global workforce development) with three major international contractors – Fluor, KBR and Bechtel. Steve has been the COO and owner of an industrial construction services company and has been the vice president of operations with two post-secondary career college systems.

Steve’s diverse background encompassing both industry and education has made him a valuable source of information for many boards and committees. He has held Board of Trustee positions with the American Vocational Association, NCCER, the National Technical Honor Society, the Piedmont Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse, the Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Education Foundation and the Fluor Foundation Scholarship Board.

Steve currently participates on a number of workforce development boards and committees to include the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) National, CURT local user councils, SkillsUSA and industry-specific organizations.

Steve’s breadth of knowledge has also made him a preferred speaker with industry and education groups doing over 40 presentations across the United States annually.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Medical Science from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.


Steve Melkus
Capital Procurement Manager
ConAgra Foods

Steve is a Capital Procurement Manager for ConAgra Foods, responsible for construction services and contractor management. Since arriving at ConAgra Foods in 2010, Steve has managed multiple plant expansions and renovations. Steve served on the ISN rollout team for ConAgra Foods and continues to administer the program. In addition to his master’s degree in Operations Management, Steve is a Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®).


Susan Lotter
Manager SSE Risk Engineering
Mondelēz International

Sue has 30 years of experience in the Food & Beverage industry, currently working for Mondelēz International. She has held positions in engineering, project management, health, and safety and is currently responsible for Risk Engineering in the North American region, delivering programs to protect both the personnel and property of the business. Sue manages the ISN implementation for Mondelēz in North America aimed at streamlining the prequalification process and insuring that contractors meet the Mondelēz standards in safety and quality. Sue is also a member of the Mondelēz Global Contractor team charged with designing a world class construction management system.

Sue is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in Chemical Engineering.


Terry Rinehart
President
Pipeline Contractors Roundtable Group (PCRG)

Mr. Rinehart has spent the last 28 years working in the oil and gas industry. Terry spent 20 years building oil and gas pipelines for a handful of contractors before starting at Southland Safety in 2008 as an OQ Evaluator. Terry worked as an evaluator for 5 years before assuming the role of OQ Director. Terry was elected to be the President of the PCRG in 2013.

The PCRG is an organization comprised of pipeline and pipeline related contractors that is committed to providing its contractors with a voice in the oil and gas industry. The PCRG was founded in 2003. Ever since, the roundtable has offered its members a forum to address industry challenges and find collective solutions as a group. The PCRG works with oil and gas operators, OQ Providers, and other industry specialists to provide its members with additional resources they wouldn't otherwise have access to.

Southland Safety, LLC is a full-service Safety and DOT (OQ) consulting firm. Southland operates all over the country providing compliance solutions for its clients. Southland is an NCCER Assessment Center with endorsements for crane, rigging, and signal person certifications. In addition, it has evaluators that are certified to provide evaluations for all of the major providers.


Tim Watson
Director EHS&S
Americas Styrenics LLC

Tim Watson is the Director of EHS&S for AmSty, a major plastics resin manufacturer throughout the Americas. Tim has over 15 years of experience helping companies improve their safety practices. During the last 7 years he has lead the effort at AmSty to implement an integrated EH&S management system. This has included partnering with ISN to improve the selection and relationship building with AmSty’s contractor partners.


Tommy Galloway
Construction Management
Atmos Energy Corporation

Tommy Galloway is a Construction Analyst with Atmos Energy Corporation, one of the country's largest natural-gas-only distributors, serving over three million natural gas distribution customers in over 1,400 communities in eight states from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West and manages company-owned natural gas pipeline and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas. He has more than 30 years of experience in resource management by strategically networking contractors with supporting programs to reduce risks associated with outsourcing regulated services.


Twila Everett
Board Member
Pipeline Contractors Roundtable Group (PCRG)

Twila has over 20 years’ experience in the Health and Safety Industry and over 9 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas Industry currently working for MasTec. She has previously held positions in Project Management and OQ Management and is currently responsible for managing the Learning Management System for MasTec’s Utility Services Group as well as all OQ requirements for that division. She is directly responsible for the administration of and compliance for the ISN process at MasTec, and works closely with many OQ Providers. Twila is a Master Trainer for NCCER, currently holds a seat on the NCCER Pipeline Users Council and serves as a Board Member for the Pipeline Contractors Roundtable Group.


Wes Hutton
Health & Safety Specialist
Agrium

Wes currently serves as the Health & Safety Specialist for Agrium’s Wholesale Business unit, with responsibilities for worker health and safety, management systems, program development and compliance assurance, claims management and incident applications and data management. Wes comes with twenty eight years of experience with Agrium through a number of affiliate companies including Imperial Oil, Sherritt, Viridian, and now Agrium. Wes’ diverse background including construction projects, electrical maintenance and construction, power engineering, operations, health & safety and process safety, lends to a very practical approach to the development and implementation of programs and management systems. Wes is an active member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Industry Task Force (ITF) and committee member for the review and revision of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and Code for Alberta.

Agrium Wholesale produces markets and distributes nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphate-based products for agricultural and industrial customers around the world, with production and distribution facilities in North America, South America and Egypt, and additional distribution in Europe. Wes takes pride in the fact that Agrium makes a difference by providing products that feed the world!


Will Hux
VP Engineering & Compliance
Stroud Diving and Hydrography

With 30 years of experience in the diving & engineering field, Will Hux works with over 160 operators to assure the company compliance to standards and the DOT OQ. He is the driving qualifier in the company’s engineering programs under the commercial diving, welding, International Class Societies, Pipeline maintenance, and Quality. A graduate of North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and diving studies at College of Oceaneering and Coastal School of Deep Sea Diving. He has been active with NCCER and Veriforce since the beginning of the OQ program. He is a member of ASME, AWS underwater welding Committee, and the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine. He is a Master Trainer with NCCER and one of the national third party evaluators with Veriforce.


William Donato
Regional Contractor Safety Program Manager
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bill Donato has been a Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) employee since 1988, having previously worked with BMS as a contractor since 1981. He currently serves as the Regional Contractor Safety Program Manager for the Wallingford/Central New Jersey region. Previously, he worked as a project manager to oversee the scope of work development, capital justification and implementation of projects to support business operations and development, as a manager of the Contractor Safety Program and later as the regional manager of the program.

Mr. Donato began his career with BMS as a piping designer and squad leader for the design and development of mechanical, HVAC, utility and fire protection systems, which included the layout and design of office, laboratory, process and development areas. During his career, he developed the regional contractor safety & performance program for the BMS Wallingford/Central New Jersey facilities, an electronic accident/incident tracking system, the service provider audit and auditing process, the BMS contractor safety and performance document and guide for contractor workers, regional standard operating procedures for lockout/tagout, fall protection and additional procedures.

Mr. Donato has developed several contractor orientation videos that are utilized to introduce BMS guidelines and expectations to contractor employees for working on site and has been associated with four projects that have achieved OSHA VPP Star Status. He is used as a resource for other BMS facilities to offer experience and advice for developing contractor safety programs and processes and has been a key contributor in the BMS prequalification process and a key BMS contact for ISN account development.

Mr. Donato is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and Civil Air Patrol. He is certified in first aid/CPR and a certified competent person for scaffolding/excavations.