Agenda – 13-14 March 2018

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    • 8:00

      Registration & Refreshments

    • 8:45

      Welcome & Overview

      Speaker: David Metcalfe, CEO, Verdantix
    • 9:00

      Keynote: Enhancing EHS Performance Through Digital Transformation

      Chair: David Metcalfe, CEO, Verdantix
      Speaker: Tom van Tiggelen, Senior Vice President, Health, Safety & Sustainability, Engie

      What does the future hold for corporations seeking to digitize their EHS processes? Will mobile apps, business intelligence tools, and cloud platforms offer demonstrable improvements in EHS metrics? Or will tried and trusted methods with custom databases, Excel, and email continue to deliver what EHS leaders need to meet their performance targets? This keynote address lays out the vision and strategy that EHS professionals need to follow in order to align with corporate strategies for digital transformation.

    • 9:30

      Achieving Best in Class EHS Risk Management with Business Intelligence

      Chair: Rodolphe d'Arjuzon, Managing Director, Verdantix
      Panel: Derek Bell, Head of Group Health & Safety, Scottish Power
                  Steven Dyson, Vice President QEHS, Alcatel Lucent
                  Michael Sinclair-Williams, Group HSEQ Director, Keller Group

      Over the last five years, C-level executives have seen the opportunity to improve risk management across facilities by leveraging the data and processes of the EHS team. This panel explores the way leading corporations have implemented best in class operations risk management frameworks by exploiting more powerful EHS platforms with embedded business intelligence tools.

    • 10:15

      The Future of Incident Management: From Leading Indicators to Predictive Analytics

      Chair: Stuart Neumann, Director, Advisory Services, Verdantix
      Panel: Kevin Furniss, Vice President, Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Sustainability,              APM Terminals
                  Steve Howells, Environment, Health & Safety Director, Gatwick Airport
                  Richard Kirby, Product Director, UL EHS Sustainability

      Improving incident management is the most frequent driver for corporations to invest in better EHS information management systems. The potential to reduce worker injuries, fatalities, regulatory fines, and plant shutdowns provides the business case for the system upgrade. This panel will explain how the most sophisticated users of incident management software link data across the entire incident life-cycle to predict why incidents occur and to prevent them from happening in the first place.

    • 11:00

      Networking Break

      Sponsored by Enablon

    • 11:30

      Making the Business Case for an Integrated EHSQ Software Platform

      Chair: David Metcalfe, CEO, Verdantix
      Panel: Sean Cusack, SHE Senior Director, Cobham
                  Serge Everdepoel, Director, Health and Safety, Johnson Controls
                  Ries Haverkamp, Director European Quality, Environment, Safety & Health, Interface             European Manufacturing
                  Christian Polivka, Director EHS Solution Management, SAP

      Executives with responsibility for environment, health, safety, quality, and sustainability have a broad remit that, in theory, would benefit from having a single, integrated software platform that meets all their needs. Many software vendors claim to offer an integrated EHSQ platform but few customers actually implement all of the modules available. This panel will discuss the business case for implementing an integrated EHSQ software platform.

    • 12:15

      Round Table Discussions: Will EHS Mobile Apps be a Game Changer?

      Delegates Conduct Small Group Discussions

      Round table discussions give delegates the opportunity to discuss innovation issues in small groups to get a sense of what your peer group is thinking. Over the last 18 months, mobile apps have emerged as one of the top five drivers of purchase decisions for new EHS platforms. But vendors’ mobile product strategies, pricing and user interfaces vary widely. If you are currently evaluating how your vendor’s mobile apps could support your EHS information management goals and help boost performance, through discussion groups, you and your colleagues will determine how to avoid common pitfalls with your IT function and make a success of the new initiative.

    • 13:00

      Lunch

      Sponsored by Dakota Software

    • 14:30

      Stream One

      Driving HSE Awareness and User Engagement Globally: Best Practices from ISS & VelocityEHS

      Speakers: Laura Murphy, Vice President of                    Customer Experience, VelocityEHS                    Canada
                         Mark Steinbusch, Global Manager                    Health & Safety, ISS World Services A/S

      ISS is one of the world’s largest facility providers with over 500,000 employees in 77 countries. For ISS, ensuring a safe working environment for front line employees is a must that requires addressing challenges related to a diverse, multi-
      cultural workforce, employee turnover, and having a majority
      of employees based at customer sites. For the past five years, VelocityEHS has partnered with ISS to drive HSE awareness in
      its operations through centralized incident reporting, improved site inspections, improved risk identification and better data collection. This presentation covers best practices from the partnership and demonstrates why “keeping it simple” is the
      key to achieving user engagement and minimizing training
      issues in a large organization.

      Stream Two

      Best Practice: Ampelmann and Mitratech Discuss Incident Management & Analytics for EHS

      Speakers: Twan de Berk, QHSE Engineer,                    Ampelmann Operations B.V.
                         Jim Montgomery, Sales                    Consultant Manager, Mitratech
                         Rolf Wermers, Manager                    QHSE, Ampelmann Operations B.V.

      Mitratech’s CMO Compliance is one of the world’s leading Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) and Incident Reporting software solutions. Join us and client Ampelmann Operations, a leading international company for offshore access, as we discuss how Ampelmann has been able to streamline their processes utilizing Mitratech’s CMO Compliance application. In this case study success story, we will cover what challenges and regulations led Ampelmann to look for a software solution to help the company meet its compliance objectives. We will also explain and show how they have applied EHS data analytics to their existing data to improve performance metrics. This session takes a “how to” approach and will cover the points to focus on to achieve the best results with minimum spend.

    • 15:15

      Stream One

      Best Practices for Quality and Compliance Management

      Speakers: Doug Hatler, Director of Sales, EHSS, EtQ

      Stream Two

      Best Practices: Achieving World Class Environmental and Safety Performance

      Speakers: Graham Finn, Director of Environment,
                         Health and Safety, Amazon SARL
                         Naveen Gv, Managing Director,
                         Gensuite
                         Peter Walsh, Director, Business
                         Development, Europe Gensuite
                         Gensuite

      In this case study success story, we will explain how one firm has applied EHS data analytics to their existing data to a wide range of improve performance metrics. This session takes a “how to” approach and will cover the things to focus on to achieve the best results with minimum spend.

    • 16:00

      Networking Break

      Sponsored by Enablon

    • 16:30

      Getting to Zero Harm: Improving Health & Safety Outcomes with Worker-Centric Systems

      Chair: Stuart Neumann, Director, Advisory Services, Verdantix
      Panel: Matt Airhart, President, VelocityEHS Canada
                  Pam Bobbitt, Director of Channels & Product Marketing, Medgate
                  Tom Murie, Global HSE Director, Hitachi Zosen Inova

      As CEOs raise the bar by committing the organization publicly to achieve “zero harm” operations, the pressure mounts on health and safety leaders to implement more robust processes and systems capable of delivering this lofty objective. Do worker-centric systems such as medical monitoring solutions, mobile apps and wearable technologies hold the answer or should health and safety leaders fall back on behaviour-based safety? This panel will share their insights about what is required to get to zero harm.

    • 17:15

      Cocktail Reception

      Sponsored by SAP

    • 18:45

      Close of Day One

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    • 8:00

      Registration & Refreshments

    • 8:45

      Welcome & Overview

      Speaker: David Metcalfe, CEO, Verdantix
    • 9:00

      For EHS Leaders: Is Sustainability Down and Out or Alive and Kicking?

      Chair: Rodolphe d'Arjuzon, Managing Director, Verdantix
      Panel: Wim Bartels, Partner & Global Head of Sustainability Reporting and Assurance, KPMG
                  Nicola Kimm, Head of Sustainability, Environment, Health & Safety, Philips Lighting
                  Chelsea Reinhardt, Deputy Director, Standards Division, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
                  James Robey, Vice President, Global Head of Corporate Sustainability, Capgemini

      Between 2009 and 2014 there was a surge of corporate interest in a broad range of sustainability topics ranging from climate change to conflict minerals and the circular economy. But in the last two years, the number of Chief Sustainability Officers has shrunk, core sustainability budgets cut, and EHS given more of a role to play. This panel debate pits skeptics against optimists to help EHS leaders better understand how to take charge of corporate sustainability efforts and align information management projects with the specific requirements of sustainability disclosures, assurance and compliance.

    • 9:45

      How to Achieve Ambitious Environmental Goals with New Technologies

      Chair: Stuart Neumann, Director, Advisory Services, Verdantix
      Panel: Trevor Bronson, Industry Analyst, Verdantix
                  Manfred Heil, CEO, WeSustain
                  Johan Holm, Vice President Environment, Stora Enso

      Firms operating in Europe set increasingly ambitious environmental goals on a wide range of metrics such as landfill waste, greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, global ISO 14001 certification, and reductions in the use of toxic and hazardous substances. Achieving these goals is a challenge which increases the need for a robust environmental management information system. This expert panel shares their views on which technologies – ranging from sensors to drones and software – firms should target for investment.

    • 10:30

      Round Table Discussions: Should EHS Leaders Prioritize Drones, Analytics & Wearables?

      Delegates Conduct Small Group Discussions

      Round table discussion give delegates the opportunity to discuss innovation issues in small groups to get a sense of what your peer group is thinking. Verdantix research has found that many firms are trying to reduce compliance costs by using drones for site investigations and environmental mapping. EHS leaders are also grappling with analytical tools to ensure they get more value from the rich data sets collected in EHS and product stewardship software. And there are new developments in worker-centric safety. This is your opportunity to share your experiences, ideas and challenges with your peer group.

    • 11:15

      Networking Break

      Sponsored by Enablon

    • 11:45

      Product Stewardship Strategies Fit for the Circular Economy

      Chair: Rodolphe d'Arjuzon, Managing Director, Verdantix
      Panel: Simon Braaksma, Senior Director, Group Sustainability, Philips International B.V.
                   Laurent Pitoun, Founder and General Manager, Red-on-line
                   Bart Vander Velpen, Director Business Development & Innovation Manager, Royal Haskoning
                   Joerg Walden, CEO, iPoint-systems

      Evolving social values, tighter regulations, and potential losses keep product safety and environmental compliance at the top of the risk list for a wide range of firms. This panel will share information about the measurable benefits generated by their digital product stewardship initiatives. The discussion will cover the end-to-end chemical information chain, the impact of REACH, RoHS, GHS, and TSCA reform on product stewardship and the best approach to product stewardship governance.

    • 12:30

      Creating a Vision for Technology Enabled EHS Management

      Chair: David Metcalfe, CEO, Verdantix
      Panel: Matt Airhart, President, VelocityEHS Canada
                  Andrew Brown, Nordics Business Manager, SAI Global
                  Tom Dagstad, Senior Vice President, add energy

      Too many EHS software implementations fail because the project team expected that the software alone would solve the problem. This panel will help delegates understand the critical need to create a vision for the digitization of EHS processes by establishing the target business outcomes first and then shaping the technology and process decisions to deliver those outcomes.

    • 13:10

      Summit Close & Wrap Up

      Speaker: David Metcalfe, CEO, Verdantix
    • 13:15

      Lunch

      Sponsored by Dakota Software

    • 14:30

      Vendor Workshop: Winning Strategies for the European EHS Software Market

      Speakers: David Metcalfe, CEO, Verdantix
                          Jordan Nadian, Industry Analyst, Verdantix

      The majority of vendors in the EHS software and product stewardship solutions markets are headquartered in North America and have limited experience growing a business across Europe. This session for EHS software vendors provides data, analysis, and actionable recommendations on how to grow across Europe, including post-Brexit UK. We will share market size and forecast data for European economies and industries as well as providing advice on brand building, the European conference circuit and potential partner organizations. This session will be led by Verdantix CEO David Metcalfe who has more than 15 years of experience in advising US and Canadian software firms on European market entry strategies.

    • 15:30

      Close of Day Two