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The path to Safety Excellence through Operational Discipline

The path to Safety Excellence through Operational Discipline

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

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

Human Factors and Next Generation Procedures

Human Factors and Next Generation Procedures

Our operating environment and business requirements are changing. The demand on operator vigilance continues to climb to meet the ever evolving expectations in safety, reliability, and performance. Procedures have traditionally been utilized as a one size-fits-all tool for compliance, missing key opportunities to optimize human performance and safety. Our workers are paying the price.

In this exclusive interview Dr. Camille Peres (CP), Ph.D, Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University, and Nate Rightmer, Vice President of Procedure Services at ATR, discuss the Next Generation Procedure Research and share the key findings from this study that are informing significant adjustments to how industry should be implementing procedures.

Managing Project Risk at BP

Managing Project Risk at BP

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

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

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Improving Productivity Safely: Driving OE to the Frontline

Improving Productivity Safely: Driving OE to the Frontline

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

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

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

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Operational Excellence in Energy: A Canadian Perspective

Operational Excellence in Energy: A Canadian Perspective

In today's volatile market environment, how can you deliver consistent operational excellence? And where do you go to learn how to start?

Mark Little, VP Health & Safety at Cenovus Energy, Emmanuel Giry, Manager, Enterprise Risk Management at Alberta Energy Regulator, and Shannon Guterson, Senior Business Analyst at TransCanada, shared their OpEx journeys and their biggest priorities and challenges when it comes to balancing operational efficiency with operational risk management.

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Beyond Budgeting: Management innovation for new business and people realities

Beyond Budgeting: Management innovation for new business and people realities

Bjarte Bogsnes, Vice President of Performance Management Development at Statoil, shares insight into how the Norwegian oil giant is pushing the boundaries of operations management with a concept called Beyond Budgeting.

Download the full interview to see how Statoil is redefining performance by setting dynamic and relative targets and using holistic performance evaluation.

60 seconds interview with Deepwater Horizon Investigator

60 seconds interview with Deepwater Horizon Investigator

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

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

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Leveraging Data to Mitigate Asset Risk at Suncor

Leveraging Data to Mitigate Asset Risk at Suncor

Leigh Mork, Director of Maintenance and Reliability Integration at Suncor Energy, shares Suncor’s approach to mitigating asset risk and how to use asset information to enable safe, reliable and cost effective operations. 

Controlling Risk in a Dangerous World: How to prevent the next accident

Controlling Risk in a Dangerous World: How to prevent the next accident

Exclusive interview with Jim Wetherbee, the only American astronaut to have commanded five missions in space, a former Vice President of Operational Leadership at BP and author of the recently published “Controlling Risk"! 

In this exclusive interview, Jim discusses the ten common adverse conditions that existed in companies that experienced a major safety incident and how to use the presence and severity of these conditions as indicators to determine if your organization may be drifting toward a disaster.

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BEHAVIOURAL LEADERSHIP IN HAZARDOUS INDUSTRIES

BEHAVIOURAL LEADERSHIP IN HAZARDOUS INDUSTRIES

Becoming a High Reliability Organization

In this interview, Mick O’Connor, Behavioural Safety Manager at Irving Oil, explains what role leadership plays in shaping safety culture and the key management hurdles that stand between a company achieving operational excellence.

Mick shares how Irving Oil implemented changes in leadership thinking to support organizational transformation through training, change management and stakeholder engagement and how other companies can do the same and build a culture of collaboration to achieve what he defines as a ‘desire-based culture.’

Leading Millennials to Operational Excellence

Leading Millennials to Operational Excellence

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

These differences invariably lead to different perspectives, priorities, and practices. As leaders working in hazardous industries, it is imperative to understand, embrace and leverage these differences to maximize your company’s performance.

In this interview, Matt DiGeronimo, Vice President of Operations at Veolia, shares his experience working with millennials in the military and energy industries and presents suggestions for leading this generation on your journey to operational excellence.

Human Factors meets Data and Analytics at Chevron

Human Factors meets Data and Analytics at Chevron

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

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

Maximizing Continuous Improvement at Europe's largest refinery

Maximizing Continuous Improvement at Europe's largest refinery

In this exclusive interview, Ýr Gunnarsdóttir – Operational Excellence / Continuous Improvement Leader for Shell, talks us through how Continuous Improvement (CI) can act as a key enabler for business performance and outcome and how CI ways of working enabled Shell to start-up the Pernis refinery in less than one month after a full shut-down due to a power failure.

Operational Excellence at Veolia: how culture change can improve financial performance in high risk industries

Operational Excellence at Veolia: how culture change can improve financial performance in high risk industries

Matt DiGeronimo, Vice President of Operations at $50B energy company Veolia, shares his insights on transforming the cultural, operational, and financial underpinnings of a failing coal-fired power plant in just 12 short months. 

Download the full interview to find out the key challenges in modifying the thought-processes and operational models that can often be ingrained for decades in the minds of front-line supervisors, and how culture change can ultimately improve financial performance in high risk industries.

Laying the Foundation for EH&S Excellence

Laying the Foundation for EH&S Excellence

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

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60 Seconds: Operational Excellence at NASA

60 Seconds: Operational Excellence at NASA

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


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

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