June 4-6, 2019 | Calgary, AB

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The Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summit is returning to Calgary June 4-6, 2019 and will bring together over 250 Heads of OE, Operations, Assets and HSE to discuss how to optimize safety, efficiency, sustainability and reliability to drive world-class business performance.

Featured Interviews and Case Studies

Journey to Zero: How Suncor is achieving safety, environmental and technological excellence

In the lead up to the Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summit in Calgary, we caught up with Stephane Demers,Director of Operations at Suncor’s Montreal Refinery. As one of this year’s speakers, Stephane provides insight into how the refinery maintains exceptional environmental and safety performance as well as...

Future in Focus: How CNRL is Using Innovation to Reduce Operational Cost and Risk

In the lead up to the 2019 Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summit in Calgary, we caught up with Joy Romero, Vice President of Technology & Innovation at Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL). As one of this year's speakers, Joy provides insight into CNRL's use of 'game changing'...

Human System Engineering: Human Factors, Procedures, and Safety Culture

Camille Peres, PhD, Texas A&M School of Public Health sat down with us to talk about Human System Engineering: Human Factors, Procedures, and Safety Culture. Download the exclusive interview to find out the latest research in human factors including:‘Contextual Inquiry’ and why some procedures aren’t consistently followedHow to properly develop and...

How Chevron Canada is Driving Operational Excellence to the Frontline

In anticipation of the Calgary Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summit, we sat down with Troy Geertson, Vice President, Health, Environment, Safety & Regulatory at Chevron Canada. Troy tells us about how Chevron is developing into a better learning organization and leveraging new technologies to enhance field operations...

Transforming the Oil and Gas Company with Equinor

Jim Claunch, Vice President of Business Efficiency at Equinor shares his unique insights on the digital transformation of oil and gas companies and the barriers facing companies on this transformation journey.  Jim has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and shares his expertise with us...

Digital from the Ground Up: Growth and Innovation at Rio Tinto

In the lead up to the 2019 Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summit, we caught up with Nigel Steward, Head of Processing Centre of Excellence at Rio Tinto.With over 26 years in various roles within the company, Nigel tells us all about the technological transformations that are taking...

People, Process, Technology: Driving Operational Excellence at Hydro One

In anticipation of the Calgary Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summit, we sat down with Martin Huang, Vice President of System Operations at Hydro One. Martin tells us about Hydro One's journey to becoming a high reliability organization, and how the company is employing sensor technology to improve...

Learning from Human Error: How BP’s Human Performance Framework is Improving Site Safety

In the lead up to the Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summit, we sat down with Hugo Ashkar, Global Risk Manager at BP, to discuss his work in human performance and the role of human factors in overall risk management.

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Contractor Safety - The importance of the Quality of Interactions between Company Representatives and their Contractors

Contractor safety has been a hot topic for many years. This increased focus has resulted in legislation around the world clarifying safety obligations of companies and contractors and an increase in the number of companies offering contractor safety management support. Despite this, many companies are still struggling with the challenge...

Rethinking Safety Performance Metrics in Heavy Industry

"When it comes to measuring safety performance in Heavy Industry, there are many long-held beliefs, including the ideas that safety performance ought to be measured through leading and lagging indicators, that metrics support improvement through the “what gets measured, gets done” philosophy, and that if metrics are moving the right...

MOVING BEYOND THE SAFETY PERFORMANCE PLATEAU

"Improving safety performance within heavy industry has increasingly become the top priority for majority of organizations across North America. It is a complex challenge of navigating the high-risk nature of the work amidst the challenging operating, compliance driven and transformative environment. Increasingly, companies are implementing an array of safety systems...

Planning, Scheduling & Execution - The Nexus of Utility Operational Performance

With the constant flow of new optimizing technologies and an ever-increasing emphasis on cost reduction, efficiency, and productivity, it is surprising to see Utilities continue to struggle with something as fundamental as the effective planning, scheduling, and execution of work.However, given that the planning, scheduling, and execution process is so...

25 Years of Operational Excellence at Canadian Pipeline Association

Exclusive interview with Chris Bloomer, President of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA). As the CEPA celebrate its 25th anniversary, Chris sat down with OneBridge Solutions' Tim Edward to discuss the state of Canada's pipeline industry.

Integrating Risk & Asset Management

In the lead up to the Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summitt, we sat down with Michelle George, Vice President of Engineering & Asset Management at Enbridge Gas Distribution. Michelle tells us about how Canada's largest energy delivering company is driving operational excellence through their integrated management system...

M&A Integration: Managing change without compromising reliability, compliance and safety performance

Michele Harradence, Vice President of Gas Transmission shares how Enbridge is redesigning their operating model following their acquisition of Spectra Energy.

Monitoring Operational Risk at the Asset Level

RiskPoynt’s Bruce Chumley sat down with Occidental’s Manager of Safety and Process Risk, Stewart Behie to find out how the oil, gas and chemicals giant is identifying and monitoring operational risk at the asset level, and how they are leveraging technology to improve the outcome of safety critical decisions.

Developing a Robust Hazard Identification Process

In the lead up to this year’s Operational Excellence in Oil & Gas Summit, we sat down with Kal Johnson, Director of HSSE at Cameron LNG. Kal is accountable for developing and implementing an overarching corporate and operations HSSE management system, while maintaining strategic security infrastructure to meet MARSAC and...

Maintaining Your Safety Culture During Times of Transformation

In this new and exclusive interview, Cynthia Hansen, Executive Vice President of Utilities and Power Operations at Enbridge, shares her insight on how high-risk businesses can enable safe and reliable operations during times of transformation.

Predictive Analytics to drive real time Production Optimization

In the lead up to this year’s Operational Excellence in Energy and Utilities, we sat down with Mark Hutcherson, Director of Operational Excellence at ConocoPhillips. Mark discusses how the American energy giant is taking the next step toward digital transformation and driving real time production optimization. In this exclusive interview,...

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

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...

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Opex Calgary Agenda

Returning to Calgary this June 4-6, the 2019 Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals and Resources Summit will bring together over 250 Heads of OE, Operations, ORM, Assets and HSE - all in one location - to strategize on how to manage change, increase efficiency and optimize productivity - without compromising...

Opex Calgary 2019 Attendee List - Sponsorship Opportunities

The Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summit will bring together over 250 Heads of Operations, HSE, Operational Risk and Operational Excellence. With roundtables, panels, case studies and workshops on Process Optimization, Asset Management, Leadership & Culture, Digital Transformation, Driving OE to the Frontline, Next Generation EH&S, Operational Risk...

Attendee List

Attendee List - 2019

Over 250 Operations, HSE, Operational Excellence, Maintenance and Reliability leaders will meet in Calgary this June 4-6 at the Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Summit to discuss the latest tools and techniques to enhance efficiency, reliability, safety, and drive Operational Excellence to the frontline.

Whitepapers

Oil Refinery Avoids Shut Down Through Structured Root Cause Analysis

Lonnie Wilson, author of the Lean classic, How to Implement Lean Manufacturing, offers a case study of real-life, problem solving that saved millions of dollars, and then a deeper dive into troubleshooting methods. While the case study is specific to a Lean, refining situation, both the case study and overview...

Delivering Overall Equipment Efficiency Using Root Cause Analysis

Learn how BlueScope Malaysia achieved a 46% improvement in Downtime and Line Stops, and an 88% improvement in Speed Loss. BlueScope, an international producer and supplier of steel products and solutions requires diverse and complex processes, posing challenges that require immediate and thorough solutions.

How Leaders Use Balanced Decision-Making Skills to Move Organizations Forward

Gut feelings and years of experience may be sufficient for most day-to-day decisions, but major decisions that move a company forward come with a real element of risk. Leaders need a structured process that is based on an informed analysis and participation from key stakeholders to arrive at a balanced...

Maintaining the Integrity of E-Learning used to Mitigate Risk and to Address Due Diligence Requirements.

The $200 billion-dollar e-learning industry is changing the game when it comes to workplace training and testing. It is offering organizations massive cost savings and the ability to develop personnel with an efficiency that was not feasible with traditional learning, but at the potential cost of process integrity and weakened...

Research Report

Kepner-Tregoe Global OPEX Trends Report

This report provides an analysis of the state of Operational Improvement in three primary business areas: Manufacturing & Processing; IT Service Management; and Learning & Development. In this report, we frequently use the term Operational Excellence (OPEX), and a definition of this term is important. We define OPEX as an...