The agenda for eCompliance’s NXT 2019: The Future of EHS Conference has been released and this year’s theme is showing what “great” looks like when it comes to safety and how to get there.
“It’s easy for many companies to say we’re great but the hardest part is figuring out how did you do that,” said Adrian Bartha, CEO of eCompliance, which provides software to strengthen safety culture. “What we really loved about last year is we had a lot of sharing of tactics and strategies, things that worked, things that didn’t work and being really open about it and so that is something we wanted to carry on into this year was what great looks like and how to get there.”
The conference, now in its third year, will take place Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 in San Diego, Calif. It will focus on safety culture, the future of technology in EHS, risk management and change management.
Bartha said one of the subthemes for the conference is change management and how to deal with and handle change. The other subtheme will come from the companies that are attending the event who want to share more specific tips and tricks of how they have achieved safety goals and getting an outside the box perspective from companies or people who are not in safety, explained Bartha.
We are allowing for more time for structured networking between companies,
— Adrian Bartha
The event also includes an exclusive customer-oriented session, increased networking opportunities, an executive fireside chat, a technology showcase, a private safety culture exercise with Marine Corps personnel, the EHS Excellence Gala and awards. The conference will be attended by about 70 vice-presidents and directors of EHS but also executives.
“We want to position this not so much as a safety event, it’s more of a leadership event with a safety theme or angle,” said Bartha, adding some of the feedback last year was to have more time to network and share ideas with others.
“We are allowing for more time for structured networking between companies so that they can get deeper into what is working and what’s not between each other rather than be “presented” to. We want to bring these folks together because we found that between sessions there were so many great ideas going back and forth but then you have to go back to the session, so we’re actually creating more time for people informally to share these best practices.”
“For a lot of executives and teams, they don’t always share those best practices or we don’t have a way of doing it maybe because of the sensitive and personal nature of safety,” said Bartha.
Awards to be presented at the gala include the Change Agent Award, the David Ellis Award, the Safety Nerd Award and new this year, eCompliance is introducing a Women in EHS Award.
“It will highlight some of the women in the profession,” said Bartha. “We want to bring these women up and put them in the spotlight and ensure they get the recognition they deserve.”
The customer session will feature Lance Robinson, director of safety, 1st Marine Division — environmental compliance liaison, who will present One Team, One Fight — How to Approach Risk and Strengthen Your Safety Culture.
“There are some analogies we can take from when someone on the front lines is approaching risk,” said Bartha. “Construction companies and other companies are taking risks every day. How do we get smarter about doing that without being too complicated about it?”
The keynote will be Will Gadd, four-time Canadian national sport-climbing champion and three-time gold medal X Games champion who will discuss, Safety First — Mitigating Risk in the World’s Most Dangerous Environments.
Other speakers include Paul Kobishop, global director of quality, lean and safety, Reynolds Polymer Technology, Chris Payson, CEO, Reach Wireline; and Richard Jackson, COO, Spark Power Corp.
For more information visit www.ecompliance.com/nxt2019/agenda.