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Past event: Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals & Resources Conference

Learn how to embed the culture, systems and processes of the world's Highest Reliability Organizations.

If you're in a hazardous industry, you're facing more volatility, complexity and risk than ever before. With markets shifting, regulations changing and pressure to increase efficiency in your operations - how can you deliver consistent operational excellence?

Join over 150 business leaders and learn world class strategies for keeping your people safe, your operations productive and your products sustainable at North America's leading forum on Operational Excellence in Energy, Chemicals and Resources. This year's event has tracks on Operational Risk Management, AI & Machine Learning, Lean Transformation,Human Factors, Leadership & Culture, Asset Optimization, Process Safety, Environmental Excellence, Digital Transformation and more.

Over 30 industry-leading speakers will share how to:

  • Leverage the latest strategies to optimize Maintenance and Reliability
  • Drive Operational Excellence to the frontline
  • Manage Change - without Compromising Business Performance
  • Increase Risk Visibility by Optimizing Data and Information Management
  • Identify the Cultural Gaps that are Impacting your Company's Safety, Quality, Reliability and Profitability
  • Strengthen your Core Operating Processes - including Process and Human Safety, Environmental Performance and Compliance - to Drive Enterprise Transformation
  • Improve Culture, Competence and Compliance to Build a High Reliability Organization
  • Harness big data, analytics and AI to fundamentally transform operational efficiency
  • Lead your Millennial Workforce toward Operational Excellence
  • Understand the Impact of Human Factors on Safety Performance
  • Improve your Management System to better Identify - and Eliminate - Sources of Risk and Value Loss in your Operations
  • Enhance Project Performance and Create Standardization across Projects
  • Meet production targets and simultaneously improve environmental stewardship and safety
  • Develop comprehensive asset analytics to maximize return on your assets
  • Apply Lean Principles to Manage your Operating Expenses
  • Reduce Complexity and Variability with Clearly Defined Standards and Accountabilities

Key Themes for 2019 include:

  • Internet of Things
  • Leadership, Skills & Capabilities
  • Change Management
  • Asset Optimization
  • Business Transformation
  • Organizational Effectiveness
  • Maintenance & Reliability
  • Human Factors
  • Organizational Culture
  • Lean Enterprise
  • Process Optimization
  • Digital Transformation
  • Operations Management Systems
  • RPA, AI & Machine Learning
  • Environmental Excellence
  • Personal & Process Safety

2019 Speakers

  • Jerome Fady, Vice President, Operational Excellence, Arkema
  • Jennifer Rogers, Head of Learning, AngloAmerican
  • Michael Britt, Vice President, Energy Innovation Center, Southern Company
  • Daniel Lebsack, Global Process Safety Management Lead, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
  • Grigor Bambekov, Director, Operational Services, Operational Excellence Management System, and Risk Management, Marathon Petroleum
  • David McKay, Head of Maintenance, Reliability & Integrity, Hess Corporation
  • Greg Bussing, Director, Enterprise Business Improvement, Andeavor
  • Hugo Ashkar, Global Risk Manager, BP
  • Julie Thyne, North America Continuous Improvement Leader, Dow Chemical
  • Remi Raphael, Director, Business Transformation, Duke Energy
  • Cristian Matei, Head of Business Transformation, Veolia Group
  • Gregg Kiihne, Director, Process Safety, BASF
  • Arun Narayanan, Chief Data Officer, AngloAmerican
  • Linda Hui, Global Customer Operations Continuous Improvement Manager, Shell Oil Company
  • Alexander Breskvar, Corporate Vice President, Quality, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
  • Cole Colville, Continuous Improvement Project Manager, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Jose Pires, Former Vice President, Excellence & Innovation, Andeavor
  • Hani Noshi, Manager, Projects Center of Excellence, BHP Billiton
  • Ranjana Mehta, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, College of Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Camille Peres, Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health, Texas A&M University
  • John Bell, Senior Vice President, AKselos
  • Philippe Guillard, Vice President, Chemical & Life Sciences, Sphera
  • Mike Bearrow, Global Process Safety Leader, Rolls-Royce
  • David Musgrave, Vice President, Consulting Leader, Dekra
  • Rajni Walia, Principal Consulatnt, Dekra
  • Bob Koonce, Founder and Managing Partner, High Reliability Group LLC
  • Chris Kourliouros, Director, Product Marketing, NovaTech
Pre-Conference Workshops - Monday, February 25, 2019

Conference Day One - Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Conference Day Two - Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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Norris Conference Center - City Centre Location
816 Town and Country Blvd , 77024
Houston, Texas, USA


Norris Conference Center - City Centre Location
816 Town and Country Blvd
Houston Texas 77024
United States
Phone: + 001 (713) 590-0950

Travel and accommodation are not included in the conference fee; however we have discounted rates at the Hotel Sorella nearby. Please see the information listed below to make a reservation;

Traditional Room $179.00 USD
The rates are per room night, single or double occupancy, and do not include tax, currently at 17%.
The above rates include complimentary WI-FI in each guest room, complimentary self-garage parking and complimentary breakfast.

Book online by clicking here to be directed to the IQPC specific booking page


Hotel Sorella's Reservation Department by
calling toll free 001 866.842.0100 or 001 713.973.1600
or online at
When the reservation is made over the telephone, the negotiated rate must be requested at the time of booking.

Please note
: We will never recommend, approve or appoint any third party rooming service to act on our behalf. Please be extremely wary if you are approached by any such companies. We will always endeavour to negotiate the best available rates for you so please use the Hotel's website link provided.
Event details
Organizer : IQEU
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-19115