2017 Agenda



 November 8, 2017




12:00 pm Registration Opens Thomas D. Hutchins, Vice President, EH&S; Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Pipelines, Chairman, INGAA Foundation; Kyle Slaughter, Director, Operational Support, Atmos Energy TBD; Co-Serve CEO TBD
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm PLC Kick-Off
Bernie Krzys, CEO, Benjamin Media Inc.
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm Welcome Message
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Pipeline and Distribution Market Overview
A look at the driving forces in the oil and gas pipeline and distribution market in North America.
Mark Bridgers, Continuum Capital
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Keynote Address Laura Speake, Regional Chief Economist for Energy & Transportation, Caterpillar Inc.
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Executive Roundtable
A panel of experts comprised of pipeline operators, distribution companies, manufacturing and regulatory leaders will discuss “a New Era of Pipeline Construction.”
Moderator: Mark Bridgers, Principal, Continuum Capital
Panelists: Laura Speake, Regional Chief Economist for Energy & Transportation, Caterpillar Inc.; Thomas D. Hutchins, Vice President, EH&S, Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Pipelines; Alan Mayberry, Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety, PHMSA; Kyle Slaughter, Director, Operational Support
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Networking Coffee Break
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Distribution and Integrity
Management Panel
During a project where there was materials failure due to manufacturing, the parties involved (utility, contractor and material manufacturer) came together to define the source of the problem, figure out where the faulty materials were located, get them returned or replaced and rebuild confidence in material quality.  The presentation focuses on how the cross-functional and collective team came together to address and solve the issue, with little focus on the actual material failure.
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Networking Reception and Pipeline Leadership Award Banquet


 November 9 , 2017

7:30 am Registration Opens
7:30 am – 8:30 am Networking Continental Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:00 am Stakeholder Relations in the
Post-DAPL Era
Despite “playing it by the book” and efforts to engage Standing Rock Sioux Tribe during the development of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners ended up exactly where it did not want to find itself — embroiled in litigation and arguably on the losing end of the public relations battle. So what it is to be done? This presentation will discuss the emerging strategy now being pursued by natural resources industry opponents; the need to be proactive in the public relations battle to counteract the strategy of the opposition; and a discussion as to the high likelihood of Vietnam War type civil disobedience in light of the current political environment.

Ralph Cantafio, Owner, Cantafio Hammond

9:00 am – 10:00 am How Tribes and Pipeline Companies Can Work Together – Panel Discussion
Tribal groups are increasingly playing a role in pipeline development. This panel will explore the benefits of developing relationships tribal and pipeline stakeholder groups. Discussion will explain the role that the federal government plays in that process, as well as why and how to avoid tribal protests on pipeline projects.
Moderator: Lou Thompson, Tribal Energy Resource
Panelists: Bobby Gonzalez, Tribal Energy Resource
10:00 am – 10:30 am Establishing an Industry Standard for Pipeline Safety Leadership
Safety has always been an important topic but now, more than ever before, the pipeline industry recognizes that a change in attitude is needed in the way we address important safety issues. For years, the path to cultural excellence was elusive. Now, with a new approach to training that focuses on affecting attitudes and behaviors, leaders have a road map for engaging employees in a system of accountability that results in safe operations. The Pipeline Safety Leadership Training program provides leaders at all levels insight into their role in influencing the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that drive safety culture.
Dawn Rivera, PipeLine Machinery International
10:30 am – 11:00 am Networking Coffee Break
11:00 am – 11:30 am Improving Decision Making About Exposure and Risk
Every day employees are faced with thousands of decisions. Some of them can have serious, even life-altering, consequences. This presentation examines an approach to strengthen individual and team decision making around exposure and risk control.
Jim Spigener, Senior Vice President, DEKRA
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Managing Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Risk: Rise of the Drones
The commercial use of drone technology is becoming increasingly mainstream. For an
organization considering adopting drone usage, there are many factors that must be
measured. This presentation addresses the emerging technology associated with
commercial drones, the potential uses in the oil and gas sector, legal compliance issues,
risk considerations and the critical questions an enterprise must consider before implementing a drone program.
Al Marcella, President, Business Automation Consultants LLC
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch  
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm New Innovations for Pipeline Excellence Panel
Exploring how new technology and practices improve processes related to pipeline operation, construction and maintenance.
Moderator: TBA
Panelists: Mark Smith, CEO, Geospatial Corp.; John Fuller, HEBNA; John Capodice, Executive Vice President, Sterling Lumber
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Insights From a Younger Generation of Pipeliners
Younger pipeline professionals are forming a coalition to build their ranks and fill the vacancies of industry veterans nearing retirement.
Eric Lang, Systems Integrity Engineer, Enbridge; and Secretary, Young Pipeline Professionals USA
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Workforce Development Panel
Pipeline and utility stakeholders discuss efforts to recruit, train and retain the next generation of pipeliners. Concurrent efforts from the pipeline industry, the four major trade unions and industry associations are leading the effort to solve the challenges of workforce shortages.
Moderator: Mark Bridgers, Principal, Continuum Capital
Speakers: Tom Gross, Director of Pipeline and Gas Distribution, United Association; Neil Lane, Executive Director, Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada