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AGA Executive Leadership Safety Summit

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"Delivering on our Commitment to Enhancing Safety"

Program Description: AGA is pleased to again host its premier safety event for natural gas utility executives and safety directors - The Executive Leadership Safety Summit. This event focuses on the state of the natural gas industry in all aspects of safety. Participants will hear experiences from other companies in areas of employee safety, utility contractor safety, pipeline safety and customer safety. By listening to guest speakers and engaging in roundtable discussions, participants will come away with ideas and strategies to consider implementing in all areas of safety. AGA encourages senior executives to attend this event and to consider bringing their safety directors and company contractors.


7:00 Registration and Breakfast Available

8:00 Introduction of program and review of AGA anti-trust guidelines

* Gregg Kantor, AGA Board Chairman and President & CEO, NW Natural

* Lori Traweek, Senior Vice President & COO, American Gas Association

8:10 Welcome from Host Company – Jeff Shaw, President & CEO, Southwest Gas

8:30 (Invited) Nevada Public Utilities Commissioner

Discussion on the impact of ratemaking on pipeline safety

9:00 Executives Panel Discussion on Safety Culture

Moderator: Lori Traweek, Senior Vice President and COO, American Gas Association

Panelists: Gregg Kantor, President & CEO, NW Natural;

Bret Lane, COO, Southern California Gas Company;

Frank Morehouse, President & CEO, MDU Utilities Group; and

Jeff Shaw, President & CEO, Southwest Gas

This discussion will include perspectives from senior executives on key strategies in fostering a vibrant safety culture for its workforce.

10:20 Break

Presider: Christina Sames, Vice President of Operations & Engineering, AGA

10:35 Safety Lessons Learned - Mary Palkovich, Vice President, Energy Delivery, Consumers Energy

The presentation will share information concerning the natural gas explosion that occurred in Royal Oak, Michigan on February 27, 2013 which resulted in a customer fatality.

11:20 Safety Lessons Learned – Jim Francis, Director of Engineering & Asset Mgt., Vectren Corp.

The presentation will share information concerning the natural gas explosion that occurred in New Albany, Indiana on November 8, 2011 and the resulting lessons learned about damage prevention during directional bore operations.

12:00 Lunch

1:00 An Exceptional “Safety Culture” at Zero Cost - Tim Autrey, Founder/CEO, Practicing Perfection Institute

So much talk about safety. For the past few years, the fashionable term to banter about has been “Safety Culture.” This is intriguing because few truly understand what creates culture in the first place, let alone how to move it to revolve around safety. In this presentation, Tim Autrey will peel back the layers of what organizational culture truly is and HOW to transform it. He will then discuss WHY safety should NOT be your “top priority.” Finally, he will reveal a strategic approach to achieving an exceptional “safety culture” at zero cost.

1:45 Strategic Enhancements to Emergency Response, Safety & Reliability – Jerry Schmitz, Vice President Engineering, Southwest Gas and Chris Sohus, Vice President Southern Nevada Division, Southwest Gas

In late 2012, Southwest Gas Corporation (Southwest) initiated a three-year plan to enhance public and employee safety. In just one year, Southwest’s safety initiative realized marked improvements in emergency response, dispatching and damage prevention efforts. A review of these enhancements and the measureable improvements in each area will be provided. In addition, two new safety awareness programs and updates to Southwest’s sewer lateral investigation program and customer owned yard line program will be covered. Southwest’s efforts have brought renewed life to its core values of delivering exceptional safety, service and reliability throughout the organization. It expects to continue to enhance public and employee safety through continuous incremental improvements in the years to come.

2:30 Roundtable discussions on

i) Worker Safety;

ii) Pipeline Safety; and

iii) Public Safety

4:45 Reconvene and summarize roundtable discussions

5:15 Adjourn

5:45 Light Reception


8:00 Welcome

8:05 Working with Stakeholders to Enhance Emergency Response – Rick Lonn, Director, Regulatory Compliance, AGL Resources

The presentation will share a collaborative initiative occurring in Georgia to enhance emergency response to pipeline incidents.

8:45 Safety Lessons Learned – Deirdre Broude, Sr. Manager Integrity Programs Mgt., Enbridge

The presentation will share information concerning the emergency response to a third party damage to a customer service line that occurred on November 12, 2005 which resulted in an employee fatality.

9:30 Break

9:45 Addressing Significant Injury and Fatality (SIF) Risks – Jeff Blodgett, Manager, Health Safety and Environmental, NiSource Gas Distribution

This presentation will discuss NiSource Gas Distribution’s approach to identifying and controlling those work activities that could contribute to a SIF event.

10:25 Safety Benchmarking: Use of AGA’s Annual Safety Data – Jimmie Cho, Vice President, Gas Operations – Southern California Gas Company

This presentation will explore how Southern California Gas Company organizes the annual AGA safety benchmarking information to develop performance goals and identify areas for potential improvement.

11:10 Perspective from an Emergency ResponderClark County Fire Chief, Bertral Washington

This presentation will provide insights into strategies that can be used by the natural gas utility to enhance its relationship with local public safety officials and emergency responders.

11:40 Closing Remarks and Adjourn


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