Oil Sands Conference & Trade Show

PANEL DISCUSSION: Contractor Management Effectiveness: The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

Kessie Stevens -

Partner

Artis Solutions

September 15, 2021 -

3:55 pm

Additional Speakers

Rob Stewart, Partner • Artis Solutions

Tom Stevens, President • Infinity Safety & Industrial Hygiene Services Inc.

The Oil and Gas landscape has changed significantly in the past ten years, with changes in OH&S legislation, political spotlights & controversies on the industry, and now, a taxpayer-owned pipeline, employers will have to decide if they are agile enough to sink or swim.

In an increasingly risk-averse industry, Worker’s Compensation and Health and Safety statistics are given significantly more weight by Hiring Clients as they seek performance assurance. The impact with lack of performance with serious incidents has an enormous effect on high-risk industry sectors industry.

Industry is being held to account with media, regulators and investors. Every negative event carries significant collective consequences that impact the social license to operate. This causes real-world business pain:

·         Negative impact on revenue/earnings

·         Delays with project approvals and completions

·         Increased regulatory investigations and scrutiny.

·         Public demand for criminal code charges and convictions – being led by labour and victim groups, and

·         Loss of attraction and retention of investment dollars.

This is an undeniable trend that is greatly accelerated with emphasis on environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance.

a shift in workplace safety must be top of mind in order to remain competitive. Businesses must think and operate differently.

In our panel discussion Kessie Stevens, Rob Steward and our client will discuss what the new bar of safety system compliance is trending to, how employers should respond, and what the financial & criminal risk of non-compliance can result in. 

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Kessie Stevens

Partner

Artis Solutions

Kessie has worked in disability management since 2007 and workplace safety, beginning in 2014. Her experience working at the Workers’ Compensation Board lead her to found Artis and launched her safety career. She wanted to provide employers with consulting options that solve root issues and yield lasting system improvements. She specializes in Auditing, WCB appeals, disability & safety program development, and course development with a specialization in Diversity and Inclusion. With a B.A. in Applied Psychology, Kessie is an Honours graduate from the University of Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Certificate program and is currently completing her Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University. Kessie is a member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (where she Treasurer of the Edmonton Chapter), the Women in Occupational Health and Safety Society, the Foundation of Administrative Justice, the American Association of Safety Professionals, and the Alberta Society for Health and Safety Professionals. She has also served on community non-profit boards including being the Board Chair for On Site Placement Services (providing employment options for people with disabilities). Among her certifications and training, Kessie is a Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC), has her project management certificate from MacEwan University, and holds triple designations in administrative justice (CATJ).

Rob Stewart, Partner • Artis Solutions

Partner

Artis Solutions

Rob’s education background experience has been in occupational psychology specializing in operational risk and health and safety. He has 20 years working in applied research both to understand traditional safety and its failure points, and to create new methodologies to embrace risk management and operational excellence At heart Rob is a science geek but it would be a mistake to confuse him with one of those people locked in the towers of academia. As you get to know him you will find his strength is on the word applied with a PhD in the school of hard knocks and real-world experience. Rob’s expertise has been featured on • Global News • CBC Investigative Reports • The Fifth Estate • Alberta Primetime • The Calgary Herald • The Canadian HR Reporter

Tom Stevens, President • Infinity Safety & Industrial Hygiene Services Inc.

President

Infinity Safety & Industrial Hygiene Services Inc.

Tom Stevens is an accomplished HSE and Industrial Hygiene professional. He has over 19 years of experience primarily in the Oil & Gas industry and has worked as a consultant with EY servicing some of Canada’s largest oil and gas industry players. Tom was the vice chair of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association’s Safety Committee where is helped lead a project examining the effectiveness of contractor management strategies titled “Business Model to Re-Engineer Safety Utilizing Supply Chain & Market Driven Forces” 2012. The study examined contractor management strategies of CEPA members contrasted with science-based evaluation methods examining culture and risk to provide an accurate assessment of safety performance. Engagement was based on transforming the Hiring Client/Contractor relationship from a parent/child to one of a partnership mutually aligned with focused collaboration to reduce risk. Study results were published in the peer-reviewed journal “Risk Analysis” 2016 titled “Failing to Fix What is Found: Risk Accommodation in the Oil & Gas Industry”.