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2024 AGENDA

Welcome Reception: Via Sophia at the Hamilton Hotel
(1001 14th St NW, Washington DC 20005)
6:00 - 9:00 P.M.
Breakfast7:00 - 8:00 A.M.
Opening Remarks: Matt Compher – SVP, Safety, Health & Environmental (Quanta Services)
Matt Compher serves as Senior Vice President of Safety, Health, and Environmental for Quanta Services. He brings 25 years of safety management experience to the executive team, the last 19 of which were gained in the electric utility and underground infrastructure construction industries. Compher is responsible for cultivating Quanta’s pervasive culture of safety and has innovated tools and policies that advance safety as the company’s core value.  Chief among his numerous contributions to safety at Quanta and across the industry stands The Capacity Model, a unique safety approach that drastically limits harm from serious injuries. For his work on The Capacity Model, Compher was named a Top 25 Newsmaker by Engineering News-Record and awarded their 58th annual Award of Excellence in April 2023. Nationally recognized for his expertise, he was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Construction, Safety, and Health (ACCSH) by the acting Secretary of Labor in May 2023. Compher is a member of the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE) and the OSHA Electrical T&D Strategic Partnership Steering Committee, and he currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Construction Safety Research Alliance.  Compher holds Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST), and Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) certifications. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Boys Home of Virginia. Compher lives with his family in The Woodlands, TX.
8:05 - 8:30 A.M.
Welcome to DC: Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO) (U.S. House of Representatives)
Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), serving his 12th term representing the people of Missouri’s Sixth Congressional District, is the Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The Committee has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation – our aviation system, highways and bridges, transit and rail transportation, pipelines, and maritime and waterborne transportation. The Committee also has jurisdiction over wastewater infrastructure, the Nation’s emergency preparedness and response programs, public buildings and federal real estate management, federal economic development agencies, and one of America’s six Armed Forces: the U.S. Coast Guard.  As a small businessman, a sixth-generation family farmer, and a professional pilot, Sam has a deep understanding of how infrastructure and developments in transportation technology can fundamentally impact and benefit our economy, our communities, and Americans’ livelihoods.  Sam Graves is a proven, effective committee leader. From 2019 to 2022, he served as the Transportation Committee’s lead Republican Member. Before that, he served four years as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, and as the Ranking Republican Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. Sam is also Co-Chair of the House General Aviation Caucus.  Utilizing his substantial experience, he is leading the Committee in the 118th Congress as our Nation’s leaders work to address our growing infrastructure needs, take on the challenges of providing reliable investment in our transportation network, ensure that America’s rural infrastructure needs are not left behind, and harness innovation to more effectively and safely move goods and people throughout the country.  From 2009 to 2015, Sam served as Chairman and Ranking Republican Member of the Committee on Small Business, and he continues to serve as a high-ranking Member of the Committee on Armed Services.  Sam was born in Tarkio, Missouri on November 7, 1963. He graduated from Tarkio High School in 1982 and attended college at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he  received his degree in Agronomy from the College of Agriculture. In 1992, Sam won his first race for State Representative. In 1994, he was elected State Senator for the 12th Senatorial District and was subsequently re-elected in 1998.  As a father, grandfather, farmer, businessman, and former State legislator, Sam knows the values, hopes, and beliefs of the hard-working people of the Sixth District, and continues to work tirelessly in the House on behalf 
8:30 - 8:45 A.M.
Keynote Speaker: David Woods – Faculty Emeritus, Integrated Systems Engineering (Ohio State University)
For over 4 decades David D. Woods has helped organizations cope with complexity to operate safely and resiliently. Results from his accident investigations in aviation, energy, critical care medicine, disaster response, military operations, critical digital services, and space operations including advising the Columbia Space Shuttle Accident Investigation Board are captured in his books Behind Human Error and Resilience Engineering. In the 1980s wave of excitement over AI, he designed safe and effective joint human-AI systems. After joining Ohio State University, he worked with NASA in the 1990s leading pioneering studies on the safety of flight deck automation and on AI in space operations (Laurel Award from Aviation Week and Space Technology 1995). Based on NASA mishaps 1999-2003, he first proposed the need to develop Resilience Engineering including testifying to Congress in 2003 about safety and resilience at NASA and other high-risk sectors. In 2010 he was one of 8 international safety experts Air France engaged to study and completely revamp their safety processes from C-suite to frontlines after the shock of the AF 447 accident. Today he works with the FAA to determine how to introduce AI safely and effectively. He helped start the patient safety movement in the mid-90s—helping start the National Patient Safety Foundation. He has advised health care authorities in the US, UK, and France on patient safety. He led a safety culture change program for the Veterans Health Administration in Ohio (2000-2003). Over the last 9 years he has focused on the safety and resilience of critical digital infrastructure first by starting the SNAFU Catchers Consortium, a software industry-university partnership and now provides advice on building resilient organizations as part of Adaptive Capacity Labs. He is Past-President of the Resilience Engineering Association and Past-President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. And he is a scientist too— his hundreds of papers, chapters have cited over 45K times. 
8:45 - 9:30 A.M.
Break9:30 - 10:00 A.M.
PANEL: The Executive View
Theme
Engage with executives as they provide perspective on the challenges, opportunities, and mandates for the energy transition. 
10:00 - 11:15 A.M.
Boys Home of Virginia11:15 - 11:30 A.M.
Lunch11:30 - 12:30 P.M.
PANEL: Integrating the New View of Safety
Theme
An in-depth view of different organizations’ strategies for integrating The Capacity Model-like safety systems. 
12:30 - 1:45 P.M.
Break1:45 - 2:15 P.M.
PANEL: Driving Fleet Safety Forward
Theme
Looking at Design, Technology and Training to address our most hazardous task…driving.
2:15 - 3:00 P.M.
SPEAKER: Chris Lockwood – CEO, National (MATES in Construction)
For the last 10+ years Chris has led initiatives to reduce the incidence of suicide and poor mental health through workplace based initiatives.  As the National CEO for MATES in Construction, Mining & Energy, Chris works to affect change every day in our workplaces. MATES is recognised by the World Health Organisation as best practice for a suicide prevention program delivered through the workplace and across industry.  Having delivered face to face programs to over 300,000 workers, MATES improves the mental health of all of us at work through trusted workplace development programs, on site workshops, individual case management and helpline services.  Leading MATES in Construction Nationally, Chris has seen structured expansion and growth of the program, where MATES now has programs on the ground supported by industry in Construction, Mining & Energy. With expansion into NZ in recent years and a pilot underway expanding the program into the Manufacturing industry.  Chris is also a director of 9 years with the NGO “Permanent Care and Adoptive Families”, with 7 of those years as Chair.
3:00 - 4:00 P.M.
Closing Remarks: Matt Compher – SVP, Safety, Health & Environmental (Quanta Services)
Matt Compher serves as Senior Vice President of Safety, Health, and Environmental for Quanta Services. He brings 25 years of safety management experience to the executive team, the last 19 of which were gained in the electric utility and underground infrastructure construction industries. Compher is responsible for cultivating Quanta’s pervasive culture of safety and has innovated tools and policies that advance safety as the company’s core value.  Chief among his numerous contributions to safety at Quanta and across the industry stands The Capacity Model, a unique safety approach that drastically limits harm from serious injuries. For his work on The Capacity Model, Compher was named a Top 25 Newsmaker by Engineering News-Record and awarded their 58th annual Award of Excellence in April 2023. Nationally recognized for his expertise, he was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Construction, Safety, and Health (ACCSH) by the acting Secretary of Labor in May 2023. Compher is a member of the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE) and the OSHA Electrical T&D Strategic Partnership Steering Committee, and he currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Construction Safety Research Alliance.  Compher holds Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST), and Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) certifications. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Boys Home of Virginia. Compher lives with his family in The Woodlands, TX.
4:00 - 4:10 P.M.
DINNER: The Square
(1850 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006)
6:00 - 9:00 P.M.
Breakfast7:00 - 7:55 A.M.
Opening Remarks: Matt Compher – SVP, Safety, Health & Environmental (Quanta Services)
Matt Compher serves as Senior Vice President of Safety, Health, and Environmental for Quanta Services. He brings 25 years of safety management experience to the executive team, the last 19 of which were gained in the electric utility and underground infrastructure construction industries. Compher is responsible for cultivating Quanta’s pervasive culture of safety and has innovated tools and policies that advance safety as the company’s core value.  Chief among his numerous contributions to safety at Quanta and across the industry stands The Capacity Model, a unique safety approach that drastically limits harm from serious injuries. For his work on The Capacity Model, Compher was named a Top 25 Newsmaker by Engineering News-Record and awarded their 58th annual Award of Excellence in April 2023. Nationally recognized for his expertise, he was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Construction, Safety, and Health (ACCSH) by the acting Secretary of Labor in May 2023. Compher is a member of the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE) and the OSHA Electrical T&D Strategic Partnership Steering Committee, and he currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Construction Safety Research Alliance.  Compher holds Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST), and Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) certifications. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Boys Home of Virginia. Compher lives with his family in The Woodlands, TX.
7:58 - 8:00 A.M.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Andrea Baker – Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) Mentor (The HOP Mentor)
Andrea Baker started practicing and teaching HOP principles while working for one of the largest multinational industrial companies in the world. As an environmental, health and safety leader of manufacturing, assembly and distribution facilities, she worked through the complexity of adopting HOP principles from the ground up. In 2014, she began teaching HOP Fundamentals and Learning Teams around the US and anchoring the concepts in existing operating rhythms. She began extrapolating these strategies to a larger scale, and in 2015 became the HOP Senior Expert for the company’s 300+ multi-sector locations in Europe. In 2018, Andrea stepped away from the company to help other organizations on their HOP journey. Andrea has worked with over 60 companies, across 9 industries, in 16 different countries, and has mentored individuals from every region of the globe. Andrea co-authored, “Bob’s Guide to Operational Learning” to help organizations adopt Operational Learning practices, and co-hosts a podcast called “A HOP Podcast (with no name)”. 
8:00 - 9:00 A.M.
PANEL: OSHA
Theme
As OSHA celebrates its 52nd anniversary, how have they evolved to meet the demands of the workforce?
9:00 - 9:45 A.M.
Hotel Checkout & Break9:45 - 10:15 A.M.
PANEL: Navigating Safety Excellence in a Complex World
Theme
Understanding how large organizations execute on safety strategy. 
10:15 - 11:00 A.M.
PANEL: Field Perspectives – WTF does it all mean?
Theme
Learning field perspectives on how safety actually works.
11:00 - 11:45 A.M.
Call to Action/Closing Remarks: SVP, Safety, Health & Environmental (Quanta Services)
Matt Compher serves as Senior Vice President of Safety, Health, and Environmental for Quanta Services. He brings 25 years of safety management experience to the executive team, the last 19 of which were gained in the electric utility and underground infrastructure construction industries. Compher is responsible for cultivating Quanta’s pervasive culture of safety and has innovated tools and policies that advance safety as the company’s core value.  Chief among his numerous contributions to safety at Quanta and across the industry stands The Capacity Model, a unique safety approach that drastically limits harm from serious injuries. For his work on The Capacity Model, Compher was named a Top 25 Newsmaker by Engineering News-Record and awarded their 58th annual Award of Excellence in April 2023. Nationally recognized for his expertise, he was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Construction, Safety, and Health (ACCSH) by the acting Secretary of Labor in May 2023. Compher is a member of the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE) and the OSHA Electrical T&D Strategic Partnership Steering Committee, and he currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Construction Safety Research Alliance.  Compher holds Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST), and Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) certifications. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Boys Home of Virginia. Compher lives with his family in The Woodlands, TX.
11:45 - 12:00 P.M.

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    1001 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

    2021 PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND SPEAKERS

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 4

    Speakers

    Welcome to Charleston: Bob Blue, Dominion, President and CEO

    Local Charity Introduction: Bob Blue and Duke Austin

     

    Energy 2040

    It has long been a goal of traditional and market-based regulation to ensure affordability and reliability of energy for customers. The addition of sustainability to that mix has stimulated a rapid and at times, uneven, transition of our North American power and natural gas sectors. This combination is driving fundamental shifts in technology, investment, regulatory policy, business strategy and industry structure. Three prominent energy utility CEOs sit down with Quanta Director Pat Wood to discuss this vibrant and volatile new world – its challenges and its opportunities.

     

    Unlocking our Domestic Clean Energy Supply

    Renewable energy is being successfully integrated across every ISO | RTO, and tens of thousands of megawatts of additional wind, solar and battery storage projects are in transmission queues awaiting deployment. Significant opportunities exist to expand transmission and utilize non-wire alternatives to allow additional renewable energy to be deployed, satisfying customer demand and providing robust economic development across the country.

     

    Cybersecurity 

    As we move farther into the digital age and increasingly move to an interconnected cyber system for everything from electricity to communications to transportation to industry, this panel will examine efforts currently underway to address issues and threats to cyber resiliency, future steps the industry must take to strengthen cyber resiliency, breakthroughs required and practical steps that each organization can take today.

     

    Gas Distribution Panel

    The Energy Industry is in a state of transition towards a clean, resilient energy future. America’s natural gas utilities are balancing the complexity of renewable power integration, evolving federal, state and local policies & regulations and increased environmental, social, governance expectations. Projections show that natural gas pricing for residential consumers will remain widely affordable for the next 30 years. However, universal electrification movements continue despite being viewed as not affordable. Gas Utilities are embracing GHG reduction or decarbonization goals with renewable natural gas and hydrogen having the potential to play a substantial role. With natural gas utilities adding 663K customers every year and investing $91 million dollars every day, this panel will discuss how they are addressing these challenges and technology breakthroughs needed to deliver the safe, reliable and affordable clean energy future that Americans want and need while achieving environmental goals.

     

    The Energy Workforce of the Future 

    The year is 2041. Looking across the energy sector, panelists discuss what knowledge, skills and abilities will be key and more importantly, what must be done today to ensure those attributes are present in 2041.

     

    Planning for Resilience 

    Resilience of the electric grid is critical more than ever under the evolving impacts of climate change. The resulting effects of severe and abnormal weather events are already emerging across the work, eg: record temperatures observed in TX in the winter of 2021 have caused massive outages. The modernized and resilient electrical grid is also an enabler to increase penetration of renewable resources. An industry-wide holistic framework for resilience planning and investment prioritization is strongly needed to both mitigate and adapt to the evolving impacts on the electric grid. A consistent definition of resilience and a set of robust metrics to quantify it is the enabler of resilience planning frameworks across the electricity sector. This panel brings industry leaders to discuss how to plan for resilience, including concrete examples and solutions.

     

     

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5

    Challenges and Opportunities of an Integrates Electric Future 

    Private sector investment and public sector support are aligning to promote a transformation to wide-scale electrification and the modernization of our electric infrastructure. Electrified transportation, microgrids, energy storage and technology all have important roles to play.

     

    ESG | Diversity 

     

    5G | Telecom 

    ENTERTAINMENT

    AGENDA, DISCUSSIONS, PANELS, AND ENTERTAINMENT

    Details coming soon.

    CONTACT US

    For registration assistance or information on the 2024 event schedule, contact Amanda Ablack at
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    If you have additional questions or suggestions about the Infrastructure Safety Symposium, contact Matt Compher at
    [email protected].
    This site will be updated regularly as details are confirmed.
    Please check back for more information. Thank you!
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