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3rd International Safety Culture Summit

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When: June 05, 2019 - June 06, 2019

Where: Marriott Marquis McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois

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Summit Program 

Please join the American Petroleum Institute, Saint Mary’s University and CN at the 3rd International Safety Culture Summit. The Summit brings together industry operators, contractors, service/supply companies, academia and regulators together to facilitate collaboration and drive continual improvement.

Confirmed Speakers as of April 1, 2019 include:

Keynote Speaker
Chris Hart, Former Chair of the United States National Safety Transportation Board

Special Luncheon Speaker:
Dave Turin, “Gold Rush Dozer Dave” from the Discovery Channel TV Show “Gold Rush”

Claudine Bradley, PhD, Technical Leader, Safety - National Energy Board
Michael Coplen, Chief, Safety Policy and Promotion Division, Office of System Safety - Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
Brigitte Diogo, Director General, Rail Safety - Transport Canada
Rob Doerr, VP of Public Safety – UP
Howard “Skip” Elliot, Administrator - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) U.S. Department of Transportation
Dr. Mark Fleming, Professor of Psychology – Saint Mary’s University
Monica Haage, CEO - Evolving Energy Consortium 2EC
Jeff Moller, AVP Transportation Systems & Practices - Association of American Railroads
Erin Murray, Logistics Regulatory Affairs Manager, with Koppers Inc
Michael Quillo – VP of Corporate Safety – United Airlines
Ron Rife, Global Safety & Operations Integrity Manager – ExxonMobil
Scott Rotruck, Sr. Account Executive – Orion Strategies
Diane Sieracki, Senior Safety Culture Program Manager - U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Mark Schultz, VP Safety and Training & Operations Support – BNSF
Tad True, VP – Bridger Pipeline
Charlie Williams, Director – Center for Offshore Safety

Conference topics include:

  • Show to build a world class safety culture
  • Improving safety culture through industry collaboration
  • How Regulators can Support a Positive Safety Culture
  • Addressing the Current Gaps in Our Knowledge
  • Seven safety culture improvement strategies
  • Redefining safety for a rapidly changing business environment
  • On the Right Track? An Examination of SMS in Rail Compared to other Modes
  • Regulatory Excellence: The Role of Safety Culture
  • Safety Culture Assessment and Improvement
  • Maintaining a positive safety culture during downsizing

Who Should Attend?

  • Safety Directors
  • Facilities Directors
  • EHS Managers
  • Fleet Managers
  • Training Managers
  • Operations Staff
  • Safety Coordinators
  • Production Supervisors
  • Environmental Specialists
  • Risk and Compliance Specialists
  • Business Owners
  • Logistics Managers
  • Occupational Health and Safety Professionals
  • Emergency Managers
  • HAZMAT Specialists
  • HAZMAT Coordinators
  • Industrial Hygienists
  • Emergency Response Specialists


Registration: 202-682-8195 or

Summit Program 

2019 Safety Culture Summit Sessions Include:

  • Innovations and Improvement in the Rail Sector: Driving Safety Through Technology
  • Opening Session and Keynote Speaker: Keynote – Hon. Christopher A. Hart
  • Former Chair of the National Safety Transportation Board
  • Innovations and Improvement in the Rail Sector: Driving Safety Through Technology
  • Should We Have a Reg for That; American/Canadian Regulatory Discussion 
  • From the Skies to the Subsurface: Advances in industrial Safety Operations
  • Industry Safety Improvement Stories
  • Driving Safety Culture Improvement
  • It’s all How You Frame It: Guidelines for a Robust Safety Culture  
  • Validating a Safety Culture Through Assessment
  • Regulator Safety Culture

Sponsor and Exhibitor Application and Agreement

Exhibitor Floor plan - Available Soon

Exhibitor Registration

The additional exhibitor registration fee is $395. To be eligible for this rate, the additional Sponsor/Exhibitor must be a direct employee of exhibiting or sponsoring company. API will request proof (i.e. business card) of direct employment and ID at the conference registration desk. This fee includes full conference registration, including admission to all conference sessions, exhibit area, and receptions.

Exhibitor Schedule at a Glance

June 5, 2019
7:00 am - 6:00 pm Registration Services Open
7:00 am - 7:30 am Exhibitor Set-Up
7:30 am - 6:30 pm Expo Open
June 6, 2019
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Services Open
7:30 am - 1:45 pm Expo Open
1:45 pm - 5:00 pm Exhibitor Tear-Down


Each exhibitor will be provided an exhibit table, including electricity, chairs, and a garbage can.
Note: Set up outside of the set up times listed above is strictly forbidden. No exhibitor badges or materials will be distributed outside of these times. 

Audio Visual
Exhibitors are responsible for providing their own AV. One electrical outlet will be provided to each exhibitor.

Exhibitor Regulations

  • All exhibit activities must take place within the confines of the assigned exhibit space.
  • Exhibit activities deemed too disruptive may be discontinued at Show Management's discretion.
  • All promotional activities and distribution of literature must take place within the confines of the assigned exhibit space. Distribution outside of the confines of the exhibit space, including all API public areas is strictly prohibited
  • If a exhibit space noise level is particularly disturbing or disruptive, Show Management will direct that the noise be turned down.
  • All speakers must face inward and not out towards the aisles or neighboring Exhibits. Exhibitors found in non-compliance, will be required to modify the direction of the speakers to a more suitable position.
  • No element can impede the aisles; All demonstrations must take place within the confines of the assigned area.
  • All tables should be designed in such a way so as to eliminate line of sight obstructions from one exhibit to the next.
  • Delivery or removal of any portion of an exhibit will not be permitted during exhibit hours.

Shipping Information

Hotel Mailing Address for Shipping Exhibit Materials: 

Available Soon

Opportunity  Sponsor
Opening Keynote: June 5 Canadian Energy Pipeline Association
Safety Culture Summit: June 5 - Luncheon + Booth Railway Association of Canada
Safety Culture Summit: June 5 - Networking Reception + Booth Canadian National Railway
Safety Culture Summit: June 6 - Luncheon + Booth Canadian National Railway
Chris Hart

Chris Hart, Former Chair of the United States National Safety Transportation Board

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Biography available here

David Durin

“Dozer” Dave Turin from Discovery Channel’s Gold Rush and Dave Turin’s Lost Mine Tv Shows

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Biography available here

Marriott Marquis Chicago McCormick Place
2121 S Prairie Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
Online Reservations
Call: 877-303-0104
Room Rate: $219 Standard Room | $239 - Upgraded City and Lake View Room
Reservation Deadline: Monday, May 24, 2019, 5:00 PM central or until room block is sold out based on availability.

Avoid Housing Scams

Note: API has not contracted with any third party for hotel arrangements and will not call or email you directly to make housing arrangements on your behalf.

Should you receive a call or email from a third-party provider, please collect as much information as you can and let us know immediately. “Room Poachers” have been known to act as representatives of API, or authorized providers of API, to offer room discounts or alternative accommodations to our attendees – often to the attendee’s detriment. These companies are not affiliated with API, and reservations made through these companies for our meeting cannot be guaranteed.

How It Works

This deceptive practice (called “room poaching”) is carried out by third‐party companies that act as travel agencies, wholesalers, or even API to solicit registrants for room reservations. The poacher might inform registrants that the hotel room block is “sold out,” and that if you do not book with them immediately, you may not get a room. Room poachers make it more difficult for us to meet our room block commitments, and expose us to penalties and increased room rates for our events. Room poachers often don’t deliver on promises to customers. When customers arrive, reservations are non‐existent or the hotels are not conveniently located. Sometimes the rooms have been cancelled and hefty cancellation fees have been placed on the customer’s credit card.

Don’t Be Deceived

If you are contacted by anyone asking if you need a room for the API Conference, please get as much information as you can (their name, company name, phone number, etc.) and pass it along to Always make your room reservation directly with the information provided by API or a trusted source.

API will use all legal means possible to prevent these groups from operating.

Please contact with any questions.