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2015 Speakers


Professor Andrew Hopkins

Andrew Hopkins, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Australian National University in Canberra. He was an expert witness at the Royal Commission into the causes of the fire at Esso’s gas plant at Longford in Victoria in 1998, as a result of which he wrote Lessons from Longford: The Esso Gas Plant Explosion (CCH, 2000).

He has been involved in various government OHS reviews and has done consultancy work for major companies in the resources sector, as well as for Defence. He speaks regularly to audiences around the world about the causes of major accidents.

He was a consultant to the US Chemical Safety Board in its investigation of the Texas City accident. His book on that accident, Failure to Learn: the BP Texas City Refinery Disaster, was published in 2008. He was again a consultant to the Board for its investigation of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster and has written a book on that subject – Disastrous Decisions: The Human and Organisational Causes of the Gulf of Mexico Blowout (CCH, 2012).

He was the winner of the 2008 European Process Safety Centre safety award.

He has a BSc and an MA from the Australian National University, a PhD from the University of Connecticut and is a Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia.


Scott S. Smith

Special Agent in Charge Pittsburgh Division. Mr. Smith began his career as a special agent with the FBI in January 1996.

He was first assigned to the Cleveland Division, where he investigated violent crimes and general criminal matters and served as a member of the Safe Streets Task Force targeting local and Mexican drug trafficking organizations.

In 2004, Mr. Smith was promoted to supervisory special agent in the International Terrorism Operations Section in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters. While there, he was responsible for the program management of the FBI’s efforts targeting ongoing international terrorism investigations in several field offices. Mr. Smith deployed to Iraq in 2005 and led a contingent of special agents, analysts and language specialists in support of the FBI’s counterterrorism program.

In 2006, Mr. Smith became the supervisory senior resident agent of the Cleveland Division’s Toledo, Sandusky and Lima Resident Agencies. In this capacity, Mr. Smith was responsible for the FBI’s resources and counterterrorism investigations in 19 counties surrounding the three offices. Mr. Smith also supervised a Joint Terrorism Task Force in Toledo.

In 2008, Mr. Smith was again deployed to Iraq, this time as the deputy on-scene commander. He was promoted to assistant special agent in charge in the Dallas Division in April 2011 to manage the Intelligence and While Collar Crime Programs.


Nigel Darlow
Chief Executive Officer

Nigel Darlow became Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic in December 2011. A senior-level oil and gas executive with over fifteen years’ experience in the industry, Nigel was formerly with BG Group, where he was most recently Vice-President and Deputy Asset General Manager responsible for BG’s upstream operations in Trinidad and Tobago.

Nigel’s wide experience across the energy value chain spans exploration, developments, major hub projects and downstream infrastructure. He spent several years working with senior representatives from other energy companies and also with government agencies in the United Kingdom.

A trained solicitor, Nigel’s early years in BG Group involved the supervision of legal matters. In 2002, he was appointed Legal Manager, BG Europe, where he headed BG Europe’s legal operations and was responsible for all regional legal matters in upstream and downstream business.

From 2004 to 2010, Nigel was Deputy Asset General Manager and Asset Manager for BG UK Upstream. He managed BG’s interests in several offshore producing fields and he also oversaw the Group’s majority stake in the Central Area Transmission pipeline system and onshore terminal. In 2010, as Head of BG UK Upstream, he was responsible for BG’s entire upstream business in the United Kingdom. This comprised sixteen (16) major assets delivering in excess of 50 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe) annually.

Nigel is a citizen of the United Kingdom. He is married to Jill and has two children.


Vincent Pereira

Vincent Pereira is President of BHP Billiton Trinidad and Tobago, Operator of the Greater Angostura Development, where he is responsible for safe and reliable operations and the growth of a legacy business in Trinidad and Tobago.

Vincent has more than thirty years’ experience in the energy sector, both in Trinidad and Tobago and the United States of America. He is an Engineer and holds a Master of Business Administration. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and previously served as President of the Trinidad and Tobago Chapter. He is the current Chairman of the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago.

Vincent is an avid tennis player and, in his spare time, enjoys reading and playing the guitar. He also enjoys the culinary arts.


Norman Christie

Norman Christie is Regional President of BP Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT).

Prior to assuming the role of Regional President, over a period of five years, he held the positions of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Vice President and Performance Unit Leader, Markets for bpTT. For the three years prior, he served in two BP exploration and production (E&P) segment leadership positions. He was the Commercial Director for the BP Algeria business unit and then the E&P Vice President of Planning.

Norman joined Amoco in 1986 and following a series of financial roles in Amoco’s headquarters in Chicago, he served in commercial leadership roles for three years in Egypt. The end of Norman’s tenure in Egypt coincided with the merger of BP and Amoco in 1999. He then returned to Chicago as a Senior Financial Manager for 18 months before moving to BP’s headquarters in London as an Executive Assistant to Tony Hayward, Group Vice President for Finance at the time.

Norman’s formal educational training has been in finance, strategy, accounting and general management. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois) and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is married with four children.


Richard de Labastide
Yara Trinidad Ltd.

Richard possesses over thirty years of engineering and project management experience including several senior positions in Plant Management, Production Management, Operations Management, Project Management and Business Development in Chemical Plants in Qatar and Trinidad.

Mr. de La Bastide holds an Executive Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of The West Indies and a Bachelors Degree (Honours) in Chemical Engineering from Queen´s University, Kingston, Ont, Canada.

He is also a member of the Energy Chamber of Trinidad & Tobago as well as the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has presented papers on Safety in Ammonia Terminals and DeNox Systems in Reformers at AIChE Ammonia Safety Symposiums.

Away from his business portfolio, Richard is a dedicated family man and a true fan of many sports, including tennis, golf and cricket.


Mark Correia, Ph.D.

Mark Correia, Ph.D. earned his master’s degree in criminal justice from Washington State University and his Ph.D. in political science from Washington State University.

He has served as the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Indiana University of Pennsylvania since 2013.

Throughout his career, Dr. Correia has played an integral role in leading efforts in interdisciplinary and community-based program development and in forming long-lasting collaborations and partnerships with government and non-government organizations.

His current focus is on creating meaningful local and international partnerships for students and faculty. These collaborations increase the capacity of the college and its partners to address complex social issues and foster the development and maintenance of healthier communities.

He has published widely in his field, including authoring, co-authoring and editing books and numerous articles on criminal justice issues. The primary focus of his research is the impact of informal social networks and organizational behavior on police-community relations. His most recent research examines the impact of police actions on the perceptions of the legitimacy of their authority.


Dr. Ali Sari

Dr. Sari has 20 years of experience as a structural engineer. He is the Manager of Structures group in Genesis Consultancy, Houston.

He is actively involved in project work as Project Manager/Director, and is in charge of technical review of the projects, project deliveries and QA/QC.

His key experience areas are aging assets, structural integrity management, industrial structure in oil and gas facilities (offshore and onshore), structural response to abnormal loadings (seismic, hurricane, blast, and fire), finite element analysis, reliability analysis, and fatigue/crack growth analysis. He is the author of around 40 technical publications in these areas and he is also a member of ASCE, API, and ISO technical committees.


Arvind Singh

Arvind Singh gained his B.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of the West Indies in 2003.

Subsequently he went on to study at the University of British Columbia where he obtained his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in 2006 and 2009 respectively.  He is currently employed as a Lecturer in Energy Systems at the University of the West Indies where his research focuses on Complex Interdependent Systems applied to the Smart Grid and Emergency Response Management, Large Scale Energy Management, and Condition Monitoring of Electric Devices.


Ben Dadson

Ben Dadson is the Coordinator of IUP’s Desktop Services Team.  Ben holds a B.S. in Computer Science from IUP .

He has served in various IT roles at IUP for more than 20 years.  Ben supervises the team responsible for deploying comprehensive IT security solutions to some 4,500 PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

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Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson’s thirty-five years of experience in nuclear engineering, human factors, risk management, and computer science have been applied to design, operation, and risk assessment for nuclear power plants, military and commercial aircraft, air traffic management, offshore drilling, and the International Space Station.

A major focus has been critical decision making for real time risk management, integrating human, technical, and organizational factors to develop a common language for management, engineering, and operations personnel. Bill has managed programs for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy, Army, Air Force, NASA, Shell, Transocean, and BP. Bill holds a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington.


Colonel Lyle E. Alexander, CPP; FInstLM

Col Alexander is the CEO of A.R.M Specialists Ltd, a Risk Management Consulting and Training company.

He is a Board Certified Protection Professional (CPP) for the past 20 years.

After graduating from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, he served with the Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force for 18 years and as Manager of Security for Amoco / BP Trinidad & Tobago from 1994 – 2003. He recently retired as the Commanding Officer of the Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force Reserves and currently serves the Director on the Board of the Airports Authority of Trinidad & Tobago with responsibility for Security.

He has considerable experience in working collaboratively with executive leadership to design risk mitigation solutions and developing security policy and procedures for companies while delivering training programmes for security and business personnel in Security Awareness, Industrial Security and Personal Protection.

He is a trained Root Cause Investigator and holds a certificate in Aviation Safety & Security from the University of Southern California and is the holder of a Diploma in Airport Security Management from the FAA. He has also been certified by ASIS / RABQSA to implement and lead audit teams of the Organizational Resilience Management System. Further, he is also certified to conduct Aviation Safety & Security Audits.

Col Alexander is a graduate of the ASIS International sponsored, Executive Leadership Programme at Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania and has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management, UK.

He has served on the Executive Committee of the Trinidad & Tobago Chapter of ASIS International and has held the position of Chairman of the Overseas Advisory Council (OSAC) of AMCHAM. He holds membership in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

In addition to providing training assistance to the National Security agencies, he has also provided consulting and training services to companies in the Banking, Education and Energy sectors. He has also been engaged by the Organisation of American States to design and deliver specialized tourism security training to law enforcement and security officers from various countries in the Caribbean region. He is currently engaged in fulfilling his dream to establish a Regional Security Training Institute.


Craig Pluchinsky

Craig Pluchinsky is a Senior Security Analyst in IUP’s IT Security Office. Craig holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from IUP.

He has been part of IT Services at IUP for nine years. Craig plays a pivotal role in securing IUP’s enterprise servers, storage and network via numerous tools and procedures.


Mr. Darrin Carmichael PPS,CFE

Mr. Darrin Carmichael PPS,CFE; Aviation Security & Operational Risk Consultant, Oasis International Limited

Darrin Carmichael is an aviation security and operational risk management consultant with over twenty-five years experience as a security professional. He has a wealth of experience at managing sensitive security operations having worked extensively in two of the most highly regulated industries, namely the financial services sector and the aviation industry.

He is IATA certified in Airline Security Management, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a Personal Protection Specialist (PPS) and a Certified Trainer qualified in the management, training and administration of security personnel in various disciplines such as Residential Security, Industrial Security, Financial Services Risk Management and Aviation Security.

Darrin is a Director of Crime Stoppers Trinidad and Tobago and served as the Administrator of the National Neighbourhood Crime Watch Programme. His most treasured and valuable asset is, he believes, the global network of civilian, security, financial, aviation, IT and other professionals he has developed over the years.


David Barbolla

David Barbolla, Thermal Segment (Nomex®) Leader at DuPont™ Protection Technologies for Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean.

Bachelor Degree in Business Management at Universidad de Oviedo, Master of Science in International Management at ESADE Business School and Diploma in International Business Strategies at London School of Economics.

He joined DuPont Mexico in July 2014. He’s worked in 10 different countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, South East Asia, South America and the Caribbean (including Trinidad & Tobago for 6 months), in energy-related projects, collaborating with local governments and private companies to identify business opportunities and attract foreign investment.

He’s an expert in Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and global HSE standards for the Oil & Gas industry.

He’s currently in charge of introducing DuPont’s new fabrics in Trinidad & Tobago and ensuring that global quality standards are met in the country.


Dr. Bheshem Ramlal

Dr. Bheshem Ramlal is a senior lecturer in Cartography and Geoinformatics and Head of the Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.

Dr. Ramlal holds a BSc Land Surveying from the University of the West Indies, MSc. Geoinformatics from the ITC and a Ph.D. Spatial Information Science and Engineering from the University of Maine. At present, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure Council of Trinidad and Tobago. His research is focused on spatial data infrastructure, spatial data policy formulation, and strategy formulation for Geo-enabling societies.


Mahindra Koon

Mahindra Koon from UTT will be doing the Corporate Fraud prevention session.

He is a Senior Instructor at UTT, teaching software engineering and management, web development, database and information systems, multimedia, networking, programming and smart card applications.


Dr. Yufei Wu

Dr. Yufei Wu is associate professor of ICT at the UTT, teaching and researching in the areas of communications / network security and mobile communications.

He received his MBA degree from McGill University, and his Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of Montreal, Canada, focusing on mobile/wireless communications and security


Dr. David A. Pensak

Dr. David A. Pensak, Ph.D. founded V.i. Laboratories, Inc. in 2002 and serves as its Chief Scientist.

He founded Authentica, Inc. in 1997. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer at Authentica, Inc. (acquired by EMC). He served as the Chief Technology Officer of V.i. Laboratories, Inc. and currently serves as its Director. He also acts as an Advisor to several major computer and telecommunications companies, international banks, and biotechnology firms. He was the Senior Research Fellow and Principal Consultant in Advanced Computing Technology for E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Inc. in Wilmington Delaware, retiring in 2004.  From there he joined the faculty at Wharton Business School.   Currently he is Professor of Anesthesiology at Drexel University College of Medicine and Professor at University of Delaware School of Business.

The Kauffman Foundation cited him in their list of the 50 most innovative startups in the world in 2011 for Vaporiety, in 2012 for Ubiquishield, in 2013 for HemoStable, and 2014 for GaussWear, all of which he founded.   No-one else has ever made the list more than once.   He continues to run all four companies as well as Pensak Technologies LLC and CateringStone LLC.

He was with DuPont for over 30 years and managed all advanced computer technology explorations and developments for the corporation, including research, strategic business units, and staff functions. He was also the Founder at Raptor Systems (acquired by Axent Technologies and then Symantec) in 1998.  He served as a Director of Delaware Innovation Fund. He has sat on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Computational Chemistry, Computers and Chemistry, the Journal of Molecular Graphics, and Science (AAAS) Software Board. Dr. Pensak has published or co-published dozens of articles in molecular chemistry and computer assisted design. He has also done postdoctoral work for the National Institutes of Health.  He earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University and an A.B. in Chemistry from Princeton University. He published the book Innovation for Underdogs in 2008.


Dr. Ivan Pupulidy

Dr. Ivan Pupulidy, Ph.D. was the Director of the U.S. Forest Service, Office of Innovation and Organizational Learning (IOL) where he built communities of practice focused on sensemaking, innovation and relationship building. This position emerged from the Learning Review (LR), which Ivan developed as a human-centric process to replace traditional accident investigation. Since the LR’s adoption in 2013, its use has expanded into a framework for organizational learning and cultural change.

Ivan’s ability to integrate academic research with real world application comes from his varied life pursuits, which have included work as a mine geologist, exploration geophysicist, and a U.S. Coast Guard pilot for rescue and law enforcement missions. He also served in the U.S. Air Guard and Air Force Reserves, where he flew the C-130 Hercules as a MAFFS tanker pilot on wildland fires and during active military combat and humanitarian aid operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Central Africa.

In 2009, Ivan earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Human Factors and Systems Safety at Lund University, Sweden, under the direct supervision of Professor Sidney Dekker, and completed his Ph.D. at Tilburg University, Netherlands, his dissertation focused on organizational culture and response to incidents and accidents.

Ivan is an international speaker and organizational coach on topics related to human factors, the “New View” of human error, real-time risk perspectives, holistic safety, learning from events (both pre and post-accident), organizational dialogue, development of high-leverage learning products, and the connection between resilience & high reliability organizing. Most recently he was the Key Note Speaker for the New Zealand and Australian Forest Safety Council.


Dr Binder Singh

Dr Binder Singh is Discipline Lead-Corrosion Management and Materials Performance at Forsys-Subsea, Houston, Texas.

His main interests are corrosion, materials performance and integrity management. Binder has over 35 years offshore/marine experience split between the UK Marine/North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

He holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Liverpool University and MSc, PhD in Corrosion from the University of Manchester, England. He is a UK Chartered Engineer, and Texas licensed professional engineer. Binder is an elected Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers Scientists and Technologists; and General company expert within the Technip College of Experts system. He served as Chairman of the IMECHE Texas Branch 2013-2015, and is presently Past Chair and Advisor. He is very active within NACE, ISO, SPE with many publications and committee engagements.


Dr. Ishvan Ramcharitar

Dr. Ishvan Ramcharitar MBBS; MFOM(I); MSc.OccMed.; FRSPH; Cert. OH Law Chief Medical Advisor, Atlantic

Dr. Ishvan Ramcharitar is the Chief Medical Advisor to Atlantic. He also serves in the capacity of Medical Advisor to bpTT. A medical professional with over a decade’s experience in occupational medicine, Dr. Ramcharitar was the first physician from the Caribbean to attain the specialist qualification of Membership of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians (MFOM). He is the holder of a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from the University of the West Indies and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Medicine from Kings College University of Aberdeen. Dr. Ramcharitar has completed a Certificate in Occupational Health Law from the Glasgow Caledonian University in the UK. He is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and is an Oil and Gas UK (UKOOA) certified physician.

Dr. Ramcharitar has a special interest in the areas of fitness for work, fatigue, toxicology, substance misuse in the workplace and occupational wellness and his pioneering work in the field of fatigue risk management has received international recognition. He has served as an occupational health consultant to companies in the oil and gas, manufacturing, quarrying and agriculture industries and was the head of the Occupational Medicine and Executive Medical Clinics at the Medical Associates Hospital and the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.

Dr. Ramcharitar has served on the Board of Directors of the Occupational Safety and Health Authority of Trinidad and Tobago as the Medical Board’s representative. He is an Associate Lecturer with the University of the West Indies.


Dr. Jennifer Gossett

Dr. Jennifer Gossett is an Associate Professor in IUP’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

She holds a Ph. D. in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Gossett was a 2014 recipient of IUP’s Sponsored Programs Award for Outstanding Achievement in Curriculum and Instruction for her NSF grant to further student interests in cyber security majors. Her research focus is the various dynamics of cyber crimes.


Dr. Stephen Ramroop

Dr. Stephen Ramroop is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, a division of the Ministry of National Security.

He is also a certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with over 24 years experience in public and private practice. An active Rotarian and past District Governor of district 7030, Dr. Ramroop has brought to the ODPM, a wide experience in the field of emergency management and disaster risk management. He contributed to and participated in the national emergency operations for ICC World Cup 2007, Fifth Summit of the Americas (VSOA) and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

In addition to his experience, Dr. Ramroop has been recognised for his strong management skills along with his commitment, foresight and vision. Moreover, given Dr. Ramroop’s linkages with the public and private sector, he continues to gain support from individuals and organisations towards building a safer and more resilient Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Ramroop continues to affirm that “As an Orthopaedic Surgeon, one can save a life sporadically. However, as the head of a national disaster management office, one has the ability to save the lives of our 1,300,000 citizens.


Dwight C. Andrews

Dwight Andrews is one of the few Certified Fraud Specialists in the Caribbean, a designation he gained from the International Association of Certified Fraud Specialists.

He has over twenty-five years’ experience in the fields of Security, Loss Prevention, Law Enforcement, Fraud Investigation, Safety and Emergency Preparedness.  Dwight is also the holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from the University of the West Indies and a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement from Eastern Kentucky University.

Dwight is one of the country’s leading security professionals having held several key positions including Manager, Security Services at First Citizens Bank; Manager, Security Systems at Republic Bank and Director, Risk Management and Security at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre.

Dwight has also provided services and shared his knowledge as:

  • Former Deputy Chairman of the Fraud Awareness Committee of the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT)
  • Lecturer for the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBAF), Trinidad and Tobago, on topics such as loan fraud, identity fraud, wire transfer fraud, cheque fraud and credit/debit card fraud
  • Undergraduate lecturer in Security and Loss Prevention with specific emphasis on Physical Security Planning and Analysis as well as Criminal Investigation
  • Author of articles for local newspapers and guest speaker on radio and television programs discussing many of the aforementioned subjects.

In 2005, as Managing Director of QM Caribbean Limited, and in conjunction with the Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Dwight was instrumental in hosting the seminar “Art of the Steal” at which the feature speaker was Kevin Mitnick, former hacker turned security systems consultant and fraud expert.  The seminar focused on the use of social engineering to penetrate high-tech security systems.

From 2012 to 2014, Dwight served as Advisor to the Minister of National Security and played a key role in the design and establishment of the National Operations Centre (NOC).  He advised on all matters involving technological and electronic security initiatives, including the expansion of the national CCTV network.  He also provided advice on the design and implementation of the Community Comfort Patrols and was the Ministry of National Security’s representative on the Steering Committee which designed the roll-out of the Rapid Response Unit of the Trinidad & Tobago Police Service.


David A. Douglas

Supervision, Administration, Assessment and Design, Occupational Health and Safety, Emergency Response and First Aid, Training and Conflict Management and Mediation.

He has over 20-years experience in operations management, healthcare, safety, emergency response, training, and construction and fleet systems management.


His education is varied and is complimentary to a variety of management and health and safety settings. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Dalhousie (Microbiology and Environmental Science). He has education in project management, business management, and dispute resolution and business communication.

His emergency response management education and training is in Hazardous Material Management, Basic Marine Safety, Confined Space Rescue, Ice Rescue, Mass Casualty Management, Biomedical Waste Management, SafeForceTM Driving System Instructor, Emergency Preparedness and a Diploma in Safety from the Nova Scotia Safety Council.  He is an National Safety Council (USA) instructor, an American Red Cross First Aid/CPR instructor and an Emergency Care and Safety Institute instructor.


His experience has come through his management career at the Emergency Health Services Nova Scotia, Canada. Emergency Health Services Nova Scotia (ESHNS) is a Public Utility Model Accredited ambulance service that covers over 35,000 square kilometers, employs over 1000 paramedics, has over 130 emergency response vehicles, 65-bases and a 911 Communication Center. EHSNS responds to over 100,000 ambulance calls per year and the emergency response fleet travels over 8-million kilometers each year. I worked in this system for over 16-years in a variety of roles, including management, as an Infection Control Officer, Occupational Safety and Health Officer, Fleet Safety Administrator and Operations management.

During this time, he developed and continually improved EHSNS in Health and Safety. In 1998 he was requested to research and write an Infection Control Manual and assist in implementing an Infection Control System for the paramedics of Nova Scotia.  The result was a substantial decrease in pre-hospital needle stick injuries and blood-borne exposures through awareness, new technology and safe working practices.

He went on to become the Occupational Safety and Health Officer for all paramedics in Nova Scotia, Canada. The focus was to build a culture of safety by providing successful solutions in the current challenging climate of emergency healthcare delivery. He was able to implement a Safety System in a high-paced, stressful environment by focusing on teamwork through a constant coaching process, through education, committee work and monitoring the outcomes. Mr. Douglas was also the 911-Comunication Center OSH Officer which had over 70-employees in an office environment. The main focus was on stress management and ergonomics.

The CEO requested him to develop a culture of safe driving practices through a 2-year position as the Fleet Safety Administrator. This was a company-wide, provincial initiative that invested heavily in developing staff and fostering safety systems while leveraging off practical experiences, innovation and pragmatic use of technology, to facilitate the problems and misconceptions paramedics had about their driving practices. It required continual assessment, analysis and teamwork through a coaching system, training and fleet safety policies and procedures program. The result was a substantial reduction (over 90%) in critical failures and collisions.

Committee Experience

During his roles in EHSNS, he sat on a variety of committees including:

  • QEII Health Sciences Complex – HAZMAT and Radiation Policy and Procedure committee.
  • Infection Control Association of Nova Scotia (ICANS).
  • Partners of Infection Control (EHS rep).
  • Situation Analysis Committee (SARS and Disaster Management).
  • Driving Review Committee
  • Provincial Safety Committee (Chairperson)
  • His additional committee and experience:
  • Tri-County EMS Vice President
  • Nova Scotia Organ and Tissue Donation Committee
  • Goldboro Nova Scotia Oil and Gas Project – Disability Management Assistant coordinator.
  • Associate member of Milford Volunteer Fire Department
  • Emergency Response Coordinator for Lafarge Canada (Cement Plant)
  • Lectured for Holland College and Nova Scotia’s Agricultural Medic Instructor
  • Paramedic Education Delivery Committee (Chairperson)


This is a list of his achievements in Safety:

  • Developed and implemented a culture of safety in two environments: (1) Pre-hospital health care providers and (2) 911-Communication center (office environment)
  • Developed a database of safety injuries and illnesses for a more accurate investigation, treatment and prevention strategy.
  • Researched and wrote an Infection Control Manual.
  • Implemented a province-wide Infection Control System.
  • Reduced the pre-hospital needle stick rate and blood-borne exposure rate among paramedics.
  • Completed OSH Policy and Procedural Manual.
  • Organized 64 Safety Reps through a defined sense of purpose, understanding of safety, implementation and goal setting.
  • In less than two years, the Fleet Safety System that he was responsible for reduced ambulance crashes by over 90% province-wide.
  • Developed and Implemented a Return to Work Program.
  • Assisted with developing the Nova Scotia Provincial Pre-hospital Disaster Plan.

He has sound knowledge and experience in quality and risk management and the pursuit of best practices. He assisted in bringing a team sense of purpose while exceeding the organizations’ goals. The evidence was realized when EHSNS successfully achieved accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) and when we achieved accreditation from the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) for the EHS Medical Communications Centre. CAAS Accreditation can only be accomplished through a system of quality, safety, human resources and operational efficiency.   His team was awarded by EMC as the team that conducted the most community public safety initiatives and his team also was awarded by EHSNS as having the most successful cardiac arrest saves in pre-hospital medicine for the province of Nova Scotia.

His operations management is extensive including operations management auditing, financial control and reducing cost per call without compromising quality. He was requested on two occasions to develop a team sense of purpose for two divisions. Both teams were not living the company’s mission and had to be developed extensively. The CEO expressed great satisfaction just over two years later when he attended a staff meeting and interviewed the staff regarding my leadership style and qualities.      

At present he developed and implemented safety programs in a coffee and cocoa, security environment, manufacturing environment, aluminum manufacturing, chemical manufacturing environment and an office environment. He has provided training for organizations like Petrotrin, Kimberly Clark, PCS Nitrogen, Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards, Bechtel and Ansa Mcal to name a few. He has provided advanced life support for the Inauguration of the President of Trinidad and Tobago 2008, for the ICC CWC 2007, BG Energy Challenge and the Tropical Coast to Coast Adventure Race.

Site Safety Manager for GGI Trinidad Limited construction project eTeck Flagship, Tamana 2010. All aspects from writing HSE policy, procedures and toolbox sessions, JHA to site supervision. Dealt specifically with steel erection, glass installation, crane and man-lift operations and installation of sunshades.

In Trinidad, he conducted or was involved in Emergency Response Drills for NGC, Bestcrete and ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.

He has participated in three Adventure Races and he continues to travel the globe looking for outdoor adventure including countries like Australia, Europe, Caribbean, USA and Canada.


Guy Small

Guy Small is currently the Corporate Security Advisor for Shell Trinidad Limited.

He is the holder of a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of the West Indies and an MSc in Risk and Security Management from the University of Leicester. He is extremely passionate about security issues after approximately 20 years of military service and 8 years as a Certified Protection Professional he strives to be a positive agent of change within the field both locally and internationally. This prompts his continuous interest in and the execution of security surveys and risk assessments for the private and public sectors.


Kishan Kumarsingh

Academic: BSc (Hons)(UWI) LL.B (Hons)(Lond) Mphil (Chem)

Environmental  analytical chemist (marine chemistry) IMA- 1991 -1997; Technical Coordinator (EMA -1997-2008); Head Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Ministry of the Environment ( 2008-present)
• Lead technical climate change negotiator for Trinidad and Tobago under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 1998;
• Chairman of national climate change committee 1998-2008
• Vice Chair and Chair of the Expert Group on Technology Transfer under the UNFCCC (2003-2005 respectively)
• Chairman of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice to the UNFCCC (2005-2007)
• Co-Chairman of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (2013-14) charged with negotiating a new global climate agreement by December 2015
• Chairman and Facilitator of many negotiating groups since 2000 on technology transfer, adaptation, mitigation under the UNFCCC
• Author, scientific articles in peer –reviewed scientific journals
• Author, book chapters on climate change
• Author, various monographs on climate change, including developing a global methodology for technology needs assessments for climate change with the UNDP
• Conducted training and technology needs assessments for climate change for countries in the region ( St. Kitts and Nevis, Belize, training on technology needs assessment methodology for Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines)
• Overall project manager for climate change projects in Trinidad and Tobago, including responsibility for drafting the National Climate Change Policy and T&T’s intended Nationally Determined Contributions to the new global agreement anticipated in December 2015.


Lyndon Mohess

Lyndon Mohess is the Vice President Safety and Operational Risk for BP Trinidad and Tobago.

In this role he holds accountability for the management of S+OR assurance in support of the Region. Lyndon has held several leadership roles in the Trinidad business and brings with him a broad range of experience and expertise working within challenging environments including: Operations Leadership, Project Management in the Upstream, Commissioning and Pipeline Management. During his time in Trinidad Lyndon has made a significant contribution to the development of the operations and engineering.

Lyndon holds an honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the West Indies. He is also certified as a Project Manager through the George Washington University and has completed the Operations Academy at MIT/Sloan Business School.


Haran Ramkaransingh

Haran Ramkaransingh is the Director, Legal Services at the Equal Opportunity Commission of Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Ramkaransingh holds a Bachelor of Law Degree (Hons) from the University of the West Indies, a Legal Education Certificate from the Council of Legal Education and an International Masters in Business Administration from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Ramkaransingh has previously been employed as a Corporate Legal Officer in the Corporate Legal and Compliance Department of the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago; Legal Officer II in the Legal Department of Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission and in the Chief State Solicitor’s Department in the Ministry of the Attorney General. At these institutions Mr. Ramkaransingh gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in drafting and advising in the negotiation of agreements and contracts; liaising with Attorneys and Counsel with respect to matters being litigated and participated on issues with respect to corporate governance and compliance with the relevant legal and regulatory framework of the pertinent institutions. These responsibilities together with the added function of managing the Legal Team of the Equal Opportunity Commission have attributed to his role as Head of the Legal Department at the Commission.


Henley Harewood

Henley Harewood is the Vice President of Health, Safety, Security and the Environment (HSSE) at LNG producer Atlantic.

A veteran of the oil and gas industry with over thirty-four years of experience, Henley has led Atlantic’s HSSE area for several years, and under his stewardship, the company’s HSSE performance has risen to benchmarking standards.

Under Henley’s leadership, Atlantic has built and embedded a safety culture, in which process and personal safety are key drivers. His commitment to diligence in safe operations and in avoiding complacency about safety issues have helped to drive the company to maintain its current safety record of 29.8 million man hours without a lost time injury (LTI).

Henley was instrumental to implementation of the Fatigue Risk Management Programme, a key initiative deployed during Atlantic’s maintenance outages. This initiative has received global recognition as a best practice by the BG Group.

Henley has also championed the development of more sustainable relationships with service providers and contractors in Atlantic’s production and maintenance operations, especially during maintenance outages, making them active partners in the pursuit of Atlantic’s HSSE objectives. This has resulted in all the company’s service providers receiving Safe To Work (STOW) certification and also embracing the Atlantic ‘One Team’ ethos.

Henley is a qualified Mechanical Engineer with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Engineering Management.


Balchan Jadoonanan

Balchan Jadoonanan is the Team Lead, Safety at LNG production company Atlantic.

Initially a Process Plant Operations Technician in the company’s Production Department in 2004, Balchan transferred to the Health, Safety, Security and the Environment (HSSE) Department in 2007, where he helped to establish the framework for the company’s Control of Work policy and accompanying procedures. As a key member of the Atlantic Safety Team and later promoted to its leadership in 2012, Balchan has been instrumental to the development and implementation of several of Atlantic’s industry-leading initiatives in personal safety.

Prior to Atlantic, Balchan was Shift Production Coordinator at the Sugar Manufacturing Company Limited; and Engineering and Shift Production Supervisor at Caroni (1975) Limited. He has attended numerous training programmes in Occupational Health and Safety and is a holder of several safety certifications, including the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety.


Gary Teixeira

Gary Teixeira is currently the CEO of ROSE Environmental and has been leading and developing this business since 1996 …almost 19 years.

ROSE Environmental’s mission is “to deliver the comfort of a healthy work place and a safeguarded natural environment” and the company has supported these activities within industry in TT and the Caribbean region for the last 19 years. Prior to ROSE, Gary was a Field Engineer at Schlumberger, managing Measurements and Logging While Drilling operations for various Oil and Gas Operators in Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela and in the North Sea. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Water Resources Engineering from The University of Guelph Canada, and has completed many professional development training courses in Occupational Hygiene, including six of the Intermediate level OHTA training program modules ….the training program that we will be talking about today.


Dr. Zavin Nazaretian

Dr. Zavin Nazaretian received his PhD (Sociology) from Wayne State University in Detroit in 2014 where he completed his dissertation research on repeat victimization. 

Prior to attending Wayne State University, he attended Loughborough University in the United Kingdom where he completed a MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  Dr. Nazaretian is passionate about opportunity theories of crime and crime prevention strategies, most notably Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).  Dr. Nazaretian is a member of the International CPTED Organization.  Currently Dr. Nazaretian is working on a mobile phone application focused on mapping crime in order to better understand where CPTED strategies are most needed. Dr. Nazaretian is an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania located just outside Pittsburgh in Indiana, Pennsylvania where he both teaches and conducts research on a variety of topics related to crime prevention strategies. 


Elizabeth Seebaran

Elizabeth Seebaran is currently an Application Specialist within the Project Services Department, ROSE Environmental Limited (ROSE), for over five (5) years, involved in sampling and monitoring assessments and data analyses with reporting, in the fields of environmental ambient noise and air, industrial hygiene and indoor air quality. Experience includes the manufacturing industry, oil and gas and petrochemical industries, warehousing buildings and facilities, and administrative institutions that includes Banks and major Corporate Offices. She also develops and organizes the hosting of corporate professional development courses for the Project Services Department. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree double major in Environmental and Natural Resources Management and Chemistry (2007) and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering (2012) both from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad. She has completed several professional development training courses in the field of Occupational Hygiene, which included four (4) core and two (2) optional intermediate level occupational hygiene modules from the OHTA Training Program, in collaboration with the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS). As such, she has joined the BOHS and is currently an Associate Member of the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene, and is pursuing the completion of the ICertOH international diploma in Occupational Hygiene.

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