Dennis Kenneth Gordon, BSc. Hons.
Mr. Gordon has been a Security and Safety professional for over 20 years and has worked within several industries ranging from banking and higher education to telecommunications and property development.
He is the creator of the now ubiquitous blink vigilance and has spent much of his career training and developing security solutions across the Caribbean. He attained a Suma Cum Laude degree in Criminal Justice at the South Carolina State University and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Disaster and Emergency Management at Tel Aviv University School of Medicine.
Mr. Gordon has been a director at Crime Stoppers for seven years and has been Vice Chairman of the local program for the past 3 years and was recently the Chairman of the 37th Annual Crimestoppers International Conference.
Mr. Gordon now leads the Electronic Security Solutions line of business at G4S Secure Solutions (Trinidad) Limited.
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Erik Gaull, CBCP, CEM PMP
Mr. Gaull recently headed the security and intelligence operations center for the World Bank. Prior to assuming that role, he was an independent consultant and educator specializing in public safety, homeland security, and corporate security for more than 10 years. He has worked on projects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East for the private sector and for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Navy, several publishers, and numerous local governments.
In addition to being a DRII Certified Business Continuity Professional, Mr. Gaull has been awarded three premier peer-conferred professional designations – Certified Emergency Manager®, Certified Protection Professional®, and Project Management Professional®. Additionally, he has earned both the Advanced Professional Series and the Professional Development Series recognitions from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He is a Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic, a National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications-certified Fire Officer III and Fire Instructor III, a hazardous materials technician, and a law enforcement officer. In 2009, Erik was appointed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s First Responder Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Coordinating Working Group.
Mr. Gaull has substantive experience in all three levels of government – at City Hall in both Washington, D.C. and New York City; in the New Mexico State Department of Health; and in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has had direct service delivery roles as a firefighter, paramedic, law enforcement officer, and park ranger in Connecticut, New York, Maryland, New Mexico, and Washington, D.C.
Additionally, Mr. Gaull currently serves as a Master Firefighter/Paramedic with the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department in Potomac, Maryland (where he is a Life Member) and as a Lieutenant in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Reserve Corps Division, where he commands reserve operations in the Department’s Third District.
Peter is a co-founder of Noetic Solutions Pty Limited and has overseen the annual growth and profitability of the Noetic Group of companies in Australia and the United States. As CEO he is responsible for all facets of Noetic Solutions ongoing growth and development.
Peter has worked in the National Security area of government and most particularly with emergency services where he has lead major lessons learned projects from disasters. He has worked extensively with the human side of government including large whole of government reviews in the justice sector and in the human services portfolio. In the resources sector he has worked for both government of regulatory issues and for the private sector on strategy development.
Peter is a highly skilled facilitator of workshops and meetings, particularly where issues are complex (such as multi-jurisdictional or agency).
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RECENT MAJOR CONSULTANCIES
Carolyn Issitt is a development specialist who joined the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) from the New Economics Foundation – one of Europe’s largest think tanks – where she spent three years coaching people and businesses in sustainable regeneration projects, catching the health and safety ‘bug’ in the process.
With more than 20-years experience in senior management roles for a range of businesses including Ralston Purina, AC Nielsen, ID Data Group and Mysis plc, it is clear that what has ensured success across the board is a clear understanding of the competencies required and a firm commitment to continuous improvement.
Carolyn has consistently applied the principles of a structured approach to competency measurement and professional development throughout her career to lasting effect.
Kathy West, CISSP
Kathy West is a Systems Analyst in IUP’s Enterprise Systems team. Kathy holds a Masters of Science in Information Technology specializing in Information Assurance from the University of Maryland and holds CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification.
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.
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.
Rajin Maharaj is an independent freelance consultant who gets paid to be a free thinker. He is an innovative professional who creates and customizes training and developmental programs for individuals, small business enterprises, NGO’s and corporate entities both locally and internationally. Rajin has conducted seminars, hosted in-house training workshops and delivered lectures in a variety of areas, some of which are Health and Well Being, Safety and Security and Personal, Professional and Business Development.
When not stranded on land as a Certified Personal Trainer and Life Coach, First Aid and CPR Instructor and Archery Coach, water is his recreation and passion: on the surface as a swimming instructor, in the water as an aqua therapist, aqua yoga and aerobics instructor and underwater as a scuba and rescue diver.
Turning his hobbies into a functional lifestyle, he has completed advanced clinical training in Ayurveda, Acupressure, Dietetics, Massage Therapies, Meditation, Reiki, Reflexology and Yoga.
Eng. Amanda Hunte-Balgobin is amongst a handful of discipline Corrosion Engineers currently practicing in Trinidad and Tobago. Though she is in the early stages of her career, she has served the Oil and Gas industry for eight (8) years. Graduating with a B.Sc in Chemical and Process Engineering, she made a shift in her career and has served as Atlantic’s Corrosion Engineer in the Operations Excellence Department for the past five (5) years. Throughout that time she has attained her M.Sc Engineering Management (Distinction) and is currently working on the final thesis for her M.Sc in Corrosion Control Engineering, with Manchester University, England. She has combined her industry experience and academic achievement to support the development and implementation of the Corrosion Management programs at Atlantic.
Sunil Ramgoolam B.Sc
Sunil Ramgoolam is the holder of a B.Sc in Electrical and Computer Engineering with over fifteen years’ experience in the energy sector. He is currently the Materials Manager in the Procurement and Supply Chain Management group at Atlantic. He is a former Information Technology and Systems Manager at Atlantic and has played a key role in system automation and process efficiencies. Within the Materials Management unit, environmentally focused waste management is a key strategic component which has led to partnerships with high local content, to build the downstream business sector. He is a former national badminton player, having represented the country at the Caribbean Badminton Championships at the junior level.
The Honourable Nicole Oliverre BSc, MPhil, CIRM
As an energy professional, Minister Olivierre has over fourteen (14) years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Her career began as a laboratory technician in the Oil and Gas Laboratory in Trintopec, Santa Flora after which she moved to the National Gas Company during the development of the Atlantic LNG Train 4 expansion.
At NGC she was involved in diverse areas of the natural gas industry including project analysis and development, business intelligence, commercial negotiation, strategy formulation and enterprise risk management.
On a national scale, Minister Olivierre has served on the secretariat for the following international meetings held in Trinidad:
Ambassador John L. Estrada
The U.S. Senate confirmed John L. Estrada as Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on February 12, 2016. He was sworn-in as Ambassador on March 17, 2016.
Prior to his confirmation, Ambassador Estrada was Senior Manager for Lockheed Martin Training Solutions. Ambassador Estrada served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 34 years, most notably as the 15th Sergeant Major of the United States Marine Corps, the nation’s highest-ranking enlistedMarine, from 2003 to 2007, during the height of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Sergeant Major of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Additionally, from 2000 to 2001, he served as the Sergeant Major of the Recruit Training Regiment at Parris Island, from 1998 to 2000 as Sergeant Major for the Recruiting Station in Sacramento, and from 1995 to 1998 as Sergeant Major for the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines Division, based at Camp Pendleton, California.
Ambassador Estrada has served as a Presidentially-appointed Commissioner on the American Battle Monuments Commission, an independent agency of the U.S. government that oversees permanent U.S. military cemeteries, memorials, and monuments around the world. He also served as a Committee Member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, a member of the national Board of Directors for Operation Homefront, and on the Executive Committee for the United Services Organization. Ambassador Estrada received a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
Ambassador Estrada was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and immigrated with his family to the United States at the age of 14. He lives with his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Anne Cote Estrada, in Freeport, Maine, with their two daughters, Eva and Marie.
Vincent Pereira- President
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
Dr. Ishvan Ramcharitar– MBBS; MFOM(I); MSc.OccMed.; FRSPH; Cert. OH Law
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
Mr. Fitzroy Harewood
Mr. Fitzroy Harewood is a graduate of the University of the West Indies with a BSc. Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies along with an MBA from Andrews University.
Mr. Harewood has over thirty years of technical and leadership experience. In 1986, he joined Trintoc, a predecessor company of Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (Petrotrin), as a Project Engineer. After ten years he moved to Hydro Agri Trinidad Limited where he was Assistant Manager, Engineering which later became Yara Trinidad Limited. In that organisation, he served in various positions of increasing responsibility before moving on to PowerGen to take up the position of General Manager from 2011 to 2015. On 2015 November 01 he was appointed to the position of President of Petrotrin and having lived most of his life in south Trinidad he is familiar with the socio-economic and cultural environment in which the company operates.
His professional memberships include: Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago; Society for Human Resource Management; Project Management Institute and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Dr. Victor Coombs- BA., MBBS, MSc CHDC, DPH, DIH, AFOM,
Dr. Coombs is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Boston with a Liberal Arts Degree majoring in Chemistry. He obtained his Medical Degree from the University of the West-Indies, Mona, Jamaica in 1978. He obtained an MSc. Degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of the University of London and graduated with a mark of Distinction. He obtained the Diploma in Public Health from the Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene.
At the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine he returned to train in Occupational Medicine after one year full time practice in Industry and was awarded the Diploma in Industrial Health at the Royal College of Physicians of London. This was followed by the (AFOM) Associate of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. His training extended to Aviation Medicine in Farnborough Institute of Aviation Medicine, and Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine through Duke University and Divers Alert Network. He also completed a Mini Residency in Occupational Medicine at the University of Cincinatti in Ohio.
Management experience was complemented by an (EMBA) Executive Masters in Business Administration from IOB/UWI. Practical experience at the Augustus Long Hospital was complemented by a Master of Science Degree in Emergency Medicine from U.W.I/FOMS St. Augustine.
He has worked full time in Industry for (30) thirty years, for twenty one (21) of these years he was the Chief Medical Officer of Trintoc/Petrotrin. He is a Consultant in Occupational and Environmental Health with interests in Toxicology, Accident Prevention, Emergency Medical Response, HIV/Stress in the Workplace, Health Services Management, Disaster Preparedness and Disability Assessment, Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Workplace.
He has held positions such as President National Safety Council, Director Employers Consultative Association, Director North West Regional Health Authority, Director Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Director Pesticide and Toxic Chemicals Control Board, Council of the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago, Medical Refree, Aviation Medical Examiner, Diving Medical Examiner and Part-time Lecturer UWI Medical School. He has done Advisory and Consultancy Services in Occupational Health and Safety for Local, Regional and International Organizations. He is a former Chairman of the Partners Forum for Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases. (A PAHO/MOH/NGO’S/Civil Society Organizations Grouping). He is a Director of Healthy Caribbean Coalition. (HCC). He is the chair of T&T OSHA Board.
Dipinder Manocha is the Chairman of Caribbean Safety Products Ltd, Shivashi Limited, OPUS Management Engineering Limited and Rainbow Plaza. He began his career as a lorry driver, working his way to becoming the Company Director of NASIL & Company Ltd. (Export Trading Company). During the years of its operations, NASIL & Company Ltd. won the Prime Minister’s Export Award for five consecutive years from 1985 – 1989. Caribbean Safety Products Ltd (CSP) has been in operations for over thirty years and, in addition to two branches in Trinidad, CSP has expanded to China and Malaysia. Currently, CSP is the largest supplier of safety gear to the Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Central and South America.
Dipinder has served on various Boards and participated in safety conferences in the USA and Europe. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the Delhi University, India. The son of a Dehli businessman, Dipinder first visited Trinidad in 1976 before settling here permanently after marrying a Trinidadian.
Dipinder is a founding member and honorary life member of the Heart Foundation of Trinidad & Tobago and a founding member of the Business Advisory Group. He also does volunteer work with Mother Union Children Home. He is a long standing member of AMCHAM T&T and the Energy Chamber.
Dave Hill is an engineer, a professional speaker, author, trainer, and award-winning storyteller and consultant. He is known for his Irish wit and his passion for helping people improve their communication skills. Dave was born and raised in Ireland. He became Chief Engineer on cargo ships, and his travels took him to 75 countries. By age 30, Dave had been around the world seven times. He has also worked as an Industrial Insurance Energy Risk Engineer, and as a Corporate Principal Risk Engineer for a chemical corporation in Texas, USA. Dave was a finalist in the 2004 World Championship of Public Speaking and is the recipient of many other public speaking awards. Dave uses humor, his keen sense of observation, his business acumen and his worlds of experience to present powerful success-building tips and examples.
Whether you are a technical employee, a manager or an executive, you are involved in convincing others to buy into your concepts and take action. Let Dave help you communicate and present your ideas effectively. Dave writes articles on workplace communication, leadership, and presentation skills at http://www.ardmoremedia.com and he is author of the books: Dave’s worldwide travels provide him with a unique multi-cultural perspective. His travels have taken him to the highlands of Papua New Guinea, the shores of Ethiopia, and to the Pacific Islands. For nearly two years, he was a volunteer engineer on a scientific ship traveling from Chile to Australia, and on a square rig sailing ship traveling from Australia to the Caribbean. His adventures have provided him with the plethora of humorous stories that he uses to illuminate his points and entertain audiences. Whether speaking to thousands or to twenty, Dave brings his unique personality and perspective, blended with his stories, humor, and diverse experiences. Dave is married, has two children, and lives in Dallas, Texas. Applause & Accolades, Attention-Grabbing Presentation Skills. The Re-Engineered Engineer, Communication Strategies for Data-Driven People.
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.
Ravie Oudit is currently employed as an Integrity Management Specialist with Forsys Subsea (A Technip/FMC Technologies Company) and supports both the Houston and Global Business Development Managers with Life of Field Services which includes Asset Integrity Management and Integrated Inspection, Maintenance & Repairs (iIMR), etc.
Marisa Pierce has been working in industry for 15 years with 9 years in process safety and risk management. She currently works in Risk Advisory Services for DNV GL in Houston, Texas. Ms. Pierce received her B.S. Chemical Engineering in Texas A&M University and her M.ChE degree from the University of Houston. Her experience includes facilitation of Process Hazards Analyses for various offshore and onshore facilities in upstream, midstream and downstream. She has experience with management system implementation and best practices and safety case reviews. As part of her role at DNV GL, Ms. Pierce is involved with American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Center for Chemical Process Safety and Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center.
Michel Beneventi assumed the position of Managing Director at Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago Limited and Nestlé Caribbean Inc. in January 2015. In this role, he is responsible for driving the local business while supporting regional objectives, as the leader of the local commercial office. He is also responsible for insights of consumers, customers and external relationships as head of Nestlé in Trinidad and Tobago.
Before moving to Trinidad, Michel prepared and managed the acquisition of Sources Minérales Henniez SA in 2007 at Nestlé Waters Switzerland. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Waters Switzerland in 2008, where his first mission was to merge Sources Minérales Henniez SA with Nestlé Waters Switzerland focusing on people, culture and systems.
In June 2009, he announced the ECO-Broye programme which aims at protecting the natural resources of the Henniez region via partnerships with local players, such as farmers and communities.
From 2010 – 2012, Michel was the President of the Swiss Association of Mineral Water and Soft-drink Producers.
Before joining Nestlé Waters Switzerland, Michel was the CFO of Nestlé Waters Zone Europe for 5 years, based in Paris at the Headquarters of the Nestlé Waters group; from 2001 until 2003 he occupied the CFO function at Nestlé Waters Hungary.
Building his expertise in the area of Finance and Control, Michel started his career by working ten years, from 1989 until 1999, in various positions at KPMG.
Joined GE in 1994, held different positions, in distinct GE Businesses, in Brazil and the US: Industrial Engineer, International Auditor, Six Sigma Black Belt, Manufacturing & Engineering Manager, EHS Manager. In 2009 took the Corporate EHS Leader role for South America, and then as EHS Executive Director for the region. Since 2014 leads the Latin America Shared Services EHS team, serving all GE businesses in the region, together with the EHS regional leadership for GE Oil & Gas.
Dr. Jennie Ward Robinson
Dr. Jennie Ward Robinson, President and CEO, has over fifteen years of public service within nonprofit and for profit communities. She has served as Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs of the Alzheimer’s Association, was the founding CEO and Executive Director of the Institute for Public Health and Water Research, and an Associate Professor at The School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Texas A& M University. In addition, she has served on various Boards including the EPA’s National Drinking Water Council, as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine, the Alliance for Water Efficiencies, and the Illinois Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Dr. Ward-Robinson holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has completed numerous executive and leadership training programs from leading institutions that include the Center for Creative Leadership and the Kellogg School of Nonprofit Management.
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.
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