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Alan Quilley
Author, Educator and OHS Professional

Alan Quilley has made a career of learning and applying the leading edge of occupational health & safety. Combining three decades of hands-on experience, a passion for "doing it right" and a presentation style that entertains and educates, he is a unique voice on the issue of safety excellence.

Alan's quest has seen him touching the work lives of tens of thousands of employees, supervisors and managers in both Canada and the United States. His client list covers a broad spectrum of industry sectors that include oil, gas & petrochemical, police & fire services, transportation, construction and municipalities.

Alan's safety career took flight in 1976, when he became a safety coordinator with CN Rail. Evolving through a series of increasingly senior occupational health and safety positions, he has had the opportunity to develop, test and refine his ideas through hands-on experience. His drive to educate others has seen him actively involved with the University of Alberta and most recently, as a key figure in the development and delivery of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's brand-new occupational health and safety diploma program.

To complement his work as an educator, he has combined his decades of experience with the best in behavioural and occupational health & safety research to quantify exactly what it takes to make companies safe. The result of his labours is the book "The Emperor Has No Hard Hat: Achieving REAL Workplace Safety Results", which received Honourable Mention among the Globe & Mail's top ten business books of 2006.

This book brings to life his concept of safety, which he calls Integrated Safety Management System, shortened to ISMS (rhymes with "prisms"). As he describes it, ISMS is a set of powerful, yet simple concepts that companies can adapt to their own unique situations. The system also teaches safety personnel how to collect and analyze evidence that will verify that safety excellence has been achieved.

Alan has written subsequent books, “Creating & Maintaining a Practical Based Safety Culture”,“How To Hold Great Safety Meetings – These meetings don’t suck anymore!”, and his most recent work, "MORE Creating & Maintaining a Practical Based Safety Culture - Turning Intention into Action".   All of Alan's books are available for purchase in the Safety Book section. 

He also continues to write and submit articles for a variety of safety related magazines.


Alan Quilley brings to his consulting and training practice a wealth of knowledge and experience. Among the highlights of his qualifications and achievements:

  • Thirty years' experience in OH&S management and training
  • A strong track record of obtaining significant results in reduced injuries and associated costs
  • Solid experience in the design and management of OH&S programs, many for the largest corporations in Canada
  • Extensive knowledge of federal and provincial OH&S legislation and regulations
  • Over twenty years accreditation as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional
  • Twelve years in the development and delivery of OH&S training through University of Alberta
  • Key member of the steering committee for the delivery of the NAIT Occupational Health & Safety diploma program
  • Executive experience as chair of the Alberta Municipal Safety Association and director of the Alberta Safety Council
  • Author of "The Emperor Has No Hard Hat - Achieving REAL Workplace Safety Results", “Creating & Maintaining a Practical Based Safety Culture”, “How To Hold Great Safety Meetings – These meetings don’t suck anymore!”, "MORE Creating & Maintaining a Practical Based Safety Culture - Turning Intention into Action"

Anthony Watkins
CEO/ Principal Consultant

An accomplished Organisational Development Consultant, Anthony has been actively involved in public and private sector organisational transformation initiatives since the early 1990s, working extensively across the region with major companies in all business sectors. 

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Toronto and has worked in the fields of Social Pathology/Mental Health, Correctional Services and Psychiatric Forensic Assessment in Toronto, Canada. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board of FAASBY – the Foundation for the Academic Advancement of Spiritual Baptist Youth and of the Board of Trustees at the Caribbean Sport and Development Agency (formerly TTASPE).

As a Keynote Speaker, he has shared the stage with world-famous motivational speaker, Les Brown, and has presented at regional business conferences of the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago, the Insurance Association of the Caribbean, the Dominica Employers’ Federation, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, the Caribbean Conference of Credit Unions and the Jamaica Employers’ Federation among others.

A founding and honorary life member of the Human Resource Management Association of Trinidad and Tobago (HRMATT), he has authored articles in local and regional business publications, sharing his Strategic Human Resource Management training and experience and Strategic Leadership and Managerial Competence. He has developed Assessment-Development tools which have been successfully applied in the design and execution of Assessment-Development Centres and other Executive Recruitment and Selection approaches for major clients. His involvement in sport includes work with Administrators, Coaches and Players on National and Regional Teams in the areas of Management and the Psychology of Performance.
With over 25 years of Human Resource and Organisational Development consulting experience, his areas of expertise include:

  • Organisational Diagnosis
  • Strategic Planning and Visioning
  • Strategy Implementation
  • Developing Organisational Culture
  • Assessment Centre Design and Execution
  • Teambuilding
  • Leadership Development
  • Organisational Transformation and Change
  • Merger Management
  • Process Facilitation

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.

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.

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.

Ken Gray
Occupational Psychologist
British Psychological Society

Ken has an Honours Degree in Psychology and has been Chartered by the British Psychological Society as an Occupational Psychologist since 1995 (CPsychol). He is registered as a professional practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), holds the Qualifications in Test Use Register (RQTU), and is on the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSCHR). Ken is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS) and a member of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology.  Ken was shortlisted in 2010 for BPS Practitioner of the Year. 
With his expertise in behavioural assessment, skills and competency advancement, safety culture, team dynamics and high impact leadership development, Ken works with both individuals and management teams to maximise individual potential and embed safe behaviours within organisations. He is particularly interested in psychological well-being and building resilience; both of which provide a solid basis for those leading organisational change or building future leadership capability.
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