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Todd Conklin
Author, Educator and OHS Professional

Todd Conklin spent 25 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Senior Advisor for Organizational and Safety Culture. Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of the world’s foremost research and development laboratories; Dr. Conklin has been working on the Human Performance program for the last 15 years of his 25-year career. It is in this fortunate position where he enjoys the best of both the academic world and the world of safety in practice.

Conklin holds a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of New Mexico. He speaks all over the world to executives, groups and work teams who are interested in better understanding the relationship between the workers in the field and the organization’s systems, processes, and programs. He has brought these systems to major corporations around the world. Conklin practices these ideas not only in his own workplace, but also in the event investigations at other workplaces around the world. Conklin defines safety at his workplace like this: “Safety is the ability for workers to be able to do work in a varying and unpredictable world.” Conklin lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and thinks that Human Performance is the most meaningful work he has ever had the opportunity to live and teach.

Dr. Philip Mshelbila
Chief Executive Officer

Atlantic

Dr. Mshelbila is a global business leader with over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in board-level governance, stakeholder management, commercial operations, project management and performance delivery in both operated and non-operated joint ventures.

He was formerly General Manager – Gas at Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Nigeria. He has also held a number of senior leadership positions in over 36 countries including Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Gas Ltd.

Dr. Mshelbila holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, a Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine from the University of Aberdeen Medical School, Scotland as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the IESE Business School, the University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain.

Mark Loquan
President
National Gas Company of Trinidad  and Tobago (NGC)

On 1 September 2016, Mr. Mark Loquan assumed office as President of The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC). A Chemical Engineer by profession, Mr. Loquan acquired an MBA in 1990 from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and received training in Executive Leadership and Management from Cornell University and IESE Business School (University of Navarra).

Mr. Loquan has over 30 years’ experience in the petrochemical industry. In 1982, he began his career in the energy sector as a Process Engineer at Trinidad Nitrogen Co. Ltd. He moved through various leadership positions before being appointed as the first local President of Hydro Agri Trinidad (now Yara Trinidad Ltd.) in 2002. In 2009, he was appointed President, Upstream Business Development for Angola/Sub-Saharan Africa at Yara International. Mr. Loquan moved to Australia three years later, where he served as CEO of Yara Pilbara.

One of 50 Distinguished UWI Alumni Awardees, Mr. Loquan is a former Director of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and the Copyright Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT), former Vice Chairman of the Point Lisas Energy Association (PLEA), and former Advisory Council Member for Arts, Letters, Culture and Public Affairs at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT).

A passionate pannist, he is also an Honorary Founding Director of the nonprofit organisation the Music Literacy Trust, and served as the Musical Director of the first resident steelband in Perth, Western Australia – Perth Pandemix.

Education:

  • B.Sc. Chemical Engineering – The University of the West Indies
  • MBA – Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, North Carolina

Rosa Carrillo
Author, Consultant & Speaker

Rosa Carrillo is an author; speaker and consultant who has been helping companies transform their safety culture for over 25 years. She has experienced successful and unsuccessful change efforts in oil and gas, pharmaceutical, nuclear, mining, manufacturing and power generation in multiple countries.

At the core of her latest publication, 'The Relationship Factor in Safety Leadership', are eight beliefs about human nature that are common to leaders who successfully communicate that safety is important while meeting business results. Using stories to illustrate what successful leaders do, she explains how to create and recover important stakeholder relationships by taking action based on these beliefs. Edgar H. Schein, author of Organizational Culture and Leadership and the Humble Leadership Series commented that her book should be required reading for all leaders concerned with safety. It turns out that a leader’s ability to create relationships is an important key to his or her success.

For her, leaders are individuals who consciously choose to take on the responsibility for providing direction, gathering resources and ensuring that everyone under them feels they can contribute their best self to the goals of the community. Her core conviction is that effective leadership is focused on creating a culture where those being led can flourish. She is known for her authenticity, which enables her to teach and speak in a way that relates to real life experience. Through face-to-face presentations and conversation, Rosa inspires physical, relational and spiritual development. She has learned that the leadership journey entails continuous personal growth and always requires more work than we realize. Her expertise is frequently sought on the topic of how to create and maintain trust. Her research shows that people must feel included to trust management. While managers expect employees to speak up to prevent failures and disasters, they will not unless they feel valued and respected. By speaking with 100’s of employees and managers, Ms. Carrillo has gathered the leadership actions that create trust and the ones that destroy it.

Dr. Drew Rae
Manager
Safety Science Innovation Lab
Griffith University

Dr Drew Rae manages the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University, where he and his team work to study and subvert compliance bureaucracy. Drew’s research brings a critical cross-disciplinary approach to the examination of the myths, rituals and bad habits that surround risk and safety practices within organisations.

His publications challenge the common assumption that risk assessment is a useful decision-making tool, and examine instead the social role risk assessment plays in reducing uncertainty and justifying decisions that have already been made. Drew presents the DisasterCast podcast and is Associate Editor for the journal Safety Science.

Anthony Watkins
CEO/ Principal Consultant
ODYSSEY CONSULTinc Limited

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
  • Team-building
  • Leadership Development
  • Organisational Transformation and Change
  • Merger Management
  • Process Facilitation

Johnny Mitchell
Associate Fellow
British Psychological Society (BPS)

Johnny is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and member the BPS’s Division of Occupational Psychology. He is a Registered Occupational Psychologist with the UK’s Health Care Professions Council. He is currently director of two companies (Caspian Psychology and Mosaic Tasks), both of which develop tools/products based on a unique combination of games, IT and psychology.

Caspian Psychology is a company that develop cloud-based team games that enable participants to have a unique and effective learning experience, primarily in the Human Factors/Safety domain. Mosaic Tasks is a unique tool that measures the big 5 personality traits through the completion of a set of online tasks. Johnny previously worked for 11 years as a Human Factors (HF) consultant delivering projects in over 30 countries which included topics such as culture change, incident investigations, managing human error and assessment through 360 feedback and Situational Judgement Tests.

Alan Howard
Associate Fellow
British Psychological Society (BPS)

Alan is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and member of the BPS’s Division of Occupational Psychology. He is a Chartered Psychologist and a Registered Occupational Psychologist with the UK’s Health Care Professions Council.

Alan is currently director of Mosaic Tasks, a unique tool that measures the big 5 personality traits through the completion of a set of online tasks. He has 27 years’ experience as an occupational psychologist which includes managing and delivering large consultancy projects in 6 continents. He is a former Vice President of Assessment & Development at Dubai International Airport and Director of Assessment & Development Centres at IHS Dubai. Alan has co-authored 3 situational judgement tests which are published worldwide by SHL and which have been completed by participants from over 100 countries. Alan has extensive experience of carrying out projects in safety-critical environments, including Nuclear Energy, Heavy Engineering and the Police & Prisons.

Dr. Ishvan Ramcharitar
Chief Medical Advisor
Atlantic

Dr. Ishvan Ramcharitar is the Chief Medical Advisor to Atlantic. He is also the Medical Advisor to the bpTT Region.

A medical professional with over fourteen years’ experience in occupational medicine, Dr. Ramcharitar was the first physician from the Caribbean to attain specialist qualifications in occupational medicine when he achieved Membership of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians (MFOM). In 2016, he was recognized for his distinguished contribution to the field of occupational medicine when he was awarded Fellowship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FFOM) by the Board of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of Ireland.

Dr. Ramcharitar, a past national scholar, is the holder of a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of the West Indies and a Master Degree in Occupational Medicine from Kings College, University of Aberdeen. His training extended to Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society in Seattle and he is a Diving Medical Advisory Committee Level 2D Diving Medicine certified physician. He also possesses a Certificate in Occupational Health Law from the Glasgow Caledonian University in the United Kingdom. Dr. Ramcharitar is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and is an Oil and Gas UK certified physician.

He has a special interest in the areas of fitness for work, fatigue, toxicology, substance misuse in the workplace and occupational wellness. His pioneering work in the field of fatigue risk management has received international recognition. He has served as the head of the Occupational Medicine and Executive Medical Clinics at the Medical Associates Hospital and Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex. Dr. Ramcharitar has held the positions of Associate Lecturer with the University of the West Indies and Member of the Board of Directors of the Occupational Safety and Health Authority of Trinidad and Tobago on which he served as the Medical Board’s representative.

Patricia Loquan
Human Resources Specialist
Lever Brothers West Indies

Patricia Loquan specialises in Human Resources Management and organisation effectiveness as well as key aspects of Technical operations as well as Quality Assurance, Production Management and Product Development.

At Unilever, she led the Big Scale Value Analysis cross functional team to identify and deliver $10 million cost savings throughout the business. Patricia’s experience has spanned the technical, HR and general management areas at Lever Brothers West Indies, the local subsidiary of Unilever

She has held the positions of Technical Director, Corporate Affairs & Personnel Director, and Total Quality Coordinator. Her primary responsibility was for manufacturing including product technical design, production, engineering, quality and site safety health and environment

As Corporate Affairs & Personnel Director, she was responsible for the company’s Secretarial and HR function as well as participated in the successful roll out of Unilever’s Integrated HR management grading, remuneration, appraisal, and training/development systems.

Dr. Kalim Shah
Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy
University of Delaware

Kalim has over 15 years of policy analysis and institutional development experience working as a consultant and researcher in the fields of climate change, energy policy and corporate sustainability, mostly in small island developing states and the Caribbean. Experience includes implementing national and regional projects on climate change mainstreaming, industrial policy evaluation and sustainability investments.

Presently Kalim is a professor of energy and environmental policy at the Joseph Biden School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware, in the United States. There he is Director of the Island Policy Lab, which is part of the UN SIDS Partnership. He has previously held faculty positions at Indiana University, and at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. He has consulted for the World Bank, PAHO, UNECLAC and UNDP; the Caribbean Tourism Organization and Caribbean Regional Organization for Standards and Quality. Most recently, Dr. Shah completed Suriname’s national climate strategy and also completed Guyana’s First National Climate Change Policy and Strategic Implementation Plan funded Caribbean Development Bank. A UWI alum, Dr. Shah is a former Trinidad & Tobago Fulbright Scholar and holds a Doctorate in Public Policy from George Mason University.

Dr. H. Kit Miyamoto
Chief Executive Officer
Miyamoto International

Dr. H. Kit Miyamoto leads Miyamoto International, a global structural engineering and disaster risk reduction firm, and nonprofit Miyamoto Relief, and is a California Seismic Safety Commissioner. Dr. Miyamoto and his team won three consecutive ENR “Best Global Project” awards as well as the prestigious U.S. Presidential “E” Award.

Dr. Miyamoto is an expert to World Bank projects, including a seismic risk mitigation project for 2,000 schools in Istanbul and critical projects in Manila, Mongolia, Indonesia and Myanmar. After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he and his team conducted damage assessments of more than 430,000 earthquake-damaged structures and rebuilt more than 12,000 buildings. He is currently involved with earthquake reconstruction in Nepal, Mexico and Indonesia and his team conducts critical disaster preparedness policy work for USAID in Latin America and the Caribbean and for the World Bank in Bangladesh.

Dr. Miyamoto holds graduate degrees from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and California State University, where he has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni. He has been featured by CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, the Discovery Channel, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Rolling Stone magazine. He is also a TED speaker.

Dr. Judith Gobin
Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Life Sciences
The University of the West Indies

Dr. Gobin is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Life Sciences, in the Faculty of Science and Technology, at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.

She is a Marine Biologist with more than 35 years of research experience in the field. She has made significant academic contributions (> 30 publications) to the knowledge of Marine Biodiversity in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. In this respect, she has published on a number of “new marine scientific records” and “new marine species” - (approximately 298) - for Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.

Dr. Gobin began her research career working in shallow, soft-sediment benthic environments and then moved to rocky shore areas and more recently- into the deep sea environment. The Deep Sea Wonders of the Caribbean project (a book and a 5-part DVD) was initiated by Dr. Gobin following her participation on-board the E/V Nautilus’ expedition within the Caribbean, in 2013 and 2014. She was the Lead Scientist on that project. Dr. Gobin’s marine research is original and critical towards conservation and management of our marine resources.

Catherine Ramnarine

Catherine joined the firm in September 2006. One of the primary focuses of her current practice is labour and employment law. She has significant knowledge and practical experience in this area including industrial relations disputes, termination, discrimination and employee injury claims. She also maintains a significant practice in personal injury litigation, insurance disputes, civil and commercial litigation, debt collection, enforcement of foreign judgments and construction disputes.

Her current involvement surrounds helping clients to manage labour and employment issues, including issues relating to:

  • Recruitment – data protection, privacy and discrimination

  • Drafting employment contracts

  • Managing employee benefits and entitlements – overtime, injury and sick leave, maternity leave, health and safety requirements, implementing changes to the terms and conditions of employment, interpreting Collective Agreements

  • Performance management – attendance, punctuality, poor performance

  • Promotions; Disciplinary investigations and hearings

  • Redundancy and retrenchment, Transfers of business

  • Advising and representing clients in alternative dispute resolution processes including negotiation, mediation, judicial settlement conferencing and conciliation (including conciliation at the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Court and Equal Opportunity Commission)

  • Drafting Court documents including Pleadings, Evidence and Arguments, Applications, Affidavits, Witness Statements, Skeleton Arguments and Submissions.

  • Practicing as Second Chair/Instructing Attorney and First Chair/Advocate in matters before the Industrial Court, High Court and Court of Appeal

  • Helping clients to proactively and preemptively manage potential disputes and claims

Her publications include:

  • The Highs and Lows of Marijuana Legislation – What could it mean for business? Hamel-Smith Forum Vol. 10, Issue 3, January 2018

  • Whose Employee Is It? – Liability Under a “Labour Only” Contract – Hamel-Smith Forum Vol. 10 Issue 2, September 2017

  • Business Closures and Severance – Business Guardian 14th April 2016

  • Managing Workforce Reductions – AMCHAM Linkage Volume 1/2016

  • Too Much Information: The Risks of Using Social Media to Screen Recruits – Hamel-Smith Forum Volume 9/Issue 3

  • Not Your Employee? You May Still be Liable for His Injury – Hamel-Smith Forum Vol. 8, Issue 6

  • Winning the Shell Game: How the Oppression Remedy Can Be Used to Recover Unpaid Judgments – Hamel-Smith Forum Vol. 8, Issue 4

  • Emerging Discrimination Claims Under the Equal Opportunity Act: What Employers Need to Know – Hamel-Smith Forum Vol. 7, Issue 5

  • Industrial Court Makes Its First Ruling Under OSHA – AMCHAM Linkage Vol. 3/2010

Her Professional Memberships include:

  • The Law Association of Trinidad & Tobago

Presentations:

  • Panelist on the Draft National Policy on Sexual Harassment – T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce – September 8, 2018;

  • One day training workshop on “Employment Law Fundamentals-Employers Rights and Responsibilities”-T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce – March 28, 2018;

Education:

  • 2008: Alternative Dispute Resolution Workshop

  • 2006: L.E.C. (Hugh Wooding Law School)

  • 2004: LL.B (Hons.) University of the West Indies

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