Safety & Quality Summit

An Exceptional Combination of Talent, Passion and Experience


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CHC’s Safety & Quality Summit attracts representatives from across the aviation and oil & gas industries to share knowledge and best practices around developing and maintaining a robust safety environment. 

The 2017 event will build upon the success from last year’s Summit, which had more than 600 delegates in attendance. For 2017, the Summit will address the theme:

Can we truly manage all of the risk:
what if the barriers are not as robust as we think? 

The opening Plenary Session will feature an initial address by Karl Fessenden, President and CEO, CHC Helicopter, followed by a series of presentations by Stephen Carver, Senior Lecturer in Project & Programme Management from the Cranfield School of Management, and Dr. Nicklas Dalstrom, Human Factors Manager from Emirates Flight Operations Training. Following the plenary speakers, 80 workshops will take place during the three day event, delivered by experts from across the aviation safety and human factors world.

When: September 27 - 29, 2017

Where: The Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center

Registration is now open! To register, please click here.

A list of confirmed speakers, as well as brief biographical information, is available here.

In addition to the regular sessions, delegates have the opportunity to reigster for two separate post-courses for additional in-depth focus on two areas. The courses available this year include: 

  • The Accident/Incident Investigation course, led by Mark Brosnan, Safety and Compliance Manager, CHC Helicopter, which will run from Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, and
  • The Human Factors (HFACS) course, led by Dr. Scott Shappell, co-developer of the HFACS system, which will run from Sept. 30 – Oct. 1.

Gala Dinner

A highlight event of the Summit, each year sponsors and delegates have the opportunity to attend the Gala Dinner. The Gala Dinner presents an opportunity to mingle and network, enjoy a meal and to hear from an invited speaker. Previous Gala Dinner speakers have included aviation professionals, astronauts and safety professionals. This year, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from John Foley,  Organizational and Personal Development Expert, Former Lead Solo Pilot, U.S. Navy's Blue Angels. Learn a bit more about Mr. Foley from our press release.


Delegates attending 2016 S&Q Summit Gaylord Texan exterior photo Shawn Gallowa (ProAct Safety) and Dr. Bill Johnson (FAA) at 2016 Summit plenary session
Each year, hundreds of delegates gather from around the world and across mulitiple industries to collaborate and share best practices.
This year's Safety and Quality Summit will take place at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, TX, near CHC's global headquarters.
CHC invites many of the top people in their respective fields. Last year, Shawn Galloway (ProAct Safety) and Dr. Bill Johnson (FAA) participated in an opening discussion.


Last Year's Summit

CHC's Safety & Quality Summit provides an excellent opportunity for industry professionals from around the world to gather and collaborate while discussing key issues and promoting excellence of safety in human factors. Last year's Summit was no exception. Held at the Westin-Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver, delegates gathered to discuss the theme Prioritizing Safety in a Challenging Economy.


At last year's event, President and CEO Karl Fessenden delivered his opening keynote address during the plenary session in which he discussed the importance of maintaining and promoting a robust safety environment in the midst of an economic downturn.