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Bright Lights, Big City

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

For the first time, the CHC Safety & Quality Summit has moved to the heart of Dallas. This year, 500 delegates joined nearly 80 speakers and 50 employee ambassadors to tackle a new theme – Shining a Light on Safety: Are We Looking in the Right Places?” The 15th annual gathering once again saw professionals from aviation, oil and gas, insurance and safety professionals gather together for a series of candid and open conversations around all aspects of safety in our industry.

The Summit was hosted by Duncan Trapp, Vice President of Safety and Quality, and opened with Dave Balevic addressing three key areas in our industry that we should try to shine a light on and find ways to collectively improve – technology, communication and training.

“Being satisfied with ‘safe enough’ betrays our purpose: getting our customers where they need to be, when they need to be there, anywhere in the world, safely and reliably,” he shared with the crowd. “I won’t be satisfied with ‘safe enough’ and I hope you won’t either.”

After Dave’s presentation, two plenary sessions were held. Neil Richardson, Principal Consultant for Baines Simmons Ltd., expounded on the topic of safety management. He was followed by Dr. Arnoud Franken, Senior Strategy and Change Consultant for InContext Consultancy Group, who held a session on how organizational procedures and protocols can create blind spots to safety. The morning closed with a Q&A session where guests could ask live questions to both of the plenary session speakers.

After the morning sessions and lunch, the delegates split into 20 breakout sessions that provided opportunities to learn about topics ranging from safety best practices, human factors, safety management systems, advancements in safety technology, updates from international regulatory authorities and many more.

The Summit will continue with 60 more sessions over the next two days as well as other special events. Keep watching CHC Helicopter’s social channels (using hashtag #CHCSummit19) for additional updates throughout the week. Thanks to all those who have worked hard to support this year’s event and we look forward to sharing throughout the week.