2017 YPP USA Symposium: Agenda

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center

2301 N Millbend Drive

The Woodlands, TX 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

7:30      Registration & Material Pickup

8:00      Conference Opening Statement & Safety Moment

8:30      Pipeline Safety

Elizabeth Herdes; CEO, Herdes Law & Consulting, LLC

How pipeline safety works, why it matters, and what is new based on recent legal decisions in the pipeline industry

9:45      Routing and Construction

Kimberly Tarr; VP Engineering & Construction, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners

& Jennifer Ngo; Project Engineer, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners

A walk through of a pipeline construction project from beginning to end; with a case-study illustrating challenges and successes

11:00     Government Relations

Alan Mayberry; Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety, PHMSA

What young professionals should know about government relations and the challenges that exist for an operating company

12:00    Lunch

1:00      Risk Management –Operational and Enterprise Risk

Trevor MacFarlane; President and CEO, Dynamic Risk

Elements of a risk management program and an introduction to different models

2:15      Crisis Management

Andy Drake; Vice President – Operations and EHS, Enbridge

How pipeline operators respond to crises and what lessons have been learned

3:30      Field Engineering

Alan Eastman; Executive Vice President, Mears

The case for the value of field engineering experience in a pipeliner’s career

4:30      Reception


Friday, September 22, 2017


8:00      Welcome Back to Day 2 – Conference Opening

8:15      Federal Regulations

Brigham McCown; Chairman & CEO, Nouveau Inc.

How presidential executive orders become federal regulation

9:15      Pipeline Safety Management Systems

Michael McGonagill; President, Strategic Convictions LLC

& Mark L. Hereth; Principal, Process Performance Improvement Consultants, LLC (P-PIC)

The pipeline safety management system and what should a young professional know about it

10:25    Human Resources

Jill Silman Chapman; MS-HRM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior Performance Consultant, Insperity

How to get promoted and what young professionals should know about managing people once they are there

11:30    Lunch

12:00    Local Industry Site Field Trip

2:30      Research & Development

Robert Smith; Research Manager, PHMSA

A brief introduction to forefront of federal pipeline safety R&D programs

2:45      Integrity at a High Level

Tara Podnar McMahan; Head of Section – Integrity Solutions, DNV GL             

The life cycle of integrity and how everything impacts everything

3:30      YPP Closing Remarks