Pre-Conference Focus Day

Monday, June 3
12:30pm - 5pm

1:00 pm Check-In & Networking

1:50 pm Chair’s Opening Remarks

Building a Firm-Wide Integrated Safety Strategy

2:00 pm Gaining Executive Level Buy-In to Build a Strong Safety Culture From the Top Down


  • Understanding where to align strategy and KPIs
  • Communicating the ROI of strong safety policies at project and organizational level
  • Your future roadmap and the resources required to secure corporate investment

2:40 pm Developing a Robust Strategy to Integrate a Shared Safety-First Culture Across Your Organization

  • Chris Tschida Vice President, Health, Safety, and Environment, McCownGordon Construction LLC


  • Critical stakeholders that influence safety outcomes for a one-team approach
  • Developing an effective collaboration and communication strategy to outline expectations and changes in practice
  • Conducting safety culture assessments to review internal adherence and reinforce areas needing improvement

3:20 pm Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

4:00 pm Panel Discussion: Integrating With Preconstruction to Ensure Safety Is Built Into Project Decision- Making

  • Chris Tschida Vice President, Health, Safety, and Environment, McCownGordon Construction LLC
  • Kat Dobson Safety Director, Alberici Constructors Inc.


  • Understanding what integration workflows look like to ensure the impact of decisions are fully understood
  • Itemizing safety requirements with regards to time, cost and resources to ensure these are fully integrated throughout
  • Ensuring that safety is ring-fenced as a priority throughout the iterative preconstruction process

4:40 pm Working With Scheduling to Sequence Work Effectively & Create Safer Field Environments

  • Chad Smith Corporate Director of Safety Operations, Evans General Contractors


  • Examining the effects of compressed schedules and identifying key leading indicators to watch for in this environment
  • Distinguishing the balance between safety and efficiency to create cross-functional alignment
  • Creating a fluid language that can integrate with the scheduling process to ensure alignment

5:20 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

5:30 pm End of Pre-Conference Focus Day