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Montana Safety Services Council, a not-for-profit educational association, exists primarily to improve safety culture. In this, our 22nd year, we continue our partnership with the Big Sky Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and welcome the addition of Associated Employers (AE). The 2017 ASSE/MSSC/AE Safety, Leadership & HR Conference: Compliance & Beyond, will be held from March 8th – 9th with preconference classes on March 6th and 7th. Our premier objective is to keep attendees updated on the latest safety and HR best practices.

Last year’s conference and session evaluations were overwhelmingly positive. There were numerous positive remarks by attendees and vendors. We look forward to another successful conference in 2017.

“Good speakers & good classes/breakout sessions. Great tools to take home & use in our day to day life.” ~Kayla Freeman, CHS Inc. Insurance

“It was planned very well, ran smoothly, and was held in a professional environment.” ~Boomer Hesley, Mystery Ranch Backpacks

Keynote – General Session March 8, 2017

Transitioning Culture – Northwestern Energy’s Experience

Presented by:Robert Rowe, Curt Pohl & Barry O’Leary

Bob Rowe has been President and Chief Executive Officer of NorthWestern Corporation since August 13, 2008. He is Co-Chair of the Institute for Electric Innovation, part of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI); a member of the EEI Board of Directors Executive Committee; a member of the American Gas Association Board of Directors; Western Energy Institute past chair and current executive committee member.

Bob lives in Helena, Montana. He holds a BA from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, a JD from the University of Oregon, completed the Kennedy School Senior Executives’ Program, and has been active in various professional organizations. He has been active with a variety of university-based organizations, and is currently a senior fellow at the University of Florida Public Utility Research Center.

At NorthWestern Energy, Bob’s focus is working with other employees to build a strong company, focused on providing essential infrastructure and service, and that will be a long-term partner to the customers and communities they serve.
Curt Pohl is the Vice President of Distribution for NorthWestern Energy and is responsible for operations of NorthWestern’s electric and natural gas distribution systems across Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.  NorthWestern operates approximately 25,000 miles of electric distribution and approximately 7,000 miles of natural gas pipelines that serve 425,000 electric customers and 280,000 natural gas customers.  Curt is primarily responsible for all field operations, distribution construction and engineering, safety and asset management.  Curt is a graduate from South Dakota State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has been with NorthWestern for 29 years.  Curt started his career in Nebraska as a gas engineer, and has held many engineering and leadership positions in Nebraska and South Dakota prior to moving to Montana in his current role in 2003.

Barry O’Leary has worked for NorthWestern Energy for 30 years and was named Director of the NWE Safety Department in 1997. In total, he has over 34 years of experience in safety since graduating from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology in 1982 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health. He attained the status of Certified Safety Professional in 1993 with an emphasis in safety management aspects. In 1998, Barry completed his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Montana. He is a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and has completed the “Public Utility Executive Course” at the University of Idaho.

In his current role as Director – Safety, Health, and Environmental Services, Barry is responsible for managing and supporting the development and implementation of the safety, health, and environmental programs throughout the three state service territory of NorthWestern Energy. Additionally, Barry serves in a “corporate governance” role for the Company, making periodic reports to the NWE Board of Directors and facilitating/interacting with the “Executive Safety Committees” established throughout the organization.

Keynote – General Session March 9, 2017

Selling Safety to Executives: The Real Costs of an Incident

Presented by: Michael Hayslip

The ultimate “cost” in experiencing a safety mishap is not death…it is living. Attend this session and find out why.

At the end of this session attendees will be able to list and discuss over 30 direct and/or indirect costs of not being safe, along with understanding 4 ways to control risk and recite multiple effective strategies by way of example and storytelling of how to sell safety to upper management.

Michael Hayslip is President and CEO of NESTI Inc. since 1996. NESTI Inc. is an OSHA and ANSI based safety training, mentoring and litigation support firm headquartered in Dayton Ohio. He is a Professional Civil Engineer; Attorney; and Certified Safety Professional with a Masters resulting from an in depth field education from the school of hard knocks.

Mike began in the field as a surveyor, carpenter and pile driver over (30) thirty years ago with the Heavy-Marine Division of J. A. Jones Construction Co. He has worked as a draftsman, engineer, CPM scheduler, superintendent, project manager and as corporate safety and risk director. Mike has worked for multiple delivery systems such as general contractor, subcontractor, design-builder and construction manager. He also facilitated the lowering of a prior employer’s EMR from 1.32 to 0.41.

Mike is a national speaker, published author, adjunct professor, Arbitrator and Mediator; Mike has serves on ANSI A10. He is a prior Board member and Vice President of the American Society of Safety Engineers (Region VII); and been appointed nationally to OSHA’s Advisory Council on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH). He has received numerous Safety Professional of the Year awards from the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) on the local, state, regional and national levels.

Click here to view the 2017 Annual Safety, Leadership & HR Conference brochure

Pre-Conference Training

March 6 & 7, 2017

  • Hazwoper 8 Hour Refresher – $125
  • OSHA 10 / CSTOP 8 Combo – $150

March 8-9, 2017

Our Conference provides:

  • resources to improve the safety culture and employee/employer relations
  • timely and vital safety certifications and educational classes in these areas:
  • – Safety and Health
    – Leadership
    – Human Resources

  • opportunities to network with other professionals.
  • CEU credits for both safety and HR

Conference Pricing

Full Conference – $275
Day One Only – $150
Day Two Only – $150

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