8:40 – 9:20 am Simon Lam Title: Current Industry Challenges & Expectations of an Automation Partner
Description: The industrial automation landscape continues to change at an increasingly rapid pace along with process industry market changes. Mr. Lam, a senior executive in the chemical industry, gave his perspective of these ongoing trends with an overview on the changes that are occurring around industrial automation in the process industries and why it is important to partner with a capable automation supplier to continue to be competitive in the future.
Bio: Simon Lam Chung Kai was the chief executive of CSPCL, a multibillion dollar petrochemical joint venture between CNOOC (China National Offshore Oil Company) and Shell until his retirement from Shell in 2007.
In 2008, Simon rejoined Shell as Venture Director of Shell Eastern Petrochemical Complex (SEPC), the largest Shell investment in petrochemicals manufacturing in Singapore. The project included a world class ethylene cracker complex, one of world’s largest MEG plant, and modification of existing refinery assets. On completion of SEPC, Simon retired (a second time) from Shell in May 2010.
Post retirement, he has sat as an Independent Director on numerous Corp such as Royal Vopak (NL), Hertel Engineering (NL), SinoChem International (China) and Energy Market Authority of Singapore.
In March 2012, he was brought into Jurong Aromatics as the Interim CEO. Jurong Aromatics is a USD 2.4 billion investment in Singapore producing a range of oil and petrochemical products. As CEO, he was responsible for restructuring the organization, setting up management systems and putting the company on the right track towards project completion. Completed mid-2014, he turned over the role of CEO and was appointed Advisor to the Chairman of the Board.
Simon’s career with Shell includes a variety of positions starting as a Refinery Process Engineer for the Pulau Bukom Refinery; a Process Design Engineer in the Netherlands; a Senior Analyst for Long-term Planning & Appraisal; General Manager of Consultancy Services of Shell Global Solutions International; Manufacturing Director and then Chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore.
Simon was born in Singapore, received his degree in Engineering from Adelaide University, Australia, and is a Chartered Engineer.
Wednesday September 10th
8:40 – 9:20 am Mike Phillips Title: From F1 to Healthcare – the story of McLaren Applied Technologies
Description: McLaren is a successful Formula 1 team and now a world class sports car manufacturer. What is less known is that McLaren has a fast growing technology business that is active in a diverse range of industries from energy to consumers goods to health. This unlikely story was brought to life through some example projects and plans for the future.
Bio: A mechanical engineer with a focus on new business development, Mike has built an international career focused around technology and commercial ventures.
After graduating in London, he worked in vehicle development with both Ricardo and Cosworth in the UK, and progressed to leading projects and business development for clients in Europe, US and South Korea. This subsequently led to Mike taking a role at McLaren to head up their advanced composites division with a mission to develop carbon fiber chassis technology for McLaren’s forthcoming road cars.
McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT) was established in 2005 with Mike as Managing Director to bring together a world-class team with skills ranging from human telemetry, advanced design, data analytics and simulation, in order to deliver step-changes in performance for global brands, and technology-based industries. Phillips recently moved to the US to establish McLaren’s first offshore business to bring electronic systems and software to the North American motorsport, automotive and transport sectors before returning the UK to rejoin MAT. His focus is now on building new business in the field of accelerated product development with active projects in aviation, oil exploration, consumer goods and automotive sectors.
9:20 – 10:00 am Mark Peters, PennWell Corporation Title: Energy Market Outlook
Description: Mark Peters gave an overview of oil prices for the last ten years, coupled with trends that will impact prices over the next ten years. In addition, he looked at construction activity in the global hydrocarbon processing industry with particular emphasis on the changes being caused by the shale oil and gas activity in the United States.
Bio: Mark F. Peters is Vice President of PennWell Publishing and Publisher of Offshore and the Oil & Gas Financial Journal. In addition to these magazines he is also responsible for organizing the following conferences and exhibitions: Subsea Tieback; Petroleum Network Education Conference; Oil & Gas Pipeline; Deepwater Operations and Topsides, Platforms and Hulls. He has over 30 years of industry-related experience having been a publisher of a refining, petrochemical, and gas processing publication, and a midstream publication in addition to his current duties. He is a frequent speaker addressing oil, gas, refining and offshore issues and trends at seminars, conferences and users groups. His extensive travel schedule includes attendance at major upstream, midstream and downstream meetings around the world. He holds a BA degree in psychology from Brown University.
Thursday September 11th
8:40 – 9:15 am Walt Boyes, Spitzer and Boyes LLC Title: Automation and Control in the Plant of the Future
Description: The next five to ten years will bring huge changes to process manufacturing and automation. These will include changes in demographics, social interaction, sensors, analysis and control technology, work practices and preferences, and the way plants are controlled. Walt reviewed these trends and outline what he envisioned for the plant of the future.
Bio: Walt Boyes has more than 25 years of experience in sales, sales management, marketing, and product development in the automation industry, including Executive Committee experience in three companies, and board of directors service in both for-profit and not-for-profit companies. Walt was a member of the Board of Directors of Cypress Envirosystems, and continues to maintain an advisory relationship with the company.
9:15 – 10:00 am Steve Anderson, Integrated Leadership Systems, LLC Title: Creating a Culture of Safety through Effective Leadership
Description: Accidents cost companies all over America millions of dollars per year. Therefore, safety should be a top priority for any company. One accident can cost lives and damage a business in many ways. In this speech, Dr. Anderson shared the lessons he has learned from consulting with construction and energy businesses for over ten years. He shared the secrets of creating a culture of openness and trust that leads to discussions of “near misses” which will reduce the likelihood of accidents occurring at plants.
Bio: Dr. Anderson received his Bachelor of Science in agriculture from Ohio State University in 1980. From 1980 until 1994, he held several management positions in the agriculture and retail industries. During this time, he obtained his Masters in Business Administration from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. In 1999 he obtained a Ph.D. in psychology at Ohio State University. Dr. Anderson worked in retail management for his family’s business, The Andersons, for ten years.
Since 2001, Dr. Anderson has run his company, Integrated Leadership Systems, which does leadership training, executive coaching and consulting and employs four consultants, as well as an operations director. ILS is based in Columbus, OH and provides services for hundreds of companies all over North America. ILS has done consulting for many nationally recognized companies including Honda, Nationwide, Husky Energy, Ohio State University, Ohio Health, Elmer’s Products, Kokosing Construction and Worthington Industries. Dr. Anderson is the author of four books about leadership.