Keynote speaker

Diversity and inclusion:
How to attract and retain the best talent

Karen Carter Keynote Speaker

Karen S. Carter
Chief Inclusion Officer, Dow Chemical Company

Karen S. Carter serves as the Chief Inclusion Officer for the Dow Chemical Company. Ms. Carter is responsible globally for guiding and directing Dow’s efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive environment and workforce. As Dow’s first Chief Inclusion Officer, she is leading a team whose goal is to ensure Dow is at the forefront of inclusive companies and integrating diversity as a part of the company’s growth strategy. As keynote speaker for the Good Chemistry 2019 conference, Ms. Carter will present on Diversity and Inclusion: Changing Culture to Attract and Retain the Best Talent.


Plenary speakers

Improving industry’s reputation

Nathalie De Marcellis-Warin
President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations

Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin holds a Ph.D. in Management Science in risks and insurance management from École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France) and is a full professor in the Department of Mathematical and Industrial Engineering of Polytechnique Montréal. She is visiting scientist at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, in the Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health.

Her research interests are risk management and decision theory in risk and uncertainty. Nathalie has published several academic articles and more than 20 research reports for governments and other organizations. Nathalie works on public policies in risk management with the Canadian, Quebec, and French governments. She is currently involved in research projects on risk perception and social acceptability in food safety, nanotechnologies, and patient safety.

In 2011, she started the CIRANO Barometer on risk perception in Quebec.

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Ingrid Peignier
Partners Relations and Communications Director, Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations

Ingrid Peignier graduated from the Alès School of Mines in France and is the director of partner relations and project director at CIRANO. She holds a Master’s degree (M.Sc.A) in Industrial Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal. Ms. Peignier specializes in identification, evaluation, management and communication risks in different areas such as the transport of dangerous goods and risks related to underground infrastructure. Since 2011, she has published the CIRANO Annual Barometer on Risk Perception for Quebec with Nathalie De Marcellis-Warin.

Anne Womack Kolton

Anne Womack Kolton
Executive Vice President, Communications, Sustainability and Market Outreach, American Chemistry Council

Anne Womack Kolton serves as the Executive Vice President of the American Chemistry Council, leading Communications, Sustainability and Market Outreach for the US $526 billion business of chemistry in the U.S. Ms. Kolton is responsible for the development and execution of domestic and international strategies to advance industry’s advocacy priorities, sustainability practices, marketplace relationships with manufacturers and retailers, as well as environmental, health, safety and security performance through oversight of Responsible Care®, the industry’s signature Environmental Health and Safety program.


Streams speaker

Behavioral assessments to improve performance

Strong leadership in Responsible Care

Stephen Flower
Managing Principal, Predictive Success Corporation

Stephen Flower is a Managing Principal with Predictive Success Corporation.  He frequently speaks in business and professional circles for Canadian and American Fortune 500 CEOs, small business owners, and for non-profits. As a collaborative keynote speaker, Stephen energizes people by showing them how behavioral science can solve many of the challenges they face. He weaves real-world examples of business success into actionable plans that can be implemented immediately.  Stephen practices what he preaches and spends his days helping organizations implement talent programs that amplify their overall business strategy.

Ryan Draper

Ryan Draper
Compliance Manager, CCC Sulphur Products

Ryan Draper is the Compliance Manager for CCC Sulphur Products. He started his career in Operations and moved into a compliance role with a strong understanding of the relationship between people and process in an industrial environment. He is a Certified Engineering Technologist, a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and also holds his 3rd Class Operating Engineers ticket. Ryan is a family man that does his best at applying all of his safety knowledge to reign in and coach his three young boys. Ryan loves to hear himself talk and has made that evident by teaching aspiring young Operating Engineers at Conestoga College on the importance of safety in industry.

Yves Hamelin

Yves Hamelin
Regional Director, Quebec, CIAC

Yves Hamelin served as CEO of Arkema Canada Inc. for more than 20 years. In that role, he was directly involved in the implementation of Responsible Care® and its mandatory third-party verification process. Currently acting as Regional Director for Quebec at CIAC, Mr. Hamelin supports organizations in optimizing their safety and operational performance.

Autonomous vehicles and driver-assisted transport

Preventing catastrophic events

Staying alert

Marcel E. Pouliot
P.Eng. MBA Vice-President Industry and Regulatory Affairs, Trimac Transporation

Mr. Pouliot is currently Vice-President Industry & Regulatory Affairs with Trimac Transportation which is one of the largest providers of bulk trucking services in North America. Over the last 29 years, Marcel held several senior positions including Operations, Industrial Services (fleet maintenance), Purchasing, Fleet Innovation, and Safety. Throughout his career at Trimache has been leading successful teams to numerous industry awards presented by the National Tank Truck Carrier (NTTC) Association and implemented several innovative fleet solutions.

Marlene Ramphal

Marlene Ramphal
Director of Operations, Nuclear Fleet Operations, Maintenance and Radiation Safety, Ontario Power Generation

With nearly 30 years of experience in nuclear technology, Ms. Ramphal serves as the Director of Fleet Operations for Ontario Power Generation. There, she is responsible for hiring and operator training, such as qualifying operators as nuclear professionals and as authorized operators licensed by the Canadian Nuclear Society Commission to run the generating units.

Previously, Ms. Ramphal was licensed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission as a Control Room Shift Supervisor, Shift Manager, Operations Manager and Duty and Emergency Preparedness Manager for the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station.

Michael Roy
Human Performance Manager, Pickering Nuclear Generating Station

Michael Roy is the Human Performance Site Functional Area Manager at Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in Ontario. There, he holds the responsibility of influencing 3,000 employees on the importance of human performance and the use of “event free” tools. Mr. Roy’s training in human performance began in the Inspection Reactor Innovation division of Ontario Power Generation (OPG), which provides inspection, maintenance, and innovative services for the energy sector worldwide. Prior to his work at OPG, Mr. Roy was a professor of ethics at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology/ Durham College.

Community Engagement

Nadine Blaney
Executive Director, Fort Air Partnership

Nadine Blaney is the Executive Director of the Fort Air Partnership, an organization responsible for monitoring ambient air quality in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland and surrounding region. She has extensive experience in developing and sustaining relationships in diverse multi-stakeholder environments, collaborating with industry, government and communities. Ms. Blaney began her career with the Alberta Government, working with stakeholders to manage cumulative environmental effects in northern Alberta. She is currently a co-chair of the Alberta Airsheds Council, which provides leadership in support of healthy air quality for Albertans and the environment through the collective operation of over 70 ambient air monitoring stations. Ms. Blaney is also a member of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada National Advisory Panel.