2020 Industry Summit Preliminary Agenda

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Welcome Breakfast
Enjoy a cup of coffee and a light breakfast with fellow attendees while you prepare for a day full of content revolved around response during a pandemic. It will feel good to reunite with colleagues and friends you’ve been missing this year! 

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Establishing a Command Post in Real Events – Virtually, In-Person, or Hybrid

Running a command post virtually and/or having virtual components is actually not a new phenomenon. Some instances have necessitated hosting participants in separate locations and connecting them virtually. Fast forward to a COVID world and running commands posts virtually has become a requirement. Panelists in this session will focus on the process of setting up a virtual or hybrid command post in real events.

Session Chair: Alfred Sly, Emergency Preparedness & Response Advisor, ExxonMobil Corporation
Moderator: Michael Baccigalopi, Oil Spill Advisor, bp Gulf of Mexico


  • Capt. Jason Smith, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi
  • Pat Marshall, Preparedness and Prevention Coordinator, Texas General Land Office
  • Stephen Pepper, Director, Crisis Management, Phillips 66
  • Alfred Sly, Emergency Preparedness & Response Advisor, ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Roy Barrett, President, The Response Group

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Networking Break

Continue your discussions from the morning’s sessions, refuel with a hot cup of coffee, and connect with tabletop sponsors before diving back into sessions.

11:00 AM –12:00 PM
Establishing Field Facilities in a Real Event

During real events field response activities still need to be executed well. Key activities like operational briefings, wildlife response, and oil spill clean-up require some face to face interaction to be successful. The panelists in this session will share and discuss real event case studies and what they have experienced and learned in our current COVID environment.

Session Chair/Moderator: Stephen Pepper, Director, Crisis Management, Phillips 66


  • Rhonda Murgatroyd, Managing Director, Wildlife Response Services, LLC
  • Scott Skelton, MS, CIH, Senior IH/ER Consultant, CTEH, LLC
  • Mike Walker, VP Gulf Region, Marine Spill Response Corporation
  • Alfred Sly, Emergency Preparedness & Response Advisor, ExxonMobil Corporation

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Have a bite to eat alongside your peers and use this time to fill your bellies and brains with important takeaways from the morning sessions.   
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1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Conducting Virtual Exercises

This session will focus on what systems have been used to date to run a variety of exercise scenarios using virtual tools. The presenters will share their experiences on what worked well and what needed improvement, including the most effective techniques for engaging participants. Panelists will elaborate on the future possibilities for a virtual exercise and how to design a valuable training opportunity for IMT members. This session will also include agency expectations for virtual exercises.

Session Chair: Art Powers, Emergency Preparedness & Response Advisor, ExxonMobil Corporation
Moderator: Barbara Parker, EM Science and Advocacy Manager – PTS Emergency Management, Shell


  • Jennifer Crouch, Principal CEM & Security – GOM, BHP
  • Charles Van Schalkwyk, Director, Health, Safety & Environment, Occidental Petroleum Corporation
  • Chris Harder, HSE Officer, Marine Well Containment
  • Roy Barrett, President, The Response Group, invited

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Networking Break
Enjoy a sweet treat before wrapping up the day’s agenda. Take some time to expand upon the topics discussed prior to participating in the final sessions and visit with tabletop sponsors.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sharing of COVID Guidance – Upstream, Downstream, and Midstream
The events of 2020 have forced operators to update and rewrite guidance documents practically on the fly in response to constantly changing health environments. This panel will provide an opportunity to discuss what everyone has done to keep their platforms and/or refineries running. Further, this will allow some best practices to surface that can be applied towards the future.

Session Chair: Jennifer Crouch, Principal CEM & Security – GOM, BHP Billiton
Moderator: Mike Drieu, GOM CEM Manager, Occidental Petroleum


  • Sofia Lamon, HSE Director, Gulf of Mexico, Occidental Petroleum Corporation
  • Justin Abshire, Head of SRT, COVID Sustained Response Team, BHP
  • Shawn Essert, Emergency Response Manager, Shell Exploration & Production Company
  • Pablo Sanchez-Soria Ph.D., CIH, Project Toxicologist, CTEH, LLC

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Joint Information Center (JIC) – How Would You Run a Media Event in a Virtual Setting?

Running media events can be tricky unto themselves, but how would you run it if it was in a virtual setting? The panelists in this session will explore important topics relative to facilitating and managing a media event in a virtual setting, as well as equipment to use.

Session Chair: Paul Galloway, GOM Emergency Management Team Leader, Chevron USA Inc.
Moderator: Michael Baccigalopi, bp Gulf of Mexico


  • William Salvin, President, Signal Bridge
  • Kim Nahas, Sr. Publicist, GeoControl Systems, Inc.
  • Megan Baldino, Director, External Communications, bp America
  • Andy Kendrick, Jetty Software Senior Manager, Senior Consultant, The Response Group

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Industry Appreciation Reception

Hang back and wait for Houston traffic to die down while debriefing from the day’s valuable information exchange. Enjoy what is left of this in-person experience with a drink and some refreshments before heading home – you earned it!

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