March 28 • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Early bird fees (until March 27): $899 plus GST and fees

Onsite Fees: $1199 plus GST and fees


Description and Key Take-Aways:

Have you been puzzled by the requirements of AB OH&S Code Section 215.4, specifically “double-block-and-bleed, blinds or blanks, or an alternate means of isolation certified as safe by a professional engineer”? Are you concerned about how your organization meets those requirements? Do you need to develop plans to meet the requirements of Section 215.4? This session (3 to 4 hours) will enable you to explain and implement the requirements, and check for compliance within your organization. This session will focus on two specific sections of the Alberta OH&S Code, Part 15 Managing the Control of Hazardous Energy, namely section 215.4 Isolating Piping and section 215.5 Pigging Operations. 

This session is based on the presenter's extensive application of Part 15 and sections within the day-to-day operations of nine world-scale petrochemical plants at two geographic facilities in Alberta. 


At the end of this Session, you will be able to:

  • Explain Part 15, Sections 215.4(1), 215.4(5), and 215.5.
  • Explain and specify isolation requirements for safe work.
  • Apply a generic work process to meet 215.4(5). 
  • Assess conditions and practices for compliance.

Key topics include:

  • Difference Between “Means of Isolation” and “Securing Isolation”
  • A Practical Understanding of Part 15, Section 215.4(1) and 215.4(5)
  • How DIB-1, and DIB-2 can meet requirements
  • How to Generate the “Alternate Means, Certified as Safe”
  • Good Practices in Design, Construction, and Start-up

By participating in this session, you will receive:

  • The detailed agenda.
  • The set of key excerpts and tips from the presentation.
  • The work process flowchart that guides one through the application of the requirements.
  • Answers to your questions!

About the Presenter 1:


John R. Cocchio, P.Eng, is the principal of GoSafetyPro, an independent in the field of Engineering Safety and Risk Management. GoSafetyPro offers expertise in the areas of occupational safety and process safety risk management. His expertise is based on over 32 years petrochemical manufacturing industry experience in a broad range of process technologies in several world-scale chemical, petrochemical, and plastics manufacturing plants.


John is also an Industrial Professor at The David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. John has been teaching “Leadership in Risk Management” to senior engineering students at The University of Alberta since 2012. 


 About the Presenter 2:


Gobind N Khiani, a UCalgary alumnus with a seasoned change-maker, impacting industrial corporations and start-ups. He has a proven track record in technical and value engineering and holds a Fellowship in Engineering and an MBA.


He is the founder of Users Group (Engineering and Technical Subject Matter Experts),

Alberta. Currently he holds the position of Vice Chairman of Standards Council of

Canada.  He has done peer review on Isolation codes such as API6D, CSA Z662 and Emissions Management regulatory documents for Environment and Climate Change Canada and participated in research and development initiatives for Emissions Management and Reduction Programs, Alberta and Canada & Isolation requirements for Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA).


Gobind draws upon a unique mix of public safety policy and start-up/venture capital

experience. He has over 27 years of energy sector experience including regulatory,

standards, technical compliance, strategy, governance, digital innovation, engineering

management, technology, sustainable development, and operations. He is also skilled

in Asset Integrity and Maintenance Management.


Gobind is involved in technical standards (energy, tech, public safety) and has been a

mentor/judge at First Robotics Western Canada. He is also the past chair of Calgary

Branch Executive Committee of APEGA.





March 29 • 1:30 PM - 4:30 pm



What exactly is systems thinking? Why might you need it?


Ever wonder why problems never truly seemed solved?


You’ve recorded some lessons learned and vowed to never make the same mistake again. Yet, the same struggles appear, time and time again.


Understanding how to frame and define the problem; understanding the relationships between the problems, and finally, understanding the framework to build your roadmap to success, are all a part of a holistic approach to problem solving, or, Systems Thinking.


Join panelists, Heinz Inabnit, Peter Reier, Carl “CJ” unis, and Michael Woudenberg in this interactive workshop to learn more and discuss the following:

  • Applied Systems thinking to turnarounds
  • The importance of a holistic approach when commissioning a new facility
  • Identification and Reduction of Unintended consequences


About Presenter 1


Heinz Inabnit, CDO, Sancon Commissioning


Heinz Inabnit takes an organization’s vision and makes it a reality through sound strategy development. He intuitively finds and develops opportunities that arise through the energy industry and communicates effective business advantages to his employees and clients. 

He is an inspirational leader who uses his own personal work ethic to inspire action, while is grounded by his international experiences in his youth to bring a global perspective to the Sancon team. Respected as a credible voice in decision making, defining new business opportunities and developing value-add relationships with clients, Heinz earns a seat at the table wherever he serves. 


Currently, as CDO at Sancon Commissioning, a privately‐held, commissioning and start-up engineering service partner, Heinz oversees the development operations of its Canadian entity. Within his twelve years working for Sancon, Heinz has led the operations team on many high-value projects and is now spearheading major strategic shifts for transforming business development processes and expanding Sancon’s portfolio.


Heinz is a Certified Instrumentation Technologist (A.S.E.T C.E.T Accreditation) from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and recently completed Certified Profibus PA Engineer in accreditation in 2012. He values having a healthy, happy and safe work space and understand the importance of communication and mentorship. 


About Presenter 2


Michael Woudenberg, Founder, Polymathic Disciplines


Michael Woudenberg is currently founding a new venture called Polymathic Disciplines, aiming to support businesses with collaborative insights across multiple domains and disciplines.  He is also authoring a weekly newsletter on “Counterintuitive insights from technology, innovation, philosophy, psychology, and more” at Polymathic Being.  Michael was most recently a senior engineering manager at Chainalysis Inc. leading software development of advanced blockchain analytics. Prior, he was a senior staff operations research analyst for Lockheed Martin and an applied research lead for autonomy, AI, and ML. His experience also includes program management for cyber, electronic warfare, and directed-energy R&D portfolios at Raytheon and advanced avionics at Honeywell Aerospace.


Michael holds an M.S. in systems engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in information systems from Michigan Technological University and is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as an Airborne and Ranger qualified Field Artillery officer.

About Presenter 3


Carl ’’C.J.” Unis, Process Engineer, Unis Complexity Solutions


Carl ’’C.J.” Unis is currently a systems engineer with the United States Space Force. He is a subject-matter expert in COOP (Continuity of Operations), COOG (Continuity of Government), devolution, infrastructure, community resiliency, alternative energy systems, and supply chain logistics. He also spent over 10 years at Sandia National Laboratories as a systems engineer performing complex systems analysis for the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, and other government agencies.

Mr. Unis has a master’s degree in systems engineering focused on systems complexity and cascading failures of enterprise systems from the Stevens Institute of Technology and is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.


About Presenter 4


Peter Reier, Director, Progressive Plan Inc.


A resourceful and accomplished Process Operations Specialist with extensive leadership experience in oil & gas processing. Successfully manages multi-disciplinary construction job sites, operations and project management environments.  Recognized as a change agent to reduce operational costs, advance health & safety standards and plant commissioning success.  Completes multiple projects and prioritizes times lines in complex facility turnaround. Key attributes include: 


• Project Management

• Collaborative initiative-taker

• Project Control & budgets

• Productivity & efficiency

• Report tracking & analysis

• Improvement plan development