Phil La Duke to present Why I Continue to Pick On Safety Professionals at ENFORM Banff 2013

The controversial speaker to address one of Canada's largest gatherings of safety professionals in the upstream oil and gas industry
By: ERM and Phil La Duke
Phil La Duke
Phil La Duke
HOLLAND, Mich. - May 2, 2013 - PRLog -- (Holland, MI) ERM announced today that internationally recognized author, speaker, and worker safety thought leader, Phil La Duke, will present “Why I Continue To Pick On Safety Professionals” at ENFORM Banff 2013 in Alberta, Canada. La Duke, a Partner in ERM’s Performance & Assurance Practice specializing in worker safety transformations, will present his topic as well as field questions at a Q&A session later in the day. Why I Continue To Pick On Safety Professionals is slated for 10:30 a.m. –12:15 p.m., Thursday May 9 and the breakout Breakout Session: Q&A is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. that same day.
The theme of this year's ENFORM conference is Leadership: The Evolution of Safety. The oil and gas industry is constantly evolving, as are its standards of leadership and safety. La Duke, who is both an expert in leadership development and an outspoken critic of what he sees as a “dearth of leadership in worker safety” seemed to be an ideal addition to this year’s sold-out conference.
“When I was approached about speaking at ENFORM, I accepted immediately” says La Duke. “but I was a bit surprised when they told me the topic they would like me to present. It’s not often people want me to speak about why I pick on the people in the audience.”

The topic was first addressed buy La Duke in a blog post of the same title (La Duke authors a weekly blog and guest blogs for, and ( He also writes a monthly safety column for Fabricating and Metalworking magazine and is a regular contributor to the digital only, QHSE Focus magazine.  His work can also be seen in Facility Safety Management magazine and ISHN magazine.

“ENFORM is a new venue for me and I really am excited to address an audience filled with Oil & Gas safety professionals; there’s a lot of work to be done in this segment” says La Duke. When asked about his growing notoriety and controversial topics La Duke is unconcerned, “I think it’s important to get people to think, especially in the safety profession. Unless people have a visceral response to the message, it’s hard to change their minds.  Increasingly, people are seeking out opinions that reinforce their own world views. I like to shatter that world view and force people to confront their values; I might not change the whole room’s perspective, but if I am able to make a single person consider that there might be a better way I feel I have been successful.”

La Duke’s brash, in-your-face style has brought him an international following and has drawn praise from the safety media. One of the leading publications devoted to worker safety, ISHN, cited La Duke’s aggressive blogging as the reason for including him on its Power 101 ─ a list of the most influential global leaders in worker safety and named him one of its Up & Comers In Safety Thought Leadership.

About Phil La Duke:
Phil La Duke is an internationally recognized writer, blogger, and speaker whose work is seen by over 200,000 readers internationally each month. La Duke is a highly sought and often controversial speaker on culture change, training, and performance improvement topics, particularly worker health and safety and Lean Manufacturing. He is a Partner with ERM, and is an editorial advisor for Facility Safety Magazine, a regular contributor to ISHN magazine, and a contributing editor and safety columnist for Fabricating and Metalworking magazine. La Duke is the author of a popular weekly worker safety blog

About ERM:
Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services.  We have over 140 offices in 39 countries and employ around 5,000 people.  ERM is committed to providing a service that is consistent, professional, and of the highest quality to create value for our clients.  Over the past five years we have worked for more than 50 per cent of the Global Fortune 500 delivering innovative solutions for business and selected government clients helping them understand and manage the sustainability challenges that the world is increasingly facing. For more information on ERM visit:

ENFORM, the safety association for Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry, is the advocate and leading resource for the continuous improvement of industry’s safety performance. Established by industry for industry, ENFORM helps companies achieve their safety goals by promoting shared safety practices and providing effective training, expert audit services and professional advice. Its vision is no work-related incidents or injuries in the Canadian upstream oil and gas industry.
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