HUMAN
STORIES

SUICIDE, LEADERSHIP AND RELIABILITY

Rob Kalwarowsky (CAN), Senior Reliability Engineer

In this raw, courageous, and conversational-style session, Rob Kalwarowsky will share his brave and very personal story of working as a reliability engineer in the Oil & Gas industry, his depression and suicide attempt, and why he used that pain as his purpose to pivot into leadership coaching and mentoring others.

Depression, anxiety, and related mental health issues are prevalent in asset-intensive industries. It is a fact that men in heavy industry experience suicide rates that are 2-4 times that of the general population.

THE POWER OF DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION

Steve Fordham - Managing Director, Blackrock Industries

A proud Kamilaroi man, Steve co-founded Blackrock Industries with an aim of sustaining a large focus on indigenous employment and providing opportunities to inmates to be rehabilitated back into society.

Steve’s story is incredible – built on the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and business viability – and how Indigenous, women and inmate employee diversity can have a direct correlation to business success. Steve’s work is award-winning and inspiring. You’ll leave knowing that making a profit, having a purpose, and integrating values are not mutually exclusive.

LEADERSHIP TOOLS TO INTEGRATE WELLBEING INTO EVERYDAY WORK

Justina Stromnes, Organisational Psychologist - Bendelta

The shifts and disruptions that maintenance and reliability teams have experienced over the past two years have severely impacted employee wellbeing and mental health. Investing in many wellbeing initiatives and perks won’t be enough. Research tells us that engagement and wellbeing comes from positive cultures, not wellbeing perks alone.

This workshop is an opportunity to explore and design a workplace culture that integrates wellbeing into everyday work. It’s a practical ‘how to’, with takeaway nuggets, and leadership tools to influence a culture where people thrive and perform to their potential.

THE ROBOTS ARE COMING (BUT…)

Mike Priddis - World Economic Forum AI Council and CEO, Faethm

The Asset Management, Maintenance and Reliability Workforce is about to be dramatically transformed by Automation. But this is not apocalyptic. Because the machines won’t have it all their way. Jobs are going, jobs are changing, and jobs are coming.

How will emerging tech impact us in the next 2, 5 and 10 years? What critical skills do I need to develop in my workforce? What new roles will I need to add to my workforce? How could technology augment my current workforce? How can I identify potential redeployment of my internal roles to in-demand skills? And how do we transition painlessly, productively, and happily?