CHC Safety & Quality Summit

CHC Safety & Quality Summit

January 24, 2011 17:15 ET

CHC Safety & Quality Summit: Safety Management Expert Graham Braithwaite to Speak at World's Largest Aviation Safety Conference

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 24, 2011) - Another world-renowned aviation safety management expert has signed on as a keynote speaker at a major aviation safety conference in Vancouver.

Organizers of the 2011 CHC Safety & Quality Summit are pleased to announce that Graham Braithwaite, Director of the Cranfield Safety and Accident Investigation Centre, will be a keynote speaker at this year's event, March 28 – 30, 2011.

Braithwaite, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Transport Management and Planning and a PhD in Aviation Safety Management from Loughborough University, joined Cranfield University in 2003 as Director of the Safety and Accident Investigation Centre and became Head of the Department of Air Transport in 2006.

"I am absolutely delighted to be a part of what I consider to be such a world leading event. The CHC Safety and Quality Summit has established itself as the gold standard for applied safety management within the rotary and fixed wing sector of the air transport industry," says Braithwaite. "CHC's inspirational leadership in safety is always clearly demonstrated by the speakers and attendees of this event - professionals from all over the world who come to learn from each other and share their own experiences."

Professor Braithwaite will be making his second consecutive address at the Summit, which will be held at the Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina in Vancouver, Canada.

"The event is always exciting and forward looking; never afraid to challenge long held views in order to keep the safety message at the top of company agendas," adds Braithwaite. "I consider it a great honour to be able to work alongside CHC and the many organizations and even competitors who come together to further the cause of safety."

Graham's research interests are in the fields of accident and incident investigation, human factors, safety management and the influence of culture on safety. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators.

"We are thrilled that Professor Braithwaite has agreed to join us again," said Greg Wyght, Vice President, Safety and Quality for CHC Helicopter. "His contributions to last year's Summit made him a popular speaker, and we are pleased to have him on our 2011 agenda."

Graham is also is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators.

Now in its seventh consecutive year, the Summit is an internationally recognized, non-profit aviation safety conference aimed at improving safety in aviation globally through excellence in human factors. The Summit is hosted by CHC Helicopter, one of the world's largest providers of civilian search and rescue services and transportation for the global offshore oil gas industry. CHC has over 250 aircraft operating in some 30 countries worldwide.

The Summit is sponsored by Sikorsky, AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, Willis, Chartis Swiss Re and Bell Helicopter, allowing organizers to continue bringing together the best minds in aviation safety to present and share best practices with delegates from around the globe.

Graham Braithwaite joined Cranfield University in 2003 as Director of the Safety and Accident Investigation Centre and became Head of the Department of Air Transport in 2006.

Contact Information

  • CHC Helicopter
    Irina Sakgaev
    Applications Manager, Safety & Quality
    +1.604.232.7302
    summit@chc.ca
    or
    CHC Helicopter
    Andrew Huige
    Communications Manager
    +1.604.232.7438
    communications@chc.ca