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34th International System Safety Conference


August 8-12, 2016 | Renaissance Hotel at Sea World | Orlando, Florida, USA


Keynote and Luncheon Speakers


8 August - Keynote Speaker


Kathy Fox, Chair of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Kathy Fox

Appointed Chair August 21, 2014
Appointed Member July 2, 2007

Kathy Fox selected air traffic control as a career in 1974, and worked at Transport Canada control towers in Baie- Comeau, Sept-Îles, Saint-Hubert and Montréal-Dorval, as well as at the Montréal Area Control Centre.

From 1982 until 1986 she was in charge of air traffic control training at the CEGEP Saint-Jean-sur- Richelieu, a cooperative training program coordinated by Transport Canada and the Quebec Ministry of Education.

Ms. Fox left operational controlling in 1992 to accept a developmental assignment with Air Traffic Services Headquarters in Ottawa, assuming progressively senior positions. She transferred to NAV CANADA in 1996 and became Director, Safety & Quality, in 1997; then Director, Air Traffic Services, in 1999. In 2000, she was appointed Assistant Vice-President, Air Traffic Services. She became Vice-President, Operations, on April 1, 2003. As Vice-President, Operations, Ms. Fox was responsible for providing executive leadership and direction throughout NAV CANADA’s Operations Group. She retired from NAV CANADA in June 2007 and was appointed as a Member of the TSB in July 2007.

Ms. Fox received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from McGill University. She also completed a Master of Science in Human Factors and System Safety with Lund University in Sweden.

She has been extensively involved in other aviation activities for over 40 years, including sport parachuting and commercial aviation. She holds an airline transport pilot licence and flight instructor rating and has flown over 5000 hours. Ms. Fox is a recipient of the Fédération aéronautique internationale Paul Tissandier Diploma and the Queen Elizabeth II Anniversary Medal for her contributions to sport parachuting in Canada. She received the Transport Canada Aviation Safety Award in 1999. In November 2004, she was inducted into the Quebec Air and Space Hall of Fame. Ms. Fox received the Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award in 2010 and the David Charles Abramson Flight Instructor Safety Award in 2011. She was also inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame on June 9, 2016.

9 August - Sponsor/Exhibitor Luncheon Speaker


Paul W. Hanley, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Safety), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment)

Paul W. Hanley

Mr. Hanley currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Safety) in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment. Since January 2012, he has been responsible for policy, oversight, advocacy and strategic planning for the Department of the Navy’s safety and occupational health program, acquisition safety, fire protection and emergency services.

He joined the Senior Executive Service in March 2002 and has fifteen years of Federal service as a civilian.

From December 2010 until January 2012 he was the senior strategic communication expert at the National Defense University, where he led a project to use education as a catalyst for improved integration of communication efforts among the interagency community, the public and private sectors, and our allied and partner nations.

He served as the Senior Advisor to the Commander, Pacific Command for Communication Integration from October 2007 until November 2010, coordinating all defense strategic communication in the Pacific theater.

From March 2002 until September 2007 Hanley was Director of Strategic Communication for the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, serving as the senior communication advisor to two Chairmen and coordinating all public, legislative, and interagency communication for the Joint Staff.

In April 1993, Hanley founded and served as Chairman and CEO of DC Inc., a private sector communication consulting firm specializing in planning and communication strategy for non-profits and small government agencies. DC Inc. has been inactive since March 2002 when he returned to federal service.

From May of 1992 until April 1993 Hanley was director of communication for the Defense Conversion Commission, chartered to examine the impact of reduced defense spending on US communities, companies, and individuals. He was responsible for all the Commission’s communication with the public and the Congress, including the arrangement and conduct of numerous public hearings throughout the US.

Hanley was commissioned in the US Navy in June 1968 through Officer Candidate School. He served on active duty for four years as a Surface Warfare Officer and twenty years as a Public Affairs Officer, retiring in August 1992 as a Captain.

Hanley holds Bachelor of Arts (Honors) and Master of Arts degrees in English language and literature from Oxford University in England, and a Master’s degree in international relations from Claremont Graduate University in California. He is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, DC.

He is a founding Director of the Veterans Small Business Association, where he successfully lobbied Congress for millions of dollars to assist Veteran entrepreneurs; he is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the National Press Club, and the US Navy Public Affairs Alumni Association, which he helped found; and he is a sometime adjunct professor at American University, where he has taught in the Graduate School of Communication.

10 August - International Luncheon Speaker


Malcolm Jones, Atomic Weapons Establishment, United Kingdom

Malcolm Jones

Malcolm graduated from the University of Wales (Swansea) in 1964 with a first class degree in physics and followed this in 1967 with a PhD in Solid State Physics. He joined the UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in December 1967 and has been at that establishment ever since but took partial retirement in 2007. His career at AWE has covered a multitude of physics and engineering subjects all supporting the UK’s nuclear warhead programmes. His experience has ranged over electro-explosive subject areas, safety arming and fuzing architectures and independent assessment of warhead system safety. For a decade covering the 1990s to early 2000s he led AWE’s Distinguished Scientists group covering a number of key technical studies in support of AWE’s major programmes. His ‘start’ in the system safety arena began with an independent safety study of the UK’s Chevaline warhead system and this was followed by similar independent safety assessment work for follow on systems. This work led to his support to the UK’s MOD in the development of their top level design safety requirements for nuclear weapons which are still extant and to leading independent peer reviews of AWE’s warhead assembly processes. Malcolm together with US colleagues set in place a joint UK/US warhead safety assessment Working Group and he has led the UK contributions for over 20 years as the UK chair. In addition he sits as an independent panel member which advises on Sandia National Laboratories’ Surety Programmes. Over the past two decades he has developed a growing interest in general organisational safety culture and the potential root cause weaknesses that can give rise to ensuing technical or human failure related mishaps.

Currently he holds the position of Scientific Adviser to AWE’s Chief Scientist and to AWE’s Chief Engineer for Product (warhead) Assurance. He previously held the post of warhead Design Authority Scientific Adviser. He is a chartered physicist, a chartered Engineer and a Fellow of both the UK’s Institute of Physics and the International System Safety Society having supported the latter for over 2 decades. He is an adviser to a number of senior UK Ministry of Defence and AWE safety bodies. In 2004 he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for contributions to the UK defence industry and is also the second recipient of the John Challens’ Medal, which is AWE’s highest award for lifetime contributions to Science, Engineering and Technology. He has also been honoured by VNIIA in the RF for his work in fostering nuclear weapon safety collaboration between the UK and the RF.