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Todd Conklin
Author, Educator and OHS Professional

Todd Conklin spent 25 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Senior Advisor for Organizational and Safety Culture. Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of the world’s foremost research and development laboratories; Dr. Conklin has been working on the Human Performance program for the last 15 years of his 25-year career. It is in this fortunate position where he enjoys the best of both the academic world and the world of safety in practice.

Conklin holds a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of New Mexico. He speaks all over the world to executives, groups and work teams who are interested in better understanding the relationship between the workers in the field and the organization’s systems, processes, and programs. He has brought these systems to major corporations around the world. Conklin practices these ideas not only in his own workplace, but also in the event investigations at other workplaces around the world. Conklin defines safety at his workplace like this: “Safety is the ability for workers to be able to do work in a varying and unpredictable world.” Conklin lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and thinks that Human Performance is the most meaningful work he has ever had the opportunity to live and teach.

Dr. Philip Mshelbila
Chief Executive Officer

Atlantic

Dr. Mshelbila is a global business leader with over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in board-level governance, stakeholder management, commercial operations, project management and performance delivery in both operated and non-operated joint ventures.

He was formerly General Manager – Gas at Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Nigeria. He has also held a number of senior leadership positions in over 36 countries including Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Gas Ltd.

Dr. Mshelbila holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, a Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine from the University of Aberdeen Medical School, Scotland as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the IESE Business School, the University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain.

Mark Loquan
President
National Gas Company of Trinidad  and Tobago (NGC)

On 1 September 2016, Mr. Mark Loquan assumed office as President of The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC). A Chemical Engineer by profession, Mr. Loquan acquired an MBA in 1990 from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and received training in Executive Leadership and Management from Cornell University and IESE Business School (University of Navarra).

Mr. Loquan has over 30 years’ experience in the petrochemical industry. In 1982, he began his career in the energy sector as a Process Engineer at Trinidad Nitrogen Co. Ltd. He moved through various leadership positions before being appointed as the first local President of Hydro Agri Trinidad (now Yara Trinidad Ltd.) in 2002. In 2009, he was appointed President, Upstream Business Development for Angola/Sub-Saharan Africa at Yara International. Mr. Loquan moved to Australia three years later, where he served as CEO of Yara Pilbara.

One of 50 Distinguished UWI Alumni Awardees, Mr. Loquan is a former Director of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and the Copyright Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT), former Vice Chairman of the Point Lisas Energy Association (PLEA), and former Advisory Council Member for Arts, Letters, Culture and Public Affairs at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT).

A passionate pannist, he is also an Honorary Founding Director of the nonprofit organisation the Music Literacy Trust, and served as the Musical Director of the first resident steelband in Perth, Western Australia – Perth Pandemix.

Education:

  • B.Sc. Chemical Engineering – The University of the West Indies
  • MBA – Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, North Carolina

Rosa Carrillo
Author, Consultant & Speaker

Rosa Carrillo is an author; speaker and consultant who has been helping companies transform their safety culture for over 25 years. She has experienced successful and unsuccessful change efforts in oil and gas, pharmaceutical, nuclear, mining, manufacturing and power generation in multiple countries.

At the core of her latest publication, 'The Relationship Factor in Safety Leadership', are eight beliefs about human nature that are common to leaders who successfully communicate that safety is important while meeting business results. Using stories to illustrate what successful leaders do, she explains how to create and recover important stakeholder relationships by taking action based on these beliefs. Edgar H. Schein, author of Organizational Culture and Leadership and the Humble Leadership Series commented that her book should be required reading for all leaders concerned with safety. It turns out that a leader’s ability to create relationships is an important key to his or her success.

For her, leaders are individuals who consciously choose to take on the responsibility for providing direction, gathering resources and ensuring that everyone under them feels they can contribute their best self to the goals of the community. Her core conviction is that effective leadership is focused on creating a culture where those being led can flourish. She is known for her authenticity, which enables her to teach and speak in a way that relates to real life experience. Through face-to-face presentations and conversation, Rosa inspires physical, relational and spiritual development. She has learned that the leadership journey entails continuous personal growth and always requires more work than we realize. Her expertise is frequently sought on the topic of how to create and maintain trust. Her research shows that people must feel included to trust management. While managers expect employees to speak up to prevent failures and disasters, they will not unless they feel valued and respected. By speaking with 100’s of employees and managers, Ms. Carrillo has gathered the leadership actions that create trust and the ones that destroy it.

Dr. Drew Rae
Manager
Safety Science Innovation Lab
Griffith University

Dr Drew Rae manages the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University, where he and his team work to study and subvert compliance bureaucracy. Drew’s research brings a critical cross-disciplinary approach to the examination of the myths, rituals and bad habits that surround risk and safety practices within organisations.

His publications challenge the common assumption that risk assessment is a useful decision-making tool, and examine instead the social role risk assessment plays in reducing uncertainty and justifying decisions that have already been made. Drew presents the DisasterCast podcast and is Associate Editor for the journal Safety Science.

Anthony Watkins
CEO/ Principal Consultant
ODYSSEY CONSULTinc Limited

An accomplished Organisational Development Consultant, Anthony has been actively involved in public and private sector organisational transformation initiatives since the early 1990s, working extensively across the region with major companies in all business sectors.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Toronto and has worked in the fields of Social Pathology/Mental Health, Correctional Services and Psychiatric Forensic Assessment in Toronto, Canada. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board of FAASBY – the Foundation for the Academic Advancement of Spiritual Baptist Youth and of the Board of Trustees at the Caribbean Sport and Development Agency (formerly TTASPE).

As a Keynote Speaker, he has shared the stage with world-famous motivational speaker, Les Brown, and has presented at regional business conferences of the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago, the Insurance Association of the Caribbean, the Dominica Employers’ Federation, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, the Caribbean Conference of Credit Unions and the Jamaica Employers’ Federation among others.

A founding and honorary life member of the Human Resource Management Association of Trinidad and Tobago (HRMATT), he has authored articles in local and regional business publications, sharing his Strategic Human Resource Management training and experience and Strategic Leadership and Managerial Competence. He has developed Assessment-Development tools which have been successfully applied in the design and execution of Assessment-Development Centres and other Executive Recruitment and Selection approaches for major clients. His involvement in sport includes work with Administrators, Coaches and Players on National and Regional Teams in the areas of Management and the Psychology of Performance.

With over 25 years of Human Resource and Organisational Development consulting experience, his areas of expertise include:

  • Organisational Diagnosis
  • Strategic Planning and Visioning
  • Strategy Implementation
  • Developing Organisational Culture
  • Assessment Centre Design and Execution
  • Team-building
  • Leadership Development
  • Organisational Transformation and Change
  • Merger Management
  • Process Facilitation

Johnny Mitchell
Associate Fellow
British Psychological Society (BPS)

Johnny is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and member the BPS’s Division of Occupational Psychology. He is a Registered Occupational Psychologist with the UK’s Health Care Professions Council. He is currently director of two companies (Caspian Psychology and Mosaic Tasks), both of which develop tools/products based on a unique combination of games, IT and psychology.

Caspian Psychology is a company that develop cloud-based team games that enable participants to have a unique and effective learning experience, primarily in the Human Factors/Safety domain. Mosaic Tasks is a unique tool that measures the big 5 personality traits through the completion of a set of online tasks. Johnny previously worked for 11 years as a Human Factors (HF) consultant delivering projects in over 30 countries which included topics such as culture change, incident investigations, managing human error and assessment through 360 feedback and Situational Judgement Tests.

Alan Howard
Associate Fellow
British Psychological Society (BPS)

Alan is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and member of the BPS’s Division of Occupational Psychology. He is a Chartered Psychologist and a Registered Occupational Psychologist with the UK’s Health Care Professions Council.

Alan is currently director of Mosaic Tasks, a unique tool that measures the big 5 personality traits through the completion of a set of online tasks. He has 27 years’ experience as an occupational psychologist which includes managing and delivering large consultancy projects in 6 continents. He is a former Vice President of Assessment & Development at Dubai International Airport and Director of Assessment & Development Centres at IHS Dubai. Alan has co-authored 3 situational judgement tests which are published worldwide by SHL and which have been completed by participants from over 100 countries. Alan has extensive experience of carrying out projects in safety-critical environments, including Nuclear Energy, Heavy Engineering and the Police & Prisons.

Dr. Ishvan Ramcharitar
Chief Medical Advisor
Atlantic

Dr. Ishvan Ramcharitar is the Chief Medical Advisor to Atlantic. He is also the Medical Advisor to the bpTT Region.

A medical professional with over fourteen years’ experience in occupational medicine, Dr. Ramcharitar was the first physician from the Caribbean to attain specialist qualifications in occupational medicine when he achieved Membership of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians (MFOM). In 2016, he was recognized for his distinguished contribution to the field of occupational medicine when he was awarded Fellowship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FFOM) by the Board of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of Ireland.

Dr. Ramcharitar, a past national scholar, is the holder of a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of the West Indies and a Master Degree in Occupational Medicine from Kings College, University of Aberdeen. His training extended to Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society in Seattle and he is a Diving Medical Advisory Committee Level 2D Diving Medicine certified physician. He also possesses a Certificate in Occupational Health Law from the Glasgow Caledonian University in the United Kingdom. Dr. Ramcharitar is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and is an Oil and Gas UK certified physician.

He has a special interest in the areas of fitness for work, fatigue, toxicology, substance misuse in the workplace and occupational wellness. His pioneering work in the field of fatigue risk management has received international recognition. He has served as the head of the Occupational Medicine and Executive Medical Clinics at the Medical Associates Hospital and Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex. Dr. Ramcharitar has held the positions of Associate Lecturer with the University of the West Indies and Member of the Board of Directors of the Occupational Safety and Health Authority of Trinidad and Tobago on which he served as the Medical Board’s representative.

Patricia Loquan
Human Resources Specialist
Lever Brothers West Indies

Patricia Loquan specialises in Human Resources Management and organisation effectiveness as well as key aspects of Technical operations as well as Quality Assurance, Production Management and Product Development.

At Unilever, she led the Big Scale Value Analysis cross functional team to identify and deliver $10 million cost savings throughout the business. Patricia’s experience has spanned the technical, HR and general management areas at Lever Brothers West Indies, the local subsidiary of Unilever

She has held the positions of Technical Director, Corporate Affairs & Personnel Director, and Total Quality Coordinator. Her primary responsibility was for manufacturing including product technical design, production, engineering, quality and site safety health and environment

As Corporate Affairs & Personnel Director, she was responsible for the company’s Secretarial and HR function as well as participated in the successful roll out of Unilever’s Integrated HR management grading, remuneration, appraisal, and training/development systems.

Dr. Kalim Shah
Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy
University of Delaware

Kalim has over 15 years of policy analysis and institutional development experience working as a consultant and researcher in the fields of climate change, energy policy and corporate sustainability, mostly in small island developing states and the Caribbean. Experience includes implementing national and regional projects on climate change mainstreaming, industrial policy evaluation and sustainability investments.

Presently Kalim is a professor of energy and environmental policy at the Joseph Biden School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware, in the United States. There he is Director of the Island Policy Lab, which is part of the UN SIDS Partnership. He has previously held faculty positions at Indiana University, and at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. He has consulted for the World Bank, PAHO, UNECLAC and UNDP; the Caribbean Tourism Organization and Caribbean Regional Organization for Standards and Quality. Most recently, Dr. Shah completed Suriname’s national climate strategy and also completed Guyana’s First National Climate Change Policy and Strategic Implementation Plan funded Caribbean Development Bank. A UWI alum, Dr. Shah is a former Trinidad & Tobago Fulbright Scholar and holds a Doctorate in Public Policy from George Mason University.

Dr. H. Kit Miyamoto
Chief Executive Officer
Miyamoto International

Dr. H. Kit Miyamoto leads Miyamoto International, a global structural engineering and disaster risk reduction firm, and nonprofit Miyamoto Relief, and is a California Seismic Safety Commissioner. Dr. Miyamoto and his team won three consecutive ENR “Best Global Project” awards as well as the prestigious U.S. Presidential “E” Award.

Dr. Miyamoto is an expert to World Bank projects, including a seismic risk mitigation project for 2,000 schools in Istanbul and critical projects in Manila, Mongolia, Indonesia and Myanmar. After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he and his team conducted damage assessments of more than 430,000 earthquake-damaged structures and rebuilt more than 12,000 buildings. He is currently involved with earthquake reconstruction in Nepal, Mexico and Indonesia and his team conducts critical disaster preparedness policy work for USAID in Latin America and the Caribbean and for the World Bank in Bangladesh.

Dr. Miyamoto holds graduate degrees from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and California State University, where he has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni. He has been featured by CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, the Discovery Channel, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Rolling Stone magazine. He is also a TED speaker.

Dr. Judith Gobin
Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Life Sciences
The University of the West Indies

Dr. Gobin is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Life Sciences, in the Faculty of Science and Technology, at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.

She is a Marine Biologist with more than 35 years of research experience in the field. She has made significant academic contributions (> 30 publications) to the knowledge of Marine Biodiversity in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. In this respect, she has published on a number of “new marine scientific records” and “new marine species” - (approximately 298) - for Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.

Dr. Gobin began her research career working in shallow, soft-sediment benthic environments and then moved to rocky shore areas and more recently- into the deep sea environment. The Deep Sea Wonders of the Caribbean project (a book and a 5-part DVD) was initiated by Dr. Gobin following her participation on-board the E/V Nautilus’ expedition within the Caribbean, in 2013 and 2014. She was the Lead Scientist on that project. Dr. Gobin’s marine research is original and critical towards conservation and management of our marine resources.

Catherine Ramnarine

Catherine joined the firm in September 2006. One of the primary focuses of her current practice is labour and employment law. She has significant knowledge and practical experience in this area including industrial relations disputes, termination, discrimination and employee injury claims. She also maintains a significant practice in personal injury litigation, insurance disputes, civil and commercial litigation, debt collection, enforcement of foreign judgments and construction disputes.

Her current involvement surrounds helping clients to manage labour and employment issues, including issues relating to:

  • Recruitment – data protection, privacy and discrimination

  • Drafting employment contracts

  • Managing employee benefits and entitlements – overtime, injury and sick leave, maternity leave, health and safety requirements, implementing changes to the terms and conditions of employment, interpreting Collective Agreements

  • Performance management – attendance, punctuality, poor performance

  • Promotions; Disciplinary investigations and hearings

  • Redundancy and retrenchment, Transfers of business

  • Advising and representing clients in alternative dispute resolution processes including negotiation, mediation, judicial settlement conferencing and conciliation (including conciliation at the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Court and Equal Opportunity Commission)

  • Drafting Court documents including Pleadings, Evidence and Arguments, Applications, Affidavits, Witness Statements, Skeleton Arguments and Submissions.

  • Practicing as Second Chair/Instructing Attorney and First Chair/Advocate in matters before the Industrial Court, High Court and Court of Appeal

  • Helping clients to proactively and preemptively manage potential disputes and claims

Her publications include:

  • The Highs and Lows of Marijuana Legislation – What could it mean for business? Hamel-Smith Forum Vol. 10, Issue 3, January 2018

  • Whose Employee Is It? – Liability Under a “Labour Only” Contract – Hamel-Smith Forum Vol. 10 Issue 2, September 2017

  • Business Closures and Severance – Business Guardian 14th April 2016

  • Managing Workforce Reductions – AMCHAM Linkage Volume 1/2016

  • Too Much Information: The Risks of Using Social Media to Screen Recruits – Hamel-Smith Forum Volume 9/Issue 3

  • Not Your Employee? You May Still be Liable for His Injury – Hamel-Smith Forum Vol. 8, Issue 6

  • Winning the Shell Game: How the Oppression Remedy Can Be Used to Recover Unpaid Judgments – Hamel-Smith Forum Vol. 8, Issue 4

  • Emerging Discrimination Claims Under the Equal Opportunity Act: What Employers Need to Know – Hamel-Smith Forum Vol. 7, Issue 5

  • Industrial Court Makes Its First Ruling Under OSHA – AMCHAM Linkage Vol. 3/2010

Her Professional Memberships include:

  • The Law Association of Trinidad & Tobago

Presentations:

  • Panelist on the Draft National Policy on Sexual Harassment – T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce – September 8, 2018;

  • One day training workshop on “Employment Law Fundamentals-Employers Rights and Responsibilities”-T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce – March 28, 2018;

Education:

  • 2008: Alternative Dispute Resolution Workshop

  • 2006: L.E.C. (Hugh Wooding Law School)

  • 2004: LL.B (Hons.) University of the West Indies

Volton Edwards
Process Safety Technical Authority
BPTT

Volton holds a BSc degree in Chemical/Process Engineering from the University of the West Indies and has over 20 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry working in Refining, Upstream and as a Consultant in a wide range of activities including Process Operations, Engineering Design, Process Safety and Risk Management.

He is currently BPTT’s Process Safety Technical Authority where through selective and focused assurance, maintains for the Process Safety sub-discipline an independent view of the implementation of engineering requirements, safety and operational risks and conformance with the company’s Operating Management System. He delivers process safety training in areas such as HAZID, HAZOP, LOPA, MAR and Process Safety Fundamentals.

Lizra Fabien
Executive Director
Dominica's Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC)

Lizra Fabien is Executive Director of Dominica's Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC), the leading private sector representative body in Dominica with membership across various sectors and industries. Furthermore, Lizra also serves as Chairperson of the Network of Caribbean Chambers of Commerce (CARICHAM) which is a dynamic newly launched network of 18 Chambers of Commerce across the Caribbean region. Prior to this, Lizra worked with the Coalition of Service Industries in Business Development and executed initiatives of the Dominica Business Forum. With a great passion for regional private sector development, Lizra seeks to connect with attendees to share and learn for the advancement of the Private Sector. Mr. Neil Parsanlal
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
PEAPSL Consultancy Limited

Mr. Neil Parsanlal is the CEO of PEAPSL Consultancy Limited, the premier Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provider in Trinidad and Tobago. His passion for psychology and counselling developed as it formed part of his studies when he acquired a Bachelors of Arts in Theology and Counselling with First Class Honours from the University of the West Indies. His natural ability to empathize with individuals and assist them with personal, professional or workplace challenges through the EAP channel has yielded many positive outcomes over the years.

Mr. Parsanlal’s desire to help persons on an organizational level as well led him to pursue a MBA with a specialization in Leadership Development from the University of Liverpool. These qualifications, among other post graduate certifications and work experiences, has positioned him as an effective Business Consultant, Trainer, Executive Coach, Mentor and Strategist. Mr. Parsanlal is fully involved in many of the organizational requests for guidance to help individuals, teams and departments achieve work life balance, manage stress, improve relational issues and achieve cohesive team functioning which directly affects productivity and profitability. He continues to be an advocate for the implementation of a strong and active EAP within all business organizations since his position enables him to witness first-hand the benefits and return on investment of having the needed professional assistance and the avoidable consequences of not having an EAP on board.

Always up to the challenge, Mr. Parsanlal has held senior positions in both the private and public sector and worked at one of the highest level of Government as the Minister of Information. Other positions include Senior Consultant at Personnel Management Services Limited, Manager – Human Resources & Corporate Communications at ANSA McAl Financial Services Sector, Corporate Communications Officer- Neal and Massy Holdings Limited, Lecturer – Public Relations, Event Management & Protocol, Head of Communications at the Ministry of Education and Corporate Communications Officer at the Environmental Management Authority. Mr. Parsanlal also served as a Member of the Board of Directors at BWIA West Indies Airways from 2004, and the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) from December 2005. He is also the current chairman of the Board of Directors at NALIS.

Mr. Parsanlal’s wide and varied work experiences, organizational associations and thorough consultations with clients combine to offer every organization a tailored suite of services specific to their organizational goals and development needs. His professional standard of operation reflects the core values of PEAPSL: Confidential, Accountable, Reliable, Ethical and Supportive.

Racquel Moses
Chief  Executive Officer (CEO)
Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator

Racquel Moses is CEO of the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator. She has served in several executive-level positions at large multinational organizations and Caribbean leadership organizations including country head of Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago and the regional director of the public sector for Microsoft Caribbean, portfolio head Europe and Americas and Head of Caribbean and International projects for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), president of InvesTT Trinidad and Tobago as well as leadership positions within JP Morgan Chase, Cable & Wireless and Fujitsu.

Although the bulk of her career has been international Racquel was born and raised in Trinidad. Through all of her appointments she has served as an agent of change and high performance. Racquel is a married mother of two, has run 4 international marathons, was the winner of a World Bank innovation award in 2013 and currently serves as the trustee for the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee.

Vijay Latchmansingh
Maintenance & Reliability Manager 
Point Lisas Nitrogen Ltd (PLNL)

Vijay Latchmansingh is a graduate Mechanical Engineer from the University of the West Indies. He also holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration at the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business. He has 17 years’ experience, starting as a trainee engineer in 2002 with PLNL. His experience is primarily in the Maintenance & Reliability Department, but spent some time in the HSSE Department where he was able to appreciate the value and broaden his skills in both occupational and process safety.

During his time at PLNL, he has been instrumental in successful operations, turnarounds and reliability of the ammonia plant. Some of his oversight and successes includes major turnarounds in 2007, 2012 and 2016. In addition, some of his successful projects includes the new air preheater and new ammonia converter installation. He currently leads a relatively young but talented group of professionals in the Maintenance & Reliability Department, responsible for condition monitoring, routine maintenance, reliability and turnaround planning.

At PLNL he has also been in involved in the HSSE Committee and PLNL Swadingos Sports Club Executive Committee. He has captained PLNL’s cricket team on numerous matches (although without much success), and has also been the captain of PLNL’s hiking team that participated in five (5) BGTT Energy Challenges from 2004 to 2008 – with the goal of raising money for the underprivileged. Away from his business portfolio, Vijay is a dedicated father of two beautiful girls, loves to spend time and travel with his family, and avid sports fan.

Ricardo Williams
Finance Director and Corporate Secretary
Bermudez Group Limited

Ricardo Williams is the Finance Director and Corporate Secretary of Bermudez Group Limited. His tenure at the Bermudez Group commenced in 1988 at Bermudez Biscuit Co Ltd.

As Finance Director Mr. Williams is responsible for leading a multi–disciplinary team of professionals and support staff for the region. He is directly responsible for strategic planning, capital financing, corporate tax planning and acquisitions. In 2016 he was challenged to lead the Heath, Safety & Environment (HSE) and Food Safety teams in order for the Group to achieve zero Loss Time Accidents (LTA’s) and zero Food Safety Customer Complaints (FSCC’s) within a 10 year time frame.

Other Professional Experience

Recent experience outside of Bermudez Group Limited includes:

  • Finance Director/ Company Secretary of Unilever Caribbean Limited – 2009 – 2014

  • CFO/ Company Secretary of Guardian Media(ANSA McAL) – 2008–2009

Jim Fitt
Velsoft Training Materials, Inc.

Velsoft Training Materials, Inc. is a global leader in content for skills development, enabling communities, corporations, private training firms, consultants and educational institutions of all sizes increase the skills of their people by offering best-in-class instructor-led and online learning materials. 

Leading this dynamic company is Jim Fitt, an energetic ‘Edupreneur’ and global learning & development evangelist with a keen interest in the innovation and technologies side of training. 

Jim has led several eGoverment initiatives for Canada, United States and South Africa and is the author of highly successful transformational training programs in Digital Transformation and Digital Citizenship. 

A former instructor with the Nova Scotia School of Fisheries and Nova Scotia Community College system, Fitt has combined his educational background with his natural entrepreneurial abilities to create a training materials company that is on the leading edge of the $200 Billion annual workplace learning and performance (WLP) industry. 

Each day, millions of people in thousands of companies worldwide use training software and eLearning developed by this Canadian company. With customers that include SpaceX, Amazon, Microsoft, NASA, the United States Air Force, Pfizer, United Nations, the LA Times, Dell Computers, Lockheed Martin, Hilton International and the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America, it is easy to see the company Velsoft keeps on its quest to ‘touch every learner on the planet’. 

Person of the Year (2013), Nova Scotia’s Exporter of the Year (2013), Regional Export Achievement Award (2013) and Entrepreneur of the Year (2007).

Jason Gonzalez
Sales Professional
Telecommunications Industry

Jason Gonzalez is an experienced sales professional with 15 years of experience working in the telecommunications industry. He’s been able to experience the industry through 3 different lenses as an end user (working in DC’s operations for a bank), as an installer (working in the design and implementation of infrastructure projects for a local Puerto Rico integrator) and now as a manufacturer with CommScope starting as a member of the Technical Pre-Sales Team and most recently as part of the Sales team.

Jason has received CommScope recognition awards like CALA Technical Sales Champion of the Year and SYSTIMAX Star Presenter. With a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) focused in Computer and Information Technology Administration and Management from the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez Campus.

Marcel Duarte
Systems Engineer
Data Protection Solutions Group

Marcel Duarte is a Systems engineer with twelve years of experience at the Data Protection Solutions Group at Dell EMC, helping customers and partners LATAM wide with backup and recovery technologies.


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