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CHC and Sikorsky Team Up to Send Two Students to 2019 Safety and Quality Summit

Friday, July 26, 2019

Every year, two deserving students are selected to receive awards to attend the annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit. As the 15th CHC Safety & Quality Summit quickly approaches, we are excited to announce our two latest winners – Chantelle Crespan and Jayson Cirin. Both students were selected from dozens of applicants who submitted an essay detailing their perspective on this year’s Summit theme – “Shining a Light on Safety: Are We Looking in the Right Places?”

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, a key sponsor and long-time supporter of the Safety & Quality Summit, has awarded the Sikorsky Safety Scholarship to a deserving aviation student. This will be the third year Sikorsky has awarded the student grant on behalf of the Summit.

The winner of this year’s Sikorsky Safety Scholarship is Chantelle Crespan. Chantelle is enrolled at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia pursuing a Masters of Aviation in Human Factors. In her submission, Chantelle urges aviation professionals to focus on what can go right, instead of what can go wrong when considering safety. Chantelle also discusses focusing on an expanded Safety II approach, arguing that it “allows for a broader avenue to be investigated, the human interaction with complex systems to be more carefully considered and our overall safety perspective changed from bias.” She looks forward to broadening her knowledge on aviation safety, specifically with human factors in mind at the Summit this year.

The Peter Gardiner Grant, named after the late Dr. Peter Gardiner, a major figure in establishing and shaping the Summit in its early days, is provided by CHC in collaboration with Dr. Scott Shappell and Dr. Doug Wiegmann, co-developers of the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) and co-owners of HFACS Inc.

Jayson Cirin, a student at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom, pursuing a degree in Safety and Human Factors in Aviation, is the winner of this year’s Peter Gardiner Grant. In his submission, Jayson discusses the need for safety culture to be uniform across the world. Jayson shares, “the right place to look for an even safer aviation industry would be at how to overcome the challenges that come with this objective. Safety culture has been recognised as a major pillar when it comes to the prevention of accidents in aviation.” We are looking forward to hearing more about Jayson’s perspectives at the Summit.

Chantelle and Jayson will have the opportunity to learn from and share experiences with professionals from oil & gas, offshore renewable energy, safety, insurance and technical industries at this year’s Summit. To learn more about the 15th CHC Safety & Quality Summit, including how to join us for the event, please visit, www.chcsafetyqualitysummit.com.

Congratulations Chantelle and Jayson! We can’t wait to host you both in October.