2018 Speakers

  • Randy Pound
    Olin Corporation
    Randy Pound Global Manufacturing Director - Maintenance & Reliability
    Olin Corporation
  • Ken Stevens
    Ken Stevens Director of Reliability
  • Kevin Strader
    Kevin Strader Turnaround Assurance and Reliability Engineer
  • Chris Leonard
    Dow Chemical
    Chris Leonard Reliability Project Director
    Dow Chemical
  • Raul Sanchez Martin
    Raul Sanchez Martin Senior Turnaround Manager
    BASF (TBC)
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2018 Sessions:

Digitalization and Innovative Technologies - How to create value and avoid over complication

Whilst few disagree that digitalization and innovative technologies are key to reducing costs long-term, deciding where to invest remains a critical question. Ken will be leading a discussion with our assembled thought leaders looking at potential methodologies to help define a digital roadmap and begin the process of modernizing your processes and activities.

Ken has over 30 years’ experience in engineering and is responsible for advancing the reliability culture across INVISTA as a key driver of operations excellence to achieve a competitive advantage for their global manufacturing facilities.

Invista Moderator: Ken Stevens Director of Reliability Invista

Achieving the Fully Integrated Turnaround

With a staggering 90% of STOs failing to meet their goals and a majority continuing to run over schedule and budget, it’s time to take a new approach. Hear about the top-down changes necessary required to foster total stakeholder integration and the forming of shared objectives and project plans. Learn how to buck the trend and start delivering turnarounds under budget and within allocated timeframes.

Key 2018 Themes:

  • Digital Transformation:

    Time for the rubber to hit the road and start harnessing the power of new technology. Hear how new innovations can form part of the solution in the chronic schedule and cost overruns that remain prevalent in the turnaround process.

  • Capital Project Integration:

    The continued trend for the integration of capital project work during a turnaround looks set to continue, heightening the complexity of an already tricky event and resulting in increased cost overruns and schedule delays. Hear real-life examples of how to integrate early and reap the benefits of a united steering committee built on trust and aligned goals.

  • Optimizing Scope and Avoiding Creep:

    Working out the optimal scope and then sticking to it continues to be a persistent challenge faced during a Turnaround. Discover how to give yourself the best chance by learning from your past events, developing rigorous contingency plans for discovery work and facilitating a control policy to effectively manage and mitigate scope creep during execution.

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The Leading Conference & Exhibition
for the Downstream Industry

The Downstream Conference & Exhibition is positioned at the forefront of the booming Downstream industry in North America.  This industry leading event is regarded as the most significant meeting place for Downstream Capital Project, Engineering, Maintenance, Reliability & Turnaround professionals, where they meet to do business.

The Downstream convention has fast become a next generation energy event, hosting major Integrated and independent Downstream energy companies, global EPC contractors, technology providers, and service companies all of whom play an active role in the global Downstream industry.

The Downstream 2018 conference will see more global business leader dialogue sessions and strategic panel sessions, alongside 100+ technical sessions & 3 dedicated conference tracks that will highlight and address the most pressing industry challenges, new technologies and industry developments that will shape the Downstream industry landscape for decades to come.

See Why Downstream Executives Come to this Conference

Top Attendees
from 2017:

  • P66
    Turnaround and Construction Superintendent
    CP Chem
    Turnaround/Projects Manager
    CP Chem
  • DuPont
    Maintenance Team Leader & Turnaround Leader
    Petrochemicals Turnaround Assurance and Reliability Engineer
  • Irving Oil
    Construction and Turnarounds Manager
    Irving Oil
    Turnaround Supervisor
  • Covestro
    Group Head of Construction and Turnaround Management
    Turnaround Planner
  • Valero
    Director Turnaround Best Practices
    Par Pacific Refinery
    Superintendent - Maintenance Turnaround/Shutdown
    Par Pacific Refinery
  • Motiva Enterprises
    Manager - Reliability/Maintenance and Turnarounds
    Motiva Enterprises
Who will you Meet at Downstream 2018

Audience breakdown for
Downstream 2018:

Business Type

Business Type




  • Sarens

    "I was able to have more valuable discussions with quality persons in these 2 days of conference, than in the entire 1st and 2nd quarter of this year"

    - Sarens
  • Industrial Info Resources

    "More Owner / Operator Attendees than any other event I have attended in Petrochemicals"

    - Industrial Info Resources
  • Dow Chemical

    "Good event for petrochemical suppliers and owners to learn about the current state of the industry and collaborate on best practices"

    - Dow Chemical
  • Chevron

    "Sincere congratulations on such a successful event! The Conference was well organized, both logistically and from contents perspective. There was plenty of networking opportunity as well"

    - Chevron
  • Brunel Energy

    "Great event and one of the best conferences that I have attended. This a great turn out and there were loads of decision makers in attendance"

    - Brunel Energy
  • Pot O Gold Waste Services

    "As an industrial supplier I cannot stress enough the value of being able to conveniently learn about the state of the oil and gas industry from leading experts and executives in the field. Nowhere else have I been able to meet as many knowledgeable, warm and welcoming people in the oil and gas industry"

    - Pot O Gold Waste Services
  • Richard Industrial Group

    "I found the PEC 2016 event to be exciting and informative. It was encouraging to see the conference attendance (Clients, Contractors and Vendors) to be high"

    - Richard Industrial Group
  • Atlas RFID

    "The PetroChem staff was terrific. Willing to assist at every turn. These folks made things happen. Timing was spot on and the networking events did not disappoint"

    - Atlas RFID
  • Current Tools

    "Great Time to meet & greet; Great place to gather information & resources from the attendees"

    - Current Tools
  • Lifting Gear Hire Corp

    "I was an exhibitor but the people we met were interested in our service and were there to learn, not just go thru the motions"

    - Lifting Gear Hire Corp
  • Coreworx

    "All in All, this event was structured in a very positive way for networking. I truly enjoyed the event and plan on attending and/or exhibiting next year. Through the networking portal plus conference, I was able to make the right connections and schedule several appointments along with numerous leads. Thank you"

    - Coreworx
  • Hytech Plant Design

    "Very good conference. It met all my expectations. This is the place to go for Revamps and Turnaround experience, knowledge, and prospecting"

    - Hytech Plant Design
  • Genesis Technical Staffing

    "I felt the conference speakers and attendees were a perfect match. The overall feedback I got when networking was that it was definitely worth the time and expense. The conference was seen to be a value by everyone I spoke with. We will return next year and participate at a high level"

    - Genesis Technical Staffing
  • Emerson Process Management

    "The PEC conference was very rewarding for me professionally. I brought back ideas for new approaches that will help in bridging my customer’s critical business strategies with current industry trends and forecasts. The networking opportunities with industry peers was invaluable"

    - Emerson Process Management
  • the Brock Group

    "The event was one of the best industry events I've attended this year. I got a lot out of the interactive sessions and networking opportunities"

    - the Brock Group

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Joshua Bull

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Andrew York

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Petrochemical Update
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Petrochemical Update
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