Dredging Creates a Strong Economy and a Cleaner Environment

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May 14, 2024

Zoom Facilitator:
Travis Merritts
Anchor QEA, LLC


PDH Credit:
A certificate for one (1) professional development hour will be available for all participants who attend this webinar or view the recorded webinar online.

Panel of dredging Subject Matter Resources discussing how engaging frontline employees early and often increases your ability to safely accomplish your mission.

Moderator: Julie Hile, Chair of WEDA Safety Commission

Julie Hile is founder and President of the Hile Group, a safety performance consultancy specializing in culture change and the integration of safe work into operations. Hile Group’s portfolio includes collaborative safety rules revision, confidential close calls reporting, multi-stakeholder multiple cause incident analysis, safety action planning, and safety leadership coaching at all levels of the organization. Julie’s personal commitment to individual safety and continuous improvement pairs with a professional commitment to systems thinking and participant-centered interventions in a uniquely human approach to organizational performance improvement.  Her facilitation of individuals and teams at the executive, mid-, and ground-levels of organizations world-wide is known for its capacity to draw out common values and build broad-based, lasting commitment to a culture of care and concern.


  • Jason Campbell, Vice President of HSE, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock: Mr. Campbell joined Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company in September 2013 as Risk Manager, and was appointed VP of Health, Safety & Environment in 2021. Mr. Campbell has over 27 years of experience and has held various safety and risk roles in Oil and Gas, Utilities, Deep Tunnel, and Heavy Civil industries. He has a B.S. in Safety Management from the University of Central Missouri State and served in the U.S. Navy. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals.
  • Troy Larson, Safety and Occupational Health Manager, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Mr. Larson serves as a Safety and Occupational Health (SOH) Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Headquarters. In this role, he provides safety and occupational guidance for USACE and their partners. Mr. Larson was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. After graduating from high school, Mr. Larson enlisted in the US Air Force and served as a Special Purpose Mechanic. After serving his Country, Mr. Larson earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and Black Hawk/St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Science Programs. His career path of thirty years covers a wide range of SOH disciplines including physical therapist within an occupational health setting, Risk Manager for a municipality, and Army SOH professional for the past fifteen years. This experience has provided him a unique opportunity to serve USACE and their partners. Mr. Larson’s vast experience in risk management, instructing OSHA outreach programs, and managing Safety Management Systems offers him the opportunity to teach, mentor and coach others using a commonsense approach to SOH service. 
  • Forrest Ray, CSP, EHS Director at Manson Construction Co.: Mr. Ray began his career as a Field Engineer on the Operations side at Manson Construction, and then transitioned into the EHS department. He has previously held the following titles, EHS Specialist, Regional EHS Manager, and Senior EHS Manager.