November 29, 2023

Nicholson named Chair of INGAA Foundation

Sean Nicholson, Michels Vice President of HSEQ (Health, Safety, Environment and Quality), has been appointed Chair of the INGAA (Interstate Natural Gas Association of America) Foundation. 

The INGAA Foundation was established in 1990 by the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America to facilitate the safe, efficient, reliable, and environmentally responsible design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the North American natural gas transmission system. The INGAA Foundation is composed of more than 175 member companies and is regarded as the premier organization to represent and convene the full value chain of the gas infrastructure and additional complementary clean energy solutions. 

Sean has more than 25 years of industry experience, 17 of which in developing a robust global HSEQ strategy for Michels, one of North America’s largest, most diversified energy and infrastructure contractors. Along with his team and Michels leaders, he develops and deploys corporate strategies and policies to support Michels’ primary Core Value of Safety as the cornerstone of the company’s culture. 

“I look forward to leading the Foundation through 2024 and continuing the advancement of an industry that is heavily focused on delivering safe and reliable domestically produced natural gas to North America and the world through our expanding infrastructure network,” Sean said. “With continued emphasis on personal, public and asset safety, environmental stewardship, quality and collaboration, we are committed to reaching our industry’s goal of building, maintaining and delivering clean energy.” 

Sean continues Michels’ tradition of encouraging our leaders to play key roles in industry associations with a goal of guiding continual advancements in safety, environment, quality and responsibility in operations. 

“Sean’s experience and endless dedication to excellence in safety and quality make him an effective leader in the energy industry,” Robert C. Osborn, President of Michels Energy Holdings, said. “His personal integrity and pursuit of continuous improvement will have a tremendous, positive impact on the INGAA Foundation.”  

A passionate HSEQ leader at Michels and throughout the industry, Sean is a proponent of creating an environment where planning and oversight result in a safe and healthy culture for our people, the public and other stakeholders — resulting in operational excellence and profitable operations. Sean has been actively involved with the INGAA Foundation since 2008, including serving and leading various committees, developing best practices, and presenting at conferences and meetings. He most recently served as Vice Chair before being appointed Chair.  

“Sean’s depth of industry knowledge and extensive experience managing health, safety, risks and compliance in the natural gas industry make him well positioned to lead the INGAA Foundation and help the membership identify and tackle issues critical to the future success of the natural gas pipeline industry,” said Amy Andryszak, President & CEO of INGAA and the INGAA Foundation. “Additionally, I am excited by Sean’s dedication to the INGAA Foundation and commitment to grow its membership.” 

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