Emergency Response + Assistance Practices (Apr 22-23)

Emergency preparedness and business continuity planning is crucial to a timely response to business disruptions - whether they are caused by weather impacts, cyber attacks, or equipment malfunction. This forum provides an open discussion on pressing topics surrounding utility emergency planning and operations. Through this and the Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement, leaders develop relationships that will prove beneficial to members in an emergency. The spring ERAP program is open to utilities and service providers, and precedes the WEI Operations Conference.

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General Details

  • Program Location
  • JW Marriott parq Vancouver
  • 39 Smithe Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1C1
  • Who Should Attend
    • Operations managers
    • Emergency management coordinators
    • Disaster recovery planners
    • Directors of business continuity planning
    • Emergency preparedness supervisors
    • Managers of emergency services
    • Emergency planning and response specialists
    • Safety specialists
    • Parties to the Western Region Mutual Assistance Agreement
    • Service company members
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $499 USD
    Regular: $899 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after March 29, 2019. Registration includes ERAP welcome reception, breakfast and lunch Tuesday, and all meeting materials, as well as attendance at the WEI Operations Conference reception. Guest tickets are available for $50 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Eric Christenson, Senior Program Manager at (971) 303-2118.


Monday, April 22, 2019

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

WRMAG Executive Committee Meeting

Closed meeting for the WRMAG Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Secretary In-Waiting, and Custodian to the Agreement.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Registration + Open Networking

Arrive early to reconnect with others before we officially kick off the 2019 ERAP meeting.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Introductions + Welcome

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

After Action Report #1 - Industry Case Study

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

After Action Report #2 - Industry Case Study

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM


4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

After Action Report #3 - Industry Case Study

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception at the Hotel

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Catered Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Opening Roundtable - Current Issues Impacting your Organization

Be prepared to share!

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Opening Keynote

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Session #1

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM


11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Session #2

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Catered Lunch

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Session #3

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Incident Command System Roundtable

Program participants will be surveyed on their current state in using ICS at their utilities, rollout of initial training programs, and how to maintain proficiency over time. Results of the survey will be shared with the group and then there will be an open discussion on ICS best practices.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Session #4

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Afternoon Open Roundtable

Attendees will get the opportunity to submit topics throughout the day to address during this session.

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Wrap Up, Next Steps, Action Items

Meeting adjourns

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Operations Conference Opening Reception

Program Participants are invited to attend the Operations Conference Opening Reception.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please book online or contact the hotel directly at (888) 236-2427 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $299 CAD/night. This rate is guaranteed until March 29, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full. If you have any issues reserving a room online, please contact Eric Christenson at (971) 230-6984 or email christenson@westernenergy.org.