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Sep 01

Project Management (Aug 30-Sep 01)

Project management leaders share trade techniques, tools, practices, and change management and risk management methodologies, as well as real examples of representative projects, including those that were successful and those that did not achieve set goals. The event is hosted annually and led by a planning team who meet periodically throughout the year for roundtable discussions on current issues.

General Details

Program Chair
Sal Faruqui, Portland General Electric

Program Location
Portland General Electric
World Trade Center II
Portland, Oregon

Who Should Attend
• Project Managers
• Program Managers
• Principal Engineers
• Corporate Project Office Leadership
• Service Companies Leading Large Projects

Registration Options
Member: $299
Regular: $599

Member registration price increases $50 after August 3. Regular registration price increases $100 after August 3. Registration price includes comprehensive meeting materials. Guest passes are available for $100 and allow registrant to bring a guest to the reception and dinner.

For more information contact Eric Christenson at 971.230.6984.

Agenda

Tuesday, August 30

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Tour of the PGE Trading Floor and System Control Center (Optional)
Faciliators: Chris Buck, Manager of T&D Dispatch
Bob Frost, Manager of Reliability Services
We tour the PGE Trading Floor and the System Control Center, as leaders from both groups provide an overview of this function at Portland General Electric. RSVP Confirmation Required (this tour is currently full).

Building Three (3WTC) Security Desk (2nd Floor)
26 SW Salmon St.
Portland, OR 97204

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
WEI Hosted Reception
Rock Bottom Brewery
206 SW Morrison St.
Portland, OR 97204
Join participants in a hosted networking reception at the Rock Bottom Brewery in the heart of downtown Portland.

Wednesday, August 31

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Catered Breakfast
Building Two (2WTC) Conference Center
25 SW Salmon St.
Portland, OR 97204
Breakfast sponsored by:
Faithful + Gould-01
8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
Welcome and Introduction
Speaker: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management
Sal Faruqui welcomes the group to Portland General Electric and sets expectations for the forum.

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Opening Keynote – Strategic Importance of Project Management
Speaker: Bill Nicholson, Sr. VP Customer Services, Transmission & Distribution, Portland General Electric
Bill Nicholson shares how good Project Management contributes to the success of Portland General Electric’s business strategy, what he looks for in project management teams, and advice for leaders who would like to move into Executive positions.

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM
Introductions and Opening Roundtable
Speaker: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management
Join this dynamic roundtable session to discuss the greatest challenges and opportunities attendees and their divisions have confronted over the last year. Attendees are also encouraged to share what is working well at the organizations and strategic issues they would like to resolve in the near- and short-term.

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Break

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Project Planning and Strategic Intent Panel
Speakers: Jacob Reidt, Manager, Project Management & Contracts, Civil Engineering & Dam Safety, Avista Corporation
Shante Wilson, Director, Project Management Office, Nw Natural
Jason Rondou, Solar Development Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Project managers need to be more than box checkers. Utility project managers are challenged with meeting strict in-service deadlines and regulatory scrutiny. Project management team members need to understand the business strategy, manage work and quality, and how their work provides value to the organization.

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Break

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM
PacifiCorp’s Project Plan Development Procedures
Speaker: John Aniello, Director, Project Management, PacifiCorp
PacifiCorp recently completely renovated their project plan development procedures and will share their learnings with the group.

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
NorthWestern Energy T&D Project Management Office
Speakers: Tom Pankratz, Director, Major Projects, NorthWestern Energy
Blaine Nicholls, Director, PMO Programs, NorthWestern Energy
NorthWestern Energy recently created a Project Management Office to organize and manage its T&D major project initiatives.
Blaine and Tom will present their PMO structure, policies and procedures they uses to manage and guide projects, how they assess projects that are managed by the PMO and the tools and technology they use to manage projects.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Catered Lunch
Sponsored by:
Black + Veatch-01
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Rapid-Fire Power Tables – Share Your Best Tools Round 1
Facilitator: Eric Christenson, Western Energy Institute
Participants will describe their best tools or processes in break-out groups with other program participants.

This will be a power table session with groups of participants each sharing their tool and how it’s contributed to their organizations’ successes. You are encouraged to provide hard-copy handouts or you may email files directly to Eric Christenson for redistribution.

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Project Recovery Roundtable
Facilitator: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management
When projects get into trouble what do you do? The group will discuss projects that have gotten into trouble and how they were recovered. Experiences successfully closing out, getting more resources, changing scope or direction, and other tactics will be discussed.

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Break

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Pacific Gas & Electric Project Management (Re)Organization
Speakers: Setareh Setayesh, Senior Associate, Major Projects Advisory, KPMG
Chris Durant, Manager, Enterprise Project Management Office, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Learn how PG&E and KPMG partnered to re-organize and standardize project management processes across a 20,000-employee organization.

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Recognizing Project Performance Excellence
Speaker: Andy Leija, IT Delivery Manager, Avista Corporation
Participants are encouraged to share how their organization celebrates project management excellence. We will ask the group
to provide their organizations’ input:
• How do you measure project performance?
• How does project performance tie to personnel performance for PMs or project team members?
• What recognition (or awards) are provided for PM or PMO excellence?

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Day 1 Recap
Speaker: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management
We recap Day 1 and identify any parking lot items to be added to the Day 2 agenda.

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Hosted Networking Dinner
McCormick & Schmick’s Harborside at the Marina
309 SW Montgomery St
Portland, OR 97201

Thursday, September 1

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
Day Three Intro
Speaker: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM
Project Portfolio Management
Facilitator: Chris Marshall, Project Manager, NPL Construction
Panelists:  Kip Jackson, Director, Engineering & Project Management, NV Energy
Shante Wilson, Director, Project Management Office, NW Natural
How utilities perform capital allocation generally depends on the organization’s PMO maturity and influence Project Portfolio Management. Contractors face additional challenges to allocate resources from the resource pool to several competing projects/contracts. Our panel will lead a discussion on the good and bad from both sides of the project, and how Project Portfolio Management can work best at both types of organizations.

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Change Management and Project Management
Speaker: Elisha Burns, Manager Corporate Performance Management, Portland General Electric
There was a time when Project Management and Change Management spoke two different languages and held uniquely different
roles – but in today’s environment we recognize that every Project Manager is also a Change Manager. Elisha will lead a
discussion on her experience in both roles and the keys to successful application of both skillsets to manage projects and
teams.

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Break

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Rapid-Fire Power Tables – Share Your Best Tools Round 2
Facilitator: Eric Christenson, Western Energy Institute
Round 2 of the rapid-fire Power Table sessions.

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Continuous Education – Training that Works
Speaker: Tony Rammuno, Director, Power Delivery, Great River Energy; AEIC Project Management Subcommittee Member
What makes a good energy company project manager? Are the traditional PMP training programs enough? We will discuss how PMO leaders are developing their teams.

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Project Management Forum Wrap-Up
Speaker: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management
Evaluations are distributed and topics for future roundtable discussions and a 2017 Project Management Forum will be
discussed.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Planning Lunch and Post-Mortem
We reserve time after the event for the PDT to do a quick post-mortem on the event. Those interested in joining the planning team for future events are invited to join.

Hotel + Travel

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
1401 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97201

The discounted hotel room block at the Waterfront expired July 29. Additional room reservations will be offered at the hotel’s Best Available Rate. You may reach to their Reservations Line at 800.546.9513 or contact Ty Miller directly at 503.499.6365. There are many hotels within a short walking distance to the meeting location as well.

Located on the banks of the Willamette River, featuring spectacular views of Mount Hood, the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront is within walking distance of top downtown attractions. As a guest here, you are in the middle of it all from concerts and local culinary experiences to jogging, biking and kayaking at Waterfront Park. Portland State University is just down the street. When you’re hungry, our Energy Star-certified hotel features tasty cuisine with an artisanal flair. Truss Lounge & Bistro is known throughout downtown Portland as an inviting neighborhood hotspot popular for a local brew, wine, or handcrafted cocktail. Active guests can stay fit in our 24-hour fitness center or step outside and enjoy a refreshing run along the Willamette River. Business and leisure travelers alike will enjoy our well-appointed guest rooms with flat-panel TVs and luxurious linens. And with over 44,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, our downtown Portland hotel gives business events a truly unmistakable flair.

Meet The Speakers

Salahuddin Faruqui

Portland General Electric

Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management

Jacob Reidt

Avista Corp.

Manager, Project Management & Contracts, Civil Engineering & Dam Safety

Bill Nicholson

Portland General Electric

Sr. VP Customer Services, Transmission & Distribution
Learn More

As senior vice president, Bill Nicholson currently oversees Customer Service Operations, Customer Strategy and Business Development, and Transmission & Distribution Operations & Services. Nicholson joined PGE in 1980 as an engineer at the Trojan Plant and has served in a variety of capacities in Distribution Operations and Generation Engineering. He earned a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Oregon State University in 1980.

Benjamin Deschuytter

Bonneville Power Administration

Supervisory Electrical Engineer

Sal Faruqui

Portland General Electric

Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management

Jacob Reidt

Avista Corp.

Manager, Project Management & Contracts, Civil Engineering & Dam Safety

Tony Rammuno

Great River Energy; AEIC Project Management Subcommittee Member

Director of Project Delivery

Bill Nicholson

Portland General Electric

Sr. VP Customer Services, Transmission & Distribution

Andy Leija

Avista Utilities

IT Delivery Manager
Learn More

In his current role, Mr. Leija serves as the PMO Manager in the IT Department at Avista.

Chris Marshall

NPL Construction Co.

Project Manager

Kip Jackson

NV Energy

Director, Engineering & Project Management

Eric Christenson

Western Energy Institute

Senior Program Manager
Learn More

Eric leads new program development and has responsibilities for Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders, General Counsel, the Executive Planning Committee, and Board of Directors Electric Operations Committee. He joined WEI after seven years at Portland General Electric. At PGE he developed and managed the company’s Enterprise Risk Management program and worked in several other areas including operations benchmarking, regulatory affairs, fleet services, AMI, and finance.

Prior to joining PGE, Eric worked in internet marketing and as the Manager of Strategy and Analysis for a debt buying and recovery firm. Eric earned a BA in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Oregon. He volunteers his time on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Society of Association Management and as Vice President of the Greater Portland Soccer District.

Chris Durant

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Manager

John Aniello

PacifiCorp

Director, Project Management

Tony Rammuno

Great River Energy

Director, Power Delivery

Shante Wilson

NW Natural

PMO Director

Setareh Setahesh

KPMG LLP

Senior Associate, Major Projects Advisory

Thomas Pankratz

NorthWestern Energy

Director, Major Projects
Learn More

Mr. Pankratz is responsible for project management and leadership of major projects for NorthWestern Energy’s T&D business unit. As the major project component of NorthWestern Energy’s PMO, Tom leads the team of Project Managers responsible for major project initiatives and works with the other PMO leaders to develop, mentor, and support the successful execution of NorthWestern Energy’s project initiatives.

Tom joined NWE’s predecessor company in 1998 as a division engineer. He then went on to hold positions of increasing levels of responsibility including District Manager of electric and gas operations, Manager of Electric Transmission, and Manager of 500kV operations. Beginnings in 2007, Tom lead the project development and siting of the MSTI project, a 450 mile 500kV transmission project from Montana to Idaho. It was on this project, that he really cut his teeth on mega-project development that included siting, permitting and stakeholder outreach necessary to build major infrastructure.

Prior to joining NWE, Tom worked as an engineering consultant for 5 years. Mr. Pankratz has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Montana and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). In his spare time, Tom enjoys hunting, spending time at the lake with his family and backcountry snowmobiling in Montana.

Blain Nicholls

NorthWestern Energy

Director - PMO Programs
Learn More

Blain Nicholls is the Project Manager for NorthWestern Energy’s Distribution System Infrastructure Project (DSIP) responsible for the management and oversight of a portfolio of Gas and Electric Distribution Upgrade Projects. DSIP is a seven year multimillion dollar initiative launched by NorthWestern Energy in 2011 to proactively address aging infrastructure. Blain is a Montana native with an Engineering degree from Montana State University and is a registered Professional Engineer. He has over twenty years professional experience including engineering and management on a variety of projects. Prior to working on DSIP he served as the NWE Distribution Operations Manager for Missoula Division and has worked as a supporting engineer for NWE in the Butte General Office. Outside of NWE he worked in both the aerospace and nuclear industry in a varieties of roles including Design Engineer, Engineer Manager and Project Manager

Chris Buck

Portland General Electric

Manager of T&D Dispatch

Bob Frost

Portland General Electric

Manager of Reliability Services

Jason Rondou

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Solar Development Manager

Elisha Burns

Portland General Electric

Corporate Performance Management - Manager

Elisha Burns

Portland General Electric

Manager Corporate Performance Management

Kip Jackson

NV Energy

Director, Engineering & Project Management

Shante Wilson

NW Natural

Director, Project Management Office

Andy Leija

Avista Corporation

IT Delivery Manager

Setareh Setayesh

KPMG

Senior Associate, Major Projects Advisory

Chris Durant

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Manager, Enterprise Project Management Office

Tom Pankratz

NorthWestern Energy

Director, Major Projects

Blaine Nicholls

NorthWestern Energy

Director, PMO Programs

John Aniello

PacifiCorp

Director, Project Management

Shante Wilson

Nw Natural

Director, Project Management Office

Jason Rondou

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Solar Development Manager