Board Committee – Operations Electric

This committee represents the Electric Operations interests of the Board of Directors. Members are tasked with providing direction to WEI and the Executive Planning Committee on appropriate subject matter for WEI to pursue and to establish the content and priorities for its major conferences. They will provide guidance for other WEI programs as appropriate to assure that programs are meeting the needs of the Board of Directors.

For more information on this Program Development Team contact Kevin Sullivan at or at 971-255-4973

Committee Members

Cameron Aplin


Vice President, Operations

Jeff Borders

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Director, Central Engineering

Darnell Cola

Seattle City Light

Executive Officer of Customer Service, Energy Solutions, Communications and Regulatory Affairs
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Mr. Cola began his career as a Student Engineer in the Distribution Mapping back in 1982. Most of his career he has been as a Project Manager, responsible for managing Seattle City Light’s planning and delivery on major inter/intra agency projects, such as Light Rail, Alaskan Way Viaduct, Seawall and a new Denny Substation.

In 2011 Mr. Cola was asked to take over and provide strategic leadership for City Light’s Asset Management division. This includes Asset Planning, Standards, and Asset Development. He provides direction for budget spending and strategic work plans to implement the execution of asset replacements and relocations such as the transmission, substation and distribution, while also directing other utility capital programs and projects to ensure utility wide prioritization of Capital and O&M dollars as and rate impacts.

He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and enjoys coaching football and taking long rides on his motorcycle with his wife, Leanne and they have two teenagers (Natalie & Malcolm).

Booga Gilbertson

Puget Sound Energy

Senior Vice President, Operations
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As the vice president of Operations for Puget Sound Energy, Booga Gilbertson is responsible for electric and gas operations, including emergency response, maintenance and construction, electric and gas system operations and dispatch, and system planning. She also leads project management and engineering across operations.

Since joining PSE in 1985, Gilbertson has held a broad range of engineering, operations and management positions in planning, asset management, gas and electric design engineering, performance measurement, budgeting, project management, transmission and distribution construction and maintenance, 24-hour control center operations, labor relations, and emergency response management.

In addition to her responsibilities at PSE, Gilbertson serves on the board of directors of the Western Energy Institute and is on the executive committee of the University of Washington Electrical Engineering Industry Consortium.

Gilbertson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration degree from City University.

She enjoys skiing, hiking, running and gardening.

George Hanson

Riverside Public Utilities

Assistant General Manager – Energy Delivery
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George Hanson has been the Electrical Engineering Manager at Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) since June 2010. George is responsible for all engineering functions for RPU’s Energy Delivery section, including customer, substation, communications, and major projects.

George has an extensive background in the utility industry. He was the Electric Utility Manager for the City of Moreno Valley, responsible for all aspects of the Moreno Valley Utility including customer service, resource planning, public and legislative affairs, and field operations. Previous to Moreno, was the Assistant General Manager for the Corona Department of Water & Power and was employed by Southern California Edison for ten years in various management positions.

George has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. He is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer in California and a member of numerous professional associations. Hanson also served on the Board of Governors for the California Municipal Utility Association from 2007 to 2010.

George and his wife Rosanna reside in Murrieta, CA with their three daughters. Time away from work revolves around the family with golfing activities and boating trips whenever possible.

Ken Hawrelko

ENMAX Corporation

VP Regulated Projects and Engineering
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Ken Hawrelko is the Vice President, Field Services of ENMAX Power Corporation. He has 26 years experience in Electric Utility Distribution and Transmission projects and Operations. Ken has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta and a Masters in Engineering from the University of Calgary.

David Joerger

Idaho Power Company

General Manager of T&D Engineering and Construction

David Lebeter

BC Hydro

Vice President, Field & Grid Operations
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Graduating from UBC in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Engineering David spent the first 23 years of his career in the Forest Industry. In 1986 he moved into lumber manufacturing, working and living in several communities in British Columbia. During this time David progressed through mill management culminating as Mill Manager. As Mill Manager he was responsible for all aspects of operation including safety, profitability, customer and product selection. Returning to Vancouver in 1991 David joined the Executive Masters of Business Administration program at SFU, graduating in 1994.

In 2003, on behalf of International Forest Products, David started a wholly owned subsidiary in the People’s Republic of China. The enterprise engaged in manufacturing engineered lumber products for the Japanese and Chinese markets.

In January 2005 David joined BC Hydro as General Manager, Peace River Generation. Over the next two and a half years he held positions of increasing responsibility within Generation. Midway through 2007 he assumed responsibility for Generation Operations. This department was responsible for the safe and efficient operation of BC Hydro’s generation stations, Dam Safety, Asset Management, Environmental & Social Issues and Resource Management.

In November 2010 David joined Transmission & Distribution as the Vice President of Field Operations & Safety. FO maintains, operates, and restores approximately 18,000 kilometres of transmission line and 57,000 kilometers of distribution line in BC Hydro’s service area. As Vice President, David oversees a scope of work that includes distribution service connections, meeting the needs of customers, building new infrastructure, restoring outages, maintaining and operating the distribution and transmission system, including non-integrated areas, and more.

Francesco Mannarino

EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

Senior Vice President, Electricity Operations
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In his role as Senior Vice President, Electricity Operations, Frank Mannarino leads EPCOR’s Distribution and Transmission (EDTI) businesses. His team is responsible for the safe and reliable delivery of power to customers in the city of Edmonton, Alberta, along with wholesale energy transmission and sales, retail distribution and metering. Overall, EDTI distributes approximately 14% of the province’s energy consumption.

Before being appointed to his current position, Frank was Divisional Vice President of Municipal Operations at EPCOR Water Canada, responsible for water, wastewater and water distribution operations in all Canadian municipalities that EPCOR serves.

Frank held a number of senior roles in business and operations at Shell Canada prior to joining EPCOR in 2010. He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Alberta.

Bill Nicholson

Portland General Electric

Sr. VP, Customer Services, Transmission and Distribution

Thomas Peterson


Managing Director
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Tom Peterson is a Managing Director with KPMG LLP’s Management Consulting practice focused on the Power and Utilities sector. He is based in Los Angeles. Mr. Peterson has more than 30 years of experience providing financial, operational, regulatory consulting, business process outsourcing services, accounting services and cost management services to electric, gas, water and wastewater investor-and government-owned utilities and telecommunications companies.

Prior to joining KPMG LLP, Mr. Peterson was a Senior Director at Alvarez & Marsal and also held various Vice President positions at Black & Veatch, Inc. including Strategic Services, Sales & Marketing and U.S. Regions. He also spent several years as a Managing Director at BearingPoint in their utility management consulting practice. He began his career and spent over 20 years at Andersen initially as an auditor and later as a consultant in their Business Consulting practice.

Mr. Peterson is a Board member of the Western Energy Institute and actively participates in key activities and has served as the Chairman of the Service Company Committee for the past 3 years.

Mr. Peterson earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

Vern Porter

Idaho Power Company

Vice President of T&D Engineering & Construction and Chief Safety Officer

Vern Porter

Idaho Power Company

Vice President of T&D Engineering & Construction and Chief Safety Officer

Wayne Stensby

ATCO Electric

Managing Director, Electricity Global Business Unit

John Stoll

Chelan County PUD

Managing Director, Customer Utilities