Annual Meeting (Sep 20-22)

This three-day event brings together the West’s natural gas and electric utility executive community together to encourage discussion and foster new opportunities. Learn from subject matter experts regarding imminent opportunities and the challenges pressing utilities to adapt and flex in uncharted territories for best-in-class utility management. Topics covered in recent years include customer relations, global economic insights, new business models for utilities in a carbon constrained world, opportunities and challenges of big data, energy supply and demand forecasting, and visions for the utility of the future. This meeting coincides with the semi-annual WEI Board Meeting and the Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders team presentations.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • David Hutchens, President and Chief Executive Officer, UNS Energy Corp.

    • Program Location
    • JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa
    • 3800 West Starr Pass Blvd
      Tucson, AZ 85745
    • Who Should Attend
      • Energy industry executives
      • WEI Board of Directors
      • Executive Planning Committees
      • Service company providers
      • Senior management professionals
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $999 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after August 31, 2017. Registration includes meeting materials, 1 reception, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 breaks, all presentations and panel discussions, one dinner and admission to the Service Company reception and dinner event. Guest passes are available for $299 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.

  • 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 Anna Sanger Reed, Director of Customer + Corporate Programs at (503) 688-2795.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Optional Golf Networking at Starr Pass Golf Club

8:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Optional Desert Museum Networking Tour

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Women in Leadership

Current Women in Leadership Participants Only

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

WEI Board Executive Committee Meeting

Open only to committee members.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Check In + Nametag Pickup

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

WEI Board of Directors Meeting

Open only to board members.

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Board of Directors Dinner - Offsite

Invitation only. Open to board members and invited guests.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration + Materials Pickup

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast + Opening Remarks

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

The Great Rewrite
Speaker(s): Leonard Brody, Business and Technology Visionary and Author, Anschutz Company

We are living in a unique moment in history, when revolutionary change is occurring at a frenzied pace. Whereas the Industrial Revolution took over a century to cement, widespread change now happens in decades, or even in just years. While change used to happen from the top down, through governments and management, change now happens from the ground up, with savvy entrepreneurs dictating everything from new technology, to currency, to banking practices, to “the internet of things”. This massive scale of disruption has understandably left organizations on shaky footing, struggling to engage consumers and employees alike and stay relevant. Those that learn to adapt to this rapid pace of change, that allow themselves to be “rewritten” for the modern day, will survive and prosper. Leonard Brody explains the answer to this widespread uncertainty, and how to harness it in your company.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Are You Ready for the Transformation?
Moderator(s): Dennis Vermillion, President, Avista Utilities and Senior Vice President, Avista Corp.
Panelist(s): Jonathan White, Managing Director, Energy and Natural Resources, Strategy, KPMG LLP, Greg Peterson, Partner and SAP GBS Sales Executive, IBM Americas, Joseph Scalise, Partner, Bain & Company, Inc., Nancy Pfund, Managing Partner, DBL Partners

This panel will provide insights and perspective to help your company lead through the critical transformations at hand. You no longer have the luxury of years to make critical strategic changes to your business plan. Tomorrow is today! As you face an extremely complex landscape of market forces, you need to continually evaluate the latest developments and predictions for mergers and acquisitions, regulatory changes, and technological advances that will shape how we serve our customers and succeed as a thriving business enterprise.

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Lunch + The Coming Fiscal Changes and What They Mean for You
Speaker(s): Jason Furman, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers (2013-2017), United States of America

Major fiscal changes are in the offing, including potential tax reforms, investments in infrastructure and other significant changes. As one of the main architects of President Obama’s Framework for Business Tax Reform, Jason Furman offers businesses and organizations expert insights into the economic effects and political prospects for tax reform, infrastructure, and what all of this will mean for the budget deficit and the long-run sustainability of the economy in the United States and Canada. As instability, migration and security concerns continue and trade agreements and treaties between nations face a tenuous new era, Furman offers experienced counsel to businesses concerned about their place in the global environment, highlighting changes forecasted to have a direct impact on natural gas and electric companies.

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM


1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

The Power of Big Data and Analytics
Moderator(s): Henry Bailey, VP, Industry Business Solutions Sales & Presales, SAP
Panelist(s): Todd Inlander, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Southern California Edison, Kip Morison, Chief Information Officer, BC Hydro, Gary Hayes, CIO & VP of IT, CenterPoint Energy, Caroline Winn, Chief Operating Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

As utilities move beyond traditional service models of safely and efficiently delivering electric, gas and water, they will need to leverage big data and advanced analytics to offer new services and products. New technologies offer opportunities to achieve these goals, but dealing with privacy and security, hiring the right people, organizing the analytics, ensuring regulatory considerations, applying proper budgets and allocating resources need to be better understood to be successful. This panel will explore big wins in data analytics that have helped companies gain insights to enhance operational excellence and predict what customers want before they even know it.

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Concurrent Meetings

Invitation only

Facilitated Roundtable for Presidents and CEOs of Utilities both Electric and Gas
Customer Connections Board Committee
Corporate Services Board Committee
Electric Operations Board Committee
Gas Operations Board Committee

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Service Company Reception and Dinner

Join us for a wonderful evening sponsored by WEI service companies.

Friday, September 22, 2017

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast and 2018 Western Energy Institute Theme

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Networking Break

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Drones "Flying Into the Future"
Speaker(s): Brandon Lance, Skyline District Manager, Intermountain Gas Company, Joe Maloney, Program Manager, Work Smart, BC Hydro, Julie Ellington Watson, Product Line Manager, Itron, Inc., Michele Miranda, Manager Federal Government Affairs, Portland General Electric, Deborah DePetris, Energy Services Manager, Clark Public Utilities, Kane Claunch, Construction Manager-Distribution Operations, NorthWestern Energy

On August 29, 2016 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enacted the first operational rules for routine non-hobbyist use of drones. These new regulations now allow anyone who passes the remote pilot certificate exam to legally fly drones for commercial purposes. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released a recent statement regarding promising drone technology, “Eventually, our goal is to have a fleet of Aquilas (drone prototype) flying together at 60,000 feet, communicating with each other with lasers and staying aloft for months at a time – something that’s never been done.” Utilities are starting to embrace this type of technology that benefits all types of customers: internal, shareholders, and third party. This presentation highlights current utility drone programs that will help shape the future of this emerging technology, while exploring utilities’ ability and desire to embrace new technology.

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Get in the Minds of your Customer and Regulator to Stay in the Game
Speaker(s): James Baldwin, Enterprise Risk Analyst, Eugene Water & Electric Board, Neal Pobran, Senior Manager, Community and Aboriginal Relations, FortisBC, Cindy Bostock, Credit & Collections Supervisor, Dominion Energy Questar Corporation, Deborah Rever, Manager: General Accounting, A/R, and Unclaimed Property, Salt River Project, Brandon Atkins, Scheduling Manager, Henkels & McCoy, Inc., Ozan Ferrin, Generation Automation Supervisor, Tacoma Power

The honeymoon is over. For too long, utilities have taken their relationships with customers for granted, and now are paying for it in an increasingly dynamic and one might say “hostile” regulatory environment. Regulation is a product of our customers, meaning our large customer base is a cross-section of society, and our customers are the ones that comprise our lobby regulatory bodies. Utilities can no longer stay idle and adapt to policy; we need to anticipate future customer demands, implement regulation changes, or influence future outcomes. To stay relevant, utilities need to understand the mindset of those driving new regulations and transform the utility to ensure trust and loyalty.
The changes need to reach far and wide into the organization including changing company values; learning from other utilities’ mistakes; profiling customers through data; and communicating in a transparent, honest way to the customer.
The famous saying from Heraclitus translates as "the only constant in life is change." Utilities must face the reality that the monopoly honeymoon is over and prompt, strategic changes will be required to stay connected with customer and regulators.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

How does Betty Compete in a World of Veronicas?
Speaker(s): Eric Hackett, Engineering Leader - Station Engineering & Design, Idaho Power Company, Jim Musser, Manager, Internal Audit & ethics, Puget Sound Energy, Vanessa Kisicki, Manager, Policy, Procedures, Standards, Salt River Project, Darlene Sakahara, Manager, Support Services, Seattle City Light, Michael Rojo, Supervisor, Environmental Services, NV Energy, Michael Heath, Manager, Contract Construction, ATCO Gas

Utilities have a lot to offer potential job seekers and can provide a promising career path for employees but why is it so difficult to recruit and retain top talent in the industry? This presentation will explore the latest strategies that utilities are using to attract high quality candidates and retain top performers as well as identify techniques and tactics exploited by other industries that may be applicable within the utility sector.

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

The Digital Workforce: Mastering the 4th Industrial Revolution
Speaker(s): Teresa D'Alessio, Sr. Manager, ITS Program Management, Snohomish County PUD, Jay Jewess, Director, Business Continuity & Emergency Management, Portland General Electric, Carol Mak, Commercial & Industrial Services Manager, Southern California Gas Company, Mike Mant, Plant Manager, Generation, BC Hydro, Jonathan Dusenberry, Substation Department Manager, Burns & McDonnell, Justin Merkel, Manager, Transmission Engineering, NorthWestern Energy

This panel explores the present and future applications of the digital workforce to enhance efficiencies, risk management, safety, and customer service in the energy and utility landscape, drawing upon select case studies across various industries. We’ll discuss the benefits and practical applications of emerging digital workforce and machine learning trends, such as leveraging predictive forecasting capabilities, workforce analytics and robotic automation software. This panel highlights the future roles of man and machine and showcases how certain companies have begun to embrace the transformation.

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM


11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Are you Ready to Compete?
Speaker(s): Eugene Ayuyao, Senior Manager of Market Segment & Locational Resource Contracts, Southern California Edison, Shanna Brownstein, Manager, Government & Community Affairs, NW Natural, Kirsty Gerig, Engineering Manager, ENMAX Corporation, Jose Padilla, Distribution Integrity Management Program Manager, Southern California Gas Company, Michael Champ, Manager, Enterprise Performance, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Diane Perry, IT Senior Manager Applications and Operations Management, Snohomish County PUD

The traditional utility has experienced a slow evolution for more than a century. However, new technologies, customer needs and expectations, and changing government policies are forcing a more rapid evolution of utility business models. The monopoly that once defined a utility will no longer protect energy companies. Competition is entering many parts of our business and introducing new market segments. Energy companies need to consider how competition will influence strategies in energy procurement, generation, storage, transmission, distribution and customer programs/offerings. We will discuss the need for a fresh approach to address competition which will certainly play a big role in determining the future of the energy industry.

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

The Modernization of the Utility, Risk vs Reward
Speaker(s): Jason Weber, Manager, Telecom, Puget Sound Energy, Tyrell Hillebrand, Senior Systems Engineer - Civil, Central Lincoln PUD, Brian Cunnington, Manager, Industrial Services, Cascade Natural Gas Corp., Caroline Vachon, Maintanence Manager Red Hawk Power Plant, Arizona Public Service Company, John Pacheco, Senior Counsel, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Our customers’ needs and expectations are changing with technology advancement. Since many companies (Amazon, Uber, Google, etc.) use technology to interact with their customers, many utility customers have come to expect the same from their utility. Utilities need to adapt to being agile in this area and improve the customer experience by delivering what customers expect, while working within the constraints of the utility business model. What are the risks and rewards of moving customer service into the future?

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM


1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Turning Your Customers into Utility Advocates in the Regulatory Arena
Speaker(s): Craig Brown, Principal Consultant/Rate and Regulatory Team Lead, Black & Veatch, Christian Henderson, Planning Team Lead, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Inna Johansen, Sr. Manager Gas Supply and Financial Planning, ENSTAR Natural Gas Company, Marciano Nevar, Electric Services Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Glenn Madden, Supply Chain Manager, Avista Utilities, Colin Norman, C&EM Manager, Portfolio Projects, FortisBC

What if your customers advocated to your regulators for increased utility investment? In many jurisdictions there is a disconnect between the utility, customers, and the regulators in terms of what’s required for the utility to continue to offer safe and reliable service. This presentation will showcase how to build consensus, trust, and transparency with consumer advocates and other stakeholders on proposed utility investments and how to appropriately bring these investments forward to regulators to ensure a fair and educated assessment.

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Energy Storage
Speaker(s): Greg Barry, Rate Analyst V, TransCanada GTN & North Baja Systems, VaLiesha Brown, Administrative Services Advisor, Seattle City Light, Kevin Noble, Manager, Engineering Distribution Planning, FortisAlberta, Brian Dungey, Manager, Gas Stewardship Program, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Jana Jusupovic, Supervisory Electrical Engineer, Bonneville Power Administration, Geoff Bradmon, Manager, Engineering Project Management Group, TEP

Energy storage is an exciting and emerging space within the energy industry. As with any emerging industry, there are many unanswered questions. More information becomes available about energy storage all the time and storage facilities of all varieties already exist throughout the world. This presentation will provide a comprehensive update on current use of energy storage, and further the discussion around the economics necessary to make storage a viable option, the risks and opportunities to our current operating model and even try to suggest what utilities and energy providers should do in response to the emerging energy storage industry. Where public policy mandates, private industry, a 100-year old regulated energy market and 7.5 Billion energy-seeking people in the world combine it’s sure to be a good time – or maybe it’ll just be a mirage?

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM


2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Driving Customer Centric Innovation
Speaker(s): Austin Summers, Supervisor, Regulatory Affairs, Dominion Energy, Clark Bryner, T&D Supervisor, Asset Management, TEP, Melissa Lyons, Environmental Commodities Originator/Trader, Chelan County PUD, Nicole Strauser, Director of Legal and Regulatory, New Mexico Gas Company, Scott Merrifield, Program Manager, Community Renewables, ATCO Electric, Mehul Patel, Manager, Day Ahead Operations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

The often near monopolies of typical utility markets have historically allowed utility companies to remain static in their approach to delivering service. However, customers’ energy needs are changing rapidly and they are demanding a very different suite of products, services, and options from their utility company.
Interactions with customers are undergoing a transformation largely driven by new technology, industry and government changes and evolving expectations. Customers are expecting more from their utility company. Changes in environmental regulations, customer interest in renewable energy, and the need to take advantage of technological developments that connect customers closer to their distributor is requiring utilities to innovate their relationship and interactions with end-use customers.
To succeed in this new reality that demands customer centric innovation first requires an organization to embrace a culture that supports customer centric thinking. As such, what should that culture look like and how do companies inspire an innovative culture?

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Silos to Synergy: Pivoting for Success
Speaker(s): Katie Nannini, Community Relations Manager, NV Energy, Cindy Zhang, Senior Manager, Integrated Projects, ENMAX Corporation, Alexis Alexander, Manager Spokane River Plant Operations, Avista Corp., Craig Sisco, Director/System Integrity/Engineering Staff, Southwest Gas Corporation, Simon Zewdu, Power Engineering Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, George Vaughn, Manager, Customer Value & Performance, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Silos are an age-old issue, common throughout several industries, including utilities. While optimal for efficiencies and “getting the work done”, silos can create an environment that stifles collaboration, halts productivity, destroys employee engagement, increases labor and technology costs, duplicates efforts, and can ultimately lead to hazardous working conditions, not to mention frustrated customers.

Utilizing more efficient communication strategies and breaking down traditional silos will allow utilities to adjust to the rapidly changing industry and improve production, stifle competition, heighten employee engagement, and most importantly make the company a safer place to work.

Drawing on concepts such as balancing communication and “big picture thinking” from modern day technology companies, this presentation will present tools and techniques for utilities to become more flexible and adjust to customer needs as more options for service become available.

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Platinum/Gold + Service Company Committee Meeting

Open only to committee members.

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Business Acumen Wrap Up (Students and Mentors Only)

An intensive training for high potential managers and supervisors through exposure to broad perspectives of the utility business, its interrelationships and successful leadership strategies. This program is designed by a utility-driven Curriculum Development Team, and directed by facilitators, and executive and alumni mentors. Program sessions are hosted by member utilities and topics are presented by executives, subject matter experts and formal instructors. The first four sessions focus on leadership development, industry perspectives, customer connections, communications and strategic planning. The program includes a capstone project which is delivered to industry leaders at the WEI Annual Meeting. Participants build a broad peer network that continues well into their future careers.

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Reception, Dinner and Graduation Ceremony for Business Acumen

Open to all attendees.

Hotel + Travel

  • Nestled against the saguaro-covered foothills of the Sonoran Desert, the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa sets the stage for an unforgettable family getaway. No matter what brings you to our resort in Tucson, our luxury amenities will provide you with everything you need for rejuvenation. Relax in style in our resort rooms, many of which offer sensational views of our immaculately maintained grounds, hone your skills at our golf club, or discover the essence of relaxation at our resort's state-of-the-art spa. In addition, our family-friendly resort features sparkling pools, a waterslide and lazy river, some of Tucson's most celebrated fine dining restaurants, and 80,000 square feet of sophisticated venue space; we can add a distinctive flair to any wedding or business meeting. And thanks to our resort's exceptional location, you'll have no problem exploring Tucson's top attractions, including the University of Arizona. Escape to a majestic oasis at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa.
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (877) 622-3140 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $159/night. This rate is guaranteed until August 31, 2017 or until the WEI room block is full.

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All networking events take place on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.


Golf Networking at Starr Pass Golf Club
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration: $140.00 USD per person

Enjoy a beautiful morning of golf at Starr Pass Golf Club conveniently located right at the resort. A true desert course, natural elements are used as hazards while showcasing majestic vistas of the Catalina Mountains. Legends such as Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Payne Stewart and Nancy Lopez have carved their way through this historic golf course. Registration fee includes green and cart fees, range balls, and a light breakfast. TaylorMade club rentals are available for $69.00 plus tax per set.

Registration fee is not refundable after August 18th. Cancellation Policy: No refunds after August 18. Substitutions are welcomed.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
8:30 AM – 12:45 PM
Registration: $75.00 USD per person

The Desert Museum is ranked on as one of the Top 10 Museums in the country and the #1 Tucson attraction. The 98 acre Desert Museum is a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium. This tour includes round trip transportation from the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, and lunch. Your time at the museum will include a 90 minute private, custom tour with expert guides to help you fully immerse yourself in the Sonora Desert experience. Because there’s so much to see, you’ll also have some time to independently explore other exhibits before we head back to the resort.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds after August 18. Substitutions are welcomed.

Program Sponsors

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Meet The Speakers

Leonard Brody

Anschutz Company

Business and Technology Visionary and Author
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Leonard Brody has been called “a controversial leader of the new world order” by BC Business magazine. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, venture capitalist, bestselling author, and a two-time Emmy nominated media visionary who is consistently ranked as the #1 speaker on conference programs. In his compelling, customized talks–for clients ranging from the United Nations to Visa and Pepsi–Leonard addresses the rapid pace of change, innovation, and disruption facing us all, and what to do about it.

Leonard has helped in raising millions of dollars for start-up companies; been through one of the largest internet IPOs in history; and has been involved in the building, financing, and/or sale of five companies to date. He is currently the President of the Innovation and Digital Group for the Anschutz Company, one of the largest live sport and entertainment businesses on the planet, which owns assets such as the O2 Arena in London and the Staples Center in LA; sports teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Galaxy, and the Los Angeles Kings; and is one of the premier concert promotion businesses in the world, seating hundreds of millions of people a year.

Leonard also acts as principal in several venture capital funds throughout the world; is behind the financing and creation of 20-30 companies a year; and is one of the proud owners of Coventry City Football Club in England. If that wasn’t enough, Leonard was asked to run for Mayor of Vancouver in their last election.

A highly sought-after speaker, Leonard has lectured at institutions such as Stanford, the G8 and the United Nations. His insight has been requested by companies such as The Financial Times, Warner Music, Dell, Visa and Pepsi, as well as, the governments of countries such as India, Israel, Ireland, Russia and South Africa. His work has been featured in such publications as Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC and The New York Times.

Leonard is co-author of the bestselling books, Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Jurassic Park to Java and Everything I Needed to Know About Business…I Learned from a Canadian. Currently, he is authoring a new book in partnership with Forbes magazine, entitled, The Great Re:Write. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Queens University, a law degree from Osgoode Hall and is a graduate of the Private Equity Program at the Harvard Business School.

Jason Furman

United States of America

Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers (2013-2017)
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Jason Furman was confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2013, as the 28th chairman of the Council of Economic
Advisers. In this role, he served as President Obama’s chief economist and a member of the Cabinet. Furman served the President since the beginning of the Administration, previously holding the position of principal deputy director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the President. Immediately prior to the Administration, Furman was economic policy director for the President’s campaign in 2008 and a member of the presidential transition team. He held a variety of posts in public policy and research before his work with President Obama. In public policy, Furman worked at both the Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration and also at the World Bank. In research, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and also served in visiting positions at various universities, including New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Furman has conducted research in a wide range of areas, such as fiscal policy, tax policy, health economics, Social Security, and domestic and international macroeconomics.
In addition to numerous articles in scholarly journals and periodicals, Furman is the editor of two books on economic policy. Since leaving the Obama Administration, Furman has joined the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) as a Senior Fellow. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics from Harvard University.

Henry Bailey


VP, Industry Business Solutions Sales & Presales

Dennis Vermillion

Avista Corp.

President, Avista Utilities and Senior Vice President

Jonathan White


Managing Director, Energy and Natural Resources, Strategy

Greg Peterson

IBM Americas

Partner and SAP GBS Sales Executive

Joseph Scalise

Bain & Company, Inc.

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Joseph Scalise is a partner in the San Francisco office of Bain & Company, Inc. He joined the firm in 1997 and has worked across Bain’s North America offices in Boston, New York and Dallas as well as internationally in Bain’s Johannesburg office and with teams in Europe and Asia.

Joseph is Head of the North American Utilities Practice and has led assignments across a wide range of issues in the sector across strategy, operations and organization:

– Strategy and M&A: Industry structure and future state scenario planning
– Business Transformation: Integration across strategy, operations and change management
– Continuous Improvement: Productivity and cost in core front line and back-office functions
– Markets and Commodities: Growth and profitability for energy and commodity trading groups

Joe holds an MBA from Wharton and BA in Economics from Lehigh University. Prior to Bain he worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington DC where he specialized in regulated industry economics. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two sons.

Nancy Pfund

DBL Partners

Managing Partner

Todd Inlander

Southern California Edison

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Kip Morison

BC Hydro

Chief Information Officer

Gary Hayes

CenterPoint Energy

CIO & VP of IT

Caroline Winn

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Chief Operating Officer
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Caroline Winn is chief operating officer for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), one of Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. Sempra Energy is a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services.
SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides service to 3.6 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 873,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties.
Winn became chief operating officer of SDG&E in January 2017. Previously, Winn served as chief energy delivery officer, overseeing all energy delivery activities for SDG&E, including electric distribution operations and gas services, customer services, and external and state legislative affairs.
Prior to that, Winn was vice president of customer services and chief customer privacy officer overseeing all customer-related activities for SDG&E, including call centers, smart pricing program, energy efficiency, demand response and customer assistance programs, customer privacy, revenue cycle activities, electric rates and analysis, field services, corporate brand, marketing and customer communications.
Since joining the company in 1986 as an associate engineer, Winn has held a number of leadership positions with SDG&E and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas). Previously, she was director of supply chain management for both SDG&E and SoCalGas following her role as director of transmission and distribution asset management responsible for distribution planning, electric reliability, compliance management and information technology management.
Winn has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University Sacramento and is a registered professional engineer in the state of California.
Winn serves on the Management Council and board of directors of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Winn also serves on the board of directors of the Western Energy Institute and the board of advisors for the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center.

Bandon Lance

Intermountain Gas Company

Skyline District Manager

Joe Maloney

BC Hydro

Program Manager, Work Smart

Julie Ellington Watson

Itron, Inc.

Product Line Manager

Michele Miranda

Portland General Electric

Manager Federal Government Affairs

Deborah DePetris

Clark Public Utilities

Energy Services Manager

Kane Claunch

NorthWestern Energy

Construction Manager-Distribution Operations

James Baldwin

Eugene Water & Electric Board

Enterprise Risk Analyst

Neal Pobran


Senior Manager, Community and Aboriginal Relations

Cindy Bostock

Dominion Energy Questar Corporation

Credit & Collections Supervisor

Deborah Rever

Salt River Project

Manager: General Accounting, A/R, and Unclaimed Property

Brandon Atkins

Henkels & McCoy, Inc.

Scheduling Manager

Ozan Ferrin

Tacoma Power

Generation Automation Supervisor

Eric Hackett

Idaho Power Company

Engineering Leader - Station Engineering & Design

Jim Musser

Puget Sound Energy

Manager, Internal Audit & ethics

Vanessa Kisicki

Salt River Project

Manager, Policy, Procedures, Standards

Darlene Sakahara

Seattle City Light

Manager, Support Services

Michael Rojo

NV Energy

Supervisor, Environmental Services

Michael Heath


Manager, Contract Construction

Teresa D’Alessio

Snohomish County PUD

Sr. Manager, ITS Program Management

Jay Jewess

Portland General Electric

Director, Business Continuity & Emergency Management

Carol Mak

Southern California Gas Company

Commercial & Industrial Services Manager

Mike Mant

BC Hydro

Plant Manager, Generation

Jonathan Dusenberry

Burns & McDonnell

Substation Department Manager

Justin Merkel

NorthWestern Energy

Manager, Transmission Engineering

Eugene Ayuyao

Southern California Edison

Senior Manager of Market Segment & Locational Resource Contracts

Shanna Brownstein

NW Natural

Manager, Government & Community Affairs

Kirsty Gerig

ENMAX Corporation

Engineering Manager

Jose Padilla

Southern California Gas Company

Distribution Integrity Management Program Manager

Michael Champ

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Manager, Enterprise Performance

Diane Perry

Snohomish County PUD

IT Senior Manager Applications and Operations Management

Jason Weber

Puget Sound Energy

Manager, Telecom

Tyrell Hillebrand

Central Lincoln PUD

Senior Systems Engineer - Civil

Brian Cunnington

Cascade Natural Gas Corp.

Manager, Industrial Services

Caroline Vachon

Arizona Public Service Company

Maintanence Manager Red Hawk Power Plant

John Pacheco

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Senior Counsel

Craig Brown

Black & Veatch

Principal Consultant/Rate and Regulatory Team Lead

Christian Henderson

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Planning Team Lead

Inna Johansen

ENSTAR Natural Gas Company

Sr. Manager Gas Supply and Financial Planning

Glenn Madden

Avista Utilities

Supply Chain Manager

Marciano Nevar

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I have been employed at Avista Utilities since 2008. I started as an Electrical Engineer with the substation design group. After just six months I moved to the generation production team working as a controls and automation design engineer, which I did for nearly eight years. This consisted primarily of automation design in hydroelectric dams, including generators and plant auxiliary systems. In July of 2016, I was given the opportunity to manage the operation of Avista’s hydroelectric dams on the Spokane River, which is my current role.

I received my BS in Electrical Engineering in 2008, MBA in 2014, and professional engineering license (PE) in 2016. I am a proud father of a nearly 1 year old boy and happily married to my high school sweetheart.

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