Sep

27-29

Annual Meeting (Sep 27-29)

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

WEI 2015 Chair
Chris Johns, Vice Chairman, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

WEI 2016 Chair
Greg Reimer, Executive Vice President, Transmission and Distribution, BC Hydro

Program Location
The Meritage Resort
875 Bordeaux Way
Napa, CA 94558

Who Should Attend

  • Energy industry executives
  • WEI Board of Directors
  • Executive Planning Committees
  • Service company providers
  • Senior management professionals

For more information contact Diana Zoren at 971.255.4965.

Registration Options
Member: $999
Regular: $1899
Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders Program Participant: No cost
Women in Leadership – Mentoring + Development Program Participant: No cost

Prices increase $100 after September 4. Guest passes with registration are available for $299. Registration includes comprehensive meeting materials, all Annual Meeting sessions,  and receptions and meals each day, including the reception and dinner sponsored by the WEI Service Companies on Monday. Guest passes include all events listed above without meeting materials.

2015 Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders Program Participant registration is limited to participants of the 2015 Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders Course. Registration includes comprehensive meeting materials, all Annual Meeting sessions, and receptions and meals each day, including the reception and dinner sponsored by the WEI Service Companies on Monday. Guest passes with registration are available for $299 and includes events listed above without meeting materials.

2015 Women in Leadership – Mentoring + Development Program Participant registration is limited to participants of the 2015 Women in Leadership – Mentoring + Development program. Registration includes comprehensive meeting materials, all Annual Meeting sessions, and receptions and meals each day, including the reception and dinner sponsored by the WEI Service Companies on Monday. Guest passes with registration are available for $299 and includes events listed above without meeting materials.

Program Sponsors

Platinum Members:

A+M-01Burns + McDonnell-01DNV-GL-01EY-01Henkels + McCoy-01Itron-01-01Jana-01KPMG-01Landis+Gyr-01NPL-01Opower-01Picarro-01Potelco-01Siemens-01TDW-01

 

Gold Members:

Accenture-01Aclara-01ActiveTelesource-01Alstom-01Asplundh-01Barnard-01Black + Veatch-01Booz-01Denali Group-01Esource-01Elster-01EMC2-01The HDD Company-01HDR-01IBM-01Intel-01Intren-01Leidos-01Lyall-01Mears-01Michels-01Nexant-01SEL-01-01snelson_300dpiTendril-01Towers Watson-01Trimble-01Underground Construction-01Vertex-01Vertical Bridge-01

Agenda

Sunday, September 27, 2015

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Optional Networking
7:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Chardonnay Golf Course (sold out)
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM – Sonoma Valley Wine Tour (sold out)
Contact Diana Zoren to inquire about a waitlist at 971.255.4965.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
WEI Board of Directors – Executive Committee Meeting
Committee members only

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
WEI Board of Directors Meeting
Committee members only

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception
Sponsored by:
Opower-01
7:00 PM
WEI Board of Directors Dinner
Includes dinner (by invitation)
Sponsored by:
Burns + McDonnell-01

Monday, September 28, 2015

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Annual Meeting Opening
Speaker: Chris Johns, Vice Chairman, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Includes breakfast sponsored by:
EnerNOC JPEG Logo Hi Res
8:15 AM – 9:30 AM
2030: The Road Ahead: How the Next 15 Years Will Transform Competition, Customers, and Companies
Speaker: Andrew Zolli, Author
While no one can see the future perfectly, we can see the forces shaping it. Between now and 2030, technological, demographic, and geopolitical forces will reshape the global economy transforming it into one dominated by the precision engineering and flow of atoms, bits, electrons, creative ideas, and money. New social forces will reshape customers retail needs, expectations and experiences. And new, hybrid analog/digital insurgent companies will disrupt and compete in industries long known for their stability. In this walking tour of the forces of future change, Andrew Zolli will explore these issues, what they mean for leaders and leadership, and what companies can do, concretely, today to thrive in the disruptive decade to come.

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Break

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Customer-Focused Management
Speaker: Martha Rogers, PhD., Author
As one of the world’s leading experts on customer-based business strategies and growing customer value, Dr. Rogers is an acclaimed author, a world class-class speaker and a founding partner of Peppers and Rogers Group. Martha’s experience, expertise and ability to think out of the box can assist with both “vision” and “implementation” of customer strategy to go beyond good public relations and brand building. She will focus on how to build greater trust, customer relationships, to develop better customer experiences, and accomplish this in an age where everything is digital, social, and transparent.

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
National Accounts Customers Talk Energy
Moderator: Pedro Pizarro, President, Southern California Edison
Panelists: David Ozment, Director, Energy, Walmart
George Waidelich, VP Energy Operations, Safeway
Shay Reed, Energy Buyer, Costco
Business customer energy requirements are undergoing rapid changes moving beyond the simple provision of buying energy. Major national retail organizations blaze the trails in the deployment and adoption of new energy technologies. Key energy trends originate from this segment annually with emerging technologies finding this a critical test bed for viability. Come listen to 3 major retail organizations discuss their expectations on the role of utilities in providing emerging products and services.

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Business Acumen Presentation + Lunch
Sponsored by:
Accenture-01

Riding the Wave of the Future – Positioning Utilities for Change
Facilitators: Carolyn Loos, Director, TD Organizational Performance, NorthWestern Energy and Tina Drews, Director of Talent Management, Salt River Project
Speakers: Daniel Barnes, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power; Todd Didier, Southwest Gas Corporation; Jennifer Hendricks, FortisAlberta; Chad Lewis, Questar Gas; Cory Mitsui, San Diego Gas & Electric Company; Sandra Ursulan, ENMAX Corporation
One of the greatest challenges for utilities is to meet today’s need to provide safe and reliable electric and gas service, while investing in the creation of future technology and services that will provide tomorrow’s customer value. Utilities will need the communications infrastructure, dynamic workforce, and an enabling regulatory structure to meet these new challenges. This presentation will focus on creating opportunity by shifting the value proposition within utilities to prepare for a more dynamic and competitive utility model. It will concentrate on two key areas of communications preparedness; customer relations and employee development.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Networking Break

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Forward Thinking for Utilities
Moderator: Michael Beehler, Vice President, Burns & McDonnell
Mike Greene, Energy Principal, Google
Jeff Gleeson, Business Development, Nest
Matt Owens, Director of Business Development, STEM
New businesses models are emerging that redefines how technology is being used to control and manage energy within the traditional utility value chain and on the customer side of the meter. Technology is playing an increasingly larger role with value and profit available for utilities and alternative suppliers across the energy sector. From traditional energy services to data analytics, today we will hear from three successful companies Google on big data, STEM on storage and Nest on in-home products on their role and plans to extract value from the energy sector.

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Concurrent Committee Meetings
Corporate Services Board Committee
Gas Operations Board Committee
Service Company Committee

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Concurrent Committee Meetings
Customer Connections Board Committee
Electric Operations Board Committee

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Reception and Dinner hosted by the WEI Service Companies
Join us for an evening sponsored by all of WEI’s Service Company Members. There will be an optional current release wine tasting from Trinitas Cellars along with hors d’oeuvres on the Vineyard Terrace from 5:30 PM -6:30 PM. Dinner will be held in the Meritage Salon starting at 6:30 PM.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Platinum/Gold Service Company Meeting

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
2016 Western Energy Institute Theme
Speaker: Greg Reimer, Executive Vice President, Transmission, Distribution & Customer Service, BC Hydro
The WEI theme for 2016 is presented: Operational Excellence: For Our Customers and for Our Future
Breakfast included and sponsored by:

Celerity_CMYK

 

 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Economic Landscape
Moderator: Robert Rowe, CEO and President, NorthWestern Energy
Panelists: Todd Jirovec, Strategy& Partner, PwC
Jason Glickman, Partner, Bain & Company, Inc.
Ed Balbis, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy, Accenture Inc.
Hear market insights from our panelists to help you better understand the changing energy landscape and its effect on our businesses. Panelists will share their vision of the principal forces shaping the natural gas and electric utility sector including evolving customer behaviors and regulatory policies and the potential impacts these trends will have on the future of the industry.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Break

10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Concurrent Business Acumen Presentations + Lunch
Lunch sponsored by:
Tendril-01

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Have you Googled Google lately?
Speakers: Marko Aaltomaa, FortisBC; Mike Favero, Questar Gas Company; Maneet Jain, Seattle City Light; Cody Krogh, Avista Corporation; Lindsey Mohns, Chelan County PUD; Louis Ting, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
It is well known that Google and other technology companies have become interested in markets traditionally served by regulated utilities. With their purchase of Nest and investment in Solar City, among others, what could be their end goal and why? The utility sector must transform to ensure we are seen as meeting customer expectations while learning from the business model and approach of companies like Google. The utility company has a distinct advantage in having a well-established customer base and infrastructure to serve, so how does the utility industry best leverage this to sustain us into the future? Examining what Google and others are doing, why they are interested in the utility industry and what opportunities they have identified will guide the development of transformation of the industry.

Welcome to the Future
Speakers: Cara Chatfield, SMUD; Nevida Jack, Salt River Project; Aaron Janisko, Snohomish County PUD; Tom Pankratz, NorthWestern Energy
Utilities are under attack. New technology and market players are eroding traditional utilities’ customer bases and revenues. From battery storage to rooftop solar, utility customers have more choices than ever, and choices are increasing at a rapid rate.
How can utilities remain relevant and competitive in an age of Apple, Google, SolarCity and Tesla?

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Harnessing the Revenue Raindrops
Speakers: Tammy Borkoski, Sacramento Municipal Utility District; David Felix, Salt River Project; David Landers, Puget Sound Energy; Ben Marconi, Intermountain Gas Company; Joy Sage, Tacoma Power; James Williams Jr., NorthWestern Energy
It’s not just about spinning a meter anymore. As our revenue bucket is siphoned off, utilities need to look for ways to replenish and grow our revenue streams. As traditional revenues decline, how can utilities reach beyond the meter and leverage our role as a trusted partner? Come with us as we engage in a dialogue about challenges we are facing, look at what other organizations are doing, and explore possible strategies for harnessing more of those “revenue raindrops” now and into the future. We will review current and past endeavors that utilities have pursued in both the regulated and unregulated business model, and discuss strategic opportunities around diversification. In the end we hope to convince our stakeholders there are revenue raindrops waiting to be added to our bucket.

Contractors. You can’t live with ’em, you can’t get the work down without ’em.
Speakers: Bill Carlson, Pacific Power; Ashish Rajora, BC Hydro; Ben Rushwald, Seattle City Light; Anna Scarlett, Avista Utilities; Ryan Truair, NW Natural
Does your utility get the most out of your contract employees? How do your contractors feel about you? From technology projects to grid modernization and field operations, utilities today rely on contract employees to meet increasingly complex business needs. We’ll look within and outside our industry in search of ways to maximize the utility/contractor relationship and drive safe, cost-effective outcomes, customer engagement and brand value.

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Lunch

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Breaking Down Tradition and Trusting the Numbers for Asset Management
Speakers: Steve Cooper, ENSTAR Natural Gas Company; Kimberly Ann Fremo, San Diego Gas & Electric; Robert Hayder, EPCOR Utilities, Inc.; Ted McCammant, Cascade Natural Gas Corporation; Chad Overacker, Henkels & McCoy; Karen Sparkman, Snohomish County PUD
A risk based asset management framework will allow prudent business case submissions, regulatory success and a healthier bottom line. So how difficult can it be to implement? We will discuss the implementation challenges, and provide a framework for successful integration, based on your company’s culture.

Managing Cyber Risks in the Evolving Utility World
Speakers: Brandon Hignite, Central Lincoln PUD; Mari Becker, Pacific Gas and Electric Company; Gianni Del Bianco, FortisBC; Pat Hohl, Riverside Public Utilities; Kevin Stonewall, TransCanada
As the utility industry changes, the rewards of “Utility 2.0” unfortunately dwell in the shadow of advancing technological threats, fears, and indecision. Start asking better questions to protect your customers and assets.

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM
A Provocative look at the Utility of Future
Speakers: Bryan Bradford, Eugene Water & Electric Board; Matthew Dimoff, ENMAX Power Corporation; Richard Fields, Pacific Gas and Electric Company; Neena Master, Southern California Gas Company; Kimberly Rodriguez, Southern California Edison; Erich Trombley, Southwest Gas Corporation
Technology is forcing us to change the way we do business. This presentation will focus on emerging technologies, and the impact to the utility system and its ability to deliver energy services to customers.
The presentation will cover two main topic areas: (1) the evolution of technology, and the need to adapt. (2) The future opportunity of wireless power (near term and long term).

Bringing Sexy Back: Attracting, Retaining, and Leveraging Talent of a New Generation
Speakers: Gilbert Archuleta, Puget Sound Energy; Ryan Eckert, Idaho Power; Jenny Macy, Burns & McDonnell; Jennifer Shore, EPCOR; Rick Tetzloff, Portland General Electric
If this title makes you uncomfortable, you are not alone – The utility industry is not considered to be as “sexy” as other high-tech industries and companies such as Google, Tesla, and Apple, yet is competing in this highly dynamic market for the same new talent to help grow and advance in times of rapid technology deployment and massive shifts in the foundations of what has long been considered a stable industry. This presentation will explore several attributes of this New Generation – their motivations for learning and career progression – and demonstrate how we can position the utility industry, to be “sexy” and successfully attract, integrate, retain, and leverage this source of new talent.

3:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Women in Leadership Meeting
A closed session for mentors and mentees from WEI’s Women in Leadership program.

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Reception and Dinner
Sponsored by:
Burns + McDonnell-01
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Business Acumen Ceremonies

8:00 PM
Annual Meeting Adjourns

Networking

Chardonnay Golf Course (sold out)
Sunday, September 27
7:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Contact Diana Zoren to inquire about a waitlist at 971.255.4965.

Cost: $135 USD. (Non-refundable after August 1st)
Includes: Roundtrip transportation, Greens fee, Cart, Range balls, Box lunch with bottled water

Come enjoy a relaxing round of golf while networking with industry peers. Surrounded by scenic vistas and beautiful surroundings that meander through over 150 acres of Chardonnay vineyards. Several areas of the property are designed as wildlife preserves and are dedicated to maintaining wildlife habitat among the vineyards and fairways. Sharing the property with the golfers are several species of birds including hawks, kites, kestrels, hummingbirds, and an occasional golden eagle. In the early morning or late evening hours rabbits, squirrels, foxes, our bobcat family on #16 and many other “critters” stroll through the fairways.

Chardonnay Golf Club & Vineyards is a 18-hole semi-private golf facility located Southeast of the city of Napa in Jamieson Canyon at the gateway to the world renown Napa Valley wine district. Our 18-holes of semi-private championship golf offer a variety of challenges for players of all skill levels.

Golf Club Rental: Club Rental is LIMITED. Please contact Chardonnay Golf Course directly at 707.257.1900 to make reservations.

 

Sonoma Valley Wine Tour (sold out)
Sunday, September 27
9:00 – 2:30 PM

Contact Diana Zoren to inquire about a waitlist at 971.255.4965.

Cost: $220 USD. (Non-refundable after August 1st)
Includes: Transportation, private winery tour and tastings, bottle water, time on your own with box lunches

Take a private tour with a Sonoma Valley expert as you tour and taste at two different wineries. Begin the day at one of the many fabulous Sonoma wineries, Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyard. We will start with a fascinating introduction to the Carneros region, the Ferrer family history and the traditional méthode champenoise sparkling winemaking process. Along the way, you will visit the production and cave overlooks, see and touch Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines, and learn about the sustainability practices used by their vineyard team.

The next stop on this fabulous excursion will be Gundlach Bundschu. Founded by Jacob Gundlach in 1958 on 400 acres in Sonoma and christened the Rhinefarm. Jacob and his wife, Eva, spent their honeymoon traveling through Germany and France purchasing the rootstock that would be planted in Sonoma upon their return and become what the winery is today. The winery focuses on solely estate grown grapes for their wines, and acclaimed winemaker Keither Emerson’s “goal as a winemaker is to tell the story of each vineyard site” on the Gundlach Bundschu estate.

Your tasting at Gundlach Bundschu will be hosted in the Bundschu Bungalow, an arts & crafts style home built in the 1920’s, which displays many family heirlooms, has a selection of records to play on the vintage turn table and offers indoor and outdoor areas to enjoy no matter what the weather.

Spend time on your own to explore at Sonoma Square with a box lunch before we return back to the hotel.

Hotel + Travel

The Meritage Resort
875 Bordeaux Way
Napa, CA 94558
Phone: 707.251.1900
Exterior July 2014
Set against the rolling vineyards of California’s Wine Country, The Meritage Resort and Spa illuminates with gracious hospitality, unrivaled amenities, culinary delights and a wine and spa experience that you’ll never forget. Here you can enjoy the best of Napa without leaving the hotel grounds – wine tasting, award-winning cuisine, rejuvenating spa treatments, bowling and luxurious accommodations over 32 acres of stunning real estate.

In Spring of 2012, The Meritage Resort and Spa endured a $40 million enhancement, delivering guests the ultimate 4-Diamond Napa Valley hotel and spa. Our luxury hotel features Wine Country’s only underground full-service spa, tasting room and banquet room – all built into one magnificent Estate Cave. The cave is a destination in itself, combining luxury, romance and mystery for a truly sensational experience. Steam grottos, soaking pools, waterfalls and revitalizing treatments are all part of the escape at the underground Spa Terra, awarded 2011, 2012 and 2013 “Top 100 Spas in America”. The Estate Cave also features the Trinitas Tasting Room, where beautiful stone and dark woods create an environment unlike any other.

Our luxury hotel in Napa Valley embraces 322 Tuscan-inspired Guest Rooms (with access to 180 additional rooms at the adjacent Vino Bello Resort) and Suites with lofty ceilings, rich woods and sumptuous marble bathrooms. Outside of your room, Meritage guests can enjoy plenty of recreational facilities, including Crush Ultra Lounge, one of the most unique places to eat and drink in the Napa Valley. Experience specialty cocktails by expert mixologists, six luxury bowling lanes, a pool table, shuffleboard and a cozy fireplace all in one place. For fun in the fresh air, The Meritage Resort features two swimming pools, three whirlpools and multiple outdoor fireplaces for mingling in the beautiful Napa Valley weather. Guests also have access to our new 1,650 square foot fitness studio, bocce ball court and hiking trails through 9 acres of hillside vineyards.

Reservation Instructions
Please contact the hotel directly at 707.251.1900 to make your room arrangements. Identify yourself as being with the Western Energy Institute by using the code “Grpwesterne” to receive special rates (Saturday for $289 and Sunday – Tuesday for $249) USD single/double plus state and local taxes. In addition, there will be a daily resort fee of $20 per room. These rates are guaranteed to August 26, 2015 or until the WEI room block is full.

$20 resort fee includes: welcome bottle of wine, daily bottled waters, wired and wireless Internet access throughout the resort, use of the Internet Center, self and valet parking, daily newspaper, morning coffee service in lobby, recreational and fitness amenities, access to DVD library, credit card and 800 access fees, fax services, local calls, shuttle to two local golf courses, plus daily shuttle service to downtown.

Travel Information
Centrally located in idyllic Wine Country, The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa offers easy access to Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and several major airports. We’re situated at the southern tip of Napa Valley at the crossroads of Highway 29 and Highway 221, just a few minutes from the celebrated Carneros wine growing region that connects Napa and Sonoma Counties.

Parking
525 spaces, Level II electric vehicle charging station
Cost: Included in resort fee for guests (including Valet Parking)

Directions to The Meritage Resort and Spa
From San Francisco/Oakland/East Bay:
Take I 80E towards Sacramento for approximately 24 miles across the Carquinez Bridge
Take Discovery Bay Parkway/Highway 37 exit for approximately 2 miles
Turn right onto Highway 29 North (Exit 19) for approximately 7 to 8 miles
Turn left onto Soscol Ferry Road, located 1 mile from Highway 12 intersection and follow around back under highway
Turn right on Bordeaux Way
The Meritage Resort and Spa is located on the right hand side

From San Francisco/Marin County (via Sonoma/Carneros Highway):
From the Golden Gate Bridge take US-101 N toward Eureka
Merge onto CA-37 E via Exit 460A toward Napa/Vallejo for 7.6 miles
Turn left onto CA-121 N / Arnold DR / Carneros HWY toward Sonoma/Napa and continue for 6.5 miles
Make a slight right onto CA-121 / Carneros HWY at flashing stop sign and continue for 7.5 miles
Take the CA-29 S / CA-12 E ramp (right) toward American Canyon / Vallejo / Fairfield over the Butler Bridge
Turn right onto Soscol Ferry Road and follow around back under highway
Turn right on Bordeaux Way
The Meritage Resort and Spa is located on the right hand side

From Sacramento, CA:
Take I 80W for approximately 42 miles
Take CA Highway12 exit towards Napa/Sonoma (Approximately 8 miles)
Turn right onto Highway 29 North
Turn left onto Soscol Ferry Road, located 1 mile from Highway 12 intersection
Turn right on Bordeaux Way
The Meritage Resort and Spa is located on the right hand side

From Oakland Airport (OAK):
Evans Transportation offers shuttles from Oakland Airport. Call 707.255.1559
Take 880N to I 80E, (approximately 30 miles)
Take I 80 East towards Sacramento for approximately 24 miles across the Carquinez Bridge
Take Discovery Bay Parkway/Highway 37 exit for approximately 2 miles
Turn right onto Highway 29 North (Exit 19) for approximately 7 to 8 miles
Turn left onto Soscol Ferry Road, located 1 mile from Highway 12 intersection and follow around back under highway
Turn right on Bordeaux Way
The Meritage Resort and Spa is located on the right hand side

From San Francisco Airport (SFO):
Evans Transportation offers shuttles from San Francisco Airport. Call 707.255.1559
Take 280 or 101 North to San Francisco
Take I 80E towards Sacramento for approximately 24 miles across the Carquinez Bridge
Take Discovery Bay Parkway/Highway 37 exit for approximately 2 miles
Turn right onto Highway 29 North (Exit 19) for approximately 7 to 8 miles
Turn left onto Soscol Ferry Road, located 1 mile from Highway 12 intersection and follow around back under highway
Turn right on Bordeaux Way
The Meritage Resort and Spa is located on the right hand side

From Napa County Airport (KAPC):
From terminal, turn left onto Airport Boulevard. Stay on Airport Blvd for approx. 1 mile
Turn left onto Highway 29
Stay to the left on Highway 29
At first light, turn left onto Soscol Ferry Road
Turn right on Bordeaux Way
The Meritage Resort and Spa is located on the right hand side

Meet The Speakers

Chris Johns

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Vice Chairman

Andrew Zolli

Author

Martha Rogers

PhD., Author

Pedro Pizarro

Southern California Edison

President

David Ozment

Walmart

Director, Energy

George Waidelich

Safeway

VP Energy Operations

Shay Reed

Costco

Energy Buyer

Daniel Barnes

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Electrical Service Manager
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Dan Barnes has over 30 years’ experience in the utility business having spent 5 years with Southern California Gas Company and the last 25 years with the LADWP. Dan started his career with LADWP in 1990 as a Ground man. In 1992 he entered into LADWP’s Overhead and Underground Apprenticeship Program graduating in 1993 as a Journeyman Lineman.

Dan spent the next 10 years working as a Journeyman Lineman/Splicer and Line Patrol Mechanic (Trouble Shooter), constructing and maintaining LADWP’s Distribution and Transmission system.

In 2003, Dan promoted to Line Forman where he spent the next 5 years supervising field crews in the maintenance and construction of LADWP’s Power system. In 2008, Dan promoted to Transmission and Distribution District Supervisor where he spent 6 years managing LADWP’s Owens Valley District located 200 miles north of Los Angeles. This district consisted of 7500 customers but had over 4900 square miles in service territory. In September 2014, Dan promoted to Electric Service Manager where he is currently responsible for 3 distribution districts for LADWP’s Distribution Construction and Maintenance Section. Dan enjoys spending time with his wife of 31 years and his 3 children and their families.

Todd Didier

Southwest Gas Corporation

Manager, Technical Services
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Todd Didier has more than 19 years of experience in natural gas distribution and transmission operations, maintenance and construction. He began his career in the natural gas industry with Southwest Gas working in the system planning area, creating and maintaining gas system models for the Southern Arizona Division.

As Mr. Didier progressed through various positions at Southwest Gas Corporation he gained extensive experience in the design of natural gas distribution, high pressure, and transmission facilities. He is currently the Manager of Technical Services for Southwest’s Southern Arizona Division headquartered in Tucson. His current responsibilities include measurement & control, corrosion control, SCADA, communications operation/equipment, materials management, and engineering support for Tucson’s outer districts.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University.

Jennifer Hendricks

FortisAlberta

Manager, Major Accounts
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Jennifer grew up on a farm in rural southern Alberta and gained an early awareness of the natural world which became the foundation for a career in environmental management. During her 10 years working as an environmental consultant, Jennifer developed a reputation as a strong team player with a down to earth style. She led environmental planning and permitting for a variety of projects including oil sands mines, large pipelines, transmission lines and urban development projects. In 2010, Jennifer took on a lead role managing FortisAlberta’s environmental portfolio. During her three year tenure in this role, Jennifer was recognized for her ability to engage stakeholders and collaborate to find practical environmental solutions.

Jennifer realized a passion to connect the business more closely with its customers which led to her current position as Manager of Major Accounts at FortisAlberta in 2013. Her team of 11 is accountable to manage the relationships with 500 major customers while also maintaining a keen focus on a dynamic group of key accounts. Jennifer’s emphasis on team-building and her commitment to meeting customer and market demands are key to her success in this role. Jennifer is a registered Professional Biologist in Alberta and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Lethbridge. She is a member of the Canadian Electricity Association and a co-chair of FortisAlberta’s Women in Leadership group.

Chad Lewis

Questar Gas

Operations Manager
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Chad has worked for Questar Gas for 37 years, beginning as a Utility Worker in the Murray office in 1977. He worked in the Holladay and South service centers for the next 18 years, performing customer service and parts replacement. He then spent 3 years in the training department before overseeing the re-orfacing program. Questar combined the Service and Construction departments in 2010, making one Operations Department. Chad currently serves as the Operations Manager in the Operations Center for Questar Gas in the Bluffdale, Utah office.

Chad was born and raised in Utah. He attended Hillcrest High School before joining Questar. He is an avid fan of the Utah Jazz, Dallas Cowboys, and Ford trucks. He and his wife Shauna live in South Jordan. They have 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren.

Cory Mitsui

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Substation Engineering & Design Manager
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Cory Mitsui (PE, MBA), currently San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) Substation Engineering & Design Manger began his career with the company in 2005. A graduate in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, he has held previous positions within SDG&E in Distribution Regional Operations, Project Management, Electric Distribution Engineering, and Substation/Transmission Construction & Maintenance. The majority of Cory’s 10 years’ experience in the electric utility industry was in Substation Construction & Maintenance, where his team oversaw the maintenance and asset management of SDG&E’s electric transmission, substation, and protection infrastructure. His new assignment places him in a role to oversee the electrical and structural substation design and substation apparatus ordering for San Diego Gas & Electric.

Sandra Ursulan

ENMAX Corporation

Director, ISPM
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Sandra’s career has mostly been in Operations in the areas of Service Management, Business Controls, Project Controls and is currently leading the PMO for ENMAX Corporation. Sandra’s experience has been in publicly traded and municipal owned companies with over 20 years of progressive leadership roles in business operations. Sandra has proven leadership skills in driving operational processes, productivity, efficiency and bottom line improvements and has created and directed organizations through the implementation of a Quality Management System, Document Management System and Resource Management and Scheduling System. Sandra utilizes a leadership philosophy promoting employee participation using creative problem solving to contribute to organizational success.

Daniel Barnes

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Electrical Service Manager

Todd Didier

Southwest Gas Corporation

Manager, Technical Services

Jennifer Hendricks

FortisAlberta

Manager, Major Accounts

Chad Lewis

Questar Gas

Operations Manager

Cory Mitsui

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Substation Engineering & Design Manager

Sandra Ursulan

ENMAX Corporation

Director, ISPM

Michael Beehler

Burns & McDonnell

Vice President

Jonathan Forrester

Google

Principal, Energy Access & Investment

Jeff Gleeson

Nest

Business Development

Matt Owens

STEM

Director of Business Development

Greg Reimer

BC Hydro

Executive Vice President, Transmission, Distribution & Customer Service

Robert Rowe

NorthWestern Energy

CEO and President

David Etheridge

PwC

Consumer and Industrial Products Consulting Leader

Jason Glickman

Bain & Company, Inc.

Partner

Ed Balbis

Accenture Inc.

Managing Director, Accenture Strategy

Marko Aaltomaa

FortisBC

Manager, Network Services (Kootenay)
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As Manager of Network Services for FortisBC Electric for the past five years, Marko Aaltomaa is responsible for electric T&D line operations in the Kootenay area, including emergency response to outages, operations, maintenance, construction and dispatch. He is also responsible for the operations related to the system control centre which monitors and controls the generation, transmission and distribution systems for FortisBC.

Prior to his career with FortisBC, Marko worked as a consulting engineer with experience in electrical design, construction and commissioning in the industrial and utility sectors. Since joining FortisBC in 2004 he has held other management positions in planning, customer design and in the system control centre.

Marko is a registered professional electrical engineer in the province of British Columbia. He enjoys mountain biking, skiing and camping with his family.

Mike Favero

Questar Gas

Manager, Customer Relations
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Mike Favero has worked at Questar Gas for the past 16 years. He has worked in several different capacities in Customer Relations and is currently a Manger of Customer Relations, overseeing all aspects of Meter Reading and Credit and Collections.

Mike is a member of NACM (National Association of Credit Management), has participated on WEI’s PDT several times, and serves as an advisor at Utah Business Week at Utah State University each year. Mike has also served as a coordinator for Questar’s annual United Way campaign for three years.

Mike received a BA in Business Management and an MBA from Weber State University, and has completed Southern Utah University’s Leadership Development Program. Mike is married with four kids and enjoys camping, farming, and riding horses and motorcycles with his family.

Maneet Jain

Seattle City Light

Manager 2, Utilities
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Maneet was born and raised in the Greenlake neighborhood of Seattle. He is a graduate of the University of Washington in Business Management and a proud Seattle City Light employee. Maneet joined Seattle City Light in 2005 with the credit department, and worked his way up to the Customer Care Management team, where he enjoys working with customers to find a solution to their problem. Under Customer Care, Maneet manages the Streetlight Out Team, Meter Reading Team and Office Services Team. He enjoys participating in the Seattle City Light Leadership committee, Advanced Metering Infrastructure advisory team, mentoring programs and other special projects within Customer Care.

At home, Maneet and his wife Kelly have been married 7 happy years and have two beautiful daughters, Meena and Nyla. Maneet is a die-hard UW Husky fan, and is trying hard to instill the same UW love in his own daughters. In his spare time, he loves coaching Meena’s soccer and basketball teams, enjoying what the beautiful Pacific Northwest has to offer and spending time with his family.

Cody Krogh

Avista Utilities

Supply Chain Manager

Lindsey Mohns

Chelan County PUD

Business Advisor - Customer Utilities

Louis Ting

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Manager of Design and Projects
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Louis Ting is the Acting Executive Director of Power System Engineering & Technical Services and Director of Power Planning & Development for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. In his 25th year at LADWP, currently he is responsible for the transition to a clean energy future and the overall regulatory, resource, grid, and strategic planning for the LA’s Power System. Previously, he led teams in completing major renewable, transmission, reliability, and compliance projects for the largest municipal utility in the County. Prior to electric utility experience, he managed water system infrastructure replacement and redevelopment programs for the City of Los Angeles, and engineered fleet vehicle replacement programs for LADWP.

Marko Aaltomaa

FortisBC

Manager, Network Services (Kootenay)

Mike Favero

Questar Gas

Manager, Customer Relations

Maneet Jain

Seattle City Light

Manager 2, Utilities

Cody Krogh

Avista Utilities

Supply Chain Manager

Lindsey Mohns

Chelan County PUD

Business Advisor - Customer Utilities

Louis Ting

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Manager of Design and Projects

Andrew Benjamin

Spectra Energy Transmission

Team Leader, Operations
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Andrew Benjamin is Team Leader of Operations for Spectra Energy within the South Peace area. Andrew has been with Spectra Energy and its predecessor companies for over 12 years, holding roles in operations, leadership and project management throughout Northeastern British Columbia and Alberta. He is currently accountable for the safe, reliable and responsible operation of several natural gas processing facilities and associated pipeline systems spanning British Columbia and Alberta. Andrew resides in Northeastern British Columbia and enjoys travelling abroad and spending time with family.

Cara Chatfield

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Supervisor, Corporate Communications

Nevida Jack

Salt River Project

Manager, Operations Planning
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Nevida Jack has been in the utility industry for twelve years and has worked in engineering, operations, and markets at Salt River Project (SRP). She joined SRP’s Engineering Rotation Program in 2002 and worked in various aspects of the company, including Communications Engineering and System Protection. Nevida also worked in Transmission Planning and completed studies on the transmission system in the area of the University of Phoenix Stadium before the Super Bowl of 2008. She has worked in Operations Planning for the last seven years and completed a valuation that resulted in SRP being selected as the scheduling entity for Hoover Dam resources allocated to Arizona.

Nevida holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a W. P. Carey MBA for Technology, Science, and Engineering, both from Arizona State University. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Arizona and holds a private pilot’s license. She serves as the National President of the youth department for her church organization, an annual team coordinator for the Walk Now for Autism Speaks, a math tutor, and a volunteer for Special Olympics. She enjoys providing individuals in need with housing solutions, traveling with her family, reading, and singing in her church choir.

Aaron Janisko

Snohomish County PUD

Construction Superintendent
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Aaron Janisko is a Construction Superintendent/Distribution Services Manager for Snohomish County PUD, the 12th largest public utility in the nation. After graduating from ITT Technical Institute in 1998 with a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology, Aaron went to work for General Telephone as an Installation and Repair Technician. After one year with the telephone company, Aaron was hired as an Assistant Design Engineer at Snohomish County PUD where he has worked for the past 15 years. During these 15 years, Aaron has promoted through the Utility from Assistant Design Engineer to Design Engineer, to Senior Design Engineer. In 2013 Aaron was promoted to Construction Superintendent where he managed 2 work groups. The first work group Construction Scheduling, which schedules work for the Utility and the second work group Line Inspection, manages and inspects Line Construction work that is contracted out to private contractors. In 2014 Aaron successfully completed Front Line Leadership Training through Northwest Public Power Association. Also in 2014, Aaron was selected to temporarily backfill as Distribution Services Manager for one of Snohomish PUD’s local offices where he currently manages two Line Crews, three Engineers, three Customer Service Representatives, and two Line Servicemen.

Tom Pankratz

NorthWestern Energy

Director, Major Projects
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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.

Andrew Benjamin

Spectra Energy Transmission

Team Leader, Operations

Cara Chatfield

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Supervisor, Corporate Communications

Nevida Jack

Salt River Project

Manager, Operations Planning

Aaron Janisko

Snohomish County PUD

Construction Superintendent

Tom Pankratz

NorthWestern Energy

Director, Major Projects

Tammy Borkoski

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Manager, Internal Auditing
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Tammy holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Accounting. She has been licensed as a Certified Public Accountant for 16 years and is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors. She also holds a Certificate in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA).

Tammy has over 14 years’ experience in both accounting and auditing, working in multiple industries including utilities, public accounting, banking, state government, and retail. Currently, she serves as the Supervisor of Internal Auditing for SMUD, where she has been for 3 years.

Tammy has a husband and one very active son. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, and learning to play golf!

David Felix

Salt River Project

Manager, Customer Program Innovation
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David Felix works as Manager of Emerging Customer Programs at SRP. In this role David oversees the development of innovative technologies and services to engage customers and meet SRP’s conservation and stewardship initiatives.

Prior to serving as Manager for Emerging Customer Programs, David was Manager of SRP’s Solar Initiatives which oversaw distributed generation interconnections and incentive programs.

He holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University.

In his ten years of service at SRP David has worked as a maintenance engineer at SRP’s Hydro Generation division, a construction project manager during the expansion of SRP’s Santan Generating Station, as a planning analyst in the Resource Planning Group and as a Manager and Engineer in SRP’s Renewables group.

David Landers

Puget Sound Energy

Manager, Engineering - Electric & Gas Systems
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David Landers has held multiple engineering and management roles since joining Puget Sound Energy in 2004. Currently he is Manager of Engineering, Electric and Gas Systems, where he leads a team of more than 40 professional and technical employees responsible for engineering projects in support of development, design, construction and maintenance of electric transmission, substations and natural gas systems. Prior this role, David was Manager of Business Energy Management in Puget Sound Energy’s Customer Solutions Division, leading energy professionals in delivering PSE’s award-winning commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs. Prior to his management roles at PSE, David worked as a Senior Energy Management Engineer and as an Engineering Supervisor.

Ben Marconi

Intermountain Gas Company

Owyhee District Manager
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Ben Marconi started his career at Intermountain Gas Company in 2000, first working as an Engineering Technician in the Marketing department scheduling new construction service installations. He was then promoted to be a Corrosion Technician in the Owyhee District in 2002, serving both Boise and Nampa in 2004-2005. In May 2005, Ben was promoted to the West Region Operations Superintendent in Boise and then in March 2006 promoted to the Idaho Falls District Operations Manager position. Most recently Ben was promoted to the position of District Manager for the Owyhee District in May of 2011.

Ben earned his Business Administration degree in 1999 from Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa. Ben’s successes with Intermountain Gas include developing and managing the Rexburg LNG facility, establishing a Joint Trench Main and Service program within the Idaho Falls District, and acquiring land right of way for Intermountain’s Phase V 16” Lateral project.

Joy Sage

Tacoma Power

Reliability & Compliance Supervisor
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Joy Sage works at Tacoma Power. She is currently the Reliability & Compliance Supervisor in the Utility Technology Services (UTS) section. In this role, she is responsible for Tacoma Power’s Records Management Program, Cyber Security Awareness and Training, and ensuring Tacoma Power’s compliance with the NERC Reliability Standards.

Joy is a Tacoma native and originally started work at Tacoma Power in 1998 as a high school intern with the Tacoma Youth Works program. Upon completing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington in 2003, she began working as a full-time employee in the Generation section of Tacoma Power. In 2009, Joy joined the Reliability & Compliance office, leading the development of document and records management practices around Tacoma Power’s Internal Compliance Program. As Tacoma Power’s compliance program evolved to strengthen compliance with the NERC Reliability Standards, Joy facilitated and led several teams in establishing, refining, and implementing procedures and processes to strengthen Tacoma’s culture of compliance. I addition to her regular duties, Joy also is actively engaged with the development and planning of the organization’s strategic plan.

James Williams

NorthWestern Energy

Manager, Thermal & Wind Generation
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Jim has worked for NorthWestern Energy in the Generation Department for 5 years. He has worked in the Mining, Solar PV, and the Power Industry. Jim loves the outdoors. Most specifically, he loves to hunt and fish with his wife and 4 daughters.

Tammy Borkoski

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Manager, Internal Auditing

David Felix

Salt River Project

Manager, Customer Program Innovation

David Landers

Puget Sound Energy

Manager, Engineering - Electric & Gas Systems

Ben Marconi

Intermountain Gas Company

Ben Marconi

Joy Sage

Tacoma Power

Reliability & Compliance Supervisor

James Williams

NorthWestern Energy

Manager, Thermal & Wind Generation

Brandon Hignite

Central Lincoln PUD

Power Analyst
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A member of the Oregon State Bar, Brandon is responsible for power supply, rates, and regional and regulatory affairs as they apply to power and transmission costs at Central Lincoln PUD, a medium-sized utility serving Oregon’s Central Coast. As Central Lincoln doesn’t have the departments and resources of a large utility, Brandon also works on many assignments outside of his regular scope of work, such as working with outside counsel on contracts and other legal issues, researching answers to various questions generated by Central Lincoln’s board, and developing policies and procedures for human resources. As Power Analyst, Brandon is a member of Central Lincoln’s Leadership Team, configuring Central Lincoln’s business plan, and helping to develop creative ways to maximize opportunities and craft solutions to challenges facing the utility. Brandon was born in the Los Angeles area. He graduated from Southern Utah University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, and earned his J.D. at Lewis and Clark Law School in 2009. While in law school, Brandon clerked in the General Counsel’s office at BPA, working on various legal issues, and served as a Rate Case Hearing Clerk. The experience he gained at BPA make him an especially great fit for Central Lincoln.

Ashish Rajora

BC Hydro

Sr. Design Manager
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Ashish (Ash) Rajora is currently the Senior Design Manager within the T&D Engineering & Design group of BC Hydro. He manages a team responsible for the technical design delivery for customer projects and internally driven capital projects on the Distribution system.

He joined BC Hydro in 2004 and has held previous roles in both the Engineering & Design and Asset Management groups. Prior to BC Hydro, he worked in the telecommunications industry in new product development. Ash is a graduate from the University of Victoria with a Degree in Electrical Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Ash is married with two children and enjoys spending much of his spare time doing family activities.

Ben Rushwald

Seattle City Light

Manager, Electrical Service Engineering
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Ben Rushwald was born and raised in Seattle, WA. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating he moved to Nicaragua for 2 years where he designed and built water distribution and electrical systems for rural communities. He returned home to Seattle where he obtained a Masters of Engineering from the University of Washington with a focus on energy systems. He currently works for Seattle City Light as the Electrical Service Engineering Manager where he leads a team of engineers who design and manage the largest customer driven projects in Seattle. His current focus is in two major areas: he is a major contributor to implementing a continuous improvement culture as well as leading the transition for customers affected by a new, large substation in Seattle’s downtown core. Intensely curious, he reads a wide variety of topics about leadership, group dynamics, and brain science.

Anna Scarlett

Avista Utilities

District Manager
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Anna joined Avista in 2008 as a Communications Manager and has since served in various leadership roles in Customer Service, Electric Operations and most recently, Shared Services.

As Manager of Shared Services, she is responsible for Fleet, Facilities, Supply Chain and Corporate Travel.

Before joining Avista, Anna spent more than 10 years in public relations, strategic communications, brand management and journalism. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication/Journalism from Whitworth University and is completing her MBA at University of Idaho.

Ryan Truair

NW Natural

Engineering Manager - System Integrity
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Ryan joined NW Natural in 2005 and currently leads the team of Engineers and Specialists responsible for the implementation and management of NW Natural’s System Integrity Programs. His team’s responsibilities include managing transmission line assessments and accelerated actions related to distribution integrity management including the replacement of bare steel and vintage plastic. At NW Natural, Ryan has also worked as a Resource Center Engineer, Integrity Management Engineer, and Engineering Supervisor.

Prior to NW Natural, Ryan worked for a civil/surveying consulting firm for 10 years and in local government for 5. He enjoys spending time with wife of 24 years and his two teenage children.

Brandon Hignite

Central Lincoln PUD

Power Analyst

Ashish Rajora

BC Hydro

Sr. Design Manager

Ben Rushwald

Seattle City Light

Manager, Electrical Service Engineering

Anna Scarlett

Avista Utilities

District Manager

Ryan Truair

NW Natural

Engineering Manager - System Integrity

Steve Cooper

ENSTAR Natural Gas Company

Senior Operations Manager
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Steven Cooper is a lifelong Alaskan and a Professional Civil Engineer with over 25 years of experience. Steve earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, while working summers at ENSTAR Natural Gas Company. Working his way through Construction, Engineering, Gas Control and Right of Way, Steve is currently the Senior Operations Manager at ENSTAR. Steve oversees the construction and maintenance of transmission and distribution gas pipelines and facilities. Responsible for all facets of project management (scope, scheduling and budgeting) and oversight and design of all company construction projects, his duties also include DOT compliance and regulatory oversight. Steve is married with two children, and enjoys hunting, fishing, flying and all other outdoor activities that Alaska has to offer.

Kimberly Ann Fremo

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Operations Services Manager
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Kimberly Fremo is the Operations Services Manager within the Electric Transmission and Substations group at San Diego Gas & Electric. She is responsible for a multilayered organization with five separate functions, comprised of both represented and professional teams. She manages the training function transmission employees, as well as transmission and substation compliance, materials management, company-wide protective rubber goods, tool repair, live line tools, and transformer refurbishment and scrapping.

Prior to this role she worked as a Labor Relations and Human Resources business partner, Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations project manager, Employee & Organizational Development Manager, and in multiple training roles.

Kimberly enjoys transforming organizations into accountable, high functioning and quality producing entities, all while having satisfied and engaged employees. She has been recognized for her ability to lead effective change while in non-traditional roles by maximizing the power of technical experts while infusing business acumen, understanding of people, process and organizational know-how.

Kimberly holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and an undergraduate degree in Organizational Behavior.

Robert Hayder

EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

Manager, Distribution Portfolio
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Robert Hayder is the Manager of Distribution Portfolio at EPCOR Utilities Inc. His duties include the creation of the annual capital work plan, monitoring adherence and to facilitate decisions by senior management. Robert has 10 years of experience in the Electrical Utility industry and has advanced through several departments, from Electrical Design to Asset Management, in the pursuit of comprehensive knowledge about the utility business. He completed an Electrical Engineering Technologist Diploma. He also completed both Project Management and Risk Management Certificates as well as received Lean Six Sigma training. He has contributed to various Asset Management regulatory filings, helped implement GE’s Electric Office GIS system and contributed to IFRS reporting requirements. Robert has recently been tasked with implementing the Asset Risk Management program for EPCOR Distribution Assets. He resides in Edmonton, Alberta.

Ted McCammant

Cascade Natural Gas Corp.

Operations Manager
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Ted McCammant has worked at Cascade Natural Gas for 19 years in a variety of field and management positions. In his current role, he is responsible for the construction and maintenance for the 46,000+ customers of the Mount Vernon District. Ted is also responsible for the customer acquisition/project management employees as well as all mapping and records employees. Ted holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Ashford University with a finance specialization.

Ted has been married for 17 years to his beautiful wife Cyndie and has two daughters, Emily 13 and Claire 8. He enjoys coaching youth sports and finding time to give back to his community. He loves outdoor activities, lifting weights, and jogging. Ted enjoys life and lives by the motto of “Be safe and have fun”.

Chad Overacker

Henkels & McCoy, Inc.

Program Director
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Chad M. Overacker received a Bachelor’s in Business Degree in Finance, Real Estate, and Law from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. Chad is also a certified Project Management Professional. Throughout his career he has obtained valuable experience in finance, project controls, and strategic business management.

Chad’s professional interests focus on customer service, and his current projects include Managing San Diego Power Operations, mentor and supervise Project Managers, and area business interests for Henkels & McCoy.

During the last seven years working for Henkels & McCoy Chad has had the opportunity to manage large transmission, substation, and large overhead and underground distribution regions in Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric’s territories.

Additionally as a lead Project Manager for Henkels & McCoy’s West Region PMO, Chad had the opportunity and privilege to Manage teams dedicated to RFI responses and full proposal deliveries to several utilities for multiple lines of business including Power, Gas, and Civil.

Karen Sparkman

Snohomish County PUD

Senior Manager
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Karen Sparkman has spent the majority of her professional career serving in various leadership roles in Public Power. She has been Senior Manager of Customer Service and Support at Snohomish County PUD since July of 2013. In this capacity, she is responsible for providing strategic leadership in the management of the District’s Customer Service Support Functions, to include: Workforce Planning, Quality and Staffing, Front Line Customer Facing Operations, Revenue Cycle Management, Field Operations, as well as back-office support. Ms. Sparkman is also responsible for ensuring compliance with the District’s customer service regulations and the collective bargaining agreement as it relates to department employees and processes.

Prior to her current position, she had served more than 12 years at Colorado Springs Utilities, lastly serving in the role of Billing Manager in charge of overseeing all of residential, commercial and industrial billing, special contracts and leading the analyst team responsible for Quality Assurance and Customer Information System (CIS) oversight. During her career she’s had a history of success in Customer Experience Improvement, Performance Management, Staff Development, Process Optimization and Business Process Reengineering.

Mrs. Sparkman holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University.

Steve Cooper

ENSTAR Natural Gas Company

Senior Operations Manager

Kimberly Ann Fremo

San Diego Gas & Electric

Operations Services Manager

Robert Hayder

EPCOR Utilities, Inc.

Manager, Distribution Portfolio

Ted McCammant

Cascade Natural Gas Corporation

Operations Manager

Chad Overacker

Henkels & McCoy

Program Director

Karen Sparkman

Snohomish County PUD

Senior Manager

Mari Becker

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Senior Manager, Financial Analysis and Reporting
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Mari’s team develops PG&E’s annual enterprise budget and reports actual and forecasted financial performance to senior leadership and the Board of Directors. Prior to this role Mari worked for PG&E in Corporate Finance, raising over $7 billion of long-term capital for the company, contributing to financial regulatory proceedings, and managing rating agency and bank relationships. She has also worked for PG&E in Corporate Strategy and Development, investing in the distributed solar space. She started her career as an economic consultant providing economic and financial analysis at a leading U.S. litigation consulting firm. Mari received her BA in Economics from Stanford University and MBA from Harvard Business School. She enjoys travel, cooking, and chasing after her two young daughters.

Bill Carlson

Pacific Power

Manager, Substation Operations
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William was educated in mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He graduated the ROTC program in 1991 and served aboard the attack submarine USS-Miami where he qualified as chief engineer. His shore duty included being a lecturer for aircrews preparing for overseas deployment at Fallon, Nevada. During this time, he had the opportunity to author national doctrine guiding the tactical employment of Tomahawk cruise missiles.

William resigned his commissioning to pursue business and established CTI (Carlson Technical, Inc.), providing construction services including civil design and geotechnical testing during the building boom. After ten years in business, he sold that operation to pursue energy technologies.

In 2012, William signed on with PacifiCorp as the substation operations officer for the Klamath Falls district where he presently manages twelve journeymen who keep the bulk electric system, including three 500 kilovolt facilities, at a high state of readiness. PacifiCorp is in the process of building a new 500-230 kilovolt substation.

William is a NERC qualified reliability coordinator and a licensed professional engineer. His professional interests include developing computer based training.

Gianni Del Bianco

FortisBC

Operations Manager, Pipelines
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Gianni is an Operations Manager, Pipelines (Transmission Operations) at FortisBC. In his current role, he is responsible for operations, maintenance and emergency response as related to the FortisBC Transmission pipeline system in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland region.

Gianni has worked at FortisBC for over 20 years and brings significant asset management and operational experience to his current role. Over the past 10 years, Gianni has held a variety of different roles in Operations, including roles in Distribution Installation/Construction Management, where his focus was also on the resolution and establishment of Labour Relations’ Collective Agreements as part of the Bargaining Team. In the past six years, Gianni has focused on Transmission operational concerns as Operations Manager, Pipelines. One highlight during this period of time was also the execution of the 2010 Olympic Operations Plan that involved detail consult with all Olympic Committee planning members, local and federal authorities, and other utility providers in the flawless execution of this operational plan.

Gianni has determinedly pursued operational excellence throughout his career in Distribution and Transmission Operations. He earned a Diploma of Technology in Building Economics from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and is a registered Applied Science Technologist. In his free time, he enjoys spending time and travelling with his family, golf, designing and building furniture and completing home renovations.

Pat Hohl

Riverside Public Utilities

Assistant General Manager/Energy Delivery
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Pat Hohl is the Assistant General Manager/Energy Delivery for California’s Riverside Public Utilities (RPU). Pat has been with RPU for 24 years, having served in various management and executive roles. He has worked in the utilities sector for more than 30 years.

As a member of the executive leadership team, Pat participates in the development and implementation of the corporate strategy and policy for RPU. He is responsible for all energy delivery functions, including engineering, planning, operations, construction and maintenance, corporate safety, and inventory control. At various times, he has overseen RPU information technology initiatives.

Pat obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and holds a Professional Engineer License in the state of California. He is the author of several books related to Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), numerous magazine articles, and professional papers.

Pat’s depth of technical expertise and his intimate knowledge of RPU’s electric system fuels his passion to serve the utility’s customers, employees, the Board of Public Utilities, and the City Council.

Kevin Stonewall

TransCanada GTN & North Baja Systems

Sr. Rate/Financial Analyst
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Kevin is a Senior Rate Analyst at TransCanada in Houston, TX serving its U.S. and Mexico natural gas pipelines with rate and financial analysis for its existing assets and potential new investments. Prior to joining TransCanada, Kevin worked at Iberdrola Renewables located in Portland, OR in its control room operations center. Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Western Oregon University and his Masters Degree in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix. Kevin is currently pursuing a Chartered Financial Analyst accreditation from the CFA Institute. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife Amanda, Newfoundland dog Lilly and playing golf.

Mari Becker

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Senior Manager, Financial Analysis and Reporting

Bill Carlson

Pacific Power

Manager, Substation Operations

Gianni Del Bianco

FortisBC

Operations Manager, Pipelines

Pat Hohl

Riverside Public Utilities

Assistant General Manager/Energy Delivery

Kevin Stonewall

TransCanada

Sr. Rate/Financial Analyst

Bryan Bradford

Eugene Water & Electric Board

Communications & Control Crew Leader
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Bryan’s work experience has primarily been instrumentation and controls, until 11 years ago when he started working for EWEB – Eugene Water and Electric Board. He is responsible for the daily operation of the communications and controls shop which includes seven full time technicians. Bryan organizes, plans and schedules the daily work for the technicians, along with working with other departments to coordinate work. He focuses the shop on excellent customer service and the shop is respected for it. His philosophy is to treat the technicians as he would like to be treated, and he doesn’t ask them to anything he wouldn’t do.

On a more personal note, Bryan likes to play with cars…1942-48 fords to be exact. He is currently working on a 1946 ford convertible.

Matthew Dimoff

ENMAX Corporation

Manager, Transmission Planning
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Matt is responsible for the short and long term planning of the ENMAX Power Corporation (EPC) distribution system. He provides direct leadership to a team of two, and guidance to a team of four engineering professionals.

Matt has over 12 years of electric utility experience with EPC in the areas of Distribution System Planning and Asset Management. In addition, Matt has regulatory experience and has participated in EPC rate applications before the Alberta Utilities Commission.

Matt is a husband and proud father of two boys, ages 5 and 2. Matt enjoys spending time with his family engaged in outdoor activities, particularly downhill skiing.

Matt holds Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta and is a registered as a professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Richard Fields

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Director, Transmission Operations Security
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Richard Fields is currently a Senior Manager with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company–located in San Francisco, California. Mr. Fields has 25 years of utility service ranging from Nuclear Engineering, Substation Engineering, Transmission Engineering, Power Plant Design, Energy Settlements and Energy Trading; and, is currently managing teams responsible for PG&E’s Remedial Action Schemes (RAS), Special Protection Schemes (SPS), Energy Management Systems (EMS) and Technology Support for the Transmission Grid Control Centers.

Mr. Fields earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and has earned several achievement awards during his Utility career.

Richard Fields (prefers “Rich”) was born in the great city of New Orleans and enjoys every aspect of Cajun food and Mardi Gras. After graduating from High School, Mr. Fields left New Orleans for California to study Electrical Engineering at Cal Poly. Mr. Fields enjoys life and travel with his wife and lovely teenage daughter.

Mr. Fields has competed in 17 Triathlons, including seven Ironman Triathlons, and enjoys any sport (ocean swimming, cycling, snow skiing, mountain climbing, marathons) that requires “full” health care insurance. Additionally, Mr. Fields enjoys international travel and sampling indigenous foods.

Neena Master

Southern California Gas Company

Director of Community Relations
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Neena Master is the Director of Customer Contact Centers for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), the nation’s largest natural gas distribution company serving nearly 21 million consumers. SoCalGas has over 8,000 employees and is headquartered in Los Angeles.

Previously, Neena has experience in community relations, pipeline safety, billing operations, customer services and marketing. Neena has over 17 years in the utility industry and has working experience with energy, federal and local government agencies, and manufacturing industries.

Neena also sits on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Human Relations and Korean Health Education, Information, and Research (KHEIR) organizations.

She is a Certified Energy Manager and has earned a Master Degree of Business Administration from Claremont Graduate University in 1999 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Southern California in 1995.

Kimberly Rodriguez

Southern California Edison

Manager, Market Segment Programs and Services
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Ms. Rodriguez currently manages the Market Segment Programs and Contracts group within the Customer Programs and Services organization at Southern California Edison. Her group manages a portfolio of 20+ segment specific programs including Healthcare, Data Centers, Oil Production, Commercial Office and Retail. Direct Install is the largest of the programs within her portfolio. Previously she led the Business Incentive Programs including the statewide Express Efficiency and Calculated Program Offerings as well as the Technology Incentive Program for Automated Demand Response.

Kim has been with SCE for over 18 years in various roles including Human Resources Consultant, Auditor, and Manager. She received her B.S degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Cal State San Bernardino. She lives in the Pasadena area with her husband and two furry kids.

Erich Trombley

Southwest Gas Corporation

Manager / Engineering Staff
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Erich Trombley, P.E. is the Manager of Engineering for Southwest Gas Corporation based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Erich has been with Southwest Gas for over 20 years. His current job responsibilities include oversight of regulatory compliance and pipeline safety for the Company’s operations and maintenance (O&M) activities which conform to the prescribed safety requirements of Title 49 CFR Part 192 as well as the appropriate sections of state code for Arizona, California and Nevada governing natural gas pipeline facilities. This includes the design, construction, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of the facilities owned and operated by the Company. Previous responsibilities included key account management, corporate pipeline security, research and development, contractor quality installation program (CQIP), material failure investigations, laboratory testing services and the Company’s Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP).

Erich holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and is a licensed professional mechanical engineer in the state of California.

Gilbert Archuleta

Puget Sound Energy

Manager, Customer & System Projects
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Gilbert Archuleta currently serves as Manager, Customer & System Projects for Puget Sound Energy. He is responsible for regional teams of project managers and engineering staff who drive new customer construction projects, plat/major developments and public improvement projects. He previously was the Manager, Customer Care Operations for PSE’s customer facing organization which includes a 200+ seat call center, back office team, escalated complaints and new customer construction services. He joined PSE in March 2009. Prior to joining PSE, Gilbert was a 13 year employee of Qwest Communications. His last position was Manager Billing Services where he led a national team for Qwest’s Business Market Group. The team’s contribution under Gilbert’s leadership recognized $6M in revenue recovery through process improvements, productivity efficiencies and reduced cycle time for handling billing disputes. Gilbert held a range of positions for U S WEST and then Qwest in his tenure. He supervised various teams including: call centers, resource allocation for field operations, order management, billing inquiry and process improvement teams. In addition to his professional experience, Gilbert served six years as Chairman of the Board for a small Seattle arts organization, served as a City of Seattle Commissioner and is captain of his USTA tennis team. Gilbert holds Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Communications from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

Ryan Eckert

Idaho Power Company

Operations Procurement Manager
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Ryan Eckert is the Operations Procurement Manager within the Supply Chain organization for Idaho Power Company. His team is responsible for the contracting and procurement of goods and services, including sourcing suppliers, facilitating the bid process, negotiating terms and conditions, and managing suppliers in support of the Operations business units. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Idaho, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in production/ operations management and information systems. He has been with Idaho Power for 11 years. Prior to his current leadership role, Ryan held various project manager roles within the Engineering & Construction and Information Technology business units.

Outside work, Ryan supports the local Project Management Institute chapter, volunteers as a youth basketball coach, and participates in community improvement activities. Ryan and his wife Sky live in Boise, Idaho, and have a son (5) and daughter (2). In his spare time, he enjoys dirt biking, boating, skiing, camping, and hunting.

Jenny Macy

Burns & McDonnell

Electrical Engineer
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Jenny Macy is a communication systems design Electrical Engineer with Burns and McDonnell, an engineering consulting firm. She specializes in Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), substation communications, and wide-area networks for electric utilities. She works with utility clients on projects ranging from upgrading SCADA and metering systems to designing microwave network systems to developing substation telecommunications standards. She has recently moved from the headquarters in Kansas City to Denver to help develop a Telecom and Network Engineering group to support transmission and distribution clients in the area.

Jenny enjoys STEM outreach for middle and high school students, and particularly, working with young girls to foster interest in engineering. She has a degree from Washington University in Saint Louis and is a licensed Professional Electrical Engineer.

Wallace Rawls

Southern California Gas Company

Area Resource Manager
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Wallace Rawls is the Director of Safety & Wellness at Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). He began his career at SoCalGas in 1989 as a field employee. Since then, Wallace has held various management positions within Gas Operations with increasing span of control and responsibility. He has worked for SoCalGas for over 25 years. The majority of his career at SoCalGas has been in gas distribution. Wallace will continue to provide leadership, vision, and strategy towards the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to our customers. Employee development is his top priority as well as the safety and wellbeing of our employees and customers.

Wallace holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business Administration from the University of La Verne and a Masters of Business Administration from Azusa Pacific University School of Business and Management. Wallace has supplemented his work experience with education. His leadership style was formed and developed during his military career.

Prior to joining SoCalGas, Wallace served in the U.S. Army and the California National Guard. His National Guard unit was activated during the Gulf War and the L.A. Riots. Wallace will continue to seek opportunities within SoCalGas with increasing levels of responsibility. He will also want to broaden his experience and learn more about the exciting opportunities in the Energy sector. Wallace is a family man and he currently resides in Bellflower, California with his wife of 23 years and his two daughters.

Jennifer Shore

EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

Specialist, Project Engineer

Rick Tetzloff

Portland General Electric

Sr. Project Manager
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Rick Tetzloff is a senior project manager for Portland General Electric. He recently completed the Port Westward Unit 2 plant. He oversaw the permitting, development, design, construction and commissioning of the new generating facility. Rick has been with PGE for 11 years. Before joining PGE, Rick did engineering, project management and project development for Black & Veatch (Kansas City and Jacksonville) and Calpine Corporation (Portland). Rick has been involved in the electric power industry for over 23 years. Rick has been married for 23 years and has an 18-yr old daughter and a 13-yr old son.

Bryan Bradford

Eugene Water & Electric Board

Communications & Control Crew Leader

Matthew Dimoff

ENMAX Power Corporation

Manager, Transmission Planning

Richard Fields

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Director, Transmission Operations Security

Neena Master

Southern California Gas Company

Director of Community Relations

Kimberly Rodriguez

Southern California Edison

Manager, Market Segment Programs and Services

Erich Trombley

Southwest Gas Corporation

Manager / Engineering Staff

Gilbert Archuleta

Puget Sound Energy

Manager of Customer Care Operations

Ryan Eckert

Idaho Power

Operations Procurement Manager

Jenny Macy

Burns & McDonnell

Electrical Engineer

Wallace Rawls

Southern California Gas

Area Resource Manager

Jennifer Shore

EPCOR

Specialist, Project Engineer

Rick Tetzloff

Portland General Electric

Sr. Project Manager

Chris Johns

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Vice Chairman
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Christopher P. Johns is President of Pacific Gas and Electric Company and a member of the utility’s board of directors.

Johns joined Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 1996 as vice president and controller. He was elected chief financial officer in January 2005. He was named president of Pacific Gas and Electric Company in August 2009.

Before joining PG&E Corporation, Johns was a partner at KPMG Peat Marwick LLP.

Johns earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame. He has also completed the Nuclear Reactor Technology Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Johns serves as a member of the board of directors for the Edison Electric Institute, the American Gas Association, the Western Energy Institute, The First Tee of San Francisco, and San Francisco Reviving Baseball for Inner-City Youth, Inc. Johns also serves on the executive committee of the board of directors for the American Gas Association and the Western Energy Institute and is a member of the board of trustees for the San Francisco Ballet. He is currently Chairman of the American Gas Foundation.

Pedro Pizarro

Southern California Edison

President
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Mr. Pizarro has been EIX’s President since June 2016 and its Chief Executive Officer since September 30, 2016. Mr. Pizarro was President of SCE from 2014 through May 2016. From 2011 through March 2014, he served as President of EME, an indirect subsidiary of EIX that filed for bankruptcy in December 2012. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President of SCE from 2008 to 2011, responsible for SCE’s transmission and distribution system, procurement unit for conventional and renewable power contracts, and gas-fired and hydroelectric power production facilities. Mr. Pizarro also previously served as Vice President and Senior Vice President of SCE responsible for power procurement, and Vice President of SCE responsible for strategy and business development, among other executive roles. Prior to his work at the EIX companies, he was a senior engagement manager with McKinsey & Company, providing management consulting services to energy, technology, engineering services, and banking clients. Mr. Pizarro is a graduate of Harvard University and earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

David Ozment

Walmart

Director, Energy

George Waidelich

Safeway

VP Energy Operations
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George Waidelich is Vice President – Energy Operations, for The Albertsons Companies. In his position George is responsible for the management of all electric and natural gas operations and for key components of the company’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction (GHG) & Sustainability Program. All renewable energy, energy efficiency and storage operations fall under George’s leadership.

George graduated from the Unites States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Science. While on active duty he received his Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Finance. After completing seven years of active service in the Navy’s surface line community, George joined Pacific Gas & Electric Company to begin his energy career.

Shay Reed

Costco

Energy Buyer

Michael Beehler

Burns & McDonnell

Vice President

Jonathan Forrester

Google

Principal, Energy Access & Investment

Jeff Gleeson

Nest

Business Development

Greg Reimer

BC Hydro

Executive Vice President, Transmission, Distribution & Customer Service
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Greg Reimer was appointed BC Hydro’s Executive Vice-President of Transmission & Distribution in June 2010. Greg brings extensive operational experience and strong leadership to Transmission & Distribution, which was formed in July 2010 with the integration of BC Hydro and the BC Transmission Corporation.

In his executive role at BC Hydro, Greg is responsible for over 2800 employees that plan, design, build, operate and maintain the systems and assets needed to deliver electricity safely and reliably to BC Hydro’s customers. Greg’s portfolio currently encompasses over $1.5B in annual investments in the system and include such major undertakings as the Northwest Transmission Line project, the Interior-to-Lower Mainland Transmission project, the Dawson Creek/Chetwynd Area Transmission line, and BC Hydro’s Smart Metering and Infrastructure project. In addition, Greg is responsible for BC Hydro’s Aboriginal Relations activities, as well as being a co-executive sponsor of BC Hydro’s Safety Task Force. Greg also recently led a major strategic multi-year Transformation of BC Hydro’s T&D organization that is increasing operational efficiency, improving safety performance, building a more reliable, modern electricity grid, and meeting the growing customer expectations.

A Certified General Accountant by profession, Greg held senior leadership positions in the public sector, including Deputy Minister of Provincial Revenue and, most recently, Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

Robert Rowe

NorthWestern Energy

President and Chief Executive Officer
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Bob has been President and Chief Executive Officer of NorthWestern Corporation since August 13, 2008. He is Co-Chair of the Institute for Electric Innovation, part of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI); a member of the EEI Board of Directors Executive Committee; a member of the American Gas Association Board of Directors; Western Energy Institute past chair and current executive committee member.
Bob lives in Helena, Montana. He holds a BA from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, a JD from the University of Oregon, completed the Kennedy School Senior Executives’ Program, and has been active in various professional organizations. He has been active with a variety of university-based organizations, and is currently a senior fellow at the University of Florida Public Utility Research Center.
At NorthWestern Energy, Bob’s focus is working with other employees to build a strong company, focused on providing essential infrastructure and service, and that will be a long-term partner to the customers and communities they serve.

David Etheridge

PwC

Consumer and Industrial Products Consulting Leader

Jason Glickman

Bain & Company, Inc.

Partner
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Jason is a Partner in Bain & Company’s Utilities, Strategy and Performance Improvement practices. He has led long-term engagements on the future of the utility sector, working with executive teams and boards to design and execute strategies that are robust to commodity, technological, and regulatory uncertainty. Jason also has extensive experience in multi-year sustained cost transformations in utilities and other sectors, and plays an active role advising Bain’s private equity clients pursuing opportunities in the energy sector. Jason holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Carolyn Loos

NorthWestern Energy

Director, TD Organizational Performance
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As Director of TD Performance Management, Carolyn Loos is part of an aggressive and energetic team directing NorthWestern Energy’s corporate strategy. NorthWestern Energy is an investor-owned utility providing electricity and natural gas to roughly 678,000 customers in Montana, Nebraska and South Dakota. Carolyn and her staff of five analysts and engineers have responsibility for project management office controls and monitoring; continued process excellence and improvement; performance metrics; operational benchmarking; and business continuity for functional areas within the company’s energy transmission and distribution groups.

During her 20-year career with NorthWestern Energy, Carolyn has had the opportunity to work with increasing responsibilities for Business Development, Internal Audit, Corporate Accounting, Generation Interconnection, Trading and Marketing, Gas Transmission, and Division Operations.

Carolyn, who is a Montana native, is an alumna of Montana State University. She and her husband Donroy and their two children, Emily and Eric, take full advantage of year-around outdoor activities including boating, fishing, hunting, camping and skiing. She also enjoys following her grade-school age children in their sporting and school activities.

Tina Drews

Salt River Project

Director of Talent Management
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Tina Skjerping Drews is the Director of Talent Management at Salt River Project. During her 10 years at SRP, Tina has worked in a variety of areas; including Human Resources, Community Outreach, Environmental and Sustainability. Tina has extensive experience in education, sustainability, and evaluation. Prior to her work at SRP, Tina taught middle school science and held positions at Arizona State University as Faculty Associate.

Tina earned a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University in 2007. She is the proud mom of two little boys, Caleb and Gabriel, and enjoys time with her family hiking, biking, and playing sports.

Mike Greene

Google

Energy Principal

Todd Jirovec

PwC

Strategy& Partner