This one and a half day event provides a full-day educational session, a business meeting and the opportunity to network with the West’s natural gas and electric utility executive community. The agenda is developed by the WEI President and Board Chair to deliver provocative discussions and identifies strategic drivers that influence energy utilities in Western North America and is driven by the yearly theme. Each year the Board of Directors convene twice, once in January/February, and the second coincides with the WEI Annual Meeting to evaluate WEI as a whole. At this meeting, the Board of Directors convene a business session to evaluate WEI’s accomplishments and determine the direction of the association.
This meeting is invitation only. Current WEI Board of Directors are welcome to attend free of charge along with a personal guest, (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry).
Attendee (Special Invite): $599 USD
This registration is for attendees who are not currently serving on the board but have been invited to attend. This includes Platinum representatives who would like to attend the full agenda on Monday. Registration includes all meal events, education sessions, and meeting materials. Does not include the two Business Sessions.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Executive Committee - Business Session
Committee members only
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Welcome Reception + Dinner
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Shaping the Digital Utility Workforce
Moderator(s): Andy Stulbarg, Vice President, West, SAP
Panelist(s): Margaret Hopkins, VP & Chief Information Officer, Puget Sound Energy, Kathy Kay, Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Kevin Chase, Senior Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Sempra Energy, Todd Inlander, Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Southern California Edison
A moderated dialogue between CIOs will explore how utilities are changing the way business is done to leverage new opportunities in technology, analytics and automation. Hear how companies are transforming the way work is being done through a variety of initiatives and new approaches.
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Decarbonization Pathways: Keys to the Best Solutions for Our Customers
Moderator(s): William Kemp, Partner, Enovation Partners
Panelist(s): Todd Strauss, Sr. Director, Strategy & Analytics, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Michael Backstrom, Managing Director, Energy & Environmental Policy, Southern California Edison, Greg Caldwell, Director, Development & Innovation, ATCO Pipelines, Sharon Tomkins, Vice President, Customer Solutions and Strategy, Southern California Gas Company
Technological advances provide exciting new opportunities in low-carbon energy supply from electricity or natural gas, but perspectives vary across companies and regions when determining which technology to integrate on what timeline. Utility leaders need to gain a better understanding of the feasibility and costs of alternative electric and gas pathways to achieving GHG emissions and reduction goals. This panel will bring together different perspectives on how companies can address decarbonization requirements while weighing cost and reliability. Through the discussion, the panel will highlight broad policy principles or messages that both electric and natural gas utilities can support when engaging the public, customers, and regulators.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
The Future of Electrification and Implications for your Organization
Facilitator(s): Pam Henderson, Founder and CEO, NewEdge Inc.
NewEdge and its CEO Pam Henderson will explore the future of electrification and the role of natural gas using an applied scenario approach that will help build an understanding of what the future holds in the next 10 to 20 years. Facilitators will create engagement through exercises that bring unique perspectives together and will drive impact well beyond the future proofing session.
We will look at electrification using a holistic approach that encompasses a diverse trend set, including categories such as: Sociocultural, Competitive, Economic, Natural, Advancements in Technology and Business Models, Regulatory, International, and Organizational. Combined with that approach, NewEdge uses a range of insights and data to create a fairy and scary tale of what the future could hold, specific to WEI.
Pam Henderson previously served on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University and later worked with the national laboratory system to commercialize early stage technologies. She is known for bringing new thinking and perspective on how to capture and harness opportunity. Participants will receive a copy of Pam Henderson’s book, “You can kill an idea, you can’t kill an opportunity”.
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Board of Directors - Business Session
Board members only
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 233-1234 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with WEI Board of Directors to receive a special rate of $175 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until January 11, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.
Margaret Hopkins is Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Washington-based Puget Sound Energy, the utility subsidiary of Puget Energy, Inc.
As VP and CIO, Margaret is responsible for leading PSE’s technology and cyber security strategy and delivering solutions that enable business process improvement.
Margaret’s previous positions include technology and leadership roles at Philip Morris, The Chubb Corporation, and Safeco Insurance.
Margaret is dedicated to developing future leaders in the community and workplace. She has been an executive mentor to the Executive Development Institute of Seattle’s Puget Sound Region, where she provided professional coaching and mentoring services to mid-senior-level leaders.
She holds a degree from The Pennsylvania State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
Greg was born in Edmonton and educated as an Engineer at the University of Alberta, specializing in Petroleum Engineering.
Greg’s professional experience consists of Engineering, Accounting, and Regulatory work in the Utility and Oil Field Industries. His recent focus (since 2012) has been in the areas of Business Technology, Utility Regulation, and Innovation. Greg has extensive professional experience
dealing in Regulatory and financial matters, which when combined with his technical background provides a unique skillset to help understand and analyze problems holistically from an engineering, financial, and regulatory perspective. He currently participates on national committees with the Canadian Gas Association in partnership with multiple levels of government with goal of funding and testing of emerging technologies to combat climate change, promoting energy security, and alternative ways for Canadians to provide for their energy needs.
Greg is married and has two children aged one and three. When not spending time with his family he enjoys playing hockey, travelling the world, and constantly learning about new technologies and strategies to solve the challenges facing industry and society.