Board of Directors (Jan 30-31)

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 North America and is driven by the yearly theme. Each year the Board of Directors convenes 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 convenes a business session to evaluate WEI’s accomplishments and determine the direction of the association.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Aidan McSheffrey, Chief Financial Executive, Salt River Project

    • Program Location
    • Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
    • 1107 Jamboree Rd. Newport Beach, CA 92660
    • Who Should Attend
      • WEI Board of Directors members
      • Select invitees
  • Registration Options
  • This meeting is by invitation only. Current WEI Board of Directors members are welcome to attend free of charge. Registration includes all meal events, business meeting materials (electronic), and meeting materials. A complimentary guest ticket is available for a Board Member’s personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event including meal events.

    Attendee (Special Invite): $599 USD
    This registration is for attendees who are not currently serving on the board but have been invited by a current board member to attend as their one industry guest. This ticket includes all meal events, education sessions, and meeting materials. Does not include the two Business Sessions.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Anna Sanger Reed, Executive Director of Programs at (503) 688-2795.


Sunday, January 30, 2022

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Executive Committee - Business Session

Current Executive Committee Members Only

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

All attendees invited

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Board of Directors Dinner

Current board of directors, sponsors, and utility leadership guests invited.

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders Networking

BAEL Guests will meet up for networking and dinner on their own in smaller groups.

Monday, January 31, 2022

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome Announcements + Industry Topic

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Industry Topic

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Networking Lunch

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Industry Topic

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Networking Break

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Industry Topic

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Board of Directors Business Session

Current Board Members Only

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Networking Reception + Dinner

All attendees invited

Hotel + Travel

  • The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach is the perfect place to work, play, relax, meet, dine, and simply be yourself. Superb services and amenities, including a self-serve Mac Station, gift shop, same day laundry services and public Wi-Fi add up to an unforgettable stay. Travelers on the go appreciate "grab & go" food options in Lobby Lounge, Mobile Check-in and the E-Concierge. Our convenient hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from John Wayne Airport, Fashion Island and Balboa Island, and we have a Hertz Rental Car right at the hotel to simplify your travels.
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (877) 803-7534 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $175 USD/night plus resort fee and tax. This rate is guaranteed until January 10, 2022 or until the WEI room block is full.

Onsite Safety + Health Info

Safety + Health Code of Conduct

For the safety of our members, WEI strongly recommends that all attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending an in-person program. Attendees who have not been fully vaccinated may be subject to additional restrictions or requirements based on government and/or health agency recommendations as well as regional, local, or venue rules.

The safety of program attendees and WEI employees is our top priority. Therefore, attendees must agree and adhere to the following requirements prior to registering for an in-person program. If an attendee refuses to abide by these guidelines in meeting rooms or in public areas, they may be asked to leave. WEI also reserves the right to ask related questions onsite at each program. If WEI is required to limit capacity leading up to an event due to local rules or recommendations, we will consider registrations in the order in which they were received until the number is met.

WEI continues to monitor all federal level CDC and public health agency recommendations, as well as local ordinances, as a policy baseline for in-person programs. In absence of more restrictive rules set by the local government or venue, WEI requires that attendees adhere to the following:

    • Attendees must STAY HOME and not attend any WEI event if they feel ill, actively experience COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or presumed to be positive with COVID-19 within 14 days prior to the event dates. Likewise, any attendee that has tested positive or was presumed to be positive within 14 days prior to the event date, must not attend. A full refund will be provided to any attendee who cancels for these reasons.
    • If an attendee becomes ill, begins to experience COVID-19 symptoms, or learns they may have been exposed to someone who has tested or is presumed to be positive with COVID-19, at any time during a WEI event, we ask that they promptly dismiss themselves and notify the onsite WEI staff member via phone immediately so that proper sanitation and additional follow-up measures can be taken, as appropriate.
    • Masks may be required at any given time, but fully vaccinated attendees may forego masks if they wish to do so, unless health recommendations state otherwise. WEI does not intend to require proof of vaccination status but reserves the right to do so if required by applicable local health guidance or it deems it necessary.
    • All attendees are expected to follow CDC guidelines as it relates to washing their hands after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating.
    • It is the attendee’s responsibility to ensure their own safety and that of others, but WEI will have spare masks, hand sanitizer, and signage with guidance reminders onsite. Steps may also include health and symptom screenings.
    • Attendees should follow any social distancing guidelines in place at the time of the event based upon current guidance including the local public health guidance at the event location which WEI will provide links to in advance of registration. In doing so, everyone is asked to be respectful of the different comfort levels of other attendees regarding personal space, contact (including handshaking), or other physical interactions.
    • Attendees should read and closely monitor communications from WEI as changes could occur any time including before and during the program.

While COVID-19 is top of mind, there are several other safety measures that WEI takes to keep our attendees safe. Each program will have announcements related to emergency and safety response plans appropriate to the venue. If you have any questions or concerns related to safety, please alert WEI staff immediately.

Program Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
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