Board of Directors (Jan 26-27)

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.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Booga Gilbertson, Senior Vice President, Operations, Puget Sound Energy

    • Program Location
    • L'Auberge Del Mar
    • 1540 Camino Del Mar
      Del Mar, CA 92014
    • Who Should Attend
      • WEI Board of Directors members
      • Select invitees
  • Registration Options
  • 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 ticket includes all meal events, education sessions, and meeting materials. Does not include the two Business Sessions. Tickets for guests of special invite attendees are available for $150 and allow a non-board member attendee’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.

  • 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 26, 2020

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Executive Committee - Business Session

Committee members only

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Welcome Reception + Dinner

Sponsored by Burns & McDonnell

Monday, January 27, 2020

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Buffet Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome Announcements + Leadership Perspectives Panel
Moderator(s): Regina Mayor, Global and U.S. Sector Leader for Energy and Natural Resources, KPMG LLP
Panelist(s): Nicole Kivisto, President & CEO, MDU Utilities Group, Debra Smith, CEO, Seattle City Light, Roger Dall'Antonia, President and CEO, FortisBC

Hear a dynamic discussion around industry issues from utility Presidents and CEOs that will stimulate conversation throughout the rest of the day. Topics include evolving utility business model, strategies for political and regulatory opposition, cyber and physical security, organizational culture and workforce challenges, and diversity and inclusion.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Agile or Irrelevant: Redefining Resilience
Speaker(s): Regina Mayor, Global and U.S. Sector Leader for Energy and Natural Resources, KPMG LLP

KPMG will share findings from their 2019 Global CEO Outlook survey and facilitate an interactive discussion with the audience. Leverage the knowledge in the room as we dive deeper in to some of the most pertinent issues that have impacted WEI members throughout the year.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

The Future of Natural Gas in California
Speaker(s): Amber Mahone, Partner, E3

Electrification and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions continues to be a very hot topic in California and beyond. Hear key findings from a new report on Natural Gas Distribution in California’s Low-Carbon Future and the implications for natural gas and electric companies, and their customers.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Networking Break

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Hydrogen: New Opportunities and Challenges

Natural gas and electric companies continue to seek new ways to leverage existing infrastructure and renewable energy sources while providing the cleanest, most reliable energy to their customers. This session will explore new developments in how companies are using hydrogen to achieve these goals.

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Board of Directors - Business Session

Board members only

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Networking Reception + Dinner

Sponsored by Henkels & McCoy

Hotel + Travel

  • L'Auberge Del Mar
  • 1540 Camino Del Mar
  • Del Mar, California 92014
  • Phone: 800-245-9757

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  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (844) 875-5256 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $269 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until January 13, 2020 or until the WEI room block is full.


Platinum Sponsors
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Session Sponsors

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Meet The Speakers

Regina Mayor


Global and U.S. Sector Leader for Energy and Natural Resources

Amber Mahone



Nicole Kivisto

MDU Utilities Group

President & CEO

Debra Smith

Seattle City Light


Roger Dall’Antonia


President and CEO