Aug

07-09

Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders: Challenge (Aug 07-09)

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

General Details

  • Program Location
  • Hydro One Special Events Center
  • 483 Bay Street
    Toronto, Ontario M5G 2P5
  • Who Should Attend
  • Participants are nominated by WEI members and selected through a formal application review process. Applicants make a commitment to attend and actively participate at each session, and should plan time for additional work between sessions. It is expected that students commit to completing “homework” assignments during evenings and off-hours with additional assignments required outside of the normal work day. Each group is assigned one executive and one alumni mentor who will support the group’s development throughout the program and guide them to a successful final project.

  • Full Course Dates + Locations
  • Session 4: August 7-9, Hydro One, Toronto, ON
    Session 5: September 15-17, Annual Meeting, Carlsbad, CA

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations and the critical role of group compositions for the success of the program, cancellations received after January 5, 2018, will not be eligible for a refund, and the organization will be responsible for the full 2018 registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the program are always welcome prior to session one.
  • 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 Christopher Lee, Senior Program Manager at (971) 255-4967.

Agenda

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Check In and Welcome to Session Four

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Welcome to Hydro One
Speaker(s): Mark Poweska, President & CEO, Hydro One Inc.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Executive Speaker
Speaker(s): Darlene Bradley, Acting Chief Operating Officer, Hydro One Inc.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Executive Speaker
Speaker(s): Brad Bowness, SVP Technology and Chief Information Officer, Hydro One Inc.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

A Different Perspective
Speaker(s): Lyla Garzouzi, Director, Distribution Asset Management, Hydro One Inc.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Break

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Executive Speaker
Speaker(s): Rob Berardi, Vice President, Shared Services, Hydro One Inc.

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

WEI Hosted Reception for Students, Hosts and Special Guests

Sponsored by: METSCO

Adelaide Room
Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre
525 Bay Street, Toronto

Thursday, August 8, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast at Hydro One

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Capstone Rehearsal

Uncovering New Revenue in an Age-Old Industry

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Capstone Rehearsal

Innovation and Playing Nice in the Regulatory Sandbox

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Break

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Capstone Rehearsal

Using Technology to Prepare Employees for the Future

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Capstone Rehearsal

Climate Adaptation: Preparing Your Operations and Workforce for the Future 

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Capstone Rehearsal

Emergency Response

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Capstone Rehearsal

Design Thinking and the Potential for Innovation in the Utility Industry

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Break

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Maintaining Connections

Friday, August 9, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast at Hydro One

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Creating a Corporate Strategy
Speaker(s): Jane Allen, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Innovation, Hydro One Inc.

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Break

9:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Shark Tank Exercise

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Homework Review and Wrap Up

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 905-0667 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $249 CAD/night. This rate is guaranteed until July 15, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Mark Poweska

Hydro One Inc.

President & CEO
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Mark brings a proven track record of building a strong safety culture, exceeding customer expectations and improving operational performance. As Tom Woods, Chair of the Board of Hydro One, said in the March press release announcing Mark’s appointment, “building on 100 years of proudly powering homes and businesses in Ontario, we believe Mark is the right person to focus on what matters most to our customers, employees, investors and all stakeholders.”

So, who is Mark? Some fast facts:
– Rural Roots
Mark grew up in Cranbrook, a picturesque town of 20,000 in southeast British Columbia. His mother’s side is Italian-Irish; father’s side, Polish. His family’s roots still run deep in Cranbrook.
– O Canada!
Mark grew up in true Canadian fashion – playing hockey throughout his childhood and well into his university days at the University of Saskatchewan. But as fate would have it, a knee injury led him to pursue a different career path. Enter: engineering.
– Utility Guy
Mark joined BC Hydro soon after receiving his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He started in an engineering training program and worked his way up over 26 years, eventually becoming the utility’s Executive Vice President, Operations, with responsibility for all aspects of the company’s electricity generation, transmission and distribution operations.
– Words to Live By
Openness, transparency and developing personal connections. Those are the attributes Mark values when it comes to being a great leader. He also believes in accountability and integrity to lead by example. His years on the hockey rink taught him well. “It’s a team environment where you need to rely on each other to create a win. The same thing goes for business.”
– Ways of Working
“We don’t succeed with a top-down approach. We need to work as one to thrive. To grow our company and to provide Ontarians as well as investors with what they need from us,” says Mark. “In any organization, it is critical that we value different opinions and different ways of thinking. We must create a safe space for people to come forward and express their ideas on how we can do better.”
– The Greater Good
“We do more than just provide power,” Mark explains. “We energize the province, we keep the heart machines going in hospitals. It is the kind of greater good that people come to understand when they work for a utility like Hydro One.”

Darlene Bradley

Hydro One Inc.

Acting Chief Operating Officer
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Effective May 1, 2019, Darlene Bradley was appointed Acting Chief Operating Officer of Hydro One. Ms. Bradley oversees all aspects of transmission and distribution at the utility including Planning, Engineering, Construction, Operations, Maintenance and Vegetation Management and is focused on improving safety, providing excellence customer service and driving efficiencies.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Bradley was Vice President, Planning and Engineering, leading investment strategies, plans and engineering solutions to support the safe, reliable and affordable operation of the transmission and distribution businesses.

Ms. Bradley is a transformational leader with more than 30 years career experience in utility operations. She joined Hydro One in 1988 as a Licensed Power Equipment Electrician. Over the years, she has held increasingly senior leadership positions in technical field operations and strategic planning. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Science and Technology from York University.

Brad Bowness

Hydro One Inc.

SVP Technology and Chief Information Officer
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Brad Bowness was promoted to Senior Vice President, Technology and Chief Information Officer in January, 2019, with oversight of Cyber and Physical Security Operations and all aspects of Information and Operating Technology.

With more than 20 years of experience in the electricity sector, Mr. Bowness is a proven results oriented executive adept at driving strategic change to optimize business operations. He has served in several executive positions at Hydro One including Vice President, Construction Services; Vice President, Transmission & Stations; and Vice President, Distribution where he had organizational accountability for over 3000 employees and over $1 Billion of annual work program. He has been a transformational leader who has had a significant impact on the journey towards operational excellence.

Prior to joining Hydro One, Mr. Bowness spent 6 years in the management consulting and systems integration industry. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team and a direct report to the CEO, Mr. Bowness brings his expertise in both Information Technology and Utility Operations to provide strategic leadership for the organization.

Brad holds an Honors Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He has served as a board member for the Ontario Energy Network and is currently a board member for the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange.

Lyla Garzouzi

Hydro One Inc.

Director, Distribution Asset Management
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Lyla Garzouzi was appointed Vice President Distribution at Hydro One in January 2019. She is accountable for the safe and reliable delivery of distribution at Hydro One, that services 1.3 million customers in the province of Ontario. She heads a staff of about 3,500 employees and oversees more than $7 billion in assets. A passionate and energetic leader, Lyla has 15 years of experience at Hydro One and brings a wealth of knowledge in the Distribution Business including Planning, Engineering, Standards, Data Systems and Governance and Field Support. Over the course of her career, she successfully carried out several strategic mandates and led business transformation using technology as an enabler. Lyla is a Professional Engineer and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa.

Robert Berardi

Hydro One Inc.

Vice President, Shared Services
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Rob is currently the Vice President of Shared Services at Hydro One Networks Inc., a subsidiary of Hydro One Inc. the largest Electricity transmission and distribution company in Ontario.
Rob is accountable for providing services for Hydro One Lines of Business throughout Ontario, including Facilities & Real Estate, Transportation & Work Equipment, Supply Chain and Helicopter Services. The Shared Services mission is to deliver services that enable the business to achieve operational excellence by creating value through innovative solutions and exceptional customer services. The focus is on continuous improvement to reduce costs, improve service, improve safety and increase value to customers and shareholders.
Rob joined Hydro One (then Ontario Hydro) in 1989 and has 30 years of broad experience within the Company. Between 2014 to 2017 Rob was the Director, Supply Chain. Prior to that Rob was the Director, Management Accounting & Reporting in Finance between 2009 to 2013.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from York University and holds an Accounting Designation, Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.
Hobbies: Rob enjoys home renovations, playing hockey and golf.

Jane Allen

Hydro One Inc.

Senior Vice President, Strategy & Innovation
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Jane Allen is Senior Vice President, Strategy & Innovation at Hydro One, Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution company, where she is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the company. Prior to joining Hydro One, Jane was a Partner at Deloitte and leader of the utilities consulting practice, advising companies on strategic growth plans, and operational excellence. She has led large-scale business transformations involving governance, culture, process and technology changes. Jane was also responsible for leading Deloitte’s renewable energy practice worldwide. Jane was a member of Deloitte Canada’s Board of Directors, and she was Deloitte’s first Chief Diversity Officer –
she and Deloitte received numerous awards for their impact on the firm and the broader business community. Jane currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Board of Governors of McMaster University.