Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders: Challenge – Session Four (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.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Check In and Welcome to Session Four

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Capstone Dress Rehearsal Presentations 1+2

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Capstone Dress Rehearsal Presentations 3+4

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Capstone Dress Rehearsal Presentations 5+6

Thursday, August 8, 2019

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome to Hydro One

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Executive Speaker

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Executive Speaker

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Executive Speaker

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Executive Speaker

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Peer Roundtable Discussions

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

WEI Hosted Reception for Students, Hosts and Special Guests

Friday, August 9, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast at Hydro One

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Executive Speaker

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM


9:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Shark Tank Exercise

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Wrap Up and Debrief

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.