Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders: Opportunity (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
  • Westin Bayshore
  • 1601 Bayshore Dr. Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4
  • 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, FortisBC, Vancouver, BC
    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.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

8:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Optional Capstone Group Work Time

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Check In and Welcome to Session Four

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Capstone Rehearsal

Visualizing Change Through Augmented and Virtual Reality

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Capstone Rehearsal

The Future is Now: Building Workforce Strategy Today to Meet Tomorrow

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Capstone Rehearsal

Know Your Business, Know Your Customer Communication Needs

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Capstone Rehearsal

Achieving Strategic Objectives by Fostering Organizational Alignment

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Capstone Rehearsal

Green Now but What About Later?

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Capstone Rehearsal

Lost in Transition – Managing Utility Branding in an Uncertain Future

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Informal No Host Networking in Host City

Thursday, August 8, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome to FortisBC
Speaker(s): Roger Dall'Antonia, President and CEO, FortisBC

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Executive Speaker 1
Speaker(s): Jody Drope, Vice President, Human Resources, Environment, Health and Safety, FortisBC

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Executive Speaker 2
Speaker(s): Doug Stout, Vice President, Market Development and External Relations, FortisBC

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Executive Speaker 3
Speaker(s): Diane Roy, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, FortisBC

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Homework Discussion

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Career Planning and Next Steps

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Executive Speaker 4
Speaker(s): Dawn Mehrer, Vice President, Customer Service and Information Systems, FortisBC

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Peer Roundtable Discussions

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

WEI Hosted Reception for Students, Hosts and Special Guests

Reception sponsored by Wood.

Friday, August 9, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Shark Tank Exercise

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM


10:45 PM - 11:45 PM

Breakout Presentations

Informal student led presentations

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Lunch Break

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch Speaker
Speaker(s): Maureen Daschuk, Senior Vice-President, Integrated Planning, BC Hydro

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Wrap Up and Debrief

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Optional Capstone Group Work Time

Hotel + Travel

  • A Vancouver Hotel in Perfect Balance with its Surroundings With lush and serene Stanley Park at its doorstep, water lapping the Coal Harbour Shores, snow-capped North Shore mountains in sight, and the vibrant city centre just around the corner, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver is in perfect balance with its breathtaking surroundings. An elegant base from which to explore Vancouver, this resort-style property is a hub for well-being, whether travelling for leisure or business. A variety of year-round signature wellness programs promote feeling your best, while premier food and beverage offerings recharge the body and mind. Over 71,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, one of Western Canada’s largest hotel ballrooms, and customizable catering options make this iconic hotel an ideal destination for conferences and social events. The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver is your gateway to inspired revitalization.
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please use the link above to reserve your room and receive a special rate of $344 CAD/night. This rate is guaranteed until July 9, 2019 or until the FortisBC/WEI room block is full.

  • Driving Directions
  • From Vancouver International Airport, Take Grant McConachie Way E to Granville St in Vancouver for 9 min (5.3 km). Follow Granville St and BC-99 N to Cardero St/Cardero Bikeway for 24 min (10.6 km). Continue on Cardero St/Cardero Bikeway to your destination for 1 min (220 m). Turn right onto Cardero St/Cardero Bikeway for 130 m. Turn left onto Bayshore Dr for 43 m. Turn right. Destination will be on the left for 44 m.

Meet The Speakers

Roger Dall’Antonia


President and CEO
Learn More

Roger is President and Chief Executive Officer for FortisBC Inc. and FortisBC Energy Inc., overseeing electricity and natural gas business operations. He has more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry including senior financial roles with Westcoast Energy prior to joining FortisBC in 2004.
Roger has been trusted in numerous leadership roles throughout the organization, including executive oversight of customer service & technology, regulatory affairs, strategic planning & corporate development and finance and treasury. He has also served the operation by bringing his skills and experience to energy solutions, business innovation, and conservation and energy management.
As a senior executive in the energy industry, Roger serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Gas Association, Canadian Electricity Association and Western Energy Institute. In addition, Roger is a member of the Business Council of BC’s Board of Governors. He is also a Board member for both FortisBC companies as well as Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Roger has previously served on the Board of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation and Resource Centre.
Roger holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Jody Drope


Vice President, Human Resources, Environment, Health and Safety

Doug Stout


Vice President, Market Development and External Relations

Diane Roy


Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

Dawn Mehrer


Vice President, Customer Service and Information Systems

Maureen Daschuk

BC Hydro

Senior Vice-President, Integrated Planning