Aug

08-10

Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders: Opportunity – Session Four (Aug 08-10)

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 Chair(s)
  • Pam Giles, Dominion Energy Utah

    • Program Location
    • ATCO Gas
    • 10035 105th St NW
      Edmonton, AB T5J 1C8
    • 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.

  • Upcoming Dates + Locations
  • Session 4: August 8-10, ATCO Gas, Edmonton, AB
    Session 5: September 20-22, Annual Meeting, Tucson, AZ

  • 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, Director of Customer + Corporate Programs at (503) 688-2795.

Agenda

Monday, August 7, 2017

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Group work space available at Edmonton Plaza Hotel

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Informal networking time in Edmonton.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Group work space available at ATCO

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch on your own

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Arrive and check in at ATCO

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Welcome to Session Four Announcements

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Team Roadrunner Presentation

Silos to Synergy: Pivoting for Success

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Team Oasis Presentation

Energy Storage

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Break

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Team Saguaro Presentation

The Modernization of the Utility, Risk vs Reward

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Team Scorpions Presentation

The Digital Workforce: Mastering the 4th Industrial Revolution

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Break

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

Team Haboob Presentation

The Honeymoon is over: Get in the minds of your customer and regulator to stay in the game

5:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Adjourn for the day. Dinner on your own.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast at ATCO

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome to ATCO + Leadership Perspective
Speaker(s): Dean Reeve, SVP and General Manager, Gas Distribution, ATCO Gas

With nearly 30 years of industry experience, many of those in executive roles, Dean will share his own leadership journey as well as insights into attributes that make an effective leader. Dean will touch on ATCO’s six leadership competencies and how the organization fosters leadership development at ATCO.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Strategic Planning Overview and Corporate Strategy
Speaker(s): Chad Gareau, VP Corporate Development, Electricity Generation, ATCO Electric

A discussion of Strategic Plans: what are they, how are they created and why they are critical for optimizing resource deployment and navigating disruptions in the market place.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Break

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Contact Center Case Study
Speaker(s): Chris Zenner, Director of Contact Center Operations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Mentor Panel: Leading Diverse Personalities and Work Styles
Moderator(s): Elaine Vesco, Assistant Controller, NorthWestern Energy
Panelist(s): Chris Zenner, Director of Contact Center Operations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, David White, Director, Business Development, TransCanada GTN & North Baja Systems, Janet Green, Manager, Gas System Assets, FortisBC, Bill Messner, Director, Safety & Health, Portland General Electric, Patrick Winkel, Safety and Health Compliance Manager, Consumers Energy, Jamie Chesler, Sr. Manager, Business to Business Marketing Strategy, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Leaders need to work through difficult situations to drive a positive impact and keep a team productive. A panel of all mentors will discuss how to work through conflict and drive productive results.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch catered at ATCO

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Career Development Strategy Panel
Moderator(s): Greg Caldwell, Senior Manager, Research and Innovation, ATCO Gas
Panelist(s): Graeme Feltham, VP Engineering and Construction, Gas Transmission, ATCO Gas, Melanie Bayley, Chief Regulatory Officer, ATCO Gas
Speaker(s): Barry Goy, SVP Strategic Initiatives, Electricity Transmission & Distribution, ATCO Electric

Greg will help guide a discussion with ATCO executives to gain insight on where their careers have taken them within the company. Panelists will share their perspectives on what makes a strong leader industry-wide. This informal session will provide an opportunity for students to engage the panel in open discussion.

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Break

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Team Activities + Roundtable Discussions

The group will beak in to four tables for peer to peer roundtable discussions: Customer, Finance, Operations, and Engineering.  Students should bring issues/best practices/questions to address with their fellow students in these areas.  The point is to get feedback and perspective on how other companies approach your issue so you can have more tools to be successful.  Students who do not fit in to these four specific areas will join a table that closely relates to a group that they work with or support at their company or an area that they want to know more about.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Break to return to hotel

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Reception with ATCO Executives

Edmonton Plaza Hotel 10155 105th Street Edmonton, AB TFJ 1E2

Thursday, August 10, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast at ATCO

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Effective Leadership during Organizational Change
Speaker(s): Paul Goguen, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Electricity Transmission & Distribution, ATCO Electric

Paul will discuss how effective leaders successfully navigate change as it relates to strategic, organizational or cultural issues that can significantly affect an organization. Paul will draw on his significant experience leading different aspects of ATCO’s electricity business.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Shark Tank Exercise

Students will work in a small group to form a new company and product or service related to the energy industry. Groups will report their strategic plan and product overview to the alumni mentors who will decide which company gets funded to move forward.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch catered at ATCO

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Debrief and Closing Announcements

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Group Work Space Available at ATCO

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 663-1144 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Instituteand use the discount code ‘WEI – BAEL Session 4’ to receive a special rate of $124 CAD/night. This rate is guaranteed until July 24, 2017 or until the WEI room block is full.


  • Click here to make your reservation now.

Meet The Speakers

Pam Giles

Dominion Energy

Operations Center Manager

Dean Reeve

ATCO Gas

SVP and General Manager, Gas Distribution

Chad Gareau

ATCO Electric

VP Corporate Development, Electricity Generation

Graeme Feltham

ATCO Gas

VP Engineering and Construction, Gas Transmission

Melanie Bayley

ATCO Gas

Chief Regulatory Officer

Barry Goy

ATCO Electric

SVP Strategic Initiatives, Electricity Transmission & Distribution

Paul Goguen

ATCO Electric

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Electricity Transmission & Distribution

David White

TransCanada GTN & North Baja Systems

Director, Business Development

Chris Zenner

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Director of Contact Center Operations

Jamie Chesler

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Sr. Manager, Business to Business Marketing Strategy

Janet Green

FortisBC

Manager, Gas System Assets

Bill Messner

Portland General Electric

Director, Safety & Health

Elaine Vesco

NorthWestern Energy

Assistant Controller

Patrick Winkel

Consumers Energy

Safety and Health Compliance Manager

Greg Caldwell

ATCO Gas

Senior Manager, Research and Innovation