Business Analytics (Sep 17-18)

Utilities find themselves inundated with a diversity of data across all lines of their business. Business analytics professionals function as a critical link in analyzing and interpreting information to improve systems and operations, maintain organizational health and ultimately improve the bottom line. These professionals gather semi-annually to discuss asset management, business intelligence, key metrics and dashboard insights, enterprise risk management, pricing and rate strategies, and analytics best practices.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Lee Beran, Business Support Manager, FortisBC

    • Program Location
    • BC Hydro
    • 333 Dunsmuir St
      Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5R4
    • Who Should Attend
    • Utility professionals with a command over data-related needs such as transforming, storing, mining, analyzing, visualizing and reporting back out to the business.​ Depending on the organizational structure, these professionals come from areas including finance, operations, business planning and customer service.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $399 USD

    Registration includes access to all Business Analytics agenda items and meeting materials, a networking dinner on Monday night, as well as catered breakfast, lunch, and refreshments at the meeting. Guest tickets are available for $65 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and program materials.

  • 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 Amy Nye, Program Manager at (503) 688-2794.


Monday, September 17, 2018

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration + Networking

Arrive early to network with peers. Light refreshments will be provided.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Welcome + Introductions

Lee Beran, Program Chair, will welcome us to Vancouver and kick-off our round robin introductions. Come prepared to share a success story or set-back you or your team has experienced in the last six months.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Networking Break

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Presentation 1

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Working Breakout Session

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Networking Dinner

Join us for a WEI hosted networking dinner at Rogue Kitchen + Wetbar, 200 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 3L6.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

Breakfast will be provided onsite.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

DIY: How to Build an Advanced Analytics Team
Speaker(s): Mario Carrasco, Manager, CAP and Performance Improvement, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

In this session, we will hear about Pacific Gas and Electric's journey to build their Enterprise Corrective Action Program (ECAP) Analytics and Data Science team. The mission of the team is to provide actionable and meaningful insights that support strategic and informed decisions through data science and analytical methods. Despite only being in operation for a few months, they have already learned some valuable lessons and are ready to share insights to help you pave the path in your organization. This interactive presentation will explain what they did, why they did it, and illustrate some of their current work. 

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Networking Break

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Presentation 3

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Roundtable 1

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presentation 4

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

Lunch will be provided onsite.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Presentation 5

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Roundtable 2

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Wrap Up + Spring 2019 Planning

Share your thoughts on the forum as we turn our sights toward the Spring program.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (866) 223-9333 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute and use the discount code ‘WEI Business Analytics’ to receive a special rate of $275 CAD/night. You can also book online and use the group code “180916WEI”. This rate is guaranteed until August 31, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.