Chief Information Officer (Sep 17-18)

CIOs navigate everyday challenges related to grid modernization, cybersecurity and data integrity. In addition to the natural leadership pressures of any executive position, CIOs also lead the charge for building visionary plans to embrace emerging technology, oversee policy development and direct the implementation of systems and processes for the control and exchange of information. As such, CIOs increasingly seek novel approaches to enhance efficiency, responsiveness, innovation and adaptability. This forum provides a unique opportunity for utility CIOs to come together in an exclusive peer environment to address these challenges.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Steve Clemons, Chief Information Officer, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

    • Program Location
    • Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
    • 2100 Costa Del Mar Road
      Carlsbad, California 92009
    • Who Should Attend
    • Participation in the Chief Information Officer executive forum is restricted to senior leaders responsible for management of their utility’s technology and information systems. In most instances, the appropriate attendee serves as the Chief Information Officer or holds an equal position within their utility. The small size of this program provides a unique environment for collaborative thinking, open discourse and building long-term relationships.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $479 USD

    Registration includes all program materials, a networking reception on Tuesday evening, and a catered breakfast and lunch on Wednesday. Guest tickets are available for $90 and allow for 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 receptions, and all 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.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Join us for refreshments and light appetizers at Bob's Steak & Chop House, onsite at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa. Dinner is on your own.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration + Networking Breakfast

Arrive early to register and network with peers. A hot breakfast will be provided.

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Introductions + Opening Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Stephen Clemons, Chief Information Officer, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Come prepared to share insights from your latest initiatives as part of our round robin introductions. Attendees are encouraged to come prepared with one “top of mind” issue for discussion.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Networking Break

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Robotic Process Automation

In this interactive session, we'll take a look at how Robotic Process Automation is being used to replace manually intensive work and processes. Come prepared to share what technologies your utility is using to improve efficiency and accuracy, and discuss how advancements in technology are changing the future workforce. 

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Remote Workforce
Facilitator(s): Scott Harrison, Director, IT Infrastructure & Operations, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Remote work continues to be on the rise and utilities have begun adopting this practice to attract and retain talent, accommodate work/life balance, reduce traffic and commute times, and in some cases, to save money. With this comes new policies and procedures, new technologies, and accommodations to employees. In this session, we will hear from Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) on how they successfully planned and implemented policies to engage and support a remote workforce.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Networking Lunch

Enjoy a catered lunch onsite.

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Security for IoT and Infrastructure in a Cloud-First World
Speaker(s): Paul Martini, Co-Founder and CEO, iboss

Join Paul Martini, CEO, co-founder and chief architect of the iboss cloud platform, which currently protects thousands of enterprise and public sector organizations against malware, advanced threats, and data loss with cloud security. Paul will discuss market drivers for cloud security and the challenges with cloud 1.0 security architectures as well as the advantages of cloud 2.0 architectures built on containers and microservices architectures. Paul will also speak about platform-based approaches to delivering secure connectivity to IoT, devices and users and how these platforms can be leveraged to incorporate leading malware defense technologies to protect critical infrastructure and utilities. Paul will be joined by Stephen Clemons, SMUD Chief Information Officer, for a unique fire side chat format – to include an interactive Q&A session.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Networking Break

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Open Roundtable Discussion

This session provides time for attendees to address new topics, elaborate upon previous discussions, or gather ideas and feedback from peers.

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Networking Break

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Speaker(s): AJ Jacobs, Chief Information Security Officer, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Casey Fallon, Director, Procurement, Warehouse & Fleet, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

As a member of the LPPC working group for CIP-13, SMUD will present a summary of initiatives under way to implement practices and controls required to satisfy requirements of the NERC standard. The presenters bring perspective and leadership from supply chain and IT security to provide an overview of project planning and guiding principles, implementation framework, and supply chain risk management.

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Wrap Up + Spring Planning

Share your thoughts on the forum as we turn our sights toward the Spring 2020 program in Portland, Oregon on March 8 + 9, 2020.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 843-6664 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) Annual Meeting (no separate block for CIO) to receive a special rate of $259 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until August 9, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

  • Driving Directions
  • When arranging travel to Carlsbad, we suggest looking at both the John Wayne Airport, (60 miles, appx. 60-minute drive) and San Diego International Airport (33 miles, appx. 45-minute drive). Lyft and Uber can provide transportation North from San Diego to Carlsbad, but you will need a rental card or another mode of transportation to drive south from John Wayne Airport. 

Meet The Speakers

Stephen Clemons

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Chief Information Officer
Learn More

Stephen Clemons joined SMUD as Chief Information Officer in February 2017, bringing with him over 20 years of information technology experience.

As a member of the executive team, Clemons’ responsibilities include SMUD’s information technology strategy, planning, implementation, operations, infrastructure and project management, as well as information security and privacy.

Clemons came to SMUD from San Diego-based private sector cybersecurity firm iBoss Cybersecurity where he was the public sector vice president.

His previous employment includes roles as a Senior Director for Product Management at Qualcomm in San Diego, Chief Information Officer for the San Diego County Office of Education from 2007 to 2014, Information Technology Director for the County of San Diego, Chief Enterprise Architect for the State of California’s Office of the CIO in Sacramento from 2003 to 2006, and Chief Enterprise Architect for the Franchise Tax Board in Sacramento from 1994 to 2003.

Clemons received bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Finance from California State University, Sacramento.

Casey Fallon

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Director, Procurement, Warehouse & Fleet

AJ Jacobs

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Chief Information Security Officer

Scott Harrison

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Director, IT Infrastructure & Operations

Paul Martini


Co-Founder and CEO
Learn More

Paul Martini is the CEO, co-founder and chief architect of iboss, where he pioneered the award-winning iboss platform. Prior to founding iboss, Paul developed a wide-variety of complex security and technology solutions for clients such as Phogenix, the U.S. Navy, and Hewlett Packard. He was also a key contributor at Copper Mountain Networks working on designing and implementing FPGAs and broadband network infrastructure used by Telcos to build the cloud. His work at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) involved building distributed real-time systems for companies such as Rolls Royce. Copper Mountain and SAIC both launched successful IPOs. Paul has been recognized for his leadership and innovation, receiving the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year award and being named one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. He holds a Computer Science Degree from the University of California, and has had his work published in many scientific journals, including the Journal of Foundations in Computer Science and the Journal of Analytical Biochemistry.