Chief Information Officer (Sep 20-21)

CIOs navigate everyday challenges related to smart grid implementation, cybersecurity and data integrity. In addition to the natural leadership pressures of any executive position, CIOs 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 to address these changes in an exclusive peer environment.

General Details

Program Chair
Kip Morison, Chief Information Officer, BC Hydro

Program Location
BC Hydro
Vancouver, BC

Who Should Attend
The best candidate for the Chief Information Officer executive forum is the most senior individual responsible for their organization’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.

For more information contact Kara Wolfe, Program Manager at 503.688.2794.

Registration Options
Member: $399
+ Guest Pass: $100

Registration for this forum is available by invitation only. Registration includes networking reception Tuesday night, catered breakfast and lunch at the meeting, and all meeting materials. Guest passes are available for $100 and Allows a delegate to bring a single guest to the welcome reception. No other sessions or events are included with a guest registration.

Attend both Annual Meeting and Chief Information Officer (CIO) and enjoy a $200 discount off Annual Meeting. To receive the discount, register first for CIO and then for Annual Meeting. Registration includes meeting materials, 2 receptions, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, multiple breaks, Business Acumen final presentations (Session 5), admission to the Service Company reception and dinner event, and the CIO reception and forum.


Tuesday, September 20

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Welcome Reception
We will kick off our time together with a hosted reception in downtown Vancouver. Dinner on your own.

Wednesday, September 21

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Networking Breakfast
Arrive early to network with peers at BC Hydro. Continental breakfast provided.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Welcome and Introductions
Our chair and host will welcome us to Vancouver. Come prepared to share insights from your latest initiatives as part of our round robin introductions.

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Networking Break
We will break for 15 minutes.

9:15 AM – 10:30 AM
With cyber-attacks constantly evolving, we will address what each organization is doing to keep access to information and assets out of the wrong hands, share best practices in identifying and correcting design flaws and discuss advantages to moving from fundamentally bidirectional firewalls to unidirectional security gateways.

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Networking Break
We will break for 15 minutes.

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
IT Portfolio Management: the Prioritization Process
Successful IT Portfolio Management can bring objective value to the work your team puts forth, balance projects and programs with ongoing services and prevent backlog and resources delays. IT Portfolio Management offers the benefit of more centralized oversight and strategic alignment, but comes with the challenges of gaining business leader buy-in and finding the right cocktail of systems to track efforts. With a variety of approaches – and no real right answer – where is your organization at on the journey to a streamlined prioritization process?

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Enjoy a catered lunch onsite.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
People want to work where they want, when they want, wherever they are. Is your organization prepared to support that? Come prepared to discuss the following considerations for mobility:
• Field force mobility solutions
• App development
• Mobile App Management
• BYOD + security
• Traffic shaping
• App distribution
• Back-end integration
• Keeping up with new technology
• Combatting the skills shortage
• Managing employee expectations

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Networking Break
We will break for 15 minutes.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Transition to the Cloud: What’s Moving to the Cloud?
By now, organizations are well-versed in the benefits of moving to the cloud: it’s scalable, it controls costs, improves collaboration and increases agility. You can consolidate and centralize such that security measures are applied evenly – ensuring you remain in compliance. It’s true, too, that introducing new items to the cloud offers opportunity to reinvent processes and redefine culture. So, with this many advantages, you’ve already pressed the GO button, right? Or – maybe the blur of options has you considering where to start. With pay-as-you-go models v. upfront commitment to entire infrastructure, debates on public v. private v. hybrid and conversation on whether to move operational systems in addition to enterprise ones, there’s still much discussion to be had surrounding the best way to approach true mobility within the workforce.

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Networking Break
We will break for 15 minutes.

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Wrap-up and Spring Planning
Share your thoughts on the forum as we turn our sights toward the spring. We’ll identify dates, location and topics.

4:00 PM
Meeting Adjourns

Hotel + Travel

The Fairmont Waterfront
900 Canada Place Way
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5
Phone: 604.691.1820

Please contact the hotel directly at 604.691.1820. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $299 CAD single/double plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed until August 19, 2016 or until the WEI room block is full.

As of August 23, the WEI room block at the Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver is currently full. Overflow rooms are available at the nearby Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver for a rate of $299 CAD single/double plus taxes. Please contact the hotel directly at 800.667.2300 and identify yourself as being with the Western Energy Institute to receive the discounted rate. This rate is guaranteed until August 29 or until the WEI room block is full.

Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver
645 Howe St.
Vancouver, BC V6C 2Y9
Phone: 800.667.2300