Chief Information Officer (Sep 19-20)

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)
  • Morgan Stoll, Chief Information Officer, UNS Energy Corp.

    • Program Location
    • Tucson Electric Power Headquarters
    • 88 E. Broadway Blvd
      Tucson, Arizona 85701
    • 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: $399 USD

    Registration includes networking reception on Tuesday, catered breakfast and lunch at the meeting on Wednesday, and all meeting 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 Joshua Baker, Program Manager at (971) 255-4970.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Attendee Reception

We will kick off our time together with a hosted reception at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa's Catalina Barbeque Co. & Sports Bar

3645 W. Starr Pass Boulevard
Tucson, Arizona 85745

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

Arrive early to network with peers. Continental breakfast provided.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome + Introductions

Our chair and host will welcome us to Tucson. 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 - 10:15 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 and share best practices in identifying and correcting design flaws. Will also address strategies to address business continuity and liability concerns in the event of a successful cyber-attack.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

We will break for 15 minutes.

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Shadow IT: To Welcome or Thwart?

Many IT departments have spent time rooting out non-IT-sanctioned applications and systems in use within their organizations. However, business units are finding non-sanctioned services, particularly cloud-based, often enable them to easily and quickly setup applications and platforms that improve their collaboration and productivity. This is prompting some IT organizations to rethink if they should have a shadow IT policy that is in full-out battle against applications that haven't been fully approved by the business and could introduce security risks.

Where do you and your utility stand on the shadow IT debate? How can IT leaders address the risks and expense of shadow IT, while still embracing a culture of innovation?

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Networking Break

We will break for 15 minutes.

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Robotic Process Automation

Robotics Process Automation (RPA) is the utilization of computer software to automate manual tasks, increasing quality of performance, saving time and money, streamlining processes and freeing up human workers for more knowledge based and higher value work. Many also feel that RPA is one of the most disruptive forces to impact organizations in recent memory. What does this mean for your utility? Whether you have already launched RPA or now are putting together the business case, bring your questions and experiences to share with group and receive feedback.

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM


Enjoy a catered lunch onsite.

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Transition 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 the transition to the cloud.

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Networking Break

We will break for 15 minutes.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Staffing Strategies

How does your utility determine what functions are completed in-house vs being outsourcing? What are your strategies for staffing large projects?

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM


Share your thoughts on the forum as we turn our sights toward the Spring. We’ll share dates and location and identify possible topics.

4:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Meeting Adjourns

5:30 PM - 7:00 AM

Annual Meeting Welcome Reception

If you are registered to attend the 2017 WEI Annual Meeting, join other utility leaders and service companies at the JW Marriot Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa for the Welcome Reception.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (877) 622-3140 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $159/night. This rate is guaranteed until August 31, 2017 or until the WEI room block is full.