Chief Information Officer – Virtual (Sep 15-16)

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.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Margaret Hopkins, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Puget Sound Energy

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided before the program.
    • 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
  • Western Energy Institute takes the health and safety of our employees and members very seriously. With safety as our top priority, this program is being offered in a virtual format. No hotel or travel is required. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Manager directly.

    Member: $199 USD

    Registration includes digital access to all agenda items and program materials.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • To best serve WEI members and program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, WEI will be waiving its standard cancellation policy for this program and all programs through December 2020. Registrants can now receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins. This applies to both new and existing registrations for virtual programs.
  • 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. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Amy Nye, Program Manager at (503) 688-2794.


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Virtual Happy Hour

Grab your favorite beverage, activate your mic, and turn on your webcam! In lieu of the traditional onsite welcome reception, WEI will host a virtual happy hour for participants to connect with their peers. This is also an opportunity to test your system in preparation for tomorrow's meeting.

All sessions are in Pacific Time (PDT).

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Virtual Registration + Help Desk

The meeting room will open at 7:30 AM (Pacific) for participants to log-in early and get familiar with the various features of the virtual platform. The meeting will start promptly at 8:00 AM (Pacific).

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Introductions + Opening Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Margaret Hopkins, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Puget Sound Energy

Get to know your peers through our roundtable introductions. Come prepared to share 3 top-of-mind items that you and your team are facing right now. These priorities will help shape our discussion throughout the day. 

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM


9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Industry Topic

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Industry Topic

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Closing Roundtable

This session provides time for attendees to address topics not on the agenda, elaborate upon previous discussions, or gather ideas and feedback from peers.

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

Wrap Up + Future Planning

Share your thoughts on the forum as we turn our sights toward the spring program in San Diego, California on March 7 + 8, 2021.


This event will now be held in a virtual format. Hotel and travel arrangements will not be required to attend.

If you previously made hotel reservations for this event and need to cancel them, we’ve included the contact information for the hotel below for your convenience. If you have additional questions about this event, please contact the Program Manager directly.

Hyatt Regency Seattle
808 Howell Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206.973.1234

Meet The Speakers

Margaret Hopkins

Puget Sound Energy

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer