Chief Information Officer – Virtual (Sep 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)
  • Joe Tellez, Chief Technology Officer, Tacoma Power

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided to the attendee 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
  • Member: $199 USD

    Registration includes virtual access to all agenda items and digital 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 virtual program. Registrants can receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins.
  • 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 (971) 303-2119.


All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

The room will open early with optional time for participants to get familiar with the virtual platform, test their audio and webcam, or ask questions about the agenda before we begin.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Welcome + Introductions
Facilitator(s): Joe Tellez, Chief Technology Officer, Tacoma Power

The Program Chair will welcome the group and kickoff roundtable introductions. Come prepared to share a recent success story and the biggest challenge you and your team are facing right now.

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Lessons Learned on Adopting Cloud + Utility Analytics
Speaker(s): Andrew Braeger, Data Services Manager, Tacoma Power

Cloud adoption is growing rapidly in the utilities industry to enable modernization ambitions. Many utilities, however, are struggling with unstructured and ungoverned cloud adoption. Utilities, likewise, rapidly advancing analytics use cases are presented with the challenges of data management and data governance as they address data quality, architecture, security, and process. This presentation will share key themes from Tacoma Public Utilities’ analytics and cloud strategies and how the harmonization of these disciplines has led to tangible benefits for customers and utility operations. 

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Innovation Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Joe Tellez, Chief Technology Officer, Tacoma Power

This time is designated for a focused discussion on innovation in the utility industry. Come prepared to share what your organization is doing to innovate in the face of disruption, digital transformation, electrification, and more.

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Open Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator(s): Joe Tellez, Chief Technology Officer, Tacoma Power

We'll close out the day with an open roundtable discussion on top-of-mind issues. Topics will be guided based on the current challenges shared during introductions and refined by live polling.

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Wrap Up + Future Planning

Share your thoughts on future formats and agenda topics as we set our sights on the Spring 2022 forum.

Meet The Speakers

Joe Tellez

Tacoma Power

Chief Technology Officer

Andrew Braeger

Tacoma Power

Data Services Manager