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.
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 includes all program materials, a networking reception on Tuesday evening, and a catered breakfast and lunch on Wednesday. Guest tickets are available for $75 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.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
We will kick off our time together with a WEI hosted reception at The Victor, located on the sixth floor of the Parq Vancouver. Dinner is on your own.
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Registration + Networking Breakfast
Arrive early to register and network with peers. Breakfast will be provided onsite.
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Introductions + Opening Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Tim Swanson, Director, Information & Infrastructure Security, FortisBC
Come prepared to share insights and challenges from your latest initiatives as part of our round-robin introductions. This time is also reserved for attendees to address topics that are not already on the agenda and to exchange ideas and gather feedback from peers.
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
9:45 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 and share best practices in identifying and correcting design flaws. Tim Swanson will kick off the conversation with a presentation on cybersecurity efforts at FortisBC.
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Cybersecurity Trends in Operations Technology
Speaker(s): Kevin Prouty, Group Vice President, IDC
This session will present a broad overview of cybersecurity trends in operations technology in North American Utility companies. The focus will be on several key points including a short market overview on the drivers for OT security and IT/OT convergence; market overview of the typical technology vendors in OT security; a quick look at OT cybersecurity as a managed service; and a peer-based look at where North American utilities are in OT cybersecurity and IT/OT convergence.
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Enjoy a catered lunch onsite.
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
3D Modeling at FortisBC
Speaker(s): Andrew Loge, Manager of Engineering, FortisBC
Due to data integrity issues in records for several plant assets, FortisBC embarked on a path to invest in 3D modeling technology. This session will walk through the issues with the legacy systems and processes, the justification and objectives of a new technology, process to select the appropriate software, challenges in implementation and management of change and current status.
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Leveraging the Cloud
Organizations are well-versed in the benefits of moving to the cloud: it’s scalable, it controls costs, improves collaboration and increases agility. However, there’s still much discussion to be had surrounding the best way to approach leveraging the cloud. We’ll discuss what services (SasS, PaaS, IaaS) organizations are finding success in implementing and what others are doing to make the business case for cloud adoption.
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
IT/OT Convergence Roundtable
The program will conclude with a roundtable discussion on the convergence of IT/OT led by Tim Swanson and Darwin Anderson, FortisBC.
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Wrap Up + Fall Planning
Share your thoughts on the forum as we turn our sights toward the Fall program in Carlsbad, California on September 17 + 18, 2019.
Please contact the hotel directly at (888) 236-2427 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $299 CAD/night. This rate is guaranteed until February 24, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.
Kevin Prouty is Group Vice President for IDC Energy and Manufacturing Insights. He is responsible for managing a group of analysts that provide research-based advisory and consulting services that will enable energy executives in oil and gas utilities to maximize the business value of their technology investments and minimize technology risk through accurate planning. Kevin’s research specialties are Utilities, Manufacturing, Enterprise Applications, and Product Innovation research.
Tim Swanson has over 33 years’ experience in the utility industry. Prior to his role as Director, Information Systems at FortisBC he held the position as IT Manager at the utility. He is a member of Canadian Electricity Association, Western Energy Institute, and BC Tech; and is a certified Professional Project Manager.