Chief Information Officer (Sep 16-17)

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 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
Ngoni Murandu, Chief Information Officer, NW Natural

Program Location
The Heathman Hotel
1001 SW Broadway @ Salmon
Portland, OR 97205

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.

Registration Options
Member: $399
Regular: $799
This program is only available to energy company members and includes comprehensive meeting materials and all food events. For more information contact Kevin Sullivan at 971.255.4965.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Hosted Networking Dinner at Ruth’s Chris
850 SW Broadway
Portland, Oregon 97205

Thursday, September 17, 2015

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Welcome and Introductions
Speaker: Ngoni Murandu, Chief Information Officer, NW Natural
A welcome to Portland from our host followed by an overview of the past year. Attendees will then introduce themselves and overview their role and any major initiatives taking place.

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sessions by Topic

  • Emerging technology trends that impact utilities and their operational strategies
  • Evolving Role of the CIO/Evolving role of IT in the utility business enablement/self service
  • Cybersecurity requirements in the new world. How do they fit with corporate security organization and strategy?
  • IT + Regulatory Compliance
  • Internet of Everything

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Each attendee will have the opportunity to bring up 2-3 issues or questions that they would like to address for immediate feedback.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Wrap up and Spring Planning

3:30 PM

Hotel + Travel

The Heathman Hotel
1001 SW Broadway @ Salmon
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503.241.4100

The Heathman Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Portland, offers impeccable service and modern amenities with a dash of style. Named one of the “World’s Best Places to Stay” by Conde Nast Traveler, this property has a 30 year strong AAA Four-Diamond Award and earned the highly coveted four-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide.

The Heathman Hotel sits next to the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and just steps away from the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Historical Society Museum, Nordstrom’s, Powell’s Books, Pioneer Place, and the fashionable Pearl District. The Keller Auditorium, trendy Northwest 23rd District, the Rose Garden, the Oregon Convention Center, Jeld Wen Field and Oregon Zoo are all just minutes away.

Reservation Instructions
Please contact the hotel directly at 503.241.4100. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $235 single/double plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed to August 26, 2015 or until the WEI room block is full.

Driving Directions
From Portland International Airport (PDX):
From Airport Way, take I-205 South to I-84 West, to I-5 South, to I-405 North
Take Salmon Street exit, bear right onto
Salmon Street
Go 8 blocks to Broadway

From the North (via I-5):
I-5 South to I-405 South
Take Burnside/Couch Street exit
Continue straight to Salmon Street
Turn left onto Salmon Street
Hotel is eight blocks, at Broadway

From the South (via I-5):
On I-5 North, follow signs for Beaverton/City Center to I-405 North
Take Salmon Street exit, bear right onto Salmon Street
Go eight blocks to Broadway

Meet The Speakers

Ngoni Murandu

NW Natural

Chief Information Officer