Chief Information Officer (Apr 22-23)

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)
  • Tim K. Swanson, Director, Information & Infrastructure Security, FortisBC

    • Program Location
    • JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
    • 39 Smithe Street
      Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 0R3
    • 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: $479

    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.

  • 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 Amy Nye, Program Manager at (503) 688-2794.


Monday, April 22, 2019

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

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. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration + Networking Breakfast

Arrive early to register and network with peers. A hot 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

Networking Break

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

Networking Break

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

Networking Lunch

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

Networking Break

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

IT Work Management Roundtable

The focus of this roundtable session will be around IT work management, prioritization, and delivery of services as an IT organization within a utility. Come prepared to share what your organization is doing to handle the demand for growing technology services while balancing other priorities and navigating budget challenges. Jason Huszar and Jeff Glenn of Idaho Power Company will kick off the discussion.

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Networking Break

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.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • 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.

Meet The Speakers

Kevin Prouty


Group Vice President
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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


Director, Information & Infrastructure Security
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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.

Andrew Loge


Manager of Engineering