The Executive Planning Committee (EPC) is a distinctive group of senior energy leaders who meet annually to bridge the strategic vision of the WEI Board of Directors and Board Committees, with content and planning for individual programs. The EPC’s efforts culminate over two days, where they meet with their respective business sections of Gas Operations, Electric Operations, Customer Connections and Corporate Services, to address common issues across member organizations. Attendees work together on how to best combine efforts and leverage resources into creating educational track content at both the Customer + Corporate Symposium and the Operations Conference.
Member: $399 USD
Registration includes all materials and associated meals at the conference. Guest passes are available for $100 and allow 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.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Service Company Committee Meeting
Open to service company members to discuss membership benefits and committee projects.
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Welcome to the Executive Planning Committee Meeting
Speaker(s): Chuck Meyer, President, Western Energy Institute
WEI’s President, Chuck Meyer, welcomes the 2018 Executive Planning Committee and outlines the goals for the meeting. Chuck will also provide statistics from the latest Customer + Corporate Symposium and Operations Conference, and the relationship of the EPC and the upcoming August planning meetings.
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Imagine More. Energizing the Future...
Speaker(s): Dennis Vermillion, President, Avista Corp.
The 2018-2019 WEI Annual Theme will be provided by WEI’s Chair-Elect, Dennis Vermillion.
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Breakouts for Executive Hot Topics
During this session each of the four functional areas (Customer, Corporate Services, Electric Ops, Gas Ops) break out in separate rooms to discuss strategic issues facing their organizations. With the new theme in mind, EPC members will exchange their own expertise to gain a deeper understanding of common opportunities and challenges. Together, the top issues identified by this roundtable will spring board the EPC into the second day.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hosted Networking Dinner
Join us at the Treasury Ballroom for a networking reception and dinner sponsored by Groebner. The address is 326 SW Broadway, Portland, OR.
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
The full group meets for breakfast on the 10th floor.
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Speaker(s): Steve Callahan, Vice President | Energy, Environment & Utilities, Global Strategy, IBM Americas
Mr. Callahan will address the full group on key changes, advancements, and trends in the energy industry.
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
9:10 AM - 9:20 AM
WEI Programs Overview
WEI staff overviews opportunities for involvement and explains different meeting structures and phrases.
9:20 AM - 11:15 AM
Breakout Sessions Continued
Building from the previous day, the groups will recap their identified issues and opportunities and turn their attention to building recommended tracks for the two large conferences. Members will lay out topic suggestions for each track area and clearly articulate the specific target audiences. Finally, we will identify commitments for Program Development Team Members and Mentors to participate in the August Planning meeting.
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Customer + Corporate and Operations Conference Overview
We now combine the Customer and Corporate Services teams together in one room and the Electric Operations and Gas Operations in another room to look at the big picture for each conference, with the following objectives:
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch and Report Outs
1:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-546-7866 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $249 USD. This rate is guaranteed until April 27, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.