Executive Planning Committee (May 14-15)

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.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Booga Gilbertson, SVP Operations, Puget Sound Energy

    • Program Location
    • The Porter
    • 1355 SW 2nd Ave
      Portland, OR 97201
    • Who Should Attend
      • Members of the Executive Planning Committee or their assignees
      • WEI Board Committee members
      • Special invitations
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $399 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after April 29, 2019. Registration includes all materials and associated meals at the conference. Guest tickets 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.

  • 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 Kevin Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer at (971) 255-4973.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Service Company Committee Meeting

Open to all service company member attendees to discuss membership and ongoing committee business.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Welcome to the Executive Planning Committee Meeting

WEI welcomes the 2019 Executive Planning Committee and outlines the goals for the meeting.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Reveal of WEI's 2020 Theme
Speaker(s): Booga Gilbertson, Senior Vice President, Operations, Puget Sound Energy

The 2020 WEI Annual Theme will be provided by our incoming Chair of the Board of Directors.  Committee members will engage in the discussion on what the theme means for the industry and WEI and will use the theme to influence the planning throughout the meeting.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Networking Break

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.  The top issues identified by this roundtable will spring board the EPC into the second day.

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Hosted Networking Reception + Dinner

Onsite at The Porter Hotel.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Navigating the Energy Transformation
Speaker(s): Jan Vrins, Global Energy Practice Leader, Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Emerging opportunities to capture new customer and stakeholder value.

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Networking Break

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

Networking Break

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:

  • Provide feedback on how to make the conference the best value and experience for members
  • General session ideas and recommendations for keynote speakers
  • Identify tracks with overlap

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch and Report Outs

The leadership for each conference will provide a full report out on the work done by the committee and the overall structure for moving forward.

Hotel + Travel

  • The Porter
  • 1355 SW 2nd Ave
  • Portland, OR 97201
  • Phone: (503) 306-4800

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  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (503) 306-4800 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $189 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until April 29, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Jan Vrins

Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Global Energy Practice Leader