General Counsel (Jun 09-10)

This forum provides a unique, collaborative space for engaged dialogue between energy company General Counsels. Content includes traditional challenges common to all executives including managing legal teams, budget pressures, succession planning and risk management. In addition to sharing best practices for the traditional executive role, the program regularly invites guest speakers to discuss specific contemporary legal issues relevant to the energy industry and the effective use of outside counsel. Specific topics are chosen directly by program participants in advance of each meeting.

General Details

Program Co-Chairs
Sarah Mamoser, FortisBC
Ray Aldeguer, BC Hydro

Program Location
St. John’s Board Room
Suite 1000
1111 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 4M3

For more information contact Eric Christenson at 971.230.6984.

Who Should Attend
Participation is restricted to senior leaders responsible for management of legal functions at WEI energy member companies or their assignees. The small size of this program provides a unique environment for collaborative thinking, open discourse and building long-term relationships.

CLE and CPD credits are supported by this forum, depending on your state or province. Legal assistants should confirm with the WEI program manager for specific requirements.

Registration Options
Member: $449
Registration includes networking dinner Thursday night, catered breakfast and lunch during the meeting, and all meeting materials.


Thursday, June 9

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Opening Reception and Hosted Networking Dinner
Meet at Hawksworth Restaurant fellow senior legal leadership in an informal setting, with discussions leading into topics for the following day. Guests are invited, with a required registration.

Hawksworth Restaurant
801 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1P7

Friday, June 10

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Hosted Breakfast at Diva Restaurant at the Metropolitan Hotel
Dine at your leisure at the hotel, we will meet at 8 AM in the hotel lobby.

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
Transportation to Meeting
FortisBC offices are a short walk from the hotel.

St. John’s Board Room
Suite 1000
1111 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 4M3

8:15 AM – 9:30 AM
Participant Introductions and Current Issues
Join this dynamic roundtable session to discuss the greatest challenges and opportunities attendees and their divisions have confronted over the last year. Attendees are also encouraged to share what case work they are currently working on and what work-related concerns keep them up at night.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Networking Break
Coffee and Tea provided

10:00 AM – 10:40 AM
Managing Legal Issues and Activism from Large Projects
Speakers: Ken Duke, Senior Solicitor and Counsel, Legal Services, BC Hydro
Vanessa Connolly, Manager, Public Affairs, FortisBC

10:40 AM – 10:50 AM

10:50 AM – 11:30 AM
Outside Perspectives on Projects
Speaker: Barinder Rasode, Director of Social Responsibility, Resource Works

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Current Issues – Continued

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Catered Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Afternoon Roundtable
Significant time on the agenda in the afternoon is reserved for an Open Roundtable Discussion.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Networking Break

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Closing Roundtable Discussion
We end the day with an open roundtable discussion for continued sharing of best practices in managing legal departments and contemporary case law.

Hotel + Travel

Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver
645 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 800.667.2300

Please contact the hotel directly and request the Western Energy Institute block rate. The guaranteed rate of $209 guaranteed is available until May 10 or until it is filled. Overnight parking is provided at $40 per night, per vehicle.

Meet The Speakers

Ken Duke

BC Hydro

Senior Solicitor & Counsel

Vanessa Connolly


Manager, Public Affairs

Barinder Rasode

Resource Works

Director of Social Responsibility
Learn More

Barinder Rasode is Director of Social Responsibility for Resource Works.

She has extensive experience working with senior levels of government, stakeholders and the private sector to find common ground and encourage respectful, informed dialogue on diverse issues facing the resource industry, in order to tackle emerging challenges that threaten BC’s economic future.

Rasode is also on the Board of Directors for Fraser Health, providing governance and vision for the largest health authority in British Columbia. In her appointed role, she works with senior management to establish overall strategic direction, review long-term plans, and ensure appropriate community consultation.

She is the Co-Founder and Advisory Committee Chair for a unique series of conferences, each featuring 16 inspirational women who share stories of leadership, transformation, innovation, and how to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world. SheTalks Global is going into it’s second year with it’s popular events, SheTalks YVR, SheTalks Resources and SheTalks Technology.

In 2014 she was recognized by Vancouver Magazine as one of the 50 most powerful people in Vancouver.

Previously, Rasode served two terms as an elected City Councillor for the City of Surrey taking leadership roles in public safety and transportation.

Ken Duke

BC Hydro

Senior Solicitor and Counsel, Legal Services

Vanessa Connolly


Manager, Public Affairs

Barinder Rasode

Resource Works

Director of Social Responsibility