General Counsel (Sep 08-09)

As the legal landscape of the utility industry continues to change in the face of decarbonization, regulatory policy, budget pressures, and risk assessment, this biannual forum provides a unique and collaborative space for utility General Counsels to share new insights and opportunities through networking and roundtable discussions. Content for this program is member-driven and topics are chosen directly by participants in advance of each meeting to ensure the relevancy and timeliness of the agenda.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Greg Hesler, VP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Ethics/Compliance Officer, Avista Corp.

    • Program Location
    • Avista Corp.
    • 1411 E. Mission Ave. Spokane, WA 99252
    • Who Should Attend
    • Participation is restricted to senior leaders responsible for management of legal functions at WEI energy member companies. The small size of this program provides a unique environment for collaborative thinking, open discourse and long-term relationship building. 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: $499 USD
    Registration includes digital materials and access to all event sessions and meals listed on the agenda.

  • 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. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Amy Nye, Program Manager at (971) 303-2119.


Thursday, September 8, 2022

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Networking Dinner

Join us for a WEI hosted networking dinner in downtown Spokane, within walking distance from The Davenport Grand, Autograph Collection:

Mizuna Restaurant and Wine Bar
214 N. Howard Street
Spokane, WA 99201

Friday, September 9, 2022

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Welcome + Introductions

The Program Chair will welcome the group and kickoff roundtable introductions. Come prepared to share a recent success story and the biggest challenges you and your team are facing right now.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Industry Topic Roundtable

This time is designated for a focused discussion on a particular topic of interest. Topics are member-driven and will be determined by polling attendees prior to the meeting.

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Networking Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Industry Topic Roundtable

This time is designated for a focused discussion on a particular topic of interest. Topics are member-driven and will be determined by polling attendees prior to the meeting.

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Networking Break

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Open Roundtable Discussion

We'll close out the day with an open roundtable discussion on top-of-mind issues. Topics will be guided based on the current challenges shared during introductions.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Wrap Up + Future Planning

The meeting will conclude with a brief wrap-up as we set our sights on the Spring 2023 meeting.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please note, WEI does not have a group rate or discount arranged for The Davenport Grand, Autograph Collection. However, this hotel is recommended for meeting guests that need accommodations for the evening of September 8, 2022.

Onsite Safety + Health Info

It is WEI’s policy that anyone attending a WEI-hosted program be vaccinated for COVID-19. This policy does allow for a negative COVID-19 test to be submitted in lieu of vaccination if the attendee is unable to receive the vaccine and if permitted by local host cities or venues. This policy applies to all WEI staff, as well as attendees, guests, speakers, and exhibitors.

Fully vaccinated is defined by the United States or Canadian governments. WEI accepts the following as proof of vaccination: (1) a CDC or Provincial-issued vaccination card, (2) a photo of a CDC or Provincial-issued vaccination card (front and back); (3) a document of vaccination from a licensed healthcare provider; or (4) a digital vaccine record issued by the State or Province in which the attendee resides.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test means a printed document or image on a phone from a test provider, laboratory, or government agency-approved at-home test method that shows a negative result of a PCR or antigen COVID-19 test within 72 hours before first entry.

Attendees must show a picture or document with vaccine status or a negative test result upon arrival at the program. Attendees without the required proof will be denied entry. No refunds will be given if any attendee is denied entry due to vaccine and/or testing requirements.

Please refer to WEI’s Safety + Health Code of Conduct for other important considerations.

Meet The Speakers

Greg Hesler

Avista Corp.

VP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Ethics/Compliance Officer