General Counsel – Virtual (Sep 25)

This forum provides a unique, collaborative space for engaged dialogue between energy company General Counsels. Content includes 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.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Ken Duke, General Counsel, BC Hydro

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided before the program.
    • 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: $199 USD

    Registration includes digital access to all General Counsel agenda items and program materials.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • To best serve WEI members and program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, WEI will be waiving its standard cancellation policy for this program and all virtual programs through July 2021. Registrants can now receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins. This applies to both new and existing registrations for virtual programs.
  • 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 (503) 688-2794.


All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Friday, September 25, 2020

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Virtual Registration + Help Desk

The meeting room will open early for participants to log-in and get familiar with the various features of the virtual platform. The welcome will start promptly at 8:00 AM.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome + Introductions
Facilitator(s): Ken Duke, General Counsel, BC Hydro

Get to know your peers through our roundtable introductions. Come prepared to share a top-of-mind item that you and your team are facing right now.

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM


9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

COVID-19 Roundtable Discussion

This time is designated for a roundtable discussion on COVID-19 including remote working, returning to the office, and long-term financial impacts.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Guest Speaker on Diversity + Inclusion
Speaker(s): Lesley MacDonald, Project Manager, People Development, Inclusion & Diversity, BC Hydro

Join us for an interactive discussion with BC Hydro’s Diversity & Inclusion Manager on the implementation of BC Hydro’s two year roadmap to accelerate their Equity, Diversity and Inclusion program.

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM


11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Open Roundtable Discussion

This time is designated for open roundtable discussion. Topics will be guided based on pre-polling and refined by the current issues shared during introductions.

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

Wrap Up + Future Planning

Share your thoughts on the forum and help to generate topics for future agendas.

Meet The Speakers

Ken Duke

BC Hydro

General Counsel

Lesley MacDonald

BC Hydro

Project Manager, People Development, Inclusion & Diversity