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General Counsel – Virtual (Sep 30)

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

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided to the attendee 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 virtual access to all agenda items and digital 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 virtual program. Registrants can receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins.
  • 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.

Agenda

All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

7:45 AM - 8:00 AM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

The room will open early with optional time for participants to get familiar with the virtual platform, test their audio and webcam, or ask questions about the agenda before we begin.

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome + Introductions
Facilitator(s): Greg Hesler, VP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Ethics/Compliance Officer, Avista Corp.

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

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Break

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Electrification + Decarbonization Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Michael O'Connor, Associate GM and Chief Legal Executive, Salt River Project

This time is designated for a focused discussion on electrification + decarbonization.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Break

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Cybersecurity Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Greg Hesler, VP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Ethics/Compliance Officer, Avista Corp.

This time is designated for a focused discussion on cybersecurity. 

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Open Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator(s): Greg Hesler, VP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Ethics/Compliance Officer, Avista Corp.

We'll close out the day with an open roundtable discussion on top-of-mind issues. 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 future formats and agenda topics as we set our sights on the Spring 2022 forum.

Meet The Speakers

Greg Hesler

Avista Corp.

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

Michael O’Connor

Salt River Project

Associate GM and Chief Legal Executive