Operations Business Strategies – Electric (Oct 05-06)

Designed for electric utility executives, participants engage in best practice roundtables to address electric distribution system and substation reliability and safety. Members share benchmarking and performance study results spanning safety, workforce management, infrastructure improvements and overall performance excellence. The small size of this program provides a unique environment for collaborative thinking, open discourse and building long-term relationships.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • David Howell, Director of Electrical Operations, Avista Corp.

    • Program Location
    • Hotel Park City Autograph Collection
    • 2001 Park Avenue Park City, Utah 84068
    • Who Should Attend
    • Participation is restricted to senior leaders of WEI energy member companies. This strategic forum is designed for vice presidents, directors of electric operations and general managers responsible for maintaining system reliability. 

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $749 USD

    Registration price increases $100 after September 6, 2022. Registration includes digital materials and access to all event sessions and meals listed on the agenda. Guest tickets are available for $150 and allow for 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.

  • 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 Jessica Grant, Program Manager at (971) 930-2032.


Wednesday, October 5, 2022

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome: Registration + Networking

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Successes, Current Challenges + Opportunities: Roundtable Discussion
Speaker(s): David Howell, Operations Director, Avista Corp.

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Safety Spotlight
Speaker(s): Chad Gish, Director Operations West, FortisAlberta Inc.

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Successes, Current Challenges + Opportunities: Roundtable Discussion
Speaker(s): David Howell, Operations Director, Avista Corp.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted Networking Dinner

Thursday, October 6, 2022

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Hosted Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Safety Spotlight

8:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Electrification Initiatives + Building Capacity

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Safety Spotlight

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Inflation + Recession Impacts
Speaker(s): Erin Potter, Manager, Operations Inventory SW & Logistics Support, SaskPower, Mitchell Wagner, Senior Distribution Engineering Technician, Central Lincoln PUD, Ryan Shin, PSEP Manager, Southern California Gas Company, Sarah Allen, Manger Customer Interactions, NorthWestern Energy, Lance Hughes, Safety Program Manager, Eugene Water & Electric Board

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Hosted Networking Lunch

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Safety Spotlight

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Recruitment, Retention + Succession Planning

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Roundtable Discussion: Items from Day 1

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Brainstorm Topics for Spring Meeting

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Hosted Reception

Join us for a hosted reception, followed by dinner on your own.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (435) 940-5000 Opt. 1 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $269 USD/night. Please note that a mandatory $20 + tax per night resort fee also applies. This rate is guaranteed until September 5, 2022 or until the WEI room block is full.

Onsite Safety + Health Info

Effective August 18, 2022, proof of vaccination status or results of a negative COVID-19 test will not be required for admittance into most WEI-hosted programs.

WEI continues to monitor all federal level CDC, Canadian government and public health agency recommendations, as well as local ordinances, as a policy baseline for in-person programs. We encourage all attendees to review the current guidelines related to isolation and precautions prior to traveling to a WEI event, as well as guidance for traveling to and from Canada, which may differ from guidance for traveling to or from the United States.

Some WEI-hosted programs may require proof of vaccination status, if essential for participation, in which case WEI will communicate this requirement in advance of the program start date.

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

Meet The Speakers

Erin Potter


Manager, Operations Inventory SW & Logistics Support

Mitchell Wagner

Central Lincoln PUD

Senior Distribution Engineering Technician

Ryan Shin

Southern California Gas Company

PSEP Manager

Sarah Allen

NorthWestern Energy

Manger Customer Interactions

Lance Hughes

Eugene Water & Electric Board

Safety Program Manager

David Howell

Avista Corp.

Operations Director

Chad Gish

FortisAlberta Inc.

Director Operations West