Operations Business Strategies – Electric – Virtual (Mar 30-31)

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)
  • Tina Yanitski, Director, Distribution, EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

    • 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 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: $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 Jessica Grant, Program Manager at (971) 255-4970.


All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

8:15 AM - 8:30 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.

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome + Introductions

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM

Safety Spotlight: Electrical Contact Incident
Speaker(s): Lanny Sawchuck, Director, Line Field Operations, BC Hydro

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Roundtable Discussion: Successes, Challenges + Opportunities
Facilitator(s): Tina Yanitski, Director, Distribution, Electricity Operations, EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Safety Spotlight

9:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Roundtable Discussion: Open Issues

Continuing the conversation from Day 1, we will take this opportunity to discuss any open issues not yet covered, such as climate change challenges, joint use strategies, customer experience improvements, and field to leadership.

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Safety Spotlight

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Wrap Up + Planning for Fall

Meet The Speakers

Tina Yanitski

EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

Director, Distribution, Electricity Operations

Lanny Sawchuck

BC Hydro

Director, Line Field Operations