Apr

23-26

Operations Conference (Apr 23-26)

The WEI Operations Conference brings together over 600 electric and natural gas energy operations senior leaders, managers, supervisors and front-line employees for three days of education and networking, with breakout discussions for specific operations functions, including: (1) Damage Prevention, (2) Operational Leadership + Workforce Development, (3) Safety, (4) Asset Management, (5) Natural Gas Operational Excellence, (6) Natural Gas D+T Integrity Management, (7) Natural Gas D+T Emergency Response + Customer Field Services, (8) Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Management Systems, (9) Electric Transmission, (10) Electric Distribution, (11) Electric Substation, (12) Electrification / New Loads, and (13) Evolving Grid Operations. The breakout sessions are complemented by thought-provoking general sessions by industry leaders and professional keynote speakers. This conference is a must for any professional in the energy business. Limited vendor display booth registrations and sponsorship opportunities are available.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Jorg Stangl, Director, Distribution Engineering & Standards, BC Hydro

    • Program Location
    • JW Marriott parq Vancouver
    • 39 Smithe Street
      Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 0R3
    • Who Should Attend
    • Electric and Natural Gas Energy Operations:

      • Vice Presidents
      • Directors
      • Managers
      • Supervisors
      • Front line employees
      • Control professionals
      • Engineering professionals
      • Planning personnel
      • Substation professionals
      • Electric transmission professionals
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $799 USD
    Regular: $1,599 USD

    Registration prices increase $200 after March 29, 2019. Registration includes comprehensive conference materials, attendance at all receptions, general sessions, breakout sessions, and meals. Guest tickets are available for $99 (USD). A guest ticket is required for any guests attending a reception or other meals 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, and all program materials.

    For vendor registration options, please see the Vendor Displays tab.

  • 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 Eric Christenson, Senior Program Manager at (971) 303-2118.

Agenda

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Golf Scramble - Location and Price TBD

If you are interested in joining the 2019 Golf Scramble, please contact the program manager, Eric Christenson, at (971) 303-2118 or christenson@westernenergy.org for more information.

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Industry Tours - Gas Operations

If you are interested in joining the 2019 Golf Scramble, please contact the program manager, Eric Christenson, at (971) 303-2118 or christenson@westernenergy.org for more information.

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Industry Tours - Electric Operations

If you are interested in joining the 2019 Golf Scramble, please contact the program manager, Eric Christenson, at (971) 303-2118 or christenson@westernenergy.org for more information.

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

FortisBC Biogas Industry Tour

If you are interested in joining the 2019 Golf Scramble, please contact the program manager, Eric Christenson, at (971) 303-2118 or christenson@westernenergy.org for more information.

3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Registration Desk Open - Name Badge Pickup

For guests who wish to pick up their name badges prior to the Welcome Reception, we provide early registration check-in. After 4:45 name badges will be available at the Welcome Reception.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Program Development Team and First-Time Attendee Meetup

If this is your first time attending a WEI event show up early to meet the Program Development Teams that make this conference possible. We want you to get the most out of your experience at the Operations Conference!

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast + Registration

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Operations 2019 Official Welcome to Vancouver

8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

General Session Opening Keynote

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Break with Vendor Displays

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 1

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Wednesday Afternoon General Session

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Break with Vendor Displays

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 2

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Reception with Vendor Displays

Thursday, April 25, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

General Session Day 2 Keynote

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Break with Vendor Displays

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 3

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Concurrent Tracks - Breakout Session 4

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Break

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Afternoon General Session

Friday, April 26, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Day 3 General Session - Operations Emergency Response

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Closing and Conference Adjourns

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Wrap-up and 2020 Planning

Open to all Operations Conference participants who are interested in joining the leadership teams or just want to provide your feedback, you’re invited to participate in the wrap-up as we set the stage for 2020!

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $299 CAD/night. This rate is guaranteed until March 29, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Conference Registration + Vendor Display Member: $1,299 USD
Conference Registration + Premium Vendor Display Member: $1,899 USD
Conference Registration + Vendor Display Regular: $2,249 USD
+ Vendor Display Assistant for $599 USD
+ Guest Pass for $99 USD

Prices increase $200 for all registration options, except the Vendor Display Assistant + Guest Pass, March 29, 2019. Conference Registration + Vendor Display includes one main Vendor Display representative, one (1) skirted Vendor Display Table for Wednesday and Thursday display events, plus comprehensive conference materials, attendance at all receptions, general sessions, breakout sessions, and meals.

The Conference Registration + Premium Vendor Display option includes one Vendor Display representative, two premium skirted Vendor Display Tables in one of four corners of the exhibit hall (see vendor display map) for Wednesday and Thursday display events. This ticket also includes comprehensive conference materials, attendance at all receptions, general sessions, breakout sessions, and meals.

A Vendor Display Assistant registration is added to a vendor display registration and includes all meals on Wednesday and Thursday, April 25 and 26. The Vendor Display Assistant pass does not provide access to the opening session, nor any General Sessions nor breakout sessions. Participation in any of these events require a full conference registration.

The Guest ticket can be added to a conference registration and allows 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, and all program materials.

Shipping Information
Special shipping instructions will be sent directly to you in advance of the conference. WEI is using a shipping broker to help facilitate the process since the location is in Canada.

Vendor Display Schedule
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Set-up available

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Check-in and set-up
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Break with Vendor Displays
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Lunch with Vendor Displays
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Break with Vendor Displays
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Reception with Vendor Displays

Thursday, April 25, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Breakfast with Vendor Displays
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Break with Vendor Displays
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch with Vendor Displays
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Break with Vendor Displays
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Tear Down

Vendor Display Map

Program Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
ABDD-01Booz-01Bridge-01Burns + McDonnell-01Copperleaf-01HDR-01Henkels + McCoy-01Honeywell-01Itron-01-01KPMG-01Landis+Gyr-01Potelco-01Rokstad-01-01SAP-01Sheffield-01Siemens-01

Gold Sponsors
ActiveTelesource-01Acros-01Asplundh-01 Barnard-01Black + Veatch-01Esource-01Energy Care-01HGCA-01IBM-01 Nexant-01PrintSEL-01-01     snelson_300dpiTDW-03-01The HDD Company-01vertexone logo w-tagline NEWWilson Construction-01