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Operations Conference (Mar 29-Apr 01)

This program unites over 500 electric and natural gas energy operations managers, supervisors and front line employees for three days of education and networking across fifteen different tracks: Operational Leadership; Environmental; Safety; Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Management Systems; Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Integrity Management; Natural Gas Operational Excellence; Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Emergency Response; Natural Gas Customer Field Services; Electric Asset Management; Electric Grid Modernization; Electric Substation; Electric Transmission; Electric Distribution Operations; Electric Distribution Planning, Design, and Construction; and Operations - Customer-Focused Opportunities. Engaging workshops and breakout sessions are complemented by thought-provoking general sessions that get the team talking. This conference is a must for any upper-level manager, and many choose to bring their direct reports for team and skill-building. Vendors encouraged to display.

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General Details

Program Chair
Matthew Helmers, Manager, Operations Planning & Analysis, Southwest Gas Corporation

Program Vice Chair
Leanne Swanson, Principal Manager, Southern California Edison

Program Location
Hyatt Regency La Jolla
3777 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, CA 92122

For more information contact Diana Zoren at 971.255.4965.

Who Should Attend
Electric and Natural Gas Energy Operations:
• Directors
• Managers
• Supervisors
• Front line employees
• Control professionals
• Engineering professionals
• Planning personnel
• Substation professionals
• Electric transmission professionals

View the Operations Conference postcard.

Registration Options
Conference Registration Member: $759 (speakers and delegates)
Conference Registration Regular: $1,519
Conference Registration + Vendor Display Member: $1,259
Conference Registration + Vendor Display Regular: $2,209
Member Vendor Only: $699
Regular Vendor Only: $1,399
+ Booth Assistant for $399
+ Guest Pass for $135

Prices increase $100 for all registration options, except the Guest Pass, after March 14, 2016. Conference registration includes comprehensive meeting materials, all sessions and all food events.

Vendor Only registration includes registrant as the main vendor display representative, a skirted table in the display area on Wednesday and Thursday during all display events. Conference attendance is not included. If you would like to attend the entire Conference, choose the combined Conference Registration + Vendor Display option.

A Booth Assistant registration is added to a vendor display registration and includes Wednesday and Thursday display events.

A Guest Pass added to a conference registration allows a delegate to bring a guest to the welcome reception, Wednesday reception with vendors. No other events are included with a guest registration.

Receive a $200 discount on your Operations Conference registration by first registering for Emergency Response + Assistance Practices.

Agenda

Tuesday, March 29

6:45 AM – 4:00 PM
Optional Networking

3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Registration

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
New Attendee Meetup
If this is your first time attending a WEI event show up early to meet experienced WEI veterans and fellow first timers. Welcome to Ops!

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception
Sponsored by:
Burns + McDonnell-01

Wednesday, March 30

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast
Breakfast sponsored by:
Lyall-01
8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
Welcome
Speaker: Caroline Winn, Chief Energy Delivery Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

8:15 AM – 9:30 AM
GET IT ON! What it Means to Lead the Way

Speake:Keni Thomas, Ranger in Black Hawk Down Mission
The Ranger motto is Rangers Lead the Way. Leadership is the core of every skill developed as a Ranger. But, leadership is not a position but rather an example set by every Ranger. Whether approaching the beaches of Normandy or the mountain ranges of Afghanistan, the world is made better when leadership is owned by each member of the team.

Keni Thomas’ stories of Task Force Ranger are extraordinary examples of leadership. And, the stories are not about Generals, Colonels or Captains. For example, Private David Floyd was in charge of one person that day – himself. But his leadership and example saved lives.

In the pace of life, it is easy to lose perspective on our value to others. Make no mistake: Your presence is crucial! The individuals to the left and right are directly affected by the result of your actions. Each team is a puzzle with invaluable pieces.

When you raise your hand or assume a task, you have put on the “uniform”. Duty follows that responsibility. Good is never enough because better is expected.

Keni Thomas helps attendees see themselves in the light of extraordinary. It is a choice made by many each day to impact those around them.

It is the ultimate definition of LEADING THE WAY…

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Break with Vendors

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Track Breakout Sessions
Asset Management – Know Today, Change Tomorrow: How Understanding Today’s Data Will Shape Asset Management Strategies Tomorrow
Electric Operational Excellence – Great Expectations: Current and Future Practices of Planned Outage Notification
Electric Substation – Energy Storage in Substations
Electric Transmission Design, Construction + Maintenance – Underground and Underwater Transmission
NG Distribution Emergency Response + Field Services – Standardizing Meter Set Design
NG Distribution Operational Excellence – Role of Tablets in the Field
NG Transmission – Inline Inspection Technologies for Unique Applications
Operational Leadership – The Power of Experience – Succession Planning and Leadership Development
Operational Risk Environmental – Climate Change: The Future is Now for Utilities
Our Customer’s New Grid – Great Expectations, Managing Customer Reliability and Communications
Pipeline Safety + Integrity Management – Inline Inspection Technologies for Unique Applications
Safety – Employee Engagement – Safety Through Employee-Led Projects

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Lunch with Vendors
Lunch sponsored by:
Intren-01
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
The Neuroscience of Employee Safety: Shifting Mindset & Performance in the Workplace

Speaker: Dr. Matt Mannino, Performance Coach
“The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear – fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety.” – H. L. Mencken

There appears to be some debate whether safety truly is first in the workplace. It may come in fourth behind lawsuits, workers’ comp rates and profit. Regardless of your company’s perspective on it, the undeniable truth is that safety IS first for your nervous system.

Safety is the operating system of the human nervous system. Above all else, its main priority is to maintain homeostasis and equilibrium both internally and externally. Knowing this, it stands to reason that change is its greatest nemesis. The bottom line in any business is to increase, well, the bottom line. And in order to do this in a structured, orderly environment , employees must be able to perceive what’s new, different and unfamiliar as “safe”.

In this insightful keynote, Dr. Matt Mannino will discuss the keys to creating internal psychological safety that will allow for external growth, expansion and better workplace production. Get ready to break the habit of being safe by being the same!

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Break with Vendors

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Track Breakout Sessions
Asset Management – The Aging Infrastructure Dilemma: Comparing Notes
Electric Operational Excellence – Cutting Edge Customer Communication Technologies – Eliminating the “Where’s Waldo” effect on customer projects
Electric Substation – New Role of Substations
Electric Transmission Design, Construction + Maintenance – Unmanned Aerial Systems – Drones for Transmission Construction and Maintenance
NG Distribution Emergency Response + Field Services – Mock Emergency Training: Practice Makes Perfect
NG Distribution Operational Excellence – Pipeline and Component Tracking and Traceability: Implications for GIS and Barcoding
NG Transmission – Ultrasonic Metering Technologies
Operational Leadership – Leading Today’s Multi-Generational Workforce
Operational Risk Environmental – Bird-Related Operational Constraints, Reliability Issues, and Potential Solutions
Our Customer’s New Grid – Where’s the EASY Button? How Do We Operate Distributed Energy Resources?
Pipeline Safety + Integrity Management – Managing the Risk of Interactive Threats
Safety – Effective Safety Coaching – Are you a Cop or a Buddy?

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Reception with Vendors.
Sponsored by:
Henkels + McCoy-01
Dinner on your own.

Thursday, March 31

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast with Vendors

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Going Green as a Leader

Speaker: Jones Loflin, Helping Others Prepare for Excellence Inc.
Take a survey of the leaders in your organization about topics they would rather NOT talk about, and one of them will be change. They genuinely want to improve professionally and get better results for their organization, but it just seems overwhelming. Leaders are already working at capacity with their time and energy. A fresh approach is needed for leaders in the 21st century to achieve greater success. Jones Loflin says that new approach is built on four words: Grow, Cultivate, Prune, and Harvest.

In this innovative and engaging presentation built on timeless principles, Jones equips leaders to identify where change is needed in their professional or personal endeavors, take productive action, and realize improved outcomes. The model is immediately applicable to individuals at all levels of the organization. It’s time to get “growing” and harvest something better for you and your organization.

Key objectives of the presentation include:
• Learning to utilize a “gardeners” mentality toward change
• Using 3 simple questions to initiate a change
• Discovering the 4 key elements required to start the growth of any change
• Identifying the “3Ps” that must be addressed by leaders to help any change move forward on a daily basis
• Determining where resources can be reallocated to nurture the continued growth of a change
• Leveraging the motivation that comes from small wins in the change process

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Break with Vendors

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Track Breakout Sessions
Asset Management – Risk-Based Equipment Prioritization
Electric Operational Excellence – Distributed Energy Resources – an Evolving Distribution System
Electric Substation – Substations Physical Security
Electric Transmission Design, Construction + Maintenance – Grid of the Future – Connecting Renewables
NG Distribution Emergency Response + Field Services – Securing Safety in Emergency Evacuations
NG Distribution Operational Excellence – Legacy Pipe
NG Transmission – Mainline Valve Automation
Operational Leadership – Leading During a Crisis in Today’s Changing Utility Environment
Operational Risk Environmental – Cultural Artifacts + Operational Challenges
Our Customer’s New Grid – Creating the Plan: Where Should, or Can, Distributed Resources be Placed?
Pipeline Safety + Integrity Management – Pipeline Safety Legislation and Regulatory Update
Safety – Measuring Safety Performance, Focusing on the Future

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch with Vendors
Sponsored by:
Copperleaf-01
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Track Breakout Sessions
Asset Management – Bridging the Gap: Asset Management from the Business (and Customer’s!) Perspective
Electric Operational Excellence – Doing it Right the First Time: Successful QC/QA of Contractors in a Utility Setting
Electric Substation – Rapid Fire: Substations Best Practices
Electric Transmission Design, Construction + Maintenance – Competitive Bidding for Transmission – Is the Monopoly Gone?
NG Distribution Emergency Response + Field Services – Incident Command and Resource Management
NG Distribution Operational Excellence – Construction Resource Strategies
NG Transmission – Plymouth LNG Case Study
Operational Leadership – Identify, Influence, Empower – The Expectations of a Field Leader
Operational Risk Environmental – Spatial Data Tools and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones)
Our Customer’s New Grid – Microgrids: The Next Big Thing?
Pipeline Safety + Integrity Management – Mitigation of AC Interference on Pipelines
Safety – Early Injury Intervention

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Networking Break

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
IGNITE BRILLIANCE in Your Creativity + Innovation
Speaker: AmyK, Business Strategist, AmyK International, Inc.
It’s time to THINK DIFFERENTLY! After several years of cloudy skies, executives are actively shifting from survival mode and risk aversion to seeking off-the-chart growth and game-changing behavior. In this highly interactive and engaging address, AmyK will share how to develop an innovative strategy for your teams that involves visionary leadership and bold ideas that make a lasting impact. Does your company have the right skills to take on tomorrow? Do your people possess the behaviors necessary to create a culture that fosters innovation and generates long-term growth? What’s the secret to getting your next great idea? AmyK shares how to generate more creative ideas and how to take these ideas to market…fast!

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Beach Party and Visit Downtown La Jolla
Sponsored by:
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What’s a trip to La Jolla without hitting the beach? Join us at Ellen Brown Scripps Park for one of the best views of the Pacific Ocean. Bundle up for a walk down to La Jolla Cove or enjoy the scenic walkway along the bluffs. We’ll have s’mores and drinks in the park so you can relax and watch the sunset. A shuttle will make a loop from the hotel to the beach beginning at 5:30 pm. At 7:30 pm it will add a downtown La Jolla stop to the loop, ending at 10 pm.

Friday, April 1

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Executive Panel – Communicating with Our Customers During Major Events
Panelists: John Sowers, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Andrew Wappler, Puget Sound Energy
Andre Van Dijk, ENMAX Corporation
Come listen to a dynamic panel of utility Executives up on the main stage as they address this communicating with our customers prior, during and after an event.  Learn the challenges and opportunities they face with the changing landscape in the energy industry and take the opportunity to submit questions in advance as well as interact by asking your own questions.

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM
Conference Wrap Up (open to all attendees)

10:00 AM
Program Adjourns

Networking

Riverwalk Golf Event
6:45 AM – 2:00 PM
Here is your chance to network with your peers while enjoying a fun round of golf. The Riverwalk Golf Course boasts mature stands of palm, oak and eucalyptus trees frame undulating fairways and manicured greens, with numerous wetland areas, nearly 100 bunkers and an array of picturesque water features – including four lakes and the San Diego River – creating both strategic diversity and a visually stunning backdrop for a round of San Diego golf. The Riverwalk Golf Course will challenge you while providing a relaxing, beautiful San Diego day of golf.

This year we are offering an eighteen-hole scramble for your networking pleasure. The networking fee includes: greens fee, cart, range balls, water on the cart, box lunch and transportation to and from the course.

Rental clubs are available at $45 by calling 760.471.6023. Please indicate you will be golfing at the WEI event for this discounted rate.

Registration Fee: $155 per person
Refund Policy: No refunds after February 28, 2016.

La Jolla Segway Tour
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Come take a unique Segway Tour that showcases La Jolla, a northern suburb of San Diego. While you sail through the steep and wondrous hills right by the picturesque Pacific Ocean, you will learn how this beautiful area has become one of San Diego’s most popular tourist destinations. You will gain knowledge of the beautiful architecture, the popular downtown shopping district of La Jolla Prospect, where Dr. Seuss gained inspiration for his books, and the historic and current beauty of La Jolla Shores. Additionally, you will learn interesting facts regarding natural California sea creatures, such as what wildlife lies right on and off of our shores, see first-hand the difference between a seal and a sea lion, and learn the history of the Children’s Pool, as you roll right up to the edge of the ocean and experience it for yourself.

The tour will be approximately 2 hours. Transportation from and back to the hotel, water and a snack will be included.

Registration Fee: $115 per person
Refund Policy: No refunds after February 28, 2016.

Torrey Pine State Park Hiking Tour
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Spend the afternoon on the trails of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve with its natural beauty and peace in the midst of metropolitan San Diego. Explore this haven from the mesa top through groves of rare Torrey pine trees, wildflowers, and rugged sandstone cliffs down to the unspoiled beach. Discover how we need to protect and preserve this biogeographical island.

This two hour hiking tour will be guided by the Torrey Pines Docent Society. Wear comfortable shoes, bring your camera and sunscreen. No food or drink will be allowed on hike. Transportation from and back to the hotel, and water will be included.

Registration Fee: $45 per person
Refund Policy: No refunds after February 28, 2016.

Hotel + Travel

Hyatt Regency La Jolla
3777 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, CA 92122
Phone: 800.233.1234

Reservation Instructions
Click here to make your room reservations or to update an existing reservation. Alternatively, you can call the hotel directly at 858.552.1234. Mention you are with the WEI Operations Conference to receive a special rate of $189 single/double plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed to March 14, 2016 or until the WEI room block is full.

The abundant riches of San Diego’s “Golden Triangle” await you at Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. Nestled in a luxurious seaside suburb known as the “Jewel of the Pacific,” our distinguished La Jolla hotel accommodations are mere minutes from world-class corporations, shopping, dining, and attractions. Situated on 11 acres, this elegant choice of La Jolla California hotels boasts 419 recently remodeled guest rooms, spacious VIP suites, wireless high-speed Internet, and 32,000 square feet of flexible function space. Join the legions of privileged business and leisure travelers who have selected our luxury hotel in La Jolla, California.

Travel Information
Driving directions From San Diego Int’l Airport (10 miles):
Turn left on Harbor Drive, then left again on Laurel.
Follow signs to I-5 North.
Exit at La Jolla Village Drive and turn right.
Turn right again at Lebon.
Turn right on University Center Lane.

Additional Hotel Information
San Diego Marriott La Jolla

4240 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
800.228.9290

Reservation Instructions
Call 800.228.9290 to make your room reservation. Mention you are with the WEI Operations Conference to receive a special rate of $195 single/double plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed to March 14, 2016 or until the WEI room block is full.

Vendor Displays

Vendor display opportunities are sold out for 2016.  To join the waitlist, please contact Kevin Sullivan at sullivan@westernenergy.org.

Vendor Display Schedule

Wednesday, March 30
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Check-in + 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, March 31
7:30 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
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Tear Down

Table selection will be available by order of registration.

Display Details
Each display will have one 6’x30” skirted table and one chair. Due to space constraints we will not be able to accommodate display materials larger than 7.5 feet in total width. Download and submit this form to order any desired A/V or power support directly from the hotel.

Registration Options
Conference Registration + Vendor Display Member: $1,259
Conference Registration + Vendor Display Regular: $2,209
Member Vendor Only: $699
Regular Vendor Only: $1,399
+ Booth Assistant for $399

Prices increase $100 for all registration options after March 14, 2016. Conference registration includes comprehensive meeting materials, all sessions and all food events.

Vendor Only registration includes registrant as the main vendor display representative, a skirted table in the display area on Wednesday and Thursday during all display events. Conference attendance is not included. If you would like to attend the entire Conference, choose the combined Conference Registration + Vendor Display option.

A Booth Assistant registration is added to a vendor display registration and includes Wednesday and Thursday display events.

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Shipping Details
Shipped materials will not be accepted by the hotel prior to Friday, March 25, 2016. The front desk will have access to package tracking if you would like to confirm that your package has been received prior to the event. There will be a handling fee of $5 per box, $75 per pallet or oversized case to be paid to the hotel upon box pickup.

Please address all boxes with the following:
Exhibitor On Site Contact Name
Exhibitor Company Name
WEI Operations Conference
March 29, 2016 – April 1, 2016
Co/Hotel EPM: Meredith Van der Walt

Hyatt Regency La Jolla
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92122
Phone: 858.552.1234
Box 1 of ____

Box pickup will be available Wednesday, March 30, 6:45 AM – 9:00 AM in the Palmero room, located on the ground floor. Hotel will provide carts if needed, and vendor is responsible for moving materials to Vicino Ballroom. For outgoing shipment, packed and sealed boxes can be left in Vicino at 2 pm on Thursday with prepaid label for FedEx or UPS pickup.

For more information contact Anna Sanger Reed at 503.688.2795.

Program Sponsors

Platinum Members:

Accenture-01Booz-01Burns + McDonnell-01Copperleaf-01EY-01Henkels + McCoy-01Itron-01-01KPMG-01KS Energy Services-01Landis+Gyr-01Mosaic-01-01NPL-01Opower-01Par Electric-01Picarro-01Potelco-01PWC-01Rokstad-01SAP-01Sheffield-01Siemens-01TDW-01Tendril-01

Gold Members:

Asplundh-01Barnard-01Black + Veatch-01Denali Group-01Davies Logo-01-01Elster-01HDR-01Intren-01Leidos-01Lyall-01Mears-01Michels-01SEL-01-01snelson_300dpiThe HDD Company-01Trimble-01Underground Construction-01Vertical Bridge-01

Meet The Speakers

Andrew Krawczel

San Diego Gas and Electric

Aviation Services Manager
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Andrew Krawczel joined SDG&E in October 2015 and has been overseeing the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) program since January 2016 when it transitioned from research and development to operations. In this role, Andrew is responsible for the daily operations of the UAS program and continuing to develop new work methods for its application in the utility industry. Prior to SDG&E, Andrew served as a pilot in the United States Marine Corps flying CH-46 Sea Knights and V-22 Ospreys. During his squadron’s transition from CH-46s to V-22s, Andrew was selected to serve as the squadron Aviation Safety Officer. In this role, he established new policies and procedures to ensure safe flight operations in the new aircraft. During his first deployment, Andrew supported humanitarian and disaster relief operations in Pakistan following the 2010 flooding of the Indus and Swat rivers. He deployed again in 2013 as an operations officer and forward air controller with First Battalion Fourth Marines. During this tour, Andrew had the opportunity to work UASs organic to the infantry battalion, as well as, strategic assets providing overhead surveillance. Andrew continues to serve as a pilot in the Marine Corps Reserve with a V-22 squadron based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Construction Management from Virginia Tech and will graduate this May with an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Craig Barker

Southwest Gas Corporation

Southern Nevada Division Based Trainer
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Craig Barker has worked in the Natural Gas industry for 18 years. 13 years with Southwest Gas, and 5 years previous with Northern Pipeline. Craig has worked in multiple departments during his tenure, including Customer Service, Construction, Cathodic Protection, and currently, Gas Operations Support Staff, where he holds the position of Specialist. In this position, Craig is Liaison between Gas Operations Support Staff and all of the company’s Operations Departments, as well as being the Liaison between Southwest Gas and all of the Contract Companies. Responsibilities also include the training and tracking of all Operator Qualifications as well as Pipe Joining Qualifications for both Southwest Gas employees, and Contract personnel on an annual and 5 year basis. Craig is a certified Corrosion Technician through the National Organization of Corrosion Engineers (NACE).

Marlene Murphy-Roach

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Senior Manager
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Marlene Murphy-Roach is Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Fresno Division Senior Manager. She moved with her family to join the company in 2013 after nearly 15 years working in the utility industry with Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) in Jacksonville, Florida.

During her time at JEA, Murphy-Roach was the vice president of Customer Relations, where she implemented improved critical processes in metering, billing, customer contacts and client support teams. Her time in the customer service and utility industry has provided her strong expertise in leading change management and building a unified performance-based service culture. In addition to her career in customer relations with JEA, Murphy-Roach also worked for AT&T Universal Card Services and SafeCard Services driving business development and management.

She serves on the Board of Boys and Girls Clus of Fresno County and is a member of Leadership Fresno Class XXXII. She received a degree in Management Studies from University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica. She is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

Laura Burkholder

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Senior Wildlife Biologist
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Senior Wildlife Biologist with PG&E, specialize in Avian Nesting Management. Experience includes avian nesting and mitigation for various organizations including PG&E, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Lawrence Livermore National Lab and the timber industry.

Tyson Read

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Wildlife Biologist
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Tyson is leading the development of the EarlyBird database and mobile app, an enterprise tool for managing, analyzing, and communicating nesting bird data. He has completed degrees at UC Berkeley and UBC.

Robert Fletcher

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Team Lead- Natural and Cultural Resources, Environmental Programs
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Rob Fletcher has over a decade of experience in natural resource research and management, including fisheries management research,
biological consulting experience and natural resources management at SDG&E for the last 5 years.

James K. Sheppard, PhD.

San Diego Zoo Global

Senior Researcher
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Dr. Sheppard is a wildlife biologist and spatial ecologist with a broad background in applied ecology, landscape ecology, geospatial modeling and GIScience. He has extensive experience with conservation research of diverse international taxa and habitats.

Kip Morison

BC Hydro

CIO
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Kip Morison has over 30 years of experience in the electric utility business and is currently the Chief Information Officer for BC Hydro in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to his current role, Kip was Chief Technology Officer since joining BC Hydro in 2010. Kip’s industry experience includes roles as Manager of Long Term Planning and R&D at the British Columbia Transmission Corporation, Director of Power System Technologies at Powertech Labs, and Senior Engineer at Ontario Hydro. Kip holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a registered professional engineer and an IEEE Fellow.

Gordon Ashby

Bonneville Power Administration

Resource Economic Planner
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Gordon Ashby, Resource Economic Planner at the Bonneville Power Administration, has been involved in Hydro Asset Management for three years. In his time at BPA, Gordon has been involved in Long Term Asset Planning, developed models to value the cost of unit outages, written the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS)’s 2018 Hydro Asset Strategy and performed economic analyses for the Capital Investment program. As a member of the recently established Three Agency Asset Planning Team, Gordon will be supporting the advancement of Portfolio Optimization in the FCRPS. He received a BS in Economics from the University of Oregon and MS in Finance from the University of Portland.

Thomas Cardin

Southwest Gas Company

Director of Gas Operations
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Thomas Cardin is employed by Southwest Gas Corporation in Las Vegas, Nevada as the Director of Gas Operations. He has 20 years of experience in natural gas design, construction, compliance and regulatory matters. He is responsible for the Division operations and maintenance departments, which include construction, engineering, compliance and technical services, with approximately 180 employees and an annual budget of $150 million. Southern Nevada serves approximately 645,000 customers. Thomas holds a BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and an MBA from Colorado State University.

Thomas Verkaik

Southern California Edison

Troubleman
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Tom has been a Troubleman with SCE for over 20 years. His job consists of responding to emergencies on the distribution system, planned & emergency switching, and handling trouble. He was a member of the SCE generation interconnection standards team as well as conducting training modules to other Troubleman, program writers, and substation operators on the effects of generation on the distribution system and how SCE deals with it.

Bruce Barney

Portland General Electric

Manager
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As Project Manager for Portland General Electric Customer Energy Resources Group, Bruce manages dispatchable generation projects and the net metering program, which allows customers to interconnect their electricity generation (e.g., solar, wind) to PGE’s grid to offset their own energy use. Previously, Bruce worked in construction management and design-build contracting. He holds degrees in Biology and Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Electrical Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Oregon, and has a 3 kW solar electric system on his home.

Daniel V. McCullough

San Diego Gas & Electric Co.

Principle Engineer, Substation Engineering & Design
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Dan McCullough is Principal Engineer in Substation Engineering at San Diego Gas & Electric Company. He has extensive experience in reactive power support equipment for large transmission systems including synchronous condensers, capacitor and reactor banks, and Static VAr Compensators (SVC’s). He has been involved with development of substation plans and designs, cost estimates, equipment specifications, and engineering studies. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science from San Diego State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.

Scott Anderson

Salt River Project

Manager, T&D Asset Optimization
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Scott Anderson is the Manager of T&D Asset Optimization at Salt River Project. The department is responsible for working with internal and external stakeholders to optimize the value of physical assets across the entire life cycle through a systematic balance of risk, cost and reliability.

Prior to leading the Asset Optimization department he managed Apparatus Engineering at SRP which specifies, procures, awards, and commissions all substation equipment, including the oversight of a quality management program. Before joining SRP in 2002, Scott worked for Motorola where he was responsible for electrical and control systems at semiconductor manufacturing facilities.

Scott received a B.S. degree in both Electrical Engineering and Industrial Engineering from North Dakota State University. He is a Professional Engineer in Arizona and an active member of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies Power Apparatus Committee.

David Dolezilek

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

International Technical Director
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David Dolezilek received his BSEE from Montana State University and is the international technical director at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. He has experience in electric power protection, integration, automation, communication, control, SCADA

Von Studer

Williams Northwest Pipeline

Operations Manager
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Von is the Operations Manager for Williams Northwest Pipelines peak shaving LNG facility in southeast Washington State. The facility liquefies and stores LNG for various Pacific Northwest LDC’s. Von has held various field positions over 33 years within Williams including gas processing and gathering, mainline compression and Operations Technician, greenfield compressor station Chief Inspector, Supervisor of District Operations and Continuous Improvement coach for Performance Management.

Eric Hixson

Williams Northwest Pipeline

Principal Engineer
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Eric Hixson is a Principal Engineer and has been with the Williams Companies since 2011. He provides technical process engineering support for Williams’ gas processing facilities, compressor stations and LNG facilities. He has a BS in chemical engineering from Iowa State and a MS in environmental engineering from Oklahoma State.

Jason Schnell

ATCO Gas

Manager, Contract Construction
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Mr. Jason Schnell is Manager of Contract Construction at ATCO Gas located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Jason is a professional engineer and graduated from the University of Regina in 2001 with a degree in Industrial Systems Engineering. He has 15 years of experience working for a gas distribution company, where he has spent time in a variety of roles in engineering, operations and construction. In his current role, Jason is responsible for the oversight of contracted capital construction activity in the Calgary Region. The work that is completed by these contractors consists of the installation of new gas mains and services, as well as the replacement and relocation of existing gas distribution infrastructure. Much of Jason’s work focuses on managing and allocating construction resources in his area so that sufficient capacity is available to meet externally driven customer demand and internally driven program targets.

Kcammee Vreman

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Director of Project Governance and Controls
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Kcammee Vreman is the Director of the Project Governance and Controls Department, Gas Operations at Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). Her department provides project management support for the $800 million annual project portfolio to build the next-generation gas transmission system. She is responsible for program management governance and project controls supporting the infrastructure upgrades for PG&E’s ~6,750 mile network of gas transmission pipelines. Kcammee joined PG&E in 2000 as a Project Manager in their New Revenue Development Organization (which develops PG&E’s non-tariff products) and has served in several positions in New Revenue Development prior to her current position.
Additionally, she promotes diversity and inclusion at PG&E by supporting the Women’s Network Employee Resource Group. Kcammee is also passionate about employee development and mentoring and has actively promoted and participated in the company mentoring program since 2010.
Her accomplishments include serving as the Program Manager in 2013/2014 for a matrixed team of 18 – 25 project managers and supervisors responsible for the Hydrostatic Testing and Dig Programs and an annual budget of $200M including expense and capital portfolios. Under her focused leadership, her team completed 335 miles of hydrostatic testing and executed the portfolio both on time and within budget.

Shaun Heberlein

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Construction Management Supervisor
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Shaun is the Construction Management Supervisor for Gas Distribution. Shaun leads a team that provides oversight for a portfolio of 75 miles of main replacement work performed by contracted resources. His team is responsible for contracting strategy, contract management, field oversight and construction management. Shaun began his career at PG&E in 2005 in General Construction for Gas Distribution and has held several positions since then including Field Engineer and Supervisor for East Bay Field Engineers with all 11 years of his experience in the General Construction organization. In his current role, Shaun has played a key role in centralizing gas distribution contracting, developing gas distribution strategy, piloting initial unit price contracts and finally negotiating and implementing unit price contracts.

David Merte

Northeast Gas Association

Senior Project Manager
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David Merte is a Senior Project Manager with NYSEARCH/Northeast Gas Association where he is responsible for several program areas including pipeline integrity, pipeline repair and rehabilitation and real time sensing. David has more than 30 years of experience in the utility industry and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Marist College, Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil and Forest Engineering from SUNY Buffalo and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State.

Mike Bermel

Southern California Gas Company

Measurement, Regulation and Control Manager
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Employed by SoCalGas since 1981
Bachelor of Science degree, Mechanical Engineering, Cal State University, Long Beach
Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer, State of California
Over 20 years managing the engineering, design and commissioning of valve, pressure control, gas quality management, receipt points and related automated control and monitoring sites for SEu and affiliates.
Principal architect and manager of SoCalGas/SDG&E system isolation strategy, policy, procedures and specifications for employing automatic and remote shut-off valves on large gas pipelines.
Hobbies: Surfing and playing guitar
Residence: Huntington Beach, CA

Ryan Lindblom

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Supervisor
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Ryan Lindblom has been in the natural gas utility industry for 12 years, working in various roles from Distribution Integrity Management and Engineering and Design to pipeline design validation and his current role in Transmission Integrity Management. He is an active participant in the AGA Transmission Risk Model and Threat Matrix Committee. Most recently, he has worked with industry leaders to develop a threat interaction model for PG&E’s gas transmission system and he is currently developing a probabilistic risk model based on the approach taken by the nuclear industry. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys telling pirate jokes to his 4-month old son

Brian J D’Agostino

San Diego Gas & Electric

Meteorology Program Manager
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Brian D’Agostino is the Meteorology Program Manager in Emergency Management for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 861,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. As program manager, D’Agostino provides operations support for the delivery of safe and reliable energy. D’Agostino oversaw the design and construction of SDG&E’s weather network, one of the United States most sophisticated and extensive weather networks. D’Agostino joined SDG&E in 2009 and has established many relationships within the scientific community of Southern California. D’Agostino currently serves as Chair of the American Meteorological Society’s National Energy committee and works closely within the meteorological community coordinating research projects specializing in fire science, solar forecasting and climate adaptation. D’Agostino is a graduate of Plymouth State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in meteorology.

Judy Peck

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Sr. Program Manager, Pipeline Replacement
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Judy Peck earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and her Master’s Degree in Economics. With 20 years of Utility Industry Experience she has worked in Customer Service, Energy Efficiency, Regulatory Affairs and Gas Operations. She currently works for Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company’s Gas Distribution Projects and Programs team as their Senior Program Manager over the Gas Pipe Replacement Program (GPRP). This program manages the replacement of pre-1941 steel and cast iron main. Since it’s initiation in 1985, PG&E’s GPRP has replaced over 830 miles of cast iron main and over 1420 miles of pre-1941 steel main.

Maty Sauter

Portland General Electric

Program Manager
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Maty Sauter is responsible for developing and implementing Portland General Electric’s T&D Strategic Asset Management Program. Maty’s background is in strategic and operations planning, and she has spent the last 10 years helping technical audiences articulate and accomplish business objectives. Maty joined PGE in 2012 to help craft T&D’s asset management strategy and conduct stakeholder outreach. Today, Maty manages all T&D asset management projects and supports interpretation and implementation of economic models and business cases. Maty has an MBA from Portland State University and a bachelor’s degree from Reed College.

Paul Laursen

Pipetel Technologies, Inc.

President
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Paul Laursen is the founder of Pipetel Technologies and InvoDane Engineering. During his 25 year in the pipeline industry, he has pioneered many innovative technologies in the area of oil, gas and water pipeline inspection. He has authored numerous publications and holds several patents in pipeline inspection technologies. He is a registered professional engineer of Ontario, Canada.

Thomas Finch

USDOT/PHMSA/Office of Pipeline Safety

Community Assistance and Technical Services Manager
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Thomas “Tom” Finch
USDOT/PHMSA/Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS)
Community Assistance & Technical Services (CATS) Manager for the Western Region

Tom has been a Community Assistance and Technical Services (CATS) Manager for the Western Region, which is located in Lakewood, CO, since August 20, 2009. He was the State Liaison Representative (SLR). His role in the OPS focuses on enhancing communications with Stakeholders including the Western Region States Pipeline Safety Programs. Tom attended the Colorado School of Mines from 1964-1968 majoring in Petroleum Engineering. He has over 36 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to October 1999, he was employed by Cathodic Protection Services, working mainly in the cathodic protection of well casings and pipelines. Mr. Finch has completed the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) Cathodic Protection (CP) Level 1 thru Level 3 Courses. He joined OPS on October 12, 1999.

Andy Wells

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Manager
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Andy Wells is the manager of Public Safety Emergency Preparedness and Public Awareness for PG&E. Prior to working at PG&E, Andy worked for Southern California Edison at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in emergency preparedness, as well as a career in the fire service in Southern California.

Brian Taylor

Avista Corp.

Manager of Gas Operations (Medford, Oregon)
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Brian Taylor has 19 years of experience in the utility business and currently works as the Manager of Gas Operations (Medford, Oregon) for Avista Utilities. He started his career in the natural gas industry working for his grandfather in a family-owned distribution and maintenance contractor business before he took an entry-level position with Avista Utilities. Brian has worked in many craft positions including, Crewman, Journeyman Main fitter, Crew Foreman and Measurement Control Technician before he moved into a formal leadership role in 2006.

Brian attended Liberty University and currently serves in a variety of leadership roles within his community.

Brian has a wonderful wife Mary Jane and four boys, Benny 17, Colby 14, Easton 9 and Hayden 7.

Erin Swearingen

Avista Corp.

Senior Program Manager
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Erin Swearingen is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) with 20 years of experience in business continuity, disaster recovery and emergency preparedness and management. Erin has designed and implemented business continuity programs for various industries including the financial industry.

Erin has been with Avista for over 5 years and has implemented the Enterprise Business Continuity program which includes business continuity, disaster recovery and emergency operations response.

She has also developed and implemented emergency response and life safety programs, promoting employee safety, personal preparedness and preparedness education.

Jere Carlin

NW Natural

Commercial Field Operations Supervisor
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Jere has worked for Northwest Natural for 38 years. Jere has spent his entire career in field operations, primarily in customer field services. Jere currently supervises all field operations related to commercial services. Over the last 5 years, Jere has also been responsible for delivering several large projects at Northwest Natural including an initiative to standardize meter set assemblies.

Paul Good

Avista Corp.

Gas Operations Manager
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Paul Good has worked for Avista Utilities for 10 years. He is currently the Manager of Gas Operations in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, where he supervises the daily operations of all crews and first responders in the district.

Shane Finneran

DNV GL

Senior Engineer
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Mr. Finneran is a Senior Engineer and Group Lead for the Computational Modeling Group in Dublin, Ohio, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer. His primary work has involved utilizing advanced computational methods to analyze complex problems from electromagnetic and electrical interference and corrosion, to forensic simulation and Fitness-For-Service analyses. Mr. Finneran, and DNV GL, holds in-depth experience in assessment, modeling and mitigation design for high voltage AC and DC interference having led analyses for thousands of miles of collocated pipelines, and supported development of industry guidance documents for INGAA and CEATI.

Bryon Winget

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Supervisor, Direct Assessment
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Bryon Winget, P.E. is the supervisor of Direct Assessment in the Integrity Management group at Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). Bryon attained Bachelor’s and Masters of Science degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and holds a professional engineer’s license in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to his work at PG&E, Bryon conducted research at U.C. Berkeley on enhancing the adsorption rates of inhibitors on Conoco Phillips Prudhoe Bay feeder lines by manipulating oxide and hydroxide formations. At PG&E, Bryon has helped support PG&E in developing and enhancing the corrosion control and integrity management program to ensure a safe and reliable pipeline system. As part of this role, he has led the effort to develop a better understanding of alternating current (AC) interference– especially relevant due to the shared right-of-ways, direct current (DC) interference, casings, internal corrosion, and atmospheric corrosion at PG&E. He has several years of field and engineering experience in corrosion which has enabled him to become a NACE certified cathodic protection specialist.

John Lau

ENSTAR Natural Gas Company

VP, Engineering and Operations
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John Lau has work for ENSTAR Natural Gas for 27 years. He is currently Vice President of Operations and is responsible for distribution, transmission and gas storage operations for Alaska’s Cook Inlet Region.
John has 38 years’ experience in Oil and Gas operations. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Wyoming, a licensed professional engineer, and an MBA from the University of Washington.

Jim Micklos

Elster Group

Sales Manager
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Jim has worked in the Natural Gas Industry for almost 40 years (although he contends that he started when he was 9 years old). Jim spent the first 20 years of his career with Rockwell before moving on to Instromet, the company that introduced high pressure ultrasonic meters to North America.

Jim has served on many Industry committees over the years and has presented many technical papers related to natural gas measurement. Some of them include The Western Gas Measurement Short Course and the American School of Gas Measurement Technology. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for ASGMT in Houston.

Alexander Bakulev

METSCO Energy Solutions Inc.

Vice President, Strategy and Assets
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Mr. Bakulev is a partner in engineering consulting firm METSCO, leading asset management practice. Alexander is an experienced professional with solid experience in utility sector working for and acting as a consultant in generation, transmission and distribution companies in North America and Europe. Alexander holds PhD in Economics from Saint Petersburg State University, Russia.

Deanna Haines

Southern California Gas Company

Director of Gas Engineering
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Deanna Haines has worked for the Utilities since 1988 and has held various leadership positions primarily
in the engineering and environmental areas. Ms. Haines oversees the engineering standards, training
and research programs related to the design, operation and construction of the gas infrastructure to
ensure the reliable and safe operation of the system. Previous to Deanna’s current position in
Engineering she was the Director of Environmental Services responsible for developing and implementing
policies and programs to support operations with environmental compliance requirements.
Ms. Haines has served on several scientific committees, including the South Coast Air Quality
Management District’s Best Available Control Technology Scientific Review Committee (BACT SRC) and
the Environmental Protection Agency’s Industrial Combustion Coordinated Rulemaking (ICCR)
Committee. She further serves on the American Gas Association’s Distribution, Transmission and
Engineering Committee and formerly served on two of their environmental committees. Ms. Haines is on
the Dean’s advisory boards for two colleges, Cal State Los Angeles and Cal Poly Pomona. She also
serves on the Board of an environmental and health non-profit organization, Breathe LA, to help fund
research and education to prevent and help victims of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
and asthma in the southern California community.
Ms. Haines has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Redlands and a
bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Southern California.

Eric Mead

CMOE, Inc.

Senior Vice President
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For 18 years Eric Mead has specialized in training and consulting organizations across the globe on a variety of development topics including: Performance Improvement, People Development, Retention, Strategic Thinking, Leadership Effectiveness, Coaching Skills, Building High Performance Teams, and Managing Conflict. Eric’s engaging presentation style sets the stage for a captivating and engaging learning experience with all types of audiences. He will provide audiences with relevant and fresh ideas, tools, and resources that will increase performance and effectiveness. His passion for performance improvement will inspire and motivate participants to take action. Eric’s abilities to really connect with people makes him one of the memorable speakers at any conference.

Joe Bennett

ITC Holdings

Vice President, Engineering
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Joseph Bennett is Vice President, Engineering for ITC Holdings Corp. In this role, he is responsible for the Asset Management, Design and Project Engineering functions as they support the capital and maintenance programs for ITC’s operating entities. Mr. Bennett was previously the Director of Facilities, Safety and Security where he directed ITC’s overall safety and security programs and was responsible for the day to day operations and maintenance of the company’s facilities.

Mr. Bennett has more than 20 years of experience in the electric utility industry including nuclear power, tariff administration, regulatory affairs, construction management, and transmission operations.

Mr. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in energy systems from Michigan Technological University.

Tod Barker

T.D. Williamson, Inc.

Product Manager
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Tod Barker is a Product Manager for Corrosion, Mapping, Speed Control, Geometry tools and Customer Facing Software with T D Williamson Inc. Tod has more than 10 years’ experience in the pipeline industry, which include leading the design of more than 10 Inline Inspection tools. Tod is a co-inventor of the SpirALL® MFL inspection tool design patent.

John Dilliot

University of California San Diego

Energy Utilities Manager
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John Dilliott is the Energy and Utilities Manager for the UCSD campus. John has always cared about the environment and living a green life. He graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1987 with a degree in marine engineering, which gave him a healthy respect for the ocean and provided the educational foundation to optimize efficiencies in energy systems. He first worked at UC San Diego from 1993 to 1998 as an operator at the Central Plant. In 1999 to help build the campus’ cogeneration plant.

Alain Billot

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Senior Project Manager
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Alain Billot has worked for Pacific Gas & Electric for 33 years. He currently is a senior project manager for Electric Transmission where he manages San Francisco reliability projects. Alain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in the Management of Business Information Systems, is a registered Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Stanford Certified Project Manager (SCPM).

Gerry Hassler

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Program Manager Lead
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Gerry Hassler has worked in the power delivery industry for more than forty years. During his career he has worked on transmission line, substation, distribution systems and fiber optic networks throughout the United States and Canada. Currently, Gerry is working for PG&E on the Embarcadero Potrero Program as the Program Manager Lead.

Cliff Center

Center Marine Services Inc.

President
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Cliff Center has been in the marine construction since 1975. 15 years in Alaska as a partner in Underwater Construction Inc., a marine contracting and commercial diving company working as a diver, welder, crane operator, tug captain, barge master, DP operator and project manager. 10 years in Seattle and worldwide as operations manager for Pirelli Jacobson, later to become Prysmian Group. Extensive experience installing and burying submarine cable, designing cable burial equipment and overseeing cable repairs. 10 years as Center Marine Services and project manager for Harbor Offshore Inc., a commercial diving and contracting company working offshore and on hydroelectric projects.

Center Marine Services also offers expert owner representation on the job site, value engineering, and quality control with an emphasis of achieving project goals safely, at the highest quality, for the least cost.

Scott Jacobson

Harbor Offshore Inc

Project Manager
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Scott Jacobson has been working in the field of underwater cable both power and communications from 1970 to today. He started with family owned Jacobson Brothers Inc. in Seattle and worked his way up through the operational positions. In 1987 the firm was sold to Pirelli Cable Corp. where he managed numerous cable installations and repairs. In 1996 he left Pirelli and formed Jacobson International Inc. that was engaged in cable installation consulting and power generation siting and feasibility studies. In 2011 he began working with Harbor Offshore in market development as well as bringing installation and repair expertise to the firm. His cable experience has taken him from the Americas to the Middle East, Asia and Europe. He is very knowledgeable in installation, repair, maintenance, protection, permitting and logistics. He understands the customers desire for a long life span of a properly installed cable system, he places an emphasis on not only making sure that the work is done safely but that it is done with the least amount of effect to the cable.

Chris McMurtry

Aerial Inspection Resources

President
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In his role as the Solutions Architect for Sharper Shape, Inc., Chris McMurtry is focused on designing unmanned aerial solutions based around the company’s class leading “full-stack” hardware and software tools. Chris first became involved with drone technology for film and television production work, but he soon became convinced that unmanned aerial technology could do far more than just produce compelling entertainment content. This led to the creation of one of the first UAS services companies that specialized in using drone technology for utility inspections. Since 2013 Chris has been focused on finding the fit for UAS applications in the energy sector, with the goal of helping utilities transform their inspection and maintenance programs.

Wayne Morton

Wind Energy Transmission Texas

General Manager
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Wayne Morton became the General Manager of Wind Energy Transmission Texas, LLC (WETT) in October of 2010. Mr. Morton worked for Panda Energy between January 1999 and October 2010, leaving Panda as Vice President of Transmission and Market Strategy. While at Panda he was responsible for site selection, transmission access and the interconnection of over 7,000 MW of independent generation. Prior to his time at Panda, he was Manager of Power Resources for Texas-New Mexico Power Company responsible for wholesale power contracts and transmission access. Mr. Morton started his career at Texas Utilities as an engineer working in both the transmission and generation planning areas. A registered Professional Engineer in Texas, Mr. Morton graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1984 from Texas Tech University.

Juergen Bermejo

Bonneville Power Administration

Public Utility Specialist
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Juergen Bermejo has worked at the Bonneville Power Administration for almost 25 years. He began his career building models of the hydro-electric system to perform winter peaking and loss of load probability studies. As the energy markets grew and developed in the mid-1990’s, Juergen worked in Risk Management developing models to perform transaction and portfolio risk analysis. Since 2007, Juergen has worked in Generation Scheduling Support addressing both the policy and technical issues associated with integrating renewables into the BPA system.

Justin Bieber

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Electric Transmission Business Development
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Justin manages the electric transmission business development team, where he is responsible for the development of major greenfield transmission projects. This is a new role at PG&E in 2015 as the company responds to the new era of FERC Order 1000 competition in the electric transmission utility space.

Justin has utility experience in electric generator interconnections and regulatory affairs and in project management on heavy highway and bridge projects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.

Ryan Slack

Portland General Electric

Service and Design Project Manager
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Ryan Slack has worked for Portland General Electric for 24 years. He was a member of T&D Planning and Scheduling 18 years and Supervisor of Line Dispatch. He spent 3 years as Change Manager for the Next Wave Transformation Project responsible for Communications, Training, and Overall Business Readiness. Ryan attended George Fox University with a Major in Management and Organizational Leadership and Minoring in Project Management. He is currently a Service and Design Project Manager in PGE’s Southern Region.

Pati Silva

BC Hydro

Resource Strategy & Management Planning Specialist
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As Business Improvement Manager for Customer Connect, Pati was in charge of process improvement projects that would drive efficiency and improve customer service related to Customer Connections, particularly connections that do not require other work than a straight connection from existing infrastructure (Express Connections). In this role, she was the business lead for the Express Connect Web Enablement project, responsible for moving Electrical Contractors and Customers away from the phones, faxes and emails, to the web.
She has recently transitioned into a new role as Resource Strategy and Management Planning Specialist in which she is responsible for building strategies for critical resources in order to ensure the timely delivery capital projects. Pati holds an Industrial Engineering degree from Peru, her home country, and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.

David Gabbard

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Director, Electric Generation Interconnection
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David Gabbard is the Senior Director, Transmission Asset Management at PG&E. Through his 12+ years with PG&E, Dave has held positions in T&D Construction, Project Management, Generation Interconnection, and Transmission Asset Management. In his current role, Dave leads a department responsible for the long term planning of PG&E’s transmission and substation infrastructure.

Dave received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Ca and his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Executive MBA Program. Dave is also PMP certified from the Project Management Institute.

Mike Murias

FortisAlberta

Manager, Operations Project Management Office
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Mike Murias is the Manager of the Operations Project Management Office at FortisAlberta. Through his 25 years at FortisAlberta, Mike has held positions in Field Operations, Engineering & Design, Customer Service and Employee Training & Development. In his current role Mike leads a team that is responsible for providing standards and governance to ensure capital and operating projects are initiated, planned, executed and closed in accordance with FortisAlberta policies and project management best practices. Mike’s team is also accountable for supporting the enhancement of knowledge and skill of staff through the design, development and delivery comprehensive training courses and programs (Instructor Led Training as well as eLearning).

Tobie Anderson

Southern California Edison

Project Manager
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Tobie has worked at Southern California Edison for 10 years and has also worked in the industry for a total of 19 years. During Tobie’s tenure at SCE he has held several positions – including lineman, troublemen, troublemen supervisor, and now Grid Operations project manager. Tobie is currently responsible for resource, process, and performance management in the Grid Operations organization at SCE.
Prior to SCE, Tobie worked at two separate utilities – Florida Power & Light and Connecticut Light and Power. Tobie also holds a bachelor’s degree from University of La Verne for Business Administration and he is pursuing a Master’s degree in business at University of La Verne.

Gregg Kludjian

Asplundh Construction Corporation

Director, West Coast Operations
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Gregg Kludjian is currently the Director of Operations for Asplundh Construction Company’s (ACC) West Coast Division. He is responsible for ACC’s operations within the Western areas of the U.S., focusing on high voltage electric system line construction, civil construction and electric system planning and engineering business lines. As the Director of Operations, Gregg is responsible for business development, profit/loss and general management of the various ACC Regions within the Western U.S. Gregg joined ACC in July of 2014.

Previously, Gregg was an executive with the Southern California Edison Company (SCE) for 32 years, holding various executive, managerial and field operations positions. His most recent position was as Director of Asset Management within the T&D organization. As the Director of Asset Management, Gregg was responsible for the development and implementation of strategies and policies relating to the overall asset strategy of SCE’s electrical assets, including inspection and maintenance of the electrical grid, performance management and analysis, oversight and quality assurance, contractor strategy, and strategic and tactical resource planning for executing SCE’s T&D’s operations and maintenance and capital work plans. He has also been a witness for the T&D organization in four of SCE’s general rate cases before the California Public Utilities Commission.

Gregg has to two children, Lucas age 17 and Isabella age 14 and resides in the Santa Clarita Valley. He enjoys bicycling, off-roading and other outdoor activities. Gregg is a native of Southern California, having grown up in Malibu.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from California State University, Northridge, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University.

Steven Schmitt

NorthWestern Energy

Superintendent of Electric Construction
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Steve has over 10 years of experience working for NorthWestern Energy, a privately owned and vertically integrated electric and gas utility in the State of Montana. He has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Gonzaga University, an MBA from Regis University, and is a registered PE in the state of Montana.
Steve supervises a team of engineers across Montana who are responsible for replacing aged underground distribution cable. This large infrastructure project aims to replace over four million feet of cable installed prior to 1987. He has experience working with a variety of electric and gas projects during his career including Smart Grid applications, Substations, System Engineering, and Standards. Steve enjoys coaching his kids in soccer and baseball, volunteering in his community, and most any outdoor activity in the beautiful state of Montana.

Jim McAdams

Cupertino Electric, Inc

Director, Energy Infrastructure Projects
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Jim McAdams, Director (Transmission & Distribution), Cupertino Electric Inc.

Jim has over 21 years of experience in the California Gas & Electric Utility industry comprised of both IOU and contractor experience. As the director of projects for Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI)’s Energy Infrastructure Division, Jim is responsible for all aspects of transmission and distribution utility projects, including estimating, procurement, construction, work methods, safety and customer relations. Jim also oversees project controls, operations, project completion (on time and on budget), and customer satisfaction.
Prior to joining Cupertino Electric, Jim held various positions in his 20+ yr. career at Pacific Gas & Electric progressing from Lineman to Sr. Manager of Safety & Health for PG&E’s Electric Operations Organization. During the last several years Jim has enjoyed pioneering industry-leading employee qualification projects and creating high-performing work environments in a fast paced and highly regulated environment.

Jon Zawada

FortisAlberta

Manager Operations Control and Data Integrity
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Jon Zawada began in the electric utility industry in 2002 as a Power Line Technician. Jon has held many leadership positions in Field Operations and System Operations, most notably the creation and implementation of a Distribution Control Centre and supporting technologies. In 2012, Jon effectively built and led a new team of System Operators, executed on the rollout of the Fortis Control Centre and engaged in the relationships necessary to support a successful transition. Jon is currently the Manager, Operations Control and Data Integrity and is responsible for developing and implementing effective leadership strategies for the management and direction of the FortisAlberta Control Centre (FCC), Dispatch and Data Integrity (GIS) teams. This position plays a critical role by ensuring business units meet their objectives of maintaining centralized and accurate system asset data, delivering reliable service, improving employee safety and effectively communicating to internal and external stakeholders.

Brent Kassing

iFactor Consulting, Inc.

Strategic Account Manager
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Brent Kassing is a 20 utility industry veteran with experience working for companies all across the country. Brent began his career designing and implementing CIS systems for companies such as Southern Company, ComEd and Orange and Rockland. He then moved to the wholesale market where he spent a majority of his time working with the design and deployment of solutions and processes associated with the Independent System Operators. He worked at each of the ISOs in the United States including the California ISO. Brent then moved into that “smart” stuff world with an AMI networking company which led him back into the consulting world with a focus on operational technologies.

Now, with iFactor, Brent is a jack of all trades and is responsible for sales and marketing, business development and project implementation. Brent is passionate about improving the communication both within a utility and between a utility and its customers and brings that to his current clients Pacificorp and NV Energy.

Brent has a business undergraduate degree from the great University of Kansas and an MBA from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.

Tom Bialek

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Chief Engineer
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Tom Bialek is currently employed by San Diego Gas & Electric Company (“SDG&E”) as a Chief Engineer. His present responsibilities involve technology strategy and policy for transmission and distribution issues including equipment, operations, planning, distributed generation and development of new technologies. He was also the Principal Investigator on DOE and CEC funded Micro Grid projects. He is also a frequently requested external speaker and DOE R&D peer reviewer. His experience includes electric utility design, planning and operation and equipment design, development and manufacturing. Tom is an IEEE Power Engineering and Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Society member. Tom was also the former Failure Mechanism Technical Committee Chair and Secretary of the Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society and Working Group Member for Surge Arresters. Tom is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. He is also a registered Professional Engineer, Electrical Engineering, in the State of California. He has authored a variety papers on a diverse of subjects such as distribution fault location, surge protection of equipment and testing of cables and has a pending patent application.

Tom received a Bachelor and Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1982 and 1986 respectively. He also obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 2005.

William Becker

Spirae

Director of Major Accounts
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Bill Becker is Spirae’s Director of Business Development, where he works closely with utility and industry customers to transform the grid through the integration of renewable and distributed energy with DERMS and Microgrid solutions.

Bill joined Spirae in 2010 after 24 years with Woodward Governor, focusing on gas turbine manufacturers in strategic marketing and sales roles. His background is in controls engineering, beginning in field service, moving to controls application engineering, and then engineering management, including five years in The Netherlands. Bill received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University.

Jim Simonelli

Gridco Systems

CTO
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Jim Simonelli is Chief Technology Officer of Gridco Systems, where he is responsible for the company’s technical vision and strategy. Most recently, Jim served as Senior Vice President and CTO of American Power Conversion (APC), a Schneider Electric company and leading provider of global, end-to-end AC and DC-based back-up power products and services. In addition to setting the direction for technical innovation at APC, Jim’s responsibilities included design and development of leading hardware, software, and data center solutions. At APC, Jim also held senior management roles as Vice President, System and Platform Architecture and Vice President, Solutions Delivery Group with responsibility for technical direction and offer creation. Jim holds 10 U.S. patents and is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and the System Dynamics Society. He received his BSEE and MSEE degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

David Rubin

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Director of Service Analysis
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David Rubin is presently the Director of Service Analysis at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco, where he has responsibility for economic development and distributed generation.

From 1982-1985, David was responsible for energy efficiency, cogeneration and district heating with the City and County of San Francisco. He joined PG&E in 1985, and spent seven years in the marketing and rates areas. He left PG&E in 1992 to join the International Energy Agency in Paris, France. While at the IEA, he had responsibility for electricity restructuring, energy efficiency and demand side management. During this period he participated in a number of energy sector studies throughout Europe and the former Soviet Union.

He returned to PG&E in 1995, and assumed his current job responsibilities in 1997. David is currently on the boards of the Solar Electric Power Association and SolarTech. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Science degree in engineering from MIT. David is a registered mechanical engineer in California.

Darwyn Anderson

Seattle City Light

Safety, Health and Wellness Director
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Darwyn Anderson is the Director for Seattle City Light’s Safety, Health and Wellness Division. He is responsible for developing, implementing and leading the strategies for the overall safety, health and wellness programs for the organization to allow employees to realize a positive, fulfilling, and engaging experience on their way to achieving their ideal quality of life. Darwyn has over 20 years of HR leadership experience engaging employees.

Susan Paine

Seattle City Light

Safety, Health & Wellness Compliance Advisor
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Susan Paine is the Compliance Advisor for Seattle City Light’s Safety, Health and Wellness Division. She is responsible for safety, health and wellness program development and maintaining the regulatory safety standards for the Utility. Susan has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and has over 25 years of program development and regulatory compliance experience with local jurisdictions and agencies.

Michael Malloy

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Director, Safety and Wrokforce Excellence
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Mike leads the Safety and Workforce Excellence organization for the Electric T&D department. Mike’s team leads for Safety, Quality, Training, Work Methods/Procedures and Human Performance. Mike has worked for PG&E for almost 35 years and has held a variety of positions in Electric Transmission and Distribution, Hydro Generation, Technology Implementations, Smart Grid, Emergency Management and now Safety. All of these have been critical to working across the lines of business and with the various technologies to ensure PG&E’s success in an increasingly complicated environment for utilities.

Mike is originally a T&D System Operator and earned his BS in IT while working for PG&E. He has been married to his wife Denny for 27 years. He has two children that are adults and he has one grandson. Mike fills his off time with projects around his house and yard which he enjoys and travels when he can. Mike lives in Paradise, outside Chico, CA where his office is located.

Christopher Davy

Southwest Gas Corporation

Administrator/ Risk Management & Safety
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Chris Davy is the Administrator of Risk Management & Safety for Southwest Gas Corporation’s Southern CA Division. Chris has served with Southwest Gas for two years and has nine years of experience in environmental health and occupational safety, predominantly in the general industry setting. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of La Verne, has attended numerous OSHA trainings, and is currently pursuing an Associate Risk Management designation.

Michael Mangan

DEKRA Insight

Vice President
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Mike Mangan uses his experience as a business leader, trusted advisor, and military officer to lead DEKRA Insight’s global research and development efforts. Mike brings diverse consulting experience to conducting research, and developing cutting edge services targeted to reduce exposure at the working interface and improve client safety performance.

Mike has led his team in developing advanced culture and leadership assessment tools for both organizational and process safety. They have also created a safety analytics offering applying sophisticated statistical methods to client incident data. Mike’s team has also worked to develop an integrated safety change process for first and second level operational leaders and new interventions targeting the reduction of Serious Injury and Fatality potential in the workplace.

He has worked with government agencies including the FAA, FRA, USMC, and Amtrak, as well as private sector clients in the chemicals, healthcare, metals, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, rail mass transit, and nuclear utilities industries. His experience includes leading the design and implementation of unique leadership assessment projects for executives of diverse organizations, including a large office products manufacturer, a global aerospace company, and an international pharmaceutical company.

Mike is also the global leader for Safety in Action conferences around the world. Safety in Action fosters a learning and improvement community, sharing lessons, commitments, and supporting our joint objective to reduce injuries around the world.

Prior to joining DEKRA Insight, Mike led numerous selection, competency modeling, and culture change engagements for a wide variety of organizations, including the implementation and evaluation of a large technology company’s sales leadership transformation initiative. He is also a former platoon commander and battalion training officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Mike holds a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology from Ohio University.

Bill Messner

Portland General Electric

Director of Safety
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Bill Messner joined Portland General Electric in early February, 2014 as director of PGE’s newly centralized Safety department. Bill joined PGE from Southern California Edison Co. in Rosemead, Calif., where he served as director and principal manager of the company’s Corporate Environmental, Health & Safety. In that role, Bill was instrumental in the initial efforts of transforming the SoCal Edison safety culture. Bill joined SoCal Edison as an attorney specializing in environmental, real properties and local governance law. He also worked more than 12 years for Exxon Mobil Corporation as an environmental project engineer and an attorney.

Bill has a Bachelor of Science Degree from California Polytechnic University Pomona, Juris Doctorate from Suffolk Law School, and a Master in Business Administration from University of California at Los Angeles.

Deborah Boccuzzi

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Sr. Manager Integrated Health Management
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Debbie Boccuzzi has been in the healthcare industry for over 11 years, focused on data aggregation and wellness and care programs. Prior to joining Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Debbie was employed at Optum Healthcare as a Strategic Account Executive responsible for the wellness and care management strategies and operations for 10 large national accounts across the North Eastern U.S. Debbie joined PG&E in August of 2013 as Senior Manager, Integrated Health Management. Debbie leads the Integrated Health Management staff responsible for the Employee Assistance Program, Wellness Programs, Onsite Clinical Care Programs, and the Industrial Athlete programs. In this role she provides strategic leadership and oversees change management for the department which integrates employee physical and emotional health management. Throughout her career she has personally focused on her own health and wellness through involvement in sports and a passion for exercise. Debbie obtained her Crossfit Level One Coaching Certification and Crossfit Olympic Weightlifting Certification in 2010 year. She was a Crossfit Coach in Connecticut prior to moving to California. Debbie has a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from the University of New Haven located in West Haven, Connecticut.

Shaun McFatridge

Southwest Gas

District Manager
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Shaun McFatridge is a District Manager of the Bullhead City Operations area for Southwest Gas Corporation. In that role he oversees all operations in Bullhead City and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the district. He began his career in 2003 as a construction technician and has held a variety of field and management positions spanning over Nevada, California and Arizona, all three states Southwest Gas provides service to. Shaun earned a Bachelor of Science in Management from University of Phoenix and a Master’s in Business Administration from Regis University. He has a strong sense of passion for leadership, life-long learning, health and fitness and really embraces a forward thinking mindset and is most commonly known for his creativity and outside of the box approach.

John Sowers

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

VP - Electric Distribution Operations

Peter Bettle

Brookfield Infrastructure Group

VP, Development, Utilities
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Based in Toronto, Canada, Peter Bettle is VP Development for Brookfield Infrastructure’s Utilities Group. With over 20 years of experience in the electricity industry, Mr. Bettle is currently responsible for managing the company’s participation in competitive electricity transmission processes across North America. Mr. Bettle holds degrees in electrical engineering, business administration, and energy and infrastructure law. He is registered as a professional engineer in the United Kingdom.

David Brunson

Southwest Gas

Superintendent
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David Brunson is a Construction Superintendent at Southwest Gas Corporation and has been working in the natural gas industry for 16 years. His career began as a part time employee while still in high school working for a local gas utility, where he worked until 2003 when he joined Southwest Gas. He spent four years working as a Construction Technician, five years as a Crew Leader and three years as a supervisor. While at Southwest Gas he has made many contributions to the Construction Department ensuring the long term success of the department. Much of his work has focused around the research and development of projects that address the maintenance and replacement of aging and failing pipelines. Outside of work Dave enjoys spending time with his wife and new born son and is an avid outdoorsman.

Stefan Vages

ROSEN

Advanced Solution Officer
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Stefan has been working in the in-line inspection industry for more than 9 years. He held different positions in Data Evaluation, Field Services and Project Management before joining ROSEN in 2012. Since starting with ROSEN he has been part of the Challenging Diagnostics team that focuses on providing solutions for challenging/unpiggable pipelines. As part of that team he has been responsible for the successful implementation of a variety of solutions. Especially the deployment of ROSEN’s self-propelled inspection services as well as the low pressure services are to be mentioned here. Since August 2014 he is responsible for technical solutions provided to ROSEN customers in North America.

Alfonso Orozco

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Principal Engineer

AmyK

AmyK International, Inc.

CEO, Speaker, Trainer, Business Strategist
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A former executive of a billion dollar global consumer products company and recently awarded the Vistage UK, International Speaker of the Year, (World’s leading CEO membership organization) AmyK is a catalyst for producing sustainable solutions to a leader’s most pressing challenges. More than 35,000 executives in eight countries have benefited from her keen insight and intuitive understanding of the issues leaders face.

AmyK also served as Senior Executive Vice President, Operations for one of the largest sales and marketing firms in the U.S., was a chosen member of National Geographic’s Educator Advisory Committee, and now serves as the CEO and Intelligence Activist of AmyK International, Inc., an executive development firm focused on leadership development, neuro-sales techniques and innovation infrastructures. With clients including IBM, Wells Fargo, JPMS, Dematic, Digitech Systems and hundreds more, AmyK and her team travel the world helping senior executives lead and collaborate more effectively.

Her company won 5 Telly Marketing Awards and the Summit International’s Award for Creativity. AmyK received her M.S. from Johns Hopkins University, and has been a featured guest on numerous TV and radio networks including NBC, Fox and ABC for her brain-based commentary on current events.

Andre van Dijk

ENMAX Corporation

Vice President, System Operations

Andrew Wappler

Puget Sound Energy

Vice President, Corporate Affairs

Andy Krawczel

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Aviation Services Manager
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Andrew Krawczel joined SDG&E in October 2015 and has been overseeing the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) program since January 2016 when it transitioned from research and development to operations. In this role, Andrew is responsible for the daily operations of the UAS program and continuing to develop new work methods for its application in the utility industry. Prior to SDG&E, Andrew served as a pilot in the United States Marine Corps flying CH-46 Sea Knights and V-22 Ospreys. During his squadron’s transition from CH-46s to V-22s, Andrew was selected to serve as the squadron Aviation Safety Officer. In this role, he established new policies and procedures to ensure safe flight operations in the new aircraft. During his first deployment, Andrew supported humanitarian and disaster relief operations in Pakistan following the 2010 flooding of the Indus and Swat rivers. He deployed again in 2013 as an operations officer and forward air controller with First Battalion Fourth Marines. During this tour, Andrew had the opportunity to work UASs organic to the infantry battalion, as well as, strategic assets providing overhead surveillance. Andrew continues to serve as a pilot in the Marine Corps Reserve with a V-22 squadron based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Construction Management from Virginia Tech and will graduate this May with an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Annabelle Louie

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Electric Superintendent

Ben Peco

BC Hydro

Senior Manager, Strategic Emergency Management
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Ben’s current role as Senior Manager sees him providing leadership over BC Hydro’s Security and Resiliency Program. This includes emergency and business continuity management and the BC Hydro fire marshal as well as initiatives such as disaster preparedness, facility incident response management, incident response and various training and exercise components. His portfolio cuts across the entire organization and includes, to a lesser degree subsidiaries and third-party vendors.

Prior to joining BC Hydro in 2012, Ben’s experience includes ten years working at Bell. His later experience with Bell saw him design, implement and deliver emergency, security, and crisis response plans for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and 2012 London Summer Olympics.

Ben is currently the Canadian Electrical Association Mutual Assistance Committee’s Co-Chair and member of the Western Energy Institute Mutual Assistance Working Group and Inter-Agency Emergency Preparedness Council British Columbia.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Queen’s University, and Emergency Management and Effective Leadership Certificates with the Justice Institute of British Columbia

Cecile Pinto

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Manager, ICS and Emergency Management

Chandra Wilborn-Davis

Southwest Gas Corporation

Centralized Operations Specialist, Dispatch
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Chandra is degreed in Communications and will graduate next year with her Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She has worked 13 years in communications related fields such as Public Relations, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) compliance, and Dispatch Communications. She has 5 years of experience in emergency response which began in the nuclear industry and she has been with Southwest Gas Corporation for 3 years. She has been in her current position as a Specialist for Dispatch for 1 year and is responsible for the development of a Dispatcher Training program as well as process improvements for the department. She looks forward to the continuous work of advancing the Southwest Gas mission of Safety, Service and Reliability through the contribution of enhancements to the training and quality standards for Dispatch.

David Hanson

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Electrical Mechanic Supervisor

Di Rushfeldt

ATCO Gas

Manager, Technology Projects
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Di has over eight years of experience with ATCO Gas including roles within Electronics and Instrumentation, Distribution Design Engineering, Urban Mains Replacement and Integrity. As Senior Engineer, Integrity, Di oversaw ATCO’s pipeline integrity program and provided recommendations and support to the Steel Mains Replacement and Plastic Mains Replacement programs. Di’s current role is Manager, Technology Projects where she is supporting the implementation of Enterprise Asset Management and Geospatial Information System projects at ATCO Gas.

Donald Roberts

WAPA

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Don is the project manager of Western’s Asset Management Program Improvement Project (AMPIP). Since 2012 Don has been leading the effort to start up a new formalized asset management program across the agency, and focusing on three key transmission assets: power transformers, power circuit breakers and transmission lines. Goal was to develop a data-driven risk- based analysis to provide input into the capital improvement plan. The primary guidance provided to this project included alignment with PAS 55 and ISO 55000, and to use and leverage existing systems as much as possible.

Don is a registered professional civil engineer in the state of CA and has over 35 years of construction and project management experience with the Bureau of Reclamation, Corps of Engineers, and the last 24 years with the Western Area Power Administration.

Doug Johnson

BC Hydro

Manager, South Interior Environmental Field Services
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Doug Johnson, Resource Planning Specialist, BC Hydro

Doug is a Resource Planning Specialist in BC Hydro’s Generation Resource Management department. He oversees all public, stakeholder, and First Nation reviews of BC Hydro’s Water Use Plans. Prior to this role Doug provided operational environmental support to all of BC Hydro’s lines of business.

Doug has 15 years’ experience in the electric utility industry, eight with Manitoba Hydro and ten with BC Hydro; he also has ten years of experience with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment. He has a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of Waterloo where he specialised in remote sensing and climatology.

Doug lives in Vernon, in British Columbia’s north Okanagan Valley.

Erik Lee

Avista Utilities

Associate Electrical Engineer
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Erik Lee received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University in 2007 and is a registered Professional Engineer in Washington. Since joining Avista Utilities in Spokane, WA, he has worked in various engineering roles including Distribution Engineering, Electric Meter Shop, Engineering Technical Services, and currently works in Distribution System Operations with an emphasis on DMS, AMI, and other Grid Edge technologies.

Greyson Brenk

Questar Gas

Senior Engineer of Integrity Management
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Greyson Brenk graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. He has four years of experience as an Integrity Engineer. He now oversees Questar Gas’s Integrity Management field operations as the Senior Engineer of Integrity Management.

Javier Rodriguez

Southwest Gas Corporation

Supervisor/Construction Support
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Javier has worked for Southwest Gas for 23 years. He is currently in charge of the Inactive Service Stub Abandonment project. Javier has been a supervisor for Operation and Maintenance for the last seven years.
He brings 23 years experiences in Emergency Response.

Jeff Janvier

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Manager, In-Line Inspection & Direct Assessment
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Jeff Janvier is the Manager of Engineering for In-Line Inspection (ILI) and Direct Assessment (DA) at Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E). He joined PG&E in 2006 after obtaining a Mechanical Engineering degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. After spending his first six years implementing ILI assessments and evaluating results, he became the Supervising Engineer for ILI focused on developing PG&E’s rapidly expanding program and generating unique solutions to accommodate challenging-to-inspect pipelines. In 2015, he began his current role managing the overall integrity assessment program including Traditional and Non-Traditional ILI, ECDA, ICDA, and SCCDA.

Jeff Millar

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Senior Public Safety Specialist
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Jeff Millar is a Senior Public Safety Specialist with Pacific Gas and Electric Company. His role on emergency events is to serve as the PG&E Agency Representative, coordinating and integrating PG&E’s restoration efforts with the public safety agencies’ emergency response. Jeff has had a 34 year career in emergency response and resource management and he retired as a Battalion Chief from CAL FIRE in 2011, after 30 years of service.

During his career he worked in nearly every program area within CAL FIRE, including operations, Conservation Camps, Emergency Command Centers, Fire Prevention, Resource Management, and Aviation. He was a member of CAL FIRE’s Incident Management Team 6 for 13 years, having served as the team’s Liaison Officer, Operations Section Chief, and Deputy Incident Commander. He is also a qualified Type 1 Incident Commander.

Following CAL FIRE, Jeff worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assigned as an Operations Branch Director on one of FEMA’s Type 1 National Incident Management Teams. Assignments with FEMA included managing the federal response to the Colorado Flooding, the Washington mudslide, and the recent Unaccompanied Children Influx on the Southwest Border.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from UC Berkeley.

Jeffery King

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Senior Electrical Mechanic Supervisor

Jim Burruss

Burns & McDonnell

Senior Environmental Scientist, Wildlife Biologist
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Jim Burruss is a senior environmental scientist with Burns and McDonnell Engineering located in Salt Lake City, UT. Jim has over 30 years of diverse experience in environmental permitting, impact assessments and conducting avian risk assessments on a variety of energy generation and transmission projects including electric transmission and distribution lines, wind power, hydroelectric, and fossil-fuel projects. He has a BS degree in Wildlife Management from Utah State University.

Jim has particular expertise in applications of the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act (CWA) and related state resource laws and regulations. Past affiliation with APLIC lead to the development and release of the 2005 Avian Protection Plan Guidelines and Suggested Practices for Avian Protection on Power Lines: State of the Art in 2006. He has also participated on sage-grouse conservation teams assessing impacts associated with construction and maintenance of electric distribution and transmission lines (tall structures). These efforts have resulted in the release of several publications on sage-grouse impact research, research protocol and Best Management Practices (BMPs) for construction and maintenance of “tall structures”.

Joel Clancy

CEESI

President
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Joel Clancy joins us as the President of CEESI Iowa, a position he has held since the start of the year. Before that, Joel served as Vice President for eight years and has been with CEESI Iowa for nearly 20 years. Joel carries extensive experience with calibration systems and has written numerous related papers in addition to functioning as an instructor on the matter. Joel is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and an active member of many industry associations including AGA and ASGMT.

Jones Loflin

Helping Others Prepare for Execellence, Inc.

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Jones Loflin has made it his life’s work to deliver powerful ideas and practical solutions to individuals around the world so they can achieve more of what is most important to them. His books are described as “illuminating” and his presentations as “unforgettable.” In his 21 years as a speaker and trainer he has helped countless people regain confidence in their ability to achieve greater success in work and life.

Jones’ “3P Approach” of Powerful Ideas connected to Practical Solutions delivered with a Personal Approach has attracted the attention of organizations around the world. His client list includes Federal Express, Wal-Mart, Choice Hotels, Volvo Cars, Bridgestone, American Farm Bureau and State Farm as well as the United States Navy and Air Force.

Looking for ways to expand the reach of his message, Jones chose to become an author. Juggling Elephants is a witty and profound parable about one man’s search for solutions for the struggle of too much do. The book is available in the US and over 14 countries. He is also the author of Getting The Blue Ribbon, a unique story offering simple strategies to get better results in your work and life. His newest book, Getting to It, is receiving rave reviews as a field guide to accomplishing what is most important.

Prior to becoming an internationally-recognized speaker, Jones was an educator. His past work also includes serving as the “Trainer of Trainers” for the best-selling book, Who Moved My Cheese? He holds a BS and M.Ed. from North Carolina State University and is currently pursuing his MBA. He is a member of the National Speaker’s Association as well as the Association for Talent Development.

Keni Thomas

Black Hawk Down Mission

Ranger

Lana Gilpin-Jackson

BC Hydro

Specialist Engineer - Lines Strategy & Standards, Asset Investment Management
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Lana is the Specialist Engineer at BC Hydro’s Asset Investment Management – Transmission Lines Strategy & Standards group. He is responsible for standards, structures, foundations and related asset life extension or risk mitigation programs. He has lead the research and use of state-of-the-art solutions in technology for overhead lines, is recognized for innovation in electric utilities and holds patents in Canada and the US for inventions in materials and structures. Lana has held technical and management positions in international organizations and has represented BC Hydro at various engineering committees, conferences and seminars.

Laura Springsteen

Questar Corporation

Environmental Coordinator
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Laura Springsteen is an Environmental Coordinator with Questar with 18 years of environmental consulting experience. She is responsible for environmental permitting for natural gas pipeline construction projects. She works with the project engineers and crews from the beginning project design stages to project completion helping to minimize impacts to Waters of the U.S., Threatened and Endangered species, other wildlife, and cultural resources. Laura also coordinates the annual Corporate Social Responsibility report. She is interested in sustainability and corporate resiliency and is currently working on a Master of Liberal Arts Degree in Sustainability.

Mark Munt

Williams Northwest Pipeline

Supervisor of Station Engineering
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Mark Munt is the Supervisor of Station Engineering for Williams, currently in the Engineering and Construction West group based in Salt Lake City. Mark has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University. He has been with Williams since 2005, serving in multiple capacities including engineering, operations support, project management and new facility commissioning. His group currently handles all the engineering and commissioning activities at facilities for the West region, including mechanical, electrical and automation and control functions.

Mark Esguerra

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Principal
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Mark Esguerra has been with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) over 18 years where he has held various leadership positions within the Company. This includes 13 years in PG&E’s Electric Transmission Planning Department where he was responsible for shaping the transmission planning and generation interconnection processes to support expansion and reinforcement of the transmission grid. He was also the Manager of PG&E’s Generation Interconnection Department where he managed the distributed generation interconnection process, as well as led various process improvements to streamline the interconnection of residential and commercial roof top solar, including behind the meter energy storage interconnections. In addition, Esguerra developed and implemented PG&E’s revised Wholesale Distribution Tariff (WDT) for interconnecting distribution level generation interconnections. Currently, he leads the development and implementation of PG&E’s Distribution Resources Plan (DRP), as mandated by Assembly Bill 327, which focuses on the integration of clean technology distributed energy resources into distribution planning, operations and investment.
Mark Esguerra earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from San Francisco State University. He also obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Masagung School of Business at the University of San Francisco. Esguerra is a registered professional Electrical Engineer for the State of California.

Dr. Matt Mannino

Performance Coach

Michael Longpre

ATCO Gas

Project Engineer - Integrity
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Michael Longpre a project engineer in ATCO Gas’ Integrity group. He is involved in a variety of projects including steel and vintage plastic replacement programs, cathodic protection projects, as well as ATCO Gas’ AC Mitigation efforts.

Michael has over five years of experience with ATCO in the areas of pipeline design and cathodic protection. He holds a Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta and is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Alberta.

Mike Della Penna

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Energy Storage Program Manager

Mark Warner

Questar Gas

Chief DOT Compliance Officer
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Mark works as Chief DOT Compliance Officer for Questar Corporation in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mark has been with Questar for 34 years and has held a variety of supervisory and management positions in Engineering, Measurement and Control and Information Technology. Mark is a professional engineer and has an undergraduate degree in Mining Engineering and a graduate degree in business administration, both from the University of Utah. For the past 13 years, Mark has worked in pipeline safety and compliance as well as GIS mapping services providing critical facilities records, standard practices and operating procedures to the company.

On a personal note, Mark is active in his community and church and volunteers many hours per week to these causes. He is married and has three children and 11 grandchildren. Boating, hiking, biking, golf, tennis, gardening and travel are some of his hobbies. He loves Utah, Salt Lake City and being outdoors. Mostly, he just likes being with family, good friends and the good people at Questar.

Rick Geiger

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Director Manufacturing and Energy
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Rick Geiger has been with Cisco for 10 years, formerly as Director of Engineering in Cisco’s Physical Security Business Unit, now leading the Utilities vertical. Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Geiger was VP Engineering for GE Security in Physical Security, video surveillance and access control. Rick has in depth experience in the global utility market with more than 10 years as VP Engineering and Chief Technical Officer for Itron. Presently Executive Director for Utilities and Smart Grid, on Cisco’s Business Transformation Team, Rick and the Smart Grid Vertical Team serve the Americas Utility markets with Secure, Resilient and Scalable network solutions for smart grid, advanced metering, distribution automation, utility telemetry and energy management. Rick is on the Gridwise Alliance Board of Directors, a Senior Member of the IEEE and Member of the Power and Energy Society.

Russell Ragsdale

Southern California Edison

Manager, Electric System Planning
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Russell Ragsdale is a Strategic Planning Principal Manager of Grid Modernization at Southern California Edison. In his current role, he is working to develop strategy for and implement distribution grid modernization. This effort includes enhanced distribution and substation automation, advanced communications networks, IT system architecture and cybersecurity, as well as a suite of planning and operations tools to enable integration of DERs into planning and operations. In addition to deployment of technology, grid modernization will result in an evolved workforce and streamlined processes that can complement technology to provide safe, reliable service to electric customers.

Russell has over 10 years of experience in distribution system planning, distribution operations engineering, system planning software development, and strategic planning. Most recently, he led several efforts as part of SCE’s Distribution Resource Plan team where SCE outlined their plan to facilitate the integration of DERs and modernize the distribution Grid.

Russell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He is currently pursuing an Executive MBA from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

Russell lives in Rancho Cucamonga, California with his wife and their 2 children. When not working, he enjoys hiking, camping, and family vacations.

Ryan Truair

NW Natural

Engineering Manager - System Integrity
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Ryan joined NW Natural in 2005 and currently leads the team of Engineers and Specialists responsible for the implementation and management of NW Natural’s System Integrity Programs. His team’s responsibilities include managing transmission line assessments and accelerated actions related to distribution integrity management including the replacement of bare steel and vintage plastic. At NW Natural, Ryan has also worked as a Resource Center Engineer, Integrity Management Engineer, and Engineering Supervisor.

Prior to NW Natural, Ryan worked for a civil/surveying consulting firm for 10 years and in local government for 5. He enjoys spending time with wife of 24 years and his two teenage children.

Scott Smith

Integral Analytics

Director, GIS
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Scott Smith is the Director of GIS Products at Integral Analytics, Inc. He serves as Lead Developer of IA’s proprietary geo-spatial risk-based electric distribution planning application, LoadSEER. Scott has extensive training and experience with forecasting software and spatial database programming, specialized in remote sensing techniques, spatiotemporal modeling, and risk-based spatial electric load forecast simulations. Scott helps meet the planning and forecasting needs of T&D and demand side management planners by giving them the ability to model changes in electric demand over space and time. Previous and current projects include software support to forecasting and distribution planning groups at Pacific Gas & Electric, Seattle City Light, Nashville Electric Service, Avista Utilities, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, CPS Energy, Fortis BC, Duke Energy, PacifiCorp, Kansas City Power & Light, and others.

Seth Rosenberg

Southern California Gas Company

Environmental Project Manager II – Aliso Canyon Turbine Replacement

Sherry Liguori

Pacific Power

Avian Program Manager

Simon Han

Southern California Edison

Manager, Grid Operations

Jim McAdams

Cupertino Electric Inc.

Director
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Jim McAdams, Director (Transmission & Distribution), Cupertino Electric Inc.

Jim has over 21 years of experience in the California Gas & Electric Utility industry comprised of both IOU and contractor experience. As the director of projects for Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI)’s Energy Infrastructure Division, Jim is responsible for all aspects of transmission and distribution utility projects, including estimating, procurement, construction, work methods, safety and customer relations. Jim also oversees project controls, operations, project completion (on time and on budget), and customer satisfaction.
Prior to joining Cupertino Electric, Jim held various positions in his 20+ yr. career at Pacific Gas & Electric progressing from Lineman to Sr. Manager of Safety & Health for PG&E’s Electric Operations Organization. During the last several years Jim has enjoyed pioneering industry-leading employee qualification projects and creating high-performing work environments in a fast paced and highly regulated environment.

Jim McAdams

Cupertino Electric Inc.

Director
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Jim McAdams, Director (Transmission & Distribution), Cupertino Electric Inc.

Jim has over 21 years of experience in the California Gas & Electric Utility industry comprised of both IOU and contractor experience. As the director of projects for Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI)’s Energy Infrastructure Division, Jim is responsible for all aspects of transmission and distribution utility projects, including estimating, procurement, construction, work methods, safety and customer relations. Jim also oversees project controls, operations, project completion (on time and on budget), and customer satisfaction.
Prior to joining Cupertino Electric, Jim held various positions in his 20+ yr. career at Pacific Gas & Electric progressing from Lineman to Sr. Manager of Safety & Health for PG&E’s Electric Operations Organization. During the last several years Jim has enjoyed pioneering industry-leading employee qualification projects and creating high-performing work environments in a fast paced and highly regulated environment.

Jim McAdams

Cupertino Electric Inc.

Director
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Jim McAdams, Director (Transmission & Distribution), Cupertino Electric Inc.

Jim has over 21 years of experience in the California Gas & Electric Utility industry comprised of both IOU and contractor experience. As the director of projects for Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI)’s Energy Infrastructure Division, Jim is responsible for all aspects of transmission and distribution utility projects, including estimating, procurement, construction, work methods, safety and customer relations. Jim also oversees project controls, operations, project completion (on time and on budget), and customer satisfaction.
Prior to joining Cupertino Electric, Jim held various positions in his 20+ yr. career at Pacific Gas & Electric progressing from Lineman to Sr. Manager of Safety & Health for PG&E’s Electric Operations Organization. During the last several years Jim has enjoyed pioneering industry-leading employee qualification projects and creating high-performing work environments in a fast paced and highly regulated environment.

Peter Asmus

Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Dan Greenwood

CenterPoint Energy

Asset Management Consultant
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Dan has more than 17 years of experience in the T&D utility industry which includes various roles both within the industry and outside as a consultant. He spent his first nine years as a service consultant assisting electric customers with electrical issues and designed both overhead and underground distribution facilities. He left CenterPoint Energy in 2007 to assist Booz & Company, a global management consulting firm, to build up their T&D operations consulting business in the U.S.
Dan left the management consulting world in 2010 to rejoin CNP as a Project Coordinator to assist in their AMI rollout. After the project was completed Dan joined the newly formed Asset Management Analysis and Strategy team in 2012, where he is now an internal Asset Management Consultant.

Roy O’Kelly

Elpis Squared

V.P. Business Development
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Roy O’Kelly is the VP of Business Development for Elpis Squared, a technology company specializing in enterprise scale grid analytics systems and distribution management solutions for utilities adopting smart grid infrastructure.

Roy’s career has been devoted to developing sophisticated technology products in the medical device, telecommunications, and electric utility industries. For the last 8 years Roy has focused on grid modernization in general with a special interest in the development and deployment of smart metering and the realization of its benefits. He has had the pleasure of working with Southern California Edison, Itron, and Lands+Gyr.

Roy has worked with Elpis Squared since its inception and is responsible for business strategy and new product direction. Elpis is dedicated to setting a foundation for the modern grid, and deriving maximum value from existing and new distribution grid assets. Working with utilities such as LADWP and National Grid, Elpis’ software platforms are rapidly building a reputation for product innovation, system interoperability, robustness, and exceptional performance.

Gerry Bong

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Gas Operations | R&D and Innovation Gas Engineer
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Gerry Bong is an engineer in PG&E Gas Operations R&D and Innovation team. Since joining the company in 2013, he has been involved in projects related to leak detections, methane emissions, ground movement and risk management. Gerry graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a M.Sc. and B.S.E in Chemical Engineering.

Christine Asaro

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Daniel Sanchez

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Manager, Hazardous Materials and Water Quality
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Daniel Sanchez, Manager – Hazmat and Water Quality, Pacific Gas and Electric
Daniel Sanchez has worked for Pacific Gas and Electric for 10 years. He is currently the Manager of the Hazmat and Water Quality and is responsible for utility wide programs

Graham Horn

Enbala Power Networks

Vice-President, Business Development Western North America

Ed White

Field2Base

CEO
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Ed White is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Field2Base, Inc., a Morrisville, NC based technology company that uses tablet computers, wireless communications and Field2Base software to support mobile forms automation for a variety of vertical markets. He is also the founder of White Ventures LLC, a private equity and commercial real estate development company.

In 1980, after working for Westinghouse Electric Corporation for several years, Ed founded Utility Translation Systems, Inc. (UTS), a very successful remote-meter reading software company headquartered in Raleigh, NC. In 1996 he sold UTS to Itron, Inc., a leading supplier of energy information and communications solutions to the utility industry. He served as Itron’s Chairman of the Board until retiring in 2003 and has been a frequent speaker on metering, smart grid, and deregulation of the power supply industry at industry conferences throughout the world.

Ed is a graduate of the North Carolina State University School of Engineering, and is past president and member of the university’s Engineering Foundation’s Board of Directors. He has served on the Board of Directors of Morrisville’s Chamber of Commerce and is their former chairman. He is also the former Chairman of the Board for GRIDiant, Inc., and is on the board of directors for Stewart Engineering, Research Triangle Regional Partnership, Causam Energy, and a former director of eMeter. He is Chairman and a founding board member of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster. He has also served as president of North Ridge Country Club.

Wally Buran

Enovation Partners

Senior Director
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Wally is a Senior Director with Enovation Partners and the Edinfield Executive in Residence at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Wally has over 30 years of operations management and consulting experience and has managed and led assignments in competitive strategy, operations improvement, enterprise transformation, supply chain strategy, procurement & sourcing and re-engineering. He has worked with companies in a variety of industries including aerospace & defense, automotive, chemicals, consumer products, electronics, food, industrial products, medical devices, paper, transportation, and utilities. In his work with electric and gas utilities, he has focused on operations improvement, enterprise transformation, customer service, supply chain, risk and compliance assurance, transmission and distribution operations, and organizational restructuring. He has also provided expert witness testimony to public service commissions.

Wally has authored and directed multiyear research on Enterprise Transformation, Frontier Management Practices, Shareholder Value Creation and Growth Enablement Planning. He was the CEO of the Worldcrest Group; a senior partner with Monitor Group, Deloitte Consulting and IBM; served on the National Science Foundation, and teaches in universities and company based Executive Development Programs.