Apr

24-27

Operations Conference (Apr 24-27)

The WEI Operations Conference brings together over 600 electric and natural gas energy operations managers, supervisors and front line employees for three days of education and networking with breakout discussions for specific operations functions: Operational Leadership + Workforce Development; Environmental; Safety; Asset Management; Customer Field Services (Electric and Natural Gas); Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Management Systems; Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Integrity Management; Natural Gas Operational Excellence; Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Emergency Response; The Evolving Electric Grid (Grid Modernization); Electric Substation; Electric Transmission; Electric T&D System Operations; Electric Distribution Operations - Executing Work (Planning, Design, and Construction). The breakout sessions are complemented by thought-provoking general sessions by industry leaders and professional keynote speakers. This conference is a must for any professional in the energy business. Limited booth displays are available.

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General Details

Program Location
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
11111 North Seventh Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020

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

Participation Policy
Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.

Registration Options
Conference Registration Member: $759 USD (speakers and delegates)
Conference Registration Regular: $1,599 USD

Prices for the conference registration increase $200 after March 16, 2018. Registration includes comprehensive conference materials and all food events. Guest tickets are available for $99 and allow for a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy
industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

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

General Cancellation Policy
Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.

For more information contact Eric Christenson, Senior Program Manager at (971) 303-2118.

Agenda

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

6:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Optional Networking Events
Check the Networking tab for details.

3:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Registration Desk Open
For guests who wish to pick up the conference materials early, we provide early registration check-in. After 5:00 PM name badges only will be distributed at the Rose Garden reception.
Operations Conference program app sponsored by:

4:45 PM – 5:15 PM
First-Time Attendee Meetup
If this is your first time attending a WEI event show up early to meet experienced WEI veterans and fellow first timers. We want you to get the most out of your experience at the Operations Conference!

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception
Location: West Courtyard
Sponsored by:

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast + Registration
Location: Highland Plaza
Breakfast sponsored by:

WiFi for the program sponsored by:

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
Operations 2018 Official Welcome
Location: Highland Ballroom
All day coffee service sponsored by:

8:15 AM – 9:30 AM
It’s Your Ship – Achieving Breakthrough Performance

Speaker: Mike Abrashoff, Former Commander, USS Benfold
When Mike Abrashoff took command of the USS Benfold, morale was low, turnover was high and performance ranked at the bottom of the Pacific Fleet. Twelve months later the ship was the benchmark for performance – the shining star… using the very same crew. This inspiring talk is based on the vital leadership lessons Abrashoff learned as he led the remarkable turnaround of the ship.

The first lesson was Abrashoff’s realization that before the ship’s performance could improve, his own leadership style had to change from the traditional command and control model. When the crew would present a problem, Abrashoff became known for responding “What would YOU do? It’s YOUR ship!” His Leadership Roadmap principles created a high performance culture and empowered his crew to take charge and use ingenuity and initiative to improve every aspect of the way things were done.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Break with Vendor Displays
Location: Grande Ballroom

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Concurrent Tracks – Breakout Session 1
Operational Leadership + Workforce Development – Generational Change – Perspectives on Leading the Workforce
Customer Field Services – So, you THINK you can Communicate?
Environmental – Struggles Incorporating Environmental into Operational Excellence
Safety – Safety Leadership, Error Reduction & Human Performance
Asset Management – Technology for Informed Decisions
Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Management Systems – Committed to a Pipeline Safety Management System – Where are You in Your Journey?
Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Integrity Management – Regulatory Update: How are you getting ready?
Natural Gas Operational Excellence – Don’t Give Up…Technology is Here to HELP!
Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Emergency Response – Gas Incidents Lessons Learned
The Evolving Electric Grid – Electric Power System Communication
Electric Substation – Utility Staffing Challenges
Electric Transmission – Working Your Transmission System Live
Electric T&D System Operations – T&D One Grid – Closing the Chasm
Electric Distribution Operations – Executing Work – Disruptive Technology – Planning Ahead and Around

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Lunch

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Just a Second Ago: The Impact of Unsafe Work Acts on Your Family
Location: Highland Ballroom
Speakers: Brad Livingston and Kayla Rath
You go to work every day expecting to come home to your family at night. But what if you don’t? What if you take shortcuts? What if you let pride and complacency get in the way of you safely doing your job? You could be hurt or killed, and then what happens to your family? The people you love most; what impact do your decisions have on them?

“Back-to-back explosions!! 100% preventable!!” “I didn’t think anything like this could ever happen to me!” “How long before I die?”

In this session, Brad Livingston explains each of these contributing factors – Pride; Shortcuts; Attitude; Complacency, and how they have affected every day of the rest of his life. His daughter, Kayla Rath, was nine years old when her father was involved in these workplace explosions. Brad and Kayla speak together to describe their real life, heart wrenching experiences and why you have no choice but to be safe at work.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Break with Vendor Displays
Location: Grande Ballroom

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Concurrent Tracks – Breakout Session 2
Operational Leadership + Workforce Development – Creating a Path to Leadership
Customer Field Services – Anticipating the Needs of “Legalization”… Are You Ready?
Environmental – Environmental Challenges of an Aging Infrastructure
Safety – Vehicle Safety and Distractions
Asset Management – ISO Certification Compliance
Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Management Systems – Operator PSMS Voluntary PHMSA Review
Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Integrity Management – Qualitative and Probabilistic Risk Models, Data Driven Models for a New Era of Pipeline Safety
Natural Gas Operational Excellence – Pioneering New Technology
Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Emergency Response – Shut It in or Let it Blow
The Evolving Electric Grid – Electrification of Transportation System
Electric Substation – Meeting Operational Training Challenges
Electric Transmission – Aerial Data Acquisition (LiDAR/IR)
Electric T&D System Operations – Keeping up with the Data
Electric Distribution Operations – Executing Work – Customer Impacts, Executing Work

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Reception with Vendor Displays
Location: Grande Ballroom

Thursday, April 26, 2018

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast
Location: Highland Plaza

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Leadership and Building the Culture of Safe Operations
Location: Highland Ballroom
Speaker: John Haarlow, AGM Distribution & Engineering Services, Snohomish County PUD
Mr. Haarlow explains his organization’s journey and how addressing the culture at Snohomish County PUD led to real results and improvements in operations.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Break with Vendor Displays

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Concurrent Tracks – Breakout Session 3
Operational Leadership + Workforce Development – Leading an Internal and External Workforce – Addressing Challenges and Maintaining Relationships
Customer Field Services – Understanding Your Customer Base and Being Prepared to Interact
Environmental – Streamlining the Permitting Process
Safety – Distracted Mind & Mindfulness
Asset Management – Addressing the Tsunami of Aging Assets and Infrastructure
Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Management Systems – Pipeline (PSMS) Safety Culture
Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Integrity Management – Unique Ways of Pigging
Natural Gas Operational Excellence – Fighting for Our Future: Government Energy Policy
Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Emergency Response – We’re Going In!
The Evolving Electric Grid – Non-Wires Alternatives: Solve Grid Challenges Without New Wires
Electric Substation – Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn
Electric Transmission – Get the Most from Your System with Dynamic Rating
Electric T&D System Operations – The Distribution Operator of the Future
Electric Distribution Operations – Executing Work – Executing Permits

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch
Sponsored by:

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Concurrent Tracks – Breakout Session 4
Operational Leadership + Workforce Development – Leading Operations Workforce and Challenges
Customer Field Services – Connecting with your Customer at their Door
Environmental – Safeguarding the Public and Employees from Hazardous Materials
Safety – Improving Fitness to Minimize Injuries
Asset Management – Lifecycle Best Practices in Asset Management
Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Management Systems – PSMS – Incident Management
Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Integrity Management – Legacy Cross Bore and Material Traceability Programs
Natural Gas Operational Excellence – Contractor Governance and Approval
Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Emergency Response – Emergency Response Roadblocks
The Evolving Electric Grid – Evolution of the Distribution Control Center
Electric Substation – Technology in the Field
Electric Transmission – Industry Driving Transmission Projects
Electric T&D System Operations – Power Quality: Meeting Electrical System Demands in a Tough and Rapidly Changing Environment
Electric Distribution Operations – Executing Work – Executing Paper

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Break

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
General Session 4
Location: Highland Ballroom

Friday, April 27, 2018

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast
Location: Highland Plaza

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Pacific Gas & Electric’s Operational Response to the Northern California Wildfires

Speaker: Barry Anderson, Vice President of Electric Distribution, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Location: Highland Ballroom
The October 2017 Northern California wildfires were a series of wildfires that started burning across the state of California, United States, beginning in early October; 21 of the wildfires became major fires that burned at least 245,000 acres. At the outset of the wildfires, PG&E activated emergency centers with base camps for their crews in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties. PG&E crews worked around the clock at the camps to return power and gas service – and a sense of normalcy – to the impacted communities.

The fires impacted service to about 359,000 PG&E customers and 42,000 PG&E customers. PG&E deployed more than 4,300 workers, including PG&E employees and mutual-add crews to support the response. PG&E shares the story of this response and coordination to support their customers.

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Closing and Conference Adjourns

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Wrap-up and 2019 Planning
Open to all Ops participants who are interested in joining the leadership teams or just want to provide your feedback, you’re invited to participate in the wrap-up as we set the stage for 2019!

Hotel + Travel

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
11111 North Seventh Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Phone: (602) 866-7500

Reservation Instructions
Make your reservations online or by contacting the hotel directly at (602) 866-7500 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $239 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until March 17, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.

Networking

All networking events are scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Golf – Ambiente Course at Camelback Golf Club
6:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Registration Fee: $110 USD per person
Refund Policy: No refunds after March 20, 2018
Sponsored by:

Here is your chance to network with your peers while enjoying a fun round of golf. Designed by notable golf architect Jason Straka on behalf of Hurdzan/Fry Environmental Golf Design, Ambiente presents a distinct challenge where accuracy and a good strategy command the day, as every hole will force even the best players to focus on each and every shot. Golfers find the eye-catching elevation changes, as well as rolling fairways with significant drops throughout the course, are among its most striking features. Ambiente was completely renovated and re-opened as a new course in November 2013.

Registration fee also includes transportation to and from the course, morning refreshments, and lunch.

Salt River Project Hydroelectric System and Dam Industry Tour
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Registration Fee: $70 USD
Capacity Limit: 15
Join WEI on a tour of the Salt River Project hydroelectric system and dams, including generation sites and other areas. Lunch will be provided.

WEI Reserves the right to cancel networking tours if a minimum number of participants is not met. Space is limited. Includes: Round trip transportation from hotel, soft drinks, snacks, and a catered lunch.

Southwest Gas Operations Tour
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Registration Fee: $70 USD
Capacity Limit: 19
Join WEI on a private tour hosted by Southwest Gas taking you behind the scenes of their Tempe operations center. The tour will include:
• Emergency Response Training Facility – simulated city where employees, contractors and emergency responders can participate in multiple live-gas scenarios to practice emergency response and ICS techniques
• Natural gas training facilities for Operations and Customer Service
• Emergency response trailer
• Fire pit with natural gas props

Southwest Gas will discuss how it utilizes the Emergency Response Training Facility to expand outreach and training opportunities with emergency responders, opportunities that are being implemented to increase liaison efforts with emergency responders and public officials, and damage prevention initiatives utilized for second party contractors.

Lunch will be provided on the bus. WEI reserves the right to cancel networking tours if a minimum number of participants is not met. Space is limited. Includes: Round trip transportation from hotel, soft drinks, snacks, and a catered lunch.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Conference Registration + Vendor Display Member: $1,259 USD
Conference Registration + Vendor Display Regular: $2,209 USD
+ Vendor Display Assistant for $499 USD
+ Guest Pass for $99 USD

Prices increase $200 for all registration options, except the Vendor Display Assistant + Guest Pass, after March 16, 2018. Conference Registration + Vendor Display includes comprehensive meeting materials, all sessions and all food events. This registration options also includes the registrant as the main vendor display representative, one (1) skirted Vendor Display Table for Wednesday and Thursday display events, plus comprehensive conference materials and all food events.

A Vendor Display Assistant registration is added to a vendor display registration and includes all meals on Wednesday and Thursday, April 25 and 26. The Vendor Display Assistant pass does not provide access to General Sessions nor breakout sessions.

The Guest ticket can be added to a conference registration and allows a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

Shipping Information
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
11111 North Seventh Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020
C/O: WEI Ops Conference Display + Your Company Name

Please note boxes should arrive no earlier than 3 days prior to the display date.

Vendor Display Schedule
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Check-in and set-up
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Break with Vendor Displays
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Lunch with Vendor Displays
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Break with Vendor Displays
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Reception with Vendor Displays

Thursday, April 26, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Breakfast with Vendor Displays
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Break with Vendor Displays
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch with Vendor Displays
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Tear Down

Program Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
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Gold Sponsors:
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Meet The Speakers

Nancy Arroyoavila

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Manager, Gas Technical Curriculum Development
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Nancy Arroyoavila is a Manager for Gas Technical Training Curriculum Development at PG&E. She has worked in the energy industry for 7 year and has worked in Training and Development for over 20 years. When not traveling abroad, which she does regularly, Nancy spends much of her free time volunteering in her local community. Nancy retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2005 after 20 years of service and is now enjoying the next chapter of her life.

Dan Magnan

ATCO Gas

Manager, Grande Prairie Region

Chris Moore

JANA Corporation

Director, Engineering

Kaz Berjian

ATCO Pipelines

Manager, Pipeline Integrity Management

Carter Saline

Enbridge

Quality Specialist

Jason Walborn

Hoffman Southwest Corporation

Business Development

Scott Williams

FortisAlberta

Manager Asset Management

Wesley Horne

Arizona Public Service Company

Predictive Maintenance Supervisor

Matt Barber

Esri

Gretchen Anderson

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Frank Mannarino

EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

Senior Vice President, Electricity Operations

Jim Howe

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Gas Regulatory Strategy

Kevin Dasso

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Vice President, Electric Asset Management

Gordon Ashby

Bonneville Power Administration

Resource Economic Planner

David Gabbard

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Senior Director, Transmission Asset Management
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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.

Chinedum Umachi

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Pipeline Risk Management Engineer

Mike Eutsey

Cascade Natural Gas Corp.

Director, Operation Services

Nicole Garrett

Vectren

Quality Assurance Manager

Marvin Moon

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Director of Power Engineering Division

Nazir Fazli

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Transmission and Distribution District Supervisor, Safety and Training Section

Jennie King

Salt River Project

Director of Strategic Energy Management & Customer Experience

Shane Ferguson

ATCO Electric

Manager Line Maintenance & Construction

Erik Guerra

Puget Sound Energy

Supervisor, Electric GIS

Robert Horn

Salt River Project

Manager, Field Maintenance

Greg Frankamp

Idaho Power Company

Communications Engineer

Leann Costick

Puget Sound Energy

Molly Amendt

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Project Manager

Luis Alarcon

Conekt2

CEO

Omneya Salem

Conekt2

COO

Michael Barigian

Southern California Edison

Engineer 3

Ray Hudson

DNV GL

Global Solar Service Line Leader

Aaron Durivage

Southwest Gas Corporation

District Manager

Kristen Maniscalco

MBS Engineering, Inc.

Zane Marie White

NW Natural

Sr. Corporate Recruiter

Bryan Baker

NW Natural

Field Operations Supervisor
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Bryan Baker is a Field Operations Supervisor for NW Natural gas utility in the Southwest Portland area. Prior to his current role, he was a Technical Trainer for NW Natural’s Customer Field Service employees. He joined NW Natural in 1999. His home is Salem, Oregon with his wife Jacinta and two sons, Isaac and Nolan.

Victoria Person

Southern California Gas Company

Senior Diversity & Inclusion Manager

Tiffany Urland

Cascade Natural Gas Corp.

District Manager
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Tiffany Urland has worked for Cascade Natural Gas for 11 years and is currently the District Manager in Mount Vernon, Washington. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a Minor concentration in Psychology. Tiffany is very involved in the community, including Leadership Skagit graduate (2013) and coach (2014). She is a member of the Mount Vernon Chamber, a Past President & Board President (2014-2015) of the Mount Vernon Noon Rotary and their respective Foundation. Tiffany was a founding member of the Community and Tesoro Advisory Group (CTAG), and has served on the Board of the United Way of Skagit County since 2013 and is currently the Resource Development Chair and member of the Executive Committee. This year she will present again at the Western Energy Institute annual conference and participate in their Business Acumen Course. She enjoys running and completed her first half -marathon in 2017.

Brian Taylor

Avista Utilities

Manager of Gas Operations (Medford, Oregon)
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Brian Taylor is the Gas Operations manager in Medford, Oregon for Avista Utilities. Brian has 21 years of experience in the utility business. Brian started his career in the natural gas industry working for his grandfather’s family owned distribution and maintenance contractor business prior to coming to Avista. Brian has held several craft positions including, Crewman, Journeyman Main fitter, Crew Foreman and Measurement Control Technician. In 2006 Brian moved into a formal leadership role as the Assistant Operations Manager in Medford. Brian has a wonderful wife Mary Jane and four active boys, Benny, Colby, Easton and Hayden.

Duncan Kerr

The Engine Room

Managing Partner
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Duncan is a seasoned operations executive and consultant with over 28 years’ experience in over 3 continents. He has spent approximately half his career working in industry in leadership roles spanning operations, engineering, safety, asset management, supply chain, general management and capital projects. He has worked as the Chief Operating Officer for a large publicly traded company as well as smaller private companies and consulting firms.

As a consultant, Duncan has led and worked on a wide variety of successful projects covering operational safety, error reduction, human performance, strategic planning and supply chain for organizations with in the utility, oil and gas sectors.

• Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering, University of McGill, Montreal, Quebec.
• Directors Education Program, Institute of Corporate Directors
• For a change of pace, Duncan enjoys outdoor sports including cycling and kayaking, or can be found pursuing fine woodworking projects in his home workshop.

Mitch Campbell2

Dominion Energy

Operations Foreman
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Mitch Campbell is a Lead Operations Foreman for Dominion Energy in Utah. He has worked in the gas industry since 1994. He graduated from Weber State University, is a multi-qualified welder, and has ran a construction crew for the last 16 years. Mitch enjoys snow skiing, mountain biking, gardening, and spending time with his wife Alison, and children, Zach and Emily.

Chris Dichard

Asplundh Construction Corporation

District Safety Manager

Harish Shukla

Southern California Gas Company

Safety & Health Manager

Carlos Alvarado

Southern California Gas Company

Employee Development Advisor

Bonnie Burns

Southern California Gas Company

Industrial Hygiene Team Lead

Andrew Salvadore

Henkels & McCoy, Inc.

Vice President of Health, Safety, and Enviromental
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Andrew J. Salvadore is the Vice President of Health, Safety, and Enviromental for Henkels & McCoy Group, Inc., and in that capacity he is responsible for providing the strategic leadership, as well as the interpretation, development, oversight, and direction of all safety and health programs, and environmental programs across the enterprise.

Mr. Salvadore has more than 30 years of experience as a Certified Safety Professional, with expertise in risk management and prevention, loss reduction, behavioral safety management, corporate governance, and compliance programs. Prior to joining Henkels & McCoy, Mr. Salvadore held positions at the Asplundh Tree Expert Company, Martin Marietta/GE Aerospace, and EBASCO Constructors, Inc.

Mr. Salvadore holds a Bachelor of Science in Safety Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Other notable accomplishments include numerous certifications from the Insurance Institute of America, OSHA, and the National Safety Council, among others. He is an active member of the Electrical Transmission and Distribution OSHA Partnership; the Edison Electrical Institute; the American Society of Safety Engineers; and the Penn Del Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.

Dave Coates

MoveSafe Inc.

President/CEO

Gilbert Archuleta

Puget Sound Energy

Manager, Customer & System Projects, South End

Jeff Pope

Burns & McDonnell

Facility Decommissioning & Demolition Services Manager

Jennifer Trotter

Burns & McDonnell

California Public Involvement & Business Diversity Lead

Dirk McConnell

Southern California Edison

District Manager, Saddleback District Distribution Construction & Maintenance
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Dirk McConnell is the District Manager of the Santa Ana District in the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) organization at Southern California Edison (SCE). In that role he is responsible for electrical and civil design, construction, maintenance and inspection of the overhead and underground electric distribution system in Orange County.
Previously, Dirk was the Operations Supervisor and District Manager in the Saddleback District, responsible for leading the 9 electrical crews to safely install more underground cable in a single year than any other district, over 100 miles. He began his career at SCE in 1984 and has held a variety of construction, supervisory, and management positions in the Transmission and Distribution Organization including Lineman, Foreman, Troubleman, and Field Supervisor.
Dirk was raised in the trade, with his father progressing in his career from Lineman to Operations Supervisor, and an uncle working as a utitlity lineman. Dirk has moved between management and trade positions during his career, and has worked for over 32 different District Managers. He has experienced a variety of management styles that have made an impression on him in different ways.

Maggie Trumbly

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Supervisor - Environmental Management

Nate Lishman

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Sr. Land Planner

Ian Hatfield

Arizona Public Service Company

Tom Leslie

Arizona Public Service Company

Ryan Jamison

Dominion Energy

Senior Instructor

Dennis Jarnecke

Gas Technology Institute

Director of Research and Development

Seth Plaizier

Dominion Energy

Supervisor, Region Operations
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Seth Plaizier works for Dominion Energy and is currently managing the Park City overseeing day to day operations for Summit and Wasatch Counties. Seth has worked for 15 years in the natural gas industry. Seth has 10 years experience designing and managing a variety of projects both in the high pressure and distributions systems, from M&R stations to the Company’s Belt Line replacement program. Seth does not like “death by PowerPoint” presentations. Seth enjoys spending time with family, camping, hiking, kayaking and playing with his children.

Chris Bolton

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Associate Engineer

Tyrone Kneller

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Manager

Ben Field

Chelan County PUD

IT Specialist

Natasha Gentry

Bonneville Power Administration

Supervisory General Engineer

Corbin Shields

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Manager, Transmission Line Projects

Don McNab

ATCO Electric

Manager

Corey Semrow

Southern California Edison

Senior Project Manager - Transmission Infrastructure

Jeff Laninga

Manitoba Hydro

Live Line Procedures Engineer

Ted Graham

AltaLink

Senior Transmission Lines Work Specialist

Jake Gentle

Idaho National Laboratory

Power Systems Research Engineer
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Jake Gentle is a senior power systems engineer for the Idaho National Laboratory, and is the INL Laboratory Relationship Manager to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO). Jake is a program and project manager, developing technology and providing technical oversight by coordinating state-of-the-art and innovative solutions for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and various electric power industry partners. Jake holds a Masters degree in Measurement & Controls Engineering and a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Idaho State University. Over the past eight years, Jake has led multiple power systems and transmission line projects at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory.

Phil Anderson

Idaho Power Company

Engineering Project Lead

Tyler Ashburn

Bonneville Power Administration

General Engineer

Scott Stocker

Portland General Electric

Transmission Engineer
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Scott Stocker was born in Salem, Oregon on March 3, 1978. He graduated from Oregon State University in 2001 with a Bachelor in Science in Mechanical Engineering.
His employment experience includes LRD Performance, WARN Industries, and Portland General Electric. He is a licensed Mechanical Engineer in the State of Oregon. He is a Senior Project Engineer within Portland General Electric’s Transmission Engineering group.

Ian Grant

Black & Veatch

Senior Project Engineer
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Ian Grant is an Engineering Manager for the underground transmission line group in Black & Veatch’s Portland, Oregon office. He has over 12 years of experience and is a licensed Civil Engineer in the State of Oregon.

His fields of interest and expertise include high voltage underground transmission lines, underground distribution lines, seismic resilience of underground cables, horizontal directional drilling, augur boring and microtunneling. Mr. Grant has led the design and engineering of numerous underground transmission line projects, including the first 500 kV underground transmission line in North America for Southern California Edison in Chino Hills, California.

Dale Goodman

Portland General Electric

Manager Substation Operations
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Dale leads a diverse group of 70+ union and exempt employees responsible for constructing, maintaining and operating PGE’s network of transmission, distribution and generation substations.

After college Dale has earned two journeyman Wireman certifications. He started his career with Chelan County Power where he earned his journeyman hydro plant Wireman certification with IBEW local 77. After seven years with the PUD he received his journeyman transmission / distribution substation Wireman with Local 125 and joined PGE in 1997. Since then he’s worked his way through various union leadership roles until he joined management in 2005. Dale is a graduate of WEI business acumen for emerging leaders and also served as a mentor.

Although many elements of his position are interesting and challenging the one he’s most proud of is seeing his staff arrive home safe each evening.

Dale has served on many committees including the Oregon state in house apprenticeship committee, union contract negotiations committee and currently serves on the board of directors for the Children’s Center in Clackamas county Oregon.

Barron Kelley

Dominion Energy

Manager, Gas Operations

Logan Monroe

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Manager, Gas Emergency Preparedness

Robert Peterson

MDU Utilities Group

Director, Safety and Technical Training

Michael Nushart

Black & Veatch

Principal Consultant
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Mike Nushart brings more than four decades of natural gas industry experience and provides data-driven Pipeline Integrity Management and code compliance expertise with a focus on data definition, acquisition, integration and, analysis.

Experience includes 32 years of direct utility management of gas distribution and transmission, construction, operations, and maintenance with special emphasis on cost effective code compliance and system safety and reliability. Subsequent to a successful utility career, the skills acquired have been applied to a consultancy that has assisted other LDC operators in achieving improved pipeline integrity, cost savings and efficiencies.

Wendy Veliz

Portland General Electric

Government Affairs

Ashley Simpson

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

James Stefanuk

ATCO Electric

Senior Lead Engineer, Design Technical Support

Luke Chaput

AMPJACK Industries Ltd.

President

Mark Mielke

ATCO Electric

Specialist Engineer

Bobby Lu

Southern California Gas Company

Tom Finch

PHMSA - Office of Pipeline Safety

Community Liaison for the Western Region
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USDOT/PHMSA/Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS)

Tom has been a Community Liaison for the Western Region, which is in Lakewood, CO, since August 20, 2009. From 2002 -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 majoring in Petroleum Engineering. He has over 40 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.

Steven Sass

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Jeffery Salazar

Southern California Gas Company

Pipeline Safety Oversight Manager

Jacob Neal

Portland General Electric

Environmental Specialist

Erica Amt

Portland General Electric

Environmental Specialist

Regan Brilz

Montana Dakota Utilities Company

District Operations Manager
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Regan Brilz, District Operations Manager- Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.
Throughout his 21 year career in the electric and Natural gas industry, Regan has experienced many sides of the utility business. He began his career in the industry as a Journeyman Lineman. He shifted his career to leadership through several career growth opportunities as well as obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Energy Management. He has been involved in Electric Operations, Gas Operations, and HR Labor Relations.

Jerry Cox

Portland General Electric

General Foreman Substation Communications Support
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Jerry Cox has 25 years’ experience working in telecommunications and network design and implementation. Jerry has been with PGE 12 years and currently heads the field operations as the General Foreman of the Substations Communications Support department at PGE. This department is responsible for building and operating one of the largest private communications systems in Oregon, interconnecting PGE facilities within the service territory and generation plants including mobile radio, fiber optic and microwave networks. Prior to PGE, Jerry’s professional experience includes active duty service as a US Navy Surface Warfare Officer, Infrastructure/Telecom manager in the insurance industry and as a contractor working designing and implementing high speed networking projects at NASA, Wells Fargo Bank, Dow Chemical and other large companies.

Jeremy Gall

Avista Utilities

Manager, Craft Training
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Jeremy leads the Craft and Technical Training team in the design, development and implementation of training programs across Avista’s electric and gas operations in four states. This work includes administering Avista’s 12 registered apprenticeship programs and the Avista/Spokane Community College Pre-Apprentice Schools. Jeremy holds a BA in Christian Ministry from Messenger College and a Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Evangel University.

Prior to Avista Jeremy served as an Engineering Laboratory Technician aboard the USS Parche and as an instructor in the US Navy’s nuclear power program. He has also managed training and leadership development programs at AT&T in Dallas, TX, Joplin, MO, and Bothell, WA. Jeremy facilitates the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee at Avista and serves on the advisory board for the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy.

Nick Carter

Portland General Electric

Manager, Substation Engineering

John Woodyard

Self Employed

AGA PCB Consultant

Jason Regan

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Director of Distribution Operations & Emergency Management

Seth Gulley

Cascade Natural Gas Corp.

Mgr, Safety & Technical Training

Maria Gudiño

Southern California Edison

Analyst Program/Project

Ryan Murphy

Puget Sound Energy

Operations Manager

Barry Eronson

Potelco Inc.

Manager of Engineering

Matthew Norwalk

Southern California Edison

Sr. Power Quality Specialist

Robert Peralta

Southern California Edison

Engineer 3

Jenny Macy

Burns & McDonnell

Electrical Engineer

Ron Sorich

NPL Construction Co.

Area Manager - Tucson

Tina Drews

Salt River Project

Director, Talent Management

Ruth Erwert

Chelan County PUD

Recruiting Manager

Steve Carpenter

Southern California Edison

Senior Manager, Process Governance, T&D
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Steve Carpenter is a Senior manager at Southern California Edison with over 30 years industry experience. For the past five years he has managed the regulatory and process governance for the SCE Distribution planning departments. Working with Mike Perez, he developed the Electric Utility Planner certification program at Cal Poly University, Pomona. In addition, Steve developed and managed a team that was the single point of contact for all residential development, including the tariff options of applicant design and installation.

Dale Goodman

Portland General Electric

Manager Substation Operations
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Dale leads a diverse group of 70+ union and exempt employees responsible for constructing, maintaining and operating PGE’s network of transmission, distribution and generation substations.

After college Dale has earned two journeyman Wireman certifications. He started his career with Chelan County Power where he earned his journeyman hydro plant Wireman certification with IBEW local 77. After seven years with the PUD he received his journeyman transmission / distribution substation Wireman with Local 125 and joined PGE in 1997. Since then he’s worked his way through various union leadership roles until he joined management in 2005. Dale is a graduate of WEI business acumen for emerging leaders and also served as a mentor.

Although many elements of his position are interesting and challenging the one he’s most proud of is seeing his staff arrive home safe each evening.

Dale has served on many committees including the Oregon state in house apprenticeship committee, union contract negotiations committee and currently serves on the board of directors for the Children’s Center in Clackamas county Oregon.

Brandon Pfeiffer

Arizona Public Service Company

UAS Program Coordinator/PDM Tech Sr.

Hunter West

Esri

Technical Lead – Telecommunications and Cable
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Hunter is a Solution Engineer on Esri’s Utilities Team, where he serves as the Technical Lead for Telecommunications and Cable, as well as the resident expert for Machine/Deep Learning. He has been with Esri for 4 years and is based out of the regional office in Denver, where he also studied History, GIS, and Computer Science at the University of Denver.

Mike Perez

Southern California Edison

Training Manager

Brad Livingston

Self Employed

Safety Speaker

Tom Nilan

Portland General Electric

Manager, Environmental Compliance & Licensing

Mike Rojo

NV Energy

Supervisor, Environmental Services

John McDonald

NW Natural

Environmental Specialist

Craig Geldard

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Manager, Environmental

Becky Mandich

Southern California Edison

Principal Advisor, Natural Resources & Public Lands

Erica Amt

Portland General Electric

Environmental Specialist

Jason Wolfe

FortisBC

Director, Energy Solutions

Wallace Rawls

Southern California Gas Company

Director of Safety & Wellness

Jacob Policzer

The Cannabis Conservancy

Co-Founder and President
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Jacob Policzer is the Co-Founder and President of The Cannabis Conservancy, a standards development and certification body that focuses on sustainable cannabis cultivation. Prior to TCC, Jacob has been working professionally in the fields of environmental science, agriculture, and corporate sustainability with previous work have including farm management, agricultural pollution research, and alternative energy adoption. Jacob obtained a M.Sc. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management through the Erasmus Mundus MESPOM consortium with a focus in urban agricultural sustainability. He is a member of Denver’s Department of Environmental Health’s Cannabis Sustainability Work Group and NCIA’s Cultivation Committee.

Ray Payne

Portland General Electric

Supervisor SCADA

Sandra Ellis

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Senior Manager Operations Engineering

Mari Shironishi

Southern California Gas Company

Pipeline Integrity Manager

Seth Gulley

Cascade Natural Gas Corp.

Mgr, Safety & Technical Training

Robert Peterson

MDU Utilities Group

Director, Safety and Technical Training

Joel Stitt

Salt River Project

Lora Anguay

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Director, Distribution Operations

Michael Cassiadora

Total Reliability Solutions LLC

Owner

Ravi Agerwahl

Bonneville Power Administration

Oliva Reyes

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Director Elec. Dist. Ops

Michael Legatt

ResilientGrid, Inc

CEO and Founder

Kevin Sonoda

City of Phoenix

Special Projects Administrator, Transportation Department

Mathew Johns

NV Energy

Director - Environmental Remediation & Resource Development Strategies

Justin Withers

Dominion Energy Utah

Manager, Central Region Operations