Procurement Management – Virtual (Sep 23-24)

Successful procurement management relies on a well-developed infrastructure, appropriate tactical resources, and thorough analysis. This process is multi-faceted and involves solid relationships within the utility, as well as maintaining relationships with vendors to mitigate risk. This forum offers an opportunity for procurement managers and specialists to come together with their industry partners and suppliers for round table discussions and expert presentations. Topics include KPIs, supplier relationship management, sustainability, and best practices in purchasing and contracting.

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General Details

  • Program Location
  • Virtual Event
  • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided before the program.
  • Who Should Attend
    • Procurement managers
    • Buyers
    • Sourcing managers
    • Purchasing Managers
    • Contract administrators/agents
    • Materials managers
    • Inventory and salvage managers
    • Suppliers and service companies
    • Supply chain analysts
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $199 USD

    Registration provides access to forum sessions, meeting materials, and roster.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • To best serve WEI members and program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, WEI will be waiving its standard cancellation policy for this program and all virtual programs through July 2021. Registrants can now receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins. This applies to both new and existing registrations for virtual programs.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Christopher Lee, Senior Program Manager at (971) 255-4967.


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Registration + Welcome

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM


Cameras on so we can get to know each other.
Share your name, title, and company.

1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

COVID Response – Lessons Learned
Speaker(s): Carolyn Danielson, Manager IT Infrastructure Facilities, Puget Sound Energy, Leticia Woodard, Assistant Director of Supply Chain Services, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Skip Peeples, Principal Analyst, Supply Chain, Salt River Project, Todd Peterson, Sr. Sourcing Professional, Avista Corp., Andrew McDermott, Senior Procurement Specialist, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Utilities share success stories from the last six months. Hear lessons from:

  • Avista
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Salt River Project

2:10 PM - 2:15 PM


2:15 PM - 2:50 PM

COVID Check-In + Current Challenges Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Erin Henning, Director of Supply Chain Services, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Share general updates and challenges for the next 1-3 months
What are your current challenges related to COVID-19?
What opportunities has your team/department noticed?

Possible topics:
Returning to work
Challenges working remote

2:50 PM - 3:00 PM


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator(s): Erin Henning, Director of Supply Chain Services, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Ever wonder if there are others in the industry facing the same challenges you are or if they have already found answers to those challenges? This session allows an opportunity to “break the ice” with other procurement professionals in the utility industry and explore these challenges. Come prepared to share your current procurement challenges as well as what your company is doing well. It’s a great way to find out what everyone hopes to get out of the conference and identify who may have similar challenges that you can further discuss offline.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Virtual Reception or Networking Activity

Thursday, September 24, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Roundtable on Regulatory Compliance: CIP 13, Exec Order on US Power + NERC Alert
Facilitator(s): Skip Peeples, Principal Analyst, Supply Chain, Salt River Project

This is an open roundtable to discuss:

  • Challenges and progress on meeting CIP 13 requirements.
  • Interpreting the Executive Order on US Bulk Power System
  • NERC Alert

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 1:10 PM

Welcome to Day 2

Check-in, troubleshooting, preview agenda

1:10 PM - 2:00 PM

Category Mangement Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Richard Clarke, Manager, Sourcing Operations, Hydro One Inc., Richard Clarke, Manager - Sourcing Operations Distribution, Hydro One Inc.
Speaker(s): Todd Peterson, Sr. Sourcing Professional, Avista Corp.

Has your company implemented category management?

If so:

  • How is it working for your utility?
  • Have you made any changes to categories or related processes?
  • Will you be adding additional categories?
  • What recent challenge have you had?

If not:

  • What does your current org look like?
  • Are you planning to implement? Do you have a timeline or target date?
  • Are you in the process of implementation? What are the barriers that you have faced?
  • Do you have any questions about category management?

2:00 PM - 2:10 PM


2:10 PM - 3:00 PM

Supplier Diversity

An overview of supplier diversity initiatives and expected outcomes. Following the presentation will be an open discussion.

3:00 PM - 3:10 PM


3:10 PM - 3:45 PM

Roundtable: Working Remote + Procuring for the Future
Facilitator(s): Jacque Keenan, Director, Supply Chain, Salt River Project

How are we doing business now?

  • Working remotely – what is working well?
  • How are we:
    • interacting with employees?
    • working vendors?
    • working with consultants?
    • using technology?

Looking ahead

  • As we continue to reopen what are the top procurement challenges/opportunities your company is facing?
  • What trends do you see for the next 6 months? Which ones will last longer?


3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Closing Roundtable

This is a chance to address any parking lot items, topics that need more conversation or any questions that haven’t been answered.

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Wrap Up + Future Planning


Thank you to our session sponsors!

Meet The Speakers

Erin Henning

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Director of Supply Chain Services

Skip Peeples

Salt River Project

Principal Analyst, Supply Chain

Todd Peterson

Avista Corp.

Sr. Sourcing Professional

Carolyn Danielson

Puget Sound Energy

Manager IT Infrastructure Facilities

Leticia Woodard

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Assistant Director of Supply Chain Services

Andrew McDermott

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Senior Procurement Specialist

Jacque Keenan

Salt River Project

Director, Supply Chain

Richard Clarke

Hydro One Inc.

Manager, Sourcing Operations

Richard Clarke

Hydro One Inc.

Manager - Sourcing Operations Distribution