Procurement Management (Sep 25-27)

Successful supply chain 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 strategic relationships with vendors to mitigate risk to the overall supply chain. This forum offers an opportunity for supply chain procurement managers and specialists to come together with their industry partners and suppliers for roundtable discussions and expert presentations. Topics include KPIs, supplier relationship management, sustainability, and best practices in purchasing and contracting. CEHs are offered for CPSMs through the Institute for Supply Management.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Sherard Rego, Manager, Supply Chain Management, ENMAX Corporation

    • Program Location
    • Hyatt Regency Calgary
    • 700 Centre Street SE
      Calgary, AB T2G 5P6
    • Who Should Attend
      • Procurement managers
      • Buyers
      • Sourcing managers
      • Purchasing Managers
      • Contract administrators/agents
      • Supply chain managers
      • Supply chain analysts
      • Materials managers
      • Inventory and salvage managers
      • Suppliers and service companies
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $699 USD
    Regular: $1,299 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after September 4, 2019. Registration includes meeting materials, networking reception, Thursday dinner, all food events, and refreshments throughout the program. Guest tickets are available for $150 and allow 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.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Christopher Lee, Senior Program Manager at (971) 255-4967.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Tour of Shepard Energy Center (Optional)

ENMAX is offering a tour of its Shepard Energy Center on Wednesday before registration. The combined cycle natural gas plant was completed about 4 years ago and is the company’s flagship generating station located within the city limits of Calgary. Offered at no cost. Lunch is on your own. Transportation will be provided. Please contact Christopher Lee ( if you have questions about the tour.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch on your own

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Welcome to ENMAX - Focus on Grid Modernization
Speaker(s): Justin Jacober, Vice President, Municipal Partnerships and Supply Chain Management, ENMAX Corporation

ENMAX will share how it is planning for new technology on the grid with a focus on what it means for the future of procurement.

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Introductions and Roundtable Discussion on Current Issues
Facilitator(s): Sherard Rego, Manager, Supply Chain Management, ENMAX Corporation

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 during the networking time.

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Continue discussions from earlier in the day or catch up with new and old contacts. Dinner is on your own.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Metrics and Measuring Value, more than just Cost Savings
Facilitator(s): Skip Peeples, Principal Analyst, Supply Chain, Salt River Project
Speaker(s): Conrad Snover, President, ProcureAbility

How do we measure the value provided by supply chain?

  • Beyond cost savings, what are more strategic measurements?
  • How to assess/represent avoided costs, soft costs, escalation, risk?
  • What are best practices for measuring hard cost savings?
  • More than a middle man – add more than just transactional value.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Inventory Management
Speaker(s): John Olson, Supervisor, Central Stores, Puget Sound Energy

Puget Sound Energy will present on its inventory management system with a focus on benefits that have been realized. Discussion will explore what challenges forum participants are facing related to managing inventory.

What are the challenges?
What are you measuring?

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Lunch is provided for all attendees. There will be an optional presentation and roundtable discussion offered during this time for those that want to participate. Presentation will begin at approximately 12:00pm. Topic TBD.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Category Management
Speaker(s): Lindsay Zylstra, Director, Supply Chain, Hydro One Inc.

HydroOne will share how they have implemented Category Management.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Facilitator(s): Todd Peterson, Sr. Sourcing Professional, Avista Corp.

A roundtable to share updates on Tariffs and how companies are addressing potential changes:

  • How are we working with suppliers?
  • Can we mitigate it?

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM


3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Cybersecurity and Supply Chain
Facilitator(s): Skip Peeples, Principal Analyst, Supply Chain, Salt River Project

This roundtable will focus on how companies are preparing to meet requirements outlined in NERC/CIP 13 and other regulatory compliance issues associated with cybersecurity. Conversation will focus on:

  • What are your compliance plans?
  • How are they developing?
  • What are the top challenges that you’re facing?
  • How are we incorporating cybersecurity into procurement?

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

WEI Hosted Networking Dinner

ONE18 Empire
820 Centre St S
Calgary, AB T2G 5J2

Friday, September 27, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Sustainability Roundtable

There is a growing demand for sustainability in supply chain. This roundtable will cover:

  • Who owns sustainability?
  • How do we measure performance/accountability?
  • How do we score contracts?

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Focused Roundtable Discussions

Quick discussions on the following topics:

Risk Management & Business Continuity Plans
Asset/investment Recovery

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Closing Roundtable and Wrap Up

This roundtable will be an opportunity to follow up on topics needing further discussion or address issues that have not yet been covered.

Hotel + Travel

  • Hyatt Regency Calgary
  • 700 Centre Street SE
  • Calgary, Alberta T2G 5P6
  • Phone: 403 717 1234

  • Click here to make your reservation now.
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 233-1234 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $269 CAD/night. This rate is guaranteed until September 4, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Justin Jacober

ENMAX Corporation

Vice President, Municipal Partnerships and Supply Chain Management

Sherard Rego

ENMAX Corporation

Manager, Supply Chain Management

Conrad Snover



Skip Peeples

Salt River Project

Principal Analyst, Supply Chain

John Olson

Puget Sound Energy

Supervisor, Central Stores

Lindsay Zylstra

Hydro One Inc.

Director, Supply Chain

Todd Peterson

Avista Corp.

Sr. Sourcing Professional