Aug

22-24

Project Management (Aug 22-24)

WEI’s Project Management Industry Forum provides a conference where Project Management leadership and staff from multiple utilities gather to share project management methodologies, techniques, tools, key learnings, change management methodologies, and risk management, along with real examples of representative projects – those which were successful and those which did not achieve their goals.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management, Portland General Electric

    • Program Location
    • World Trade Center - Portland, Oregon
    • 25 SW Salmon Street
      Portland, Oregon 97204
    • Who Should Attend
      • Corporate Project Office/Enterprise Project Office Leadership
      • Senior Program Managers
      • Service Company Project Management Leaders
      • Senior Project Managers Leading Large Projects
      • Principal Engineers
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $399 USD
    Regular: $799 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after August 4, 2017. Registration includes all meeting materials, opening reception, breakfast and lunch Tuesday and Wednesday; and networking dinner Tuesday night. Guest tickets are available for $100 and allow a registered attendee to being a guest to the reception Tuesday night and dinner Wednesday.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Eric Christenson, Senior Program Manager at (971) 303-2118.

Agenda

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General Agenda

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
WEI Hosted Reception
Rock Bottom Brewery
206 SW Morrison St.
Portland, OR 97204

Join participants in a hosted networking reception at the Rock Bottom Brewery in the heart of downtown Portland.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

8:00 AM – 8:20 AM
Conference Welcome
Speaker: Cam Henderson, VP Bus & Info Tech and Chief Information Officer, Portland General Electric
Cam welcomes the group to Portland General Electric.

8:20 AM – 8:50 AM
Opening Question – What’s Different about Project Management at a Utility?
Facilitator: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management

8:50 AM – 9:00 AM
Break

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Breakout Sessions

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Catered Lunch

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Breakout Sessions

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Day 1 Close
Speaker: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
WEI Hosted Networking Dinner
Sponsored by:

Morton’s Steakhouse
213 SW Clay St.
Portland, OR 97201
Please RSVP to Eric Christenson.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
Day Three Intro
Speaker: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management
Sal Faruqui welcomes the group to Portland General Electric and sets expectations for the remainder of the forum.

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM
Day 2 Keynote Speaker – Leadership Soft Skills for Project Managers
Speaker: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management; Jeff Wheeler, Portland General Electric
To be a successful project manager, one must do more than follow processes and check boxes. The best project managers are leaders of the project who understand the added component of change management that exists in every project. They achieve at the highest levels of organizations because they embrace and display the soft skills that leaders require. Our keynote speaker describes these soft skills and how project managers will improve their own capabilities.

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM
Networking Break

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Session 7 – Role of the Project Management Function in a Utility
Moderator: Andy Leija, IT PMO Manager, Avista Utilities
Panelists: Suzanne Tamayo, Director, IT Shared Services, Puget Sound Energy; Scott Roberts, Seattle City Light
We ask our panelists some questions to get the conversation started, and then open it up to the audience:

1. What is the project management function? How do we educate our co-workers and leaders on what it means to be a project manager
2. How do you integrate project managers into the organization and the industry?
3. What career paths and certifications do you recommend for utility project managers?
4. What opportunities exist for project managers to expand into other functional areas?

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Break

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Session 8 – Power Tables – Any Last Parking Lot Items?
We close out the 2017 Project Management forum with a dedicated session for specific topic discussions based on discussions throughout the event, and topics that were not on the planned agenda.

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Session 9 – Program Close
Facilitators: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management; Andy Leija, IT PMO Manager, Avista Utilities

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Planning Lunch and Post-Mortem (RSVP Required)
We reserve time after the event for the PDT to do a quick post-mortem on the event. Those interested in joining the planning team for future events are invited to attend.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
WEI Hosted Reception
Rock Bottom Brewery
206 SW Morrison St.
Portland, OR 97204

Join participants in a hosted networking reception at the Rock Bottom Brewery in the heart of downtown Portland.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

8:00 AM – 8:20 AM
Conference Welcome
Speaker: Cam Henderson, VP Bus & Info Tech and Chief Information Officer, Portland General Electric
Cam welcomes the group to Portland General Electric.

8:20 AM – 8:50 AM
Opening Question – What’s Different about Project Management at a Utility?
Facilitator: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management, Portland General Electric

8:50 AM – 9:00 AM
Break

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM
Session 1 – Project Prioritization Strategies
Speakers: Shante Wilson, PMO Director, Northwest Natural; Blain Nicholls, PMO Director, NorthWestern Energy
Two keys to a successful project management organization is that project selection links to strategic goals and that projects across business lines are categorized, scored and ranked with reasonable comparisons. Northwest Natural provides an overview of their robust project prioritization model and NorthWestern Energy explain their “strategic yield” approach to Project Prioritization

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM
Break

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Session 2 – The Resource Planning and Scheduling Puzzle Roundtable
Facilitator: Tom Pankratz, PMO Director, NorthWestern Energy
Be prepared to share! The best formulated project plans struggle when the person or teams assigned project tasks are overcommitted. Even great scheduling and strategic portfolio management does not preclude “must-do” and the day-to-day work from your project team members. As utility projects now require more internal resources and cross functional areas, organizations are struggling to allocate limited resources and their availability when project tasks come do. Participants will be asked to discuss their challenges and successes with their peers in this facilitated roundtable. What is your strategy and what tactics do you use to attempt to solve this issue?

10:50 AM – 11:00 AM
Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Session 3 – Building Enterprise Project Management Organizations (1 of 2)
Speakers: Dawn Reyes, Manager, Project Management Practices, Puget Sound Energy
Puget Sound Energy has just gone through the Enterprise Project Management effort. In doing this, they created an enterprise projects and performance team, developed a baseline methodology and governance for strategic projects across the organization, and incorporated Organizational Change Management into their EPMO. PSE shares what they learned in the rollout of their first effort at bringing synergy across the organization.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Catered Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Session 4 – Building Enterprise Project Management Organizations – (2 of 2)
Speakers: Robert Kang, Senior Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Sacramento Municipal Utility District is rolling enterprise project management standards and processes, including approvals of projects, phase gate reporting, and controls. While this is a brand new effort, the impact is large because these standards also now apply at the portfolio. SMUD will share their experiences managing staff as they roll out these new processes.

2:20 PM – 2:30 PM
Break

2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Session 5 – Strategies for Successful Contracted Project Management Resources
Speakers: Mikel Milton, Senior Manager, IT Project Management, Puget Sound Energy; Ed Croft, IT Program Manager, Puget Sound Energy; Roque Bamba, Senior Manager, Infrastructure Project Management, Puget Sound Energy
Utilities are unique work environments. When bringing aboard contracted project management resources, there is a need to help them understand and prepare for the utility culture. This is in addition to the standard requirement to select, train, and get contractors productive in a very short time. Puget Sound Energy is almost all contracted project management resources and has developed strategic vendor relationships who are responsible for all their project management contracts. Through these relationships they have transitioned this training to their vendors, and maintain an active workbook on how to onboard people to their utility. In the end, this saves PSE time and money whenever contracted project management resources are needed. The focus here will be on sharing three different perspectives for successfully engaging and onboarding contract project management support.

• Mikel Milton will provide overview for technology projects
• Ed Croft will provide an overview of what we have put in place for a large transformational technology program
• Roque Bamba will share overview of construction project needs

3:20 PM – 3:30 PM
Break

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Session 6 – Sustainable Program and Portfolio Management Lightning Roundtable

Facilitator: Suzanne Tamayo, Director, IT Shared Services, Puget Sound Energy
Speakers: Robert Kang, Senior Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Scott Roberts, Project Management Quality Improvement Program Manager, Seattle City Light; Dawn Reyes, Suzanne, Puget Sound Energy
We close the day with three speakers who share their issues with the group for its feedback, as they seek to improve organizational culture and effective delivery of project goals.

• Sacramento Municipal Utility District shares their challenges with Change Management for Corporate Project Management program initiatives that change the way people do work.
• Seattle City Light offers up the challenge of getting consistency with program management, and asks the group what tools and methodologies others are using for successful program and portfolio management.
• Puget Sound Energy asks how others identify risks across portfolios and how do others measure benefits realization. They also offer up the question of how to train project sponsors for adequate project governance and what org structures are used for large programs.

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Day 1 Close
Speaker: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management, Portland General Electric
Bringing the group back together, we set the stage for the format for the forum’s second day.

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
WEI Hosted Networking Dinner
Sponsored by:

Morton’s Steakhouse
213 SW Clay St.
Portland, OR 97201
Please RSVP to Eric Christenson.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
Day Three Intro
Speaker: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management, Portland General Electric
Sal Faruqui welcomes the group to Portland General Electric and sets expectations for the remainder of the forum.

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM
Day 2 Keynote Speaker – Leadership Soft Skills for Project Managers
Speaker: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management; Jeff Wheeler, General Manager, Electrical Maintenance and Construction, Portland General Electric
To be a successful project manager, one must do more than follow processes and check boxes. The best project managers are leaders of the project who understand the added component of change management that exists in every project. They achieve at the highest levels of organizations because they embrace and display the soft skills that leaders require. Our keynote speaker describes these soft skills and how project managers will improve their own capabilities.

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM
Networking Break

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Session 7 – Role of the Project Management Function in a Utility
Moderator: Andy Leija, IT PMO Manager, Avista Utilities
Panelists: Suzanne Tamayo, Director, IT Shared Services, Puget Sound Energy; Scott Roberts, Project Management Quality Improvement Program Manager, Seattle City Light; Jacob Reidt, Manager, Project Delivery, Avista Corp.
We ask our panelists some questions to get the conversation started, and then open it up to the audience:

1. What is the project management function? How do we educate our co-workers and leaders on what it means to be a project manager
2. How do you integrate project managers into the organization and the industry?
3. What career paths and certifications do you recommend for utility project managers?
4. What opportunities exist for project managers to expand into other functional areas?

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Break

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Session 8 – Power Tables – Any Last Parking Lot Items?
Facilitators: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management, Portland General Electric
We close out the 2017 Project Management forum with a dedicated session for specific topic discussions based on discussions throughout the event, and topics that were not on the planned agenda.

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Program Close and Wrap-Up
Facilitators: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management, Portland General Electric; Andy Leija, IT PMO Manager, Avista Utilities

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Planning Lunch and Post-Mortem (RSVP Required)
We reserve time after the event for the PDT to do a quick post-mortem on the event. Those interested in joining the planning team for future events are invited to attend.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
WEI Hosted Reception
Rock Bottom Brewery
206 SW Morrison St.
Portland, OR 97204

Join participants in a hosted networking reception at the Rock Bottom Brewery in the heart of downtown Portland.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

8:00 AM – 8:20 AM
Conference Welcome
Speaker: Cam Henderson, VP Bus & Info Tech and Chief Information Officer, Portland General Electric
Cam welcomes the group to Portland General Electric.

8:20 AM – 8:50 AM
Opening Question – What’s Different about Project Management at a Utility?
Facilitator: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management, Portland General Electric

8:50 AM – 9:00 AM
Break

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM
Session 1 – Group Introductions + Opening Roundtable
Facilitator: Matt Redding, Program Manager, Avista Utilities
We begin with introductions and open the dialogue with your input of what has worked well for you and what challenges you face. Be prepared to share!

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM
Break

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Session 2 – Facets of Project Reporting
Speaker: Mikel Milton, Manager, Puget Sound Energy; Roque Bamba, Manager, Puget Sound Energy
What makes for proper project reporting? Puget Sound Energy provides their perspectives on what works for Portfolio, Program, and Project reporting. The focus will be on sharing key highlights of reporting PSE are using/doing, and then we will spend the majority of the time in an open discussion with the audience so we can end with a list of “reporting requirements” for attendees to take back with them.

10:50 AM – 11:00 AM
Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Session 3 – Using Primavera for Analytics and Estimation
Krystal De Bruine, Transmission Project Manager, Great River Energy; Anthony Barracca, Manager, Project Controls, Puget Sound Energy
This presentation will how these two companies use Primavera to support planning/estimating of new projects. GRE utilizes Primavera to tie schedules to financial forecasts and will share how this is done.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Catered Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Session 4 – Creating a Robust, Realistic Business Case & ROI Analysis
Speaker: Ross Smith, Partner, PA Consulting
As Utilities transform into more data-centric, technology-enabled and customer-focused organizations, they are taking on a significant number of IT-enabled business transformation projects. These projects require solid planning, execution and a relentless focus on benefits realization – and the first step is the development of a robust and realistic business case. This session will focus on process, tools and insights required to create compelling business cases – specifically covering strategic planning, capex/opex budgeting, practical tools for benefits modelling, project delivery models, benefits delivery roadmaps and benefits realization models.

2:20 PM – 2:30 PM
Break

2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Session 5 – Project Risk Analysis – the Risk Ticket Approach
Speakers: Eric Christenson, Senior Program Manager, Western Energy Institute
For project managers, applying a standard risk framework to their projects provides fair comparisons within and across projects with varying risk profiles and a collaborative environment for project sponsor discussions. Originally developed by the Tennessee Valley Authority for their Enterprise Risk Management program, a one-page risk ticket can be used to describe, assess and rank risks in a concise format for any project. These risk tickets also improve communication of these risks to senior leadership, project risk sponsors, PMO leadership, and project team members.

3:20 PM – 3:30 PM
Break

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Session 6 – The Earned Value Method
Speakers: Blain Nicholls, PMO Director, NorthWestern Energy
NorthWestern shares how they use earned value for capturing baseline and reporting project success throughout the project.

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Day 1 Close
Facilitator: Matt Redding, Program Manager, Avista Utilities
We set the stage for the format for the forum’s second day.

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
WEI Hosted Networking Dinner
Sponsored by:

Morton’s Steakhouse
213 SW Clay St.
Portland, OR 97201
Please RSVP to Eric Christenson.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
Day Three Intro
Speaker: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management, Portland General Electric
Sal Faruqui welcomes the group to Portland General Electric and sets expectations for the remainder of the forum.

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM
Day 2 Keynote Speaker – Leadership Soft Skills for Project Managers
Speaker: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management, Portland General Electric; Jeff Wheeler, Portland General Electric
To be a successful project manager, one must do more than follow processes and check boxes. The best project managers are leaders of the project who understand the added component of change management that exists in every project. They achieve at the highest levels of organizations because they embrace and display the soft skills that leaders require. Our keynote speaker describes these soft skills and how project managers will improve their own capabilities.

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM
Networking Break

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Session 7 – Role of the Project Management Function in a Utility
Moderator: Andy Leija, IT PMO Manager, Avista Utilities
Panelists: Suzanne Tamayo, Director, IT Shared Services, Puget Sound Energy; Scott Roberts, Project Management Quality Improvement Program Manager, Seattle City Light; Jacob Reidt, Manager, Project Delivery, Avista Corp.
We ask our panelists some questions to get the conversation started, and then open it up to the audience:

1. What is the project management function? How do we educate our co-workers and leaders on what it means to be a project manager
2. How do you integrate project managers into the organization and the industry?
3. What career paths and certifications do you recommend for utility project managers?
4. What opportunities exist for project managers to expand into other functional areas?

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Break

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Session 8 – Power Tables – Any Last Parking Lot Items?
We close out the 2017 Project Management forum with a dedicated session for specific topic discussions based on discussions throughout the event, and topics that were not on the planned agenda.

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Session 9 – Program Close
Facilitators: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management, Portland General Electric; Andy Leija, IT PMO Manager, Avista Utilities

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Planning Lunch and Post-Mortem (RSVP Required)
We reserve time after the event for the PDT to do a quick post-mortem on the event. Those interested in joining the planning team for future events are invited to attend.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
WEI Hosted Reception
Rock Bottom Brewery
206 SW Morrison St.
Portland, OR 97204

Join participants in a hosted networking reception at the Rock Bottom Brewery in the heart of downtown Portland.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

8:00 AM – 8:20 AM
Conference Welcome
Speaker: Cam Henderson, VP Bus & Info Tech and Chief Information Officer, Portland General Electric
Cam welcomes the group to Portland General Electric.

8:20 AM – 8:50 AM
Opening Question – What’s Different about Project Management at a Utility?
Facilitator: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management

8:50 AM – 9:00 AM
Break

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM
Session 1 – Group Introductions + Opening Roundtable
Facilitator: Nathan Fletcher, Project Manager, Avista Corp.
We begin with introductions and open the dialogue with your input of what has worked well for you and what challenges you face. Be prepared to share!

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM
Break

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Session 2 – Rolling out Agile Project Mindset in a Utility
Speaker: Michael Osuna, Manager, IT Business Analysis, Puget Sound Energy
The traditional waterfall method may not always be the best method for projects that change rapidly. We talk about the difference between technology and other projects, and how utilities are using the Agile project management methodology. Puget Sound Energy and Sacramento Utility District share their experiences with Agile at their organizations.

10:50 AM – 11:00 AM
Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Session 3 – Bridging the Communication Gap: Communicating Technical Concepts to Non-Technical Audiences
Speakers: Brandi Christie, Senior Project Manager, Eng/Ops, PacifiCorp
Let’s face it, our projects are complicated and our project teams are diverse. As project managers it sometimes feels like we need the fictitious “babel fish” from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy in order to communicate effectively. During this discussion participants will explore effective methods for breaking down communication barriers between the technical and non-technical members of your project teams and will come away with several techniques that will immediately improve team communications.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Catered Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Session 4 – Taking Over an Active Project
Speaker: Anthony Ruddy, P.E., Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell
As a utility service provider, Burns & McDonnell provides project management and construction for large utility projects – including generation sites, transmission and distribution work, and other upgrades. Unlike utilities, where most projects are led by the same project management from scoping to post-mortem, service providers uniquely are given in-flight or active projects for most of their work. Anthony Ruddy explains his best practices for taking on others’ projects seamlessly.

2:20 PM – 2:30 PM
Break

2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Session 5 – Best Practices in Change Management
Speakers: Carl Gerriets, Change Manager, Portland General Electric

3:20 PM – 3:30 PM
Break

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Session 6 – Your Issues Now!
Facilitator: Naomi Shankel, Director, Operations Integration, Idaho Power
In teams, we will define the most important Practitioner issues and provide advice to each other as a group exercise.

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Day 1 Close
We set the stage for the format for the forum’s second day.

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
WEI Hosted Networking Dinner
Sponsored by:

Morton’s Steakhouse
213 SW Clay St.
Portland, OR 97201
Please RSVP to Eric Christenson.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
Day Three Intro
Speaker: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management, Portland General Electric
Sal Faruqui welcomes the group to Portland General Electric and sets expectations for the remainder of the forum.

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM
Day 2 Keynote Speaker – Leadership Soft Skills for Project Managers
Speaker: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management, Portland General Electric; Jeff Wheeler, Portland General Electric
To be a successful project manager, one must do more than follow processes and check boxes. The best project managers are leaders of the project who understand the added component of change management that exists in every project. They achieve at the highest levels of organizations because they embrace and display the soft skills that leaders require. Our keynote speaker describes these soft skills and how project managers will improve their own capabilities.

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM
Networking Break

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Session 7 – Role of the Project Management Function in a Utility
Moderator: Andy Leija, IT PMO Manager, Avista Utilities
Panelists: Suzanne Tamayo, Director, IT Shared Services, Puget Sound Energy; Scott Roberts, Project Management Quality Improvement Program Manager, Seattle City Light; Jacob Reidt, Manager, Project Delivery, Avista Corp.
We ask our panelists some questions to get the conversation started, and then open it up to the audience:

1. What is the project management function? How do we educate our co-workers and leaders on what it means to be a project manager
2. How do you integrate project managers into the organization and the industry?
3. What career paths and certifications do you recommend for utility project managers?
4. What opportunities exist for project managers to expand into other functional areas?

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Break

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Session 8 – Power Tables – Any Last Parking Lot Items?
We close out the 2017 Project Management forum with a dedicated session for specific topic discussions based on discussions throughout the event, and topics that were not on the planned agenda.

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Session 9 – Program Close
Facilitators: Sal Faruqui, Project Manager, Corporate Performance Management, Portland General Electric; Andy Leija, IT PMO Manager, Avista Utilities

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Planning Lunch and Post-Mortem (RSVP Required)
We reserve time after the event for the PDT to do a quick post-mortem on the event. Those interested in joining the planning team for future events are invited to attend.

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Meet The Speakers

Cam Henderson

Portland General Electric

VP Bus & Info Tech and Chief Information Officer

Jeff Wheeler

Portland General Electric

General Manager, Substation Maintenance and Construction