Project Management + Utilities – Virtual (Sep 20-22)

WEI’s Project Management Forum brings together gas and electric utility project, program and portfolio management leadership and practitioners to discuss the latest industry trends and best practices. The diverse mix of presentations, Q&A panels, roundtable discussions and networking allow attendees to share their experiences and develop contacts in the similar roles throughout the utility industry. Expect to gain applicable insights on methodologies, techniques, tools, and change and risk management best practices related to project management. This program is an excellent professional development and organizational team-building opportunity.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Jacob Reidt, Sr Manager Generation Project Delivery, Avista Corp.

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided to the attendee before the program.
    • Who Should Attend
      • Project Management Office/Enterprise Project Office Leadership
      • Portfolio Directors and Managers
      • Project and Program Managers
      • Project Coordinators, Schedulers, Planners and Controllers
      • Service Company Project Management Leaders and Consultants
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $199 USD
    Regular: $299 USD
    Member Promotion: $149 USD (see details below)

    Registration includes virtual access to all agenda items and digital program materials.

    WEI Member Promotion
    WEI members can receive a rate of $149 each when registering 3 or more from the same company on the same order if registered on or before Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Learn more and register your group today.

  • 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 virtual program. Registrants can receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins. Member Promotion Cancellation Policy The promotional registration rate of $149 per person for three or more from the same company is non-refundable, but registrations can be transferred to another person from within the company up to the day before the program begins.
  • 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 Kris Taylor, Senior Program + Service Company Manager at (971) 255-4969.


All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Monday, September 20, 2021

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

The room will open early with optional time for participants to get familiar with the virtual platform, test their audio and webcam, or ask questions about the agenda before we begin.

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Global Insights and Trends for Portfolio and Risk Management
Speaker(s): Clay Gilge, Principal - Major Projects Advisory, KPMG LLP

Listen to Clay Gilge share the latest results from KPMG’s Global Construction Survey highlighting the insights and trends around project resilience, portfolio and program management and integrated risk management.  Clay's examples and case studies will come from some of his largest and most complex energy projects supporting major utilities and global engineering and construction companies.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Social Hour - Mix and Mingle

Come catch up with old friends and meet new project managers. Duck into and out of multiple small breakout rooms, stay as long or short as you like. Room topics will be chosen by those who attend during the first few minutes so come join us for lively and engaging conversation about industry topics or life in general. Suggested room topics might include parenting in a pandemic, your new favorite beer, pandemic staycation tips, portfolio tool sharing, and dashboard show and tell.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

The room will open early with optional time for participants to get familiar with the virtual platform, test their audio and webcam, or ask questions about the agenda before we begin.

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Welcome + Virtual Orientation

The conference chair welcomes the attendees to the 2021 Project Management + Utilities Forum.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Megatrends Driving the 2021 Utility Initiatives
Facilitator(s): Mike Elenbaas, Senior Client Account Manager, Black & Veatch
Speaker(s): Deepa Poduval, Vice President Strategic Advisory, Black & Veatch, Matt Barbian, Project Manager, Black & Veatch, Kristie Deiuliis, Managing Director - Strategy and Planning, Black & Veatch

COVID-19 has made power, water, natural gas and telecommunications more essential than ever. The ability of countless businesses, municipalities, schools, healthcare facilities and more to continue to operate in the face of lockdowns and social distancing demonstrated the flexibility found in these infrastructure systems. However, the recent proliferation of catastrophic natural wildfires, hurricanes, and late season storms underscored the growing impacts of climate change and the fragility of many infrastructure systems. This year, Black & Veatch identified three megatrends that have revealed notable shifts in trajectories and focus: 1. Customers Driving Sustainability in the C-Suite, 2. Next-Level Reliability Through Resilience, and 3. Turning Data into Action. Come listen to Black & Veatch discuss the details of their findings.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Breakout Sessions #1

PMO Leadership Track: Project Prioritization + Portfolio Management
Speakers: Jason Adams, Strategic Advisor II, Seattle City Light
Janette Cruz, Sr. Enterprise Performance Planning Coordinator, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Faced with reduced budgets and fluctuating industry trends, organizations are increasingly challenged to select the right mix of projects for their portfolio. In this session, you will hear about the challenges and approach to project prioritization and portfolio decision-making at Seattle City Light and SMUD. Come share your portfolio management and project prioritization questions and ideas.

Construction Track: Technology at the Project Site
Speakers: Jon Malmberg, PE, Construction Manager, Bonneville Power Administration
Tyler Parker, Business Optimization Manager, Global Renewable Energy, Black & Veatch
Technology is revolutionizing how we collect and use data. Learn more about two software solutions that make utility construction projects simpler and more organized. BPA will share how they implemented their Procore roll-out. Procore is a construction management platform that helps take control of your construction projects, providing visibility every step of the way. Black & Veatch will reveal how they automate construction equipment using Built Robotics software, which upgrades heavy equipment utilizing AI guidance systems to enable machines to operate fully autonomously.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Breakout Sessions #2

PMO Leadership Track: Long-Term Goals + Strategic Plans
Speakers: Janette Cruz, Sr. Enterprise Performance Planning Coordinator, SMUD
Rob Seiler, POWER Engineers
To keep up with changes in our industry, PMO has had to pivot to equip PMs with different skillsets, execution approach as well as tools and processes. We will discuss PMO’s role in supporting long-term goal setting and strategic plan of the organization; and how these needs will continue to influence the evolution of PMO.

Construction Track: COVID + The Next 6-12 Months: Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator: Jennifer Dodson, EPC Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell
What do the next 6-12 months look like at construction sites? What will the new safety protocols be going forward, as they relate to COVID? This session will be shaped in early September, using the most recent and up to date information available. Recognizing the past as one of our great educators, we will also look back so that we are better equipped to look forward.

IT Track: Modernize the Front Office: Provide a 360 View of the Customer Through SAP's Customer Experience Solutions
Speakers: Chad Leonard, Global Account Director, SAP
LaBaron Hartfield, Manager of IT Project Integration and Strategy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Are data silos, standalone, archaic systems and manual processes standing in your way of delivering a best in class customer experience?  If so, come learn how SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) delivered a modernized platform to their front office staff and personalized Marketing campaigns across multiple channels by implementing SAP's Customer Experience solutions.  This session will provide an overview of quick wins and early benefits achieved through strategic partnerships, lessons learned along the project journey and preparation for a larger ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) transformation with SAP S/4HANA.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Breakout Sessions #3
Moderator(s): Keith Newbern, IT Manager, Strategic Project & Program Management, Puget Sound Energy

PMO Leadership Track: PM Teams + Culture: Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator: Jacob Reidt, Sr Manager Generation Project Delivery, Avista Corp.
Are your PMs bogged down?  Is the team feeling overwhelmed?  Let’s review some PM and PMO culture ideas on how to address this.  Our peers will share their thoughts and successes.  It might mean some more help, or different help than before.

IT Track: Cloud Products + Lessons Learned: Roundtable Discussion
Speakers: Diane Perry, Senior Manager Operations Systems, Puget Sound Energy
Phillip Virnoche, Cloud Security Engineer, Avista
Rosie Sordo, Senior IT Business Analyst, Puget Sound Energy
Trevor Lamb, Business Tech Program Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Has being in the cloud left you in a fog? You're now living in the cloud, what have you learned? This is an open discussion of what and how utilities have modified their daily practices when working in the cloud. We have a panel to get the conversation started, covering these components: contracts & licensing, overall project changes, security, and financial. Share and learn about successes, challenges and thoughts with your peers!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Breakout Sessions #4

PMO Leadership Track: Measuring Impacts
Speakers: Blain Nichols, Director, Project Management, NorthWestern Energy
Micky Maano, Resource Strategy and Management Advisor, BC Hydro
How do you measure and show success on a PMO basis for corporate initiatives or programs? This session will showcase a couple of different approaches at different utilities and their approach to this.

Construction Track: Emergency Response + Secondary Effects
Moderator: Mike Elenbaas, Sr Client Account Manager, Power, Black & Veatch
Speakers: Nick Mullen, Business Continuity Manager, Puget Sound Energy
Tom Jacobus, Principal Manager Business Resiliency, Southern California Edison
Emergency response capabilities are at the core of utility operations. In this session, hear from utility leaders on how they structure and manage emergency response programs to deal with the increasing frequency and severity of emergencies, many weather-related, to the utility system. Presenters will share their utility’s journeys and how they’ve evolved their program to deal with recent events.

Puget Sound Energy has invested in technology to enable emergency response during storm and outage events for both their electric and gas utility. This presentation will highlight an app used by PSE crews that enables non-field professionals to help with damage assessment in order to improve response time and efficiently deliver service after an event. PSE will also present ideas for future improvements of the technology.

Southern California Edison will share how the various functions within their Business Resiliency Organization such as Planning, Operations and Governance work together as well as with other organizations inside and outside of SCE to make the company more resilient.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Breakout Sessions #5

Construction Track: Project Showcase
Facilitator: Chuck Woodard, Senior Estimator / Project Manager, Wilson Construction Company
Speaker: Bianca Smith, Project Lead, Seattle City Light
Hear about a Seattle City Light microgrid. Afterwards we will open the floor to questions for Bianca and any then proceed to other members who want to share their experiences. 

IT Track: Portfolio Tool Implementations: Lessons Learned
Speakers: Blain Nichols, Director, Project Management, NorthWestern Energy
Christina Kemmler, Enterprise Performance Planning Coordinator, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Karen Schuh, Manager, Enterprise Technology Project Management Office, Avista
Project and portfolio management (PPM) continues to evolve within our organizations. In this moderated session, with ample time set aside for Q & A, hear from two member companies about their experiences with implementing new PPM processes leveraging enterprise level systems. This session will focus on the operational efficiencies gained by eliminating spreadsheets, multiple SharePoint sites, Access databases and chasing down signatures by having a single location for intake, prioritization, project management, automated workflows, dashboards and reports with ServiceNow PPM. Find out how BrightWork, used by Amazon PMs and other organizations, helps manage a large volume of projects and programs.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM


11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The New Carbon Paradigm: How Utilities are Adapting with New Initiatives Panel
Moderator(s): Stephen Martz, Senior Director - Gas Engineering, Xcel Energy Inc.
Panelist(s): Bryan Swann, Director, Resource Strategy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, John Quinn, Senior Manager, Renewable Gas Supply, FortisBC, Yuri Freedman, Senior Director of Business Development, Southern California Gas Company

Bring your lunch to learn how a variety of utilities, both gas and electric, are creating and implementing low to zero carbon initiatives. 

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Closing Comments


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Meet The Speakers

Chad Leonard


Global Account Director
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Chad Leonard is a Global Account Director with SAP and has spent nearly 20 years working with North American utilities who are undergoing technology transformations of various types. His areas of focus include Customer Information Systems, Marketing, Commerce and Customer Self Service. His is currently responsible for SAP’s Strategic Customer Program where he leads Solutions, Services and Support to create long term and value driven relationships for utilities. He is based in Phoenix, AZ.

LaBaron Hartfield

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Manager of IT Project Integration and Strategy
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LaBaron Hartfield is an experienced thought-leader with over 24 years of proven results in managing, developing, and delivering enterprise-level business solutions that achieve operational and financial efficiencies, drive strategic initiatives, and promote business and technical innovation. Currently SMUD’s Manager of IT Project Integration and Strategy, he is committed to provide opportunities that create or expose possibilities that may have not been present before to support SMUD’s ambitious 2030 Zero Carbon Plan. Balancing technical design with business strategy he collaborates with C-Suite executives, Senior Leadership, and Technical and Business stakeholders to align on shared goals. He is able to enroll the Organization to take actions that are consistent with achieving those goals driven by:
– innovating/working with new technologies.
– evangelizing/promoting/sharing innovation knowledge that provides value for others.
– building/architecting solutions on a solid foundation of technical, financial, and business sense.
– partnering/contributing with others to achieve the possibilities.
Mr. Hartfield received his Master in Business Administration from Purdue University and Bachelor of Arts from Occidental College.

Trevor Lamb

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Business Tech Program Manager
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Trevor Lamb is an IT Program Manager for Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) specializing in IT Contracts, Licensing and Vendor Management. He has 14 years’ experience supporting SMUD’s IT procurement strategies finding the best value for SMUD. Trevor received his law degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2007 and is an active member of the CA State Bar. He has a BA in history from Brigham Young University.

Diane Perry

Puget Sound Energy

Senior Manager Operations Systems
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Diane Perry has over 25 years applications management, technology strategy and leadership, project delivery, and project management experiences in the utility, financial, and insurance sectors. She joined Puget Sound Energy (PSE) in 2021 as a Senior Manager for Operations Systems within Information Technology Services. Prior to PSE, Diane was Senior Manager of Applications at Snohomish County (Washington) PUD (SNOPUD) where she was responsible for the utility’s enterprise applications and technology strategy. In addition to new cloud implementations, many of the applications she supported at SNOPUD migrated to the cloud during her tenure. Over the last several years, she also has participated in various Western Energy Institute’s programs including Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders and Customer + Corporate Symposium; she is the co-chair for 2022’s Symposium. She has a BS from Central Washington University.

Phillip Virnoche

Avista Corp.

Cloud Security Engineer
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Phil Virnoche is an experienced Cloud Security/Cybersecurity Engineer with 20+ years in Information Technology and Cybersecurity disciplines. Phil’s expertise has been in designing, administering, and integrating secure on-premises networks with well architected, secure cloud environments. He led the effort in securing Avista’s AWS and Azure platforms and is a key Security representative for Avista’s Cloud Working Group.

Mr. Virnoche holds a number of Industry certifications including CISSP, CCSP as well as a number of AWS and Azure certifications.

Phil believes his technical skills and enthusiasm for solving challenging and interesting problems, complemented by his strong interest to remain a life-long learner, are the unique aspects that he brings to his Avista team.

Karen Schuh

Avista Corp.

Manager, Enterprise Technology Project Management Office
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Karen has more than 20 years of experience in accounting, finance, utility regulation, and project delivery. Karen has led teams in audit, capital regulatory recovery strategy, settlement negotiations and witness preparation for general rate case hearings, various companywide process improvement initiatives, and standardizing project management practice. In addition, she has both led and participated in initiatives to standardize a framework for capital allocation prioritization, redesigned business case governance to meet prudency requirements, and advised on how improving project delivery practice can deliver greater predictability and results for Avista and Avista’s customers. As a member of the IT Project Management Office over the past two years she worked closely with IT project managers to enhance documentation, account for costs, sharpen forecasts, and align with technology roadmaps.

Christina Kemmler

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Enterprise Performance Planning Coordinator
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Christina Kemmler joined SMUD in 2002 and spent time in the General Counsel’s Office before becoming a Business Planning Analyst in Information Technology where her work contributed to budget planning and reporting and the IT project management office for 11 years. Her experience with budgets and supporting project management was a natural transition into her current role in Enterprise Performance as Enterprise Performance Planning Coordinator where her primary focus is managing SMUD’s project portfolio and facilitating the governance for the enterprise projects. She was a key process expert in the ServiceNow Project Portfolio Management (PPM) tool implementation that gives SMUD the capability to streamline and consolidate enterprise project details and coordination.

She is an alum of the 2018 SMUD Building Leadership Talent (BLT) program. In addition to expanding her leadership skills, her cohort worked on a community project raising over $115k to fund the building of a baseball field for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento.

Blain Nicholls

NorthWestern Energy

Director, Project Management Office
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Blain Nicholls is a Director in NorthWestern Energy’s T&D Project Management Office. Blain holds an engineering degree from Montana State University and is a registered professional engineer and project management professional. Blain has over 30 years of professional experience in engineering and management on a variety of projects and programs. In addition to utility work Blain has experience in aerospace, nuclear and other various engineering related industries.

Jacob Reidt

Avista Corp.

Sr Manager Generation Project Delivery
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Jacob is a Professional Engineer working in the telecommunications, power, and utility industry since 1997. He has held positions with Seattle City Light as a Production Engineer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories as an R&D Engineer, Avista Communications and Avista Corporation as an IT Engineer and Manager, and currently serves as the Senior Manager of Project Delivery for Generation Production and Substation Support. He grew up in Spokane, graduating in 1997 from Seattle University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and earned his MBA in 2017 from Gonzaga University. Outside of work, Jacob enjoys visiting his cabin near Newport, WA, volunteering with local civic and arts organizations, and playing piano and guitar. He lives in a Spokane with his wife, with two grown daughters off at college (at least for now!).

Jon Malmberg

Bonneville Power Administration

PE, Construction Manager
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Jonathan Malmberg is a Construction Manager for Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) specializing in Construction, CM Software, and Support Services Contracts. He has 11 years’ experience supporting BPA’s construction management and inspection department, in support of projects such as transmission lines, substations, telecom, civil, and large facilities. Jonathan received his BS degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University in 2001, and has been licensed as a Civil PE since 2007.

Rosie Sordo

Puget Sound Energy

IT Business Analyst
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Rosana Sordo is a Senior IT Business Analyst at Puget Sound Energy (PSE) working as part of the IT Financial Management team where she is dedicated to supporting Cloud Services on cost analysis and optimization. She has more than 20 years of experience in Finance and Accounting of which more than 15 years were working with IT teams. In the fall of 2020, Rosana became an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner to better support the Cloud Services team and to continue to learn more about AWS. In her career, Rosana has worked for Sony Pictures Entertainment, University of Utah Health Sciences ITS, and the University of Washington Medicine in addition to PSE. She earned a BS from Fort Hays State University.

Janette Cruz

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Sr. Enterprise Performance Planning Coordinator

Clay Gilge


Principal - Major Projects Advisory
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Clay is a principal and national service network lead for KPMG’s Major Projects Advisory practice with over 25 years of experience in construction project performance management, construction risk and compliance, project controls, construction tools and technology and advanced project analytics. Clay developed KPMG’s construction controls assessment tool and methodology and has performed project risk assessments, real estate & construction program evaluations, construction controls assessments, construction cost investigations, construction & facilities management contract compliance assessments, project turnarounds and contract reviews. Clay has also advised clients regarding project policies/procedures, project budgeting, contract management, project accounting, project controls and many other areas of real estate, construction, and facilities management. Prior to joining KPMG Clay was a Sr. Contract and Materials Manager for new construction at Intel and a Project Engineer at Bechtel. Clay currently serves on the Board of Directors for Community for Youth.

Nick Mullen

Puget Sound Energy

Business Continuity Program Manager
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Puget Sound Energy Continuity Program Manager. Retired Army officer and veteran. Joined PSE 2013 and has worked for the last 7 years in areas of Training, Business Continuity and Emergency Management. Provides direct support for continuity planning and exercises, as well as internal employee outreach and resiliency development. In 2017 – 2018, led an innovation team that created the Mobile Damage Assessment App to support the restoration of operations during major storm events.

Keith Newbern

Puget Sound Energy

IT Manager, Strategic Project & Program Management
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Keith Newbern, PMP, CSM, is the Manager, Strategic Project & Program Management for Puget Sound Energy’s Information Technology Delivery Services. He has over 30 years’ experience in project and portfolio management, software design, development, and delivery, and consulting services in industries including energy, petro-chemical, manufacturing, telecom, retail and healthcare.

Deepa Poduval

Black & Veatch

Vice President Strategic Advisory
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Deepa Poduval is a Vice President, leading the Global Strategic Advisory Practice within Black & Veatch Management Consulting. In this role, she provides executive management for transaction advisory, regulatory, financial advisory and energy market planning services. Deepa additionally leads Black & Veatch’s strategic solutions related to Decarbonization. Deepa brings substantial finance, utility and energy industry knowledge and has advised various clients on strategic responses to key issues impacting their business including executable pathways to achieve net zero objectives incorporating project viability, risk and future growth. She holds a Masters in Engineering Management from Dartmouth College and a Master of Science in Economics and B.E., Mechanical Engineering from B.I.T.S., Pilani in India.

Matt Barbian

Black & Veatch

Project Manager
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Matthew Barbian is a renewable energy project manager within Black & Veatch’s USA-based global energy business. Matt provides leadership for strategic renewable energy portfolio definition and execution on behalf of his clients. Recently, decarbonization has evolved to be a significant consideration in portfolio development. He has full responsibility of pursuit, capture, staffing, profitability, execution, client satisfaction, and contracting on his projects. Additionally, Mr. Barbian has performed consultancy, due diligence, or design services on over 60 development-, construction-, and operation-stage wind farms and solar photovoltaic (PV) plants totaling over 10,000 MW. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Colorado – Denver and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Stephen Martz

Xcel Energy Inc.

Senior Director - Gas Engineering

Bryan Swann

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Director, Resource Strategy
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Bryan Swann is the Director of Resource Strategy for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) focused on leading and coordinating SMUD’s integrated resource planning process now focused on achieving their 2030 Zero Carbon goal. He has over 20 years in utility planning and in addition to his time working at SMUD, has worked for the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and worked as a project consultant manager for Ventyx (ABB).

Jason Adams

Seattle City Light

Strategic Advisor II
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Jason Adams is the Program Manager for City Light’s Capital Asset Review & Evaluation Committee. He began his career eight years ago as a Budget and Financial Analyst leading the annual reporting, cost forecasting, and budget development for many of City Light’s largest capital projects. He now facilitates the work of City Light’s central review committee approving new project proposals, leading the utility’s annual prioritization process, and coordinating annual capital budget development. Jason holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington.

John Quinn


Senior Manager, Renewable Gas Supply
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John is a professional mechanical engineer and holds a master’s degree in electrical energy systems with 21 years of experience in the energy sector. He brings a broad understanding of the energy industry having held leadership roles in energy focused organizations in Ireland, the UK, and Canada. With FortisBC since 2012, John has delivered over $1 billion in major capital growth projects while also fostering internal corporate support for hydrogen as a low-carbon fuel. In his current role managing the Renewable Gas Supply business unit, John also leads FortisBC’s hydrogen development including business planning, alignment with corporate goals, and engagement at all levels of government and with key stakeholders. John is also progressing various innovative hydrogen initiatives including a first of its kind project in North America to study the feasibility of hydrogen deployment throughout FortisBC’s provincial service territories using existing the existing gas system.

Tyler Parker

Black & Veatch

Business Optimization Manager - Global Renewable Energy
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Tyler serves as a Global Renewable Energy Project Manager providing timely and reliable solutions for Black & Veatch’s fleet of projects across the country. He also manages Renewable Energy’s Business Optimization team of professionals implementing LEAN best practices within the Global Renewable Energy organization, working with engineering, procurement, and construction teams to implement best practices and industry leading technology.

Mike Elenbaas

Black & Veatch

Senior Client Account Manager

Rob Seiler

POWER Engineers, Inc.

Sr Project Manager, Owner's Engineer
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Mr. Seiler is an experienced Project Manager and a Licensed engineer responsible for management of activities for large, multi-year and multi-phase utility construction projects. His background includes over 25 years running projects and construction efforts in a utility within Texas as well as internationally. His experiences include managing large EHV substation and transmission line projects as well as large site preparation projects and multi-story buildings. He has both practical hands on experience with day-to-day construction and maintenance activities as well as the ability to resource, plan, and execute large capital programs.

Jennifer Dodson

Burns & McDonnell

EPC Project Manager
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Jennifer serves Burns & McDonnel as an EPC Project Manager. She has over 17 years of project and construction management experience. Her background includes EPC project experience in several industries such as oil and gas, consumer products, facilities upgrades, as well as T&D. Her responsibilities include client coordination, procurement management, subcontractor management, EPC schedule development and management, quality assurance, project accounting, and field oversight of construction activities.

Charles Woodard

Wilson Construction Company

Sr. Project Manager / Estimator Major Projects
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Chuck Woodard is an experienced and well-respected construction manager, project manager, estimator, and team leader for Wilson Construction. Mr. Woodard brings a personalized approach, innovation and focus on team chemistry to every project. His level of dedication to safety, quality and overall project health are a driving force behind the success of our customers’ projects. With over 15 years of transmission, distribution, and remote radio/cellular experience Mr. Woodard has worked from the Atlantic to the Pacific with significant experience in California, Utah, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii. Mr. Woodard holds dual degrees in Business and Economics and has received professional certificates in Project Management and Construction Management. He resides in Turner, OR with his wife, two boys, and bullmastiff. Mr. Woodard’s hobbies include fishing, hiking, and golf.

Tom Jacobus

Southern California Edison

Principal Manager Business Resiliency

Micky Maano

BC Hydro

Resource Strategy and Management Advisor

Mike Elenbaas

Black & Veatch

Senior Client Account Manager

Yuri Freedman

Southern California Gas Company

Senior Director of Business Development

Gaurav Kikani

Built Robotics

Vice President Strategy, Operations & Finance
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Gaurav is the Vice President of Strategy, Operations & Finance at Built Robotics, a company building automated guidance systems for heavy equipment. He oversees growth, operations, and business development for the company. Previously, Gaurav launched startup companies at Shumway Capital, an investment firm, and was a consultant at Bain & Company, where he advised companies in the mining and technology sectors. Gaurav graduated with honors in finance and economics at Northwestern University. A native Texan, his interest in heavy equipment originates from growing up surrounded by the oil and gas industry.

Bianca Smith

Seattle City Light

Project Lead

Kristie Deiuliis

Black & Veatch

Managing Director - Strategy and Planning