Project Management – Virtual (Sep 23-25)

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)
  • Janette Cruz, Sr. Enterprise Performance Planning Coordinator, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

    • 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
      • Project Office/Enterprise Project Office Leadership
      • Project and Program Managers
      • Portfolio Directors and Managers
      • Service Company Project Management Leaders
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $199 USD
    Regular: $299 USD

    Registration provides full access to conference 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 Kris Taylor, Senior Program + Service Company Manager at (971) 255-4969.


All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Virtual Registration and Help Desk Open

The Virtual Registration and Help Desk is available to help with technical issues or answer questions about the agenda.

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

COVID-19: Surprising Revelations Panel
Moderator(s): Janette Cruz, Sr. Enterprise Performance Planning Coordinator, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Panelist(s): Mikel Milton, Manager IT Delivery Services, Puget Sound Energy, Michelle Kirby, Portfolio Manager for Grid Operations, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Utilities discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected which decisions are being made and prioritized in their PMO Enterprise Systems. They will also dissect what paths worked for them and which did not based on their organizational structure and unique situations.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Meet and Greet

Join us to catch-up with colleagues from across the continent and meet fellow Forum attendees. Meet other conference attendees by wandering through virtual rooms distinguished by track and interests.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Welcome + Virtual Orientation
Speaker(s): Janette Cruz, Sr. Enterprise Performance Planning Coordinator, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

The conference chair welcomes the attendees to the 2020 Project Management Forum.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

COVID Response
Speaker(s): Jennifer Restivo, Director of Planning, Pricing, and Enterprise Performance, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Jennifer Davidson, Chief Financial Officer, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Breakout Sessions

PMO Leadership Track:
Budget vs. Baseline Performance Tracking
Speakers: Eric Hackett, Senior Manager, Transmission & Distributions Projects, Idaho Power
Janette Cruz, Sr. Enterprise Performance Planning Coordinator, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Kelly Gardener, Sr. Project Manager, Transmission Engineering Project Management Office, Bonneville Power Administration
Tightening constraints within the industry is driving a need for more accurate initial baselining of project costs to complete projects on budget. This session will discuss the challenges encountered and process created by various utilities to manage budget versus baseline performance.   
Sponsored by Burns & McDonnell         

Practitioners – Construction Focus Track:
How to Get Maximum Value From Your Contracts…your contractors will thank you for it.
Speakers: Scott Jacob, COO, Jacob Brothers Construction
Todd Strynadka, Technical Services Manager, Jacob Brothers Construction
Thomas Hanson, Sr. Manager, Contracts and Construction Management Northern Interior/Southern Interior, Dam Safety and Lines, BC Hydro
Last year, BC Hydro discussed the road map they have to get maximum value from contracts. This year, they return to share the “how”, the practical things to promote contractor success, and their own. At the session, they will review info, tools and activities from their new Contractor Program which is all about making it easier for contractors to do business with the utility.  
Sponsored by Henkels & McCoy

Practitioners – IT Focus Track:
Current Change Management: Best Practices (Part 1 of 2)
Speakers: Winter Sanders, Manager of Organizational Change Management, Puget Sound Energy
Rachel DeCarlo, Change Management Consultant, Puget Sound Energy
Yasmin Mudah, Change Management Consultant, Puget Sound Energy
Join members of Puget Sound Energy's Organizational Change Management group in an interactive session to learn best practices for managing the people-side of change, including how to "right-size" your CM efforts, and unlock enterprise capability to adapt to ever-changing conditions. This session will feature case studies taken from PSE's recent projects, as well as our response to the "involuntary digital transformation" our employees experienced as we shifted to a largely virtual workforce with COVID-19. The format for this virtual session will be an interactive presentation, followed by a panel discussion/Q&A featuring breakout rooms focused on key topics such as change agility, resilience and readiness.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

PMO Leadership Track:
Metrics + Dashboards: Who Needs to See What
Speakers: Scott Roberts, Project Management Improvement Program, Seattle City Light
Yi Bao, A/Manager, Portfolio Management, BC Hydro
As data collection evolves and becomes more readily available what is relevant for keeping project teams and project leaders informed to make timely decisions and better manage projects.
Sponsored by Burns & McDonnell

Practitioners – Construction Focus Track:
Design-Build Execution Models and Success Stories: Lump Sum EPC vs. Progressive Design-Build
Speakers: Jennifer Dodson, EPC Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell
Kristen Glesne, Senior EPC Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell
Terence Arredondo, Senior EPC Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell
This presentation will include basic principles of both execution models, pros and cons, recommendations for use based on level of project definition, as well as example project success stories.
Sponsored by Henkels & McCoy

Practitioners – IT Focus Track:
Change Management: Roundtable Discussion (Part 2 of 2)
Facilitators: Winter Sanders, Manager of Organizational Change Management, Puget Sound Energy
Rachel DeCarlo, Change Management Consultant, Puget Sound Energy
Yasmin Mudah, Change Management Consultant, Puget Sound Energy
Continue the conversation from the previous session. Bring your questions for the panelists, along with your perspectives to share. This will be an opportunity for dialogue focused on key topics such as change agility, resilience and readiness.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

PMO Leadership Track:
Project Management in Organizational Structures: Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator: Jacob Reidt, Sr Manager Generation Project Delivery, Avista Corp.
Business outcomes can be linked to organizational design – what is produced often following how people and resources are structured and aligned. This session will discuss the various organizational structures that PMO(s) can exhibit and the functional efficiencies and capabilities produced by each. Come prepared to share what models you’ve seen and the strengths and weaknesses of each.
Sponsored by Burns & McDonnell

Practitioners – IT Focus Track:
How to Speak the Language of Security
Speaker: Justin Rathburn, Advisor IT Security & Risk, Puget Sound Energy
The foundation of security starts with strong relationships! Justin Rathburn, Advisor IT Security & Risk at Puget Sound Energy, will discuss how to engage your IT Security team to build a collaborative relationship within the project team. He’ll cover common approaches to identifying, quantifying and addressing risks associated with the implementation of technology solutions in order to avoid common pitfalls, roadblocks, and stalling projects. Understanding the perspective of your security nerds will help you learn how to incorporate their feedback in a constructive way that keeps your project moving forward.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

PMO Leadership Track:
Resource Management: Roundtable Discussion
Speakers: Mike Haynes, Program Director – Utilities, Jacobs
Kip Jackson, Director, Engineering & Project Management, NV Energy
Stephen Martz, Senior Director – Gas Engineering, Xcel Energy Inc.
Oneida Nunez, Manager, Project Development Construction
Ted Reguly, Director, Portfolio & Project Management, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Many of us feel the pressure to do more work with the same resource levels. How do we manage resources to staff correctly? What are some of the key strategies to follow? How do we know what our teams are really capable of? These are the key questions for this roundtable discussion.
Sponsored by Burns & McDonnell

Practitioners – Construction Focus Track:
Risk Management: Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator: Merdan Hojanepesov, Manager, Distribution Projects, EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.
Risk Management is an essential component of successful capital project delivery. To effectively manage the project risks, organizations will benefit from a set of practices and processes supported by risk awareness and enabling technologies. This will be a roundtable discussion with focus on:
1. Risk register – is there one in your organization, which technology do you utilize and who maintains the risk register?
2. Risk templates – do you have one, and how do you identify, evaluation and prioritize risks?
3. How do you apply risk management to your projects?
4. Do you find if practical in your day to day activities?
Sponsored by Henkels & McCoy

Friday, September 25, 2020

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

How Project Management Can Help Regulatory Oversight
Moderator(s): Janette Cruz, Sr. Enterprise Performance Planning Coordinator, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Panelist(s): Yusup Hojanepesov, Manager, PMO, EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc., Karen Schuh, Manager of Regulatory Affairs, Avista Corp., Niecie Weatherby, Manager, Project Practices, Puget Sound Energy
Speaker(s): Alan McBroom, Senior Project Controls Specialist, Burns & McDonnell, Alan McBroom, Senior Project Controls Specialist, Burns & McDonnell

Utility professionals discuss how internal business problems were solved through project management techniques. With the recent regulatory policy in Washington State, this is the perfect backdrop for the panel to discuss the changing regulatory environment and the business drivers that demand specific project governance practices. This recent regulatory policy will have an impact on project documentation for project managers going forward.

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM


9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Breakout Sessions

Practitioners – Construction Focus Track:
COVID-19: The Path Forward for Workforce + Contractors Roundtable Discussion
Speakers: Aaron Drake, Supervisor Project Management, Puget Sound Energy
Emily Goswami, Managing Scientist, Exponent
This roundtable discussion will be provide attendees with current safety protocols, and discuss the management tools being used by other industry partners to keep workers healthy and projects moving forward.  Industrial Hygienist, Emily Goswami will review the sources of current COVID-19 requirements, guidance, regional applications, and provide current knowledge as project teams adapt to COVID-19.  Following Ms. Goswami’s discussion, we will turn our focus to the epicenter of COVID-19 with Puget Sound Energy’s Supervisor of Project Management Aaron Drake. Mr. Drake will detail his team’s handling of COVID-19, and the management tools/techniques used to keep project team’s moving forward safely.
Sponsored by Henkels & McCoy

Practitioners – IT Focus Track:
Cybersecurity Mindset for Agile (DevSecOps) and Waterfall
Speaker: Jennifer Womack, Advisor IT Security & Risk, Puget Sound Energy
Do agile products need different security than waterfall projects?  What can we do to get a “yes” from security?  Keep your products and projects moving forward with fewer costly changes by partnering more effectively with your cybersecurity teams. Join Jennifer Womack, Advisor IT Security & Risk at Puget Sound Energy as she shares her experience, insights, and tips for whichever method you choose.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

How Project Controls Can Improve Your Governance
Speaker(s): Dionne Smith, Manager, Project Standards, Controls, and Tools, BC Hydro, Charles Johnson, Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Project Management professionals will discuss how decisions get made and by whom, how change is managed, and how variances are tracked and reported to allow Enterprise management to have confidence in the budget and plan.

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

Closing Comments
Speaker(s): Janette Cruz, Sr. Enterprise Performance Planning Coordinator, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Save the Date. Project Management 2021 September 20-22, 2021 in Phoenix.


Thank you to our session sponsors!

Meet The Speakers

Thomas Hanson

BC Hydro

Sr Manager, Contracts and Construction Management Northern Interior/Southern Interior, Dam Safety and Lines
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Thomas is a senior manager in BC Hydro’s $2B+/annum Project Delivery portfolio group.
Tom is a recognized performer in commercial contract management and governance; he often represents BC Hydro in complex contracting arrangement and infrastructure works. Today, he is leading a project to transform relationships with indigenous businesses and construction contractors. He received a MBA from Royal Roads University receiving the institution’s top distinction as a graduate – the University Founders’ Award. He holds a B.SC. Organizational Psych., a Graduate Certificate in Strategic HR and a Management Certificate in OH&S. In 2019, Capilano University conferred a Citation in Contract Law on Tom; he also completed study in Aboriginal, Labour and Employment, Tort and Property Law. In the pandemic era, he is performing directed studies on “Improving construction contract comprehension and front-line utility” as he works toward a juris doctorate.
Tom is a 20-year Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). Tom holds CCMAP designation from the International Association of Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM). He serves on the IACCM Global Advisory Council – a first term as Canada representative and, today, as a Board-nominated member.

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.

Merdan Hojanepesov

EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

Manager, Distribution Projects
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Merdan Hojanepesov is an experienced Project Management Professional with 12-year record of demonstrated success of managing and delivering projects in both public and private sectors throughout North America. Since 2017, Merdan has been managing team of Distribution Project Managers at EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc. Prior to this position, he gained experience managing Distribution Projects and before then overseeing Transmission portfolio project governance. Merdan is well versed in project management methodologies, process engineering and risk management. Merdan is BSc graduate from Bemidji State University and currently working on his Master’s degree.

Winter Sanders

Puget Sound Energy

Change Management Consultant
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Winter leads the OCM practice at PSE, and has spent most of his career as a consultant, in both project delivery and the people-side of change. Prior to joining PSE in 2018, he led change strategy and planning for digital transformation initiatives at Stanford University and Honda North America.

Justin Rathburn

Puget Sound Energy

Adv IT Security Analyst
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Justin Rathburn has been with Puget Sound Energy since 2011, starting as a contract Project Manager and moving into a number of roles in Compliance and Security & Risk. With a broad IT background including desktop, server, and network support, database management, and application development, he now focuses on identifying, quantifying, and addressing cyber security risks associated with enterprise projects and technology.

Jennifer Womack

Puget Sound Energy

Sr IT Security Analyst
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Jennifer Womack, CISSP, has worked for Puget Sound Energy since 2008. She has held various roles within Infrastructure Security, Compliance and Security & Risk. She currently works for the Director IT Security, CISO managing strategic initiatives, cybersecurity awareness and metrics.

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!).

Yusup Hojanepesov

EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.

Manager, PMO

Michael Haynes


Program Director - Utilities
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Mike has over 30 years of experience managing many aspects of business operations supporting resource development and utility markets, including supervising professional, technical, and craft personnel. Over the past 14 years Mike has managed engineering, procurement and construction projects, programs and portfolios in the gas utility markets, upstream and midstream oil and gas markets, and other work. Mike brings a unique perspective on providing clients with excellence in service having spent years as a small business owner.

Mike is responsible for providing oversight, forecasting, business planning, and resource management for numerous business entities with Jacobs Engineering Group. His projects include greenfield and brownfield projects ranging from $100,000 to $500 million. Mike has experience in managing resources including recruitment, retention, and staff balancing to align with corporate allocations, overhead costs and gross margins to meet forecasted annual, quarterly, and monthly financial targets.

Kip Jackson

NV Energy

Director, Engineering & Project Management
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Kip is a Director of Engineering and Project Management at NV Energy. He has over 35 years of extensive experience in engineering, construction management and project management. He holds a Master’s of Science degree from the Ohio State University, Professional Engineering licenses in the states of California and Nevada and a Project Management Professional certification. He has directed or supported the development of over 1000 miles of EHV transmission and currently directs the design of NV Energy’s Greenlink Nevada project valued at over $2b. Kip is also a founder of NV Energy’s project management office which manages major capital projects for the company’s Electric Delivery, Energy Supply and Information Technology and Telecommunications business units.

Ted Reguly

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Director - Project and Portfolio Management
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Ted Reguly is the Director of Portfolio and Project Management at San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E). He is responsible for the development of large capital projects and Electric Distribution, Substation and Transmission Portfolio Management for SDG&E. These responsibilities include overall responsibility of the Electric Transmission, Substation, and Distribution capital budgets, including oversight and direction for project cash flows, business controls, contract management, QA/QC, licensing and approval coordination and support of project and portfolio managers for engineering, design, and construction activities.
Reguly’ s previous director positions were at SDG&E’s Growth and Technology Integration, Sempra’s Renewables Operations, SDG&E’s Substation and Transmission Operations and Maintenance, Customer Programs, Smart Meter, and Customer Services Organizations.
Reguly is a registered California Mechanical Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State, Long Beach and a master’s in business administration with an emphasis in Finance from San Diego State University.

Oneida Nunez

Southern California Gas Company

Manager, Project Development Construction
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Currently Oneida Nunez is the Manager of Project Development within the Construction Organization at SoCalGas. She oversees SoCalGas and SDG&E’s Project Development functions which include accountability for pre-construction activities for major capital projects. In previous roles, Oneida was Director of Program Management at LACMTA overseeing a capital portfolio of $40B. Prior to that, she served in senior project leadership roles at Kiewit for project portfolios upwards of $6B with total project accountability from preconstruction, to design, construction operations to closeout.

Rachel DeCarlo

Puget Sound Energy

Change Management Consultant
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Rachel has an diverse background in sales, operations, program management and global leadership. Particularly passionate about organizational change management with 10+ years’ experience on a wide range of initiatives. Lives in Seattle with her adorable lab pup, husband and toddler.

Yasmin Mudah

Puget Sound Energy

Change Management Consultant
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Yasmin joined PSE in 2017, after 10 years with King County. She has leveraged her background in Organizational Development and Project Management to help drive employee adoption for some of PSE’s largest customer experience transformation projects and make change easier for customers and internal stakeholders.

Karen Schuh

Avista Corp.

Manager of Regulatory Affairs

Scott Roberts

Seattle City Light

Project Management Improvement Program
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Scott has over 20 years of experience managing projects for the City of Seattle. He has managed projects for the Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light. His current role at Seattle City Light is focused on improving Project Management Practices across the organization. Over the past 5 years, Scott has developed and implemented an industry-standard Project Management Framework based on PMI fundamentals. The framework provides processes, tools, templates and resources to help Seattle City Light project managers effectively deliver projects. Scott’s latest efforts include raising visibility into project performance using Power BI to pull together data from various Seattle City Light documents and technology systems.

Kirsten Glesne

Burns & McDonnell

Senior EPC Project Manager
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Kirsten serves Burns & McDonnell as a Senior EPC project manager. She has over 25 years of project and construction management experience in the oil and gas industry worldwide. Particular expertise includes effectively managing all phases of work, engineering, procurement and complete site management in remote areas with an emphasis on safety and quality of work. Key experience includes complete project and construction management from design and bid phase, planning, mobilization and execution of construction and fabrication through commissioning and handover phases.

Janette Cruz

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Sr. Enterprise Performance Planning Coordinator

Mikel Milton

Puget Sound Energy

Manager IT Delivery Services
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Mikel Milton is the IT Delivery Manager for Puget Sound Energy (PSE) where she oversees the program management, project management, business analysis, quality assurance test engineers and the IT capital portfolio. With 20 years in IT, Mikel’s experience combines a background of utility, high tech, call center and channel reseller organizations. Prior to PSE Mikel ran the PMO at a local security company and the call center operations team at an international computer reseller. Mikel holds a BA from the University of Washington. She is married and owns 2 adorable corgies named Leeloo & Mando.

Terence Arredondo

Burns & McDonnell

Senior EPC Project Manager
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Terence serves Burns & McDonnell as a Senior EPC project manager. With a background in electrical construction, he offers over 25 years of electrical construction knowledge, including multiple years of experience in process and controls, power distribution, lighting systems, large facility construction and renovations and construction management experience. Terence has served as the EPC Project Manager for large projects for food & consumer product and government clients, defense contractors as well as private clients.

Niecie Weatherby

Puget Sound Energy

Manager, Project Practices

Dionne Smith

BC Hydro

Manager, Project Standards, Controls, and Tools
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Dionne Smith’s career at BC Hydro has spanned almost 25 years in which 19 of these years have been in the Project management industry. She was an active player involved in the maturation of the PMO at BC Hydro and is still heavily involved in the organizations continuous improvements.

She currently manages a team of 17 staff who work in her Project Controls and Standards department within the PMO. She also presents and promotes her knowledge and experiences to educate others within BC Hydro as well as other external organizations interested in developing their PMO.

Dionne resides in Coquitlam, BC (a city 30 minutes east of Vancouver), with her husband and two teenage daughters. She enjoys spending her free time boating, mountain biking, and watching her daughters play soccer.

Yi Bao

BC Hydro

A/Manager, Portfolio Management
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Yi is a Project Management Professional with over 17 years of experience in the utility industry. As the Acting Manager of Portfolio Management in BC Hydro, he is leading an analytics team focused on portfolio performance analytics/reporting, project releases, portfolio forecasting, and risk/resource management for large Capital projects. Yi earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University.

Eric Hackett

Idaho Power Company

Senior Manager, Transmission & Distribution Projects
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Eric is a Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional who has been working in the utility industry since 2005. He has held positions within Idaho Power Company as a Transmission Line Design Engineer, Project Leader, Engineering Leader of Stations Engineering and Design, and currently serves as the Senior Manager of Transmission and Distribution Projects. He grew up in Boise, graduating in 2003 from Boise State University (Go Big Blue!) with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering degree and earned his Masters in Business Administration degree in 2010 from the same university. Outside of work Eric loves being outside mountain biking, rafting, skiing, fishing, or just generally enjoying nature and sunny skies. He lives in a small suburb of Boise (Eagle, ID) with his wife, daughter, and two sons.

Kelly Gardener

Bonneville Power Administration

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Educational background: Graduated Magna Cum Laude WSU 2010 BA in MIS, currently enrolled in WSU Engineering School MS in Technology and Engineering Management. Professional Certification: PMI PMP certified since 2010. Work background: Bonneville Power Administration since 1992. Various BPA organizations: Construction Contracting, Aircraft Services Systems Support and Maintenance, Wholesale Billing Technical Support 1992 to 2001. Senior Project Manager for BPA in Technical Operations (Software Engineering Support for Dispatch) 2002 to 2010. Senior Project Manager for BPA Transmission Engineering Project Management Office 2011 to present. Personal Background: Married, small farm forester, enjoys outdoor activities and spending quality time with family and friends – in a safe social distancing environment. Resides in Vancouver, Washington.

Ryan Eckert

Idaho Power Company

Leader T&D Project Management Team
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Ryan is a Project Management Professional who has been working in the utility industry since 2003. He has held positions within Idaho Power Company as a Project Scheduler, IT Project Manager, T&D Project Manager, Operations Procurement Manager, and currently serves as the leader of the Transmission and Distribution Project Management team. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Idaho, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in production/ operations management and information systems. Outside work he enjoys; dirt biking, boating, skiing, camping, and hunting. Ryan and his wife Sky live in Boise, Idaho, and have a son and daughter.

Michelle Kirby

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Portfolio Manager for Grid Operations
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Michelle Kirby currently manages the PMO for Grid Strategy and Operations for Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD). She brings a variety of experience in project performance and measurement across different industries and business units. Over the last 9 years at SMUD, she has created Business Unit PMOs for Energy Research & Development and for the utilities’ expansion into the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) market with the Community Energy Services business unit. She has also managed IT and Smart Grid projects as part of the DOE funded 127.5M Smart Grid Investment Grant. Prior to SMUD, Michelle managed projects for Wells Fargo Business Banking, including IT applications and Mergers & Acquisitions projects. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a MBA in International Business and Finance from Santa Clara University, with an undergraduate degree in Economics from UC Davis.

Alan McBroom

Burns & McDonnell

Senior Project Controls Specialist

Jennifer Restivo

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Director of Planning, Pricing, and Enterprise Performance

Emily Goswami


Managing Scientist
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Ms. Goswami has over 17 years of professional experience in exposure assessment, industrial hygiene, human health risk assessment, and project management.
Ms. Goswami’s experience includes evaluating chemical exposures from occupational and residential environments, as well as consumer products; designing and conducting exposure simulations associated with use of consumer products; conducting human health risk assessments for various contaminated sites; performing probabilistic modeling in order to evaluate exposures to chemicals in the workplace; performing residential investigations including air and surface sampling and analysis for mold and other indoor contaminants; and evaluating odors. These projects involved various chemicals and agents including asbestos, benzene, formaldehyde, silica, lead, mercury, particulate matter, mold (fungi), and phthalates. Ms. Goswami also has extensive experience reviewing the published literature pertaining to exposure, epidemiology, and toxicology associated with various sources and types of occupational, paraoccupational, and environmental exposure to various chemicals. Ms. Goswami has testified as an expert witness in the area of industrial hygiene.

Scott Jacob

Jacob Brothers Construction

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Todd built his career with two major construction companies, one national and one BC based, where he had responsibility for complex commercial, mixed-use and multi-unit residential projects. He brings a collaborative style and a tailored approach to project delivery. His tenacity and attention to detail have earned him a reputation with clients as a builder of well-built and memorable finished products.

Todd Strynadka

Jacob Brothers Construction

Technical Services Manager
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Mr. Strynadka is currently the Technical Services Manager for Jacob Bros Construction Inc. and is responsible for the technical review of project requirements and standards and implementation of the corporate Quality Management System to ensure compliance to project requirements.

Jennifer Davidson

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Chief Financial Officer

Charles Johnson

Burns & McDonnell

Project Manager

Aaron Drake

Puget Sound Energy

Supervisor Project Management
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Aaron Drake is a Supervisor in the Major Projects Department at Puget Sound Energy and has been with the utility for 19 years. He supervises a team of ten PM professionals who are regionally spread across PSE’s seven-county electric service territory. His team’s largest program focus right now involves a $150 million distribution system reliability work portfolio including over 100 multi-year projects. He has been a PMI Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2010.

Stephen Martz

Xcel Energy Inc.

Senior Director - Gas Engineering