Sep

01-03

Safety Summit – Virtual (Sep 01-03)

Safety is a paramount issue within the utility industry. Safety professionals work tirelessly to manage risk, avoid incidents and ensure safety through a variety of programs and initiatives geared toward employees and consumers. This summit is designed for gas and electric utility safety professionals, and spans across three unique, topical tracks: Safety Strategy + Policy, Electric Safety Work Methods, and Gas Safety Work Methods. Content is designed to promote safety culture through discussions related to the education and training that can influence utility operations, as well as address some of the challenges and successes associated with developing strategy.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Chris Dichard, Asplundh Construction, LLC - Electric Safety Work Methods Rob Richardson, ATCO Natural Gas- Gas Safety Work Methods John McMahon, Fortis BC - Safety Strategy + Policy

    • Who Should Attend
    • •    Electric Safety Work Methods – Managers, trainers, supervisors, safety advocates and team leads responsible for safe work methods and practices among employees. Service company delegates are encouraged to attend.
      •    Gas Safety Work Methods – Operations managers at 1st or 2nd level supervision of employees at local distribution or gas pipeline companies, managers responsible for safe work practices among their employees or who implement training on natural gas operations work methods and safety advocates and team leads interested in learning how to best promote safety. Service company delegates are encouraged to attend.
      ​•    Safety Strategy + Policy – Senior management level safety professionals from both electric and natural gas who are responsible for developing and maintaining safety policy, culture, and standards. Participation is restricted to senior leaders of utility companies.

  • Registration Options
  • Western Energy Institute takes the health and safety of our employees and members very seriously. With safety as our top priority, this program is being offered in a virtual format. No hotel or travel is required. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Manager directly.

    Member: $199 USD
    Regular: $299 USD
    Registration provides full access to conference sessions, meeting materials, and roster.

  • 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. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Beverly Woolf, Program Manager at (503) 688-2790.

Agenda

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Virtual Welcome Reception

Grab a beverage and turn on your webcams for a virtual Happy Hour! WEI will open a virtual room for people to chat and connect with colleagues and friends.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Virtual Registration Desk Open

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

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome
Speaker(s): Patrick Dinkel, Vice President, Strategy, Arizona Public Service Company

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Keynote Presentation - Two Truths and a Lie
Speaker(s): Hal Snyder, Retired Gas/Electric Utility Executive, Sempra Energy, Retired, Sempra Energy

It’s essential for the safety performance of your company that you and your employees bring their A-Game to work every day. Hal’s true-life story is designed to drive home learnings that are important for everyone to hear. You will have the opportunity to hear, to learn and then take back simple action items that will benefit you, your employees and your families.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Stretch Break

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Individual Track Sessions

Break out into Gas Safety Work Methods, Electric Safety Work Methods, or Safety Strategy + Policy tracks. GSWM and ESWM are open to everyone. SS+P participation is restricted to senior management level energy company members.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Lunch Break

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Individual Track Sessions

Break out into Gas Safety Work Methods, Electric Safety Work Methods, or Safety Strategy + Policy tracks. GSWM and ESWM are open to everyone. SS+P participation is restricted to senior management level energy company members.

2:00 - 2:15 PM

Stretch Break

2:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Individual Track Sessions

Break out into Gas Safety Work Methods, Electric Safety Work Methods, or Safety Strategy + Policy tracks. GSWM and ESWM are open to everyone. SS+P participation is restricted to senior management level energy company members.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Individual Track Sessions

Break out into Gas Safety Work Methods, Electric Safety Work Methods, or Safety Strategy + Policy tracks. GSWM and ESWM are open to everyone. SS+P participation is restricted to senior management level energy company members.

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Stretch Break

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Panel Discussion on the Safety Summit Tracks
Panelist(s): Chris Dichard, West Coast Safety Manager, Asplundh Construction, LLC, John McMahon, Director Safety, Training & Fleet, FortisBC, Rob Richardson, Supervisor, ATCO Natural Gas

Since no one can be in three places at once, join the Safety Summit leadership to hear what was discussed in each of the breakout sessions and how some of the learnings can be applied moving forward. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the conversation.

Meet The Speakers

Patrick Dinkel

Arizona Public Service Company

Vice President, Strategy

Hal Snyder

Retired, Sempra Energy

Retired Gas/Electric Utility Executive, Sempra Energy
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Hal’s career in the gas/electric utility industry spanned 34 years, holding over 20 different management level positions that ranged from pipeline engineer to President. In 2018, Hal retired from the Southern California Gas Company as the Chief Human Resources & Administrative Officer.

His career included upper-level leadership positions across the America’s in Mexico, Canada, Uruguay and the United States. These positions included responsibilities in gas operations, gas transmission & storage, customer solutions, business development, employee health & safety, customer communications, supply management, human resources, labor relations, diversity/Inclusion, research, LNG project development, project management, organizational effectiveness, and clean transportation.

Most recently Hal has been conducting key note speeches for various companies, trade associations, and universities in support of the next generation of employees with a goal of changing lives and developing leaders one speech at a time.

Snyder has also served on various boards including the Canadian Gas Association, the California State Science Center, the Coalition for Clean Air, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and was on the California State University at Long Beach engineering school Dean’s advisory Committee. Hal holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles.

Chris Dichard

Asplundh Construction, LLC

West Coast Safety Manager
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A Journeyman Lineman with 29 years in the Electrical utility construction, 13 years as a Safety professional in the industry.
Certified Utility Safety Professional, Certified Loss Control Professional,
Sitting member of the ETD Strategic OSHA alliance Best Practices committee, OSHA Outreach instructor, Certified crane instructor/Practical Examiner.
12 years as a Safety professional in the industry.

Rob Richardson

ATCO Natural Gas

Supervisor

John McMahon

FortisBC

Director Safety, Training & Fleet