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

Program Location
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
• 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
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 programs through December 2020. 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 Beverly Woolf, Program Manager at (503) 688-2790.

Agenda

All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Virtual Social Hour
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
Executive Welcome to Safety Summit 2020
Speaker: Patrick Dinkel, Vice President, Strategy and Risk, Arizona Public Service Company

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Keynote Presentation – Two Truths and a Lie
Speaker: 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
Sponsored by:

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Individual Track Sessions
Gas Safety Work Methods
Electric Safety Work Methods
Safety Strategy + Policy
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
Break

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Individual Track Sessions
Gas Safety Work Methods
Electric Safety Work Methods
Safety Strategy + Policy
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
Gas Safety Work Methods
Electric Safety Work Methods
Safety Strategy + Policy
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
Gas Safety Work Methods
Electric Safety Work Methods
Safety Strategy + Policy
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
Sponsored by:

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Panel Discussion on the Safety Summit Tracks
Panelist: 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

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, Workforce Development

John McMahon

FortisBC

Director Safety, Training & Fleet

Patrick Dinkel

Arizona Public Service Company

Vice President, Strategy and Risk
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Pat Dinkel is vice president of strategy and risk for Arizona Public Service Company (APS). Based in Phoenix, APS is Arizona’s largest electric company and serves nearly 1.3 million customers across the state.

Dinkel is responsible for corporate strategy, enterprise risk, insurance, industrial safety, health services, and corporate physical and cyber security.

Since joining APS in 1986, Dinkel has held a number of leadership roles across the company. He most recently was vice president, environmental and chief sustainability officer, which included setting environmental policy and strategy and integrating the company’s sustainability strategies into core business operations, in addition to many of the business functions he currently manages. Prior to that, Dinkel served as vice president of transmission and distribution operations and maintenance.

He spent the first 15 years of his career at APS in corporate finance. Dinkel then led the development of long-term power procurement and renewable energy management for the company. In that capacity, he developed a progressive distributed renewable program and successfully contracted for more than 2,000 megawatts of generation capacity.

Dinkel earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Marymount College and an MBA degree from Northern Arizona University.

Sandra Horon

ATCO Natural Gas

Safety Advisor

Tori Burns

Dominion Energy Utah

Manager of Gas Safety and Health

Dana Rindal

Vimocity

President & Co-Founder

Michael Cooper

MDU Utilities Group

Safety Manger

Kevik Rensink

Puget Sound Energy

Health and safety coordinator

Don Gregory

OnTarget Consulting + Research

President

Derek Johnson

FortisAlberta Inc.

Manager, Safety and Work Methods

Carmen Cheng

ENMAX Corporation

Program Manager, Talent Strategies

Janine Dickinson

ENMAX Corporation

Ability Management Specialist, Human Resources

Kevin Rindal

Vimocity

CEO and Co-Founder