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Safety Summit (Aug 30-Sep 01)

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)
  • Dean Battershill, ENMAX - Manager, Safety Operations & Rob Richardson, ATCO Gas - Gas Safety Work Methods & Phil Smithers, Arizona Public Service Company - Safety Strategy + Policy

    • Program Location
    • Grand Hyatt Seattle
    • 721 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101
    • 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: $699 USD
    Regular: $1,199 USD

    Registration prices increase by $100 after August 2, 2022. Registration includes meeting materials and networking receptions on Tuesday and Wednesday nights as well as catered breakfast, lunch, and refreshments at the meeting. Guest tickets are available for $100 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

    Please see the Vendor Display tab for vendor registration options.

  • 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 Jessica Grant, Program Manager at (971) 930-2032.

Agenda

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Registration Desk

The registration desk will open for attendees to pick up their name badge.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tour: Seattle City Light's Denny Substation

Visit Seattle City Light's Denny Substation in downtown Seattle, located less than a mile from the hotel. This 1-hour tour will begin at 3:00 PM. Participants will meet at the Denny Substation, instructions will be sent prior.
Registration is required.

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Hosted Reception

Join us for a hosted reception and to pick up your namebage at registration. Dinner is on your own.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Registration Desk

The registration desk will open for attendees to pick up their name badge.

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast with Vendor Displays

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome
Speaker(s): Chris Robinson, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer, Tacoma Power

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote Address
Speaker(s): Andrea Martinez, Director of Safety & Pipeline Safety, New Mexico Gas Company

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break with Vendor Displays

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Breakout Sessions #1

Electric Safety Work Methods
Case Study: SRP’s Bolster Battery Pre-Incident Safety Training
A case study of SRP’s experience working with the first responders to create Site Training and an Emergency Response Plan for a 25 MW/100 MWh Tesla Battery Site. With first responders still mentally raw from the McMicken Battery Incident, training and coordination was a critical piece of the successful deployment of this battery. Hear from SRP the process, lessons learned, and the ongoing efforts to coordinate with first responders on energy storage safety.
Speaker: Sharon Bonesteel, Architect, SRP

Gas Safety Work Methods
Lone Worker Best Practices 
Lone workers face site-specific hazards, including conducting work operations in remote locations or other locations where coworkers, customers, or members of the public are not present.  Recognizing these hazards and leveraging technology and business practices and procedures are critical measures to ensure that workers in distress receive help in a timely manner.  This session will explore further the use of technology as an ongoing communication resource for lone workers and how the utilities on this panel uses it. 
Speaker: Mike Parham, Risk Management & Safety, Southwest Gas

Safety Strategy + Policy
Approaches to Safety Performance Measurement: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
This session will reflect on the traditional methods used to measure safety performance and explore the recent advances made with leading indicators and other means to measure safety performance, safety capacity & resilience and safety culture. It will also touch on the validity of existing safety metrics, their application and interpretation. We will examine the relationship between leading and lagging indicators and how these might coexist within a meaningful report on organizational performance.
Speakers: Manny Albert, FortisAlberta Inc., Director, Safety & Environment; Janet Holt-Killingbeck, Hydro One, Director of Learning and Analytics, Health, Safety & Environment; Phil Smithers, Arizona Public Service, Director of Safety, Environmental, Corrective Action Program and Human and Organizational Performance

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Breakout Sessions #2

Electric Safety Work Methods
Improving Field Access to Safety Information 
BC Hydro has spent a decade focusing on one major goal, to make safety information easier to find and easier to follow.  This has resulted in revamped methods of writing, storing, and communicating safety documentation.  The end result for the worker is shorter documents that are written in clear language which are stored in a way that can be found when needed whether in the office or out in the field.  Hear from a senior safety advisor who has been part of this process to learn how worker engagement was and still is critical in all aspects of this work.  
Speaker: Paul Hahto, Senior Safety Advisor, BC Hydro

A Risk Informed and Balanced Approach to Development of Work Methods and Risk Mitigations
While development of work methods may historically be more informed by trades experience and knowledge, at BCH, we have taken a more holistic approach where we take into account engineering / science / technical knowledge and combined it with trades expertise and knowledge along with considerations for human factors / behavior to arrive at the best approach(es).  Work tasks are evaluated through a job hazard / risk assessment process, engagement with applicable stakeholders (including but not limited to Operations, trades training, asset management, and engineering), and mitigations often through a structured decision-making process can include inherently safer engineered designs instead of or in addition to traditional work methods and PPE. Some recent examples will be shared to illustrate.
Speaker: Wendy Ho, Manager, Human Factors Engineering and Work Methods, BC Hydro

Gas Safety Work Methods
Tools Committee – How do you pick? 
Join us as we learn from ATCO how they pick their tools and what they are looking for when they review a new tool.  
Speaker: Rob Richardson, Supervisor, Workforce Development. ATCO

Safety Strategy + Policy
SIF Prevention Strategies
With strong reduction of injuries over the past decade by utilities, focus is shifting to the reduction of Serious Injuries and Fatalities (SIF). This session will explore this shift along with tools and methods for predicting and preventing the most significant events.
Speakers: Phil Smithers, APS, Director of Safety, Environmental, Corrective Action Program and Human and Organizational Performance; Janet Holt-Killingbeck, Hydro One, Director of Learning and Analytics, Health, Safety & Environment
 

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Networking Break with Vendor Displays

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Breakout Sessions #3

Electric Safety Work Methods
De-Escalation in the Workplace
When someone is angry, words often fly out and the message of their frustration can be left behind.  As professionals, dealing with our customers, we must sometimes push beyond the words, seeking communication to find the meaning in the messages. This course is designed to help anyone dealing with emotionally distressed people find the meaning in the message, clarify the communication, so a positive resolution can be reached. During this course you will learn about the behavioral change stairway, active listening skills, tone of voice, and emotional labeling.
Speaker: Tim Durand, Safety Specialist, Snopud
Three Phase Lift Development
BC Hydro worked with industry reps to design a new heavy duty three phase lift that enables their PLTs to control three phases of distribution conductors on angle structures that have strong bisect loads. In addition, BC Hydro engineers designed a new load sensing wireholder that is able to give the PLTs live monitoring of the vertical and horizontal loads that each conductor is imparting on the three phase lift so the PLTs can ensure the tools and trucks are being used within their rated capacities. Hear from a senior engineer who was part of the development to see how this new tool is supporting BCH workers work safer.
Speaker: Paul Hahto, Senior Safety Advisor, BC Hydro

Gas Safety Work Methods
Driving Sustained Engagement in Safety
Join us as we hear from HR representatives from WEI member companies as they share their experience and learnings in implementing safety programs and learn their best practices in driving immediate and sustained engagement in safety.
Speaker: Jason Sanders, Director of Safety and Operations Solutions, Puget Sound Energy; Robert Peterson, Director, Safety and Technical Training, MUD Utilities Group:
Andrea Martinez, Pipeline Safety Management Systems (New Mexico Gas)

Safety Strategy + Policy
Compliance + ESG Roundtable
Charlotte Dorrity will facilitate a round table discussion about upcoming challenges in safety in the energy sector. This will be a participative discussion, so plan to share your challenges and approaches that you are taking to meet the challenges with your peers.
Facilitator: Charlotte Dorrity, Safety, Health, and Wellness Director, Seattle City Light

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Hosted Reception with Vendor Displays

Join us for a hosted reception and to chat with vendors. Dinner is on your own.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration Desk

The registration desk will open for attendees to pick up their name badge.

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast with Vendor Displays

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Breakout Sessions #4

Electric Safety Work Methods
Safety and Work Methods Round Table 
Please join us for a round table session for an open forum to share and learn. This year’s session will highlight several topics regarding safety and work methods in the powerline industry.
Facilitator: Dean Battershill , Manager, Safety Operations, ENMAX
Lessons Learned 
Join us in this closing session and learn how utilities such as Salt River Project, ENMAX , Fortis Alberta and BC Hydro address safety issues like Digger rollovers, high load moves, trench cave-ins, crane misadventures and other safety issues within their utilities.
Speakers: Dean Battershill , Manager, Safety Operations, ENMAX; Wade Abbott, Manager, Safety and Work Methods, Fortis Alberta Inc.; Paul Hahto, Senior Safety Advisor, BC Hydro; Leonard Rondeau, Sr. Safety & Health Specialist, Salt River Project

Gas Safety Work Methods
New, Young and Transferred Workers 
Workers starting a new job at any age, as well as young workers under age 25, are three to five times more likely to be injured during their first few months at work. Successful businesses incorporate training and mentoring programs for new and young workers as an opportunity to instill a safety mindset. This session will outline risks that new, young and transferred workers experience and creative ways for employers to develop programs to reduce the risk associated with this so importation sector of our workforce.
Speaker: Derek Mullaly, supervisor for field health and safety, ATCO
Lessons Learned 
Lessons learned in the industry with positive directives 
Facilitators: Rob Richardson, Supervisor workforce development, ATCO gas

Safety Strategy + Policy
The 8 Habits of a Highly Effective Safety Culture
Safety Culture is what employees are doing when no one is watching. In this session, we will learn the evolution of safety cultures during the Industrial Revolution through present day. Everything evolves and if we do not evolve with it, we get left behind. We cannot get better by doing what we’ve been doing. It’s time for a paradigm shift in how we view and do safety. We will discuss 8 specific and transferable habits that when they become part of who you are and who your organization is your safety culture becomes just, and workers are no longer seen as the problem to solve, but the problem solvers. We will talk about the Human Performance Principles that are the foundation of a sustainable safety program. There will be time for Q&A and for participants to share their Safety Culture journey.
Speaker: Rod Courtney, CHST, CUSP, WCLS; Health, Safety & Environmental Manager, Ampirical

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break with Vendor Displays

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

General Session: Panel Discussion + Closing
Facilitator(s): John McMahon, Director, Safety & Operational Learning, FortisBC
Panelist(s): Phil Smithers, Director of Safety, Environmental, Corrective Action Program & Human and Organizational Performance, Arizona Public Service Company, Dean Battershill, Manager, Safety Operations, ENMAX Corporation, Rob Richardson, Supervisor, Workforce Development, ATCO Natural Gas

Hotel + Travel

  • Cosmopolitan flair and Pacific tranquility come together at the luxurious Grand Hyatt Seattle, located in the heart of the city's thriving retail and theater district . Classic Pacific Rim styling, extravagant modern appointments and uncompromising personal service make this Four-Diamond downtown Seattle hotel the ultimate escape from the everyday. Bask in the height of decadence while our devoted staff caters to your every beck and call. Fall in love with the magnificent original artwork, gorgeous wood furniture and sumptuous onyx accents that adorn the guestrooms of our downtown Seattle Washington hotel. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the lavish opulence of the big city at this truly unique hotel in downtown Seattle.
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (206) 774-1234 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $255 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until August 1, 2022 or until the WEI room block is full.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Member Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $999 USD
Regular Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $2,149 USD
Member Vendor Display Only: $799 USD
Regular Vendor Display Only: $1,649 USD
+ Vendor Assistant: $200 USD
+ Guest: $100 USD

Registration prices increase by $100 after August 2, 2022. Vendor Display only registration includes one Vendor Display representative, one skirted Vendor Display table for Wednesday Display Events, and Wednesday food events. Conference attendance is not included. Vendors that wish to attend conference sessions should purchase Conference Registration + Vendor Display which includes comprehensive conference materials and food events, and attendance in the Gas Safety Work Methods or Electric Safety Work Methods tracks. The Safety Strategy and Policy track is not open to service companies.

Vendor assistant passes are available for $200 once the main vendor registration is complete and includes access to join Wednesday Display Events only.

Guest passes are available for $100 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event.

Vendor Display Schedule
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Vendor set-up

Wednesday, August 31, 2022
6:00 AM – 7:30 PM: Vendor set-up
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM: Breakfast with Vendor Displays
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM: Vendor set-up available
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Break with Vendor Displays
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch with Vendor Displays
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Break with Vendor Displays
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Reception with Vendor Displays

Thursday, September 1, 2022
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM: Breakfast with Vendor Displays
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Break with Vendor Displays
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Tear Down

Shipping Information
Grand Hyatt Seattle will accept only prepaid packages. All packages must be labeled with the following information:
• Return Address
• Name of Group Affiliation
• Meeting Room Name and Dates of Event
• Group Contact (Event Planning Manager)
• Name of Person That Will Claim Package(s) and Date of Arrival
Deliveries will not be Accepted More than Five (5) Days Prior to the Event Date.

Shipping Address
Grand Hyatt Seattle
721 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Outgoing Packages
It is the responsibility of the sender to arrange pick-up for all outgoing packages. All packages for shipment out of hotel must be accompanied by an appropriate shipping label stating destination address, billing information and/or FedEx number. The shipping label must be signed by the sender. If any package or envelope designated to be shipped does not have
a label, the hotel is not liable and the package will not be shipped out.

Package Handling Fees
The hotel is happy to accept packages for vendors or registered guests or guests holding a reservation.
• Letters and Fed Ex or UPS Envelopes – Complimentary
• $10.00 per pack or box less than 25 lbs.
• $25.00 per box weighing 25-100 lbs.
• $50.00 per box over 100 lbs.
• $200 per Pallet will be Charged Appropriately for incoming packages/boxes.

Program Development Teams

ELECTRIC SAFETY WORK METHODS

Chair
Dean Battershill, Manager, Safety Operations, ENMAX Corporation
Members
David Coates , President/CEO, MoveSafe Inc.
Paul Kiss, Operations Superintendent, Snohomish County PUD
Bryan Sabari, Vice President, Safety & Training, Potelco Inc.
Wade Abbott, Safety Work Methods Manager, FortisAlberta Inc.
Kevin Davis, Senior Safety Specialist, Snohomish County PUD
Paul Hahto, Senior Safety Advisor, BC Hydro
Leonard Rondeau, Sr. Safety & Health Specialist, Salt River Project
Chris Dichard, Safety Director Asplundh Tree Experts West, Asplundh Construction, LLC
WEI Liaison
Traci Pepper, Program Manager, Western Energy Institute

GAS SAFETY WORK METHODS

Chair
Rob Richardson, Supervisor, Workforce Development, ATCO Natural Gas
Members
Jaret Fry, In-house Construction Manager, ATCO Natural Gas
Kevin Rindal, CEO and Co-Founder, Vimocity
Jeffrey Bailey, Safety Consultant, Puget Sound Energy
Andrea Martinez, Manager, Pipeline Safety Management Systems, New Mexico Gas Company
Melissa Karner, Sales Account Executive, Vimocity
Michael Parham, Specialist/Occupational H & S, Risk Management & Safety, Southwest Gas Corporation
WEI Liaison
Traci Pepper, Program Manager, Western Energy Institute

SAFETY STRATEGY + POLICY

Chair
Phil Smithers, Director, Safety & Health Services, Arizona Public Service Company
Members
Gina Orozco, Vice President, Gas Engineering and System Integrity, Southern California Gas Company
James Boyd, T&D Safety Manager, Tacoma Public Utilities
Nazir Fazli, Director of Health and Safety, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Nidal Dabghi, Director, Operation & Maintenance North/Distribution Services, SaskPower
Robert Peterson, Director, Safety and Technical Training, MDU Utilities Group
Sara McCoy, Director, Risk Management, Salt River Project
Charlotte Dorrity, Safety, Health, and Wellness Director, Seattle City Light
Kevin Davis, Senior Safety Specialist, Snohomish County PUD
Valerie Sherman, Safety and Environmental Compliance Manager, Tacoma Public Utilities Robert Beidler, Undersheriff – Retired, Snohomish County Sherriff’s Office
John McMahon, Director, Safety & Operational Learning, FortisBC
Manny Albert, Director, Safety & Environment, FortisAlberta Inc.
WEI Liaison
Jessica Grant, Program Manager, Western Energy Institute

Onsite Safety + Health Info

Effective August 18, 2022, proof of vaccination status or results of a negative COVID-19 test will not be required for admittance into most WEI-hosted programs.

WEI continues to monitor all federal level CDC, Canadian government and public health agency recommendations, as well as local ordinances, as a policy baseline for in-person programs. We encourage all attendees to review the current guidelines related to isolation and precautions prior to traveling to a WEI event, as well as guidance for traveling to and from Canada, which may differ from guidance for traveling to or from the United States.

Some WEI-hosted programs may require proof of vaccination status, if essential for participation, in which case WEI will communicate this requirement in advance of the program start date.

Please refer to WEI’s Safety + Health Code of Conduct for other important considerations.

Meet The Speakers

Chris Robinson

Tacoma Power

General Manager/Chief Operating Officer
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Chris has served as the Tacoma Power General Manager/COO since 2015.
He brings over 25 years of experience to his role. Before joining Tacoma Power in 2001, Chris worked at multiple electrical utilities as a consultant. Prior to serving as superintendent, Chris served as Energy Resource Planning Assistant Manager then the Power Management Section Manager. He serves on multiple industry boards including Public Power Council, NW RiverPartners, and Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee.
Chris obtained a B.A. in economics and a B.A. in political science from Rutgers University, and an M.S. in resource economics from the University of Maine.

Charlotte Dorrity

Seattle City Light

Safety, Health, and Wellness Director

John McMahon

FortisBC

Director, Safety & Operational Learning

Phil Smithers

Arizona Public Service Company

Director of Safety, Environmental, Corrective Action Program & Human and Organizational Performance
Learn More

Phil is currently Director of Safety and Environment for Arizona Public Service. In this role, Phil oversees APS’ Corporate Safety, Public Safety, Environmental, Corrective Action Program, and Human and Organizational Performance organizations. In support of APS for over 32 years, he has held roles with increasing responsibilities in the Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Renewable Energy, Safety and Environmental organizations. Most recently Phil has led APS efforts to implement and support “Safety Forward”. Representing a continuing evolution of their safety culture. Recognizing the need to build on the current safety foundation, establishing a trusting and learning culture that is effective at addressing safety risks.

Dean Battershill

ENMAX Corporation

Manager, Safety Operations

Rob Richardson

ATCO Natural Gas

Supervisor, Workforce Development

Rod Courtney

Ampirical

HSE Manager
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Rod began his career in the US military. He served as an Army Combat Medic from 1990-1994 on active duty and 1994-1998 in the reserves. While on reserve status he worked in law enforcement and attended college at Armstrong Atlantic State University and Columbia Southern University where he studied Occupational Health & Safety. Rod has been a Certified Safety Technician for 25 years and became a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) in 2019. After working for a couple different companies Rod went to Iraq with Kellogg Brown & Root in 2003 and was the HS&E Manager for the largest construction project on the planet. In 2007 Rod went to work in the renewable energy sector building thousands of megawatts of wind turbines and solar plants across the country. He is now the HSE Manager for Ampirical who is one of the fastest growing companies in the US. Ampirical was named one of Americas Safest Companies by EHS Today in 2021. Rod is a USOLN Board Member and author of “The 8 Habits of a Highly Effective Safety Culture” and was selected as a member of “Who’s Who in America” in 2022.

Janet Holt-Killingbeck

Hydro One Inc.

Director of Learning and Analytics, Health, Safety & Environment
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Janet Holt-Killingbeck was appointed Hydro One’s Director of Learning & Analytics in December 2020. In this newly created role, she is charged with transforming Hydro One’s safety culture through investigations and analytics while ensuring business continuity for the Health, Safety, and Environment organization. With over 20 years of experience in the electricity sector, Ms. Holt is a highly regarded leader who has a proven track record of continuous improvement and taking every opportunity to learn and grow.

Prior to this role, Ms. Holt-Killingbeck managed a team of over 250 people in Distribution and was responsible for the planning and scheduling of a $1 billion work program while increasing productivity and creating synergies across the organization. She has been instrumental in leading the safety metric transformation at Hydro One.

Ms. Holt-Killingbeck holds a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative and Commercial Studies and Psychology with a specialization in Social Organization and Human Relations from the University of Western of Ontario. She also holds a certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of Toronto.

Ms. Holt-Killingbeck is married to her husband Tim and a proud mom of two boys.

Manny Albert

FortisAlberta Inc.

Director, Corporate Safety

Mike Parham

Southwest Gas Corporation

Specialist/Occupational H & S, Risk Management & Safety

Wendy Ho

BC Hydro

Manager, Human Factors Engineering and Work Methods

Paul Hahto

BC Hydro

Senior Safety Advisor

Sharon Bonesteel

Salt River Project

Architect

Derek Mullaly

ATCO Natural Gas

Supervisor - Field Health & Safety

Jason Sanders

Puget Sound Energy

Director Safety and Customer Solutions

Mike Boise

MDU Utilities Group

Safety Manager

Andrea Martinez

New Mexico Gas Company

Director of Safety & Pipeline Safety