Safety Summit (Oct 07-09)

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. Vendors are encouraged to display.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Dean Battershill, ENMAX: Electric Safety Work Methods Track + Rob Richardson, ATCO Gas: Gas Safety Work Methods Track +Sara McCoy, Director, Risk Management, Salt River Project: Safety Strategy + Policy Track

    • Program Location
    • PERA Club
    • 1 E Continental Drive, Tempe, Arizona 85281
    • 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: $749 USD
    Non-Member: $1,249 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after September 5, 2024. Registration includes digital materials and access to all event sessions and meals listed on the agenda. Guest tickets are available for $100 and allow for 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.

    For vendor registration information please see the Vendor Displays tab.

  • 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.


Monday, October 7, 2024

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Registration + Namebadge Pick Up

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Join us for a lively Welcome Reception as we kick off the 2024 WEI Safety Summit! Mingle with fellow attendees, enjoy delicious refreshments and appetizers, and set the stage for a memorable experience ahead. It's the perfect opportunity to connect, network, and get in the spirit of what promises to be an incredible event.

Tuesday, October 8, 2024

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Welcome + Keynote Speaker
Speaker(s): Jason Schechterle, Retired Phoenix Police Officer, Burning Shield

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Networking Break with Vendor Displays

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch with Vendor Displays

Recharge and network over a delicious meal. It's the perfect opportunity to savor a meal, gather insights, and explore the latest products and services on display in our vibrant exhibit hall.

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Networking Break with Vendor Displays

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Networking Reception + Hosted Dinner

Wednesday, October 9, 2024

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Tour of Training Center

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break with Vendor Displays

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Networking Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Closing Panel

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (480) 361-0000 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $169 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until September 23, 2024 or until the WEI room block is full.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Member Attendee + Vendor Display: $1,049 USD
Non-Member Attendee + Vendor Display: $2,299 USD
Vendor Display Assistant: $400 USD

All vendor registration prices increase $100 after September 5, 2024. Vendor Display + Attendee registration includes full conference access and includes you as the main vendor display representative with one (1) skirted six-foot vendor display table for Tuesday and Wednesday events, as well as conference attendance. Table selection and arrangements for power, audiovisual equipment, or other supplies may be made by emailing Jessica Grant.

Vendor Display Assistant registration is for companies who have already purchased a vendor registration and would like to add an additional vendor representative for their display table. This registration includes access to join Tuesday and Wednesday display events and meals.

Vendor Display Schedule
Monday, October 7, 2024
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Setup

Tuesday, October 8, 2024
(Setup time is not available Tuesday.)
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM: Break with Vendor Displays
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM: Lunch with Vendor Displays
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM: Break with Vendor Displays

Wednesday, October 9, 2024
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM: Break with Vendor Displays
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Tear down (or after 2:30 PM)

Meet The Speakers

Jason Schechterle

Burning Shield

Retired Phoenix Police Officer
Learn More

Growing up, Jason had one dream – to serve as a Phoenix Police Officer. Inspired by the tragic loss of a local law enforcement hero, Jason worked persistently towards his dream. After serving four years in the Air Force, at the age of 26, Jason achieved his goal to work on the streets of Phoenix as a rookie police officer. Then, only 14 months into what was supposed to be a life-long career, Jason’s life took an unexpected, dramatic and, at the time, tragic turn.

On the night of March 26th, 2001, a taxi cab crashed into the rear of Jason’s patrol car. Upon impact, Jason’s car burst into flames, trapping him inside with temperatures reaching over 700 degrees.

Through a series of miraculous and fateful circumstances, Jason survived the crash and ensuing physical and emotional catastrophe. He suffered severe burns to over 40% of his body which drastically altered his appearance. He has undergone more than 55 surgeries just to have the ability to accomplish simple daily tasks we often take for granted.

Jason’s journey chronicles his fight for life, his triumph over tragedy and the inspiration that enables him to continue to overcome unimaginable adversity. His personal narrative exemplifies that the power of the human spirit can never be underestimated or extinguished.

His story is one of life, rebirth and transformation. Jason represents the human experience at its very best – an ascent from despair to describing himself as the luckiest person alive!