Aug

27-29

Safety Summit (Aug 27-29)

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)
  • Derek Johnson, FortisAlberta - Electric Safety Work Methods
    Carie Mourin, Avista Utilities - Gas Safety Work Methods
    Nancy Blevins, Salt River Project - Safety Strategy + Policy

    • Program Location
    • Fairmont Palliser
    • 133 - 9th Avenue SW
      Calgary, Alberta T2P2M3
    • 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: $599 USD
    Regular: $1,199 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after August 5, 2019. Registration includes meeting materials and networking receptions on Tuesday and Wednesday nights as well as catered breakfast, lunch, and refreshments at the meeting. 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. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

    For vendor registration options, 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.

Agenda

  • Select a track:

Agenda

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Optional Networking Opportunity

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Hosted WEI Reception

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast and Registration

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Welcome

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Keynote Speaker
Speaker: Brady Hansen, Electrical Workers Without Borders

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Break with Vendor Displays

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Breakout Sessions

12:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Breakout Sessions

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Break with Vendor Displays

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Breakout Sessions

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Hosted Reception with Vendor Displays

Thursday, August 29, 2019

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Breakout Sessions

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Executive Panel

12:00 PM
Conference Adjourns

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Optional Networking Opportunity

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Hosted WEI Reception
Dinner on your own.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast and Registration

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Welcome

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Keynote Speaker
Speaker: Brady Hansen, Electrical Workers Without Borders

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Break with Vendor Displays

10:30 AM – 10:35 AM
Safety Moment

10:35 AM – 11:15 AM
Introductions
Facilitator: Derek Johnson, Manager, Safety and Work Methods, FortisAlberta
Name, Title, Company, Burning Issues

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Serious Incident Lessons Learned Roundtable
Facilitator: Mark Taylor, Director, Field Resource Development, ENMAX Corporation
Attendees will share short descriptions of incidents and what corrective actions their companies took with safety professionals. Discussion will follow with fellow attendees contributing their experiences and company protocols.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
ISNetworld Contractor Management
Speakers: Chris Dichard, West Coast Safety Manager, Asplundh Construction, LLC
Ray Duncan, Contractor Safety Services Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Mikhail Monge, Account Representative, ISN
This session will review ISN’s contractor management system and discuss the successes and challenges Asplundh and San Diego Gas & Electric Company have had adopting the system.

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM
SRP Safety Observation System Demonstration
Facilitator: Leonard Rondeau, Sr. Safety & Health Specialist, Salt River Project
Learn about Salt River Project’s Safety Observation System (SOS). It was developed in-house to enhance the safety culture by submitting and tracking observations, inspections, and safety minutes.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Break with Vendor Displays

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Equal Potential Grounding Best Practices Roundtable
Facilitator: Leonard Rondeau, Sr. Safety & Health Specialist, Salt River Project

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Work Methods Roundtable
Facilitator: Derek Johnson, Manager, Safety and Work Methods, FortisAlberta

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Hosted Reception with Vendor Displays
Dinner on your own.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Work Methods Roundtable
Facilitator: Derek Johnson, Manager, Safety and Work Methods, FortisAlberta

9:30 AM – 10:10 AM
Final Roundtable
Facilitator: Derek Johnson, Manager, Safety and Work Methods, FortisAlberta
This is the time to wrap up unfinished conversations and go around the table with each utilities’ most pressing needs to see who has solutions to offer/email/share with others.

10:10 AM – 10:30 AM
Wrap-Up
Facilitator: Derek Johnson, Manager, Safety and Work Methods, FortisAlberta
Suggest topics for next year while we’re all in the conference headspace.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Panel

12:00 PM
Conference Adjourns

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Optional Networking Opportunity

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Hosted WEI Reception
Dinner on your own.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast and Registration

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Welcome

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Keynote Speaker
Speaker: Brady Hansen, Electrical Workers Without Borders

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Break with Vendor Displays

10:30 AM – 10:35 AM
Safety Moment

10:35 AM – 11:00 AM
Introductions
Name, Title, Company, Burning Issues

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Opportunity Missed, Life or Limb Lost?
Speaker: Mike Parham, Southwest Gas
Employee involvement at all levels of an organization is critical when adopting a more proactive approach to safety. To get employees involved in safety an organization must foster an environment in which employees feel they can report incidents or conditions without fear of adverse treatment or retaliation and utilize some type of formal system or procedure that facilitates the reporting process. Join this roundtable discussion to explore how companies are tracking safety-related data, both incidents and recommendations, and how this information can be used to drive positive change.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Leading Ergonomic and Postural Causes of Injury
Speaker: Dana Rindal, Vimocity
According to OSHA, sprains and strains account for 33% of all injuries in today’s workforce. Attend this roundtable to discover how you can apply an innovative approach to MSD reduction within your workforce and have a positive impact on engagement and productivity.

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM
Driving Safety Roundtable
Speaker: Terry Drummond, ATCO P&L

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Break with Vendor Displays

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Mental Health

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Distracted Learning, Understanding the Pro’s and Con’s of Electronics in the Field
Speaker: Carie Mourin, Avista
Recent studies show that 92% of all working adults own a smart phone, and as a nation, working adults are spending more and more time on these personal devices during business hours. In an industry where electronic data capture in the field is becoming the norm, how are companies balancing the benefits of providing electronic devices to field personnel, yet ensuring employees are not being distracted by device capabilities considered non-essential to the job. Join us for a presentation on “Distracted Learning” and end with a roundtable discussion on how companies are tackling this issue.

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Hosted Reception with Vendor Displays
Dinner on your own.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Emergency Response Roundtable
Facilitator: Kurt Oertel, NW Natural
This session will be a discussion of how we refine communication during large scale responses to infrequent or atypical emergencies.

9:30 AM – 10:10 AM
Final Roundtable
40 min wrap up and unfinished conversations – and/or go around the table with each utilities’ most pressing needs and see who has solutions to offer/email/forward

10:10 AM – 10:30 AM
Wrap-Up
Suggest topics for next year while we’re all in the conference headspace.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Executive Panel

12:00 PM
Conference Adjourns

Participation in the Safety Strategy + Policy track is restricted to senior leaders of utility companies.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Optional Networking Opportunity

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Hosted WEI Reception

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast and Registration

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Welcome

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Keynote Speaker
Speaker: Brady Hansen, Electrical Workers Without Borders

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Break with Vendor Displays

10:30 AM – 10:35 AM
Safety Moment
Speaker: Wallace Rawls, Director of Safety & Wellness, Southern California Gas Company

10:35 AM – 12:00 PM
Challenges, Opportunities, and Successes Roundtable
Facilitator: Nancy Blevins, Manager, Safety Services, Salt River Project
What safety challenges, opportunities, and successes are you experiencing at your company?

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:00 PM – 1:05 PM
Safety Moment
Speaker: John McMahon, Director Safety, Training & Fleet, FortisBC

1:05 PM – 1:30 PM
Follow Up on Leading Indicator Shared Data
Speaker: Lance Hughes, Safety Consultant, Eugene Water & Electric Board

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
The Evolution of Leading Indicators Within FortisAlberta
Speaker: Manny Albert, Director, Safety & Environment, FortisAlberta
Learn how FortisAlberta has taken leading and lagging indicator metrics to create a Safety Performance Index showing the correlation between leading indicator efforts and lagging results.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Break with Vendor Displays

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Alert Driving Through the Defensive Driver Program
Speaker: Wallace Rawls, Director of Safety & Wellness, Southern California Gas Company
Learn about the Defensive Driver Program at Southern California Gas Company. You’ll get an overview of the SoCal Gas journey; where did they start, where are they now, and what it took to move the needle.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Vehicular Incident Prevention Best Practices Roundtable
Speaker: Wallace Rawls, Director of Safety & Wellness, Southern California Gas Company

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Hosted Reception with Vendor Displays

Thursday, August 29, 2019

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM
Safety Moment
Speaker: Manny Albert, Director, Safety & Environment, FortisAlberta

8:35 AM – 9:00 AM
Safety Culture Shift and Lasting Implications
Speakers: Darwyn Anderson, Safety, Health and Wellness Director, Seattle City Light
Jim Duke, Safety Director, Idaho Power

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Safety Recognition Programs Roundtable
Speakers: Darwyn Anderson, Safety, Health and Wellness Director, Seattle City Light

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Executive Panel

12:00 PM
Conference Adjourns

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (403) 260-1230 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) and use the discount code ‘0819WEIS_001’ to receive a special rate of $199 CAD/night. This rate is guaranteed until August 5, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Networking

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Optional Tour of ENMAX’s Shepard Energy Centre
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Registration Fee: $50 USD per person
Capacity: 25

Join Western Energy Institute and ENMAX for a tour of the Shepard Energy Centre, Alberta’s largest natural gas-fueled power facility.

Closed toed shoes are required. All other PPE will be provided by the plant. Prior to the tour, all visitors will compete an online Escorted Visitor Orientation.

The tour includes round trip transportation from the hotel. The bus will depart from the hotel at 1:00 PM and return to the hotel at approximately 4:00 PM. WEI Reserves the right to cancel networking tours if a minimum number of participants is not met. Space is limited. This tour is open to everyone, including guests.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Member Vendor Display Only: $699 USD
Regular Vendor Display Only: $1,599 USD
Member Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $899 USD
Regular Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $2,099 USD
+ Vendor Assistant: $200 USD
+ Guest Pass: $100 USD

Registration prices increase $100 after August 5, 2019. 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.

Shipping Information
Shipping arrangements must be made with Dominique Strangward of the Conference Services office at (403) 206-1283. All shipping should be clearly labeled with the information included in this example label.

Vendor Display Schedule
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Set Up: 6:00 AM
Display Times: 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Break with Vendor Displays: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Lunch with Vendor Display: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Break with Vendor Displays: 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Hosted Reception with Vendor Displays: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Tear Down: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Vendor Display Map


Meet The Speakers

Ray Duncan

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Contractor Safety Services Manager
Learn More

Ray Duncan, Contractor Safety Services Manager at San Diego Gas & Electric, is an experienced Safety Professional with over 18 years of construction and utility experience. Throughout his career, Ray’s focus continues to be enhancing safety culture from field-level employees to executives, ensuring safety excellence at all organizational levels. During his time at SDG&E he has developed and implemented the Contractor Safety Program to evaluate, pre-qualify, and oversee its contractor workforce. He is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist and a Certified Utility Safety Professional. Outside of work, Ray is committed to his role as a High Adventure Leader in Scouting of America and loves educating the kids about backpacking through the wilderness as well as outdoor ethics. When not backpacking, he enjoys traveling, camping (RV or tent) and boating with his family and friends.

Mikhail Monge

ISNetworld

Brady Hansen

Safeguard Equipment, Inc

Lineman/Trainer
Learn More

Brady Hansen was born and raised in South Dakota. He worked his way west doing telecommunications work, eventually moving to Seattle where he joined the IBEW in Local 89. Soon he joined the Northwest JATC Outside Electrical Apprenticeship and achieved Journeyman Lineman status in 2006. As a Journeyman Lineman he worked for Potelco, Wilson Construction, and Bonneville Power
Administration before accepting a position as a Journeyman Lineman with Avista Utilities. Brady worked in various lineman roles, including teaching in the lineman training program. After 8 years he moved from Avista to start a training business, Written In Red Inc., as well as working for Safeguard Equipment.

One of Brady’s proudest achievements is being a founder of Electrical Workers Without Borders and performing a variety of training and work across the industry. In 2018 he was awarded the IBEW Journeyman Mentor of the Year.

Brady Hansen

Safeguard Equipment, Inc

Lineman/Trainer
Learn More

Brady Hansen was born and raised in South Dakota. He worked his way west doing telecommunications work, eventually moving to Seattle where he joined the IBEW in Local 89. Soon he joined the Northwest JATC Outside Electrical Apprenticeship and achieved Journeyman Lineman status in 2006. As a Journeyman Lineman he worked for Potelco, Wilson Construction, and Bonneville Power
Administration before accepting a position as a Journeyman Lineman with Avista Utilities. Brady worked in various lineman roles, including teaching in the lineman training program. After 8 years he moved from Avista to start a training business, Written In Red Inc., as well as working for Safeguard Equipment.

One of Brady’s proudest achievements is being a founder of Electrical Workers Without Borders and performing a variety of training and work across the industry. In 2018 he was awarded the IBEW Journeyman Mentor of the Year.