Supply Chain Strategies (May 07-08)

Focusing on the role of utility supply chain leadership, this forum provides an exclusive environment for strategic thinkers and policy-makers to discuss comprehensive supply chain management responsibilities. Topics include category management, vendor and contract management, use of technology, and organizational structures and workforce management. Supply chains are increasingly complex and challenging to manage, yet are essential for maintaining compliance, incident preparedness and major project timelines.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Casey Fallon, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Director, Procurement, Warehouse & Fleet

    • Program Location
    • Western Energy Institute Facilities
    • 1050 SW 6th Ave, Suite 325
      Portland, Oregon 97204
    • Who Should Attend
      • Participants of this executive forum should have comprehensive supply chain management responsibilities, and be leaders who deal with primarily strategic issues.
      • Typically, Chief Supply Chain Officers, Vice Presidents and Directors with strategic and policy oversight of the supply chain function.
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $399 USD

    Registration price increases $50 after April 14, 2019. Registration includes comprehensive meeting materials, and all meals including a networking dinner. 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.

  • 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.
  • For more information contact Christopher Lee, Senior Program Manager at (971) 255-4967.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM


Lunch is on your own

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Welcome and Introductions

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Opening Roundtable: Growth in Supply Chain Activity

Please be prepared to share the general numbers and trends for your company over the last three years in the following areas:

  • Total annual spend (spend on contract)
  • Number of Staff
  • Number of contracts or third-party agreements
  • Savings goals or outcomes
  • Economic Growth

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Procurement Strategies for Construction; increasing demand, limited supply

A facilitated discussion covering: 

  • Vegetation management, underground work, delivery
  • Substation and transmission, engineering needs
  • Rate increases
  • Coordinating prep work
  • Mitigating risk

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Facilitator(s): Erin Henning, Assistant General Manager, Supply Chain Services, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

  • Who’s doing it well?
  • How many different contracting templates are you using?
  • Short form vs long, etc.

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Supplier Management
Facilitator(s): Jacque Keenan, Director, Supply Chain, Salt River Project

  • SRP will begin by presenting its new supplier management framework
  • Status updates on what everybody is working on and what they are planning to do.
  • How does this relate to performance and scorecards for each supplier?
  • What are actions/consequences?

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted Networking Dinner

Nel Centro
1408 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97201

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast at WEI Office

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Talent Development and Transformation - Presentation
Speaker(s): Todd Blackman, Director, Supply Chain, ENMAX Corporation

A case study and presentation on a current transformation project. The presentation will be followed by roundtable and discussion.

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Talent Development and Transformation – Discussion

  • Are lack of skillsets/capabilities holding back our transformation?
    • Category managers, all staff
  • Creating time for strategic objectives while still taking care of transactional business.
    • How can we optimize our effort?
  • Improve collaboration and engagement with internal customers.
  • Branding and proving value.
  • What’s the best way to organize to enable/allow transformation to happen?
  • How should supply chain be structured to achieve strategic goals?
  • Share maturity model and planning

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM


9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Supply Chain Disruptors
Speaker(s): Alex Craig, Consultant, ProcureAbility, Dan Aquilino, Consulting & Advisory, ProcureAbility

ProcureAbaility will present on disruptors they see on the horizon and how utilities can prepare.

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Looking forward – Economic Outlook

What are utilities doing in:
•Risk mitigation
•Renewables and Sustainability

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Review + Future Planning

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (503) 553-7000 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $200 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until April 14, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Jacque Keenan

Salt River Project

Director, Supply Chain

Erin Henning

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Assistant General Manager, Supply Chain Services

Alex Craig



Todd Blackman

ENMAX Corporation

Director, Supply Chain

Dan Aquilino


Consulting & Advisory