This executive thought leadership forum has been developed to foster dialogue on the most important issues facing our sector.
The Fortis Energy Exchange, in partnership with the Canadian Electricity Association, Canadian Gas Association, Edison Electric Institute, and American Gas Association will provide you with access to some of North America’s most senior leaders in the electricity and gas sector. Industry associations, investor-owned utilities, crown utilities and regulators are expected to attend.
Driving Energy: Important Perspectives on the Gas and Electric Sectors in North America
Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
One King West Hotel
This event is by invitation only.
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Mrs. Apsey also has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer, and President of ITC Michigan where she was responsible for the company's regulatory, marketing and communications, federal, state and local government affairs, and human resource functions.
Mrs. Apsey was Manager of Transmission Policy and Business Planning for ITC when the organization was a subsidiary of DTE Energy. Prior to that role, she held a variety of positions at Detroit Edison including Manager, Regulatory Relations, where she was responsible for developing and managing regulatory and communications activities with the Michigan Public Service Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Mrs. Apsey earned her MBA and bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs Management from Michigan State University. She is a member of the Business Roundtable, and serves on the boards of The Detroit Economic Club, The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Business Leaders for Michigan, the Board of Trustees for Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, the MSU Broad College Alumni/Advisory Board, and The Eli Broad College of Business Alumni Board of Directors. She is a past member of the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC), the EAC’s Transmission Subcommittee, past chair of The Heat and Warmth Fund, THAW, and past President of the Novi Parks Foundation.
Roger has been trusted in numerous leadership roles throughout the organization, including executive oversight of customer service & technology, regulatory affairs, strategic planning & corporate development and finance and treasury. He has also served the operation by bringing his skills and experience to energy solutions, business innovation, and conservation and energy management.
As a senior executive in the energy industry, Roger serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Gas Association, Canadian Electricity Association and Western Energy Institute. In addition, Roger is a member of the Business Council of BC’s Board of Governors. He is also a Board member for both FortisBC companies.
Since 2003, Mr. Dobson has held senior leadership positions in finance, operations, information technology and customer service across the Centrica Group, the parent company of Direct Energy. Prior to Direct Energy, Mr. Dobson worked at CIBC for 10 years in finance, strategy and business development roles in both Canada and the United States. Mr. Dobson also brings considerable experience in mergers and acquisitions and integrating acquired companies across North America and in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Dobson is a dual Canadian-U.S. citizen who holds an honours bachelor's degree from the University of Waterloo as well as an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and is a CPA, CMA.
Ms. Duke serves as a Director on the boards of Fortis utilities UNS Energy in Arizona and FortisAlberta, as well as Slate Office REIT and the Genesis Group of Memorial University of Newfoundland. She also serves on the Edison Electric Institute's ESG/Sustainability Steering Committee. Previous board appointments have included: Central Hudson, Newfoundland Power, Destination Canada, the Health Care Foundation of St. John's, the Hotel Association of Canada and the Newfoundland & Labrador Employer's Council.
Ms. Duke was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network and she was also inducted into Atlantic Canada's Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame.
Since joining CGA Mr Egan has been a strong supporter of the IGU, serving as Canada’s representative, sitting on the Executive Committee, and serving as the Regional Coordinator for North America. He is currently active in the sub-committee working on the “Building For The Future” initiative, looking at the long-term strategic direction of the organization.
Mr. Egan is publisher of the Energy Regulation Quarterly, and editor of the magazine Energy. Prior to his appointment he was President of High Park Group (HPG), a public affairs consulting firm. He has an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Ottawa, and common and civil law degrees from McGill University. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1995.
He is married to Patricia (nee Armstrong) and they have five daughters.
Currently, JP serves on the Board of Ontario Power Generation and Noront Resources as well as the Canadian Electricity Association Public Advisory Panel. He has most recently been appointed as the Chancellor of St. Paul’s University College Waterloo. His previous appointments include Colleges and Institutes Canada (previously ACCC), the Northern Policy Institute, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, advisory member to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, a committee member to the Provincial Forest Policy Committee. In 2014, he was identified as a Diversity 50 Board Ready Candidate from the Canadian Board Diversity Council and a recipient of the Community Service Award – Transformation Awards from Diversity Magazine.
As a father to his young daughter Chloe, along with a passion for his community, his culture and traditions; JP brings the past, present and future to the table, moving non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal business toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity.
Named president in 2010 and chief executive in 2011, Harris is changing the way that PSE serves its customers. This transformation touches every aspect of the organization, from greater reliability to more choices for customers. Under her leadership, PSE is looking toward the future in energy supply and delivery with a focus on renewables and low carbon resources that meet customer expectations for affordability and dependability while lessening our impact on the environment.
Harris is personally committed to safety and has made safety the first and top priority at Puget Sound Energy. She has been selected by the National Safety Council as one of the “CEOs Who Get It.”
Prior to her current role, Harris was PSE’s chief resources officer. She practiced law with Perkins Coie before joining PSE in 1999.
Harris is the 2018 chair of the American Gas Association. She was the 2017 chair of the Washington Roundtable and 2016-2017 campaign chair for the United Way of King County. In October 2014, she joined the U.S. Bancorp Board of Directors.
Harris has a bachelor's degree from San Diego State University and a juris doctor degree from Arizona State University. She is married with two grown children.
In his role as CEO, John is focused on taking Southwest and its subsidiaries to the next level of growth and innovation. His key areas of focus include investing in our natural gas distribution business to enhance safety, service, and reliability for our customers; continuing to grow the Centuri Construction Group in markets across the United States and Canada; facilitating collaborative relationships with our regulators; maintaining a team of skilled and motivated employees; and providing investors a desirable total shareholder return.
John received Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Economics from Northern Illinois University. He currently serves as Chairman of the Boards of Trustees for Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada and the College of Southern Nevada Foundation, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Gas Association.
Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc. has two business segments: Southwest Gas Corporation and Centuri Construction Group, Inc. Southwest Gas Corporation provides safe and reliable natural gas service to over two million customers in Arizona, Nevada, and California. Centuri Construction Group, Inc. is a comprehensive utility infrastructure services enterprise dedicated to meeting the growing demands of North American utility, energy, and industrial markets. Centuri derives revenue from installation, replacement, repair, and maintenance of energy distribution systems, and developing industrial infrastructure solutions.
Mr. Hutchens has been with UNS Energy for 20 years. He advanced through various management positions overseeing wholesale energy trading and marketing and, in January 2007, was named Vice President of Wholesale Energy and UNS Gas, an operating subsidiary of UES. He became Vice President of Energy Efficiency and Resource Planning in May 2009, rose to Executive Vice President in March 2011 and was named President in December 2011 before assuming his current role in May 2014.
He earned a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arizona and is a former nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Hutchens joined the Board of Directors of UNS Energy in December 2013, the FortisBC Board of Directors in January 2015, and the FortisAlberta Board of Directors in July 2016, as well as Edison Electric Institute. He is past Chair Western Energy Institute’s Board of Directors and is current Chair of Sun Corridor, Inc. He also is a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the Tucson Conquistadores, Salpointe Catholic Education Board of Directors.
He is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Earlier, she served as regulatory counsel for the California Independent System Operator, and in 1999, she worked as a legislative aide to Senator Jeff Bingaman, then the ranking member of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. For more than 15 years, she was a professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law where she taught energy law, utility regulation, administrative law and legislative process. She also served as chairwoman and commissioner for the New Mexico Public Service Commission and was a lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council and US Environmental Protection Agency.
Prior to joining EEI, Mr. Kuhn was president of the American Nuclear Energy Council, which subsequently merged with the Nuclear Energy Institute. The Council represented virtually all of the companies in the commercial nuclear power industry. He joined the Council in 1975 as vice president, government affairs, and became president in 1983.
From 1972 to 1975, Mr. Kuhn headed the energy section of the investment banking firm, Alex Brown and Sons. Prior to that, from 1970 to 1972, he was White House Liaison Officer to the Secretary of the Navy.
Mr. Kuhn received a BA in Economics in 1968 from Yale University, served as a Naval Officer following his graduation, and received an MBA in 1972 from George Washington University. He completed the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Senior Executive Program in 1989.
Mr. Kuhn served on the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board and the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Boards of the Alliance to Save Energy, the United States Energy Association, the Electric Drive Transportation Association, and the American Council for Capital Formation. He is Chairman-Emeritus of the Committee of 100 of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Chairman-Emeritus of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and past-chairman of the Alliance to Save Energy, and the ASAE/Key Industry Association Committee.
Mr. Kuhn is Chairman-Emeritus of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as well as the National Capital Chapter. He currently serves on the Board of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation and the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Kuhn served on the Board of the National Park Foundation. Mr. Kuhn was awarded the Bess Goodman Humanitarian Award in 2000. He served as 1992 and 1997 chairman of the Associations Division, United Way Campaign, and chairman of the 1996 through 1998 National Alliance to End Homelessness Awards dinners.
Mr. Kuhn was chosen as Association Executive of the Year 2000 by Association TRENDS magazine. He was the recipient of The Energy Daily’s 2000 Public Policy Leadership Award. He received the Alliance to Save Energy’s 2004 Chairman’s Award. Mr. Kuhn also received the 2009 ASAE/Center for Association Leadership’s Key Award. He is the recipient of the Fund for American Studies (TFAS) 2014 Congressional Scholarship Award. In September 2015, Mr. Kuhn was honored as the 2015 Trade Association CEO of the Year, presented by CEO Update. The award recognizes excellence in trade associations and professional societies. Mr. Kuhn was awarded the United States Energy Association’s 2018 Energy Award for ``unparalleled contribution and leadership in the energy sector, and his support of USEA.``
Prior to becoming CEO, Lane was president and chief operating officer of SoCalGas. Lane has held several senior-level positions with SoCalGas, including senior vice president of gas operations and system integrity; vice president of gas operations and system integrity; vice president of gas transmission and distribution; vice president of field services; vice president of environmental, safety and facilities; vice president of labor relations and was chief environmental officer.
Lane has held leadership positions in field operations and various staff functions including human resources, environmental services and gas supply. He joined the company's transmission and storage operations division in 1982.
Lane currently is Chairman of the board of directors of the Gas Technology Institute and serves on the board of directors for the American Gas Association. Lane holds a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Oklahoma State University.
He currently serves on the Board of Fortis utilities Central Hudson and ITC Holdings Corp. as well as Edison Electric Institute, American Gas Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Upstate Advisory Board. Mr. Laurito previously served as a Director with Fortis utilities Newfoundland Power, UNS Energy, and is a past Chair of the Northeast Gas Association.
Lyash was formerly the President of CB&I Power where he was responsible for a full range of engineering, procurement and construction of multi-billion dollar electrical generation projects in both domestic and international markets. He also provided operating plant services for nuclear, coal, gas, oil and renewable generation.
Prior to joining CB&I, Lyash served as Executive Vice President of Energy Supply for Duke Energy. He led engineering, maintenance and operations of the company's 42,000-megawatt generation fleet, fuel procurement, power trading, major projects and construction, environmental programs, and health and safety programs.
Before the merger of Progress Energy and Duke Energy, Lyash served as Executive Vice President of Energy Supply for Progress Energy. In this role, he oversaw Progress Energy's diverse 22,000-megawatt fleet of generating resources including nuclear, coal, oil, natural gas and hydroelectric stations. In addition, he was responsible for generating fleet fuel procurement and power trading operations.
Lyash began his career in the utility industry in 1981, joining Progress Energy in 1993. Before assuming the role of Executive Vice President of Energy Supply, he served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, President and Chief Executive Officer of Progress Energy Florida, Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery Florida, and Vice President of Transmission. He also held a wide range of management and executive roles in Progress Energy's nuclear program, including Operations Manager, Engineering Manager, Plant Manager, and Director of Site Operations.
Before joining Progress Energy, Lyash worked for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in a number of senior technical and management positions throughout the northeast United States and in Washington, D.C, receiving the NRC Meritorious Service Award in 1987.
Lyash earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University, and was honored with the Drexel University Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009. He has held a Senior Reactor Operator Licence from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and is a graduate of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Executive Training Program and the Duke Fuqua School of Business Advanced Management Program.
In 2018, Lyash was appointed Chair of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an international non- profit organization for public interest energy and environmental research. EPRI’s membership represents more than 1,000 organizations in 35 participating countries.
Ms. McCarthy has been with the Fortis group of companies for six years, joining Newfoundland Power in 2013 as Manager, Corporate Affairs and Communications, and subsequently Director, Customer and Corporate Relations. She joined Fortis Inc. in 2016 as Director, Communications and Corporate Affairs and was appointed to her current role in 2018.
Ms. McCarthy was previously President of an Atlantic Canadian public affairs consulting firm for seven years and spent 15 years in the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial public service with senior roles in communications, cabinet operations, energy, labour relations and intergovernmental affairs.
She earned a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University, a Master of Education (Leadership) from Memorial University and was recently awarded the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).
Ms. McCarthy is immediate Past Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of ICD and is a Regent and Committee Chair and Vice-Chair on Memorial University’s Board of Regents. She is active within the Canadian Electricity Association and is an avid arts and business volunteer.
Prior to joining FortisAlberta, Mike had more than 25 years of utility and energy industry experience, serving in a variety of capacities with increasing responsibilities with Central Hudson, A Fortis Company, over the last 25 years.
Mr. Mosher has served on the boards of Central Hudson, Newfoundland Power, Inc., the Business Council of New York State, the Hudson Valley Economic Development Council and the State University of New York – New Paltz Foundation.
Mr. Mosher holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Union College, Schenectady, NY and has completed various Graduate Studies.
Chris leads B.C.'s largest Crown corporation, the fourth largest company in the province as ranked by annual revenue. With a clean energy advantage thanks to a long history of hydroelectric generation, BC Hydro delivers 98% renewable and clean electricity to its 4 million customers. To ensure a reliable supply of this critical product, BC Hydro will spend approximately $2 billion per year over the next 10 years to refurbish and expand its electricity assets. With construction of the Site C Project currently underway, Chris continues to seek opportunities to support clean development in B.C., such as through low carbon electrification.
Chris built his career at BC Hydro, starting as an engineer-in-training fresh out of university in 1990. During his 28-year career, Chris has held positions throughout the organization and across the province, including roles in Generation, Customer Care, Capital Projects, Powerex and Corporate Risk. Since 2015, Chris served as BC Hydro's Deputy Chief Executive Officer and he has been a member of the Executive Team since 2007.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Chris' family relocated to B.C. in 1974. Why? His dad was inspired by the growth in B.C. and in particular, a Time Magazine article featuring W.A.C. Bennett, the driving force behind BC Hydro as we know it today. With great appreciation for the sense of history and legacy of our province's crown jewel, Chris feels honoured to be leading the company today.
Chris is a Professional Engineer and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration.
Chris lives in Vancouver with his wife and three children, where he is active in his local community.
Mr. Perry is a member of the Association of Chartered Professional Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador. He serves on the Boards of FortisBC, UNS Energy and ITC Holdings Corp., all Fortis utilities.
Mr. Perry is Chair of the Edison Electric Institute's International Programs Trans-Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee and Co-Chair of the Edison Electric Institute’s CEO Policy Committee on Energy Delivery. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.
Ms. Perry has an extensive career in the utility business, having worked at Newfoundland Power for the past 13 years in a variety of capacities, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and for the past year as President and Chief Executive Officer. She is a prior Director of Finance at Fortis in the early 2000s, and previously served in other financial capacities in the private sector.
She is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (2018), completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) at Memorial University and received her Chartered Accountant Designation in the early 1990s.
Ms. Perry has considerable community and professional board and volunteer experience in Newfoundland and Labrador, including the Healthcare Foundation, C-CORE and Provident10 (formerly the Public Service Pension Plan Corporation). She currently serves on the Board of CH Energy Group and Central Hudson.
Mr. Robb oversees NERC’s mission of assuring the reliability and security of the North American bulk power system. As president and CEO, Mr. Robb directs key programs affecting more than 1,400 bulk power system owners, operators, and users, including mandatory NERC Reliability Standards, compliance monitoring, enforcement, situational awareness, event and risk analysis, reliability assessments and forecasting, cyber and physical security, and government relations. Mr. Robb also oversees the operations of the Regional Entities who support the reliability mission across North America.
From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Robb served as president and CEO of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) where he was responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of all of WECC’s activities.
Mr. Robb has more than 30 years of experience in the energy sector as an engineer, a consultant, and a senior executive. Prior to becoming WECC’s CEO in 2014, he held three major leadership roles in the industry at Northeast Utilities (now Eversource Energy) as senior vice president of Enterprise Planning and Development; at Reliant Energy (now part of NRG Energy) where he served as senior vice president of Retail Marketing for the competitive retail business in Texas and the Northeast; and at McKinsey & Company where he was a partner and the leader of the West Coast’s Energy and Natural Resource Practice. During his 15-year career at McKinsey, he worked closely with prominent electric power companies in California, western Canada, the Pacific Northwest, and the Rocky Mountain states, as well as with some of the region’s largest energy consumers.
Mr. Robb earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in Indiana and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Jim was appointed President of Enbridge Gas Distribution (EGD) in February 2017. His responsibilities included the leadership and operations of Enbridge Gas Distribution as well as its three affiliate companies.
With 30 years of experience in the energy industry, Jim has held roles at Nuclear Activation Services, Union Gas, Duke Energy and EGD in engineering, operations, sales and business development. His natural gas work has included the design, construction and operation of distribution, transmission and storage assets in Canada and the U.S.
Jim joined Enbridge in 2006. Prior to leading EGD as President, Jim served as Vice President, Engineering and Asset Management.
He earned a Master’s of Engineering and Public Policy from McMaster University in Hamilton and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil Engineering) at the University of Waterloo. He is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.
Jim is an active supporter of the United Way and is currently a co-chair for the Toronto, York and Peel United Way Cabinet. He is a board member of the Canadian Gas Association.
Jim and his wife, Jane, have a son and daughter and call Toronto home.
Mr. Smith currently serves as a Director of the Wataynikaneyap Project Management Board, Newfoundland Power, Maritime Electric, FortisOntario, Caribbean Utilities, FortisTCI and Belize Electric Co. Ltd., all Fortis companies.
He is a member of the Steering Committee on Power Engineering for the Canadian Standards Association and is a Canadian Electricity Association Board Member. He also is Board Chair of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation in Newfoundland and Labrador, Director of Junior Achievement Canada, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee, Facility of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University and Past Chair of Junior Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador.
Prior to her current responsibilities, Lori was integrally involved in AGA’s pipeline safety and environmental advocacy, including participating in the development of the EPA STAR program to encourage voluntary operations reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, serving on the executive steering team of the Department of Transportation’s distribution integrity management program, and participating in the launch of the Common Ground Alliance – a collaborative organization with the goal of reducing excavation damage of underground facilities.
Before joining AGA, Lori worked as an offshore and onshore engineer for Arco Oil and Gas Co. in Texas and Louisiana. She holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a B.S. degree in communications from Ithaca College.
Lori currently serves on the National Energy Foundation and GTI Board and is AGA’s liaison for the Center for Energy Workforce Development.
In her distinguished career Lori has received the American Public Gas Association Personal Service Award; she is a Rader Energy’s Key Women in Energy-Americas Leadership honoree; she received Purdue University’s Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award and the National Association of State Fire Marshals Norman Y. Mineta Excellence in Transportation Safety Award. Lori has also received designation as an ASAE Certified Association Executive (CAE).
Lori and her husband Bill have two adult children, Scott and Julie, and live in Annapolis, Maryland.