1102 Executive Digest.Exec Conference

The second annual Electric Light & Power Executive Conference drew applause from attendees, speakers and sponsors during the two days preceding DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.
 
“It was not only an interesting but also a useful convention,” said Pierre-Luc Desgagné, senior director of strategic planning at Hydro-Québec. “The organization was triple A.”
 
Desgagné accepted the Utility of the Year award for Hydro-Québec. He also shared the utility’s electric vehicle endeavors during the conference’s most popular panel, Electric Vehicle Update, along with Mark Duval, director of electric transportation at the Electric Power Research Institute; Britta Gross, R&D and strategic planning director, global energy systems and infrastructure commercialization at General Motors Co.; and Mike Tinskey, global manager of electric vehicle infrastructure at Ford Motor Co.
 
CEOs of the Year Ann Murtlow of Indianapolis Power & Light Co. and Larry Doran of Peterborough Utilities Group in Ontario, Canada, accepted their awards during a networking dinner at the Hotel del Coronado.
 
Murtlow’s trip was cut short by winter storms barreling toward Indianapolis. She said she flew in and out of San Diego the same day and skipped a meeting in Puerto Rico the following day, as a result. More than a few attendees said that’s one reason Murltow won the large utility CEO of the Year award: Leaders do whatever it takes to lead a team.
 
Doran said his utility has increased net profits 40 percent in 2010, and he expects an increase of a similar magnitude in 2011. He was able to stay through DistribuTECH.
 
The first day’s keynote speaker, financial reporter Stuart Varney from FOX News, enlivened the crowd with his quick wit and ability to rattle off statistics. What’s more, he did it while entertaining the room. At one point, Varney instructed the audience to “reproduce” as he has to save the U.S. economy; he has six kids as proof.

The second day’s keynote speaker was Maj. Dan Rooney, whose luncheon address brought grown men to tears. He began by asking military veterans to stand. Many in the room did, and those remaining seated applauded. Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot and PGA golf professional, told how and why he started the Folds of Honor Foundation. The charity gives scholarships to families of U.S. military members disabled or killed in battle. Attendees described Rooney’s address as “unexpected,” “inspiring,” “incredible,” and “wow.” One panelist even requested that Rooney’s address be posted online. The panelist had to step away for a phone call and missed most of it. 

Rooney’s address will be online for everyone to enjoy. Read the full details of the Electric Light & Power Executive Conference in the March/April issue of Electric Light & Power magazine.

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The Clarion Energy Content Team is made up of editors from various publications, including POWERGRID International, Power Engineering, Renewable Energy World, Hydro Review, Smart Energy International, and Power Engineering International. Contact the content lead for this publication at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com.

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