Event Profile

IT Conference

April 26 — 28, 2022
The Grove Hotel


The pre-registration is currently closed. If you would like to attend this event, please come to the NWPPA registration desk at the hotel, and our onsite coordinator will be happy to help you.

Who Should Attend:

IT professionals and others who are responsible for information technology programs as well as members of the operations and engineering functions who would like to build a stronger relationship with IT.

Conference Overview:

Come to NWPPA’s IT Conference for a chance to reconnect and network with your peers (in person)! During the conference you will have the opportunity to discuss how the pandemic affected your utility, share your solutions in meeting those challenges, and learn how other utilities overcame their challenges as well. The theme of the conference will be Modernizing the Tech Stack. You will also learn from industry experts who will discuss various hot topics, including cloud phone systems, OT environments, and PCI-DSS. Author of The Power of Understanding People, Dave Mitchell, will close out the conference by looking at the importance of lasting professional relationships and how to cultivate them.

Conference Agenda:

Tuesday, April 26

7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration and breakfast buffet

8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks

    Chad Schow, IT Conference Chair, Information Technology Manager, Franklin County PUD

8:45-9:45 a.m. Cyber Security in OT Environments

    Paul Weatherhead, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Digital Boundary Group

9:45-10:00 a.m. Vendor Café break

10:00-11 a.m. Integrating Virtual and Augmented Reality into Your Training Programs

    Chris Scholz, CEO, FreeRangeXR

11 a.m.-noon Roundtable: Remote Work Lessons Learned – What Worked, What Didn’t

    Moderator: Chad Schow, IT Conference Chair, Information Technology Manager, Franklin County PUD

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch and Vendor Café

1-2 p.m. AMI and How It Impacts IT

    Joel Moore, Network and Cybersecurity Administrator, Mason County PUD No. 3; and Darren Bricco, Tech Support Program Analyst, Central Lincoln PUD

2-2:45 p.m. Cloud-Based Phone Systems

    Cliff Hammons, IT Manager, Cowlitz PUD; and Ryan Rowland, Channel Sales Manager, Net2Phone

2:45-3:15 p.m. Vendor Café break 

3:15-3:30 p.m. Message from our sponsors

3:30-4:30 p.m. PCI-DSS Common Challenges

    Michael Coumerilh, Information Security Consultant, National Information Solutions Cooperative

4:30 p.m. Adjourn

5-6 p.m. Reception

Wednesday, April 27

7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet and Vendor Café

8:30-9:45 a.m. The Current State of Software Vendor Supply Chain Attacks

    Josh Schmidt, Director of CyberSecurity Assessment Services, BPM (Formerly Info@Risk); Ryan Ferran, SCADA Penetration Test Team Lead, BPM (Formerly Info@Risk)

9:45-10:15 a.m. Vendor Café break

10:15-10:30 a.m. Message from our sponsors

10:30-11:30 a.m. Cyber-fallout from Ukraine Conflict

    Byron Martin, CEO, Teknologize

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  NIST Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA)

    Quinton Barber, Sr. Cybersecurity Consultant, IVOXY Consulting, LLC

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and Vendor Café

1:30-2:30 p.m. IT and OT Convergence – Experiences and Recommendations

    Jeff Pack, Senior Project Engineer, POWER Engineers

2:30-3:00 p.m. Vendor Café break

3:30-4:30  p.m. POWER Engineers Lab Tour 

    Speaker TBD, POWER Engineers

Thursday, April 28

7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet

8:30-9 a.m. IT Forum


9-11 a.m. The Power of Understanding People

    Dave Mitchell, Owner, The Leadership Difference

11-11:30 a.m. Closing remarks and door prizes

    Chad Schow, IT Conference Chair, Information Technology Manager, Franklin County PUD

Related Events:

Electric Utility System Operations, April 25, 2022

Course Location and Hotel Information:

The Grove Hotel
245 S Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 333-8000

Room rate: $169

Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than April 4, 2021, to secure this rate. Mention that you are coming in with the NWPPA group when booking your reservation.

Course Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 3/26/2022): $800
Utility Member Standard: $875

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 3/26/2022): $1,200
Associate Member Standard: $1,275

Non-Member Early Bird (ends 3/26/2022): $2,400
Non-Member Standard: $2,475

Note: Organizations that register a group of employees will receive every fifth registration for free. For example, if you register five employees, you only pay for four; register 10 employees, you only pay for eight; and so on. There is nothing additional you need to do to receive this discount.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations are accepted with a full refund as follows:

For webinars and virtual classes, if the request is made at least five days prior to the course, then 100% of the registration fee will be refunded.

For in-person events, the following fee structure applies: cancellation at least 30 days prior to the event, full refund; within 15-29 days, $100 fee; and within 1-14 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee. When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling because NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions.

Continuing Hours:

This event qualifies for 15 continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the event.

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For More Information:

To find out more about this event, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.