2022 SYMPOSIUM AGENDA

MAIN AGENDA

Tuesday, April 12

5:00 – 7:30 pm: Symposium Registration & Opening Reception

Wednesday, April 13

8:30 am – 4:30 pm: Symposium Sessions

4:30 – 5:15 pm: Book Signing, Hors d’oeuvres until 6:00pm

6:00 pm: Dinner on your own

Marci Rossell

Marci Rossell

Outlook 2022: Conflict, The Supply Chain, and Talent Scarcity
Marci Rossell, former host of CNBC’s Squawk Box and Former Lead Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, will talk about how our workplaces have been changed forever by Covid-19. She will also provide some enlightening thoughts on how supply chain disruptions are here to stay.

Rising Cost and Electric Supply Chain Disruptions: Are They Here to Stay?
Matt Brandrup, RESCO CEO, will provide an update on supply chain disruptions in the electric utility industry and discuss inflationary pressures, the continuance of long lead times, and delivery delays on critical supplies and equipment that cooperatives regularly purchase.

A Bridge to the Energy Future
Peter Holran, Senior Vice President at Enbridge, will provide an update on Line 5, current litigation, and the company’s proposed Straits Tunnel project.

Fueling the Future: A Conversation on Future Power Supply
Eric Baker, Wolverine Power Cooperative CEO, will chair a panel discussion on the future of power supply with Mike Steffes, CEO of ACES, and Joe Brannan, CEO of the North Carolina G&T cooperative.

Robert Bryce

Robert Bryce

Co-op Spotlight: Increasing Member Satisfaction Through Personalized Outage Communications
Communicating well when things go wrong is vital to building member loyalty. Learn how Cherryland significantly improved outage communication scores by implementing a two-way text outage system.

ERCOT Debacle, EU Crisis Provides Stark Warning to US
Robert Bryce, acclaimed author and contributor to the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s, will present on the Texas blackout, renewables, and the Future of the Electric Grid. Mr. Bryce is a high-energy speaker with very strong opinions on the electric industry.

Thursday, April 14

8:00 am – 12:15 pm: Symposium Sessions

What does the 2022 Election Look Like for Cooperatives?

Jim Matheson

 Jim Matheson

Joe Baumann, VP & general counsel at Wolverine, will engage Lansing political insiders—Bill Ballenger and Steve Mitchell—in a facilitated discussion on political redistricting in Michigan.

Cooperative Update from Jim Matheson
NRECA CEO, Jim Matheson, will provide a national cooperative update. Plenty of time will be reserved at the end for questions from the floor moderated by NRECA Michigan Director, Tony Anderson.

Midwest Energy & Communications – A Catalyst for Economic Development
Midwest Energy & Communications is working hard to create vibrant, relevant, sustainable rural communities by providing first-in-class innovations and solutions where others won’t. Learn about the MEC SMART Park development—a 450-acre rail and fiber served business venture adjacent to their corporate headquarters.

John Moolenaar

John Moolenaar

Political Update from U.S. Congressman John Moolenaar
U.S. Congressman John Moolenaar will provide an update on current political happenings in Washington D.C.

ADDITIONAL EVENTS

*invite only

Monday, April 11

1:00 – 4:00 pm: CFC Director’s Financial Skills Workshop
5:30 pm: Reception and dinner for Workshop attendees
5:30 pm: *Communicators Dinner

Tuesday, April 12

8:00 am – 12:00 pm: CFC Director’s Financial Skills Workshop
8:30 am – 2:00 pm: *Communicators Conference
9:00 am: *Fiber Meeting
10: 00 am – 12:00 pm: *HR Conference
1:30 – 2:30 pm: Wolverine Annual Meeting – All are invited
2:30 – 3:00 pm: Reorg Meeting
3:00 pm: Wolverine Board Meeting
3:00 – 5:00 pm: IT Roundtable

Wednesday, April 13

11:30 am – 1:10 pm: *Lenders Meeting

Thursday, April 14

1:00 pm: *MECA Annual & Board Meetings