Rick Kivela graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, Rick was hired by Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company in the Engineering Construction Department. Over his 37 year career in the natural gas transmission industry, Rick has held positions in Construction Management, Project Management, Environmental Compliance, Facility Planning and Operational Compliance. Rick is currently the Director of Operational Compliance for Spectra Energy Partners in Houston, Texas.
Luke Litteken, governing operations and maintenance of regional gas distribution and high pressure systems. He is responsible for system reliability, emergency response, damage prevention, public safety, compliance, and customer satisfaction over geographically dispersed territories in seven states, encompassing more than 1.9 million natural gas customers.
John W Fluharty II is currently a consultant to Quanta Services and has performed various market studies, regulatory reviews, business improvement reviews and recommendations. His expertise is to review changes in business and regulations and relate them back to market potential and realignment required for business to take advantage of it. Fluharty also works with a client’s customers to develop large and complex projects. He brings the field experience, business background and a good understanding of how to bring the customers’ expectations in line with the goals of the project and deliver the project on time while making it profitable. Fluharty provided 28 years of service to Mears Group Inc., a highly respected international engineering and construction company that serves the pipeline and energy industries. As part owner until the company sold to Quanta Services in 2000, he continued to work as Senior Vice President until August 2008. Fluharty is a board member of the Power and Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) and the American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA). He previously served on the INGAA Foundation board of directors.
Andy earned a physics degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in the areas of pipeline integrity, direct assessment and corrosion control, and his background includes more than 16 years of problem-solving in oil and gas pipeline environments. As a pipeline integrity and corrosion control expert, Andy is actively involved with the implementation, testing, and documentation of pipeline integrity assessment and management programs. Andy has performed, and trained others on, a variety of assessment techniques, including indirect inspections, bellhole inspections, casing assessments, CP trouble-shooting, GIS and PODS data management, program implementation, and in-line (ILI) inspection specifications. His corrosion control and pipeline integrity expertise greatly contribute to the development of innovative solutions keeping Structural Integrity a leading service provider to the pipeline industry.
Steve Weiler represents energy companies in regulatory, litigation and transactional matters in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States. Steve has more than 25 years of experience, principally involving the electric and oil & natural gas industries. With an emphasis on electric transmission and oil & gas transportation, Steve has represented electric utilities, merchant transmission developers, natural gas and oil pipelines, local distribution companies, electric generators, oil and natural gas producers, hydroelectric projects, wind generators, marketers, and industrial end-users in a wide range of regulatory proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state
commissions and the courts.
Ryan Tetrault leads a diverse group of quality professionals comprised of Quality Engineers, Certified Quality Auditors, SAP Quality Management Module software, Root Cause Analysis, and Supplier Pre-qualification specialists.
Ryan and his team are responsible for the program, project, and supplier audits, Root Cause Analysis, Management of Change, and quality governance within TransCanada. With nearly 20 years of practice and leveraging his extensive project management experience, Ryan has brought his passion for quality to the workplace every day while working in the Telecommunications, Utility, and Oil & Gas industries. Ryan’s current focus within TransCanada is to provide quality governance and raise the Culture of Quality throughout TransCanada by implementing several quality initiatives.
Dan Lorenz is the President of Joe Knows Energy and Joe Knows Tradesmen. He is an entrepreneurial civil engineer who has spent 35 years growing companies that include a construction company, a training company and now a staffing/consulting/training/software company. Lorenz is passionate about leadership, learning and infrastructure.
Terri Larson has more than 25 years of experience working in public relations and in the broadcast and print news media. As a member of Enbridge’s senior leadership team, Larson has considerable experience in corporate communications, community engagement, community investment and brand and reputation management. Larson also directs the company’s U.S. pipeline public awareness program and, having recently led development of an Enterprise Public Awareness Program, has accountability for public awareness programs across Enbridge. She also leads crisis communications for Enbridge in the United States and Canada. Larson serves on a number of pipeline industry committees with organizations such as the American Petroleum Institute (API), Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL), Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and the Southern Gas Association (SGA). Larson is accredited in public relations (APR), and holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in marketing.
Cal Chapman has practiced environmental engineering and corrosion engineering, project management and environmental sciences since 1981. In the mid-1970s, he worked on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline project. He is a cofounder of Chapman Engineering, which began business in 1988. Chapman graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, in 1981, with a major study area of mechanical engineering and concentrations in chemical and electrical engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer in four states and is a “Model Law Engineer” through the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.
Andrew Lu has worked at AGA for 15 years, handling a variety of assignments. He provides leadership in pipeline safety advocacy issues, particularly those tied to U.S. Department of Transportation proposed rulemakings. He also oversees most of the events and programs within AGA’s Operating Section, such as the Operations Conference, the Safety Leadership Summit and the Peer Review program. Prior to AGA, Lu worked at Consumers Energy in Michigan for more than 8 years in Gas Operations. He has an MBA and an Engineering Degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.