KEYNOTE – The Architecture of Resilience: Strengthening Preparedness and Response in the Utility Industry

In a time of escalating wildfires, storms and mounting security and cybersecurity threats, the utility industry needs more than ever to both understand and build resilience. When crises strike, they put utilities’ preparedness to the test. Yet, many lack the insight to gauge their own resilience compared to utility peers until it’s too late. This keynote session is your blueprint for the evolving landscape of resilience across the utility industry, revealing proven strategies to excel where others falter. Explore crucial components such as hazard inventory, vulnerability assessments, and corporate strategy alignment. Learn the importance of legislative and regulatory engagement, establishing clear escalation metrics, and structuring responses to known and anticipated events. Discover why resilient structures are indispensable for enduring and responding to crises and why resilience is paramount in today’s volatile environment.

Speaker: Don Daigler, Resilience Executive Consultant, Chartwell, Inc.
Don Daigler is the current CEO and Founder of Resilience Advisory Services, LLC a company specializing in the advancement of resilience efforts across critical infrastructure sectors. Mr. Daigler is a former electric industry and public sector executive with more than 40 years of leadership experience and broad background in working with public and private sector organizations on issues relating to homeland security, defense and intelligence, emergency management, critical infrastructure protection and advising on the advancement of technology to support those functions.
Mr. Daigler was previously the Managing Director of Business Resiliency for Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities.  In this role he led the company’s emergency management, business continuity, hazard assessment and mitigation, wildfire management and meteorology programs along with other corporate resiliency initiatives.
Prior to joining SCE Mr. Daigler was the Director of Response Planning for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington, DC where he directed all the agency’s emergency response planning efforts. He also led the agency’s chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives programs along with the National Hurricane Program and Geospatial Program.
Additionally, Mr. Daigler has filled various leadership roles for the Department of Energy’s, National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Environmental Protection Agency in the areas of nuclear counterterrorism, research and development, health physics, and nuclear weapons testing. He also served in the United States Air Force and has a Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior University in Albany, NY.


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