October 28, Pre-Summit Water Reuse Forum and Facility Tour

Reuse of Water – The New Gold Rush: Talks and discussion followed by a tour of the world-famous Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant, led by our local partners LA Sanitation & Environment.

13:15
Registration
14:00
Talks and Discussion

October 29, Morning

8:55
Welcome Remarks
9:00
Keynote Address: Achieving 100% Water Recycling
9:15
CEO Forum
  • Which innovative ways of working are driving the evolution of the 21st Century water utility?
  • How compelling is the case for strengthening utility resiliency and efficiency through consolidation, merging smaller utilities with bigger utilities?
  • What measures should water utilities be adopting to thrive in a digital world? Is there too much energy and resource focussed here?
  • Should water stewards be sharing learnings and data across borders to better facilitate innovation and projects, and if so – how?
  • What are the successful regulatory drivers that support utilities and industry to deploy advanced technologies?
  • What keeps you up at night?

Session Chair:
Newsha Ajami, Director of Urban Water Policy, STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Speakers:
Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager, THE METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Jim Lochhead, CEO, DENVER WATER
Chris Browning, General Manager, OKLAHOMA CITY WATER UTILITIES TRUST

10:00
Indirect and Direct Reuse: Developments in Technology and Policy
  • How far have we come and what are the next steps in the journey to indirect and direct potable reuse?
  • What are the key policy barriers and how are they being overcome? How can we get buy-in from stakeholders and the public?
  • What can we learn from communities and cities that have successfully influenced public perception and are overcoming the so-called “yuk” factor?
  • OPEX vs CAPEX – what are the most efficient pathways to building out long-lasting reuse infrastructure?
  • Which water recycling approaches can utilities learn from industry, and vice-versa?

Session Chair:
Bart Weiss, Chief Officer – Innovation & Resiliency, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC UTILITIES
Speakers:
Enrique Zaldivar, Director & General Manager, LA SANITATION AND ENVIRONMENT
Katherine Bell, Managing Director of Water Strategy, BROWN AND CALDWELL
Mike Markus, General Manager, ORANGE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT
Suad Cisic, National Practice Lead – Water, MICHAEL BAKER INTERNATIONAL

10:45
Networking Coffee Break

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11:15
Sustainable Industry: Stewardship and Strategy
  • From scarcity, quality and access to equity, what is the role of the private sector in solving water challenges?
  • Is investment in water technology innovation part of your strategy?
  • To what extent are you actively making direct investments in technology deployment across your supply chain?
  • Do you believe private sector engagement to address water risks is “stalled”? Where do we need to be by 2025?
  • Where can synergies and efficiencies be developed between private stewards and public utilities?

Session Chair:
Will Sarni, Founder, WATER FOUNDRY
Speakers:
Matt Howard, Director, ALLIANCE FOR WATER STEWARDSHIP NORTH AMERICA
Andre Fourie, Global Director: Water Sustainability, ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV
Paul Fleming, Corporate Water Program Manager, MICROSOFT
Bruce Karas, VP, Environment, Sustainability, Safety & Technical Information, COCA-COLA NORTH AMERICA

12:00
Innovation in Action Case Studies

Case Study 1: Biologic SR2 technology improves wastewater treatment plant performance, eliminates odor, reduces sludge and energy consumption.

Speakers:
Derk Maat, President & CEO, SCICORP BIOLOGIC
Speaker TBC

Case Study 2: TBC
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12:30
Networking Lunch Break

October 29, Afternoon

13:30
Engineer 2.0: From Desk to Field
  • Which changes and innovations in the workplace are redefining the water engineer of today?
  • How are human and artificial intelligence shaping the future of design and asset management?
  • What does an engineer’s digital console of the future look like and how will this affect what can be achieved in the field?
  • With ever faster internet connectivity and cloud computing capacity, how might we see BIM evolve over the next 5 years?
  • How can open data in digital twins contribute to new products and services for efficient and sustainable water treatment?
  • It’s all about your people… what must be done to inspire and implement behavior change from the bottom-up?

Speakers:
Peter Nicol, Global Water Director, JACOBS
David VanderSchee, President North America, REDEYE
David Johnson, Deputy General Manager of Engineering & Operations, SOUTHERN NEVADA WATER AUTHORITY

14:15
Technology Showcase Sessions

Start-ups pitch their technology solutions in 7 minutes and then take questions from our panel of ‘sharks’.

Shark Panel:
Kim Baker, Director of Water Innovation, ELEMENTAL EXCELERATOR
Tom Ferguson, VP Programming, IMAGINE H2O

15:00
Roundtable Discussions

Drill down into specific topics and share your insight and expertise with a small group of delegates. Come prepared for lively discussions and diverse debate!

    • 1. How Do we Halve Leakage by 2050? Host – Mary Ann Dickinson, President & CEO, ALLIANCE FOR WATER EFFICIENCY
    • 2. Host – Enrique Zaldivar, Director & General Manager, LA SANITATION AND ENVIRONMENT
    • 3. Digital Innovation for Small and Medium Utilities Host – Melissa Meeker, Water Innovation Center Director, THE WATER TOWER AT GWINNETT
    • 4. Maximizing Digital to Make Better OPEX and CAPEX Decision Making Host – Samuel Saintonge, Principal, XPV WATER PARTNERS
    • 5. Sustainable Investing: The Water Case Host – Alina Donets, Global Water Strategy Co-Portfolio Manager, ALLIANZ GLOBAL INVESTORS
    • 6. Driving Free Market Innovation in a Public Utility Host – John Norton, Director of Energy, Research & Innovation, GREAT LAKES WATER AUTHORITY
    • 7. How to be Realistic in Financial Forecasting and Company Valuation Host – Brian Iversen, Founder & Managing Partner, CIMBRIA CAPITAL
    • 8. What Role can Big Data, AI and Machine Learning Play in Corporate Water Stewardship? Host – Paul Fleming, Corporate Water Program Manager, MICROSOFT
    • 9. The What, Why and How Regarding Smart Water Network Implementation Host – David Johnson, Deputy General Manager of Engineering & Operations, SOUTHERN NEVADA WATER AUTHORITY
    • 10. Lead Removal – How We Can Go the Extra Mile for Customers Host – Jim Lochhead, CEO, DENVER WATER
    • 11. Corporate Watershed Stewardship Beyond the Factory Gate: Innovation and Technology Host – Andre Fourie, Global Director, Water Sustainability, ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV
    • 12. Addressing Cybersecurity and Physical Security Threats in the Smart Water Era Host – Ting Lu, Business Practice Leader – Digital Solutions, CLEAN WATER SERVICES
    • 13. Host – Bruce Karas, VP Environment, Sustainability, Safety & Technical Information, COCA-COLA NORTH AMERICA
    • 14. Host – Rebekah Eggers, WW Leader – IoT for Energy, Environment, & Utilities, IBM
16:00
Networking Coffee Break
16:30
Asset Optimization: Locking in Resiliency
  • When we talk about resilience what do we really mean? What are the varying regional perspectives?
  • Where are the biggest opportunities? Digital solutions, infrastructure, storm management, compliance?
  • How is resiliency being prioritized across people, processes and technology?
  • There are new funds emerging that focus on P3 and “green infrastructure” related projects around the resiliency theme that are struggling to get into the market, why is that?
  • How can the industry free up resources to accelerate projects?

Session Chair:
Cristina Ahmadpour, President USA, ISLE UTILITIES
Speakers:
Hardeep Anand, Deputy Director – Capital Improvement & Regulatory Compliance, MIAMI-DADE WATER AND SEWER DEPARTMENT
Joe Barbagallo, Municipal & Institutional Strategic Business Unit Leader, WOODARD & CURRAN
Jerry Brown, General Manager, CONTRA COSTA WATER DISTRICT
John Walsh, Vice President of Operations, AQUARION WATER COMPANY
Aaron Zahn, Managing Director & CEO, JEA

17:15
Micropollutants: Tackling the Mighty Challenge Facing Water Quality

This plenary discussion will address how utilities, municipalities, government, industry, academia and start-ups are innovating and deploying advanced technologies to tackle the complicated menace of PFAS and endocrine disruptors, microplastics, metals, pesticides, hydrocarbons, solvents, detergents, cosmetics, pharmaceutical products and hormones throughout the water system.

Session Chair:
Eric Hoek, Co-Founder, President & CEO, WATER PLANET

Speaker:
Beverley Stinson, Vice President, AECOM

 

18:00
Closing Remarks and Networking Drinks Reception

Day Two — October 30, Morning

8.55
Welcome Remarks
9:00
Keynote Address

Speaker:
Indrani Graczyk, Program Manager – Western Water Applications Office (WWAO), Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

9:15
Head of Innovation Forum: Accelerating Adoption and Reducing Risk
  • How are forward-thinking utilities and engineering firms developing innovation programs to evaluate and pilot new technologies? What’s the key to their success?
  • What does a successful culture of innovation look like? Which drivers take precedence: investment, incubation or creative thinking?
  • How far is innovation in business models, execution strategies and the team more important than technology itself?
  • What is the next big technology we might expect to see for driving efficiency or resiliency in water treatment?

Session Chair:
Dean Amhaus, President & CEO, THE WATER COUNCIL
Speakers:
Melissa Meeker, Water Innovation Center Director, THE WATER TOWER AT GWINNETT
Torri Martin, Chief of Innovation, CITY OF ATLANTA DEPARTMENT OF WATERSHED MANAGEMENT
Booky Oren, Chairman & CEO, BOOKY OREN GLOBAL WATER TECHNOLOGIES
John Norton, Director of Energy, Research & Innovation, GREAT LAKES WATER AUTHORITY

10:00
Innovation in Action Case Studies

Case Study 1: Matching Hot Innovations to Digital Transformation

Colby Manwaring, CEO, INNOVYZE
Speaker TBC

Case Study 2: TBC

Paul Hauffen, CEO, SEDARU
Speaker TBC

10:30
Networking Coffee Break
11:00
From Machine Learning to Smart Water Grids: Driving Resiliency Through Digital
  • Which digital solutions and innovations are utilities looking for right now and how can we best leverage these solutions to optimize operations and lock in resiliency?
  • What are the barriers to increasing integration of smart water tools? What new business models are emerging?
  • How are stakeholders within the supply chain successfully adapting to and transforming their approach to support digital integration across utility networks?
  • To what extent is solving leakage hinging on mastering smart water?
  • Will the rollout of 5G networks lead to better results or is it overkill?
  • What are the leading digital trends coming through in 2019 and what does the next 5 years look like?

Session Chair:
Samuel Saintonge, Principal, XPV WATER PARTNERS
Speakers:
Rebekah Eggers, WW Leader – IoT for Energy, Environment, & Utilities, IBM
Cecil McMaster, CIO, NYC DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Albert Cho, VP & General Manager, Advanced Infrastructure Analytics, XYLEM
Ting Lu, Business Practice Leader – Digital Solutions, CLEAN WATER SERVICES
Doug Hatler, Chief Revenue Officer, FRACTA

11:45
Technology Showcase Sessions

Start-ups pitch their technology solutions in 7 minutes and then take questions from our panel of ‘sharks’.

Shark Panel:
Kim Baker, Director of Water Innovation, ELEMENTAL EXCELERATOR
Tom Ferguson, VP Programming, IMAGINE H2O

12:30
Networking Lunch Break

Day Two — October 30, Afternoon

13:30
Emerging Efficiencies and Resiliency in Agricultural Water Stewardship
  • Which technologies and innovative approaches are delivering more sustainable water usage by big agriculture?
  • Massive floods in 2019 are significantly hampering farmers with their planting schedules, especially in the Midwest. What urban flood management lessons, technologies and strategies can be deployed by rural utilities and municipalities to support essential crop cultivation?

Session Chair:
Nate Allen, Executive Director, WATERSTART
Speakers:
Eran Pollak, CEO, N-DRIP
Richard Reynolds, Senior Agronomist, ANGLIAN WATER SERVICES
Angela Bowman, Research Scientist, JOHN DEERE INTELLIGENT SOLUTIONS GROUP
Hoori Ajami
, Assistant Professor of Groundwater Hydrology, UC RIVERSIDE

14:15
Deals of the Year 2019

Leading investors in water technology come together to discuss the hottest deals of 2018/19 and share insight into the most exciting investment opportunities and challenges that may emerge over the coming year.

Session Chair:
Mike Rosenfeld, Vice Consul – Senior Advisor for USA | Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, UK DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Speakers:
Jeff Possick, Managing Director, MISSION DRIVEN CAPITAL PARTNERS
Brian Iversen, Founder & Managing Partner, CIMBRIA CAPITAL
Alina Donets, Global Water Strategy Co-portfolio Manager, ALLIANZ GLOBAL INVESTORS
Maarten ter Keurst, Director of Investments, PURETERRA VENTURES
John Robinson, Founder & Managing Partner, MAZARINE VENTURES

15:00
Refreshments and Dedicated 1-1 Meeting Time

It’s business time… Following feedback from our community asking for more dedicated networking time, this year for the first time we are introducing 2 hours devoted entirely to 1-1 meetings. The 1-1 meeting tool will be live for the full 2 days so you can arrange connections all the way up until 17:00, meaning you won’t have to sacrifice discussion on stage the you really want to catch.

17:00
Close of Summit