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Day 1 - Wednesday September 28, 2022

9:00
Opening Keynote // Building Resilience in Water to Tackle Water Scarcity
  • What do we mean when we talk about resiliency? How can we work to measure this and what are the practical applications?
  • How can the industry come together to tackle the issue of water scarcity through building physical, digital and climate resiliency?
  • Which technologies will play the biggest role in strengthening our water infrastructure in the coming decade?
9:15
One Water: Bridging the Silos to create a Holistic Water Ecosystem
  • As water becomes increasingly scarce, how can the One Water Movement encourage integration and promote knowledge sharing – rather than stakeholders operating in silos?
  • How can we deliver a more holistic approach to water management across North America and accelerate the adoption of technology and innovation throughout the ecosystem?
  • As an industry, how do we ensure water equity? What technology is out there to ensure that smaller, rural communities aren’t left behind?
  • What strategies can encourage structural development in the industry, through workforce development, to reach a more sustainable and resilient water system?

Speakers:
Hardeep Anand, Director of One Water Strategy, MIAMI-DADE WATER & SEWER DEPT
Alyson Watson, CEO, WOODARD & CURRAN
Charles Stephens, Assistant Administrator for Water and Environmental Programs, Rural Development, USDA
Traci Minamide, Chief Operating Officer, LA SANITATION & ENVIRONMENT

10:00
Fireside Chat // Paving the Way to Net Zero: Decarbonizing Water
  • With the global water industry promoting circularity and targeting NetZero, how can North American utilities prioritize carbon neutrality in their water systems?
  • What is the importance of the food-waste-energy nexus in reaching a more carbon neutral water industry?
  • How can state and federal leadership encourage a focus on carbon neutrality? Will we see regulatory changes in the future? How will the transition to NetZero be funded?
  • How can the adoption of technology such as smart automation, sensors and real-time analytics by utilities help to increase efficiency and reduce emissions from the treatment and transport of water?
  • Where have we seen greatest success in energy generation from wastewater, and what business models are proving most viable for today’s utilities.

Speaker:
Yaniv Scherson, Chief Operating Officer, ANAERGIA

10:30
One Water in Action: The Importance of Technology, Data & Partnership

Hear from Schneider Electric & AVEVA on the role that technology can play in working towards a holistic water ecosystem, in line with the One Water movement and the potential of data in driving efficiency across the value chain through data insight and analytics.

Speakers:
David Lee, Segment Leader Water Wastewater, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC
Gary Wong, Global Industry Principal, Infrastructure & Water, AVEVA

10:45
Networking Coffee Break
11:15
Reverse Shark Tank: Utility Innovation in Action

Three utilities each have five minutes to pitch their innovation strategies in front of a panel of start-ups, who are keen to provide feedback, explore the internal decision-making process, and dig into the pain points that are currently front and center.

11:45
The Future of Water Reuse: Decentralized and Onsite Solutions for Drought Mitigation
  • Can we work toward treating 100% of wastewater for reuse? What are the roadblocks to reaching this goal and can decentralized solutions help us get there?
  • How can decentralized and onsite systems act as more affordable solutions for utilities and customers alike, conserving water and strengthening resilience against drought?
  • How can collaboration between utilities and commercial companies assist in making decentralized reuse mainstream?
  • How has public perception of reuse shifted, and what obstacles remain in implementing direct potable reuse?

Moderator:
Cristina Ahmadpour, President: Americas, ISLE UTILITIES

Speakers:
Art Umble, SVP: Water Institute Technology & Policy, STANTEC
Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, SAN FRANCISCO PUC
Doa Ross, Deputy General Manager, Engineering, LAS VEGAS VALLEY WATER DISTRICT / SOUTHERN NEVADA WATER AUTHORITY
John Kmiec, Director, TUCSON WATER
Zeynep Erdal, Director: Integrated Solutions and Capabilities, BLACK & VEATCH

12:30
Roundtable Discussions

Delegates break into small groups to discuss the most critical issues facing the water industry. Each table is hosted by an industry expert, and delegates can choose the topic most relevant to their business.

Hosts:

  • Camilla Braithwaite, Product Manager, REZATEC
  • Sue Guswa,
    Municipal Wastewater Practice Leader & Senior Principal, WOODARD & CURRAN
  • Vijay Rengaraju, Segment Business Manager, ABB
  • Jim Divido, Sales Director North & Central America, SEBAKMT
  • Emma Quail, US Director of Sales, FIDO
  • Andrew Kodis, Executive, OLEA EDGE ANALYTICS
  • Tom Cork, Vice President Channel Sales, OVARRO
13:15
Networking Lunch Break
14:15
Fireside Chat // PFAS: From Removal to Elimination of Forever Chemicals
  • As regulation on PFAS increases in stringency, which technologies are emerging in PFAS detection and destruction and how can these be implemented?
  • How can we ensure that destruction technology is not carbon intensive, meets regulatory demands and is conducted sustainably? Where can we see PFAS destruction in action?
  • What opportunities are there for public/private sector partnerships to deal with PFAS issues, and to reduce ‘passing the buck’ when it comes to the ownership of PFAS across the water value chain?
  • With the growing concern regarding PFAS in biosolids spread in fields, what are the implications for the agriculture sector? What innovative solutions can help to adapt treatment of biosolids to reduce this impact?

Moderator:
E. Joaquin Esquivel, Board Chair, STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD

Speaker:
Snehal Desai, Executive VP: Chief Growth & Sustainability Officer, EVOQUA WATER TECHNOLOGIES

14:45
Smart Water: Optimizing Operations and Tackling Ageing Infrastructure
  • How can utilities look to increase adoption of digital technology in order to optimize and modernize their foundations? What are the success stories?
  • With an array of intelligent water solutions in the space, how can these be applied to improve aging infrastructure, how can new technologies be leveraged in old systems?
  • How can the application of machine learning to SCADA and operational control technologies allow utilities to move towards predictive and forecasting system management?
  • How can we look to the piloting process in order to increase the rate of technology adoption in utilities?

Moderator:
Adam Tank, Chief Customer Officer, TRANSCEND

Speakers:
Pete Perciavalle, SVP, Water Innovation Leader, STANTEC
Greg Land, National Strategic Account Manager/Product Manager, MASTER METER
Clayton MacDougald, Investment Manager – Water, EMERALD TECHNOLOGY VENTURES
Jason Hughes, VP, Water Operations, DC WATER
Tom Roode,
COO & Maintenance, DENVER WATER

15:30
Networking Coffee Break
16.00
Leakage: Predictive Technologies for Water Loss Prevention
  • How can we accelerate the adoption of leak detection technologies to form detection networks, improving the accuracy and efficiency of detection and prediction?
  • How can real-time analytics allow for more efficient, nimble and agile utility responses, reducing reaction times and increasing precision?
  • What impact can acoustic and non-acoustic leaking solutions have on the ability of utilities to reduce their water loss?
  • What learnings can be gathered from leak monitoring success stories in North America and around the globe?

Moderator:
George Hawkins, Founder & President, MOONSHOT MISSIONS

Speakers:
Mike App, EVP, Global Operations, ELECTRO SCAN
Bruce Bharat, Country Manager & VP – US & Canada, KAMSTRUP
Victoria Edwards, CEO, FIDO

16:45
Circular Systems: Exploring the Potential of Nutrient Recovery & Separation
  • How can nutrient recovery and separation help to create more circular systems in the water industry?
  • What exciting innovations are emerging in nutrient separation? What role can nutrient recovery play in the water-energy nexus?
  • What role can investors play in working to help transform resource recovery systems?
  • As we see a move to smaller, decentralised water reuse systems, will we see the same evolution for resource recovery systems?
17.00
Attracting Capital to Water for a More Resilient Future
  • Which key trends and areas of innovation are water sector investors monitoring closely? Where will we see the next wave of investment?
  • What is the role of philanthropic and family offices in the water investment landscape? How do outside investors need to adapt for success in the water industry?
  • How can increased funding through the Infrastructure Bill assist utilities to break the mold of slow technology adoption?
  • With the focus on early-stage funding, how can investors assist and support innovators with later stage financing, and what would the implications be?

Speakers:
David Rose, Partner, THALES WATER ADVISORS
Tom Ferguson, Managing Partner, BURNT ISLAND VENTURES
Kim Baker, Senior Director of Innovation, ELEMENTAL EXCELERATOR
Tee Thomas, Director, QUANTIFIED VENTURES

17:45
End of Day 1 & Networking Drinks

Day Two – Thursday September 29, 2022

9:00
Keynote Presentation // Putting Infrastructure Funding into Action

With funding for the improvement of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure at a high with the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, now is a crucial time for the water sector in North America. What does the future look like in light of the funding, how is it being distributed and where can we see this in action?

9:15
California Spotlight: Tackling Drought and Water Scarcity
  • With impressive water reuse goals set for California, what exciting projects have we seen so far and what does the future look like?
  • How can the progress made in California with PFAS be translated to the rest of the country as efforts are increased to tackle the issue?
  • How can stormwater management in California be improved, to increase stormwater captured and stored? How can innovation and technology play a part in facilitating this transition and what funding and policy changes are necessary to facilitate this?
  • With the rejection of the Huntington Beach Desalination Plant plans by the California Coastal Commission, what role could desalination play to tackle water scarcity in California? How can the environmental impacts of desalination be managed to reduce challenges of implementation?
  • What further technologies and innovation will be crucial for California to mitigate the impacts of drought and improve resiliency?

Speakers:
Adel Hagekhalil, Chief Executive & General Manager, METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Robert C. Ferrante, Chief Engineer & General Manager, LOS ANGELES COUNTY SANITATION DISTRICTS
John Kennedy, Executive Director of Engineering & Water Resources, ORANGE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT

10:00
Infrastructure Innovation: Solutions for Lead Pipe Detection & Removal
  • With lead service lines continuing to be a major health risk to American communities, and the Biden Administration’s commitment of US$15 billion for the 100% removal, what innovative solutions are available to identify buried lead piping?
  • What challenges need to be overcome in the field, both from the utility and customer perspective, to schedule, confirm, and remove lead piping?
  • What are water utilities doing when water samples show high lead levels, but have no lead services?

Speakers:
Chuck Hansen, Chairman & CEO, ELECTRO SCAN
Mike Simpson, CEO, E. SIMPSON

 

10:15
Innovative Wastewater Treatment for More Sustainable Water Systems
  • How are utilities overcoming issues of aging infrastructure and rising levels of contaminants, to create more resilient wastewater systems?
  • How can innovation ensure more energy efficient treatment of wastewater, lowering costs for utilities and ratepayers alike?
  • With increased adoption of AI and sensors for wastewater treatment, what developments have been made around the accuracy and efficiency of pollutant detection?
  • What regulatory changes will we see put in place around wastewater quality and what are the implications for water reuse when considering wastewater quality?
  • How important will monitoring wastewater be moving forward as a gauge on population health? In light of the pandemic, how can wastewater surveillance be used to detect public health problems and encourage a more open approach to the sharing and integration of data?

 

11:00
Networking Coffee Break
11:30
Asset Management Efficiency: Maximizing the Value of Big Data
  • With the rise of digital twins and digitalization in the water industry, how can we ensure that the value of the data collated is maximized? What is the best way to manage data?
  • How can utilities create meaningful data-driven insights to increase value for their customers? What technology is available to translate the takeaways for customer benefit?
  • Who owns the data and how do you protect this ownership? How will this impact utilities in the future?
  • How can data sharing and integration help to break down silos internally in utilities?
  • As the sector digitalizes, how do we protect against cybersecurity threats and attend to cyber concerns as remote access increases?

Speaker:
Travis B. Wagner, VP, SUEZ SMART & ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS
George Demosthenous, CEO, AI

 

12:15
Innovation Showcase

Early-Mid Stage Technology Entrepreneurs Present Snapshots of their Solutions with Time for Q&A

Presenters:
Niall English, CEO, AQUAB
Hadley Arnold, Co-Founder and CEO, DIVININGLAB
Lacey Reddix,
CEO & Founder, OLOKUN MINERALS
Tacoma Zach,
Co-Founder & CEO, MENTORAPM

 

Judge:
Stuart Rudick, CEO, WATER INNOVATION ADVISORS

13:00
Networking Lunch Break
14:00
Industry Forum: Industry’s Role in Water Conservation
  • How are the private sector working to reduce water usage, increase water conservation, and replenish water supply to become water positive?
  • How have ESG targets incentivized and accelerated how companies are addressing water usage?
  • How can this shift help to release pressure on utilities, whilst creating new opportunities for innovators to employ their solutions?
  • How will the implementation of sensors and IoT be crucial in reaching these goals?
  • How can commercial organizations set an example of the benefits of data sharing and collaboration for the water ecosystem as a whole?
14:45
Technology to Close the Knowledge Gap in the Workplace
  • With the current transition of the workplace with staff retiring and new staff being inducted, how can innovation and data assist in closing the knowledge gap?
  • How can innovators support utilities in implementing their technologies and ensure they see ROI?
  • What are the bottlenecks for attracting talent and how can big data, monitoring and software assist in attraction and retention?

Moderator:
Melissa Meeker, CEO, THE WATER TOWER

Speaker:
Quinn Jackson-Elliott, VP of Government Relations, OLEA EDGE ANALYTICS

15:15
Stormwater Management: Remote Monitoring, Real-Time Analytics & Prediction for Flood Resilience
  • As the effects of climate change increase in frequency, what technology can be employed to strengthen flood resilience by predicting, monitoring and preventing flash flooding?
  • How will moving towards predictive analytics for stormwater systems assist utilities in making proactive decisions and avoiding larger capital expenditures?
  • How can water stressed states look to prioritize funding to improve stormwater capture and storage, in order to reduce reliance on snow melt and increase water supply?
  • Research into stormwater quality has highlighted that it is more contaminated than anticipated, so what implications does this have for stormwater treatment?

Chair:
Khalil Maalouf, Investment Partner, XPV WATER PARTNERS

Speaker:

Fernando Pasquel, SVP: National Director, Stormwater & Watershed Management, ARCADIS
Randy E. Hayman,
Commissioner & CEO, PHILADELPHIA WATER DEPARTMENT

 

 

15:45
End of Day 2