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TUESDAY OCTOBER 5, 2021

07:55
Opening Remarks
08:00
CEO Forum: Communicating the Value of Water

The water and wastewater sector have a central role to play in the drive for a more sustainable and resilient future, but their work is too often out of sight and out of mind.

  • How can the water sector demonstrate the true value and impact of resilient water systems to investors, consumers and regulators?
  • What is needed to fundamentally and permanently reduce a utility’s cost of water delivery? What are the technologies driving CAPEX and OPEX efficiency? How can cost savings be reinvested into new technologies and approaches?
  • How can the sector move beyond conversations around asset replacement and risk mitigation, to asset optimization, zero waste systems and carbon neutrality?
  • How can rate-payers play a more significant role in this planning process? What is the role of the consumer in holding their utility accountable and ensuring that a continuous improvement mentality is instilled?

Moderator: 
Kevin Klau, VP & Group Executive, Water Quality Platform, DANAHER

Speakers:
Alyson Watson, CEO, WOODARD & CURRAN
Oluwole McFoy, General Manager, BUFFALO SEWER
Adel Hagekhalil, General Manager, MWD OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Will Pickering, CEO, PITTSBURGH WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY
Timothy Thomure, Director, CITY OF TUSCON

08:50
Reverse Shark Tank: Utility Innovation In Focus

Three utilities each have six 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.

Utilities:
Hardeep Anand, Deputy Director – Capital Improvement & Regulatory Compliance, MIAMI-DADE WATER AND SEWER DEPARTMENT
Robert Bornhofen, Director – Innovation, DC WATER
Jeffrey Duke, Manager of Innovation Programs, NORTHEAST OHIO REGIONAL SEWER DISTRICT

Start-Ups:
George Demosthenous, CEO, VODA.AI
John Bertrand, CEO, DAUPLER

The Energy Agenda
09:25
Fireside Chat: Behind the Roadmap - How Will We Achieve Carbon Neutrality?

Bringing together ambitious and forward-looking utilities from the UK and the US, this session will explore the role of the water sector in reaching net zero.

Moderator:
Cristina Ahmadpour, President North America, ISLE UTILITIES

Speakers:
Jane Gajwani, Director – Office of Energy & Resource Recovery, NYC DEP
David Riley, Head of Carbon Neutrality, ANGLIAN WATER

09:50
Workshops

Time to engage! We are breaking out into interactive workshops to explore the technologies and techniques driving energy efficiency across the water sector.

WORKSHOP 1: Life (or death?) by Pilot - Successes and Failures in Bringing Innovation to Life

This 40-minute workshop will be exploring what the secret sauce is for a successful pilot.

  • What is the minimum pilot size needed to demonstrate the viability of a new technology? What is the engineering pathway that will enable that scale to be reached?
  • What knowledge and experience does each stakeholder in the water value chain bring to the piloting process? How do we maximize a pilot’s impact?

Speakers:
Sebastien Tilmans, Executive Director – William & Cloy Codiga Resource Recovery Center, STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Vijay Rengaraju, Power Generation & Water Business Manager – USA, ABB
Nigel Sharp, CEO, AQUAGGA

WORKSHOP 2: Rethinking Biomass Management: How to Avoid Landfill

Caught between upstream polluters and downstream regulation, it’s easy to see how landfill has become the norm for waste biomass management. Over the course of this 40-minute interactive discussion we’ll be exploring the alternatives:

  • How have you avoided landfill within your own networks? Which technologies will generate a step change in how waste biomass is managed?
  • What is needed to achieve buy-in from groups and stakeholders across the watershed? Where are the pain points for technology adoption?

Moderator:
Valentino Villa, COO, BIOFORCETECH

Speakers:
Lindsay D’Anna, Director of Biosolids, WASTE MANAGEMENT
Stan Chilson, Senior Project Manager, GHD
Teresa Herrera, General Manager, SILICON VALLEY CLEAN WATER

WORKSHOP 3: A Breakdown of Distributed Energy Resources: Finding the Best Solution for Your Goals

Utility X is suffering from yet another year of falling cost recovery – it’s looking to cut its OPEX by driving energy efficiency. What options are available to utility X? What will have the greatest impact on its bottom line without CAPEX investment? In this 40-minute workshop we will be exploring this case study, bringing in ideas from attendees across the value chain to identify the solutions that pack the biggest punch.

Speakers:
Alistair Ono, Regional Director, ENEL X
Arvind Akela, Director of Engineering and Environmental Services, SILICON VALLEY CLEAN WATER

10:30
Investing in Water: Why, How & Where
  • What key trends and areas of innovation are new funds entering the water sector monitoring closely? Where will we see the next wave of innovation?
  • What opportunities will be triggered by federal infrastructure funding? How will the water investment landscape be altered?
  • How can the water and wastewater sectors shake off their reputation as a slow-moving beast? How can talented entrepreneurs and innovators be incentivized into the sector? Is there an ROI in solving wicked water problems?
  • With low interest rates and a competitive M&A market how do buyers and sellers create value and justify returns in a differentiated way?
  • How has the appetite for “recurring revenue”/“water as a service” business models changed the value for traditional water equipment or instrument companies? Does the business model have to change?

Moderator:
George Hawkins, CEO, MOONSHOT MISSIONS

Speakers:
Stuart Rudick, Founder & CEO, WATER INNOVATION ACCELERATOR
Robert Antablin, Co-Head Global Impact, KKR
Sucharita Dasa, Director, Investment Banking, Sustainable & Impact Banking, BARCLAYS
Anders Hallsby, 
Partner, MAZARINE VENTURES

11:10
INNOVATION IN ACTION TOUR: AI Enabled Leak Detection

FIDO CEO Victoria Edwards will co-present an Innovation in Action segment with United Utilities Head of Innovation Kieran Brocklebank to reveal a breakthrough innovation in water leak detection. It will be followed by a live virtual Q&A.

  • How are utilities capitalizing on the latest AI enabled technologies to enhance their leak detection?
  • What is needed to build confidence in leak detection modeling? Are we on the cusk of straight to dig technology?

Speakers:
Kieran Brocklebank, Head of Innovation, UNITED UTILITIES
Victoria Edwards, CEO, FIDO

The Reuse Review
11:30
No New water: How the Business Case for Water Reuse is Normalizing across the US

Reuse projects are no longer limited to the drought-prone south-west: Challenges from over-extraction, saline intrusion, population growth and stringent discharge regulations are leading to the rollout of reuse plants across the East Coast.

  • What power do flagship regional projects have to raise awareness about the necessity and viability of reuse technologies and systems? How can smaller systems and utilities piggyback on these large programs?
  • What do the water systems of the future look like? How prolific will reuse be ten years from now?
  • What barriers still exist for further adoption of direct potable wastewater reuse systems?

Moderator:
Eva Steinle-Darling, Water Reuse Technical Practice Director, CAROLLO ENGINEERS

Speakers:
Chris Wilson, Chief of Process Engineering & Research, HAMPTON ROADS SANITATION DISTRICT
Chuck Weber, Water Department Director, CITY OF TAMPA
Anselmo Collins, Sr. Assistant General Manager – Water System, LADWP

12:10
Mainstreaming Onsite Reuse
  • What is driving industrial water users to invest and establish on-site reuse facilities? What results have early adopters experienced?
  • What technology advances are pushing down the cost of onsite reuse? How close are we to plug and play black- and grey-water recycling systems?
  • What steps need to be taken to accelerate the adoption of on-site reuse? What barriers are delaying this process and how can they be overcome?

Moderator:
Patricia Sinicropi, Executive Director, WATEREUSE

Speakers:
Paul Kerr, Strategic Facilities Engineer, INTEL
Richard Gilb, Environmental Affairs Manager, SAN DIEGO AIRPORT AUTHORITY
Bob Salvatelli, Director, SUSTAINABLE WATER

12:50
Roundtables

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

  • Asset Management: Separating Fact from Fiction
    Host: David Totman, VP Asset Management, INNOVYZE
  • Mainstreaming Predictive Sewer Maintenance
    Host: Matt Wood, CEO, 10 MILE SOLUTIONS – RHETICUS
  • Unlocking Innovation & Discovery within the Water Utility Sector
    Host: Robert Bornhofen, Director – Innovation, DC WATER
  • From SCADA to Siri: How Do We Navigate Water’s Digital Journey?
    Host: Sue Guswa, National Practice Leader, WOODARD & CURRAN
  • Technology Piloting: Concept, Risks, Finance & Implementation
    Host: Vijay Rengaraju, Power Generation & Water Business Manager – USA, ABB
  • Applying Research to Unlock Innovation Opportunities in Water
    Host: Peter Grevatt, CEO, WATER RESEARCH FOUNDATION
  • Net Zero Collaboration with your Supply Chain: Why and How?
    Host: David Riley, Head of Carbon Neutrality, ANGLIAN WATER
  • Does Investing in Tech Without Investing in Process Change Only Get You So Far?
    Host: Neil Edwards, CTO, FIDO TECH
  • The Role of Employee Engagement in Digital Transformation
    Host: Jeffrey Duke, Manager of Innovation Programs, NORTHEAST OHIO REGIONAL SEWER DISTRICT
  • Is the Future of Asset Management Powered by AI?
    Host: George Demosthenous, CEO,VODA.AI
  • Making Water Reuse Attractive & Affordable for Small Towns
    Hosts: Nathan OhleCEO, RCAP / Gaylene Riley, Oklahoma State Coordinator, COMMUNITIES UNLIMITED
13:20
Treating the Water Cycle as One Water

Speaker:
Susan Moisio, Global Water Director, JACOBS

13:30
Opportunities in One Water: Catalyzing Financial & Environmental Resilience Across Watersheds
  • How can the value and return of each drop of water be maximized within our homes, farms and environment?
  • How are utilities acting as a catalyst for integrated water management and one water approaches? As the central stakeholder within a watershed, how can a utility effectively engage its constituents?
  • How can we avoid siloing the less discussed and visible parts of the watershed?
  • How can we collect and collate data from across an entire watershed? What technology is needed to achieve this ambition? Who should be the gatekeeper of this data? And who should be acting on the insights it generates?

Moderator:
Peter Grevatt, CEO, WATER RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Speakers:
Diane Taniguchi-Dennis, CEO, CLEAN WATER SERVICES
Susan Moisio, Global Water Director, JACOBS
Nathan Ohle, CEO, RCAP
Sean McMahon, Executive Director, IOWA AGRICULTURAL WATER ALLIANCE
Robert Puente, President & CEO, SAN ANTONIO WATER SYSTEM

14:15
End of Day 1

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 6, 2021

7:55
Opening Remarks
8:00
Innovation Forum: Establishing the Data-Driven Utility of the Future
  • How can utilities maximize the value of their assets? What is the value of your data and how can you leverage your existing data?
  • How can interoperability between technology and service providers be enabled? What role could open data standards play here? Are there cultural challenges to advancing data interoperability?
  • What will the data-driven decision-making processes of the future look like? How will this impact utility operations and their future workforce? Do utilities need data scientistic on the pay-roll to transform data into knowledge?
  • What factors are holding back this vision of the future? Are there still technology gaps? How is long-term planning being aligned with innovation programming?

Moderator:
Tom Ferguson, Managing Partner, BURNT ISLAND VENTURES

Speakers:
Colby Manwaring, CEO, INNOVYZE
Melissa Meeker, CEO, THE WATER TOWER
Mark McKoy, VP Operations, AQUA
Kumi Premathilake, Division VP, ACLARA/HUBBELL UTILITY SOLUTIONS

08:40
Cybersecurity: Tackling a Growing Threat
  • How has the increase in remote working impacted the risk of cyber-attacks on the water sector?
  • What enabling factors have been behind the most recent cybersecurity attacks across the sector?
  • What should you do today to decrease your risk of a cyberattack? Is there such thing as a plug and play solution for cybersecurity?
  • How will the growing threat of cybersecurity help or hurt the advancement of innovation in the water sector?
  • What role does regulatory oversight have in accelerating the pace of adoption for cyber hygiene measures?
  • How are utilities engaging their workforce within this process? What is needed to mitigate the role of human error in successful cybersecurity breaches?

Moderator:
Michael Salas, SVP, Chief Information & Digital Officer, SUEZ NA

Speakers:
Kristen Sanders, Chief Information & Security Officer, ALBUQUERQUE WATER UTILITY AUTHORITY
Michael Luu, Chief Risk Officer and VP, CALIFORNIA WATER SERVICE
Whitney Kellett, CIO and VP, ESSENTIAL UTILITIES
Judith Germano, Distinguished Fellow – Center for Cybersecurity, NYU SCHOOL OF LAW & Managing Partner, GERMANO LAW
Zack Schuler,
Founder & CEO, NINJIO

09:25
Networking Lobby

Grab a coffee and join informal small group chats to say hello, recap the day’s discussions and – just like at our after-summit networking drinks – make those happy ‘random’ connections with people whose paths you might never have crossed otherwise!

PFAS Power Hour
09:55
Keynote: The Cost of Inaction

Exploring the true socio-economic impact of PFAS.

Speaker:
Gretta Goldenman, Coordinator, GLOBAL PFAS SCIENCE PANEL

10:05
PFAS: The Ultimate One Water Contaminant
  • How can we accelerate the process of identifying, communicating, and resolving contamination when and where it arises? Who is driving the toxicological evaluation of these contaminants?
  • What opportunities are there to fully pilot and trial new technologies tackling PFAS and other contaminants of emerging concern? How can new technologies be funded and deployed? When and how should they be paid for?
  • What does the future cost of PFAS treatment look like? How will the evolving regulatory framework around PFOA and PFOS impact these costs?
  • Is funding and investment into PFAS technologies and solutions aligned to the watershed-wide challenges these contaminants present? How can the largest impact per dollar invested be achieved?

Moderator:
Christopher Impellitteri, Associate National Program Director, US EPA

Speakers:
Shalene Thomas, VP Global Emerging Contaminants, WOOD
Nicole Richards, CEO, ALLONNIA
Kobe Nagar, CEO & Co-Founder, 374WATER
Martin Griffin, Director of Ecosystem Services, MADISON METRO
Caitlin Berretta, Director Government Affairs & Sustainability, EVOQUA

10:50
Reverse Shark Tank: Utility Innovation In Focus

Two 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.

Utilities:
Carel Vandermeyden, Deputy Executive Director, CAPE FEAR PUBLIC UTILITY AUTHORITY
Paul Kutzy, Manager & CEO, WESTCHESTER JOINT WATER WORKS

Start-Ups:
Tali Harif, Chief Commercial Officer, 374WATER
Seyi Fabode,
CEO, VARUNA

11:15
Gatekeepers of Innovation: The Role of Engineering Firms in Shaping the Future of Water
  • To what extent are consultancy and engineering firms the gatekeepers of innovation across the US water and wastewater sectors?
  • Differentiating between the value proposition of technology companies is costly and time-consuming, what is the role of engineering firms in streamlining this process? How are engineering firms identifying, piloting, and trialing new technologies?

Moderator:
Adam Tank, Director Software Solutions, TRANSCEND WATER

Speakers:
Srini Vallabhaneni, Smart Sewer Officer, KC WATER
Matthew Goss, SVP & Energy Practice Leader, CDM SMITH
Rebecca Birmingham, Ventures Lead, ARUP VENTURES

11.50
Roundtables

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

  • Innovation with Purpose: Adopting Technology to Enable Resilience
    Host: Sandeep Sathyamoorthy, Global Practice and Technology Leader for Innovation & Applied Research, BLACK & VEATCH
  • PFAS Destruction Technology: Finding the Route to Commercialization
    Hosts: Dora Chiang, VP, Global Technical Lead, Environmental Remediation & Bill Malyk, Canadian Water Sector Lead, WOOD
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Host: Joone Lopez, General Manager, MOULTON NIGUEL WATER DISTRICT
  • Public Private Partnerships: Improving Water Quality & Resilience
    Host: Martin Griffin, Director of Ecosystem Services, MADISON METRO
  • The Exit Landscape: What to Expect from the Next 5 Years
    Host: Tom Ferguson, Managing Partner, BURNT ISLAND VENTURES
  • Moving the Needle on Decarbonising Water
    Host: Dave Flinton, SVP & Chief Innovation, Technology & Products Officer, XYLEM
  • Analytics for Water Utilities: Ways to Maximize AMI Value
    Host: Joshua Chaise, VP Product Management, ACLARA
  • Arming Your Workforce to Combat Cybersecurity Threats
    Matt Lindley,
    COO & CISO, NINJIO
Action in Agriculture
12:20
Opening Remarks and Q&A: New Administration, New Vision

Join us for an interactive Q&A as we explore:

  • How will the new federal funding round impact the agriculture/water nexus?
  • What is needed to build resilient, affordable and safe rural water systems?

Speaker:
Charles Stephens, Assistant Administrator, Water and Environment Programs, USDA

12.30
Fireside Chat: Catalyzing The Business Case for Sustainability
  • How can organizations better recognize and value all the co-benefits of the sustainability efforts involving resource-based projects?
  • How do organizations quantify and value the positive externalities their work around sustainability-driven, resource-based projects provides? How can the business case for sustainability driven investment in the water sector be defended?
  • What is needed to drive the acceleration of technology adoption and innovative best practices for resource-based projects? What is needed to develop a comprehensive decision-making tool?

Speakers:
Terry Mah, Partner, THALES ADVISORS
Ed Pinero, President, ECOMETRICS

12:50
Beyond Water Stewardship: Accelerating Technology Adoption Across the Agri-Food Value Chain
  • What is driving corporate investment in water stewardship? Which technologies and solutions are receiving the most investment and attention?
  • Where do corporate water efficiency and stewardship targets meet the farmers and facility operators within their supply chain?
  • What is needed to streamline adoption and access to water technology across the agri-food value chain? What are the barriers to technology adoption and how can they be overcome?
  • How are CPGs and industrial end-users partnering with accelerators and incubators to streamline their innovation processes?

Moderator:
Alaina Harkness, Executive Director, CURRENT

Speakers:
Carolina García Arbeláez, Global Sustainability and Innovation Director, AB INBEV
Phil Rolchigo, EVP & CTO, PENTAIR
Ivan Lalovic, CEO, GYBE
Vetrivel DhagumudiGlobal Water Program Leader, KIMBERLY-CLARK

13:30
Embracing Failure: What We Learn When Things Go Wrong
  • With public health as the ultimate priority utilities tend towards risk aversion, how does this impact technology adoption?
  • How can operators, managers, engineers and technologist within the water sector discuss and admit failures without fear of repercussions? How do we create an environment where new innovations and ideas get heard, trialed, and improved?
  • To what extent is trust a barrier to digital adoption across the water sector? How can the sector better build trust between vendors and utilities? How do we instill a mindset of continuous improvement across the water value chain?

Moderator:
Joone Lopez, General Manager, MOULTON NIGUEL WATER DISTRICT

Speakers:
Cindy Wallis-Lage, Executive Director and President Water Business, BLACK & VEATCH
E.G. Nadhan, Chief Architect and Strategist, REDHAT
Dave Flinton, SVP & Chief Innovation, Technology and Products Officer, XYLEM
Patrick Atwater, Co-Founder & Adviser, CALIFORNIA DATA COLLABORATIVE

14.15
End of Summit