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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?

Speaker:
Robert Bowcock, Founder & Managing Director, INTEGRATED RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

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?

Moderator:
Tom Iseman, Director of Water Scarcity & Drought Resilience, Global Food & Water Program, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

Speakers:
Hardeep Anand, Director of One Water Strategy, MIAMI-DADE WATER & SEWER DEPT
Alyson Watson, CEO, WOODARD & CURRAN
Caryn Compton, Chief of Staff, USDA RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE
Joseph Danyluk
One Water Director, JACOBS

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.

Moderator:
Meghan Pasricha, Managing Director, RIVERSTONE CREDIT PARTNERS

Speaker:
Yaniv Scherson, Chief Operating Officer, ANAERGIA
Vijay Rengaraju, Segment Business Manager, ABB

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

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11:15
Reverse Shark Tank: Utility Innovation in Action

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.

Utility:
Jim Herberg, General Manager, ORANGE COUNTY SANITATION DISTRICT
Michael Thomas, Capital Program Management Unit Manager, METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Innovators:
Christopher Morace, CEO & FounderOVERLAY
Eric Sullivan, Director of BD, SEWERAI

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
Kevin Davis,
VP – Project Director, Water, 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.

  • Using Technology to Level Up Operator Skills to Meet Next-Gen Water Needs
    Host: Sue Guswa, Municipal Wastewater Practice Leader & Senior Principal, WOODARD & CURRAN
  • Is Technology the Answer to Lack of Resource?
    Host: Victoria Edwards, CEO, FIDO
  • Leveraging 3D in the Water & Wastewater Industry: Decentralization, Digital & Decarbonization
    Host: Vijay Rengaraju, Segment Business Manager, ABB
  • How Digitalization Enables Real-Time Water Loss Control
    Host: Andrew Kodis, EVP of Business Development, OLEA EDGE ANALYTICS
  • Resiliency Through Asset Management: The Power of Data
    Host: Jeff Stillman, Asset Management Practice Leader, BLACK & VEATCH
  • Innovative Technology for Flow & Pressure Measurement
    Host: Jim Divido, Sales Director North & Central America, SEBAKMT
  • Collaborate, Disseminate & Innovate: A Holistic Approach to NRW Reduction
    Host: Tom Cork, VP, Channel Sales, OVARRO
  • Pipeline Risk and Geospatial AI: Can You Really Monitor Underground Assets from Space?
    Host: Camilla Braithwaite, Product Manager, REZATEC
  • Accelerating Development & Adoption of Innovative Water Technologies
    Host: Nathan Allen, Executive Director, WATERSTART
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

Speakers:
Snehal Desai, EVP: Chief Growth & Sustainability Officer, EVOQUA WATER TECHNOLOGIES
Andy Gere,  President & Chief Operating Officer, SAN JOSE WATER

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:
Phil Fusacchia, Chief Operations 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
Angel Bustamante, Water Systems Division Manager, EL PASO WATER

16:45
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?

Moderator:
Scott Bryan, President, IMAGINE H2O

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
Stuart Rudick,
CEO, WATER INNOVATION ADVISORS

17:30
End of Day 1 & Networking Drinks

Day Two – Thursday September 29, 2022

9:05
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?

Moderator: 
Cynthia Ruiz, Vice President of the Board of Directors, LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER & POWER

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
Roger Gorke, Office of Water: Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

09:55
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

10:10
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?

Moderator:
Adam Krantz, CEO, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CLEAN WATER AGENCIES (NACWA)

Speakers: 
Sally Gutierrez, Senior Advisor (CESER), US EPA
Ting Lu, Business Practice Leader – Digital Technology StrategistCLEAN WATER SERVICES
Beverley Stinson, EVP, Global Water Business Line Leader, AECOM
David Schneider, Vice President of Development, VEOLIA NORTH AMERICA
Hubertus Cox, Division Manager: Water Recycling & Implementation, LA SANITATION AND ENVIRONMENT

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?

Moderator:
Jessica Mahr, Director of Technology, ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY INNOVATION CENTER

Speakers:
Carmen de Miguel, Water & Wastewater Segment Strategic Marketing Manager, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC
Piret Harmon, General Manager, SCOTTS VALLEY WATER DISTRICT
Travis B. Wagner, VP, SUEZ SMART & ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS
George Demosthenous, CEO, VODA AI
Kumi Premathilake, Division of Vice President AMI, Utility Automation and Services, ACLARA HUBBELL

12:15
Applying Moving Target Defense to Cyber Physical Systems

It’s been less than 3 years since Moving Target Defense meaningfully entered NIST’s standards through SP 800-160 V2, and less than two since it became a requirement for critical infrastructure data flows, but you would be hard pressed today to fuel a car, drink a beverage, or clean a counter in the United States without touching something made or moved by a company that uses MTD for its operational technology. Hear from Dispel on what implementations in water look like, and how to go about putting it into action.

Speaker:
Ian Schmertzler, President, DISPEL

12.30
Innovation Showcase

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

Hosts: 
Bryan Stubbs, President & Executive Director, CLEVELAND WATER ALLIANCE
Nathan Allen, Executive Director, WATERSTART

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

13:15
Networking Lunch Break
14:15
Industry Forum: Industry’s Role in Water Stewardship
  • 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?

Moderator:
Paul Fleming, Founder/ President, WATER VALUE LLC

Speakers:
Oswaldo Gómez, Lead Water Stewardship Specialist, WATERPLAN
Fawn Bergen, Manager, Corporate Sustainability, INTEL CORPORATION
Nobuyoshi Takiguchi, VP, Strategy & Innovation, KURITA AMERICA

15.00
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:
Scott Bryan, President, IMAGINE H2O

Speaker:
Quinn Jackson-Elliott, VP of Government Relations, OLEA EDGE ANALYTICS
Joone Kim-Lopez, General Manager, MOULTON NIGUEL WATER DISTRICT

15:30
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?

Moderator:
Khalil Maalouf, Investment Partner, XPV WATER PARTNERS

Speakers:
Bethany Bezak, Interim Director: Stormwater Department, CITY OF SAN DIEGO
Fernando Pasquel, SVP: National Director, Stormwater & Watershed Management, ARCADIS
Randy E. Hayman,
Commissioner & CEO, PHILADELPHIA WATER DEPARTMENT

16.15
End of Day 2