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Day One — October 24, 2018 Morning

08.55
Welcome Remarks

Jennie Moss, Founder & Managing Director, RETHINK EVENTS

09.00
Keynote Address
09.15
Fostering Innovation: Acceleration Adoption and Reducing Risk for Utilities

• How are forward-thinking utilities developing innovation programs to evaluate and pilot new technologies? What’s the key to their success?
• Business model innovation is as important as the technology itself – how can we bridge the gap between a utility’s need and what technology companies are offering?
• Should utilities be sharing learning and data to better facilitate innovation and projects?
• How can we facilitate greater flexibility and cooperation between actors to allow technologies to be tested and proven? Is there scope to create a regulatory sandbox model?
• What does a culture of innovation look like? Is it about investment, incubation or creative thinking?

Session Chair:
Steve Frenkel, Executive Director, CURRENT
Speakers:
Mads Leth, Director, VCS DENMARK
Dave Johnson, Deputy General Manager, SOUTHERN NEVADA WATER AUTHORITY
Carl Yates, General Manager, HALIFAX WATER

10.00
Standalone: Success Stories

Case Study 1: Toronto stormwater infrastructure delivery

Speaker:
David Day, Associate Vice President, BLACK & VEATCH

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10.45
Networking Coffee Break
11.15
Are Corporate Venture Arms the Real Disruptors of the Industry?

• With M&A activity buoyant in the water sector, what areas of innovation are of most interest to corporate venture arms? What is the split between internal and external sources of innovation and how should we expect to see this evolve moving forward?
• What are the critical success factors for collaboration, investment or a merger and acquisition? At what stage of the lifecycle is this likely to happen?
• Can private corporates help reduce the time to market? What has been the route to commercialization for some of the success stories in water tech?
• Are strategic investors and family offices taking the place of traditional VCs?

Session Chair:
Peter Gallant, President & CEO, WATERTAP
Speakers:
Alain Gadbois, Technology Vice President, VEOLIA
Srinivas Somayajula, Vice President, Global Technology Licensing, ECOLAB
Phil Rolchigo, CTO, PENTAIR

Day One — October 24, 2018 Afternoon

12.00
Fireside Chat: Long Term Investment Potential – Family Offices vs Sovereign Wealth

“The billionaires with their family offices command on outsized share of attention from impact fund managers. But, the real dollars, as in trillions, are in the huge pension and sovereign wealth funds around the world.”

Session Chair:
Dave Chen, Head, EQUILIBRIUM CAPITAL
Speakers:
Régine Clément, CEO, CREO SYNDICATE

12.30
Technology Showcase Sessions: Early Stage Companies Pitch Their Innovation Solutions in 7 minutes

Presenters:
Peter Christou, President, SWIRLTEX
Cameron Lippert, CEO, POWERTECH WATER
Steven Frey, Senior Scientist, AQUANTY
Orianna Bretschger, CEO, AQUACYCL
Sarap Sekeroglu, Co-Founder, WATER PIGEON
Sharks:
Eric Willman, Senior Director, Global Beverage Processing R&D, PEPSICO
Thomas Dooney, Managing Director, BOSTONIA GROUP

13.30
Networking Lunch Break
14.30
Rethinking Water Management: From Centralized to Decentralized Systems

• Where should we expect to see future growth in decentralized water and wastewater treatment markets? Is there a market outside of developing countries?
• Are decentralized systems key to leapfrogging conventional large-scale wastewater infrastructure in remote communities?
• What financing mechanisms and business models are most effective when rolling out modular systems and bringing these to scale?
• Is it a viable approach for all? What regions and markets are most suitable? What are the pros and cons?

Session Chair:
Cristina Ahmadpour, President, ISLE UTILITIES
Speakers:
Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
Sandy Fabritz, Director of Water Strategy, FREEPORT MCMORAN
Jamie Witherspoon, Senior Vice President, COLE ENGINEERING
Henry Charrabé, Managing Director & CEO, FLUENCE

15.15
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!

16.00
Networking Coffee Break
16.30
Securing Future Water Supply through Water Reuse and Recycling

• How far have we come in the journey to direct and indirect potable reuse?
• What are the biggest hurdles to water reuse and recycling? How can we get buy-in from stakeholders?
• How can we overcome the yuck factor associated with water reuse? What can we learn from communities and cities that have successfully influenced public perception?
• What other innovative methods of producing alternative water supplies are emerging?

Session Chair:
Jeff Moeller, Director of Water Technologies, THE WATER RESEARCH FOUNDATION (WERF)
Speakers:
Enrique Zaldivar, Director, LA SANITATION
Bart Weiss, Division Director, Reclaimed Water and Discharge Elimination, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC UTILITIES DEPARTMENT
Brian Biesemeyer, Director, SCOTTSDALE WATER

17.15
Corporate Water Stewardship and Water Strategy: The Business Case

• Is there a need to adopt a more holistic approach towards water management? How can we foster more creative thinking at a watershed level?
• Where are we seeing positive examples of wastewater treatment, reuse and recycling?
• How are corporates embracing water innovation and governance to ensure that resources are managed sustainably across the value chain?
• What areas of innovation are delivering most value to industrial end-users? Is there room for improvement?
• How are industrial end-users pricing water stewardship and managing their operations accordingly? Can long-term sustainability goals be quantified?

Session Chair:
Eric Meliton, Project Manager – Water Stewardship and Communications & Engagement Partners, TORONTO AND REGION CONSERVATION AUTHORITY (TRCA)
Speakers:
Will Sarni, Founder & CEO, WATER FOUNDRY
Paul Fleming, Water Program Manager, MICROSOFT
Gil Shearouse, Executive Director, DOUGLASVILLE -DOUGLAS COUNTY WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY

18:00
Closing Remarks
18:15
Networking Drinks Reception

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Day Two — October 25, 2018 Morning

08.55
Welcome Remarks
09.00
Operation Transformation: Harnessing the Digital Revolution

• Big data, robotics, artificial intelligence, blockchain – what digital solutions and innovations are utilities looking for? How can we leverage these solutions to optimize operations?
• How can we amplify the power of data to optimize energy efficiencies across water networks? Beyond raw data, how must utilities approach the Analytics of Things?
• What are the barriers to digitization? Do challenges arise with implementing the technology itself or is it the realignment of resources and operations that goes with it?
• 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 digitization changing the relationship between utilities and customers? Are utilities becoming more customer-centric as a result?
• What new business models are emerging as a result?

Session Chair:
Rebekah Eggers, WW Leader – IoT for Energy, Environment & Utilities, IBM
Speakers:
Torri Martin, Chief of Innovation, CITY OF ATLANTA DWM
Doug Hatler, Vice President, FRACTA

09.45
Lightning Talk: Threat & Innovation in Industrial Cyber Security and What it Means for Water
10.00
Technology Showcase Sessions: Early Stage Companies Pitch Their Innovation Solutions in 7 minutes

Sharks:
Eric Willman, Senior Director, Global Beverage Processing R&D, PEPSICO
Thomas Dooney, Managing Director, BOSTONIA GROUP

10.45
Networking Coffee Break

Day Two — October 25, 2018 Afternoon

11.15
Asset Management and Reducing Risk in Response to New Realities

• With everyday stresses and climate change putting extreme strain on infrastructure and assets, how are utilities rethinking long-term planning and adjusting their operations to account for lower and higher temperatures?
• What technologies are needed to help utilities plan, monitor and manage critical infrastructure and assets? How can we de-risk our systems?
• How are utilities managing costs and adapting their operations as a result of population growth and fluctuation across regions? How can we better engage and communicate the extent of the problem to customers?
• Is the sector resilient enough to predict and respond to potential failures before they arise?
• Do we have the investment blocks currently in place to eliminate future risk? Can we calculate the potential cost of crisis to justify investment?

Session Chair:
Natalia Moudrak, Director – Infrastructure Adaptation Program, INTACT CENTRE ON CLIMATE ADAPTATION
Speakers:
Nancy Kodousek, Director of Water Services, REGION OF WATERLOO
Oscar Monroy, Professor Distinguido, DEPARTMENTO DE BIOTECNOLOGIA DE LA UNIDAD IZTAPALAPA
Chris Browning, Utilites Director, CITY OF OKLAHOMA

12.00
Building the Business Case for Resource Recovery

• How can we maximize nutrient and energy recovery in water and wastewater treatment plants? How can technologies help unlock value?
• Which current technologies are commercially viable and at what scale?
• Who do we need to engage to get large-scale biosolid projects off the ground?
• What new opportunities are we seeing in terms of emerging trends and the diversity of nutrients recovered?
• What could the water resource recovery facility of the future look like? How can we incentivize utilities to become more innovative in their approach?

Session Chair:
Greg Henderson, Deputy News Director, BLOOMBERG ENVIRONMENT
Speakers:
Rebecca Singer, Manager Resource Recovery, Department of Natural Resources, KING COUNTY
Eileen O’Neill, Executive Director, WATER ENVIRONMENT FEDERATION

12.45
Investor Debate: The Next Big Thing in Tech

• Are there any game-changers on the horizon that could transform the industry as we know it? What areas of innovation offer greatest potential?
• How can early-stage companies secure the investment needed to commercialize and achieve significant scale-up? What’s the best route to exit?
• If you had one piece of advice to give to start-ups, what would it be?
• And finally, what predictions can be made on how the water technology landscape will change into 2019 and beyond?

Speaker:
Jeff Possick, Managing Director, MISSIONPOINT PARTNERS
Matthew Servatius, Managing Director, Head of the Cleantech Group, WELLS FARGO TECHNOLOGY BANKING

13.30
Networking Lunch Break
14.30
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