Water Innovation Summit 2014

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Tom Arata

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EVP, Technology & Venture Banking Group
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Tom Stanley

CTO, GE Power & Water


Don’t Come to Listen. Come to Engage.

Our goal is to bring together an exclusive set of the industry’s top thought leaders to tackle the real issues, expose areas for future work, and make connections that will propel the industry forward.

The summit will have no “audience” and no “speakers.” All attendees will be true participants in workshop-style, inter­active, highly moderated group discussions. If you are look­ing to sit back and listen to panels, you will want to skip this retreat. We are looking for participants who will voice strong opinions, raise hard questions, and contribute to a spirited, fun learning environment.

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What You'll Experience

Creating smarter, better water is our primary focus. In September we will explore technological and business model innovation in the water and wastewater sectors, from both industrial and municipal points of view.

On the municipal side, sessions will explore topics including predictive maintenance, the Internet of Things Water, contaminant detection, and water reuse. We will also discuss water’s more industrial applications, including its role in oil & gas, mining, food and beverage, and agriculture.

Throughout the Summit we will also review cross-cutting themes like financing, corporate partnerships, and regulation.

If you missed it, download Accelerating & Sustaining the Water Innovation Ecosystem: Whats Next? This report captures our insights around challenges and opportunities for innovation at each step of the water delivery and use cycle. And check out last year’s 2013 Water Innovation Summit agenda.


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Agenda 2014

  • TUESDAY September 23: DAY ONE

    • 10:00 am - 10:45 am

      Summit Kick-Off & Participant Introductions

      We will kick off with a welcome for all summit participants. We will spend time getting to know everyone in attendance with introductions and getting an overall sense of priorities and goals for the next 48 hours.

      • John Coburn
        Managing Director, XPV Capital Corporation
      • Andrew Kho
        Head of Global CleanTech Team, Wells Fargo
      • Lisette Provencher
        SVP of Operations Support, United Water
      • Sheeraz Haji
        CEO, Cleantech Group
    • 10:45 am – 11:00 am

      Networking Break

    • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

      Cleaning Oil & Gas: Water Treatment Challenges and Solutions

      The Oil & Gas industry continues to explore unconventional sources, pushing the technological limits and requiring innovative water treatment solutions both to comply with regulations and to ensure a social license to operate. Oil & Gas – as well as other heavy industries such as mining – also work closely with municipalities to ensure the safe usage and disposal of water, particularly when it comes to the controversial discussions around shale gas. From produced water to water reuse to containment detection, this discussion will focus on the challenges the sector is facing and the potential for new technologies to provide solutions.

      • Tom Stanley
        CTO, GE Power & Water
      • Rodney Guest
        Manager of Environmental Excellence Sustainable Development, Suncor
      • Pedro Segovia
        Portfolio Manager, Repsol
      • Larry Novachis
        CEO, FilterBoxx
    • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


    • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

      Industrial Water Roundtables

      We will start off the industrial water roundtables with short introductions from the roundtable hosts on their specified topic. Discussions will be focused around the challenges facing the industrial water sector. There will be two 30-minute rounds to allow for multiple discussions. Themes will be based on the roundtable hosts’ interest areas, and possible themes may include:
      •    Mining
      •    Oil & Gas
      •    Commercial Buildings
      •    Manufacturing
      •    Water Treatment for Industrial Facilities
      •    Water Footprinting
      •    Agriculture
      •    Hi-Tech Fabrication (ultra-pure water)
      •    Financing
      •    Water-Energy Nexus
      •    Innovation Sourcing
      •    Corporate Water Responsibility (e.g. CEO Water Mandate)

      • Steve Kloos
        Partner, True North Venture Partners
      • Tristam Coffin
        Energy and Maintenance Coordinator, Whole Foods Market, Northern California Region
      • Steve Hahn
        Research Fellow, Dow Chemical Company
      • Brian Jordan
        VP & Director, Global Corporate Development, MWH Global
      • James Dunning
        CEO, Syrinix
      • Jim Matheson
        CEO, Oasys Water
      • James Furlong
        VP & General Manager, Johnson Controls
      • Chris Morrison
        Assistant VP, Technology Scout Team, Ecolab
    • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

      Networking Break

    • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Future of Food & Beverage: Water Use Management and Innovation

      With agriculture using around 70 percent of water globally and a continuing drought in the Western US, it is critical that this market adopt new innovation to use water more efficiently. This session will explore both the in-field technologies as well as the production of food and beverages. Sensors, data, and software for irrigation are bringing visibility and precision to growing crops and raising livestock. As a growing population increases demand for food, how will producers respond to a change climate and increasing demands on a limited supply of water?

      • Tom Arata
        Vice President, Ecolab
      • Scott Bryan
        COO, ImagineH2O
      • Steven Hartmeier
        CEO, mOasis
    • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      Afternoon Networking Break

      Enjoy a game of tennis or time by the pool

    • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      Reception & Poolside Dinner

  • WEDNESDAY September 24: DAY TWO

    • 8:30 am – 9:00 am


    • 9:00 am – 9:30 am

      Welcome Back and Spotlight on the California Drought

      We’ll review discussion highlights from our first day and take a look at the continuing drought in California. This is an especially important time to discuss and share how the drought is impacting the water industry, municipalities and spurring new innovation.

      • Sheeraz Haji
        CEO, Cleantech Group
    • 9:30 am – 10:45 am

      Municipal Water Roundtables

      We will start off the municipal water roundtables with short introductions from the roundtable hosts on their specified topic. Discussions will be focused around the challenges facing the municipal water sector. There will be two 30-minute rounds to allow for multiple discussions. Themes will be based on the roundtable hosts’ interest areas, and possible themes may include:
      •    Non-Revenue Water
      •    Smart Metering Networks
      •    Sewer or Stormwater Management
      •    Innovation in Financing
      •    Innovation in Operating Contracts
      •    Predictive Maintenance and Drones
      •    Sludge Management
      •    Energy Efficiency within Water
      •    Water Reuse
      •    Direct Potable Reuse
      •    Water-Energy Nexus
      •    Asset Management/Predictive Maintenance
      •    Consumer-side Innovation
      •    Infrastructure Rehabilitation
      •    Water Regulation
      •    Public-Private Partnerships from the Public Perspective
      •    Security, Resilience, Reliability
      •    Desalination

      • Jeff Green
        CEO, NanoH2O
      • Andy Salveson
        Vice President, Carollo Engineers
      • John Arena
        Business Outreach Section Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
      • Sally Gutiérrez
        Director, Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development & Support Program, US EPA Office of R&D
      • Barry Liner
        Director, Water Environment Federation
      • Max Pellegrini
        CEO, Infilco Degremont
      • Dominique Demessence
        CEO, Utility Service Group
    • 10:45 am – 11:15 am

      Networking Break

    • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

      The Benefits of Cross-Pollination

      Innovation in the water industry benefits greatly from innovation elsewhere. Inspiration abounds, stemming from sectors as diverse as energy efficiency, solar, and telecommunications. The question remains: How can companies involved in water adopt learnings from other industries? How can corporations, whose primary businesses lie elsewhere, use their knowledge to enter the water space? What best practices have we yet to adopt? What moonshot ideas are gaining traction elsewhere that could revolutionize the water and wastewater arenas? This session will explore industry verticals that water has yet to tackle – including better billing, consumer-facing apps, and crowdfunding – and focus on business decisions that are currently novel to the water sector.

      • Trevor Hill
        CEO, Global Water FATHOM
      • Danny Kennedy
        Co-Founder, Sungevity and SfunCube
      • Puon Penn
        SVP, Group Head, Technology & Venture Banking, Wells Fargo
      • Randolph Hunsberger
        Senior Engineer, Distributed Energy Systems/Power Systems Engineering, National Renewable Energy Lab
    • 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm


    • 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

      Internet of "Water"

      How will the Cloud change your water system? How does M2M communication impact industrial and municipal water systems differently? This session will focus on the needs of municipalities around predictive maintenance, sensors, and monitoring, as well as the potential from industrials working in the M2M space to apply their technologies to the water system.

      • Shane Eten
        CEO, BluCarbon and Founding Board Member, Feed Resource Recovery
      • Richard Harris
        Manager of Water Conservation, Eastbay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)
      • Lisette Provencher
        SVP of Operations Support, United Water
      • Marcus Quigley
        CEO, OptiRTC and Managing Principal, GeoSyntec
      • Michel Morvan
        Executive Chairman, Co-Founder, The CoSMo Company
    • 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

      Summit Closing Thoughts

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