Water Innovation Summit 2015

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Featured Conversation Starters

David Henderson

Managing Partner, XPV Capital

Trevor Hill


Gillan Taddune

CEO, Banyan Water

Radhika Fox

President, US Water Alliance


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.

By design, we will curate a diverse group of participants representing each part of the water innovation ecosystem, including utilities, industrial customers, engineering firms, water technology suppliers, and start-ups. We will enter into earnest discussions focused on customer challenges and innovation opportunities.

To get a feel for this event, you can check out last year’s 2014 Water Innovation Summit agenda and read the White Paper highlighting the discussions and topics from the Summit.


What You'll Experience

Let’s not waste this drought!

On September 22-23, we will be hosting the Water Innovation Summit for the 4th time, with this year’s theme focusing on the severe California drought and the opportunities that exist for the water innovation community.

California’s water resources have been severely depleted as the drought enters its fourth year with no sign of near term improvement. Large corporations and lawmakers alike recognize the gravity of the situation and have begun taking action – including launching water campaigns and implementing mandatory water cuts. Never before has there been this much urgency and publicity around the water sector and the need for innovative products and solutions. However, investments have not (yet) followed the media attention. As the drought carries on, the water innovation community needs to seize this opportunity to shape its future.

During our day-and-a-half Summit, we will look at sectors such as agriculture, utilities, and energy from a customer-centric view through workshop-style discussions, and explore cross-cutting themes like financing mechanisms for water innovation and improving water management and measurement tools across sectors. Read more about this theme in a blog post from our CEO, Sheeraz Haji.

Request your invite today to take part in this crucial conversation!


Summit Conversation Starters

  • Richard Adams, NREL

    Richard Adams is the Manager of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). In this role, Mr. Adams oversees the teams accountable for the Engineered Innovation Initiative, the Industry Growth Forum, the Venture Capital Advisory Board, Investor Networking Initiatives, Regional and National Incubator Programs, and the NREL Commercialization Assistance Program. In addition, he also coordinates IEC’s work with the Mentor-Protégé program, the Small Business Subcontracting program, and the development of the Center for Renewable Energy and Economic Development (CREED).

    Mr. Adams is a graduate of the University of New England (Australia), with a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics, and holds a Graduate Diploma of Business from the Phillip Institute of Technology (Australia).

    Tuesday, September 22, 20161:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Dean Amhaus, The Water Council

    Dean Amhaus has served as served as the first President & CEO of The Water Council since March 2010. The Council was formed with the express purpose of growing the Milwaukee region into the world hub for water research, education and economic development. The only organization of its kind in the United States, the Water Council is successfully coalescing these attributes into a powerful force that is garnering international recognition.

    The Council’s most significant achievement occurred in September 2013 with the opening of the Global Water Center, a one of a kind water technology research and business accelerator located in a 98,000 square feet /30,000 square meter seven-story refurbished Silver LEED warehouse in Milwaukee’s downtown. One of the programs within the Center is The BREW which assists water technology entrepreneurs develop their company and expand their commercialization opportunities.

    Under Dean’s leadership the Council has also developed a national Center of Excellence for Freshwater Innovation & Small Business Development with a contract from the U.S. Small Business Administration and through support from JPMorgan Chase & Co. is growing the pool of investment dollars in water technology.

    Prior to leading the Water Council, Dean served as the President of the Spirit of Milwaukee, which is dedicated to enhancing Milwaukee’s image. Dean has served as the President of Forward Wisconsin, the state’s economic development organization, and Executive Director of the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Commission. For six years, Dean was with the Wisconsin Arts Board; first as Deputy Director and later as Executive Director. During the 1980’s Dean worked in government relations in Washington, D.C. Schooled in Wisconsin, Dean received his M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his B.S. in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

    Water Roundtables: What’s in Store for the Future

    Wednesday, September 23, 201510:45 AM – 12:15 PM
  • John Arena, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

    John Arena is the Business Outreach Section Manager at Metropolitan Water District, the nation’s largest water wholesaler serving 19 million Southern California residents.  The purpose of the Business Outreach Program is to maximize contracting opportunities for regional, disabled veteran and small businesses in the six Southland counties.  As the Section Manager, John is responsible for reviewing an average $600 million annually in contracting activity and implementing outreach and education programs for potential vendors.  Between 25 and 40 percent of Metropolitan’s contracting dollars are currently awarded to small and disabled veteran businesses, including women and minority owned businesses, far surpassing the 18 percent goal set when the Business Outreach Program was launched in 2001.  Since John’s leadership began nearly 9 years ago, MWD’s Business Outreach program has implemented state of the art technology to certify small business and monitor contract compliance, created a vendor database for business networking and contracting opportunities, and expanded the program to reach and connect the brightest minds throughout the world in water innovation and technology. His leadership has built an outreach program that has become the model for public agencies throughout the state. Through his very visible and active presence in the public and private business community, his culture of collaboration has become the standard in public outreach.John holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University Long Beach and currently is a member of the Governor’s Small Business Advisory Council.

    Workshops: The Industry Needs and Opportunities…

    Tuesday, September 22, 20151:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Isaac Bentwich, CropX

    Founded and led two Israeli technology companies to be world leaders in their respective fields. The first of these, one of Israel’s first medical software success stories, was acquired for $15 million by HBOC (now McKessen, Fortune 14). The second, biotech company Rosetta Genomics (NASDAQ:ROSG), is a world leader in its field. Rosetta’s subsidiary, Rosetta Green (TASE:RSTG) was recently acquired for $35M by Monsanto (NYSE:MON, $55B).

    Workshops: The Industry Needs and Opportunities…

    Tuesday, September 22, 20151:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Scott Bryan, Imagine H2O

    Scott manages Imagine H2O’s operations and is responsible for building the organization’s strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Imagine H2O, Scott developed sustainable and impact investment strategies for institutional and private clients at Royal Bank of Canada and Piper Jaffray. Scott initially joined Imagine H2O’s volunteer team in 2008 through his involvement with the Full Circle Fund’s Energy and Environment Circle. Scott also serves on the advisory board of Vida Verde Nature Education in Half Moon Bay. He has a BA in Economics from the Colorado College.

    Workshops: The Industry Needs and Opportunities…

    Tuesday, September 22, 20151:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Timothy Burroughs, City of Berkeley

    Let’s Not Waste this Drought!

    Tuesday, September 22, 201510:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Michael Carlin, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

    Michael Carlin was appointed as the Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in 2009. In that role, Michael supervises the agency’s efforts in capital planning, emergency response, asset management, and other functions across the three business lines – water, power and wastewater. Prior to this position, Michael serviced as the Assistant General Manager for Water where he led the effort to diversify the water supply portfolio. He continues in that role leading many of the environmental initiatives including addressing the impact of climate change on the organization.

    Let’s Not Waste this Drought!

    Tuesday, September 22, 201510:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Mark Dixon, IBM

    Shifting Our Behavior: The Water Mind-Set Challenge

    Wednesday, September 23, 20151:15 PM – 2:15 PM
  • Tam Doduc , State Water Resources Control Board

    Tam Doduc serves as the civil engineer on the State Water Resources Control Board. Ms. Doduc most recently served as Deputy Secretary at the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), where she directed the agency’s environmental justice and external scientific peer review activities. She also coordinated various environmental quality initiatives, and provided general oversight of children’s environmental health programs.

    Ms. Doduc began her career in 1989 as an environmental consultant. She then joined the staff of the State Water Resources Control Board and, later, the California Air Resources Board. From 1998 to 2002, Ms. Doduc provided technical and business assistance to environmental technology developers and manufacturers, serving in the Office of Environmental Technology and, later, as Cal/EPA’s Assistant Secretary for Technology Certification. From 2002 to 2004, Ms. Doduc served as Cal/EPA’s Assistant Secretary for Agriculture, Air and Chemical Programs.

    A licensed civil engineer, Ms. Doduc earned a Bachelor of Science in BioEngineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the California State University in Sacramento. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.

    Let’s Not Waste this Drought!

    Tuesday, September 22, 201510:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Michael Engelbrecht, Wells Fargo

    Michael Engelbrecht has more than 28 years of capital markets experience with a primary focus in providing investment banking services to municipal water and power utilities throughout the Western United States. Michael has served as a lead banker on senior managed financings for some of the largest water and wastewater issuers in the West, including Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, East Bay Municipal Utility District and the State of California Department of Water Resources. Since joining Wells Fargo in 2004, Michael has served as a lead banker on over $10 billion of senior managed California utility bond financings. Michael has assisted clients with several unique financing structures including securitizations of third-party contracts for underground water banking facilities, financings to facilitate the historic San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act, and Green Bond financings. Michael earned his B.A. in economics from Wheaton College and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and maintains Series 7 and 63 registrations. Michael currently serves on the board of the Urban Water Institute.


    Dollars & Drops – Financing Water Innovation

    Wednesday, September 23, 20159:15 AM – 10:15 AM
  • Radhika Fox, US Water Alliance

    Radhika Fox is President of the U.S. Water Alliance. Prior to joining the Alliance she served as director of the Value of Water Coalition, a collaboration of public and private water agencies, business leaders, and associations building national will for investment in water infrastructure and water resources. Radhika has over 20 years of experience in developing policies, programs, and issue-based advocacy campaigns. Prior to leading the Value of Water Coalition, Radhika directed the policy and government affairs agenda for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which is responsible for providing 24/7 water, wastewater, and municipal power services to 2.6 million Bay Area residents.  She also served as the Federal Policy Director at PolicyLink, where she coordinated the organization’s policy agenda on a wide range of issues, including infrastructure investment, transportation, sustainable communities, economic inclusion, and workforce development. She holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.

    Shifting Our Behavior: The Water Mind-Set Challenge

    Wednesday, September 23, 20151:15 PM – 2:15 PM
  • Paul Gagliardo, American Water

    Paul Gagliardo is the manager of Innovation Development for American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. In this role, Mr. Gagliardo is responsible for identifying new technologies that can be incorporated into American Water’s various business enterprises. He leads the company’s Innovation Development Process, which tests and develops new technologies and processes for use in the company and the water industry. Mr. Gagliardo has extensive experience in project management, wastewater recycling, equipment technology research and development, membrane systems, water resources planning, strategic planning, federal and state grants, water policy, water treatment technology, seawater desalination and groundwater asset development. He came to American Water in 2009 from Natawa Corporation, a start-up company focused on utilities and technology within a public-private partnership framework, where he served as vice president. In this role he established the company’s strategic plan and created multiple income-producing schemes through risk-sharing alliances and a unique financing program. Prior to this position, he was the senior program director for Earth Tech Inc., leading a team of engineers, construction managers and technicians in the winning and execution of water and wastewater- related projects. Mr. Gagliardo also spent twenty plus years at the city of San Diego, where he created and managed the Aqua2000 Research Center, a program focused on the testing of new technologies for use in the water and wastewater business. The Aqua2000 Research Center helped develop the membrane bioreactor system from a novelty to the de facto technology of choice for recycled water applications. Mr. Gagliardo’s team developed the performance test protocols that are being used by the California Department of Health Services to determine if systems can be used in specific potable water and recycled water applications.

    Shifting Our Behavior: The Water Mind-Set Challenge

    Wednesday, September 23, 20151:15 PM – 2:15 PM
  • Kelly Graves, Constellation Brands

    As the Sr. Director Applied Technology for Constellation Brands, Kelly Graves has been a wine industry professional focused on applied technology throughout the wine production supply chain with an emphasis on increasing product yield, reducing costs, maximizing raw input utility, and reducing waste streams.  Associated with these duties is understanding and, where possible, improving upon Constellation Brands’ environmental impact. Academic experience: BS Viticulture & Enology UC Davis, MS Viticulture & Enology UC Davis, MBA Sonoma State University

  • David Henderson, XPV Capital

    Prior to starting XPV Capital, Mr. Henderson was a Vice President with the private merchant bank Kinghaven Capital Corporation (now VRG Capital).  At Kinghaven, he was responsible for executing direct investments in a broad range of industries, M&A transactions, and corporate development work for a number of portfolio companies.

    Mr. Henderson has built an extensive global network in the water sector as a respected investor, speaker and expert contributor in the area of water technology and investing.   Some of the organizations he has worked with include: US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Global Water Intelligence, American Water Intelligence, Water Environment Federation, International Water Association, WaterCAMPWS, Government of Ontario, Singapore International Water Week, The China Green Technology Initiative, InterAction Council, Confluence, The Blue Economy, ImagineH2O, Artemis Water Strategy, Cleantech Group, Brookings Institute, and LUX Research.

    Mr. Henderson is a Director of FATHOM Water Holdings, Newterra Group Ltd., and Ontario WaterTAP, and is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization.  He was a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, has received the Ontario Premier’s Award of Excellence, and was given the Global Champion Award for SIFE (now Enactus) for his contribution to the international success of the organization.

    Mr. Henderson was educated at Ryerson University’s School of Business, where he specialized in the Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development program and received the Ryerson Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research Award.

    Dollars & Drops – Financing Water Innovation

    Wednesday, September 23, 20159:15 AM – 10:15 AM
  • Trevor Hill, FATHOM

    Mr. Hill is a co-founder of both Global Water and FATHOM. Prior to that, he co-founded Algonquin Water Resources of America in 2003, a division of the Algonquin Power Income Fund, of which he served as Director of Operations from 2000 to 2003. In 1994, Mr. Hill co-founded Hill, Murray & Associates, a design-build firm specializing in the construction and operation of water reclamation facilities in British Columbia and the Canadian Arctic.

    Mr. Hill retired from the Canadian Navy in 1994, after serving as an engineering officer and receiving the Gulf Kuwait Medal for his service in the 1991 Gulf War. Mr. Hill graduated from Royal Roads Military College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1987. He attended the Royal Naval Engineering College in Plymouth, England and completed his post-graduate studies in 1988.

    Managing our Water – Measurement, Monitoring and Data Collection

    Tuesday, September 22, 201511:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Brian Jordan, Tetra Tech

    Brian Jordan is a Vice President at Tetra Tech and currently focused on the firm’s smart water initiative. Mr. Jordan recently joined Tetra Tech from MWH Global where he was Director of Global Corporate Development. In this capacity, he was responsible for coordinating and leading a variety of the company’s growth efforts including strategic partnerships and mergers and acquisitions, as well as organic growth initiatives aligned with the company’s strategic plan. Prior to MWH, Brian was a Senior Vice President at AECOM where he was the executive responsible for profit and loss, sales and marketing efforts, and oversight of strategy and operations for the firm’s water business in a region that extended from the Rocky Mountains to continental Asia. Brian has been active in professional associations throughout his career. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Water Works Association and been elected, nominated, or appointed to leadership and chair positions for a half-dozen different industry organizations. He is also an active author and public speaker having published or presented several dozen papers. A licensed professional engineer in California, Brian has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute, and completed graduate studies in the same field at Virginia Tech.

    Managing our Water – Measurement, Monitoring and Data Collection

    Tuesday, September 22, 201511:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Vijay Kumar, CH2M

    Vijay has expertise in large infrastructure and environmental projects such as water, water reuse and pipeline projects. His main focus is to promote sustainable growth of communities using innovative and creative solutions to transportation and utility needs of the communities. Currently, Vijay is Vice President of CH2MHILL (, an employee-owned global engineering and project delivery company with 28,000 people. For the fourth year in a row, CH2M HILL has been named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute.  He was awarded XBG Synergy Award for his outstanding contribution to the company.

    Vijay has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Master’s Degree in Civil/Environmental engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. He was Executive Sponsor of Congestion Management Working Group in San Francisco that is developing traffic congestion relief strategies supported by the Business Council on Climate Change.

    Vijay served as the President of Sacramento Section of California Water Environment Association. He was awarded the Young Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers. Vijay was also awarded the 5S award by the Hawaii Chapter of the Water Environment Federation. Vijay is a strong supporter of improving efficiency in public administration and to identify future City leaders. Vijay served as Finance and Economic Development Commissioner for the City of Davis. He leads the Infrastructure Committee of San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative that is promoting cultural and trade opportunities between two cities. Vijay is a Board Member of San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR). He served as the Sponsorship Chair of the 2012 California Water Environment Association’s Annual Conference.  He also served as the President and Board of Director of Kannada Sangha of Sacramento, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

    Water Roundtables: What’s in Store for the Future

    Wednesday, September 23, 201510:45 AM – 12:15 PM
  • Stacey Lawson, Ygrene Energy Fund

    A pioneer in clean energy finance, Stacey Lawson has been instrumental in the design and adoption of the PACE model in the U.S. Prior to joining Ygrene as CEO in 2012, Lawson ran for Congress in California, advocating for PACE as a leading environmental policy initiative. Lawson co-founded the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (CET) at the UC Berkeley, school of engineering and she has held executive positions as Division GM for Siebel Systems, SVP for Parametric Technology Corporation and co-founder of InPart Design. She holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and an MBA from Harvard.

    She is the author of “Making More in America: How Restoring America’s Manufacturing Strength Can Help Rebuild America’s Middle Class”.

    Dollars & Drops – Financing Water Innovation

    Wednesday, September 23, 20159:15 AM – 10:15 AM
  • Aaron Mandell, WaterFX

    Aaron Mandell is an engineer, operator, and entrepreneur. He has co-founded several emerging energy companies, including WaterFX, Oasys, Altarock, Coskata and GreatPoint. His latest project—HydroRevolution—is a commercial solar desalination plant in the California Central Valley, currently in pre-production. He conducted his graduate research on numerical modeling of groundwater systems under a fellowship at the University of Vermont and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont.

    Water Roundtables: What’s in Store for the Future

    Wednesday, September 23, 201510:45 AM – 12:15 PM
  • Chris Morrison, Ecolab

    Chris Morrison, from Nalco/Ecolab is a 30+ year global veteran of the water treatment industry, most recently in Geneva, Switzerland and now living near SF, California. Nalco is now a division of Ecolab, a $12 Billion/year firm and is seen as the industry leader in Water treatment. Chris has had a variety of executive assignments in leadership (Division Vice President, Water group; Asia Pacific General Manager and technical/commercial roles), mostly focused on industrial water treatment involving: refrigeration/towers, steam/boilers, reverse osmosis, and waste plant/MBR operations. He and his teams have provided green technical solutions to a variety of industries (including: steel, pulp and paper, refining, commercial buildings, microelectronics and various food/Beverage manufacturers) to reduce water footprint, re-use and recycle strategies. Chris has led these assignments starting in the 80’s from San Francisco and in the 90’s, living and leading teams for Nalco in Sydney, Australia and Jakarta, Indonesia. Chris is a previously an elected public official and director/Chairman of the Marin Municipal Water District, serving water for over 200,000 people just north of San Francisco. While serving as Chairman, the water district went through one of the longest droughts in the history of the district, forcing drastic (25 %+) water reductions on the consumers and scrambling for alternative sources of drinking and irrigation water. He was also a California Governor appointee of the Regional Water Control Board for San Francisco. Chris is recognized leader and mentor, speaker and judge for three global water projects trying to recognize and bolster support the best new ‘water-related companies in the industry (, and Chris graduated with a degree in Biology from UC San Diego (La Jolla, CA, USA) and extension courses in business/engineering at University of Sydney and Northwestern.

    Workshops: The Industry Needs and Opportunities…

    Tuesday, September 22, 20151:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Marty Reed, The Roda Group

    Marty Reed is a Partner with The Roda Group, an early stage venture capital firm focused on clean technology. Having served in operating roles at multiple Roda Group portfolio companies, he joined the firm in 2010.

    Mr. Reed is Chairman of the Board of Directors of mOasis, the creator of a soil amendment product that allows farmers to increase crop yields while reducing water and fertilizer applications. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Inventys, the developer of a low-cost method for capturing carbon dioxide from industrial sources, Gridtential, the developer of high-performance, low-cost energy storage systems and Axine, the creator of a low-cost, chemical free solution for treating toxic wastewater.

    Mr. Reed received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University and his Masters of Business Administration from John F. Kennedy University’s School of Management, where he received the Avice M. Saint Award for Leadership. In 2013, he was presented with the Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership. He began his career as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, serving as the Supply Officer on the USS Elrod.

    Workshops: The Industry Needs and Opportunities…

    Tuesday, September 22, 20151:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Matt Rose, APANA

    Rose is a veteran technology company executive, including several years as COO of a successful healthcare services & technology company. He is recognized as a leader in new product development for IoT systems and prescriptive analytics within business intelligence applications. Rose holds a Master Public Administration from Harvard and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

    Workshops: The Industry Needs and Opportunities…

    Tuesday, September 22, 20151:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Gia Schneider, Natel

    Gia is Natel’s CEO, responsible for setting strategy and company direction, and defining the commercial execution plan.

    Gia holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from MIT and has 13 years of experience in the energy and renewable industries. She provided strategic and tactical solutions to several major energy companies as a consultant for Accenture and has significant experience in energy-related strategy development and deal valuation. In 2005, Gia started the carbon emissions trading desk at Credit Suisse, growing it to a profitable business in its first year.

    Prior to Credit Suisse, she worked in the Strategy Group at Constellation, a leading power generation company.

    Gia is passionate about finding economically viable solutions to mitigate climate change, foster sustainable development and produce inexpensive renewable energy. In her spare time, she can be found surfing, kiting, cooking, dancing and gardening with friends and family.


    Workshops: The Industry Needs and Opportunities…

    Tuesday, September 22, 20151:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Siva Sethuraman , PG&E

    Workshops: The Industry Needs and Opportunities…

    Tuesday, September 22, 20151:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Wayne Spittal, Derceto

    As part of the management team, Wayne is primarily responsible for operations of the Derceto business. Since 2002 he has managed the commercialization of Beca Group’s business ideas and since 2005 focused solely on the Derceto success story. Wayne has some 30 years of industry experience in electricity supply, control systems and energy management. An electrical engineer, he has developed and implemented internationally successful energy management systems now used on five continents. During this time Wayne has held senior management responsibilities in Australia, New Zealand, Finland, North America and Switzerland.

    Managing our Water – Measurement, Monitoring and Data Collection

    Tuesday, September 22, 201511:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Gillan Taddune, Banyan Water

    Gillan Taddune is the Chief Executive Officer of Banyan Water. She brings an extensive background in technology and service operations in natural resource businesses. At Recyclebank, ranked #1 on the Wall Street Journal’s list of top venture-backed cleantech companies, she was Vice President of the Southern US and a member of the Global Leadership Team. Previously, she served as Regional Director for EnerNOC, a publicly-traded energy management firm helping large commercial, institutional, and industrial customers reduce their energy use, cost, and impact on the environment.

    Prior to that, Gillan was SVP of Operations, CIO, and Chief Environmental Officer at Green Mountain Energy, where she helped lead the company’s rapid growth and ultimate sale. She has also served as Chief Economist for the Public Utility Commission of Texas where she served as project lead for the Texas Renewable Energy Portfolio standard which resulted in over 9,000 MW of new wind capacity installed in Texas and for which she received achievement awards from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA). Gillan also served as a member of the board of directors of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA). Gillan holds an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from the University of Vermont.

    Water Roundtables: What’s in Store for the Future

    Wednesday, September 23, 201510:45 AM – 12:15 PM
  • Colin Walsby, Sensus

    Colin Walsby has more than 25 years of experience working with utilities across the electricity, gas, water and telecoms sectors. After starting his career within the global networks division of the UK Telecoms company, BT, he spent the last 20 years working for utility technology providers specializing in Europe, North America and Asia. Colin currently serves as Vice President, Strategic Solutions Development for Sensus and is based in Raleigh, N.C. In his role at Sensus, Colin is responsible for looking at solutions and technologies that help utilities maximize their deployments of smart metering and Smart Grids with a specific focus on Smart Water networks.

    Tuesday, September 22, 201511:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Steve Westly, The Westly Group

    Prior to founding The Westly Group, Steve Westly served as the Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the state of California – the world’s eighth largest economy. As Controller, he chaired the State Lands Commission and served on 63 other boards and commissions, including CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nation’s two largest public pension funds, which together invest more than $350 billion. During his four-year term, Steve spearheaded innovative tax programs that helped close the State’s budget deficit and also led an effort to commit more than $1 billion to clean technology investments.

    Steve began his career in Washington, D.C., where he worked first on Capitol Hill and later in the Office of Conservation and Solar at the U.S. Department of Energy. Steve returned to California to become special assistant to the President of the California Public Utilities Commission. While there, he published two books on alternative energy and the utilities.

    Steve holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he served on the faculty for five years. Steve and his wife, Anita, run the Westly Foundation, which provides education and health care services for children and underserved communities throughout California.

    Let’s Not Waste this Drought!

    Tuesday, September 22, 201510:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • James duBois, Driscolls

    James duBois is the Water Resources Manager for Driscoll’s Southern Operations.  He has led the development and commercial implementation of irrigation techniques which have reduced the amount of water used in the production of fresh fruit.  James has recently contributed as a stakeholder in the development of regional groundwater policy in the Ventura County area as well as serving on the State Water Board’s Agricultural Expert Panel.

    Workshops: The Industry Needs and Opportunities…

    Tuesday, September 22, 20151:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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Agenda 2015

  • TUESDAY September 22

    • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

      Summit Framework, Sponsor and Opening Attendee Introductions

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

    • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

      Let’s Not Waste this Drought!

      Hear from industry leaders and local government officials on the gravity of the situation on our water resources. With the California drought continuing into its 4th year, concerns continue to increase across all industries as we face an era of water scarcity.

      Conversation starters will speak on government actions – new policies, new mandates, what’s to come, opportunities to improve the water industry – and impact on counties, cities and industries.

      • Timothy Burroughs
        Assistant to the City Manager and Chief Resilience Officer, City of Berkeley
      • Tam Doduc
        Board Member, State Water Resource Control Board
      • Steve Westly
        Former CA State Controller and Founder & Managing Partner, The Westly Group
      • James Gebhardt
        Senior Advisor to the Deputy Administrator for Water Finance, U.S. EPA
      • Michael Carlin
        Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
    • 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

      Networking Break

    • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

      Managing our Water – Measurement, Monitoring and Data Collection

      The drought has highlighted the significant need for better systems, software and data to track and manage a changing landscape. How can predictive maintenance, sensors, and monitoring help industrials working in the M2M space apply their technologies to our water/wastewater and agriculture systems? How can the data analytics be used to alter and address user behavior? What new digital platforms, SaaS, and real-time smart data collecting technologies will help utilities better manage and operate their water resources on a holistic level? Will new “water-as-a-service” tools meet the needs and reach the scale to address the changing water reality we face?

      Three conversation starters will speak on the need for data and software and to discuss the magnitude of the opportunity.

      • Trevor Hill
        CEO, FATHOM
      • Wayne Spittal
        CEO & General Manager, Derceto
      • Colin Walsby
        Vice President - Strategic Solution Development, Sensus
      • Brian Jordan
        Vice President, Tetra Tech
    • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM


    • 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

      The Industry Needs and Opportunities…

      Join us for in-depth workshop discussions on what industries will need to grow new water management products, services, and markets. What solutions are available to industries, and conversely, where can customer engagement be heightened to implement effective solutions overall? How can industries overcome “business as usual” and apply new, more effective models of operation? We’ll kick off each breakout group hearing from leading customer perspectives followed by active discussions addressing the opportunities and challenges.

      Facilitator: Marty Reed, The Roda Group
      Conversation Starters: Isaac Bentwich, CropX and James Du Bois, Driscolls


      Facilitator: Chris Morrison, Ecolab
      Conversation Starters: Matt Rose, APANA and Kelly Graves, Constellation Brands


      Facilitator: Scott Bryan, Imagine H2O
      Conversation Starters: John Arena, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California


      Facilitator: TBD
      Conversation Starters: Richard Adams, NREL; Gia Schneider, Natel Energy; Siva Sethuraman, PG&E; Bob Holt, GE Water & Process Technologies


      • Marty Reed
        Partner, The Roda Group
      • Isaac Bentwich
        CEO, CropX
      • Chris Morrison
        Vice President, Ecolab (Water) Global Technology Partnerships
      • Scott Bryan
        President, Imagine H2O
      • John Arena
        Business Outreach Section Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
      • Gia Schneider
        CEO, Natel Energy
      • Siva Sethuraman
        Manager, Industrial, Agricultural and Water Portfolio, PG&E
      • James duBois
        Lead on Water Resources, Driscolls
      • Matt Rose
        CEO, APANA
      • Richard Adams
        Manager of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC), NREL
      • Kelly Graves
        Sr. Director Applied Technology, Constellation Brands
      • Bob Holt
        Corporate Account Executive, GE Water & Process Technologies
    • 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

      Report Out

      Hear the highlights and key solutions shared from each industry group workshop.

    • 3:45 PM – 6:00 PM

      Afternoon Free Time and Activities (optional)

      Take advantage of the Claremont Resort Hotel & Spa and relax with us by the pool – or if you prefer a more active afternoon, take part in a tennis match or short bike ride in the hills of Berkeley. Just looking to stretch your legs? Join an energizing walk to a nearby café, and get to know your fellow attendees or catch up with old friends.

    • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

      Summit Reception and Poolside Dinner

      Join us for an evening sit-down dinner by the pool with fellow attendees. Dinner will provide an opportunity to continue informal networking.

  • WEDNESDAY September 23

    • 8:30 – 9:00 AM


    • 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

      Welcome Back, Recap on Day One Highlights, & Goals for Day Two

    • 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

      Dollars & Drops – Financing Water Innovation

      Technology exists today to mitigate the impact of the water scarcity crisis, but there have been obstacles –financial and political – to scaling water technologies. Will the drought help drive investment into water innovation, especially water efficiency products, solutions, and business models? Will we see the real cost of water drive new structures for investment and implementation of water technology? What mind-sets need to change before financing meets demand?

      Three conversation starters to kick off discussions.

      • David Henderson
        Managing Director, XPV Capital
      • Stacey Lawson
        CEO, Ygrene
      • Michael Engelbrecht
        Director, Wells Fargo Securities
      • Hank Habicht
        Managing Partner, SAIL Capital Partners
    • 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

      Networking Break

    • 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

      Water Roundtables: What’s in Store for the Future

      Are you ready to talk solutions? What business models, technologies, and other innovations will help us face the challenges brought on by the current drought and future crises?

      We will have two 40-minute rounds to allow for multiple discussions. Each “Roundtable Host” will quickly highlight their topic to the room before leading an insightful conversation with 10-12 interested participants. Themes will be based on the roundtable hosts’ interest areas and expertise. Possible themes may include:

      – Desalination
      – Water Reuse
      – Smart Metering
      – Innovation at Municipalities
      – Oil & Gas
      – Water-as-a-Service
      – Wastewater Treatment & Management
      – Consumer-side Innovation
      – Water Infrastructure
      – Smart Irrigation
      – Water Conservation Innovation
      – Energy Neutral Technologies
      – Industrial Water Use
      – Supply Chain & Manufacturing
      – Functional Water Markets

      • Vijay Kumar
        Vice President, CH2M
      • Gillan Taddune
        CEO, Banyan Water
      • Aaron Mandell
        Co-founder and Chairman, WaterFX (HydroRevolution)
      • Dean Amhaus
        President & CEO, The Water Council
      • Dr. Martha Symko-Davies
        Director of Partnerships for Energy Systems Integration (ESI), NREL
      • Slav Hermanowicz
        Professor, UC Berkeley
      • Jonathan Rhone
        CEO, Axine Water Technologies
      • Tamin Pechet
        Founder, Imagine H20
    • 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM


    • 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

      Shifting Our Behavior: The Water Mind-Set Challenge

      While technology continues to push the boundaries across many innovation categories, the water sector lags behind when it comes to adoption due to cultural challenges. The sector is traditionally conservative and concerned with residual risk – and with good reason. However, new technologies and business models are key to ensuring a future of better water management across all sectors. Implementation of innovation will have to come with a shift in behavior from all stakeholders. What initiatives, emerging technologies, or trends are pushing customer engagement and behavioral science in the water industry? What changes can be made in both municipal and industrial sectors? As we move towards a future where water conservation and responding to water variability is needed, what can we do to prepare in both the short-term and long-term?

      • Radhika Fox
        President, US Water Alliance
      • Paul Gagliardo
        Manager Innovation Development, American Water
      • Mark Dixon
        Executive Architect, Smarter Cities and Safer Planet Solutions, IBM Analytics Group
    • 2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

      Closing Words

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