Day Two

November 30, 2017

PRELIMINARY AGENDA

7:00-8:20

Breakfast

8:20-9:30

Day 2 Plenary: The CEOs Panel

The private sector is having to respond rapidly as disruptive technologies and shifting spending habits alter the dynamics of the American water sector. Leading decision makers share their perspectives on key market trends and how they are adapting their businesses to stay ahead of the curve.

Chair

Ian Elkins, Global Water Intelligence

Speakers

9:30-10:00

Coffee & Networking Break

10:00-11:30

Emerging Opportunities

Industrial Water Security in Texas

From recovering onshore oil & gas activity to a burgeoning tech sector, Texas continues to be a boon for industrial activity, yet this rapid growth is placing additional strain on the state’s volatile water supplies. In order to mitigate water security risks and avoid competition with municipal needs, industrial users are increasingly looking to alternative water sourcing strategies such as wastewater reuse and seawater desalination. What are the opportunities in this rapidly evolving market?

Opening Remarks

Bech Bruun, Texas Water Development Board

Chair

Paul Choules, Water Cycle LLC

Speakers

The CTO Forum

CTOs Panel: Technology’s Most Wanted

The acute pressures facing the American water sector are driving a step-change in technology development and adoption. What solutions are on a Chief Technology Officer’s check-list to meet the needs of tomorrow? In a lively debate, CTOs from companies across the water value chain outline their most-wanted technologies and discuss the role these solutions will play in transforming the industry.

Chairs
Speakers

Leading Utilities of the World

Collaborating to Accelerate the Digital Transformation of Water

We all know digital solutions offer great benefits to utilities, from reducing infrastructure risks to saving millions of dollars. What would it take for the water sector – viewed as traditionally conservative and highly fragmented – to transform even faster than other sectors and become a digital leader? We’ll discuss how water and wastewater utilities can collaborate and share to accelerate their digital transformation.

Chair

Geoff Gage, Amane Advisors Ltd.

Speakers

 

Foundation Partner

11:30-11:45

Transition Break

11:45-1:00

Combined Strand

Lessons in Disaster

With extreme weather events on the rise, how can water infrastructure adapt to new risks and improve resilience. What are the lessons that can be learned from recent hurricanes and what are the best strategies to mitigate infrastructure damage in the aftermath of natural disaster?

Chairs
Speakers

Combined Strand

Uninvented Technologies

A wide gulf of needs exists between municipalities and the technology providers who would serve them. By assembling leaders from top tier utilities to discuss bridging their technology gaps, existing suppliers and innovators can begin to meet longstanding demand. With the voices of the customer—the utilities—under the spotlight, tech suppliers gain valuable access to the roadmap to solving the most difficult challenges facing the municipal sector.

World-renowned technology implementation specialist Booky Oren chairs this must-attend session.

Speakers

1:00-2:00

Lunch

2:00-3:00

Closing Session

Water Data Global Markets Seminar

Join the Global Water Intelligence team as we discuss the latest trends shaping the global water market and introduce our new single-source market intelligence service Water Data.

Chair

Christopher Gasson, Global Water Intelligence