Day One

November 13, 2019

7:00-8:30

One-2-One Networking

Registration Opens & Breakfast

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Meet the people you want to meet using our One-to-One networking facility. No more missed opportunities. You arrange it all beforehand and we make it happen.

As a registered delegate to the American Water Summit, you will be able to upload your professional profile, see the list of registered delegates and send requests for structured One-to-One appointments with your target delegates.

8:30-10:00

Opening Plenary

Leadership for a Sustainable America

The needs of North American municipal and industrial end users are beginning to merge: the ability to plan for an increasingly unpredictable climate, to finance and construct reliable and efficient infrastructure, and the foresight to stay ahead of changing regulations are all pushing the water industry toward holistic planning.

The Opening Plenary brings perspectives from the forefront of stormwater planning, industrial operations in a drought ridden climate, and a top-level perspective on federal priorities in water.

Keynote Speaker

Rana Foroohar, Columnist, Financial Times

Opening Remarks

Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, CEO, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Speakers

Yvonne Forrest, Deputy Director, Houston Water

10:00-10:30

One-2-One Networking & Coffee Break

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As a registered delegate to the American Water Summit, you will be able to upload your professional profile, see the list of registered delegates and send requests for structured One-to-One appointments with your target delegates.

10:30-12:00

Roundtables

20 Most Pressing Questions for the American Water Industry

Insight leaders from across the industry chair tightly focused roundtable discussions addressing the “20 Most Pressing Questions for the American Water Industry”. Every delegate will be able to participate in four 20-minute discussion groups in which they can lend their expertise to drive the discussion or quietly absorb the exchanges between the sharpest minds in the business.

12:00-1:30

One-2-One Networking & Lunch

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Strand Descriptions for AWS 2019

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Technology Futures

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Climate Change

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Consolidation US

Corporate Water

Utility Excellence

1:30-3:00

Session Strands

Unlocking the Digital Opportunity

If digital systems are a game changer for water, then that game is so fragmented that the scores cannot yet be tallied on a global scale. This session will introduce the findings of a major piece of research on how to accelerate the digital utility launched at the AWS.

Speakers

Marianne Kjeldgaard Knudsen, Group Vice President, Grundfos Global Water Utility Segment

Roger Bailey, General Manager, Central Contra Costa

Torri Martin, Interim Deputy Commissioner, Office of Information Management, City of Atlanta.

Bridging the Stormwater Funding Gap

Improving stormwater management is becoming a top priority to mitigate the impacts of extreme weather and address water quality concerns – and federal and state governments are now beginning to take the issue seriously. However, as an expense that often lacks a revenue stream, bridging the stormwater funding gap requires creative thinking.

Moderator

Ted Chapman, Senior Director, S&P Global Ratings Municipal Infrastructure Group

Speakers

Dominique Lueckenhoff, Chair, NCPPP Water Institute

Seth Brown, Storm and Stream Solutions

Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

Consolidation Part 1

Transforming the performance of the water sector requires making change at scale. This session uncovers the opportunities for making more than 50,000 sub-scale utilities safe and successful.

Chair

George Hawkins, Founder, Moonshot LLC

Speakers

David St Pierre, President, Westin Technology Solutions

Rade Ray Kljajic, Managing Director, American Public Infrastructure Ltd

Bill Teichmiller, CEO, EJ Cooperative

Chris Shaffner, Sector Vice President, Rural Water and Community Facilities Banking, CoBank

Chad Rupe, Administrator of the Rural Utilities Services, USDA

Andrew Sawyers, Director, Office of Wastewater, EPA

Dan Hoins, County Administrator, Sarpy County, Nebraska

Randy VanDyke, CEO, Iowa Lakes Regional Water, Iowa

Sam Wade, CEO, National Rural Water Association

Corporate Water

Competition between industrial corporates has traditionally limited meaningful dialogue on common pain-points and challenges surrounding their water use. This strand brings together a forward-thinking group of industrial leaders to share best practice in water management.

LUOW Innovation Trajectories

The LUOW is a global network of the world’s most successful and innovative water and wastewater utilities. Since the initiative’s launch in 2017, 44 Gold Standard utilities have been inaugurated, and now six new nominees will present their outstanding innovations and 5-year plans to be inaugurated into the network. Attend this session to hear the best and brightest international utilities share their success and plans.

Advisory Board

Howard Neukrug, Global Water Leaders Group and Leading Utilities of the World

Speakers

Diane Taniguchi-Dennis, CEO, Clean Water Services

Timothy Thomure, Director, Tucson Water

3:00-3:30

One-2-One Networking & Coffee Break

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3:30-5:00

Session Strands

20 Technologies to Save America

The American water market is being asked to do more with less in the face of contemporary challenges from extreme weather events to micro pollutants. This session will present a flash summary of solutions and share perspectives from the end users adopting them.

Can desalination make a comeback in the US?

America has more proposed desalination plants than any other country in the world according to GWI DesalData, but the market has scarcely grown over the past two decades. The cost of meeting tougher regulations on seawater desalination and the difficulty of disposing of brine inland are the two biggest obstacles. This session brings together project proponents with leading desalters to ask how technology could open out the business.

Moderator

Tom Pankratz, Editor, Water Desalination Report

Speakers

Robert Puente, President/CEO, San Antonio Water System

Consolidation Part 2

Transforming the performance of the water sector requires making change at scale. This session uncovers the opportunities for making more than 50,000 sub-scale utilities safe and successful.

Chair

George Hawkins, Founder, Moonshot LLC

Speakers

David Stanton, President- Utilities, Suez North America

Matthew Diserio, President and Co-Founder, Water Asset Management LLC

Kim Adamson, Director, Liberty Utilities

Tad Bohannon, CEO, Central Arkansas Water, Arkansas

Hector Gonzalez, Government Affairs Manager at El Paso Water, Texas

Stephen Auton-Smith, Managing Director, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC

Sarah Buck, Director of Regionalisation, Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP)

Corporate Water

Competition between industrial corporates has traditionally limited meaningful dialogue on common pain-points and challenges surrounding their water use. This strand brings together a forward-thinking group of industrial leaders to share best practice in water management.

LUOW Leadership Roundtables

What makes the ‘Leading Utilities of the World’ innovation network different is the development of a truly innovative culture within and across utilities. In this session, the speakers from the first innovation session will receive prepared and structured feedback on their presentations from the Advisory Board of the ‘Leading Utilities of the World’ innovation network. Attend this session to join with the leaders of the world’s most innovative utilities at roundtables and hear their insights on how the water sector can progress to an even higher level of performance, both as individual organizations and through collaboration.

Advisory Board

Howard Neukrug, Global Water Leaders Group and Leading Utilities of the World

Speakers

Diane Taniguchi-Dennis, CEO, Clean Water Services

Timothy Thomure, Director, Tucson Water

5:00-5:30

One-2-One Networking

Your facility to book key appointments during the American Water Summit

Meet the people you want to meet using our One-to-One networking facility. Read more…No more missed opportunities. You arrange it all beforehand and we make it happen.

As a registered delegate to the American Water Summit, you will be able to upload your professional profile, see the list of registered delegates and send requests for structured One-to-One appointments with your target delegates.

5:15-6:30

Networking Reception

6:30-10:00

Gala Dinner