Pre-Conference

November 28, 2017
 

Private Finance: Confronting the Unfamiliar

With the White House offering few alternatives, private finance may soon become a reality for many municipalities across North America. It is an unfamiliar world for most. This workshop will provide an introduction to the ways in which private investors can work with public water utilities to address infrastructure needs. 

Led by experienced P3 professionals, the workshop features presentations from utility leaders involved in successful P3 water projects such as Bayonne (NJ), San Antonio (TX) and Carlsbad (CA), as well as input from the leading private investment funds involved in the water sector.

Ahead of the American Water Summit 2017, this pre-conference event is aimed at utility executives needing to understand the P3 proposition for water infrastructure finance in a discrete, off-the-record and commitment-free environment.

Workshop Chairs

 

Price:

  • $200 for NACWA and partner agencies
  • $0 Global Water Leaders Group program at the American Water Summit 2017
  • $695 Non-utility participants

WORKSHOP AGENDA

12:00-1:00

On-Site Registration Opens/Box Lunch

1:00-2:15

Understanding Private Finance

With many water utilities across North America facing the unfamiliar world of private finance, a select panel of utility leaders, investors and industry experts kick off workshop proceedings with a general introduction to the benefits and challenges of this essential tool.

Panel Speakers

2:15-2:45

Networking & Coffee Break

2:45-4:00

Finding Solutions Through Collaborative Approaches: Case Studies and Ways Forward

This session will discuss how the industry can work together to replicate successful precedents – and identify new solutions – which improve water infrastructure in the US while providing mutual benefits to public and private stakeholders.

Speakers

4:00-4:10

Networking & Coffee Break

4:10-5:25

Roundtables Session

Tightly focused roundtables connect workshop attendees with their public and private sector counterparts and facilitate discussions that include strategies to win the PR battle, opportunities for innovative contract structures, and the impact of Washington policy.

Preliminary Topics

  1. What is the best PR strategy for addressing public concern about P3s?
    HostSapna Mulki, Hahn Public Communications

  2. Will utility consolidation facilitate partnerships with the private sector?
    Hosts: Hector Gonzalez, El Paso Water and Bill Teichmiller, EJ Water CoopAssociation of Rural Water Organizations

  3. How can P3s support the adoption of innovative technologies and solutions?
    Hosts: Greg Cannito, Corvias and Adam Ortiz, Prince George’s County

  4. How can local regulatory oversight help catalyze private investment?
    Hosts: Tammy Benter, Public Utility Commission of Texas and Bob Laughman, Aqua Texas

  5. What are the different P3 models available and how do they work?
    Host: Prakash Ganesh, KPMG

5:30-6:30

Post Workshop Cocktail Hour

Pre-Conference Speakers

Adam Krantz

Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)

Adam Ortiz

Director - Department of the Environment, Prince George's County

Bill Teichmiller

Chief Executive Officer, EJ Water Cooperative, Inc.

Bob Laughman

President, Aqua Texas

Cecilio Velasco

Principal, KKR

Dominique Lueckenhoff

Deputy Director, Water Protection Division, EPA R3

Eric Petersen

Partner, Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP

Francesca McCann

Business Development Director - InfraManagment Group, Black & Veatch

Greg Cannito

Managing Director, Corvias

Hector Gonzalez

Government Affairs Manager, El Paso Water

Kent Rowey

Partner, Allen & Overy

Michael Deane

Executive Director, National Association of Water Companies (NAWC)

Prakash Ganesh

Director - Infrastructure Advisory, KPMG

Raymond A. DiPrinzio

Senior Vice President & Infrastructure Finance Team Leader, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Robert R. Puente

President/Chief Executive Officer, San Antonio Water System

Roger S. Bailey

General Manager & Chief Executive Officer, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District

Sapna Mulki

Director - Water, Hahn Public Communications

Tammy Benter

Director - Water Utility Regulation, Public Utility Commission of Texas

Will Chow

Vice President, InstarAGF Asset Management