American Water Summit

Conference // American Water Summit

The American Water Summit, now in its 5th year, is the only event in the water calendar that focuses entirely on the business of water in North America. The Summit brings together 400 top executives and thought leaders from the public and private sectors in a format that is geared toward maximum networking return as well as the discussion of cutting-edge ideas.

The Summit will be attended by a wide range of industry stakeholders, including public and private utilities, consulting engineers, contractors, water technology and service companies, industrial water users, banks, investment funds, oil & gas and power generation companies and state and federal government agencies. 2014 Summit will have a strong energy focus in keeping with the times and reflecting the fact that the host city is the Energy Capital of the world.

Pre-Conference Oil & Gas Workshop, Wednesday October 22nd | GWI Business Insight Seminar | Houston TX

13:00 - 18:00

Oil & Gas Workshop: Connecting Water Technologies with the Oilfield

What are the latest industry needs and how are technologies evaluated and selected?

Focused presentations and workshop with E&Ps, oilfield and water service companies and equipment suppliers on their latest water management challenges, technology choices and procurement decisions. Attend the seminar for $875 or sign up for the Conference Package for $1,820. Prices valid until July 31st. See WORKSHOP tab for further information.

Day 1, Thursday October 23rd | American Water Summit 2014 | Houston TX

08:00 - 09:00

Networking Breakfast

09:00 - 10:30

Opening Plenary: Smashing Silos

- Commissioner Christi Craddick, Texas Railroad Commission

- Carlos Rubinstein, Chairman, Texas Water Development Board

- The Honorable Parris Glendening, President, Smart Growth America and former Governor of Maryland

- Jud Hill, Managing Partner, Blue Star Capital

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee & Networking

11:00 - 12:30

Round Table Networking Session

Choose your own topics for small icebreaking roundtables chaired by industry experts. You have three twenty minute slots. Pick your tables, join the discussion and remember to bring a lot of business cards.

- Slava Libman, Director of Advanced Water Analysis - Air Liquide America: Lessons Learned from the Semiconductor Industry: Making Water Innovation Possible

- John Tintera, President - Texas Water Recycling Association

- Linda Hanifin-Bonner, Operations Manager - Water Design Build Council

- Larry Chertoff, Director - Environmental Market Analysis, Inc.: How can pension funds help small and non-compliant water utilities with their infrastructure needs?

- Todd Latham, President - Actual Media: The business of water in Canada

- Mike Henley, Editor - Ultrapure and Industrial Water Treatment Journal: Is all high-purity water the same? Discussion of microelectronics, pharmaceutical, power generation, and laboratory/specialty waters

- Jeff Hughes, Director - Environmental Finance Center at UNC Chapel Hill

- Colin Tyrie, Secretary - The Produced Water Society

- Debra Coy, Principal - Svanda & Coy Consulting

- Linas Staskevicius, Business Director - Bleach, Olin & Ken Morgan, Marketing Director, Olin: Purchasing Strategies for Municipalities

- Mark Jenay, President, Texas Water Alliance Limited: The role of private sector in water supply development: a case study on Central Texas supplies for municipal use and O&G production

- Ken Ortega, President & Chief Operating Officer, Water Energy Nexus, LLC: How to develop & deliver sustainable water solutions within the Water-Energy-Ag nexus? Connecting the conjunctive-use dots

- Steve Maxwell, Managing Director, TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group: M&A trends in the water industry

- Jim Nash, Water Resources Commissioner, Oakland County Water: Producing Energy from Sewer and Water Systems

- Blake Guillory, Executive Director, South Florida Water Management District

- John Marciszewski, Director Business Development, Echologics LLC: Optimizing Your Buried Water Asset Replacement Strategy

- Aurel M. Arndt, Chief Executive Officer, Lehigh County Authority: A New Water Service Approach - Public to Public (P2P)Partnerships

- Gregory G.Curtin, Founder & CEO, Civic Resource Group & ​JoEllen Jacoby​, ​Water Conservation Landscape Architect, ​Public Utilities Department for the City of San Diego​


12:30 - 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 - 14:00

One-2-One Meetings

Schedule private meetings with other delegates via the web application. Now you can guarantee to shake the hands you need to shake and ensure you ROI.

14:00 - 15:30 - I

Water, Cities & Business: Managing Growth & Volatility

For their economies to grow, cities have to be bold in the development of new water resources and explore innovative municipal industrial partnerships and new financing options. They must also understand the risks associated with increasing climate volatility. This session will be a multi-stakeholder discussion on how cities can approach a future with too much and too little water.

Moderator: Bruce Howard, Executive Vice President, MWH Global

- Robert R.Puente, President and CEO, San Antonio Water System (SAWS)

- Richard Nagel, General Manager, West Basin Municipal Water District & Chairman of WateReuse Research Foundation

- Peter Nicol, Senior Vice President, CH2MHILL

- Jeff Hughes, Director - Environmental Finance Center at UNC Chapel Hill

- Walter Lynch, President and COO of Regulated Operations, American Water

14:00 - 15:30 - II

Water & Energy: Keeping pace with water treatment needs in the North American oil and gas sector

The energy sector is booming. Water treatment services and technology need to catch up. A strategic overview of the opportunities and challenges with key stakeholders from energy and water.

Moderator: Amanda Brock, CEO, Water Standard

- Mike Howdeshell, Ph.D., Vice President - Fluidity, Select Energy Services

- Walter A. Dale, Strategic Business Manager - Water Solutions, Halliburton

- Kaveh Someah, Vice President - Global Energy, Ovivo USA

- Klaus Andersen, CEO, Veolia Water Technologies (Americas)

- Connie Mixon, CEO, MyCelx Technologies Corporation

15:30 - 16:-00

Coffee & Networking

16:00 - 17:00 - I

Cooperative Project Delivery and Financing Models: Sense or Nonsense?

A diverse panel of project delivery and finance experts discuss the relative merits of traditional Design Bid Build verses newer collaborative project delivery and finance models. Clients, developers and financiers answer difficult questions about what is working and why.

Moderator: Francesca McCann, CEO, Abengoa Water USA

- Norman (Norm) Gadzinski, Senior Vice President, Parsons Environment & Infrastructure (and Water Design-Build Council President)

- Frank Crumb, Water Director, the City of Fort Worth

- JC Arteaga, Deputy Director - Capital Improvements & Regulatory Compliance, Miami Dade Water and Sewer Department

- Kent Rowey, Partner, Allen & Overy

- Tad Davis, Managing Director, Corvias Solutions

16:00 - 17:00 - II

Water & Energy: The Economics of Water Reuse in Unconventionals

Introducing water reuse into the oilfield is a difficult sell in many parts of the US. What are the current economics and the principle drivers pushing this practice ahead? A focused panel discussion of oil and gas experts on the value of water, and the approaches to technology and procurement that will shape the reuse market in the long-term.

Moderator: Brent Halldorson, COO, Fountain Quail Water Management

- Chip MacLaughlin, Water Resource Engineer - Laredo Midstream Services, Laredo Petroleum

- James Welch, Global Business Development Manager - Water Solutions, Halliburton

- John Tintera, President, Texas Water Recycling Association

- David Nightingale, Executive Vice President - Water Management, Rockwater Energy Solutions

17:00 - 18:00 - I

Pension Funds and Municipal Water Systems: A Match Made in Heaven?

For years American cities have been adding hidden liabilities to their balance sheets in the form of pension commitments. At the same time, the same cities have been adding hidden assets by understating the value of their water systems. Isn't it time to match the two up and solve the problem?

Moderator: Matt Diserio, President & Co-Founder, Water Asset Management

- Jeff Murphy, Managing Director - Infrastructure, Ullico

- Biju George, Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works

- Aurel M. Arndt, Chief Executive Officer, Lehigh County Authority

- Carolyn Hansard, Portfolio Manager, Teacher Retirement System of Texas

17:00 - 18:00 - II

Water & Energy: Planning For The Future

The energy industry needs new water solutions to keep up with rising water demands and maintain healthy bottom line. Representatives from downstream, upstream and regulatory sectors discuss the immediate technology, solutions, investment and cross-sector partnerships to make it happen.

Moderator: Rebecca Tomasek, Upstream General Manager - Water Business Group, CH2MHILL

- Larry Ryan, Business President Energy and Water Solutions, Dow

- David Martin, Cabinet Secretary - Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department of New Mexico

- Kenneth Nichols, Water Management Coordinator - U.S. Division, Devon Energy

- Josh Adler, Founder & CEO, Sourcewater, Inc.

18:15 - 18:45

One-2-One Meetings

Schedule private meetings with other delegates via the web application. Now you can guarantee to shake the hands you need to shake and ensure you ROI.

18:45 - 19:45

Cocktail Hour

19:45 - 23:30

Gala Dinner & Dancing

Day 2, Friday October 24th | American Water Summit 2014 | Houston TX

8:30 - 10:00

How Can We Accelerate The Uptake of New Technologies?

What are the most pressing problems that require technological solutions and why are so many technologies failing? Case studies from the industrial and municipal sectors on how to bridge the technology gap, and deliver greater customer and shareholder value.

Moderator: Dan McCarthy, Principal, Dan McCarthy Consulting

- Jo Ann J Macrina, Commissioner - Dept of Watershed Management, City of Atlanta

- Dr. Phil Rolchigo, Vice President of Technology, Pentair Corporate

- Trevor Hill, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, FATHOM

- Bertrand Camus, CEO, United Water

- Christopher Peschang, Director of Global Business Development, Layne

10:00 - 10:30

Coffee & Networking

10:30 - 11:30 - I

Moving beyond regulatory requirements and promoting water stewardship in America

How can market mechanisms be employed to encourage people to see the value of water? A discussion of the use of smart networks, pricing strategies and certification schemes and how these are shaping municipal and industrial user attitudes to water.

Moderator: Ben Grumbles, President, U.S. Water Alliance

- Amy Skoczlas Cole, Vice President - Corporate Social Responsibility, Pentair & Executive Director of the Pentair Foundation

- Rich Anderson, Managing Director, Mayors Water Council

- Kim Marotta, Director of Sustainability, Miller Coors

10:30 - 11:30 - II

Water & Industry: What Does Industry Need From Water?

Industrial end-users and technology providers from energy, mining, power, pharma and food & beverage sector discuss their evolving water technology needs and face questions relating to the prospects for new outsourcing and service models.

Moderator: Maximilien Pellegrini, CEO, Infilco Degremont

- Johan Grön, Vice President - Dewatering Solutions, Outotec Oyj

11:30 - 12:30

Closing Session: Fixing Water Industry Dysfunction.

Moderator: Andy Seidel, President & CEO, Underground Solutions

- George S. Hawkins, General Manager, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water)

- Julius Ciaccia, Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District & NACWA President

- Dan Child, General Manager, Silicon Valley Clean Water

- Christopher Gasson, Publisher & CEO, Global Water Intelligence

12:30 - 2:00

Lunch with Speaker

Lunch Speaker: Russell Gold, Senior Energy Reporter at the Wall Street Journal and Author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignighted the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World (shortlised for the 2014 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award).

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