TUESDAY OCTOBER 11TH / 9.00 am – 3.00 pm / SKY ROOM
The Changing role of Water Utilities: New Service Models and Innovation for Resource Stewardship
The role of water and wastewater utilities is shifting from a primary focus on resource provision to leading and enabling resource stewardship. This transition requires a greater emphasis on community engagement, industry partnerships and investment decisions that consider the social, economic and environmental costs in an ever changing environment and climate.
With this shift, new service paradigms for water utilities will aim to deliver value to a range of stakeholders, with strategies and business models that embrace concepts such as the circular economy and take advantage of the digital revolution. The role of the customer in strategic and business planning will become central, with water utility leaders instigating a public discourse on the value of water.
Bold decisions on new technologies and practices needed
Utilities will be challenged to take bold decisions in adopting new technologies and practices that enable these transitions, finding ways in the innovation process to navigate political and regulatory constraints and also meet the changing demands of customers. Water utility leaders will need to anticipate and respond to the barriers and opportunities for innovation to deliver these services of the future and be resource stewards.
The Utility Leaders Forum, to be organized as part of the World Water Congress in Brisbane in October 2106, provides a unique opportunity to bring together utility C-level executives to share, learn and network amongst each-other, but also connect with other leaders who support this transition of urban water utilities as resource stewards.
The Forum will be structured around two themes, divided into two 95 minute sessions. Each theme will include a panel with 3-4 panelists addressing sub topics in each a 10 minute presentation, followed by 3 x 20 minutes’ group discussions on each of the sub-topics. The discussions from each table will be summed up in the closing session. Detailed programme can be found below.
|09.00-09.20||Opening/Introduction||Dr. Helmut Kroiss, President, IWA
Adam Lovell, CEO, WSAA
|09.20-09.40||Keynote||Roelof Kruize, CEO, Waternet|
|SESSION 1: Resource Stewardship:|
|09.40-10.25||Session 1, Panel Presentations|
|Subtopic 1a: Community/ stakeholder engagement: Creating impact at scale
Subtopic 1b: Industry and utilities partnerships
Subtopic 1c: Green infrastructure and innovation
Subtopic 1d: Reducing consumption: Demand management
|Lucia Cade, Board Chair, South East Water
Olaf van der Kolk, Aquaminerals
Louise Dudley, CEO, Queensland Urban Utilities
Sue Murphy, CEO, Water Corporation
|10.35-11.45||Session 1, Table Group Discussions||Moderators:
Kevin Young, MD Sydney Water
|12.30-12.50||Keynote||Peter Joo Hee Ng, CEO, PUB|
|SESSION 2: New Service and Business Models|
|12.50-13.25||Session 2, Panel Presentations|
|Subtopic 2a: Utility partnerships to scale innovation (joint city and utility work)
Subtopic 2b: Customer centric business planning – innovative technologies
Subtopic 2c: Data in the resource revolution. What problems can we solve?
|Anders Buur Bækgaard, CEO, VCS Denmark
George Hunt, CIO, Sydney Water
Mark Venhoek, CEO, SUEZ Australia
|13.35-14.40||Session 2, Table Group Discussions||Moderators:
Raveen Judaram, CEO, WaterCare
|14.40-15.00||Closing Remarks||Adam Lovell, CEO, WSAA
Diane D’Arras, President Elect, IWA
For more information please contact Pritha Hariram.