The Utah | Water is Your Business Forum is an opportunity for Utah’s business leaders to learn from local and national water experts regarding best water management practices, new innovation and technology, and how business can get involved in creatively addressing our state’s water challenges. 

8:30 - 9:00 AM Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 9:20 AM Welcome, Overview, Speaker Introductions

9:20 - 9:40 AM Business Case for Circular Water Management

Will Sarni, Author of Corporate Water Strategies, Water Foundry, LLC

9:40 - 10:30 AM Panel: How Circular Approaches to Water Can Improve Infrastructure Resilience

Moderator: Jennifer M. Gerholdt, Senior Director, Sustainability and Circular Economy Programs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center

Michael Prendergast, Chairman, ClearPower North America

Steve Schnoor, Manager of Environment, Land, and Water, Rio Tinto Kennecott

Brad Wardle, Director of Marketing, Orbit Irrigation


10:30 - 10:45 AM Coffee Break

10:45 - 11: 30 AM Table Discussions & Report Out Round One

In this first set of table discussions, participants will identify key challenges and barriers regarding the adoption and scaling of circular water management principles for achieving infrastructure, business and community resilience.


11:30 - 11:45 AM Announcement: Water Smart Innovation Challenge and Water Champions Program

Keith McMullin, Salt Lake Chamber Board Chair


11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Table Discussions & Report Out Round 2

In this second set of table discussions, participants will identify practical steps and paths forward for overcoming the challenges and barriers identified in the first discussion, such as around new business models and disruptive technology advancements.


12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch and Keynote: Best Practices in Circular Water Stewardship

Mike Bernier, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, Swire Coca-Cola USA

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