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