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Join business leaders, government officials and water experts to discuss the best practices from the US and Israel.

Best Practices from the US and Israel

The Summit will bring together business leaders, government officials,
and water experts to discuss best practices in corporate water
stewardship and public policies to address the ever growing, global
demand for water.

Learn and Advance

The Summit will bring together business leaders, government officials, and water
experts to discuss practices in corporate water stewardship and public policies to
address the ever growing global demand for water.

Participants & Speakers

Hear from leading policy experts, business leaders, investors, government officials, academia and research institutions, The Arizona and US Chambers of Commerce and global water innovators.

Areas of Focus

The conference will focus on improving water governance to promote industrial and economic growth, public policy and regulatory challenges, water stewardship, sustainable water principles, public-private partnerships and promoting investment in water infrastructure and technologies, and much more.

SPEAKERS

Our incredible speakers are listed below:

Amit Gross
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Amit Gross

Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Barbara Martin
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Barbara Martin

American Water Works Association

Booky Oren
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Booky Oren

Booky Oren Water Technologies

Brian Powers
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Brian Powers

DowDuPont Specialty Products Division

Chuck Chaitovitz
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Chuck Chaitovitz

US Chamber of Commerce

Cynthia Campbell
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Cynthia Campbell

City of Phoenix

Cynthia Sagers
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Cynthia Sagers

Arizona State University

Glenn Hamer
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Glenn Hamer

Arizona Chamber of Commerce

John Hoopes
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John Hoopes

SRP

Jon Freedman
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Jon Freedman

Suez Water Technologies

Jon Radtke
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Jon Radtke

Coca-Cola

Josh Kram
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Josh Kram

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Kathryn Sorensen
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Kathryn Sorensen

Phoenix Water Services

Khush Choksy
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Khush Choksy

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Marshall Davert
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Marshall Davert

Stantec

Myron Brilliant
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Myron Brilliant

US Chamber of Commerce

Oded Distel
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Oded Distel

Israel Ministry of Industry

Paul Orme
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Paul Orme

Pinal County Irrigation

Rhett Larson
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Rhett Larson

Arizona State University

Robert Puente
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Robert Puente

San Antonio Water System

Sandy Fabritz
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Sandy Fabritz

Freeport McMoran

Sarah Porter
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Sarah Porter

The Kyl Center for Water Policy

Tim Thomure
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Tim Thomure

Tucson Water

Todd Brady
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Todd Brady

Intel

Uri Shani
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Uri Shani

NDrip

EVENT AGENDA

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Event Registration & Check In

Register, Get Breakfast and Meet Attendees and Speakers.

30min

Grand Ballroom

Welcome Remarks & Adopting New Water Technology: A Call to Action

With increasing attention on the value of water and heightened awareness around the importance of efficient global water management, the stakes for continued innovation and advances in water technology have never been greater. This summit brings together water leaders to discuss new ways to advance adoption of new water technology, overcome existing barriers, implement innovative solutions, and create a forum for global collaboration. Speakers:

  1. Glenn Hamer, President and CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  2. Kush Choksy, Senior Vice President for Middle East and Turkey Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  3. Josh Kram, Senior Director, U.S.- Israel Business Initiative, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

30min

Grand Ballroom

Lightning Round: Showcasing Water Technology

TED talk-like presentations where leaders in water management from industry, government, and utilities have three minutes to describe their successful implementation of innovative water technologies and profile water technologies to raise awareness of innovations ready for investment, purchase, and widespread adoption.   Speakers:

  1. Todd Brady, Director of Global Public Affairs and Sustainability, Intel
  2. Michael Bernier, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, Swire Coca-Cola USA
  3. Noam Weisbrod, Director, The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  4. Alanna Mecsey, Hydrographic Analyst, Salt River Project

30min

Grand Ballroom

Session I: Water Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships

Improving water access and service quality and implementing innovative water technologies cannot be done without massive investment in infrastructure. Participants will discuss public-private partnerships (PPPs) and projects that can contribute to economic growth and development.   Speakers:

  • Ian Parker, Managing Director, Public Sector and Infrastructure Banking, Goldman Sachs
  • Marshall Davert, Executive Vice President for Water, Stantec
  • Jim Gebhardt, Water Infrastructure and Resiliency and Finance Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Moderator: Jon Freedman, Senior Vice President, Suez Water Technologies  

45min

Grand Ballroom

Lightning Round: Know the Flow: Harnessing Big Data in Water Management

TED talk-like presentations where companies have three minutes to describe their company and product to raise awareness of innovations ready for investment, purchase, and widespread adoption. Company profiles:

  1. KANDO: Ari Goldfarb, CEO
  2. Atomation: Guy Weitzman, CEO and Co-Founder
  3. IOSight: Natan Zuta, CEO
Introduced by: Glenn Hamer, President and CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

15min

Grand Ballroom

Session II: Local Water: Challenges Faced by Local Utilities

Water technology is local as much as it is global. State, city, and municipality utilities from the U.S. and Israel will discuss the challenges, opportunities and lessons learned in fostering local water technology adoption.   Speakers:

  • Kathryn Sorensen, Director, Phoenix Water Services
  • Barbara Martin, Director of Engineering and Technical Services, American Water Works Association
  • Robert Puente, President/CEO, San Antonio Water System
  • Jake Lenderking, Director of Water Resources, Global Water Resources
Moderator: Booky Oren, Chairman and CEO, Booky Oren Global Water Technologies Ltd.

45min

Grand Ballroom

Lightning Round: Water Down: New Technology for Industrial and Urban Use

TED talk-like presentations where companies have three minutes to describe their company and product to raise awareness of innovations ready for investment, purchase, and widespread adoption.   Company profiles:

  1. AdEdge Water Technologies/ROTEC: Ronit Erlitzki, Director of Business Development
  2. Utilis: James Perry, Vice President of Business Development
  3. Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research:  Kashyap Choksi, Director of Scientific Partnerships
  4. Food for the Hungry: Ryan Tritch, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Introduced by: Mizraim Cordero, Vice President of Government Affairs, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

15min

Grand Ballroom

Networking Coffee Break and Exhibition Showcase

Exhibitors from industry, government, and water utilities will showcase their technologies and best practices directly to participants. Exhibitors will be set up all day and on display outside the Grand Ballroom.

30min

Grand Ballroom

Lunch and Keynote Address Featuring Governor Doug Ducey

Lunch will be served during this keynote address with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.   Opening Remarks:

  • Glenn Hamer, President and CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    Keynote Address and Fireside Chat
  • Doug Ducey, Governor of Arizona
  Introduced by: Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority   Q&A Moderator: Glenn Hamer, President and CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry     “U.S., Israel, and the World: Promoting Water Innovation at Home and Abroad”
  • Oded Distel, Head of Israel NewTech, Israel Ministry of Economy and Industry
  • Alex Bakalian, Global Lead for Water Supply and Sanitation, Water Global Practice, World Bank Group
 

60min

Grand Ballroom

Session III: New Approaches to Water Scarcity: Desalination, Water Reuse, Drip Irrigation, and Digital Water Technology

As water scarcity continues to grow around the world, several new and innovative technologies have developed to try to meet world water needs, including in desalination, water reuse, drip irrigation, and digital water technology. This panel will explore the advantages that these unique technologies have as well as how to overcome barriers to adoption such as cost and financing, access, and limited incentives.     Speakers:

  • Amit Gross, Director of the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • Brian Powers, Business Development Director, Water Solutions, DowDuPont Specialty Products Division
  • Neil Ginsberg, Co-Managing Partner, Dynamic Water
  • Uri Shani, Founder of NDrip and former General Manager of the Israeli Governmental Water and Sewage Authority
  Moderator: Chuck Chaitovitz, Vice President for Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

60min

Grand Ballroom

Lightning Round: Filtering the Good: Innovations in Water Treatment and Cybersecurity

TED talk like presentations where leaders in water management from industry, government, and utilities have three minutes to describe their successful implementation of innovative water technologies and profile water technologies to raise awareness of innovations ready for investment, purchase, and widespread adoption. Company profiles:

  1. Business for Water Stewardship: Todd Reeve, Director
  2. Filtra-Systems: Scott Bratten, CEO
  3. Amiad Water Systems: Eric Peterson, Vice President of Business Development
  4. Radiflow: TJ Roe, Vice President of Business Development
Introduced by: Liz Clark, Manager for the U.S.-Israel Business Initiative, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

25min

Grand Ballroom

Session IV: Water in the West: Cooperation, Water Sharing, and the Arizona Drought Contingency Plan

Water managers in Arizona are working with federal officials to finalize a Colorado River drought-contingency plan with the goal of conserving water in Lake Mead. Such cooperation on a local, state, corporate, and government level can serve as a model for collaborative solutions to water conservation. In this panel, key players will discuss challenges with the plan, successes so far, and plans for the future.   Speakers:

  • Tim Thomure, Director, Tucson Water
  • Paul Orme, Special Counsel, Pinal County Irrigation Districts
  • Cynthia Campbell, Water Resource Management Advisor, City of Phoenix
  • Rhett Larson, Morrison Fellow in Water Law and Associate Professor of Law, Arizona State University
  • Governor Stephen Roe Lewis, Gila River Indian Community
Moderator: Sarah Porter, Director of The Kyl Center for Water Policy, Arizona State University

60min

Grand Ballroom

Business to Business Networking

Take advantage of this time to network with industry, business, government and political experts from across the world.

60min

Gold Room

View 2018 H2O Innovation Summit Agenda and Speakers

Want to get an idea of what to expect at the Summit? Please download the 2018 Program Agenda and Speakers.

We are excited to announce that at this year’s Summit there will be numerous opportunities to network with other industry leaders.  Want to learn more … please email mpernick@azchamber.com to  find out how you can showcase your company.

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VENUE

The Arizona Biltmore Resort
Phoenix, Arizona

2400 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 955-6600

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Early Bird Registration (before Oct 31): $50 (Chamber Members),  $65 (Non-Chamber Members)

Regular Registration (after Nov 1): $75 (Chamber Members),  $90 (Non-Chamber Members)

Student Registration: $15

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SPONSORS

Made possible by the generous support of our sponsors:

PRESENTING SPONSOR

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PLATINUM SPONSOR

ACA
Intel
SRP

GOLD SPONSORS

ORGANIZATIONAL PARTNERS

Israel Export Institute Logo
Israel New Tech Logo
amcham israel logo
denver metro chamber of commerce
Salt Lake City Chamber

MEDIA PARTNERS

CBN

ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS

This event is organized by the following organizations:

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The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the collective voice Arizona business and advances Arizona’s competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans.

Its guiding principles are to:

o   Promote a globally competitive tax climate

o   Decrease the regulatory burden on business

o   Sustain a strong workforce

o   Maintain a strong infrastructure

o   Support economic development and diversification

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization and the leading voice for American business, representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions.

Located within the U.S. Chamber, the U.S.-Israel Business Initiative is the premier national business advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening the economic and commercial relationship between the U.S. and Israel. It aims to

o   Connect U.S. and Israeli business and government leaders to discuss areas of shared interest

o   Help companies pursue investments in strategically vital sectors

o   Advance policy that promotes U.S.-Israel trade, investment, and innovation

o   Organize activities and events that promote bilateral cooperation

o   Educate business and political leaders about the importance of the U.S.-Israel commercial relationship

SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES

We have multiple opportunities to sponsor this event. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, please contact: Mara Pernick at MPernick@AZChamber.com or at 602.316.8271 or Liz Clark at LClark@USChamber.com or at 202.463.5484.

$15,000 - PRESENTING SPONSOR

  • Recognition as “Presenting Sponsor” on all promotional materials, website and event branding.
  • Speaking role at VIP Reception and Summit.
  • Ten tickets to VIP Reception and reserved table at BusinessH2O: Water Innovation Summit.
  • Platinum Sponsor benefits.

$10,000 - PLATINUM SPONSOR

  • Recognition as “Platinum Sponsor” on all promotional materials, website and event branding.
  • Speaking role at Summit.
  • Six tickets to VIP Reception and reserved table at BusinessH2O: Water Innovation Summit.
  • Distribution of company marketing materials at Summit.

$5,000 - GOLD SPONSOR

  • Recognition as “Gold Sponsor” on all promotional materials, website and event branding.
  • Two tickets to VIP Reception and and reserved table at BusinessH2O: Water Innovation Summit.