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2017 Minnesota Water Technology Summit



The 4th Annual Minnesota Water Technology Summit is coming this September.  This year’s summit will highlight key topics in water technology including water reuse, global water opportunities, and smart water technology.  


Exploring the global market for water technology? Visiting US Embassy experts from multiple foreign markets will be introduced at the summit, and will be available September 29th for individual consultations. Signal your interest in one or more of these appointments when registering for the summit event.


The agenda is being developed by a planning committee with globally recognized leaders, companies and entities including: Pentair, Faegre Baker Daniels, University of Minnesota, Ecolab, Dow Water and Process Solutions, Uponor, 3M, GREATER MSP, the Minnesota Trade Office, the U.S. Commercial Service, Tonka Water, Aeration Industries, Wenck, the Metropolitan Council, U.S, Water, Summit Envirosolutions, Cartwright Consulting and Lenz Consulting.



Thursday, September 28, 2017 

Program: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Networking Reception: 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Target Field - Metropolitan Club 

1 Twins Way

Minneapolis, MN 55403 

If you're driving to the event, park in Ramp A and come through the skyway directly off the ramp
Visit this link for directions and additional parking information



$95 | General Admission by 9/14

$135 | General Admission after 9/14

$25 | Student



Below is the agenda for the 2017 Minnesota Water Technology Summit including sessions and confirmed speakers.


8:30 am - 9:00 am: Registration & Networking

Have anything you'd like to place at our registration table? Please contact Steve Riedel.


9:00 am - 10:30 am: Water Reuse Panels: Taking reuse mainstream: state and industry perspectives 

Everyone likes reuse, so how do we get more of it here? Our multi-agency panel shares the results of their 2+ year effort to find opportunities and barriers in Minnesota law and their next steps. Industry representatives have a great deal of experience in areas further along the learning curve and can help us understand the business case challenges their customers to consider and the solutions they've implemented to meet these challenges. 

Moderator: Steve Woods, Executive Director, Freshwater Society

Rebecca J. Flood, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Paul Allwood, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health
Kelly Lange-Haider, Dow Water and Process Solutions
Blake Schomas, Director of Marketing - Total Plant Assessments, Nalco Water, an Ecolab company      


11:00 am - 11:45 am: U.S. Commercial Service:  Global Opportunities in Water

Moderator: Monica McFarlane Scott, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service Minnesota

Presentations by: 

China: Aimee Jia, Commercial Assistant U.S. Consulate Guangzhou

China: Shiqiao (Sophia) Chen, Senior Commercial Specialist, U.S. Consulate Shanghai

Philippines: Bebe Montesines, Commercial Specialist, U.S. Embassy Philippines

Singapore: Chan Yiu Kei, Senior Commercial Specialist, U.S. Embassy Singapore

India: Arup Mitra, Senior Commercial Specialist, U.S. Consulate Kolkata

New Zealand: Dhiraj Mani, Commercial Specialist, U.S. Consulate Auckland

Saudi Arabia: Mohammed Shajaddin, Commercial Specialist, U.S. Consulate Dhahran

South Africa: Mohammed Essay, Commercial Specialist, U.S. Consulate Johannesburg

Brazil: Teresa Wagner, Senior Commercial Specialist, U.S. Consulate Sao Paulo


12:00 pm - 12:45 pm: Lunch Keynote

Ken Thompson, Global Practice Lead Smart Cities/Smart Sensors and President SWAN Council


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Smart Water Panel: Intelligent business methodologies to modernize innovation in water

As technology development in the water industry continues to advance at an ever faster pace, business innovation is often left behind, struggling to keep up, creating an innovation gap. Companies are feeling the disruptive pressure to adapt to this change in pace and are exploring new ways to develop business agility through creative investing, strategic partnerships and ecosystem alignment. In this panel session, 3M, Uponor, and Toro will share how they are bridging the innovation gap between technology and business through differentiated business models and methodologies.

Moderator: Jen Nowlin, Principal, Accredent 

Bill Gray, CEO, Uponor North America
Sunidh Jani, Manager, 3M Ventures
Dana Lonn, Managing Director, Center for Technology, The Toro Company


2:00 pm - 2:15 pm: University of Minnesota Student Lightning Rounds

Moderator: Paige Novak: Joseph T. and Rose S. Ling Chair in Environmental Engineering, Co-Director, MnDRIVE: Environment

Student Speakers:
Xue Zhen
Michael Schwab
Jovan Popovic  
David Goldfeld  
Hanna Temme


2:30 pm - 3:15 pm: Afternoon Keynote

John Stauch, CFO, Pentair


3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Networking Reception


Terms and Conditions

By registering, you agree to abide by the following Terms and Conditions:

  1. Registrations cannot be shared, but are transferrable to a replacement from your company.

  2. You understand and acknowledge that photographs taken during the conference will appear in print and online for promotional and other purposes. By registering, you are giving permission for your photo/image to be used if captured.

  3. All registrants must pick up their own badges.

  4. Registration fee is non-refundable.

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