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2016 Minnesota Water Technology Summit



The Minnesota Water Technology Summit is returning this year and expanding on the presence from last year’s well-attended event.  This year’s summit, emceed by Chris Farrell, economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio and author, will highlight key topics in water technology including water's use in agriculture, food and beverage, national and local perspectives of water, and opportunities to accelerate technology adoption. More details on the agenda to be announced.


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



Tuesday, September 20, 2016 

Program: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Reception and Tour of U.S. Bank Stadium: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.


U.S. Bank Stadium - Delta Sky360 Club 

401 Chicago Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55415



$100 | General Admission by 9/6

$135 | General Admission after 9/6

$25 | Student



Below is our preliminary agenda for the 2016 Minnesota Water Technology Summit including sessions and confirmed speakers.  More sessions and speakers will continue to be added. View Water Summit slides from the 2016 Minnesota Water Technology Summit here.


Registration & Networking

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


Opening Comments 

Chris Farrell, Summit Emcee, Economics Commentator for Minnesota Public Radio and author


The Water Imperative: Securing Sustainable Growth in a Water Stressed World

Snehal Desai | Dow Water and Process Solutions

Global water is a universal challenge of economic, community, and humanity’s growth. Just 16 years from now, the world is expected to have only 60% of the water we need if we make no significant improvements.  


One Water: Operationalizing the Paradigm Shift in Sourcing, Putting Water to Work, and Restoring Quality 

Raj Rajan | Ecolab, Sam Paske | Metropolitan Council, Jessica Edwards-Brandt | DC Water

The initiative One Water, led by the U.S. Water Alliance, views water use as cycle of interconnected flows, with each flow being a resource and the collective flows creating no waste.


Opportunities to Accelerate Technology Innovation and Adoption

Ryan Rogers | 3M, Paul Helgeson | GNP Company & Deborah Manning | Metropolitan Council | Moderated by Greg Harding, Aeration Industries

Our panelists will explain current impediments for the acceleration or adoption of water technologies and products, the related effects and potential solutions to remove them.


National and Local Perspectives of Water 

Andrew Wheeler | Faegre Baker Daniels, Rebecca Flood | Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Moderated by Ryan Godfrey, Tonka Water

The national session will examine what the coming elections, both at the Presidential and Congressional levels, will mean for water issues in 2017. 

The state session will provide an overview of its specific water-related objectives and various options being considered to achieve them, including partnering with the private sector, learning from other states and other countries, and other outside the box approaches.


Future on Water's Role in Agriculture, Food & Beverage - Introduction to Panels

Phil Rolchigo | Pentair


Future on Water - Topic One: Innovative Solutions Addressing Today's Challenges

Kate Brauman | Institute on the Environment, Pat Christie | Conservis, Eric Pedersen | Urban Organics , Moderated by Jessica Hellman | University of Minnesota

The panel will start with a global context of the role for water in feeding the world and will also examine examples of truly innovative approaches being put into practice where significant innovation is desired to address specific water problems.

Future on Water - Topic Two: IoT Infiltration into Water Management Solutions 

Tom Arata | Ecolab, Mark Benson | Exosite, Pat Cardiff | Grande Cheese, John Dustman | Summit Envirosolutions, Moderated by Jen Nowlin, Accredent

Internet of Things (IoT) technology is rapidly infiltrating into water systems, products and infrastructure to enhance monitoring capabilities, process efficiency and customer service across the entire water industry. This panel session will bring technology, business, manufacturing and engineering experts together to present and discuss water solutions that have been implemented and are scalable today, that will be leading water management best practices for the future. 



Reception, U.S. Bank Stadium Tours and Water Bar's Municipal Water Tastings

Reception hosted by MnDRIVE: Environment and MnDRIVE: Global Food

Water Bar will pop-up during the reception featuring municipal water tastings from Minneapolis, Schmidt Brewery and St. Peter. Water Bar is hosted by Dow Water and Process Solutions.


As part of your attendance at the reception, a free, 45-minute tour of the U.S. Bank Stadium is available.


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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