2019 Executive Management Conference

October 2023, 2019
Newport, RI

Learning from Leaders

Conference Offers New Perspectives on
Peer-to-Peer Collaboration, Risk Communication,
Innovation, and Asset Management

Successful utility executives are always on the lookout for innovative management approaches to better run their operations. At AMWA’s 2019 Executive Management Conference, you’ll take away practical ideas and new thinking from colleagues on a host of challenges and opportunities facing water systems every day. Here are just a few:

From Here to HUB: The GLWA Journey

Sue McCormick, CEO of Great Lakes Water Authority, will address the national interest around HUB utilities and how the Great Lakes Water Authority has moved toward becoming a regional HUB. She will discuss GLWA’s plans to host artificial intelligence platforms and research and innovation forums, expanding services to include joint procurements, and regional planning for asset management.

What’s in Your Water – and How to Communicate It

Brian Steglitz, water treatment services manager of the City of Ann Arbor Water Utility, will talk about the utility’s emerging contaminant challenges with PFAS and 1,4 dioxine and how they impacted customer concerns about drinking water. With the city on the cusp of the largest water system capital investment in its history, customer confidence in the utility’s ability to deliver safe water was more critical than ever, and an aggressive and highly successful public engagement campaign was undertaken.

Innovation Models of Practice: Pipeline Rebuild

From East Bay Municipal Utility District, Director of Operations and Maintenance Clifford Chan, Senior Civil Engineer David Katzev, and Construction & Maintenance Superintendent Timothy Harris will describe an innovation workflow cycle that was developed to document current practices and pilot new technologies and methods to streamline its pipeline replacement program. Each pilot project starts with a value proposition and concludes with peer reviewed papers with metrics, findings, and recommendations.

Buried No Longer – Managing Our Water Mains

Joseph Duncan, general manager of Champlain Water District, will share his experience with the development of a Pipe Integrity Program to assist in assessment of the condition of the utility’s transmission system. The program includes use of available GIS data to develop a weighted risk priority score for each asset, which the District uses to proactively monitor and inspect areas with high risk priority scores.

There’s a lot more on the agenda, including an opening workshop on leading organizational change led by Mabel Miguel, Ph.D., a professor at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Additional sessions will offer peer perspectives on workforce issues, affordability, and many other critical utility management topics.

Networking receptions, breaks and other informal opportunities will allow participants to interact with water sector colleagues, and AMWA’s annual awards luncheon will spotlight its 2019 management award winners. And, the event closes with a tour of Providence Water’s facilities, including the Scituate Reservoir, Rhode Island’s largest fresh waterbody.

Time is running out – register today for the 2019 Executive Management Conference.