Agenda BlueTech Forum 2018.

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Up your Company's game with 2 days filled with thematic roundtables moderated by the industry experts and leading research analysts, keynotes from industry thought leaders, water technology innovation showcases and interactive case studies, and unique possibilities to network with industry and end-user influencers.

Day 1 - Wednesday, 6th June 2018

16.00 Optional: Experience Vancouver
Experience the real Vancouver by taking an unconventional tour through the best of downtown Vancouver, featuring Stanley Park, the waterfront, historic buildings, and more. The tour offers a unique opportunity for all delegates to network in a relaxing and casual setting.
18.30 Welcome Food & Drinks Reception

BlueTech Forum welcomes delegates with a networking food & drinks reception in the heart of Vancouver.

Join us in the stunning Five Sails Restaurant, that offers a combination of breathtaking views of Vancouver, award winning West Coast cuisine and gracious hospitality, and get to know your fellow delegates in this unique setting.


Day 2 - Thursday, 7th June 2018

All Day Networking - 1:1 Meetings
BlueTech Forum offers numerous networking opportunities.

Our 1:1 meetings app will allow you to view delegate profiles and pre-arrange meetings, so you can allocate precious time to connect with your most valuable contacts. A dedicated private meeting space will provide a perfect business-focused setting for you to forge new business relationships.

07.30 Networking Breakfast Meetings

Connecting people is a value-add that BlueTech Forum can deliver through our extensive network of water industry contacts. Our team will also be available throughout the day to help facilitate introductions and meetings.

08.30: Conference Welcome
08.35 Opening Keynote: Water technology markets and opportunities in a circular economy

Paul O’Callaghan, CEO, BlueTech Research

Paul will provide an introduction to the theme of this years Forum: Managing Water Risks in a Circular Economy, before showcasing a distillation of highlights from recent research reports on fast growth niche markets, rapidly evolving technology areas and emerging crises and market drivers.

08.50 Thought Leadership Roundtables

Moderators will provide five-minute introductory primers on topical issues after which there will be a facilitated discussion.

The format will consist of a chairperson and expert contributors leading to lots of interaction and debate on the issues discussed.

1. Digital water & data as an enabler of the circular economy

Ralph Exton, Chief Marketing Officer, SUEZ's Water Technologies & Solutions

2. “In the Blue” – how can you get your company to a state where circular solutions and processes are designed and embedded across operations?

Hosted by Emilio Tenuta, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Ecolab

3. Future of chemistries and chemicals in a circular economy

Hosted by Erin Partlan.

4. Biosolids & Organic waste management - opportunities for value creation

Hosted by Glen Daigger & William Toffey

5. Opportunities & challenges in brine management & ZLD

Hosted by Michael Mickley, TAG Member

6. The decentralised water re-use paradigm as an enabler for the circular economy

Hosted by James Hotchkies, BlueTech Research

7. Managing micropollutants as we move to closed loop water re-use

Hosted by Steve Gluck.

8. Advanced Membranes as an enabler for Industrial Water Reuse

Hosted by Venkee Sharma, CEO, Aquatech & Graeme Pearce, BlueTech TAG Team

9. BioTechnology - the heart of the circular economy

Hosted by Jens Kolind, Novozymes

10. Impact of regulations and policy on driving water technology adoption

Read full description here.

Hosted by Sally C. Gutierrez, Water Professional, Barry Liner, Chief Technical Officer and Director of Water Science & Engineering Center, WEF, & John Veil, BlueTech Research

11. It's all about the Business Model

Hosted by Paul O'Callaghan

10.10 Networking Coffee Break
10.40 Keynote Address: Jens Kolind, Vice President, Technical Industries, Novozymes A/S
Key trends in biotechnology and its impact on water and the circular economy.
11.00 Innovation Showcase Technology Company Roundtables

12 Innovation Showcase companies will deliver a 1 minute pitch to help you decide which technology companies to meet with during this session.

Case studies will introduce delegates to the technology concept, its value proposition, the problem it solved, the influencers on the choice of technology, the experience during implementation and what this means for future rollout.

Confirmed companies will include:

12.30 Networking Lunch
13.30 Keynote: Hans-Ulrich Buchholz, Environmental Compliance, Corporate QEHS Group, L’Oréal
The journey from linear to circular in cosmetics and manufacturing
13.45 Plenary Session Panel: Is your Company's water strategy ||untapped||?
Are you aiming for circular water use, but getting stalled at the start? If so, you are not alone. A recent GreenBiz survey of industry leaders shows that most companies’ water strategies have not been tapped to their full potential and there are big hurdles to adopting best practices. This session will provide a new way of looking at this issue – through the lens of a water maturity curve. The goal? To help businesses move beyond conservation and efficiency to a circular model based on recycling, reusing and repurposing. The panel will be hosted by Will Sarni and panelists will include: - Ecolab - Aquatech - Ford - Coca-Cola
2.30 End User Innovation Needs Session

BlueTech will lead a session focused around the needs and requirements of industrial and utility end users. This session will be in an interactive roundtable format meeting where industrial and utility end users will be invited to identify key innovation challenges in their businesses, the challenges they have and solutions required.

End users will outline industrial needs and challenges they face. This session will also detail their experience of working with technology companies and provide example case studies.

16.00 Afternoon Networking Coffee Break
16.30 Closing Keynote Address - Michael Flynn, Principal investigator (PI) in Water recycling technology development, NASA Ames Research Center
Managing water in a closed loop environment.
17.00 BlueTech Innovation Awards Ceremony

Companies taking part in the Innovation Showcase will receive nominations and votes from the Technology Assessment Group (TAG) to win one of two BlueTech Awards: Best Technology Innovation Award and Best Market Strategy.

17.15 Closing remarks
17.30 Closing Networking Food & Cocktail Reception

BlueTech Research invites all delegate to join us for a last hoorah, offering a final chance to network before you head your separate ways.

Relax with some local artisan produce including cheese, succulent meats, seafood, local BC wines, craft beer and live music - this event is not to be missed.