3rd - 4th June 2020

BlueTech Forum: Working together to accelerate innovation

Location: Online

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Key Note Speakers

Tom Ferguson

Tom is Vice President of Programming for Imagine H2O, holding overall responsibility for the accelerator as well as building out Imagine H2O’s policy and leadership activities globally. Previously he was an engagement manager with ERM, the sustainability consultancy, before holding strategy & operations roles with Project Frog (a San Francisco componentized buildings company) and Tamar Energy (an AD network developer based in London).

Tom holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MA in Politics from Edinburgh University.

Conrad Hopp

Conrad Hopp is a senior research analyst at BlueTech Research. Conrad holds a BASc. from the University of Toronto.

Conrad previously co-founded an advanced electrochemical wastewater treatment company focused on providing electrocoagulation solutions to the mining industry. During his time at the company, Conrad’s work focused on technology market matching, mapping competitive landscapes, and developing data-driven technology strategies. For his innovative work in the water industry, Conrad has been the recipient of the Nexa Resources Circular Economy prize, the Cleantech Open NE Innovation prize, and was previously named as a finalist for MIT’s Water Innovation, and Clean Energy prizes.

Conrad’s undergraduate work at the University of Toronto was focused on applying economic frameworks to advanced water treatment technologies for process optimization. This work was subsequently published in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications.

Chris Morrison

A recognized sustainable technology executive and team-builder with an extraordinary history operating from the trenches to the boardroom. A transformational leader with a proven international track record of digging into impactful technologies, extracting maximum value, building high powered teams, and driving process improvements. Superior strategic, commercial and capital market insights with the ability to bridge the communication gap between investors and management.

Gary White

End-User Roundtable Hosts

Wade Miller

Wade Miller is currently a water strategies consultant, assisting private and public sector clients with business planning, strategy development, mergers and acquisitions, market research, fundraising, and Washington representation.

For almost 14 years (2000-2014), he served as the Executive Director of the WateReuse Association – a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the beneficial and efficient use of water resources through education, sound science, and technology using reclamation, recycling, reuse, and desalination. Mr. Miller was also Executive Director of the WateReuse Research Foundation, which conducts applied research on water reuse and desalination.

Mr. Miller has been involved in the water field in various capacities for approximately 40 years. He twice served as an advisor to presidential commissions on water (i.e., President Carter’s Intergovernmental Water Policy Task Force in 1979; and the National Council on Public Works Improvement in 1987-88). Mr. Miller was instrumental in the establishment of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators and the International Association of Environmental Testing Laboratories and served as Executive Director of both associations. Before joining the WateReuse Association in 2000, he owned his own management consulting firm. During the course of his career, Mr. Miller has authored and published numerous papers, reports, and chapters in books.

Mr. Miller is a Fellow of the Center for Integrated Water Research at the University of California Santa Cruz and has served on numerous boards in the past (e.g., Global Water Research Coalition, College of Chemical and Life Sciences at the U. of Maryland, etc.

He is a graduate of the University of Maryland (B.S., Chemistry) and has pursued graduate studies in marketing and finance at American University and Virginia Tech.

Olga Murujew

Olga joined BlueTech Research in 2018 as a Market Research Analyst while completing her doctoral thesis on phosphorus removal from wastewater at Cranfield University in the UK. Other research projects included alginate recycling from an immobilized algae technology in Melbourne, Australia and rural sanitation concepts in Patna, India. Prior to moving to the UK, Olga completed an MSc in Water Technology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and before that a BSc in Chemistry at RWTH Aachen in Germany.

Will Sarni
Cate Lamb

Cate has over 18 years of experience in all aspects of sustainable development, corporate engagement, and team leadership.

As the Head of CDP’s Water Security Initiative, I am responsible for ensuring that the program remains the gold standard for disclosure of corporate and city water-related information globally and moves rapidly to deliver significant changes in corporate and city behaviour towards water. I lead a talented team to ensure that the economy values water so that all important economic actors take meaningful action to conserve this precious resource. Evidence and insight is vital to driving real change. We use the power of measurement and transparency to catalyse action that improves capital flows, enhances business, and protects natural resources.

As the Water Security thought leader for the organisation, I am responsible for producing research aimed at senior decision makers within both the public and private sector. I am a regular public speaker and have represented CDP on both national and international stages. In addition, I am a member of the Advisory Committee to Stockholm World Water Week, an advisor to UNGC’s SDG Leadership network and advisor to WWF’s Water Risk Filter.