Cindy Wallis-Lage is President of Black & Veatch’s global water business and a member of the company’s Executive Committee. She is responsible for the leadership and management of the company’s global water business that includes a workforce of more than 2,600 professionals based around the world, including in the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific regions.
Well known in the water industry for her expertise in water reuse, wastewater treatment and biosolids, Wallis-Lage has been involved in more than 100 projects around the world, including throughout North America, Australia, the UK and Singapore, in both the municipal and industrial sectors.
Wallis-Lage is an active leader and a frequent speaker at many industry forums and events. She serves on several committees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the WateReuse Association. Additionally, Wallis-Lage has authored more than 50 papers, 20 technical articles and 10 textbook chapters. She served as editor of the Fifth Edition update of the Handbook of Chlorination and Alternative Disinfectants book.
Wallis-Lage has also been a moderator, facilitator and speaker at many global Black & Veatch roundtable events developed to confront the world’s most vexing water industry issues, including Overcoming Barriers to Water Reuse and Dealing with Economic Pressures in the Water Industry.
Mr. Hill graduated in 1987 from Royal Military College with a BE in Mechanical Engineering. He completed his post graduate studies at the Royal Naval Engineering College in Plymouth, England and served in the Canadian Navy as an Engineering Officer, retiring in 1994, after serving as Deputy Engineering officer in the Gulf War where he was decorated with the Gulf Kuwait Medal.
In 1994, Mr. Hill co-founded Hill, Murray & Associates, a design-build-operate firm specializing in the construction and operation of water reclamation facilities in British Columbia and the Canadian Arctic and has been instrumental in developing water reclamation codes, rules and regulations for the Province of British Columbia, while advancing water stewardship through his Total Water Management philosophy. In 2000, he co-founded Algonquin Water Resources of America, a division of the Algonquin Power Income Fund, and acquired six utilities in three years, amassing 37,000 utility customers in Arizona and Texas. In 2003, Mr. Hill co-founded the U.S. based Global Water Resources, a leading water resource management and technology company that owns and operates water, wastewater and recycled water utilities, and provides data and water management services through its unique, award-winning platform, FATHOM Utility-to-Utility (U2U™) Solutions. In 2010, Mr. Hill coordinated a $65 million Initial Public Offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Mr. Hill provides leadership and policy direction with respect to the practical and economic aspects of water reclamation and re-use. He has been recognized nationally and internationally for his leadership in water conservation, environmental education and communications receiving the 2009 Environmental Achievement Award in Region 9 of the Environmental Protection Agency. In 2010, he served on the Arizona Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Water Sustainability and in the same year received the Governor’s Green Innovator of the Year Award for his groundbreaking work with FATHOM.
Dr. Bruno Levine has over 20 years of water; wastewater and water reuse experience in research, operational engineering, and business development, working for utilities in Europe and in the US, including United Water and American Water.
Today, Bruno is President of FLOWatch, a forward looking IT service company dedicated to helping water and environmental professionals streamline their operational data management processes through its state of the art, cloud based solution.
Prior to launching FLOWatch, Bruno spent the first ten years of his career developing and implementing water reuse projects in the US and abroad. In 2002, Bruno was part of the first Water Research Foundation funded project focusing on endocrine disruptors. In 2009, Bruno developed for American Water its innovation development program, which is now saving the company close to six million dollars a year in operating expenses.
More recently, Bruno worked with American Water, United Water, the City of Cincinnati, ARCADIS, AWWA, Hach, GE and many other forward looking organizations to introduce the concept of an industry specific data exchange protocol.
Bruno holds a Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from UCLA and a MBA from Columbia Business School. He is a long standing member of both AWWA and WEF.
Carlos Silva brings over 25 years of experience in high growth technology solution companies including engineering, procurement, construction and customer service.
Carlos leads ENBALA’s operation of an innovative Smart Grid platform that creates and manages a network of large commercial and industrial electricity users. This Smart Grid platform harvests the inherent flexibility in the way the equipment is operated to supply system balance and quality services to the electricity system operator.
Carlos has a proven track record in building motivated teams and implementing effective processes aligned with business strategy, objectives and corporate values.
In his role at ENBALA, Carlos draws on his extensive experience as an operation’s executive, most recently as as General Manager, E-Cell BU with GE Water Technologies, and as Director of Manufacturing Operations with ZENON Environmental among others.
Mark Bernardo has 25 years of experience in Solution design, Product Development and Marketing for Industrial Automation and HMI/SCADA Software. As a General Manager at GE Intelligent Platforms, he is responsible for leading the global Automation Software business with a focus on high performance solutions for a connected world for both manufacturing and infrastructure industries.
Mark joined Intellution in 1988 as one of the first employees and became part of GE in 2002. Prior to this position he served in a number of roles with GE Intelligent Platforms including leading our Customer Support organization, Engineer Leader for HMI/SCADA and Batch products, and Quality Assurance. As a result, he has worked with a large number of customers in a wide variety of vertical industries including Food & Beverage, Consumer Products, Brewing, Life Sciences, Power, Water/Waste Water, Metals, and Pulp & Paper.
Mark holds a BS in Computer Science from Central New England College in Worcester, MA.
Michal Koenig serves as Senior Director of Product Management within Qualcomm’s Corporate Engineering Services group. In this role, he is responsible for new product development and project management of fast-charging systems for mobile phones and tablets, and for leading activities to bring advanced M2M technologies to the water utility industry. Michal also provides engineering and technical oversight for Qualcomm Wireless Reach™.
Wireless Reach is a strategic program that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally. To date, Wireless Reach has 84 projects in various stages of development in 33 countries.
Michal has 28 years of diversified business, engineering and operations experience within the wireless communications industry. Among his key accomplishments since joining Qualcomm in 1998, he led a research and development team that focused on developing applications and services to enable the adoption of 3G technologies and devices in emerging markets globally. And, after Qualcomm sold its base station business to Ericsson Wireless Communications, Michal went to Ericsson to help lead the integration and knowledge transfer process.
Prior to joining Qualcomm, Michal was Director of Engineering and Operations for AirTouch Cellular (now Verizon Wireless) in Southern California and a Cellular and Microwave Systems Engineer for US West Cellular.
Michal received his Master of Business Administration in technology management from University of Phoenix and his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from San Diego State University.
Xylem is a leading global water technology provider, enabling customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility, residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial settings. Dr. Groen is responsible for ensuring Xylem, which launched in 2011 from the spinoff of the water-related businesses of ITT Corporation, maintains a strong competitive advantage from both a technology and product point of view.
Groen joined ITT from Kemira Oyj, a leading water chemistry company. At Kemira, Groen was Executive Vice President of Research, Development and Technology, and a member of their management board. As a part of the management board, he was actively involved in restructuring the company from a pure product focused company towards a more customer segment or solutions company. In his functional role, he was responsible for restructuring and aligning their global research, development and technology portfolio serving water intensive customer industries such as oil and gas, metal and mining, pulp and paper and public utilities in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas.
Prior to Kemira, Groen was Research & Development Manager at Stora Enso Publishing Paper Inc., a leading producer of publication papers in Europe, and a global leader in the production of paper and wood products. He led the strategic development of the business unit’s product portfolio and managed the process engineering departments of several mills.
Additionally, Groen served 10 years in leading technology, product development, and project engineering roles at Metso Corporation. Metso Corporation manufactures equipment engineered for process and automation solutions in the mining and pulp and paper industries.
Dr. Groen earned his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from the Abo Akademi University in Turku, Finland, where he currently holds an adjunct professorship. He is also awarded a Life-time Membership in the Technology Academy of Finland based on his noteworthy technical achievements including receipt of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry’s (TAPPI) prestigious Award and Charles Engelhard Medallion for Outstanding Technical Achievement.
Sally C. Gutierrez has been recently appointed as Director of ORD’s Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development Program. This new effort seeks to advance environmental protection in tandem with economic development through the formation of public private partnerships. She has been leading EPA’s efforts to leverage its research and development capability in Cincinnati with community based assets to establish the region as a water technology innovation hub (http://watercluster.org).
Prior to this new appointment, she was the Director of the National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) in Cincinnati, Ohio for 8 years. NRMRL is one of three Federal research laboratories within the USEPA’s ORD and consists of 400 scientists and support staff. The Laboratory is responsible for conducting engineering and environmental technology research to support the Agency in policy and regulatory development and implementation.
She was the Director of the Water Supply and Water Resources Division in NRMRL before becoming its Director and was responsible for leading a national technology demonstration program for control of arsenic in drinking water. Before coming to EPA she was responsible for administering water programs for the State of Texas environmental agency in the areas of drinking water, water monitoring, wastewater permitting, dam safety, water rights and utility rates.
As a member of the Senior Executive Service, she holds the highest career rank in the Federal government.
Mr. Vicory is a Principal in Stantec’s Cincinnati, Ohio office where he is leading regulatory interface, watershed planning and water quality initiatives throughout the Southeast region. Recognized as a national and international leader on water quality and water resource management issues, Mr. Vicory has extensive experience in these specialized areas, cultivated during his nearly 30 years of work in the industry. The past 24 years, he served as the Executive Director and Chief Engineer of ORSANCO, an eight-state agency established to control and abate water pollution in the Ohio Basin. During that time, Mr. Vicory guided its transition to an agency with enhanced program capacity and one which was active and influential in national policy development through strong relationships with US Environmental Protection Agency and Congress.
Vicory has served as Chairman of the Confluence, Water Technology Innovation Cluster since its establishment in January 2011 where he has helped guided its rapid development as an important organizational asset to the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Region.
Dyer has over 20 years experience in researching methods to better predict the potential exposure and effects of chemicals found in consumer products. Included within this expertise is an understanding of the relationships of consumer water use, wastewater treatment, effluent and receiving water quality, including raw drinking water quality. He has authored more than 60 journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports and has participated with work groups within organizations such as the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC), American Cleaning Institute (ACI), Personal Care Products Council, Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), Water Technology Innovation Cluster (Confluence), ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI), Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment.
David is the founder and Managing Director of XPV Capital Corporation, a leading investment firm that invests in high growth water companies. He is a respected speaker and contributor in water technology and investing. He has worked with the Ontario and Canadian Governments, the US EPA, Global Water Intelligence, Globe, the Milken Institute, the Brookings Institute, InterAction Council, and Singapore International Water Week, to name a few. He has been featured on leading news networks such as CNBC and BNN and has been an expert contributor in publications such as Forbes, New York Times, Economist, The International Herald Tribune, The San Francisco Times, and the China Business Review. David is advisor to Imagine H2O, Artemis 50, a member of the Water Environment Federation’s Global Water Strategies Council, and the China Greentech Initiative. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Water Technology Acceleration Project, and XPV portfolio companies Newterra Ltd, and US Water Filters. David has been recognized for his community and business leadership receiving the Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship Global Champion and Distinguished Service Awards, the Premier of Ontario’s Award of Excellence, and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award.