Past SWAN Americas Events

Below, is a list of past SWAN Americas Alliance events.The majority of presentations and webinars are free to download and watch. To participate in a future event or learn more, please contact Seth Cutler:


On Nov. 4, 2018, the SWAN Americas Alliance held its 3rd Workshop at the CWWA National Water and Wastewater Conference in Montreal. Sponsored by Eramosa, the event explored the potential for smart water solutions to transform Canadian utility operations and management strategies.

Presentations and interactive roundtables covered topics like data integration, customer engagement, smart wastewater systems, and the future of Canadian Smart Water Networks. 

Montreal roundtable

On Nov. 6, 2017, the SWAN Americas Alliance Alliance held its 2nd Utility Workshop in Chicago in collaboration with the the Alliance for Water Efficiency, Current, and Global Water Works. Hosted by Uptake, the event explored innovative, digital solutions to Midwest water challenges along with a special evening reception was hosted by Sensus.

On Jan. 25, 2017, the SWAN Americas Alliance and Cleantech San Diego co-hosted a Smart Water Workshop at Qualcomm’s headquarters in San Diego. The event drew 200 participants from across the continent discussing the challenges and opportunities associated with the integration of data-driven technologies across the North American water sector. 


Smart Water in the New Decade

On March 24th, 2021, SWAN Americas hosted a Webinar in partnership with new partner, the National Association for Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)  on the operational and financial impacts of smart water management.

The event featured speakers from 4 progressive US utilities:

  • Kishia Powell, COO, DC Water
  • Yvonne CarneyDirector of Strategic Performance at WSSC Water (Maryland)
  • Tom Ginn, Technical Services Manager at Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (Georgia)
  • Bethany Bezak, Asst. Deputy Director of Transportation & Stormwater Dept. (San Diego)

Regulation, Procurement, and a Culture of Innovation

On October 28th, 2020, SWAN Americas hosted its 12th Webinar providing insights on how a culture of innovation can respond to regulation and procurement challenges.

  • Celine Hyer, Senior Vice President, Arcadis
  • Eric Bindler, Research Director, Bluefield Research
  • James Reyes, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Aquatic Informatics
  • Amir Peleg, Founder and CEO, TaKaDu

Data-as-a-Service – The Key to Water and Wastewater Management

On August 25th, 2020, SWAN Americas hosted its 11th Webinar offering case studies and strategic outcomes to underpin the benefits of Data-as-a-Service.

  • Patrick Kiely, CEO – SENTRY
  • Camilla Braithwaite, Product Marketing Manager  Rezatec
  • Tim Ruggaber, Director of Engineering – Xylem

Understanding Real-Life Digital Twins and their Architecture

On July 7th, 2020,  SWAN Americas hosted its 10th Webinar offering practical insights for deploying Digital Twins, featuring:

  • Gigi Karmous-Edwards, President  Karmous-Edwards Consulting
  • Devin Doring, Technical Services Supervisor, Public Works Department – City of Salem (OR)
  • Michael Karl & Jacob Young, National Smart Utility Technology Leads – Brown and Caldwell
  • Brad Dreier, VP – Business Development – GoAigua

Fostering Innovation & Collaboration in Smart Water and Wastewater

On Nov. 21, 2019, the SWAN Americas Alliance hosted its 9th webinar offering strategic insights for fostering innovation and collaboration in smart water and wastewater, featuring:

  • Elkin Hernandez, Director of Maintenance Services – DC Water
  • Domenico Santoro, Senior Manager, Research & Innovation – USP Technologies
  • Paul Henderson, Technical Sales Consultant – AVEVA

Machine Learning & AI: Enhancing Water Asset Management

On Sept. 17, 2019, the SWAN Americas Alliance held its 8th webinar offering strategic insights for AI/machine learning, featuring:

  • Eric Bindler, Research Director (Digital Water) –Bluefield Research
  • Jim Cooper, Intelligent Water Lead – Arcadis
  • Peter Williams, Independent Consultant
  • Subir Bhattacharjee, CEO – IntelliFlux Controls

The LATAM Smart Water Journey: Three Innovative Case Studies

On June 19, 2019, the SWAN Americas Alliance held its 7th webinar offering strategic insights for leading Latin American utilities, featuring:

  • Wagner Carvalho, Senior Project Manager – AEGEA Saneamento e Participações S.A (Brazil)
  • Sebastián Otero Gleisner, Network Manager – Essbio (Chile)
  • Francisco Iturriaga, Project Manager Operational Intelligence – Esval S.A – Aguas del Valle S.A (Chile)
  • Renato Vanzulli, IT Manager – Esval S.A – Aguas del Valle S.A (Chile)

Uncovering Canada’s Smart Water Solutions

On Oct. 22, 2018, the Alliance held its 6th webinar sharing essential best practices from Canada and how these ideas can be utilized around the world, featuring:

  • John Presta, Director Environmental Services – Regional Municipality of Durham Works Department
  • Gary Thompson, Water Supply Unit Area Supervisor Process Operations & Maintenance – City of Toronto, Water Division
  • Darrol Weiss, Control Systems Services Leader – City of Calgary, Water Services

 Smart Wastewater Solutions: Addressing Stormwater Challenges

On August 5, 2018, the SWAN Americas Alliance hosted its 5th webinar featuring US utility experts who discussed solutions to various stormwater challenges, featuring

  • Kyla Jacobsen, Former Utility Director – City of Elgin, IL
  • Reese Johnson, Principal Engineer – Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, OH
  • Jody Crabtree, Conveyance Supervisor – Columbia County Water Utility, GA

Cyber Security Threats and Opportunities

On March 27, 2018, the SWAN Americas Alliance held its fourth webinar highlighting cyber security threats and opportunities, featuring: 

  • Kevin MorelyManager, Federal Relations – American Water Works Association
  • John KasselPrincipal, Security Risk & Resilience – Black & Veatch
  • Matthew Scholl, Chief, Computer Security Division – NIST-ITL

Delivering Smart Water Solutions in Wastewater Networks

On September 20, 2017, the SWAN Americas Alliance held its third webinar highlighting key strategies and tools to succeed in implementing digital wastewater solutions. The talk featured:

  • Elkin Hernandez, Manager – Process Control, DC Water
  • Ting Lu, Principal Technologist, Clean Water Services
  • Ken Thompson, Senior Technology Fellow, Jacobs/ SWAN Chairman

Boosting Smart Water Policy

On June 8, 2017, the SWAN Americas Alliance held its second webinar focusing on the need for policy to support the adoption of Smart Water Networks, featuring:

  • Tim Braun, Enterprise Architect, EmNet
  • Jeff Lape, Deputy Director, Office of Science and Technology, EPA
  • Peter Mulvaney, Senior Manager, West Monroe Partners
  • Chris Resendez, Founder, Managing Director, IoT Impact LABS

Promoting a Data-Enabled Smart Water Future

On Nov. 1, 2016, the SWAN Americas Alliance held its first webinar led by Frost & Sullivan discussing best practices, success stories and challenges in deploying smart solutions across the North American water market. The talk featured:

  • Biju George, Chief Operating Officer, DC Water
  • Captain Nelson Mix, Environmental Engineer, US EPA
  • Steve Davis, IoT and Analytics Business Leader, GE Water 
  • Amir Cahn, Executive Director, SWAN Forum