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*Subject to change.


Unless stated otherwise, all summit functions will be held in the Catalina Ballroom.




6:00 p.m.         Kickoff Mixer | Catalina Lawn




8:00 a.m.         Check-in | Catalina Terrace


9:00 a.m.         Welcome and Overview

  • Brad Herrema, Co-Chair, SWIS; Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt

                              Farber Schreck

  • Clay Landry, Co-Chair, SWIS; CEO, WestWater Research


9:30 a.m.         Why Water as a Sustainable Investment Class?



  • Brad Herrema, Co-Chair, SWIS; Shareholder, Brownstein

 ​   Panelists

  • Chris Allwin, CEO, Aetos Capital 

  • Rod Parsley, Co-Founder and Partner, Aqua Ceres, LLC                    


10:15 a.m.       Networking Refreshment Break


11:00 a.m.       Financing Sustainable Water Infrastructure


  • Brett Bovee, President, WestWater Research


  • Brian Cullen, President and CEO, VICO Infrastructure

  • Jeff Nelson, CEO, PERENfra


12:00 p.m.       Keynote Lunch Presentation | Catalina Terrace

  • Antonio Villaraigosa, Infrastructure Advisor, State of California


1:30 p.m.         The Critical Role of Public Water Agencies:

                       What It Takes to Make Public-Private Partnerships Successful


  • Chris Frahm, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck


  • Sandy Kerl, General Manager, San Diego County Water Authority

  • Mohsen Mortada, CEO, 3i Strategies

  • Adán Ortega, Chair, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

2:30 p.m.         Public Equity Opportunities in Water Sustainability


  • Liz Esposito, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck


  • Pat Hodgins, Principal, Renewable Resources Group

  • Scott Slater, CEO, President and Board of Directors, Cadiz, Inc.

    Chairperson of the Board, Limoneira

    Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck ​


3:30 p.m.         Networking Refreshment Break


4:00 p.m.         Water Sustainability and Debt Markets


  •  Evan Kodra, PhD, Senior Director, Climate and ESG, ICE Data Services


  • Newsha Ajami, PhD, Chief Strategy and Development Officer for Research,  Earth & Environmental Sciences Area, Berkeley Lab

  • Chuck Podolak, PhD, Director, Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona

  • Erika Smull, PhD, Research Analyst, Breckinridge Capital Advisors


4:45 p.m.         Roundtable Discussions

  • Growth and Potential for Groundwater Banking Markets

    • Eric Averett, CEO, Homer LLC.

  • The Decade Ahead for Water Transfers in the Western U.S.

    • Bryce McAteer, Senior Associate, WestWater Research

  • SGMA and the Emergence of Groundwater Markets

    • Anona Dutton, PG, CHg, Vice President and Board of Directors, EKI Environmental & Water

  • How Water Supply Risk is Affecting the Ag Market

    • Curtis Buono, Pacific West Managing Partner, Peoples Company


6:00 p.m.         Ocean Sunset Cocktail Party | Catalina Lawn


FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2022


8:00 a.m.         Networking Breakfast | Catalina Terrace & Lawn


9:00 a.m.         Investing in Agricultural Water Sustainability in California


  • Curtis Buono, Pacific West Managing Partner, Peoples Company


  • Jay Pierrepont, COO and President of Asset Management, Equilibrium

  • Rob Steiner, Operating Partner, Upwell Water

9:45 a.m.         Water Supply Risks and Achieving Sustainability in the Mining Sector


  • Jessica Fox, Southwest Regional Director, WestWater Research



  • Sandy Fabritz, Director, Water Strategy, Freeport McMorRan Copper & Gold Inc.

  • John Salkowski, President and CEO, Blue Mountain Minerals


10:30 a.m.       Networking Break


11:00 a.m.       Sustainable Water Supply through Technology


  • Harry Seely, Water Resource Economist, WestWater Research


  • John Hanula, Senior Vice President, Innovation, Stantec

  • Lnsp (Naggs) Nagghappan, CEO, Renovo Resources

  • Peter Stricker, CEO, SeaWell LLC.

12:00 p.m.       Networking and To-Go Bites

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