Day 1 of World Water-Tech, Fostering Innovation: Accelerating Adoption and Reducing Risk for Utilities
Carl Yates, General Manager of Halifax Water, is a leader on a mission – to realize Halifax Water’s potential as one of the best water, wastewater and stormwater utilities in the world. No small ambition.
Carl has extensive experience in the water utility profession, having served as Project Engineer, Chief Engineer and currently General Manager of Halifax Water. In 2007, Carl oversaw the formation of the first regulated water, wastewater and stormwater utility in Canada. He is Past Chair of the Focus Area Council of the Water Research Foundation, Vice Chair of the Canadian Water Network, and a member of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Nova Scotia.
On day 1 of World Water-Tech North America, October 24, Carl will be speaking on the panel: Fostering Innovation: Accelerating Adoption and Reducing Risk for Utilities
• How are forward-thinking utilities developing innovation programs to evaluate and pilot new technologies? What’s the key to their success?
• Business model innovation is as important as the technology itself – how can we bridge the gap between a utility’s need and what technology companies are offering?
• Should utilities be sharing learning and data to better facilitate innovation and projects?
• How can we facilitate greater flexibility and cooperation between actors to allow technologies to be tested and proven? Is there scope to create a regulatory sandbox model?
• What does a culture of innovation look like? Is it about investment, incubation or creative thinking?
See Carl’s full bio here.