Former Massachusetts development chief Doug Foy will deliver the keynote address when business, policy and academic leaders gather May 12 for a conference at UMass Dartmouth to discuss "The Business of Water: Problems and Solutions."
The day-long conference, sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor's Building New Bridges initiative and organized by the Charlton College of Business, will focus on new opportunities to leverage business, science and engineering expertise in the region to create global solutions to water problems while also building a strong environmental industry network.
The event will be held at the Charlton College of Business, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be served. The event is free to the public but seating is limited.
"This conference is an effort to look at the new world of water," said Charlton College of Business Dean Eileen Peacock. "It will explore traditional water businesses and the economics of water as well as water's influence on how we will engineer our communities and new dimensions in the business of water."
Joining Foy at the event will be top academics such as David Marks, Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and David Zilberman, director of the Center for Sustainable Resource at the University of California Berkeley. Business presenters will include Craig Lindell, CEO of AquaPoint; Kim Jeffery, President and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America; and Wendi Goldsmith, President of The Bioengineering Group, Inc.
"The business of water is everybody's business. Every man, woman, and child in this region should consider this symposium a watershed event in this region," added Lindell.
"Our goal is to achieve a regional focus that will ultimately have a global impact," Prof. Dan Braha, the chair of the planning committee, said. "There will be ample opportunity for people to network, share ideas, and talk about next steps as we all look for solutions to a number of water-related problems facing the South Coast and the world."
The symposium is being offered as part of the Office of the Chancellor's "Building New Bridges" initiative, which is designed to build new and stronger alliances to address common challenges.
For registration, please send email to Nancy Freeman, firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 508-999-9288.