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Water Environment Federation announces 'high profile' speakers for WEFTEC 2013

October 04, 2013
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An impressive line-up of high profile national and international speakers has been confirmed to headline some of the most highly anticipated events of the Water Environment Federation’s 86th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC), according to the event's organizers.

WEFTEC 2013 will be held Oct. 5-9, 2013 at McCormick Place in Chicago Ill.

The opening general session on Oct. 7 will feature a welcome from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn followed by a keynote from best-selling author Kevin Carroll. According to WEFTEC, "Carroll will inspire more innovation in water management by encouraging attendees to embrace their spirit of play and creativity to achieve greater personal and professional growth and success."

Following the keynote, G. Tracy Mehan III, a former U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator for Water and a Principal at the Cadmus Group, will moderate a "Water Leaders Session," which will include commentary from:

  • Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago
  • Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Harlan Kelly, Jr., General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Heiner Markhoff, President and CEO, GE Water & Process Technologies
  • Chew Men Leong, Chief Executive, PUB Singapore
  • Sue Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, Water Corporation of Western Australia

On Tuesday, Robert Kennedy, Jr., a vocal advocate for water stewardship, will speak about the importance of nutrient removal and recovery. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago President Kathleen Meany will also be on-hand to discuss the planned 2015 launch of the world’s largest nutrient recovery facility, which will be built at Chicago’s Stickney Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Other speakers scheduled to appear at WEFTEC include Dr. Krishna Pagilla from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Dr. John Novak from Virginia Tech and Kevin Fitzpatrick, supervising civil engineer at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

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