Turning Disruption into Positive Transformation
Posted 2 August 2017
The Young Water Professionals Forum on 15 June, sponsored by Steel Mains
, Water Research Australia
, and Bickfords
, was a great success. The first session saw executive level speakers and panellists from water utilities and industry members Steel Mains, SA Water, United Focus, and Inside Infrastructure provide substantial food for thought.
Daniel Conley, from the University of Adelaide, challenged us to find entrepreneurial, innovative solutions to problems in order to leave a positive fingerprint on the world rather than a negative footprint.
Mark Wilson, from SA Water, and Steven Smith, from United Focus, helped us glimpse a future of using recycled water for high technology enterprise, and utilities using advanced digital solutions to provide a better customer experience.
The panel session saw panellists Jamie Hollamby (SA Water), Lucinda Hewitson (Diversity Inclusion), and Craig Headon (Inside Infrastructure) engage with attendees in some robust discussion about flexible work arrangements and activity-based working. During the evening session, a workshop introduced by Managing Director of Communikate, Kate Hanneman, and facilitated by the YWP Committee members, left attendees with some personal branding techniques to take home.
We received great feedback for the event, in particular from Amir Vahdani, Regional Sales Manager (WA & SA), Steel Mains, who said:
“Thank you so much for having us. The event was well planned/performed. Well done. You did a really good job. It's always great to be in such a nice, informative and interactive environment with young professionals. We'd definitely be keen to attend your next events when/if possible.”
The Young Water Professional Committee was pleased to see so many new faces at the forum and welcome them to the YWP network. As always, we encourage all members of the Association, young or young-at-heart, to participate in our events and to help facilitate networking links between YWPs and other members.
We would like to thank all who presented and attended the forum, and look forward to hosting future events in 2017. Please keep an eye on the SA events page and in future editions of Source SA
for new event details.