Register now for this one-of-a-kind symposium bringing together exciting speakers from diverse industries to share innovative solutions applicable to water.

Presented by the AWA’s South Australian Branch, and the SA Young Water Professionals Network, the 2019 Lessons from the Outside Symposium brings together exciting speakers from a range of industries outside the water sector to talk about their approaches to the significant challenges facing our world. 

Already acknowledged as a global leader, the South Australian water industry is at the forefront of devising solutions to challenges such as the changing needs of end users, resource scarcity and harnessing emerging technologies.  By hearing from experts outside our immediate sector we can begin to identify alternative approaches, new ways of thinking, and innovative solutions to these challenges.

Fresh perspective and knowledge will build our capacity to continue delivering cost effective water and wastewater solutions, meeting the needs of current and future generations.

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Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker will be Iota Services CEO, and AWA Board Director, Daniel Sullivan.

Daniel joined South East Water in August 2017 as a member of the executive and run its commercial arm, Iota. He has over 20 years’ experience in senior roles across technology commercialisation, consulting and international trade, including 12 years as a trade official on diplomatic postings. Daniel is excited to translate South East Water’s expertise and technologies that it is developing to enable its digital transformation, to the global water industry. Daniel has an MBA from the Melbourne Business School.


The University of Adelaide’s 
Professor Holger Maier will present on Lessons from Natural Disaster Resilience Planning.
Holger is Professor of Environmental Engineering in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at the University of Adelaide and Research Leader of the Economics and Strategic Decisions cluster of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.  His research is focused on decision-support, risk and uncertainty, data-driven modelling and optimisation.

Interactive Q&A Panel

By Frank Wyatt, Strategic Advisor - Enterprising Partnerships

In this session, Frank will be joined by four leading innovators who will dive into:
- How they’ve each addressed building a culture of innovation, a mindset of creativity and future-focused thinking in their organisations. 
- How they’ve stimulated ideation and ensured it is respected and sustained within the culture of their organisation. 
- What challenges people taking this journey are likely expect.
- What advice (other than don’t do it) have they got for achieving the different aspects of innovation: product, process, business model, and servitization. 
There will also be time for Q&A with the audience.

David McKay,
Chief Operations Officer, Thomas Foods International

David’s career in the meat processing and exporting industry spans in excess of 25 years. Before moving to South Australia in 2009, David was the General Manager of a large Australian sheep & lamb processor Fletcher International Exports – with processing facilities in NSW and Western Australia. As a Director and the Chief Operating Officer of Thomas Foods – David has overseen the expansion and growth of the organisation, that now processes in excess of 125,000 lambs and 5,000 cattle each week at its processing sites, employing in excess of 2,400 people in regional communities across Australia. Beginning his career as a meat worker, David has worked his way through the industry, combining his broad practical experience with under and post graduate degrees majoring in HR, Economics and Business Management. 

In a more broader role David is the Chair of the Murraylands Food Alliance which is a collective of the largest food producers in the Murraylands region. Combined with his current role David uses this platform for engagement with Governments at every level to advocate for regional spending to improve efficiency, competitiveness and opportunities for business through infrastructure and policy development.


by Jake BerryMechanical Engineer, WSP

This workshop will cover the principles of what embedded cultural design is and what it could look like for our communities and cities. Indigenous peoples and infrastructure have had problematic relationships in the past with roads, bridges and railways to name a few which can break connection between people and country. As such how can we create infrastructure to help reconnect relationships between country and people? How can country be represented and add meaning to the design of infrastructure spatially and its surfaces? 
Combining design with local indigenous principles enhances peoples’ connections to a place, its stories and what came before. These set of design principles are a starting point of engagement with local people and country. Real life examples will be presented of what it could potentially look like and will include concepts such as soundscape design. 

Krissy Raman,
Head of Strategy and Innovation, AGIG

In her role as Head of Strategy and Innovation at Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, Krissy is responsible for leading business strategy and implementing the long-term vision for natural gas, with a particular focus on decarbonisation through renewable gases such as hydrogen and biomethane. She also leads the broader stakeholder and consumer engagement program across the business. 

Krissy has bachelors degrees in Chemical Engineering (honours) and Finance, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance. Krissy has more than 12 years of energy industry experience, including five years with AGIG and, prior to that, with the Australian Energy Market Operator.

By Kevin Hecketsweiler, Energy Project Engineer, PREDICT

Kevin Hecketsweiler is a PREDICT’s Project Engineer dedicated to the energy & industrial sectors. He has experience in managing projects of maintenance. Prior to working with PREDICT, he was a project engineer in the maintenance department of a major energy service provider, managing projects for maintenance and energy efficiency services. He also has a work experience with a major European energy producer, working in hydroelectric power plants. 

He has a technical background with a Master’s level engineering degree, specialised in Energy, Operations & Maintenance. 

This background coupled with PREDICT’s experience in water projects enable him to have an excellent understanding of the modern challenges of the water industry.

Arrival tea & coffee, lunch, morning and afternoon tea from a menu of fresh South Australian produce are all included in your ticket. Join us for networking drinks at the end of the day - also included.


The SA Symposium 2019 will be held on Thursday 19 September 2019 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor 65 Hindley St, Adelaide CBD. 

AWA Members $250
Non-members $350
AWA Young Water Professionals $185
Students $160




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19/09/2019 - 19/09/2019
Hotel Grand Chancellor, 65 Hindley St, Adelaide CBD

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