It is with great disappointment that we have decided to officially cancel our 2020 Water for Life Conference.

Our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected by the COVID-19 situation, it is a very unsettling time for all. 

While we may hold a similar event later this year or early next year, due to the current uncertainties in the operating environment we feel the best option is to cancel and start afresh when we can. We thank you for the support you have shown our organisation and hope to see you at another of our events in the future.

Information on how to request a refund will be emailed to all delegates on Monday 6thApril.  Thank you for your patience as we have worked through this process.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

How do we need to adapt to shore up the future of our water?

The next topic is beyond fitting to be hosted in Christchurch, New Zealand’s pillar of resilience, where we explore the future of water and the need for resilience and diversification. From sustainability to public-private partnerships, there are many schools of thought on how our water landscape should be shaped, and this session will begin to look into a few. Opened by Todd Muller, MP for Bay of Plenty & National Party Spokesperson for Agriculture, we welcome leaders in the field to give talks on their view of where we need to be. First up, Founding Director of Leftfield Innovation, Susan Goodfellow.

A new business model enabling sustainable land use transformation | Susan Goodfellow, Leftfield Innovation

Having spent ten years working in senior management roles in Asia for several international environmental consultancy firms, Susan then moved to a tole as General Manager Environment, delivering the Central Plains Water Enhancement Scheme (CPW) from consent through to delivery of irrigation systems for seven years.

Leaving CPW mid-2017, Susan co-founded Leftfield Innovation Ltd.  Leftfield Innovation aims to enable 100,000ha of new, novel or diversified sustainable land use options to farmers across New Zealand who wish to actively engage within the value chain through understanding global consumers who care and utilising technology to add value to their products. Susan will explore transforming business models to transform land usage sustainably.

Waimea Community Dam, a public-private partnership to secure our region’s future | Mike Scott, CEO, Waimea Water

Having previously held the position of Vice President for Strategic Business Development and Growth at Woodside Energy Limited and Growth, Mike has 27 years post graduate experience in business and commercial development, strategy, planning, operations and engineering in predominantly the energy sector in Australia, Scotland, USA and New Zealand. He also held the position of Chief Executive Officer for one of Australia’s largest economic assets, the A$34B North West Shelf LNG Joint Venture Project.

Mike has a Master of Engineering with Distinction in Civil Engineering from the University of Canterbury, specialising in environmental engineering and has completed executive international management training at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona.

Mike is now with Waimea Water Ltd and will join us to discuss the Waimea Community Dam, one of the region’s most important infrastructure projects ever and the largest dam built in New Zealand for over 20 years.

Sustainable crop production in CEA (Controlled Environment Agriculture) – a grower’s story and future tech reality | Kylie Horomia, Autogrow

Kylie is the Head of Communications at global agtech firm Autogrow, where the focus is on sustainable crop production in CEA (Controlled Environment Agriculture). This includes everything from plant biology, data science, automation and artificial intelligence.

Her love of horticulture was developed while working for T&G Global (formerly Turners & Growers) where she created the grower story series and established a partnership with Garden to Table.

In 2019, she co-wrote the Global CEA Census, highlighting the trends and insights into what is a rapidly evolving industry (published in November). She also continues to capture grower stories, to share their views on the industry and their future. Kylie will join us to give us further insights into a grower’s story and future tech reality.

Leaders in resilience and diversification, New Zealand is well versed to begin shaping the future of our water, these talks will give us thorough insight into the best ways to shape this plan. Grab your discounted tickets now and be a part of the conversation.