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October 26 - October 28, 2022

2022 CWA Annual Conference

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Celebra la belleza del agua with the California Water Association at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa located at 400 Cannery Row, Monterey, California, from Wednesday, October 26th to Friday, October 28th, 2022!

Be ready to lunch and learn with delicious food and informational seminars from our CWA members; followed by an opening dinner Wednesday evening. Thursday will be a day full of illuminating talks about water health and preservation, followed by a reception and dinner. Friday concludes our conference with a buffet breakfast and the CWA Annual Meeting.

With a number of networking, educational, and entertainment opportunities, the CWA invites you to enjoy Cannery Row along the water porque Agua es Vida!


Interested in learning more? View our preliminary conference program to get a better idea as to what we have planned!

Registration Rates:
A & B Companies – $700
A & B Company Guest – $350
C & D Companies – $150
C & D Companies Guest – $150
Non-members – $700
Government/NGO – $200
Industry Affiliates – $700
Students – $150

Hotel Information:
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
400 Cannery Row, Monterey, California

Discounted Group Rates:
Inland View – $261
Partial Ocean View – $319
Harbor View – $385
Harbor View Balcony – $450

Deadline to Book: September 26, 2022

To book your room for the conference, please call the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa at (800) 334-3999. Attendees can also book their rooms by clicking here.

Do not forget to mention you are attending the 2022 CWA Annual Conference for a discounted rate!

Event Details
October 26 - October 28, 2022
October 26, 2022 @ 9:00 am - October 28, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Conference Agenda

October 26

Members Only

All Day

The agenda for this day is for members only. Further information will be shared via email.

October 27

All Attendees

8:00 AM

Annual Conference Host: Ed Jackson, President, Liberty Utilities (California), Incoming President of California Water Association

8:05 AM

CWA Year in Review: Evan Jacobs, Director of External Affairs, California American Water, President of California Water Association

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Opening Speaker: Barton “Buzz” Thompson, Jr., JD/MBA, Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law, Stanford Law School

8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Panel 1: Contabilizando Cada Gota de Agua – Accounting for Every Water Drop

Moderator: Jack Hawks, Executive Director, California Water Association (ret.)


  • Kateline Lin, Senior Associate Engineer, San Jose Water 
  • Tricia Anklan, Director, Water Utility Consulting, West Monroe 
  • Joseph Ball, Director, Global Smart Metering Practice, Jacobs 
  • Ed Cooney, Program Manager, City of Hillsborough
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 10:25 AM

Diversidad de Proveedor Actualization – Supplier Diversity Update – Holly Joy, Program Manager for Supplier Diversity, Liberty Utilities (California) and Chair of the Supplier Diversity Committee for California Water Association

10:25 AM - 11:45 AM

Panel 2: Ser Un Mejor Aliado – Be a Better Ally

Moderators: Ed Simon, Director of Business Performance, Inclusion and Diversity Officer, California American Water; Tim Guster, Vice President and General Counsel, Great Oaks Water 

  • What is Allyship?  How do you put Allyship into action? 

Case Examples: 

  • San Jose Water: John Tang Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & Government Relations and Gil Rivas, Director of Distribution Systems 
  • San Gabriel Valley Water: Matt Yucelen, Vice President of Engineering and Jeanette Diaz, Supplier Diversity and Procurement Manager
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch Speaker: John Reynolds, Commissioner, CPUC

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 Panel 3: Mejorar Las Comunicaciones Con Los Clientes – Improve Customer Communications 

Moderator: Shannon Dean, Vice President of Customer Service and Chief Citizenship Officer, California Water Service Company


  • Lee Weissmann, Client Partner for Public Agencies & Utilities, Nextdoor 
  • Marci McFadden, Chief of Staff and Chief of Communications & Community Engagement, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District 
  • Amy Thoma Tan, Director of Public Affairs and Issues, Sutter Health Services 
  • Lorene Miller, Vice President of Customer Service Operations, Southern California Edison
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Panel 4: Soluciones Para Sistemas Pequeños Que Están Fallando – Solutions for Small Failing Systems

Moderator: Jennifer Lukins, Manager, Lukins Brother Water 


  • Michelle Frederick, P.E., Northern California Consolidation Coordinator, State Water Resources Control Board 
  • Maureen Kerner, Research Engineer, Office of Water Programs, California State University, Sacramento
  • Jessi Snyder, Director of Community Development, Self Help Enterprises
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Panel 5: Priorizando La Calidad Del Agua – Prioritizing Water Quality

Moderator: Sophie James, Chief Water Quality Officer, California Water Service Company   

  • Edgar Dymally, Senior Environmental Specialist, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Eric Miguelino, M.D., Research Scientist, State Water Resources Control Board 
  • Chad Seidel, President, Corona Environmental Consulting
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Speaker: Cindy Messer, Lead Deputy Director, California Department of Water Resources

October 28

Members Only

All Day

The agenda for this day is for members only. Further information will be shared via email.

Join us October 26th to October 28th!