VX2021 Program

VX2021: Where Marketmakers Meet to Advance Clean & Green Tech Investments to Power Global Economic Recovery

VX2021 takes place virtually this winter beginning Monday & Tuesday January 25-26 and continuing through February and March as a series of virtual events that build on and confirm the central thesis of previous VerdeXchange conferences: California and the Western States are opportunity-rich markets for renewables, sustainable practice, finance, clean and green tech solutions to meet the Climate Imperative and propel global economic recovery. VX 2021 Webinars continue on Feb. 2, Feb 16, March 2, March 16. 

VX2021 Webinars Continue on Tuesdays in February & March 2021

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VX 2021 Day 1: Monday, January 25, 2021

7:45 AM

VX2021 Welcome 

Bill AllenCEO, LAEDC
David Abel, Chair, VerdeXchange

8:00 AM 

Morning Plenary:

Advancing Clean & Green Tech Policy & Investments to Power Global Economic Recovery 

Video Message:
Hiroaki Ishizuka, Chairman, Japan New Energy & Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

Mary Nichols, Fmr. Chair, CA Air Resources Board

Jonathan Weisgall, VP, Government Relations, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Benoit Charette, Minister for the Environment & the Fight Against Climate Change, National Assembly of Québec
Jeff Bleich, Chief Legal Counsel, Cruise


10:00 AM


Adapting San Pedro Ports to Climate Change 

Opening Remarks:
Philippe P. Huneault, Délégué, Government of Québec

10:10 Markets for Reducing Emissions & Financing Clean Infrastructure at the Ports

Jim Kelly, Director, S&C Electric

Gene Seroka, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles
Mario Cordero, Executive Director, Port of Long Beach

10:40 Demonstration Projects and Global Examples

Moderator:Adm. Dennis McGinn, (ret.) Fmr. US Assistant Secretary of the Navy/Sr. Advisor, Customer First Renewables

Simon Poulin, Market Strategist, Effenco 
Toru SugiuraCorporate Strategy & Business Development, Toyota Tsusho America Inc.

11:10 Opportunities for ZEV Technology Deployment

Minh Le, GM, Energy & Environment, LA County ISD

Heather Arias, Transportation & Toxics Division Chief, CA Air Resources Board

Tim Sasseen, Market Development Manager, Ballard
Nate Baguio, VP of Sales, The Lion Electric Co. 


11:40  Breakout Sessions- Q&A

12:30 PM


Opening Remarks:
Hillel Newman, Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles
Market Overview: Lev Goldberg, CEO, Aquify- an Exelon Company

12:35 Building Back Better: Wish List for Water Infrastructure 

Brian Jordan, VP, TetraTech

Heather Repenning, Vice Chair, MWD Board
Katy Young Yaroslavsky, Deputy for the Environment, LA County Supervisor Kuehl
Dan Lafferty, Deputy Director, LA County Public Works
Liz Crosson, Director of Infrastructure, Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
Mike Markus, General Manager, Orange County Water District
Sandra Kerl, General Manager, San Diego County Water Authority
Responder:Charley Wilson, Southern California Water Coalition

1:35 Update on Regional Water Collaboration

Brian Jordan, VP, TetraTech


Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District
Robert Ferrante, General Manager, LA County Sanitation Districts
Enrique Zaldivar, General Manager, LA City Sanitation & Environment
Rich Harasick, Sr. Asst. General Manager of the Water System, LA Department of Water & Power
Mark Pestrella, Director, LA County Public Works
Responder:Felicia Marcus, William C. Landreth Visiting Fellow, Stanford University

2:20 Water Technology for Resilience in 2021 & Beyond

Moderators:  Lev Goldberg, CEO, Aquify-an Exelon Company

Guy Meiri, Head of Business Development, IOSight
Ran Kedem, CEO, Reali Technologies Ltd.
David Faber, Vice President, Capital Equipment Sales, H2O Innovation
Hayato Nakazono, Manager, Pipeline Division, JFE Engineering
Dr. Babak Adeli Director of R&D, Acuva Tech 

2:55  Breakout Sessions- Q&A


3:30 PM Monday Jan. 25

-VX Green Hydrogen Forum-

Welcome: Stephen Cheung, COO, LAEDC, President, World Trade Center-LA

Opening Remarks:
Ambassador Jane Duke, Consul General of Australia in Los Angeles

3:40 PM     Emergence of Hydrogen Societies: Global Governments’ Hydrogen Policy Incentives
Moderator: Adm. Dennis McGinn, Fmr. US Assistant Secretary of the Navy/Sr. Advisor, Customer First Renewables
Norihiko Saeki, Executive Director, JETRO Los Angeles, Special Advisor to Minister of Economy, Trade & Industry, Japan
Aaron Hoskin, Sr. Manager, Intergovernmental Initiatives, Fuel Diversification, NRCan

4:10pm   Technology Deployments: Where? What’s Needed?  (Ports)
Moderator Janna Sidley, General Counsel, Port of LA
Tim Sasseen, Market Development Manager, Ballard
Joe Cappello, Executive Officer, Iwatani
Rob Del Core, Chief Strategy Officer, HYZON

4:40pmMarket Supply/Market Demand Updates
Moderator: Martin Tengler, BloombergNEF

Tom Soto, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Diverse Communities Impact Fund
P. Kevin Smith, Managing Partner, Invictus Advisory Group
Nate Taylor, SoCal Gas

Amy Ryan, Sr. Engineer in Fuel Cell Development Dept., Toyota Motor North America Research & Development

5:10pm Breakout Sessions 

VX 2021 Tuesday, January 26, 2021

8:00 AM Tuesday Jan. 26


8:00 Welcome 
David Abel, Chairman, VerdeXchange

8:02 AM  Urban Mobility-New Normal


Do "We" have the Capacity & Imagination to Manage Urban Mobility Post-COVID?
Moderator:Rick ColeFmr. City Manager, Santa Monica  & David Abel, Chairman, VerdeXchange

Panelists :
Hilary Norton, Chair, CA Transportation Commission
Laura Friedman, District 43, Transportation Committee Chair, CA State Assembly
Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, LADOT

8:35am Public Incentives, Imagination, and Possible Federal Funding Streams

Moderator: Rick Cole, Fmr. Santa Monica City Manager, Dep. Mayor, City of LA 

Lauren Faber O’ConnorChief Sustainability Officer, City of LA
Dr. Joshua Schank, Chief Innovation Officer, LA Metro
Samantha Bricker, Chief Sustainability & Revenue Management Officer, Los Angeles World Airports

9:10 Private Sector Mobility Leadership & Disruption

Moderator: Terry O’DayChief Operating Officer, In-Charge Energy

Colin Peppard, Manager for Outreach & Strategic Partnerships, Office of Extraordinary Innovation, LA Metro
Robert Grant, Sr. VP of Government Affairs & Social impact, Cruise 
Loni Mahanta, Principal, Ringleap Consulting


10:30 AM Tuesday Jan. 26


Opening Remarks

Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister for the Economy & Innovation, National Assembly of Québec

10:40 AM Lithium California & The Salton Sea
Moderator: Sharon Mustri, BloombergNEF

Jonathan WeisgallVP of Government Relations, Berkshire Hathaway
Karen DouglasCA Energy Commission
TBA, Lithium Valley Commission

11:10 AM New breakthroughs in Electro-Chemical Battery Technology

Moderator: Jim Kelly, Director, S&C Electric

Adrian Tylim, Business Development USA, Blue Solutions
Benoit Couture, Lithion Recycling
Matt Harper, Chief Commercial Officer Invinity Energy Systems

11:40 AM Energy Storage Updates

Moderator: Christine Harada, Fmr. US Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, Fmr. President, i(x) Investments
Yayoi Sekine, Energy Storage Lead, BloombergNEF
Kevin Peng, IPP Renewable Project Generation Manager, LA Department of Water & Power 

12:10 Breakout Sessions


1:30 PM Tuesday Jan. 26


Building Back Better: Multi-Benefit, Functionally Integrated & Innovative Urban Infrastructure

Welcome & Introduction: Adel HagekhalilGeneral Manager, StreetsLA

Opening Remarks: Bob BlumenfieldCouncilmember, District 3, LA City Council
Barbara Romero, Deputy Mayor for City Services, Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

"One Water"  
Brian Jordan, VP, TetraTech

1:55 PM Infrastructure Investment in Cities: Integration

Moderator Adel HagekhalilGeneral Manager, StreetsLA
Greg Spotts, Chief Sustainability Officer, StreetsLA
Heather Repenning, Executive Officer of Sustainability Policy, LA Metro
Dan BunceSr. VP, Brown & Caldwell
Francois NionExecutive VP, JCDecaux North America
Moshik Mah, Design Principal, HDR Architecture


2:30  PM Infrastructure Investment in Cities: Innovation
Moderator Adel HagekhalilGeneral Manager, StreetsLA

Miguel SangalangInterim Director & General Manager, LA Bureau of Street Lighting
Kevin Minne, Director of Advanced Planning & Innovation, Streets LA
Imran Noorani, VP of Strategy & Corporate Development, PeakPower
Scott Saffian, General Manager- Western US, FLO

2:50 PM Infrastructure Investment in Cities: Inclusion

Capri MaddoxExecutive Director, LA City Department of Civil & Human Rights
Effie Turnbull SandersVP of Civic Engagement, USC
Mia Lehrer, LADWP Board Member; Founder, Studio MLA
Rachel Malarich, Chief Forestry Officer, City of LA

3:20 Breakout Session-Connecting the Dots




VX 2021 Webinars Continue on Tuesdays in February & March

Save the Dates:
Tuesday, February 2
Tuesday February 16
Tuesday, March 2


VX 2021 Tuesday, February 2, 2021

10:00 AM Tuesday Feb. 2



Resilience in the Built Environment

Welcome & Introduction:
Opening Remarks

10:10 AM Market Updates

Hayato Nakazono, Manager, Pipeline Division, JFE Engineering

10:40  PM Enhancing Resiliency through Distributed Generation

Moderator: Robert Griffin, Customer First Renewables 
David Hochschild, Chair, CA Energy Commission
Adm. Dennis McGinn, Fmr. US Assistant Secretary of the Navy

11:10 PM Building Codes & New Technology

TBA, Daikin

11:40 Breakout Session

VX 2021 Tuesday, February 16, 2021


10:00 AM Feb. 16


Fixing California’s Financing Gap

Welcome & Introduction:
Opening Remarks

10:10 AM Catalyzing the Project Pipeline

Matt Horton, 
Director, Center for Regional Economics, Milken Institute
Sen. Bob Hertzberg, Senate Majority Leader, CA State Senate


Breakout Session

1:00 PM Feb. 16



Accelerating Advanced Clean Transportation

Welcome & Introduction:
Opening Remarks

8:10 AM Alternative Propulsion: The Future is Now

Moderator: Terry O’Day, Chief Operating Officer, In-Charge Energy
Tom Soto, Managing Partner, Diverse Communities Impact Fund


VX 2021 Tuesday, March 2, 2021

9:30 AM March 2




VX2021 Waste & Recycling Charrette

Welcome & Introduction:
Opening Remarks

9:40 AM Diversion, Recycling, & Producer Responsibility

Moderator: Gideon Kracov, CARB
Coby Skye, LA County Public Works
Doug Kobold, CPSC
John Shegerian, ERI
TBA, Kaneka


1:30 PM  March 2



Transmission & Grid Reliability

Welcome & Introduction:
Opening Remarks

Moderator: Jonathan Weisgall, VP of Government Relations, Berkshire Hathaway Energy

VX 2021 Tuesday, March 16, 2021


10:00 AM March 16


Trade Agreements: Clean Energy & Climate Change

Welcome & Introduction:
Opening Remarks


Stephen Cheung, President, WTC-LA

Sen. Bob Hertzberg, Senate Majority Leader, CA State Senate
Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Oregon District 3, US House of Representatives
Akira Muto, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles
John Emerson,* Capital Group and Fmr US Ambassador to Germany

**Trade Ambassadors/CGs from Latin America, Europe, Australia & Asia

1:00 PM March 16


LA River Master Plan: Assessing New Recommendations & Plans to Capture, Store, and Recharge Stormwater

Welcome & Introduction:
Opening Remarks



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