Improving our innovation engine for water treatment

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Kuger/Veolia has had innovation as a core value since its beginnings in 1853. This presentation will highlight some of the recent initiatives taken to modernize and adapt our "Innovation Engine" to the needs and expectations of our customers, in a more complex ecosystem with more startups, venture capital firms, etc. 

herve buisson, veolia

Hervé BUISSON  is currently Vice President - Process Engineering with Veolia Water Technologies Americas, based in Cary, North Carolina.  He has worked for over 20 years with Veolia in various senior technical positions including Managing Director of the Corporate Research Centre of Veolia Water near Paris.  Prior to his positions in Veolia, Hervé worked a Program Director at the Wastewater Technology Centre in Burlington, and at the Tunisian National Research Institute near Tunis.   A recognized global water and wastewater expert, Herve is a frequent invited speaker in water and innovation events.   He has also participated in various technical and scientific advisory boards, including for the SCELSE Biofilm project in Singapore, MEDRC Desalination Centre, Canadian National Research Council, and European Framework R&D programs.

A graduate in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Toulouse National Polytechnic Institute in France, with post graduate studies at Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal and Mc Master University in Canada, Herve Buisson is a citizen of France, Canada and USA.     


Justin Nifong, Ty Hagler, Digital Ideation

Raising baby elephants

Fidelity Investments has become one of the respected giants in the financial sector. As a powerful player in this space, many competitors fear competing head-on. Now what? How does Fidelity ensure that we can continue to not only survive, but thrive in the dynamic world of financial services? What will future generations of Fidelity look like, and how do we spawn and grow the next generation of leaders? 


Fidelity Labs incubates new product or services ideas for Fidelity Investments and its related businesses. Our team combines practices from Lean Startup, Design Thinking, and Agile development to rapidly create, test, and bring to market innovations. Duke Cheng is currently Head of Product. 



Tom Snyder, RiOt

Tom is Executive Director of RIoT, supporting Internet of Things and disruptive technology industry growth. By day he runs RIoT Labs at HQ Raleigh. In his spare time, Tom co-instructs Product Innovation Lab, a Forbes award winning multi-disciplinary course in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at NC State.

Prior to joining RIoT, Tom held an executive leadership role at the ASSIST Center, a National Science Foundation sponsored effort to create wearable electronics for healthcare monitoring. Previously, he spent two decades in product development and technology incubation in NC.

He’s passionate about creating and fostering collaborations across disciplines, markets and cultures. He enjoys the outdoors, woodworking, boardgames, big crowds, craft beer and ideas that are just crazy enough to work.



the role of startups in the Transformation of the accounting profession 

The AICPA  recently launched a startup accelerator to transform the future of the accounting profession.  This is a proactive strategy to address macro-level trends impacting the profession to ensure its long-term relevance and value to society.  The accelerator, a first of its kind in the accounting ecosystem, pairs select startup founders with thought leaders and luminaries, provides targeted access to technical expertise, and provides capital to help select startups grow.  Although this case is specific to the accounting profession, the model is easily applicable to other companies in any industry as a less expensive alternative to corporate venture capital.

Mark brooks, aicpa

Mark is Associate Director, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships for the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. An entrepreneur at heart, he has a 16-year record of translating complex business needs into strategic and technological solutions in emerging markets.

Mark’s current role at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants is to steward the future of the profession.  Specific areas of focus include co-founding and leading the Association and Startup Accelerator, developing strategic partnerships that expand the global reach and capabilities of the Association, and enhancing the culture of innovation.