Itron Inspire

Explore the possibilities and be inspired.

Join us for Itron Inspire, Sept. 23-30, 2022, in Marco Island, FL, for the industry insights you’ve come to expect from Itron’s premier, customer-focused event–offered this year in-person and online.

Two Ways to Experience Itron Inspire

In Person

In-Person

The in-person event will feature a full line-up of sessions and networking events.
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Virtual

Online

Join us online from anywhere and watch live keynotes and breakout sessions.
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Agenda-at-a-Glance



Fri., Sep. 23 &
Sat., Sep. 24

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pre-Conference Training

Sun., Sep. 25

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pre-Conference Training

7:45 a.m.
Turtle Trot 5K

8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Golf

1-5 p.m.
IEE MDM Users' Forum

2-5 p.m.
Knowledge Center Open

6-7:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception

Mon., Sep. 26

6:45 a.m.
Breakfast

8-9:30 a.m.
General Session
  • Brian Bentz, CEO, Alectra
  • Tom Deitrich, President and CEO, Itron
  • Frost & Sullivan Awards

9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Knowledge Center Open

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

12-1:15 p.m.
Lunch

3:30-4:15 p.m.
Big Picture Session

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Women in Utilities Session

6-9 p.m.
Monday Night Event: High Tides & Good Vibes

Tue., Sep. 27

7:15 a.m.
Breakfast

8:30-9:45 a.m.
General Session
  • Guest Speaker
  • Itron Innovator Award

9:45 a.m.-5 p.m.
Knowledge Center Open

10:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Big Picture Session

12:15-1:15 p.m.
Lunch

5-6:30 p.m.
Closing Reception

6-8 p.m.
Itron Engage Sales Channel Partner Reception

6-8 p.m.
Itron Post-Conference Forums Reception (post-conference forum attendees only)

Wed., Sep. 28

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Itron Engage Sales Channel Partner Conference (invite only)

8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Itron Solutions Forum (invite only)

8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Field Collection System (FCS) Users' Forum

1-2:30 p.m.
Grid Management Forum

1-2:30 p.m.
Water Operations Management (WOM) Forum

3-4:30 p.m.
AMI Operations Forum

6-9 p.m.
Itron Engage Sales Channel Partner Dinner & Awards

Thurs., Sep. 29

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Itron Engage Sales Channel Partner Conference (invite only)

8:15 a.m.-4 p.m.
Itron Solutions Forum (invite only)


Agenda subject to change.


Featured Speakers

Brian Bentz
Brian Bentz President and CEO, Alectra Inc.
Keynote Presenter
Brian is the President and CEO of Alectra Inc., the largest municipally-owned utility in Canada.

Alectra Inc., through its regulated utility, Alectra Utilities Corporation, provides power and related services to more than one million electricity customers in Ontario's Greater Golden Horseshoe Area and Central Ontario. Alectra Inc. also provides innovative energy solutions to consumers through several unregulated subsidiaries including Alectra Energy Solutions and Services Inc.

Brian played a major role in the creation and growth of Alectra, which involved a multi-utility merger, and the acquisition of another utility, under the company's strategic growth strategy. His expertise in utility consolidations was also demonstrated through several mergers and acquisitions in his previous role as the President and CEO of PowerStream.

Brian has assumed an active leadership role within the energy industry. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Cordelio Power and as a Board Director of the Ontario Energy Association (OEA).

Brian has been recognized on several occasions for his industry leadership. In 2017, he was presented with the LDC 'Leader Award' from the MEARIE Group and was a co-winner of the OEA 'Leader of the Year' Award in 2016. In previous years, he received the 'Chair's Citation' from the EDA, the Electricity Human Resources Canada 'Leader of the Year' Award, the 'Game Changer' Award from the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), as well as recognition as a 'Clean50' and 'Clean16' Champion for leadership in sustainability advancement.

Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Brian is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant. He holds an MBA (McMaster), an honourary Bachelor of Applied Arts degree (Georgian College) and a Certified Engineering Technologist designation (Electrical/Electronics).
Kimberly Britton
Kimberly Britton CEO, EPIcenter
Women in Utilities Session Moderator
Kimberly M. Britton has decades of experience leading organizations in the sectors of energy, government, health care, and the arts with emphasis in nonprofits, government relations, land use politics, public and community relations as a founder and senior leader.

Her areas of expertise include energy trends, strategy, cross-functional teams, negotiation and building organizations from the ground up. Britton leads the third nonprofit startup of her career and has co-founded two for-profit startups.

Currently, she is the Chief Executive Officer of EPIcenter, a nonprofit created by CPS Energy, OCI Solar, Itron and Landis+Gyr. EPIcenter propels energy innovation and thought for our global future with a think tank, incubator and accelerator, strategic partnerships, and critical conversations around energy.

Britton is the co-founder of a new collaboration of public power utilities designed to enable cooperation among the entities and to harness the collective might of public power in the state.

She currently serves as a member of the Denton’s Smart Cities Think Tank and represented San Antonio in Public Utilities Fortnightly’s list of Smartest Communities 2019. In addition, Britton was named an awardee of the San Antonio Business Journal’s Women in Leadership Award 2021 and is a member of SA100.

She is a Fort Worth native and graduate of Texas Christian University residing in San Antonio with her husband Gary Britton, principal of his own executive coaching and consulting firm, and their very personable dog Ruby.
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Tom Deitrich President and CEO, Itron
Keynote Presenter
Tom Deitrich was appointed president and chief executive officer and named to Itron's board of directors on Aug. 6, 2019. He joined Itron in 2015 as executive vice president and COO and has played a major role in shaping the company’s strategy to partner with cities and utilities to deliver industrial IoT solutions.

Tom has more than 25 years of experience in global operations at leading technology firms and has held numerous executive management positions where he led business-level strategies that transformed and significantly improved business results. He has extensive experience in product management, research and development, supply chain management and business development in several industries, including industrial equipment, telecommunications and semiconductors.

Before joining Itron, Tom was senior vice president and general manager for Digital Networking at Freescale Semiconductor. Prior to Freescale, Tom worked for Flextronics International, Ericsson Mobile Communications and General Electric Corporation.
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Marina Donovan Vice President, Global Marketing and Public Affairs, Itron
General Session
Marina Donovan has more than 20 years of global technology marketing and public relations experience with a background in data security, networking and mobile. She joined Itron as vice president of global marketing & public affairs in January 2018. Prior to joining Itron, she was vice president of marketing for Silver Spring Networks, where Marina led all aspects of outbound marketing including branding and corporate positioning, demand creation, events, product marketing, public relations and web properties. Prior to joining Silver Spring, she held executive marketing positions at IronKey by Imation, Syniverse, VeriSign and RSA Security. Marina holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from San Jose State University.
Tom Koulopoulos
Tom Koulopoulos Chairman and founder, Delphi Group
Keynote Presenter
Tom Koulopoulos is Chairman and founder of Delphi Group, a 30-year-old Boston-based think tank named one of the fastest growing private companies by Inc. Magazine, and the founding partner of Acrovantage Ventures, which invests in early-stage technology startups. He is also the author of 13 books, an Inc.com columnist, the past Executive Director of the Babson College Center for Business Innovation, the past director of the Dell Innovation Lab, and a professor at Boston University.

His insights have received wide praise from luminaries such as the late Peter Drucker, the father of modern management; Dee Hock, founder of Visa International, and Tom Peters, who called his writing, “a brilliant vision of where we must take our enterprises to survive and thrive.” His Inc. column is read by over one million people yearly.

Mr. Koulopoulos’ thirteen books include his most recent, Reimagining Healthcare, The Bottomless Cloud, Revealing the Invisible, The Gen Z Effect, and Cloud Surfing. His upcoming book, Gigatrends, looks at the seven tech trends that are shaping the future of how we live, work, and play.

According to Tom’s mentor, Peter Drucker, Tom’s writing “makes you question not only the way you run your business but the way you run yourself.”
Stephanie Muhlheim
Stephanie Muhlheim Voltage Optimization Program Manager, Dominion Energy
Panelist, Big Picture
Stephanie Muhlheim has been with Dominion Energy for almost 22 years. She began her career on the gas side of the business in Ohio and now resides with her family in Virginia, where she has lived since 2008, working on the electric side of the business. She holds an MBA from Kaplan University and a Six Sigma Black Belt. Within Dominion Energy she has held multiple positions; most within the metering arena. Currently she is the Voltage Optimization Program manager. She just began this role in May prior to that she was leading the smart meter field deployment efforts and the AMI field technician teams; who are responsible for troubleshooting to improve communications and day to day maintenance to keep the system operating at it’s full potential. In her free time she enjoys the beach and camping (well glamping) with her family and pets.
Andrea Nuesser
Andrea Nuesser Director of Customer Strategy & Experience, Hydro One
Women in Utilities Session Panelist
Andrea Nuesser is the Director of Customer Strategy & Experience at Hydro One. In her role, she is responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives to serve Hydro One’s broad customer base now and into the future.

Andrea is an experienced leader and engaging strategist who is passionate about shaping the future of energy. In an evolving utility landscape, she provides thought leadership and drives collaboration through various industry working groups to enable new energy solutions and help customers with their energy transition.

Andrea has a broad background in social sciences, marketing and customer behaviour. Before joining Hydro One, she was a Vice President at Innovative Research Group, a public opinion research and consulting firm. Andrea holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.
Farah Saeed
Farah Saeed Research Director, Digital Electric Grid, Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan Awards
Farah Saeed is an industry expert with nearly 20 years of consulting, project management and fulfillment expertise focused on power and energy equipment and services. Saeed currently serves as Research Director Digital Grid.

In her current role, Saeed works closely with OEMs to validate market opportunities and assess risks, providing a deep understanding of business issues facing mature as well as emerging energy markets and technologies. She also specializes in forecasting models and customer survey designs centered on regional and geographic trends, while keeping a pulse on disruptive trends and technologies that are influencing the competitive environment.

Saeed’s industry expertise includes extensive experience in high-growth and emerging power and energy devices, such as transmission and distribution equipment. This includes IT/OT, power distribution equipment, demand side management, home automation, smart meters, related network infrastructure, and distributed generation.
Dave Wollman
Dr. David Wollman Deputy Division Chief, Smart Connected Systems Division, U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Panelist, Big Picture
Dr. David Wollman is Deputy Division Chief of the Smart Connected Systems Division of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In addition to expanding NIST’s coordination and research activities in cyber-physical systems (CPS) and the Internet of Things (IoT), he also has extensive experience and contributions in smart grid, including building up NIST’s smart grid program in response to the Energy Independence and Security Act, and accelerating the development of smart grid interoperability standards including for Green Button energy usage information. Dave received his Ph.D. (Condensed Matter Physics) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has received many awards, including two U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medals, a Silver Medal, the NIST Applied Research Award, and three U.S. patents.

Featured Sessions

Brian Bentz

General Session

Tom Koulopoulos

General Session

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Women in Utilities Session

Big Picture Sessions

Featuring presenters with some of the industry's deepest experience, this year's Big Picture Sessions are sure to give you valuable insights into the future of energy and water management.

Transforming Utilities and Cities with Data

Unlocking Intelligence to Accelerate Modernization

Preparing for Cyber Threats in a Digital World

Preparing for Cyber Threats in a Digital World

See Technology in Action at the Knowledge Center

Showcasing Itron's comprehensive solutions and partner offerings, the Knowledge Center is the place to connect with the experts, discover new technology and learn how your utility or city can make the most of its energy, water and community resources. While there, tour the Itron Experience to see how our solutions come together to deliver outcomes for utilities and smart cities.

Awards Season

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Excellence in Resourcefulness Awards­

The annual Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Resourcefulness Awards will be presented at Itron Inspire to organizations who are reducing waste and using resources efficiently.
Last year’s winners were:

  • Energy Industry: Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
  • Water Industry: Las Vegas Valley Water District

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Itron Innovator Award

This award, presented at Itron Inspire, recognizes a utility or city customer that has leveraged our partner enablement programs to deliver a breakthrough solution that solves challenges in energy/water efficiency and smart communities. Nominations are open now.

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