2017 Keynote Speakers

hectorwebHector Cyre:

Hector Cyre has devoted his professional life to helping communities create outstanding water resource management programs and properly fund them. He founded Water Resource Associates, Inc. in 1978 to provide specialized professional services to local governments and industry in the field of water resource management, development, and conservation, with a primary focus on stormwater management. Since then, he has attained an international reputation in stormwater management, serving clients in the United States from Washington State to Florida, and in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Prior to establishing Water Resource Associates, Mr. Cyre was the Manager of the City of Bellevue, Washington Storm and Surface Water Utility. He guided the Bellevue utility from its inception in 1974 through late 1978. As that Utility’s first manager, he is generally credited with developing the concept of a comprehensive stormwater management program financed as a self-sufficient municipal utility. His hands-on experience administering the daily operations of a municipal stormwater program has proven especially valuable to clients as they develop and implement their programs. For many years, he taught seminars on stormwater management on behalf of the American Society of Civil and presented numerous professional papers throughout the world.


jamiewebJamie Ewert:

Jamie Ewert is the National Engagement Manager with the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities. With more than 18 years’ experience in the water sector in urban and rural water management roles across Victoria and New South Wales, Jamie’s background includes catchment management, environmental flows, and most recently, integrated water management in the urban water sector. He has held leadership, technical, policy, planning and engagement roles, developing a range of skills including technical management, collaboration, and engagement. Jamie has extensive experience in collaborative research projects and is a member of the International Water Association’s Cities of the Future working group.

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jackwebJack Mullaly:

Jack Mullaly is Ideanthro’s crazed founder. His philosophy is simple. Do interesting things. Do important things. Learn in the process. Share with other people what you learn.

Jack fell into water sensitive urban design by accident in 2010, and has loved it ever since. He has worked in the local government, not for profit and private sectors. Jack has managed multi-million dollar stormwater treatment designs, authored water sensitive urban design guidelines and developed and run numerous training sessions around Australia. Today Ideanthro is Jack’s passion. Ideanthro is an online video resource sharing resources founded by Jack. Ideanthro shares the best knowledge in how we use water in the urban environment to create places that we want to live, move and play, and that last into the future.


hughwebHugh Logan:

Hugh Logan is the Chair of the Land and Water Forum, which brings together a range of industry groups, environmental and recreational NGOs, iwi, scientists, and other organisations with a stake in freshwater and land management. The Forum’s objective is to develop a shared vision and a common way forward among all those with an interest in water, through a stakeholder-led collaborative process. In the 2000s and 1990s Hugh headed the Ministry for the Environment, the Department of Conservation and the New Zealand Antarctic programme. Hugh has a PhD in environmental policy. Hugh was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for public services at the crash site of the Air New Zealand DC 10 on Mt. Erebus, Antarctica 1979.