Keynotes

Annette Lees

Annette Lees is the author of ‘Swim: A Year of Swimming Outdoors In New Zealand’ (Potton and Burton).  ‘Swim’, a social history and personal story of New Zealanders’ old love of swimming in creeks, rivers, estuaries, lakes and the sea, was long-listed for the 2019 Ockham New Zealand book prize’s Royal Society award for non-fiction. Annette Lees directs Alternative Endings, a consulting business with a special focus on strategy, complex problem resolution, capability and sustainability of organisations along with design and evaluation of public good projects, programmes and issues. Annette works throughout New Zealand and the Pacific.

 

Tom Schueler

Tom has 35 years of experience in practical aspects of stormwater and restoration practices to protect and restore urban watersheds. Tom directs the Chesapeake Stormwater Network, a non-profit devoted to training and engaging the public and private sectors to build more sustainable practices. Our mission is to help restore the Chesapeake Bay and the thousands of miles of streams that drain our nation’s watershed.

Tom also serves as the stormwater coordinator for the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program, and has guided a dozen expert panels to consensus on the best practices to reduce runoff and pollutants from the urban sector. Some notable expert panels included stormwater retrofits, stream restoration, low impact development practices, urban nutrient management, street cleaning and floating treatment wetlands.

In his career, Tom has written more than 50 stormwater design manuals, research reports on best practices, and other watershed guidance documents. Tom founded the Center for Watershed Protection in 1992, and loves stream walks, floodplain reconnection, and building rain gardens.