Opening Keynote Session

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | The Four Seasons Ballroom 3-4

Open to All Registered Attendees
Welcome Address:
Marla Barnes, Group Publisher, HydroReview and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide






Brian D. Good

Chief Administrative Officer, Denver Water

As Chief Administrative Officer, Brian Good leads a diverse team of people whose primary focus is to provide excellent internal service to Denver Water. Areas of focus include safety, security, emergency management, environmental compliance, sustainability, purchasing, contract control records and printing, and recreation at Denver Water facilities.

Brian’s previous roles at Denver Water include Director of Operations and Maintenance, Deputy Manager of Organizational Improvement, Water Recycling Plant Supervisor, and Assistant Supervisor of the Marston Water Treatment Plant.

Before joining Denver Water, Brian managed source of supply, water treatment, and distribution operations for the Champaign, Ill., division of Illinois American Water Corporation.

Since 2012, Brian has also been a lecturer for the University of Colorado’s Water Utility Management curriculum, for which he co-authored a companion textbook titled The Effective Water Professional, published by the Water Environment Federation in 2015.

He has a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Colorado.



Kristina Johnson

CEO, Cube Hydro

Dr. Kristina M. Johnson is co-founder and chief executive officer of Cube Hydro Partners, which has a mission to seize the overlooked opportunity to acquire and modernize hydroelectric facilities and develop power at unpowered dams. Cube Hydro was established in January 2015 and owns 15 hydroelectric facilities in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The company also has three hydro projects under development and has announced acquisition of four plants in North Carolina.

Prior to co-founding Cube Hydro, Dr. Johnson served as Under Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, responsible for unifying and managing a broad $10.5 billion Energy and Environment portfolio, including an additional $37 billion in energy and environment investments from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

Previously, she was Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at The Johns Hopkins University from 2007 to 2009, Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University from 1999 to 2007 and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Kristina is a Member of the Board of Directors of AES Corporation, Cisco Systems, Boston Scientific and GE’s Ecomagination.

A Fulbright Faculty Scholar in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and a NATO Post-Doctoral Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin, Dr. Johnson received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University and has honorary degrees from Trinity College, Tufts University, McGill University and the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Dr. Johnson is a fellow of the OSA, IEEE, SPIE, AAAS and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Women Engineers. She recently was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. She was awarded the Dennis Gabor Award for Creativity in Modern Optics, the John Fritz Medal, considered the highest award given in the engineering profession, and has been inducted into the US Inventors Hall of Fame, the National Academy of Inventors, the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, the Women in Information Technology Hall of Fame and the Small Business Technology Council Hall of Fame. She holds 119 U.S and international patents and has published 142 refereed publications.


Robert Rowe

President and CEO, NorthWestern Corporation

Bob has been President and Chief Executive Officer of NorthWestern Corporation since August 13, 2008. He is Co-Chair of the Institute for Electric Innovation, part of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI); a member of the EEI Board of Directors Executive Committee; a member of the American Gas Association Board of Directors; Western Energy Institute past chair and current executive committee member.

Bob lives in Helena, Montana. He holds a BA from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, a JD from the University of Oregon, completed the Kennedy School Senior Executives' Program, and has been active in various professional organizations. He has been active with a variety of university-based organizations, and is currently a senior fellow at the University of Florida Public Utility Research Center.

At NorthWestern Energy, Bob’s focus is working with other employees to build a strong company, focused on providing essential infrastructure and service, and that will be a long-term partner to the customers and communities they serve.

Bob is especially proud of NorthWestern’s acquisition of the run-of-the-river Montana hydro system, including great employees, and its dedication to provide clean power at cost-based prices.


Major General Scott A. Spellmon 

Northwestern Division Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Major General Scott A. Spellmon assumed command of the Northwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on July 16, 2015. In this position, he oversees an annual program of more than $3 billion in civil works, environmental restoration and military construction in more than a dozen states, primarily within the Columbia and Missouri river basins.

As Division Commander, he is responsible for providing guidance and direction to five operating district commands located in Portland, OR; Seattle and Walla Walla, WA; Kansas City, MO and Omaha, NE; with a combined professional workforce of nearly 4,800 personnel. Key missions include managing the nation’s water resources infrastructure for economic growth and environmental sustainability, timely response to natural disasters, support to military installations and civilian communities throughout the region and strengthening national security.

MG Spellmon received his commission as a second lieutenant from the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point in 1986. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from USMA, a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Science Degree in National Security Strategy from the U.S. Army War College. He is a certified Project Management Professional.