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.


LTG Todd T. Semonite

Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite became Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on May 19, 2016. As Chief of Engineers, an Army Staff Principal, he advises the Secretary of the Army and other principal officials on matters related to general, combat and geospatial engineering; construction, real property, public infrastructure and natural resources science and management. As the USACE Commanding General, he is responsible for more than 34,000 civilian employees and 700 military personnel who provide project management, construction support and science and engineering expertise in more than 110 countries.

Prior to this assignment, Semonite established the Army Talent Management Task Force and served as its first director. In this role, he was responsible for reforming the way the Army acquires, develops, employs, and retains a talented workforce. Semonite has previously served as deputy chief of engineers and deputy commanding general of the USACE, as well as commanding general of the USACE South Atlantic Division and North Atlantic Division. He also served as commanding general of the Maneuver Support Center and as assistant commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School. Other positions include: director, Office of the Chief of Engineers, Headquarters, Department of the Army; deputy commander, Task Force Restore Iraqi Electricity, and executive officer to the commanding general, U.S. Army Europe (USAEUR) and 7th Army.

Semonite is a registered professional engineer in Vermont and Virginia. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1979. He holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, a Master of Science in civil engineering from the University of Vermont, and a Masters of Military Arts and Sciences from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is also a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, and the Army War College. Among his dozens of awards and decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal (2 Awards), Defense Superior Service Award, Legion of Merit (5 Awards), Bronze Star, Ranger tab and Parachutist Badge.