Keynote Speakers

 Jane Clary

Clary Long

Jane Clary is a Vice-president and Senior Water Resources Scientist with Wright Water Engineers in Denver, Colorado, USA, where she has focused on water quality issues, stormwater, watershed management and water conservation for 25 years. Over the past 20 years, Jane has helped develop and manage the International Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Database (, which includes both conventional and green infrastructure stormwater management practices.

Additionally, Jane has served as the watershed coordinator for the Big Dry Creek Watershed Association near Denver, Colorado, working with local governments to address water quality issues in a multi-jurisdictional setting for 20 years. Jane has also worked with the landscaping in industry in Colorado and was named “GreenCO Person of the Year” in 2008 for her work in landscape water conservation.

Jane is currently serving a governor-appointed term on the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission, which is responsible for rulemakings related to the federal Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act in Colorado. Nationally, she currently serves as an officer on the Urban Water Resources Research Council of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Jane holds a B.S. in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado.

Rob Redenbach


Rob Redenbach is the best-selling author of What I Didn’t Learn at Harvard. Drawing from experiences that include taking part in drug raids with the FBI in Los Angeles, training Nelson Mandela’s bodyguards in South Africa and providing personal protection to aid-workers in war-torn Iraq, Rob provides compelling insights into leadership and resilience.

Rob helps business leaders and high-performing teams to:

  • Reduce conflict and improve cooperation
  • Communicate with significantly greater confidence
  • Enhance teamwork, trust and mutual respect
  • Become more resilient – in business and in life

Rob is ranked by Business Review Weekly as one of Australia’s Top 10 professional speakers and has presented at over 650 major conferences. He is one of a handful of professional communicators who is capable of engaging corporate audiences in all three forums of conference speaking: after-dinner, plenary keynotes and interactive workshops. At the 2012 Global Leadership Summit in Singapore, Rob shared the speaker’s platform with Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak, Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and National Geographic explorer Sylvia Earle.

As a professional presenter Rob never uses PowerPoint; instead he uses humour, story-telling and audience participation to provide memorable educational experiences.

Ruth Hocker

RuthAynHockerRuth Ayn Hocker, P.E., D.WRE is the Stormwater Program Manager for the City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA, and leads the City’s nationally recognised green infrastructure program.  Ruth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Pennsylvania College of Technology and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. She has a broad multi-disciplinary background including transportation design, low impact development, sustainable stormwater management design, stormwater management program development and municipal green infrastructure implementation; she currently oversees the operations of Lancaster City’s Stormwater and Wastewater Collections Programs.

Ruth Hocker, was recently named chair of American Society of Civil Engineers’ Municipal Water Infrastructure Council. In the position, she will oversee four committees whose research helps municipalities tackle environmental and infrastructure challenges.

Andrew Reese


Andy Reese is Vice President and Principal Consultant with The Wood Group and is located in Nashville, Tennessee.  His principal focus for the last 40 years has been the development of comprehensive stormwater management programs in the local and regional setting. Prior to that he was a research scientist with the US Army corps of Engineers specialising in river engineering and hydraulic design. Over this time period Mr Reese has worked in all 50 states within the United States, a number of Federal and State agencies, and several other countries. He has assisted over one-hundred cities and multi-entity organisations in establishing effective and comprehensive stormwater programs, developing sustainable funding, implementing Green Infrastructure programs, writing technical design manuals, protecting and stabilising urban river systems, developing legislation and local ordinances, facilitating citizen and stakeholder groups, and solving technical and institutional problems.

Additionally, Mr Reese is the co-author of the best-selling textbook ‘Municipal Stormwater Management’, taught as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University, has written over one-hundred articles and technical papers, and is a popular speaker and webinar teacher having given the first keynote addresses at both STORMCON and WEF Stormwater Congress as well as a number of regional and state addresses.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and had degrees in Hydraulic Engineering and Business from Colorado State University and Boston University respectively. He is a registered professional engineer and LEED certified professional.

Paul de Gelder

Paul de Gelder2Improvise, Adapt, Overcome. These three words – A mantra Paul learnt in the Australian Army as a young Paratrooper – resonated with him the first time he heard them.  Paul chased adventure wherever he could find it, from his wild ride as a hoodlum teen and his drug-and-alcohol fuelled stint working in a strip club to hauling his way up to the elite echelons of the defence forces as an Army Paratrooper and then Navy Clearance Diver.

But trouble hunted him down in the form of a brutal shark in February 2009. Paul lost two limbs, and his career as a daredevil Diver was flung into jeopardy.

Drawing on everything his eventful life had taught him, Paul left nothing to chance in his recovery. He fought through excruciating pain, smashing challenge after challenge, and amazing the medical staff with his will to succeed. His inspiring story takes ‘never say die’ to a whole new level.  In the seven years since the shark attack, Paul’s life has changed in every aspect.

Having left full time Navy Service in August 2012, after continuing to instruct Navy Divers for a further 3.5 years, Paul has traveled the world as a top motivational speaker, passionate environmentalist, adventurer and mentor to school kids.

Paul has spoken at venues all around the world, from the United Nations in New York and the US Navy in San Diego to Anzac Day Military celebrations in front of thousands, to keynotes for multimillion dollar corporations and charity organizations around Australia.

He has also been a guest on every major Australian TV talk show and many in the U.S.  He has has co-hosted 3 documentaries for Discovery Channel’s 2014, 2015 & 2016 Shark Week. He hosted the behind the scenes footage for Sonys 2016 hit movie The Shallows and interviewed it’s star Blake Lively. Paul also became part of an anti poaching team in Africa to hunt poachers and film the amazing work done by the Rangers there for FEARLESS, aired on NatGeo.