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Keynote Session

We are pleased to announce Mr. Kevin Butt, TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability / Sustainability & Regulatory Affairs as the Keynote speaker for the 2022 International Water Conference.


Mr. Butt is the Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability for Toyota’s North American Environmental Sustainability Programs.  He is responsible for the development of Environmental Sustainability Programs and related Regulatory/Legislative development for all of Toyota’s North American operations.

Prior to his current assignment, he was the General Manger/Chief Environmental and Safety Officer for Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing for all of Toyota’s Manufacturing operations. Prior to that assignment Mr. Butt was the Assistant General Manager of Body Production Engineering for Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc., (TMMNA).  He is responsible for Body Engineering for all Toyota’s North American manufacturing operations.  Body Engineering consists of Welding, Stamping, and Painting Operations.

Mr. Butt serves on several boards including the National Wildlife Habitat Council (Past Chair), Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation, World Wildlife Fund National Council, North American Great Plains Advisory Board, Yellowstone Park’s Yellowstone Forever Board (Chairman), National Environmental Education Foundation (Chair) and the Pollinator Partnership Board, Supplier Partnership for the Environment (Chairman).

Mr. Butt has a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Science from Georgetown College.




The keynote session is the official opening of the conference, where we will also present our annual awards of merit.  This year, we are pleased to announce:

  • IWC Award of Merit presented to Bradley J. Buecker
  • Paul Cohen Award presented to Mahesh Budhathoki, Ph.D., SUEZ for IWC 21-25: Amine-based Filmer Chemistry for Boilers with Improved Water Solubility and Performance
  • Best Overall Paper presented to  Rich Franks, Hydranautics for IWC 21-21: Benefits of Operating the First Membrane Systems Utilizing New Thin-Membrane Technology
  • Best 1st Time Presenter, presented to Derek Mandel, Saltworks for IWC 21-24 99% Recovery RO Membrane System Demo Plant Results: Cooling Tower Blowdown


The Annual Awards are presented to celebrate outstanding achievements in the water treatment industry. Awards can be found here.