Young Professionals and Students
The future of water and wastewater management relies on the technical and professional development, as well as excitement and participation, of our youngest members.
Young Professionals are WEAO members with five years or less of experience in the wastewater industry, and who are under 35 years of age. The Committee supports the professional development of Young Professionals and current Students, and hosts social activities throughout the year. Membership is obtained through the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Visit https://www.wef.org/membership/students-and-young-professionals2/ to sign up as a Young Professional or Student member. Membership includes both WEF and WEAO.
The Young Professionals Committee (YPC) has many dedicated and active volunteers. We appreciate the time and effort that these enthusiastic professionals and students give back to WEAO. For a complete listing of all YPC members, click here.
If you are interested in volunteering with the YPC, check out this information and application form.
Events and Initiatives:
Meet & Greets
WEAO’s student chapters offer a great way to connect with peers interested in the water and environment industry. Start or join a chapter, network with other schools, and find opportunities both inside and outside of the university sphere.
WEAO student chapters operate locally to run events, connect with organizations, and provide opportunities for post-secondary students interested in the water industry. The chapters come together each year at the Student Chapter Leadership Forum, where they can meet like-minded peers, collaborate with other chapters, and make professional contacts.
OWWA/WEAO Carleton Student Chapter
Lead: Amitesh Malhotra firstname.lastname@example.org
Member List: Jordan Smyth email@example.com
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Banu Ormeci
Young Professional Committee Liaison: Jordan Smyth firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Design Competition Liaison: Ellen Stitt
University of Guelph
University of Toronto
University of Waterloo
University of Windsor
Soft Skills Workshops
Student Design Competition
2020 WEAO Student Design Competition Winners – University of Guelph (ALMR)
About the Student Design Competition
The Student Design Competition (SDC) is an annual challenge that provides an opportunity for student teams to apply their knowledge to a current real world problem.
Since 2014, the Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) has collaborated with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks to use the SDC to promote emerging topics within the water industry such as resource recovery and sustainable infrastructure. The competition is supported by a municipality that provides a current and relevant problem.
The winner of the WEAO SDC will receive financial support from WEAO to compete at the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) annual SDC at the WEF Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in Chicago, Illinoison October 17, 2021. With over 25,000 attendees, this is the world’s largest water quality event.
Student teams representing WEAO have consistently had strong showings at the international WEFTEC competition. In 2017, a team from the University of Guelph placed first at the WEAO SDC and continued on to place first at the WEFTEC’17 SDC with their Stormwater Management Feasibility Study.
The 2021 Project Scope
The topic of the 2020-21 WEAO SDC is hosted in partnership with the Region of Niagara, with a focus on combined sewer overflows and bypasses that occur at wastewater treatment plants and collection systems during wet weather events. Combined sewers are designed to convey both wastewater and stormwater to a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), and can result in the discharge of untreated or partially treated sewage into a water body when the volumes of wastewater and stormwater overwhelm collection and treatment systems.
The goal of this project is to reduce overflows and bypasses within the Port Dalhousie WWTP and collection system that are caused or exacerbated by wet weather events. Phase I proposals will provide recommendations to reduce overflows and bypasses from the WWTP. Phase II proposals will provide recommendations for collection system improvements that reduce the risk of overflows/bypasses in the Port Dalhousie WWTP and overflows in the collection system.
The SDC is open to all full-time university students in Ontario. Professors and students who are interested in learning more about the SDC should contact email@example.com with questions or to be put on our mailing list.
Registration for the 2020-21 SDC closes on October 1st, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
To view the Scope of the 2021 project, click here
To view the Competition Guidelines, click here
To complete the fillable PDF entry form, click here
Previous SDC Projects:
Thank you to all of our partners who have offered their time and resources to host the WEAO Student Design Competition:
The annual WEAO Mentorship Program is returning for 2020-2021 and we would like to invite you to apply to be a mentee! This program provides young professionals the opportunity for personal and professional growth through focused, one-on-one networking sessions with leaders in the industry. Applications will be open until August 9th, 2020 and space will be limited to 25 mentees.
Mentee application: https://forms.gle/vxf2RYvcV14EkgYBA
What Mentees can Expect from the WEAO Mentorship Program
This program, running from September 2020 until April 2021, provides young professionals with valuable opportunities for personal and professional growth through focused, one-on-one networking sessions with leaders in the industry.
As a Mentee, you can book one-on-one mentorship sessions with any of the 25 mentors. Mentees will have the opportunity to book three (3) sessions per term on a first come first served basis. All mentors are experienced professionals with representation from all major sectors of the industry allowing the mentee to tailor their pairings based on their interests.
Each hour-long mentoring session is a unique and rare time in which the mentor’s undivided attention is focused on the mentee’s discussion topics. For the mentee, it’s a learning and relationship opportunity unlike anything you would otherwise get to experience. Many of the mentors in the program may be known to the mentees by reputation and every participating mentee will have an equal chance to book a mentorship session with any mentor.
To enhance the learning experience and broaden mentees’ connections, each mentoring session is booked with a different mentor. It is expected that each mentee will be able to meet with up to six (6) mentors during the program.
Key Program Dates:
- August 9: Application deadline
- September 1: Booking system opens (details to be provided to accepted mentees)
- September 15 to December 18: Fall term session
- January 4 to April 30: Winter term session
- Networking with industry professionals
- Professional development
- Knowledge transfer
- Must be a WEAO member with an active membership by September 1, 2020 at the latest and until April 30, 2021.
- The program is open to all but targeted at young professionals under 35 years of age and with less than 5 years of working experience.
Linkedin WEAO Young Professionals
C3 Water Inc.
Joseph De Paola
Lystek International Inc
Cristina Salome Lugo Vega