Monthly Archives: November 2012

A&WMA: Call for Abstracts

ACE 2013.jpg The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) is now accepting abstract submissions for its 106th Annual Conference & Exhibition, scheduled for June 25 – 28, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Click here to Submit: Submissions are due by Monday, November 26, 2012.

The 2013 Annual Conference theme is “Towards Sustainability” and the draft title for the Critical Review topic is “Motor Vehicle Refrigerants, the Ozone Hole, and Climate: A Science and Policy Success”. We are pleased to invite abstracts of original work on important and timely environmental issues. Those abstracts related to the conference theme, Critical Review, and with an industry perspective are especially encouraged. Click here to view the 2013 Call For Abstracts Guidelines.

For more information on the Call For Abstracts please contact Julie Marquez-Bobchak, A&WMA Technical Programs Coordinator, at +1-412-904-6004 or


A&WMA is proud to recognize exceptional students and young professionals at the 2013 Annual Conference & Exhibition. Awards will be selected in the following categories:

  •  Young Professional Best Paper Award
  • Student Platform Paper Award
  • Student Poster Award

For eligibility details please visit:

Find out all the latest conference news at A&WMA’s 2013 Annual Conference website:

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WEAO: Holiday BASH

The WEAO/OWWA NP/YP Joint Holiday BASH is Friday, 30th of November, 2012; 6:30-9:30 p.m. at 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON

Join the WEAO NPs, OWWA YPs, seasoned professionals, and students for an evening of networking, socializing and fun at our annual Holiday Bash.

Admission is FREE, but we are also providing the appetizers and awesome prizes – just come ready to meet other industry professionals. Don’t forget your business cards for a chance to win!

RSVP directly to Ken Ryder (

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WEAO: Student Design Competition

The deadline for the WEAO Student Design Competition has been extended to Wednesday, 21st of November, 2012 | Team Entry Form Deadline

“The SDC was the defining project of my undergraduate career. Prior to taking part, I felt a little out of place in the field as I approached graduation with very little out of classroom experience. My team and I were forced to learn new skills in order to put forth a winning submission. In the competition and in WEAO, I met a very supportive community of industrial and academic members. Pushing myself to complete the challenge helped boost my confidence, which is allowing me to pursue opportunities I would not have considered in the past. Our achievement in the competition has been highly regarded in both the industrial and academic worlds. Even if you only do one extracurricular project in your demanding student career, make it this one.” – Natasha Niznik, Team Ryerson 2012 (1st place WEAO, 2nd place at WEFTEC 2012)

““The Student Design Competition was the single most valuable experience that I’ve had while completing my undergraduate degree. I knew very little about the design process and the consulting industry, but decided to enter into the competition anyway. It was definitely a challenge! However, unlike studying for university courses, I actually felt that I was doing something that could be a job after I graduated. Our presentation at the annual WEAO conference has made a good impression on judges (who are all involved in the industry), one of whom ended up hiring me several months later. Many of the skills I learned while preparing for SDC have proved useful at the job I do now. If you are interested or curious about the water environment engineering, the SDC can be your bridge from school to the industry.” – Kirill Cheiko, Team Ryerson 2010 (1st place WEAO, 2nd place at WEFTEC 2010)

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AWMA Seminar: New Directions for Environmental Protection

The AWMA will be hosting an interactive seminar on “New Directions for Environmental Protection” – featuring expert practitioners in current environmental policies and regulations. This seminar will be an excellent opportunity to hear first-hand from senior federal public servants and industry representatives as they describe recent legislative and regulatory changes, and reflect on their experiences in implementing government decisions regarding environmental protection on air quality, climate change and environmental assessment.

There will also be an opportunity to:

  •  meet current A&WMA-OVC members and learn about the activities and events available through our local chapter
  • network with fellow environmental professionals
  • enter a free draw for a complimentary one year membership in the A&WMA, a $220 value!


  • Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012
  • Time: 4:30 – 5:00 pm Registration
  • 5:00 – 6:30 pm Speaker Presentations & Q&A’s
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm Refreshments & Networking
  • Location: University of Ottawa, Desmarais Building, Room 12102, 55 Laurier Ave E., Ottawa
  • Cost: $20.00 per person, Payable online at, or at the door.

Hurry up! Spaces are limited, please guarantee your spot by RSVP your attendance and paying by November 13th


Matt Jones, Environment Canada, Director, Air Emissions Division, Industrial Sectors Directorate

John McCauley, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Director Legislation and Regulatory Affairs

Sandra Schwartz, Canadian Electricity Association, Vice President, Policy Advocacy

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