Young Professionals

Develop your knowledge and your career at ACE 2020 with many technical and social activities targeted for young professionals in the environmental industry! 

YP Best Paper Award

Submit an abstract to be a presenter at ACE 2020 and be considered for the A&WMA Young Professional (YP) Best Paper Award! 

The Air & Waste Management Association’s Young Professional (YP) Best Paper Award recognizes a selected paper judged to be the best amongst those papers considered for the award in each Group of the Technical Council: Air Group; Environmental Management Group; Industry, Power, Government and Indigenous Sectors Group; and Sustainability, Climate Change, Resource Conservation and Waste Management Group. The recipients of the award will be determined by judges from the Technical Council.

Eligibility requirements:
The candidate for the award must be the Primary Author of the paper to be presented at the A&WMA Annual Conference and Exhibition, and the Primary Author must:
  • Be a young professional (YP), defined by the Association as 35 years or younger at the end of June 2020
  • Not be a full-time student
  • Currently be working in the environmental profession
The primary author must also submit a full-length paper or extended abstract for technical review by the March 16, 2020 deadline.

ACE 2020 Young Professional Events

Young Professionals’ Mentor Breakfast
This annual professional networking breakfast gives young professionals and recent graduates the opportunity to network and be mentored by an experienced environmental professional. For established professionals, this is a great opportunity to connect with the industry’s next generation of rising stars. 
Speed Networking
Don’t miss this opportunity to practice your networking skills!  Young and experienced professionals and students are invited to engage in a fast paced networking exercise.  Answer questions, provide perspectives, and learn the best techniques for making connections that count.
Career Panel
Get the inside scoop from a panel of young professionals as they share their career experiences and answer questions in this interactive and enlightening panel.

Young Professional/Student Networking Reception 
Join A&WMA students and young professionals for a fun evening of networking in a casual environment. This popular event draws many students, YPs, and seasoned professionals looking for a little fun.
YP/Introductory Technical Sessions
Become familiar with current environmental technology and find out how the different disciplines are connected.