A&WMA's 117th Annual Conference & Exhibition, Emissions Reductions for Sustainable Energy Futures, June 24-27, 2024, Calgary, AB

ACE is the place for students to learn, grow and connect with environmental professionals

ACE 2024 Student Events

Student Platform Presentations and Poster Competition
Student Poster PresentationStudent platform paper presentations will be held throughout the technical program. See your fellow students present their research as platform presentations throughout the week.

The Student Poster Presentations and Competition will be conducted on Tuesday, June 25. Students will present their posters to the judges during this year’s Student Poster Competition. The competition recognizes student posters to be the best among those considered in the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral categories. Awards for exceptional posters will be provided at the Student Awards Ceremony and Reception on Wednesday, June 26.
Environmental Challenge International (ECi) Competition
ECi PresentationStudent teams participate in a competition where they devise an environmental solution to a real-world problem and gain experience with proposing effective solutions taking into consideration site conditions, multiple parties' needs, and external events.

Get your team together now and start planning your strategy! Register your team by emailing Check out this year's ECi problem and protocol

ECi Poster Judging will be on Tuesday, June 25 and final presentations will be on Wednesday, June 26, followed by the Student Awards Ceremony and Reception.
Student Welcome Reception
Tuesday, June 25 • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Students participating in the Student Paper, Student Poster Competition, and the Environmental Challenge International (ECi) are invited to meet and network with fellow students from around the world. Poster setup guidelines and ECi rules will be reviewed and attendees can enjoy light refreshments. Immediately following the Welcome Reception, the Student Keynote will be presented.
Student Keynote Address: Overcoming Obstacles and Capitalizing on Openings – Career Progression and Sustainability Career Paths
Tuesday, June 25 • 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

The Keynote presentation will provide insights into a personal journey of overcoming obstacles and seizing opportunities, leading to a successful career. The discussion will pivot towards exploring various career options available to students, encompassing areas such as sustainability, air quality (the speaker's expertise), and other environmental fields.

Leah BlinnPresented by: Leah Blinn, Corporate Air Quality Practice Lead, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC)

Leah Blinn is the Corporate Air Quality Practice Lead for Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC). She is a Chemical Engineer from the Pennsylvania State University with over 22 years of experience in managing and executing air quality projects. Ms. Blinn has been involved with A&WMA since 2005 serving at the local and international level. She is currently A&WMA’s President-Elect, a Student Scholarship Trustee, and a member of the Webinar Committee.
Career Panel – Explore Pathways to a Sustainable Future: Enrich Your Environmental Career
Tuesday, June 25 • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join us for a dynamic career panel where you'll explore diverse pathways to contribute to a sustainable future. Whether you're interested in industry, government, or consulting, our panelists will provide invaluable insights and guidance to help you navigate and excel in your environmental career journey.

Presenters include:

Charles GrimmCharles Grimm,
Specialist E&R Advisor, Air, Suncor Energy Inc.
Charles Grimm is an environmental professional with a passion for environmental stewardship and a wealth of expertise in air quality management. Charles's professional journey has spanned nearly 20 years, from extensive environmental fieldwork early in his career to managing research and development projects. Today, he works for one of Canada's leading energy providers, Suncor Energy Inc., advising on environmental performance and sustainable industry practices.

Mike HultMike Hult, Environmental Compliance Manager, 3M Cottage Grove
Mike Hult is a Chemical Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in air quality, environmental compliance, and process safety. After twenty years in consulting, Mike joined 3M company, and currently works as the Environmental Compliance Manager at 3M’s Cottage Grove, Minnesota Site. Mike currently serves the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) as the Vice Chair of the Sections and Chapters Council, is a former Membership Chair, and has been an active A&WMA member since 2008.

Wasif JamilWasef Jamil, P.Eng., Practice Lead for Air Quality Services, Arcadis Canada Inc.
Mr. Wasef Jamil, P.Eng., is the Practice Lead for Air Quality Services at Arcadis Canada Inc., with 18 years of diverse environmental compliance management and air quality assessment experience. Mr. Jamil is a licenced Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in Ontario and British Columbia and holds the designation of “Qualified Person” from the Provincial Ministries of the Environment. His technical experience encompasses working on multidisciplinary environmental assessments under various government permitting and reporting jurisdictions both in Canada, and internationally in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Sheila LucasSheila Lucas, Air Policy Analyst, Environment and Protected Areas
Sheila has been an air policy analyst with Environment and Protected Areas for the last 7 years. Her work  focuses on analyzing and researching policies in terms of how they can reduce emissions, achieve environmental outcomes, and their potential impacts on health and the economy. In this respect, Sheila has been exploring the use of various computer modelling software to quantify the cost benefit impacts of air policies. Sheila's education background in environment and health sciences and natural resource management led her to pursue professional experiences as a Development Officer for a wind energy company, and a technical well completions specialist in the oil and gas sector. Throughout her career, Sheila has followed her curiosity to seek diverse knowledge and experiences, often which lead her to surprising places and unique insights.

Wally QiuWally Qiu, Senior Specialist in Air Quality, Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)

Wally Qiu has been a Senior Specialist in air quality at the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) for over a decade. Wally has a background in analytical chemistry, and he has previously held air quality related roles with the Alberta provincial government and environmental consulting. In Wally’s current position at the AER, he supports the regulation of Alberta’s energy sector with respect to air emissions and air environmental outcomes from the application stage to the end of project life.
Student Awards CeremonyStudent Awards Ceremony and Reception
Wednesday, June 26 • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

All students and professionals participating with the Student Program are invited to the Student Awards Ceremony and Reception, which will honor exceptional students who have received scholarships, poster awards, platform paper awards, thesis and dissertation awards, and ECi awards.
CRAFT Beer MarketYoung Professional/Student Networking Reception
Wednesday, June 26 • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
CRAFT Beer Market (Private Dining Room), 345 10 Ave SW
Cost: $30. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 

Join A&WMA students and young professionals for a fun evening of networking. This popular event brings together many students, YPs, and seasoned professionals in a fun, casual environment. With locally produced food and over 100 beverages on tap, CRAFT aims to connect guests to their community and culture.