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Committee for the Professional Development of Women

The mission of the Committee for the Professional Development of Women (CPDW) is to draw upon the unique perspectives and talents of women to further the goals of the Association and to encourage women's participation and involvement in the environmental profession. The committee is open to any member of the Association who is willing to participate in its activities.

Annual Conference Workshop
Each year, the CPDW plans the Women's Professional Development Luncheon & Workshop at the Annual Conference & Exhibition (ACE). The 2022 panel, Women in a Changing Workplace: How Women Can Succeed, Thrive, and Create More Diverse and Inclusive Spaces at Work, featured three accomplished women discussing challenges that women face in our changing workplace, including barriers to entry, how they navigated their path to success, and advice they offer others still on the path.

ACE 2023 is taking place June 5-8, 2023 in Orlando, FL. Stay tuned for details on the 2023 Women's Professional Development Workshop!


Commitee Chair: Sonia Melançon, Ph.D., Chemist, City of Montreal Air Quality Network

Sonia Melançon is a chemist for Montreal’s air quality network called Réseau de surveillance de la qualité de l’air at Ville de Montréal. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry (2003, Université de Montréal) and a doctoral degree in environmental science (2008, University of Windsor). She has a solid background in analytical and environmental chemistry with over 10 years of professional experience at Ville de Montréal in the environmental division. She is responsible for air quality data validation and the development of quality assurance and quality control procedures. She has participated in more than 30 conferences in both English and French and co-wrote a book chapter entitled Airshed Management in Air Quality Management: Canadian Perspectives on a Global Issue (2004, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht). Sonia is the Chair for The Committee for the Professional Development of Women of the Education Council.