Young Professionals Committee

Welcome to the Young Professionals Committee page

What We Do

We are the future of the OWWA! Our committee represents the up and coming water professionals of the drinking water industry.

We provide an opportunity for young professionals to learn and network within the industry by organizing plant tours, seminars, and social events. We also organize the YP Session and lots of fun activities at the OWWA/OMWA Joint Annual Conference, and we manage the OWWA’s Student Chapter Program . See our Committee Charter for more information about our mandate and activities.

The YP program was developed by the AWWA and has been adopted by several AWWA Sections. Formed in 1999, the OWWA’s Young Professionals Committee today boasts one of the AWWA’s most active YP committees.

For more information about YP activities at the AWWA level, check out the AWWA Young Professionals Center.

Who We Are

Our members are primarily industry professionals with less than 10 years of experience and under 35 years of age. However, “seasoned professionals” can always be found at our great events!

Our YP membership includes individuals from many facets of the water industry, including students, consultants, operators, municipal engineers, manufacturers, equipment suppliers, technicians, conservation authority staff, individuals who work for federal or provincial government developing policy, and many others.

Our committee members are ambitious YPs who have a passion for water and the environment.

Committee Chair Tom Woodcock
Vice Chair Silvia Vlad
Committee Email

YP Commitee 2015

Member List

Member Organization
Allan Choi R.V. Anderson
Brittany Bryans Grad Student
Corey Wells University of Waterloo
Eric Moulton EMCO Waterworks
Erin Brown Niagara Region
Jamal Azzeh Senes Consulting
Jon Grant Water Tap Ontario
Kelly Hagan GRCA
Laura Zettler Walkerton Clean Water Centre
Nathan Pray City of Brantford
Pete Samson Eramosa Engineering
Priya Persaud GM BluePlan
Rob Stefannelli Grad Student
Sara Sadreddini Geosyntec Consultants
Sergi Protsenko
Silvia Vlad CH2M
Steph Gora Grad Student
Tom Woodcock R.V. Anderson Associates Ltd
Vick Lakhian Grad Student

For More Information

If you would like to be added to our mailing list or are interested in joining our committee, please contact us. For information about YP activities and career opportunities in the water industry visit our Young Professionals/Students page.

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Upcoming Events

  • October 19, 2015 Municipal Watershed Management Seminar

Some Past Activities!

To give you an indication of the many and varied events organized by the YPs

  • April 26, 2015 Career Seminar
  • April 26, 2015 Tour of R.C. Harris
  • April 27, 2015 YP Water Cup
  • January 10,2015 Soft Skills Seminar with WEAO on Presentation Skills
  • December 4, 201Ontario Water Industry Holiday Bash with CWRA/Waterlution/WEAO
  • October 30, 2014 Sleemans Brewery Tour
  • August 24, 2014 Student Chapter Leadership Forum, George Brown Waterfront Campus
  • September 18, 2014 Fall Meet and Greet, Spice Route
  • December 6, 2013 Holiday Bash, Spin Toronto
  • September 26, 2013 Fall Meet and Greet, Spice Route
  • March 15, 2013 St. Patricks Day Social – Fynn’s of Temple 

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