Student Chapters

University of Guelph Student Chapter
University of Toronto Student Chapter
University of Waterloo Student Chapter
Western Water Chapter

2018 Student Chapter Events:


University of Toronto

  • Oct 2018 Guest speaker – “One Road Map of a Career in the Water Industry: 20 + Years Experience” with Reg Russwurm, Town of the Blue Mountains. Reg Russwurm provided an overview of his career path in the water industry, sharing personal insights and experiences. He concluded with an introduction to the OWWA and his role in the organization.
  • Oct 2018 Guest speaker – “The Distribution Trifecta: Theory, Measurements, and Impacts to Drinking Water” with Laura Meteer, York Region. The presentation covered the origin of water quality issues in distribution systems and the current “tool kit” of approaches available for dealing with these issues.
  • Nov 2018 Trivia/Pub Night with WEAO U of T, WEAO Ryerson, and CanIECA U of T. This event will take place at Prenup Pub and be co-hosted by four student groups representing related engineering fields. It is a trivia and networking night meant to give students and professionals in attendance a chance to interact in a fun environment.


  • Oct 2018 Annual General Meeting hosted by the Executive Team to recruit for the executive team and prepare for upcoming events


  • Oct 2018 Guest Speaker (Jordan Smyth, Jacob’s). Jordan spoke about working as a water design specialist in consultancy and the projects he is currently working on. This gave students a good idea of what they could expect should they pursue this type of career in water.


  • Oct 2018 Pub Night. As the first event of the year, the pub night was intended to introduce interested members to the club and to brainstorm ideas for events.


  • Sept 2018 Wellington Brewery Tour. About fifteen students got an insider tour (by the brewmaster himself) of the biological and water processes followed at the brewery. Highlights of the tour included learning about the unique brewing processes required in Guelph due to the hard water present here, and different settling chamber dimensions used to bring our various beer qualities.
  • Oct 2018 Lakeview Water Treatment Plant Tour. The Student Chapter had the opportunity to see the membrane filtration system, UV and activated carbon disinfection, the first portion of their distribution system, their intake from lake Ontario, and more!
  • Oct 2018 OWWA webinar on aging water distribution systems

University of Guelph Student Chapter

President: Amy Langford
Faculty Advisor: Professor Hongde Zhou Ph.D., P.Eng.
Facebook: guelphWEAOOWWA
Past Activities:

2017- Royal City Brewery Tour, UW WEAO/OWWA Water Industry Networking Event, and World Water Day
2015 – Water Trivia Night, Cannon Painting, Industry Guest Speakers, Sleeman, and Wellington Brewery Tours, etc.
2014 – Industry Guest Speakers, Sleeman Brewery Tour, and OWWA Conference

University of Toronto Student Chapter

President: Mike McKie, Ph.D. Candidate
Faculty Advisor: Professor Ron Hofmann, Ph.D., P.Eng
Facebook: @UofTOWWA

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Established in 2005 as the OWWA’s first student chapter, the U of T chapter has since evolved and developed into a very successful student group. The Chapter provides students with opportunities to learn about the water industry and network with industry professionals, while building their technical knowledge and leadership skills. The Chapter’s activities also include Personal and Professional Development Workshops, and fundraising initiatives for Water For People, a charitable not-for-profit international humanitarian organization dedicated to the development and delivery of clean, safe water and sanitation solutions in developing nations.

Past Activities

Past student chapter activities, including guest speakers, are listed below.

2015 – 2016:

  • Seminar: Policy and Regulatory Issues of Microbeads (September 30, 2015)
  • Seminar: Speaker from Walkerton Centre (November 11, 2015)
  • Seminar: Toronto Green Streets’: From policy to Practice (November 26, 2015)
  • Water Treatment Plant Tour (November 27, 2015)
  • Seminar: What don’t you know about your drinking water? (January 14, 2016)
  • Seminar: Case Study of a Drinking Water Treatment Plant (March 1, 2016)
  • Seminar: Swim Guide (March 10, 2016)
  • Movie Screening: After the Last River (March 21, 2016)


University of Waterloo Student Chapter

Co-President: Shoeleh Shams, Ph.D. Candidate
Co- President: Kellie Superina, MASc Candidate
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michele Van Dyke, Research Associate with the NSERC chair in Water Treatment


Established in 2008, the UW chapter is OWWA’s second student chapter. The UW chapter started out strong, and continues to provide their students with an excellent program. The chapter has been participating in AWWA’s webcast series, providing their students with free access to this quality educational program. They have also shown a number of water-themed documentaries, sparking great discussion and raising awareness about timely issues related to water and the environment.

Past Activities

Past student chapter activities, including guest speakers, are listed below.

  • Richmond Hill Curling Social (February 9, 2017)
  • UW WEAO Water/WasteWater Networking Event (November 2, 2016)
  • WEAO Student Chapter Info Booth and Exotic Water Tasting (September 2016)
  • UW WEAO Water/WasteWater Networking Event (June 24, 2015)
  • Webcast: 2013 Colorado Wildfire (February 13, 2013)
  • UW Oktoberfest Social – Concordia Club, Kitchener (October 10, 2012)
  • AGM and Seminar: Developing Real Environmental Decision Support System – Dr. Mohamed Homouda (September 20, 2012)
  • Future Flows: Career Opportunities in the Water Industry – Speaker: Nancy Kodouse from the Region of Waterloo; Career Discussion Panel guests: Dr. Bill Cairns, Trojan UV; Dr. Monica B. Emelko, UW; Lee Anne Jones, OWWA; Leigh McDermott, Stantec (January 27, 2012)
  • Lunch and Learn (October 5,2011)
  • Invited Speaker Joint Event (with WEAO): Impacts of Climate Change on Water Quality      and Treatment – Omar Alshikh from the WCWC (February 4, 2010)
  • Invited Speaker Joint Event (with WEAO): Water and Wastewater Treatment Planning –      Don Holland from CH2M HILL (January 14, 2010)
  • AWWA Webcast: Key Elements to Maintain Distribution      System Integrity (September 30, 2009)
  • Chapter Meeting: Annual General Meeting (September 16, 2009)
  • AWWA Webcast: Water Storage Tanks (September 15, 2009)
  • AWWA Webcast: Plant to Tap – The Importance of      Disinfection (September 9, 2009)
  • AWWA Webcast: Geoscience in Water Aquifers (September 2,      2009)
  • Film Screening: “The Water Front” (July 14, 2009)
  • Tour: Walkerton Clean Water Center – Saad Jasim      (May 1, 2009)
  • Meet and Greet + Film Screening: Careers in the Water Industry + “FLOW: For      the Love of Water” – Tom Moulton (March 30, 2009)
  • Tour: Greenbrook WTP and Hidden Valley Pumping      Stations – Lane Steven (November 22, 2008, with YPC)
  • Chapter      Meeting: Chapter Kick-off      (November, 2008)

Learn More About Us

Articles about the UW student chapter:

Western Water Chapter

President: Syed Salman Bukhari

Executive Board

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Denis O’Carroll, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Established in 2009, the purpose of the joint WEAO-OWWA student chapter (Western Water Chapter) at Western University is to make a bridge between the students and the water/wastewater industry. Western Water Chapter coordinates with WEAO and the OWWA to enhance the professional development of its members through communication and knowledge sharing with water industry professionals. We organize industrial tours, technical and informative seminars and webcasts, and networking events. Western Water Chapter invites the students who are interested in water and wastewater industry to join the chapter.

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Past Events

  • Facility Tour: CMLP Green Building (January 27, 2015, 3-4PM @CMLP Atrium)
  • WWC Social Mixer (January 27, 2015, 6-8PM @The Grad Club)
  • AWWA Webinar Series: Professional Certification Meets Water Field Challenges (February 4, 2015, 1-2PM @TEB 434)
  • Plant Tour: Greenway Wastewater Treatment Plant (March 27, 2015, 10Am @Greenway Treatment Plant)
  • Ripley’s Aquarium Visit (April 18, 2015 @Toronto)


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