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REPORT | YOUNG PROFESSIONALS V arious young professionals from Ontario were fortunate to attend ACE13 held June 9–13. This year marked a special host year as the conference was held in the home of AWWA headquarters, Denver, Colorado. The mountains provided a breathtaking backdrop for water professionals across North America and Mexico to join together in celebrating, “the greatest water organization in the world,” as referenced by AWWA President Jim Chaffee. Tory Hewlett, Scientist with the Research and Technology Institute at the Walkerton Clean Water Centre and a member of the YPC, placed first in the Fresh Ideas competition at the 2013 OWWA/OMWA Joint Annual Conference & OWWEA Trade Show in Ottawa this year. As a result of her win, Tory was awarded an OWWA-sponsored trip to AWWA’s ACE13. Here, she took part in the Fresh Ideas poster session, competing against section winners from across North America and taking second place with her poster, “Challenges to Treat Cyanotoxins from Drinking Water on a Large, Small and Household Scale.” Congratulations, Tory! Tory has provided some highlights of her experience at ACE13 below: I was selected to be a first-time participant in the AWWA Fresh Ideas poster session at ACE13 in Denver, Colorado. When I arrived on Sunday, I visited the tradeshow and the room where the poster session would be held. At this time the room was a large, empty space, filled with the anticipated buzz of water professionals. Vice President in Water Utility Services at Peterborough Utilities, Wayne Stiver, was my designated mentor through the ACE Mentorship Program. He made me feel welcome by showing me around the conference and various networking events. His experience as past president of the OWWA and past AWWA director was evident as we toured the conference together. Tory Hewlett stands with her poster after taking second place in the Fresh Ideas competition at ACE13. On the day of my presentation, I had the exciting opportunity of meeting other presenters to discuss their posters and learn about upcoming projects happening throughout North America. I presented my poster entitled, “Challenges to Treat Cyanotoxins from Drinking Water on a Large, Small and Household Scale.” It was derived from a literary review, completed to assess the effectiveness of various treatment technologies used to remove or to degrade cell-bound and released cyanotoxins. I was both proud and honoured to present on behalf of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre and to represent the Ontario section for the Fresh Ideas poster session. Time passed by quickly and I was excited to see a high attendance in the poster session. The judges stopped to visit and discuss my poster, expressing a keen interest in the concerns around treatment options for cyanobacteria in source water. Later in the session, I was thrilled to find out that I was awarded second place for my work. My favourite aspect about the poster session was discussing my findings with others who had similar or new interests in this field. It was especially motivating that my peers were interested in my topic and had stories and experiences about cyanobacteria of their own to share. My overall experience at ACE13 was unforgettable, and I am thankful for the opportunity to attend. It is one highlight of my career at the Walkerton Clean Water Centre and will certainly enhance my role in the development and delivery of research and training initiatives. Like what Tory had to say? That could be you in 2014. The Fresh Ideas program celebrates the best first-time, YP presenters in the industry. Submit an abstract for the 2014 OWWA/OMWA Joint Annual Conference and you could be off to Boston for ACE14. The Fresh Ideas program is opened to any young professional who is presenting at the Ontario section conference for the first time and whose content has not been developed as part of a Ph.D., master’s or undergraduate thesis. Participants in the Fresh Ideas program are evaluated by a panel of industry professionals based on technical content, benefit to the drinking water industry, oral presentation skills, and organization and impression. If you have questions regarding eligibility or would like more information, please contact YP Chair, Eric Moulton at the contact listed below. Technical session abstracts are due October 26, 2013. Young Professionals are people with less than 10 years of experience in the water industry. We include, but are not limited to, those working for utilities, regulatory agencies, manufacturers, distributors, consulting firms, and academic institutions. Our goal is to encourage the involvement of YPs in the water industry. We plan activities that help YPs develop professionally, and promote participation of YPs in industry activities and committees. For more information about the YP Committee, please contact: Eric Moulton, Chair at EMoulton@emcoltd.com O N T A R I O P I P E L I N E | FALL 2013 | 27

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2013

From the Publications Chair
The OWWA Report
The OMWA Report
The OWWEA Report
From Our AWWA Director
Using Social Media to Enhance Water Effi ciency, Public Education and Outreach
Engaging Residents through Social Media
WaterISAC – An Essential Part of Your Water or Wastewater Utility’s Security and Emergency Preparedness Toolbox
Committee Reports
Alliance for Water Effi ciency Helps Municipalities Develop Effective Water Conservation Programs
Don’t Flush … Your Drugs! Keep Our Source Waters Clean
Water Bytes
Water Testing in the Field – Guatemala
Demystifying Prefabricated Valve Chambers
Ask the Board
Certifi cation Corner
Welcome New Members
Calendar of Events
OWWEA Member Listing
Index of Advertisers | Ad.com

Ontario Pipeline - Fall 2013