Good Day, AWWA!

Sponsored by Innovyze

Join AWWA CEO David LaFrance every morning of the conference for insightful interviews with water experts from around the country! 

Tuesday, June 8 | 9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Interviewee: Colby Manwaring, CEO, Innovyze

Monday, June 14 | 8:00 – 8:15 a.m.
Interviewee: John Young, Water/Wastewater Utility Management Consultant, John S Young Jr LLC

Tuesday, June 15 | 9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Interviewee: Marisa Tricas, Utility Government Relations Administrator, City of Roseville

Wednesday, June 16 | 9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Interviewee: Seth Siegel, New York Times Bestselling Author of Troubled Water, What’s Wrong with What We Drink

Thursday, June 17 | 9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Interviewee: Cathy Bernardino Bailey, Executive Director, Great Cincinnati Water Works

Virtual Presidential Gavel Passing

Thursday, June 17 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Join us for the Conference Grand Finale! Hear from outgoing AWWA President Melissa Elliott and join AWWA leaders, the Technical & Education Council (TEC) and the New England Section at the Presidential Gavel Passing ceremony to welcome new AWWA President, Dr. Chi Ho Sham. 

Watch for free!

Water Trivia Challenge

Sponsored by Jacobs

Monday, June 14 | 1:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Tuesday, June 15 | 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. 
Wednesday, June 16 | 1:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Thursday, June 17 (FINAL) | 1:15 – 1:45 p.m.

MC for the event is Gordon Williams with East Bay Municipal Utility District! Enter the Water Trivia Challenge at the end of every day of the Live event. This event is inclusive and any registered attendee who is interested may participate! Those who place first, second, and third on Days 1 through 3, will participate in the “Final” challenge on Day 4. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each day!

Days 1-3 will have 9 total winners: Three 1st place winners will receive $30 to Amazon, three 2nd place winners will receive $20 to Amazon and three 3rd place winners will receive $10 to Starbucks.    

Day 4 is the Final Round where we will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners:

1st place – ACE22 Full Registration + $100 at Amazon

2nd place – $50 at Amazon

3rd place – $25 at Amazon

Opening General Session

Sponsored by Xylem

Monday, June 14
8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Pre-show Video
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Opening General Session

Join your fellow ACE21 All Virtual Attendees for an exciting Opening General Session! 
Jennifer Sara, global director of the World Bank’s Water Global Practice, will join Melissa Elliot, AWWA president, in a captivating conversation that is guaranteed to set the stage for ACE21 All Virtual. Explore the ACE21 theme of Inform, Influence, Impact from a global perspective, examine topics ranging from innovation to public trust, and be inspired by a conversation that will leave you hopeful for our sector’s future.

Women, Influencer, Water Meet Up

Monday, June 14 | 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 

Join members of the DMIC as they host this fun, fast-paced women’s networking session. Connect with old friends, make new contacts, and learn a thing or two. Women from all stages of their career are encouraged to attend these first of two sessions in the women’s program. We also encourage all women to attend session two, the Women Influencers in Water panel discussion with live Q&A held Wednesday, June 16 from 10:00 am – noon.  

Fireside Chat with EPA

Sponsored by Neptune Technology Group Inc.

Tuesday, June 15 | 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

This interactive session, moderated by AWWA’s CEO, David LaFrance, will cover EPA’s perspective on a variety of relevant water sector topics, including infrastructure and affordability. You will not want to miss this engaging discussion with Radhika Fox, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water U.S. EPA. 

YP/Student Networking with the Boss

Tuesday, June 15 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Ever wanted the chance to talk to a general manager of a water utility? A principal in a consulting engineering firm? The head of a manufacturing company? An EPA regulator? Join us for this low-key networking session. This is a tremendous opportunity for you to get some virtual face time with some of the leaders of the water industry. 

Virtual Career Fair

Tuesday, June 15 | 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Don’t miss live, online introductions between job seekers and employers at the ACE21 All Virtual Career Fair. Employers will be able to live-screen candidates, and candidates will be able to interview hiring mangers quickly and easily without time-consuming and expensive travel. Employer participation includes an online booth with logo, job listings, organization description, video, and more. Discover all the benefits at

Canadian Water Forum

Tuesday, June 15 | 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Join AWWA’s Canadian Affairs Committee and the five Canadian Sections to celebrate our Canadian members and network at the first-ever all virtual Canadian Water Forum. There’s no better place to meet with your Canadian friends and peers.

Women & Influencers in Water

Wednesday, June 16 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Based on the World Banks’ 2019 Women Water Utilities Report, we know that women are underrepresented in the water industry. However, we see more women in positions of leadership, more women entering the water industry, and more women engaged in the Association. 

Join us for this exciting conversation with four women who are influencing and changing the water industry as we know it. 

AWWA’ President Melissa Elliott will lead this session with Shellie Chard, Water Quality Division Director, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Angela Charles, Director, Charlotte Water, Dora Chiang, VP, CDM Smith, and Amanda Jones, Womxn in Water Founder. 

Start thinking about the questions you want to ask these influencers!  

Best of the Best Water Taste Test

Wednesday, June 16 | 12:00 – 12:15 p.m.

AWWA is excited to host the “Best of the Best” Taste Test Competition at ACE21 All Virtual in an exciting online format! Tune in to the competition that gives Section Taste Test winners the chance to compete to determine who has the best-tasting water.

Diversity and Inclusion Clubhouse

Thursday, June 17 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Diversity and Inclusion is a journey and not just a destination. We should remember that we’re all in this journey together. Step into the D&I Clubhouse and join your peers for an evening of engaging conversation and collaboration. Let’s make our “water” world a better place one conversation at a time.

Best ACE All Virtual Commercial

Thursday, June 17 | 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

AWWA is asking you to vote for your favorite ACE Commercial. They may not be as expensive as Super Bowl commercials, however they show dedication and passion for our water sector. View the commercials after select professional sessions or visit our commercial voting site to cast your vote. 

The top three vote-getters will advance to a live vote to take place on Thursday, June 17 from noon-12:30 p.m. 

The Last Drop

Sponsored by Jacobs

Thursday, June 17 | 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

The Last Drop, the ACE21 All Virtual closing session, highlights insight on cybersecurity in the water sector. This expert panel features viewpoints from academia, respected utility leaders, and cybersecurity practitioners. 

Moderated by AWWA CEO David LaFrance, the panel provides candid and informative dialogue on cybersecurity threats and steps that water utilities can take to mitigate risks.

International Events

International Session: Tricks of the Trade: Peer Learning Beyond Borders (VS3_18)    

Wednesday, June 16 | 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM MDT

There are exciting opportunities for peer learning and knowledge exchange among water professionals all over the world. Come learn from the experience of AWWA members who have engaged in this type of collaboration and discuss ways to leverage and its benefits to help water utilities innovate and excel. Speakers will share their North American experience with international water professionals and discuss strategies to promote further peer learning through AWWA.

Please stay tuned for International programming information at ACE21 All Virtual. 

Engage With ACE Sponsors For A Chance To Win!

There are several ways to earn raffle entries:

  • Visit Premium sponsors (required to win)
  • Download a resource, complete a survey, book a follow up meeting, etc. within a sponsor profile = 1 entry per profile 
  • Visit an AWWA Resource = 1 entry per resource
  • Snap a selfie with our virtual photo booth = 1 entry
  • Cast your vote in the sponsor commercial competition = 1 entry 

Prizes include gift cards to Amazon, Starbucks or Grub Hub! Winners will receive an email the week of June 28, with details on how to access their prize.

Sponsor Showcase

Attend a sponsored session or participate in an interactive roundtable discussion. Then visit the sponsors profile to learn more and take advantage of the resources they have available to solve our water sector challenges.  

Does your utility have a current product or solution need? Search for key terms and visit the sponsors that offer the solution within their profile or visit a company you are not familiar with and learn what new innovations they have available.   

Daily Networking Breaks

Held Daily in the interactive platform, REMO. Fun discussion topics to meet fellow attendees and chat with your peers! 

Monday: 11:15 - 11:30 a.m., How to Volunteer with AWWA, hosted by AWWA President Melissa Elliott
Tuesday: 1:15 – 1:30 p.m., Discover the Beauty National Parks has to Offer, hosted by Incoming AWWA President Dr. Chi Ho Sham
Wednesday: 9:15-9:30 a.m., Sails and Wings: Wind Drive Adventure, hosted by Gordon Williams and Issam Najm
Wednesday: 10:30-10:45 a.m., The Thrill of Motorcycling with the Water Buffalos, hosted by AWWA Immediate Past President Jim Williams
Wednesday: 10:30 - 10:45 a.m., The Thrill of Paragliding, hosted by Jon Eaton
Thursday: 12:00-12:15 p.m., Art Imitating Life: An Actor’s Perspective, hosted by Katie Porter and Krista Guerrero
Thursday: 12:00-12:15 p.m., Tennis, Anyone?, hosted by AWWA Incoming President-Elect Dr. Joseph Jacangelo

Getting the most out of your ACE21 All Virtual experience

Tuesday, June 8 | 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. MDT

Join AWWA experts for a fun and interactive session designed to help you get the most out of your ACE21 All Virtual experience.  Learn the best insider tips for navigating the professional program, interacting with sponsors and speakers, advancing your career development, and getting involved with AWWA.  

Water Equation & Water For People: ACE21 All Virtual Events

Water Equation
Register for WE Golf! Virtual Tournament & WE Race for Water and visit AWWA Water Equation’s website and show your support for our water workforce!

Water For People
Founded by AWWA in 1991, Water For People is a global nonprofit that helps people bring clean water and sanitation solutions to their communities for generations to come. As a strong partner of AWWA, Water For People will have a virtual booth at ACE21 and will be celebrating the Kenneth J. Miller Founders’ Awardees in conjunction with the program. Connect with Water For People at ACE21.

Water For People Jazz on Tap 
Join the San Diego CA-NV AWWA Section Water For People Committee on the evening of Sunday, June 13th for Jazz on Tap, a high-energy jazz event that will highlight local San Diego artists in a relaxed, outdoor setting. 

This event will be both virtual & in-person. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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AWWA Virtual Events

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