Meetings & Events | ACE

ACE24 will feature many opportunities for networking and special events.
Check back regularly as additional events and details become available! 

*preliminary & subject to change

AEESP Keynote Address

Tuesday, June 11 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

Join us for the annual session presented by the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors.

Learn more about this and other Plenary Sessions at ACE24

Committee Meetings

Committee Meetings may take place at the Convention Center, Hilton Anaheim Hotel, or Anaheim Marriott Hotel. The schedule is subject to change - please be sure to download the 'AWWA Events' mobile app in May for most current information onsite. See the full list of ACE24 AWWA Committee Meetings here

Emerging Leaders Reception

Wednesday, June 12 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Mix and mingle with the newest water sector members and thought leaders; location to be announced.

Expo Grand Opening

Tuesday, June 11 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Welcome to the 2024 Exposition! Join us immediately following the Opening General Session for dedicated time with exhibitors.

Exhibit Hall Social Hour

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 | 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

You’ve worked hard today! Take this opportunity to unwind, network and explore the ACE exhibit hall. One complimentary beverage ticket will be attached to your badge.

Fireside Chat

Tuesday, June 11 | 1:00 – 1:45 pm

Moderator: David LaFrance, AWWA CEO

Jennifer McLain, USEPA, Director of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water
Andrew Sawyers, USEPA, Director of the Office of Wastewater Management

Join us for this interactive discussion to cover EPA’s perspective a variety of relevant topics in the water sector, as well as recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act.  You will not want to miss this opportunity for discourse with key EPA regulators and the chance to have your questions addressed.  

First Time Attendee Program - Registration Full

Tuesday, June 11 | 7:30 – 8:15 a.m.

This program has reached capacity and is now closed to new registrations. 

Stop by to learn how to maximize your conference experiences and develop lasting connections.

George W. Fuller Awardee Breakfast

Thursday, June 13 | 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Anaheim Marriott Hotel - Marquis Ballroom North

Ticketed event for award winners and guests. 

George Warren Fuller Awards are presented annually by the American Water Works Association to the sections' respective selected members for their distinguished service to the water supply field in commemoration of the sound engineering skill, the brilliant diplomatic talent, and the constructive leadership which characterized the life of George Warren Fuller. Pre-registration, additional payment, and ticket required for entry. 

H20 Communicators Meet & Greet

Tuesday, June 11| 11:00 am – 1 pm
Hilton Hotel | Huntington Room

The Public Affairs Council (PAC) is hosting this informal reception to bring together communications professionals in the water sector. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with fellow H2O communicators and learn more about the PAC.

Innovation Hub Events

Located in the Exhibit Hall - Booth #3163

Don't miss the 2024 Innovation Hub! Events include the Innovation Hub Grand Opening on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., educational sessions throughout the week, and 'No Water-No Beer' Happy Hour on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. Learn more about the Innovation Hub. 

International Reception

Wednesday, June 12 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm

All ACE24 attendees from overseas are welcome at this special reception to celebrate and network together. Location to be announced. 

Job & Education Fair

Wednesday, June 12 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

ACE Exhibit Hall, Booth 1972

AWWA is committed to helping water professionals prepare for the future by providing a forum for job seekers to meet company recruiters. Be sure to bring your resume – we will have professionals on-site for a flash resume review and interview from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. For a small donation benefiting leadership opportunities, AWWA’s Water Equation is offering professional headshots.

Companies interested in participating, contact Karen Pacyga at

Opening General Session

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Anaheim Convention Center
Join your fellow ACE24 Attendees for an exciting Opening General Session! 

AWWA is pleased to welcome Pat Mulroy as our keynote speaker. She is a true water visionary and the former General Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority.  Her talk will touch upon our most critical water challenges, a vision for the future, and celebrate the past accomplishments of the water community. 

AWWA CEO David LaFrance notes that Pat Mulroy is “known for her unwavering dedication to assuring safe, sustainable water supplies through bold, innovative solutions, a commitment to collaboration and sheer grit. Her remarkable career serves as a model for future generations of leaders.” 

We look forward to Pat's thought-provoking keynote and kicking off an excellent week of water insights!  

Presidential Gavel Passing Ceremony

Thursday, June 13 | 4:45 – 5:15 p.m. 

Marriott Hotel - Platinum Patio - Outside facing towards the Anaheim Convention Center

FREE and Open to All Attendees
Join AWWA leaders at the Presidential Gavel Passing ceremony to hear from incoming AWWA President, Cheryl Porter. The ACE Wrap Party kicks off immeditaly following on the Grand Plaza. All attendees have two Wrap Party drink tickets attached to your badge. 

Scholarship Program Celebrate Scholarship Luncheon

Tuesday, June 11 | noon-2:00 p.m.

Anaheim Marriott Hotel - OC Ballroom Salon 3

Join AWWA Water Equation in celebrating the 2023 scholarship recipients! This is a ticketed event, with pre-registration and additional purchase required. 

Learn more & register. 

Student & Young Professionals Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, June 11 | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. | Room 210B

Calling all young professional and student attendees to join us for this fun kickoff event! Join us for the kickoff at 10:00am in Room 210B of the Anaheim Convention Center. 

Student & Young Professional Lunch with the Boss

Tuesday, June 11 | 11:45 – 1:00 p.m. | Expo Café in the Exhibit Hall

Converse with a general manager of a water utility, a principal in a consulting engineering firm, the head of a manufacturing company, a regulator, or other industry leaders at this this low-key lunch meetup. This is a great opportunity for you to get face-time with water industry leaders that may inspire you or give you the 411 on how to land that role you desire. Registration is not required. Just grab lunch & show up! You'll find us with special table signs inside the ACE24 Expo Cafe seating area. 

The Last Drop

Thursday, June 13 |11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Water 2050 Ideas into Action: Creating our Water 2050 Future  

Water 2050 established a vision for a sustainable and resilient future for the water community.  The diverse contributors to this initiative developed nearly 50 recommended actions for the water community to implement to transform this ambitious vision into reality – with recommendations grouped under 5 strategic themes, including Sustainability & Resilience.  The Last Drop is dedicated to exploring how the water community can advance meaningful change to create our Water 2050 future. 

Join us for an exploration of the future of water, featuring diverse panelists in engaging conversation with AWWA’s Director of Engineering & Technical Services, Barb Martin, covering future priorities, taking action, collaboration and partnerships, and breaking barriers to ensure a secure, sustainable, affordable, resilient, and innovative water future for all.  The Last Drop provides attendees with the opportunity to join the conversation about Water 2050 and share their own thought-provoking questions about the future of water.   

This session is sure to spark your imagination and leave you hopeful for the future of the water community! 

Barb Martin – AWWA 

Cristina Ahmadpour – Isle Utilities  
Peter Gleick – Pacific Institute  
Joseph Jacangelo – Stantec  
Olga Morales-Pate – RCAP

Tuesday Keynote Address

Tuesday, June 11 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm 

The A.P. Black Award was established in 1967 in honor of Dr. A.P. Black to recognize an individual who has made outstanding research contributions to water science and water supply practices over their career. The 2024 awardee is Dr. Darren Lytle, an environmental engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Dr. Lytle is being honored for his significant work in protecting human health by supporting drinking water regulations and working with states, communities and homeowners to improve drinking water quality.

Join us on Tuesday to hear from Dr. Lytle as he shares his presentation Navigating the Waters: My Drinking Water Learnings, Discoveries, and Influences.

Water for People Social Splash

Tuesday, June 11 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Ballast Point Brewing Company
Downtown Disney

Join Water For People and the California-Nevada Section of AWWA for an evening of connection for a good cause!  On Tuesday, June 11 from 6-8pm enjoy brews and snacks at Ballast Point Brewing Company in Downtown Disney, while learning more about our work to solve the world water crisis. Thanks to our generous sponsors, all ticket proceeds benefit Water For People's work across nine countries in Latin America, India, and Africa.

Tickets are $30 USD in advance and $35 at the door. Grab yours:

Water Industry Lunch

Wednesday, June 12, 2024  | Noon - 1:15 p.m. 

Anaheim Convention Center Ballroom - Level 3

Join us for our annual luncheon featuring a keynote address by world champion eco-challenge adventure racer and New York Times best-selling author, Robyn Benincasa.

Tickets $75 each, or $600 per table of ten

Learn More.

WE ACE24 Golf Tournament

ACE24 Golf Tournament at Anaheim Hills Golf Course

Monday, June 10 | 6:30 a.m. bus from the Convention Center / 8:00 a.m. start

Learn More & Register 


WE RACE for Water

WE RACE for Water commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Safe Water Drinking Act

Monday, June 10 | 7:30 a.m. bus departs Anaheim Convention Center | 8:15 a.m. race begins
Yorba Regional Park | Along Santa Ana Riverbed

Pre-register, or register onsite at the park! 

Learn More & Register

WE Headwaters Reception

June 9, 2024 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Anaheim Hilton

A special reception to thank our Water Equation supporters and AWWA current and past board members. 

Learn more about Water Equation.

Veterans Initiative

Tuesday, June 11 | 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Room 207A - Anaheim Convention Center

Open house format, stop by to learn how the water sector is recruiting and supporting all veterans.

Wrap Party

Thursday, June 13 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. | 

Anaheim Convention Center Grand Plaza

FREE and Open to All ACE24 Attendees

First, join AWWA leaders for the Presidential Gavel Passing ceremony at 4:30 on the Anaheim Marriott's Platinum Patio. Then, the ACE Wrap Party kicks off immeditaly following on the ACC's outdoor Grand Plaza, and is the perfect place to kick back, unwind and celebrate the water community. All attendees have two drink tickets attached to your badge. Join us!

Women in Water

Women’s Networking Coffee - AWWA Pavilion 
Tuesday, June 11 | 10:00 – 11:00 am    

MeetUp Lunch - Expo Café in the Exhibit Hall   
Wednesday, June 12 | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm   

Join us for these networking events in the ACE24 Exhibit Hall! 

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