Section Conference Information

The 2019 Conference Is May 1-3 in Vancouver, Washington

Don’t miss the largest conference for water professionals in the Pacific Northwest! At the 2019 Pacific Northwest Section American Water Works Association Conference you can experience:

  • Three days of cutting edge technical sessions!
  • Over 100 vendors on the trade show floor!
  • Numerous networking opportunities!
  • Competitions pitting utility against utility where the winners go to nationals!
  • Student poster contests highlighting their scholastic achievements!
  • Golf!
  • Young Professionals Scavenger Hunt!
  • And much, much more!

Need Help Gaining Approval to attend next year’s PNWS Conference in Vancouver?

Due to reduced budgets and increased expenditure scrutiny, the PNWS recognizes it is no easy task to secure approval for a training event. Here are several tips to guide you in your request for approval to attend next years PNWS Conference in Vancouver:

  • Your organization is investing in you; provide details about what you will bring back from the event.
  • What sessions will you attend and what immediate impact will they have on your work?
  • What vendors will you visit on the exhibit floor and how will this help your organization?
  • Which experts will you have access to and what knowledge would you bring back to share with your organization?
  • Share more than your experience with your colleagues; by joining AWWA you receive topical publications like Opflow and Water Matters, plus the monthly PNWS e-newsletter which informs you about training opportunities in your local area. All of which can be shared with your coworkers.
  • With the huge variety of focus areas, the PNWS Section Conference is a great way to earn CEU’s and PDH’s.

Still not enough incentive to attend the conference? Well guess what….we will even PAY YOU to attend the conference.
Scholarships are available!

Welcome our Visiting Dignitary Theresa O’Grady

Our visiting dignitary this year is AWWA Vice President Theresa O’Grady.  Theresa is a member of the AWWA Engineering and Modeling Applications Committee (EMAC).  She is also a member of Mid-Central Waterworks Association and Kane County Water Association. Currently, she is serving as the Resident Representative on the Will County Stormwater Planning Committee.

Theresa holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering with a Hydraulics & Hydrology Empasis from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Illinois.  She lives in Naperville, Illinois with her husband (Michael) and two kids (Aidan and Riona). Theresa is the Water Resources Group Manager for Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc in Aurora, Illinois. Theresa has over 24 years of experience in the water industry. She has been an active member of AWWA since joining in 1996.

Involved in the Illinois Section, Theresa has served two terms as Trustee – District 2, Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect, Chair and Past-Chair.  On the Association level, she is serving on the Board of Directors as the Illinois

When you see her make sure and give her a warm Pacific Northwest Welcome!