The global event for Young Water Professionals.

The International Young Water Professionals Conference brings together 300 water, environment and related young professionals from across the globe and showcases how the young water professionals are making impact across the sector as well as offering capacity development and training sessions to further skill our future water leaders to tackle the demands from the water sector.

YWP International Conference

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The programme is full of networking opportunities, technical sessions, discussion workshops, professional development sessions and a career fair. 

Keynote Speakers  

Read about the opening plenary and keynote speakers here

Eva Martinez
Jacob Amengor

“When Professor Ashley stopped me to say he loved my talk and I had valid points at the panel discussion!!! Wow!”

Message from IWA Emerging Water Leaders

Dear Young Water Professionals,

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the 9th International Young Water Professionals Conference, to be held in Toronto.  As the Chair of the IWA Emerging Water Leaders Steering Committee 2016-2018 (representing the IWA Young Water Professionals), for the next 6 months,  I would like to invite all of you to this International Conference which is designed to promote participation, foster networking, learning and knowledge exchange.

The event will empower all the Young Water Professionals as you are considered the #futurewaterleaders.

Young Water Professionals need to participate actively in our society to improve our own lives by representing and advocating about “Water” needs. IWA uses this conference as a vehicle to develop a multi-disciplinary network of #futurewaterleaders to be put at the forefront of the decision-making and make an impact. This is a unique opportunity to provide your opinion, practice and to get empowered by your peers. Your contribution as the industry’s future leaders is crucial to shape the event.

I do not need to repeat the challenges we face – urbanisation, climate change, severe weather events, water scarcity, a lack of access to clean drinking water and adequate sanitation and deteriorating eco-systems – but I do need to inform you is that WE are in a position to change the water sector, work towards integrated solutions across sectors and disciplines. We – Young Water Professionals –  should find solutions to our most pressing water problems and this Conference is the right place to get started.

I am very happy to announce that preparations are underway and the Programme Committee is formed whilst the Joint and Local Organising Committees are ensuring a great conference experience. Take advantage of a golden opportunity to learn about new industry trends and services and make an impact for your future. Join us on this journey to a sustainable water future at the next International Young Water Professionals Conference in Toronto, Canada 24-26 June 2019!

I personally look forward to see your submissions coming in from (call for paper open from April 2018 – October 2018) and meeting many interesting YWPs at the Conference, exchange ideas in a pleasant multicultural and fascinating city as Toronto.

Arlinda Ibrahimllari
Chair, IWA Emerging Water Leaders International Steering Committee

The Emerging Water Leaders Steering Committee is a representative body of young members (35 and below) that will provide advice to the association about the appropriate ways to serve young professionals needs (eg. Networking, learning, professional development) and interest engage and contribute professionals in IWA’s current activities (programmes, conferences, and specialist groups) at national and international level.

Empower Future Water leaders

We would like to invite all young, inspiring water professionals to join us at the 9th International Young Water Professionals Conference (IYWPC). This conference will empower you to progress further in your water career. With a multi-disciplinary programme of technical sessions, workshops, soft skill development sessions, and networking events you will gain connections, develop yourself professionally and gain recognition for your contributions.

For the IYWPC 2019 we will be delivering a series of pre-conference webinars to capacitate young water professionals to make the most of their submission to the conference. The webinars that will be offered are Full Paper Writing, and Presentation & Design. Check out the 2019 and 2017 edition webinars.

A water experts destination

Situated on the shores of Great Lake Ontario – the largest freshwater resource in the world –  is Canada’s largest city and a hub for business, entertainment, and world-class scientific research. Toronto is highly regarded as one of the most multi-cultural, diverse, and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

Strategic Partners

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The future of the water sector

Gain access to your potential future workforce and customers. Gain access to 300 young water professionals.

The Venue

The 9th International Young Water Professionals Conference 2019 will be held at the Ryerson University,  350 Victoria Street, Toronto Canada

Shaping Our Water Future, Together.


We partner with some of the water sector’s leading companies and organizations and work together for a better water future.

Our sponsors and partners benefit from a unique opportunity to connect with young professionals from within and outside the water sector.

Join us in Toronto!