Student Chapters


Congratulations to the 2023 CPANS poster session winners!

1st place: Shuang Wu (University of Alberta)

2nd place: Xinyang Guo (University of Alberta)

3rd place: Sina Neshati (University of Alberta)

Get engaged and involved

Networking is said to be 20 times more effective than any other mechanism for starting, succeeding in, and advancing your career.  Join a Student Chapter at your college or university and begin networking for your career.  Develop strong relationships with peers and meet and mingle with professionals from Academia, Big Industry, the consulting industry, and regulatory bodies.

The Canadian Prairie and Northern Section of the Air & Waste Management Association is a strong association of Industry, Consulting, and Government professionals that specialize in air and waste management as well as other types of environmental protection and monitoring.

Join CPANS and the Air & Waste Management Association as a student member for a mere $35 USD annually. Join a Student Chapter to get information on local events that are happening on campus. Compete in competitions and take advantage of opportunities to mix and mingle at monthly lunches, evening mixers, the annual conference and get connected with a professional mentor, all at free to reduced rates.

From September 2023 to November 2023, A&WMA is offering a discounted price of $15 USD for an annual student membership! Contact your local student chapter for more information!


University of Alberta Student Chapter

Student Executives:

Chair: Ewenet Mesfin

Marketer: Mozhgan Khaligh

Secretary: Min Amy Yuan

Treasurer: Jenny Chau

Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Zaher Hashisho and Dr. Shira Joudan


The goal of this student chapter is to connect student members to environmental professionals while aiming to be accessible and relevant to students; provide student members with increased opportunities to exchange information; and, improve environmental knowledge. In doing so, the chapter hopes to provide students with unique opportunities that will help with future career goals.


University of Calgary Student Chapter

Student Executives:

Chair: Safeer Nanji

Vice Chair: Joey Saharchuck

Secretary: Shihab Majid

Treasurer: Giselle Lin

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Mujtaba Shareef and Dr. Hans Osthoff


The University of Calgary CPANS student chapter was founded in the interest of providing students with the opportunity to connect with professionals who are focused on the environmental issues surrounding air and waste management.  We are determined to help narrow the gap between students and their potential employers by providing a network with a strong foundation in environmental stewardship.  In this way we can help each other to create a clean and sustainable environment for future generations.



Mount Royal University Student Chapter

Student Executives:


Vice Chair:

Secretary and Treasurer:

Social Media, Outreach and Creative Design:

Faculty Advisor:

Gwen O’Sullivan


This student chapter is currently looking for interested students to help reignite the student chapter. Please use contact information below to request more information.

Contact: or

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship opportunities are available through the Air & Waste Management Association.

The Frank Kloiber and Bob Becker memorial bursaries are also awarded by CPANS annually. The bursaries are typically awarded during the annual conference and AGM.

Start a Student Chapter

Starting a Student Chapter

If your institution doesn’t have a student chapter, get a group of friends/like-minded people together and start one with as little as ten of you.

  1. Gather the ten or more of you together.
  2. Download and complete the “Starting a Chapter” excel sheet. You’ll need to include all of your contact information and find a Faculty Advisor for the chapter at your institution.
  3. Collect $35 USD from each student.
  4. Have elections for a Chair and Treasurer/Secretary as a minimum. (You may wish to have a Vice-Chair and separate the Treasurer Secretary role if you have 20 or more members so as to spread the load and involve more members in leadership. Your Vice-Chair should assume the role of Chair in their second year and then pass the torch.)
  5. Be sure that you indicate who was elected.
  6. Have all students sign the spreadsheet and then scan it.
  7. Also download, edit the “Model Bylaws document” by replacing the red text as appropriate.
  8. Send both the electronically completed spreadsheet, the scanned one that has signatures, and the model bylaws document with a credit card number for payment of fees to
  9. Send a copy of all documentation to (without the credit card information).

For assistance with starting a student chapter at your institution, contact:

Travis Tokarek, CPANS Interim Director of Student Affairs, 587-580-8693,

Student Chapter Renewals

To renew your existing student chapter and it’s student’s memberships complete this spreadsheet annually and send it with your fees to  Be sure to send a copy of the documentation (without the credit card information) to