Young Professional Award

Zahra Pirani, P.Eng.

The ACEC-British Columbia Young Professional Award recognizes an individual young professional who has demonstrated excellence in consulting business practices, outstanding achievements in their applicable fields, and leadership in the community.

This year’s award recipient is Zahra Pirani, a Professional Engineer at CH2M HILL Canada Limited. Zahra completed her Civil Engineering Degree at the University of British Columbia in 2007. As an undergraduate, Zahra was involved in both the UBC Institute of Transportation Engineers Student Chapter and the UBC Engineering Undergraduate Society. Following graduation, she worked as a Production Engineer (in-training) for Suncor Energy in Calgary, while volunteering for Engineers Without Borders (EWB) in various educational and outreach roles. In 2012, Zahra completed a Masters of Engineering degree at Dalhousie University to expand her professional horizons, and followed her desire to work as an Environmental Engineer at a consulting engineering firm, where the diversity and consistently new challenges resonated for her. Zahra has been employed by CH2M since 2016.

Throughout her career, Zahra has contributed to the professional community around her, through generous donation of her time and her talents. Since arriving in B.C., Zahra has become an active member in several key organizations, including ACEC-BC, the Science Advisory Board for Contaminated Sites in B.C. (SAB), the Vancouver Geotechnical Society, and the Society of Contaminated Sites Professionals. Her involvement with ACEC-BC includes her current role as the Provincial Chair of ACEC-BC’s Young Professionals’ Group, and as an ex officio member of the ACEC-BC Board of Directors.

About the Young Professional Award

The ACEC-BC Young Professional Award recognizes an individual in the first ten years of their career who has...

  • contributed to the consulting engineering industry;
  • shown leadership within their company and the industry;
  • demonstrated excellence in consulting business practices;
  • demonstrated commitment to the delivery of quality projects or results;
  • accomplished outstanding achievements in their applicable fields; and
  • shown leadership in the community. 

Previous Recipients of the Young Professional Award

2016 Tijana Smiljanic, P.Eng.
2015 Mark Byram, P.Eng.
2014 Allison Clavelle, P.Eng.
2013 Selena Wilson, P.Eng.
2012 Mike Homenuke, P.Eng.
2011 Joel McAllister, P.Eng.
2010 James Kay, P.Eng.
2009 Santino Pirillo, P.Eng.
2008 Scott Campbell, P.Eng.