Meet the finalists of the 2020 Emerging Leader Awards

The 2nd Annual Emerging Leader Awards program honours members of the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) community who demonstrate excellence, impress, and inspire their co-workers, and are well on their way to becoming the next leaders in the profession.

These awards recognize young professionals for excellence in design, leadership, initiative, and/or service to the community. Nominated by a member or members of their team, finalists were selected by a jury of peers. You can read more about the finalists in our December issue, so make sure to grab a copy!

Here are the finalists of the 2020 Emerging Leader Awards.

Emerging Leader Award – Initiative 

Ryan Zizzo, P.Eng., LEED AP
Co-founder & COO, Mantle314, Toronto

Sonia Ramundi, OAA
Associate, Williamson Williamson, Toronto

Emerging Leader Award – Leadership

Ahsan Ahmed, CCCA, LEED GA
Project manager, Learning Facilities Division, Alberta Infrastructure, Edmonton

Jesse Klimitz, MRAIC, OAA
Director of business development, BDP Quadrangle, Toronto

Emerging Leader Award – Teamwork

Daniel Norwood, BID, NCIDQ, ARIDO, IDC
Team leader, Figure3, Toronto

Sara Hassoon, P.Eng.
Senior structural engineer, AECOM, Markham, Ont.

Emerging Leader Award – Technology Advancement

Amin Asgarian, PhD, P.Eng.
Structural engineer, Buildings+Places, AECOM, Markham, Ont.

Daniel Prescott, P.Eng.
Associate, Mechanical Engineering, DIALOG, Vancouver

Emerging Leader Award – Community Contribution

Joseph G. Orobia, MAA, LEED AP
Principal, Architects At Play, Winnipeg

Principal, Merchant Architecture Inc., Calgary, Alta.

Emerging Leader Award – Industry Contribution

Lisa Jane Kellerman, Architect, AAA
Principal, Rootstock Architecture Inc., Edmonton

Loïc Angot, LEED AP, ENV SP
Practice Leader | Sustainability, Lemay, Montréal



The winners will be announced live over Zoom on December 2 at 3:30 p.m. EST, as part of the Buildings Week.

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