ACENZ Tonkin + Taylor Future Leader Award

The Future Leader Award is the premiere award for Young Professionals aged 35 or younger and is designed to recognise future leaders within the industry. Entrants are nominated by a senior professional within their company or firm as an emerging talent or business leader. Through the generous support of Tonkin + Taylor, ACENZ is able to offer this outstanding opportunity to one winner and up to two finalists each year. All entrants must be competent managers or can demonstrate similar experience and qualification of leadership, but do not need to be engineers to apply.

We welcome any professional, employed by an ACENZ Member firm with strong leadership experience to apply.


Up to three finalists will be chosen to attend the Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner, where the one winner will be announced on stage. One winner will receive:

  • a cash prize of $1,500
  • registration into the FIDIC Young Professionals Management Training Programme (an online course over 6-8 months, which concludes with a physical meeting at the annual FIDIC Infrastructure global conference valued at $7,000NZD)
  • travel and accommodation to attend the FIDIC Infrastructure global conference (limit of $5,000NZD inclusive)
  • one year on the ACENZ Board (term begins one year after winning the award)

Up to two finalists will each receive $1,000 towards a professional development course, conference, or other training of their choice (prize must be redeemed by March 31st the following year). ACENZ must approve the course prior to registering. All three finalists will receive one complimentary Young Professionals registration to attend the ACENZ conference (which includes 1 ticket to the Awards Gala) that year.

What past winners have to say

"The business and marketing insights learnt from the international training programme has been the most beneficial in my working career to date as I am continually applying the skills gained. Also the networking experience at the FIDIC conference and at the training programme with fellow young managers and professionals has been very valuable from the contacts gained and having the ability for post discussion of real work issues following the 2008 FIDIC conference held in Quebec." - Samir Govind, Technical Director with Beca (2007 Winner)

"The FLA defined my career as it gave me a non technical view point. The lessons I learned a decade ago still serve me today." - Dr Jan Kupec, Technical Director with Aurecon (2008 Winner)

"I am surrounded by many talented young professionals in this industry, so to be selected as the winner of this award was a true honour that I really appreciated...The most valuable part of the prize by far was enrolment in the Young Professionals Management Training Programme (YPMTP) and sponsorship to attend the FIDIC conference in Dubai." - Emily Stevens, Senior Geotechnical Engineer with Opus (2014 Winner)


"I'd have to say that, for me, the real benefit comes when the participants get together to meet for the first time and to engage in discussions with each other, and the course facilitators, face to face...I think we now have a greater appreciation for what both FIDIC, and our national associations can offer to professionals, young and old." - Shamus Wallace, Operations Manager with Tonkin + Taylor (2012 Winner) 

View past winners here

Next steps 

If you are interested in applying for the Tonkin + Taylor ACENZ Emerging Leader Award, go ahead and read over the full G62-2 Guidelines document. 

The judging process takes between 4-6 weeks and could include a physical interview for short-listed candidates. If you have any questions around the ELA, please contact Holly Morchat Stanko at

Key dates 

  • Applications due - Wednesday 20 May 2020
  • Shortlisted candidates informed - Monday 8 June 2020
  • In-person interview day - Thursday 2 July 2020 in Auckland
  • Winner announced - Wednesday 5 August 2020 at the Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner in Auckland