For the past seven years, the BCWWA has hosted this annual design competition for local undergraduate and graduate students, with the aim of allowing students the ability to apply their academic skills to solve real world water and wastewater problems that we face every day. The winning team will go on to further compete at WEFTEC against teams from across the North America. For the past two years, our local teams have won first place in WEFTEC environmental competitive category.  


For this year’s competition, we have partnered with the City of Vancouver for an exciting project relating to Rainwater Management Solutions for the Cambie Corridor.


With the rapid re-development along Cambie St., the City of Vancouver has adopted a City-wide Integrated Rainwater Management Plan (IRMP) that encourages the use of green infrastructure to reduce runoff and improve water quality. This project will require students to utilize their skills and creativity to provide two innovative solutions to control and treat onsite rainfall runoff from townhomes in the Cambie Corridor. Students will be required to comparatively evaluate each solution from a triple-bottom-line perspective.


The BCWWA Student Design Competition (SDC) is based on the Water Environment Federation (WEF) SDC, held annually at the WEF Technical Exhibition & Conference (WEFTEC). The competition is intended to showcase the abilities and talents of students in colleges and universities across British Columbia who are interested in the water environment field. 

To be eligible to participate in the BCWWA SDC, each team member must be:


  • A registered student (full‐time or part‐time) at a college or university in British Columbia.
  • Senior students (3rd, 4th level and graduate) in the environmental, civil, chemical engineering or related fields.
  • A student member of BCWWA or WEF.   


The winning team will present at the BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show and compete at the WEFTEC that same year. Both events provide excellent exposure to potential industry employers.


For more information, please contact us at or 604-630-5346.




To complete this project, the Student Teams will be required to consult Industry Technical Advisors, who will provide support and guidance to the students as they identify, compare and evaluate their options. 


Below you can find additional information on the role: 


  • The time commitment will depend on the group, but, is estimated at 16 hours from January to March, 2020.
  • You can only be assigned to one group.  
  • Student Teams will be established in December, and students will be responsible for finding their own advisors. The purpose of this call is to create a running list of interested and eligible Technical Advisors for the Student Teams. Indicating your interest does not guarantee that you will be partnered with a Student Team. 


If you are interested in being a Technical Advisor, please message Sylvia Woolley at 



Key Dates:


Important Documents:


Thank you to our 2020 Student Design Competition sponsors:






Key dates

  • Application deadline: December 22, 2018
  • BCWWA 47th Annual Conference & Trade Show: May 26-28, 2019 in Victoria, BC
  • WEFTEC 2019: September 21-25, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois


Important documents


For more information on sponsorship opportunities for the BCWWA Student Design Competition, contact us at



2019 BCWWA Student Design Team:

Placed first in WEFTEC Student Design Competition environmental category. 


  • Project Statement: Complete a comparative analysis and design of two treatment, conveyance, and disposal solutions for aircraft de-icing fluid runoff and stormwater runoff at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
  • Winning Team: Team DTE – Johnson Li, James Craxton, Lutz Subagio, and Daniel Luo


2018 BCWWA Student Design Team:

Placed first in WEFTEC Student Design Competition environmental category.


  • Project statement: Submit a design to upgrade Ellis Creek in the City of Penticton, aiming to better equip the Creek to deal with the effects of climate change.
  • Winning team: Team DTE - Johnson Li, James Craxton, Steven Rintoul, Lutz Subagio


2017 BCWWA Student Design Team:

Placed second in WEFTEC Student Design Competition wastewater category.


  • Project statement: Design a secondary treatment upgrade for the Tsawout First Nation wastewater treatment plant (WWTP).
  • Winning team: UBSea Tec - Kit Caufield, Brad Jenks, Tim Burton, Jennika Javinson, Antonio Castro, and Gregory Vettese


2016 BCWWA Student Design Team:


  • Project statement: Design a treatment process for the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMoW) wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) to reduce the amount of phosphorus discharged to the Cheakamus River with the treated effluent.
  • Winning team: Team Aquatech Solutions - Leah MacGillivray, Matthew Waldie, Kelsey Baker, Danielle Gutwillinger, Trudy Miller, and Travis Reid.

2015 BCWWA Student Design Team:

Placed third in WEFTEC Student Design Competition wastewater category.


  • Project statement:  Design a resource recovery system for the City of Kelowna's wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), which will focus on anaerobic digestion of fermented primary sludge and waste secondary sludge to produce biogas.
  • Winning team:  Team Undine Energy Solutions - Maureen Long, Clayton McBride, Allison Matfin, Brenden Vissers, and Stephanie Doherty. ​


2014 BCWWA Student Design Team:

Placed first in WEFTEC Student Design Competition environmental category.


  • Project statement: Design a baseflow augmentation facility and water quality treatment facility in Northeast Coquitlam which will sustain minimal baseflows to Star Creek, keep water temperatures low and address water quality. In addition, produce options for the sizing of the two facilities based on the extent of source control applications on single family lots within the catchment area. Evaluate these options using quantitative and qualitative criteria and present your recommended approach with reasons.
  • Winning team: Team FloBeau - Stephen Bertulli, Michael Thiessen, Robert D’Amours, David Saabas, and David Houghton.

2013 BCWWA Student Design Team:

Placed first in WEFTEC Student Design Competition environmental category.


  • Project statement: Design a pilot-scale microalgae cultivation and harvesting system for installation at Metro Vancouver’s Sustainability Academy – Annacis Wastewater Centre. Develop concepts and budget for the longer term goal of co-locating operational-scale microalgae cultivation processes at Metro Vancouver’s Iona Island wastewater treatment plant.
  • Winning team: Laith Furatian, Michal Simhon, Christopher Lawson, Connor Wilson, and Rony Das.