Leading Change in British Columbia: Paradigm-Shift to Rainwater Management Starts in the Classroom

Rainwater Management: Richard Boase and David Desrochers inspire future engineers to view the built environment differently
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) recently joined 26 other programs across Canada in offering nationally accredited civil engineering degrees. Consistent with a guiding philosophy of leadership and innovation to achieve the goal, the Department of Civil Engineering is tapping into the wisdom and experience of local government leaders.
“I have been keeping track of what is happening in the Metro Vancouver region. The District of North Vancouver’s Richard Boase and his colleagues in the Water Balance Model Partnership, in particular the City of Vancouver’s David Desrochers, are using science blended with innovative thinking and effective communications to affect a change over time with our emerging professionals,” observes Dr. Colleen Chan, BCIT School of Construction and the Environment.
“Both Richard Boase and David Desrochers are a wonderful source of inspiration. Their insights about ‘designing with nature’ gave us an idea: develop a Rainwater Management Plan for the BCIT Burnaby Campus as a class project. This is now part of my course curriculum.”
News Release #2011-06
February 15, 2011

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