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The Competition

Everything You Need To Know

Competition Overview

Students are invited to attend an informational webinar hosted in partnership with the Town of Ajax to learn more about how this problem is affecting their community. In addition, students will also be invited to attend a mentorship and skills development workshop. Teams will be required to submit a written report and present a pitch about their solution.

Our winter 2022 competition is being hosted in partnership with the Town of Ajax

Project Host: The Town of Ajax

Across Canada, municipalities are dealing with the effects of flooding and identifying the need to prioritize flood and stormwater management. The impacts of flooding are widespread and can cause damage to property and critical infrastructure, disrupt transportation systems, and pose a serious risk to public health and safety.


The Town of Ajax has identified the need to address these impacts proactively. Increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, aging stormwater infrastructure, and increased urbanization exacerbate the problem and highlight the importance of building resilience towards these impacts. As the Town of Ajax, and Durham Region as a whole, experience unprecedented urban growth, collaboration and innovation is key to addressing the devastating impacts of flooding.


Register here to attend our free informational webinar on January 27th, 2022 to learn more.

Competition Timeline

December 1st, 2021

Registration Opens

February 1st, 2022

The registration deadline has been extended!

January 27th, 2022

Informational Webinar, hosted in partnership with the Town of Ajax from 1:00 - 3:00 PM EST

February 10th, 2022

Mentorship Workshop, hosted in partnership with the International Water Association's Young Water Professionals Canada, from 3:00 - 6:00 PM EST

March 3rd, 2022

Skills Development Workshop, hosted in partnership with the Canadian Water Resources Association, from 1:00 - 2:00pm EST

March 13th, 2022

Report Submission Deadline

March 31st, 2022

Project Pitches, Virtual

Workshops are hosted in partnership with The International Water Association’s Young Water Professionals Canada and the Canadian Water Resources Association.

Your Innovation

Teams have the option to design a brand new innovative solution or to modify and improve an existing one. Innovations are not restricted to being physical products like rain barrels, rain gardens, or blue roofs, but can also be technologies, outreach, education campaigns, fundraisers, games and more!


At the end of the competition, teams will have a chance to network with each other to determine if there is an opportunity to merge their ideas and collaborate to expand on their innovations.

Report & Pitch Evaluation Criteria

Teams will create a report that describes the innovation, including details about the materials needed, the expense breakdown, and the marketing strategy. An electronic copy of the report must be submitted to submission@rainitinsc.com before 11:59 PM EST on March 13th, 2022.


Teams will be invited to pitch virtually on March, 31st, 2022. Five minutes will be allotted to each team to pitch their solution. After each pitch, the judges will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.


The report and solution pitch will be evaluated by a judging panel composed of industry experts. Report and presentation assessment criteria can be found below:


Report Evaluation Criteria

Pitch Evaluation Criteria

Why Participate

Rain It In provides a unique experiential learning opportunity for students to take the knowledge and skills they are developing through their education and apply it to a real world problem affecting our communities.
Through our mentorship program, students have the opportunity to network with industry professionals and learn about different career paths in the water space. The competition is also a great extracurricular activity that can help students develop technical and transferable skills and participation can be added to a resume to help stand out from other candidates when applying to jobs.
After the competition, Rain It In will assist students interested in pursuing the development of their solutions by connecting them with resources, mentors, and programs. In supporting students with the transition from ideas to entrepreneurship and product commercialization, Rain It In hopes to create new career opportunities and ultimately support the implementation of solutions that will positively impact our communities and the environment.


The competition will be hosted virtually and registration is open to students studying at a Canadian college or university.


Teams should consist of three to six members.


As climate change is a multi-sectoral problem, we recommend that participants build diversified teams across various programs to gain different perspectives and skills useful for developing a successful innovation. Students do not need to be attending the same educational institution to be on the same team.


We also strongly encourage student teams to work with mentors from their institution’s internal incubator or accelerator programs.


The deadline to register your team has been extended to February 1st at 11:59PM EST.


Click here to register.


Here are some of the organizations our mentors are from:

If you are interested in participating as a mentor, please register here.

Judging Panel

Our judging panel of industry experts are hand picked to maximize our competition’s potential and impact on our community

Cameron Richardson M.Sc.
Town of Ajax
Supervisor of Environmental Sustainability & Climate Change

Cameron Richardson received his M.Sc. (biology) from the University of Guelph and has been working in the public sector as a sustainability and conservation professional for over a decade.


Currently, Cameron is the Supervisor of Environmental Sustainability & Climate Change with the Town of Ajax. His responsibilities include leading the development and implementation of complex corporate and community-wide policies, plans, and strategies related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, environmental sustainability, and environmental policy/planning.


Cameron lives in Brooklin, ON with his family where he is actively involved in the community as former Chair of the Whitby Sustainability Advisory Committee (2014-2018) and member of the Brooklin Downtown Development Steering Committee (2018-present).

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Frances Delaney
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Policy Analyst

Frances Delaney is currently working in the Climate Change Branch, where she is helping develop Canada’s first National Adaptation Strategy.


Prior to this position at ECCC, Frances worked to ensure climate change commitments in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and the Canada Ontario Agreement were being implemented across the Great Lakes Basin. Frances has a wide range of knowledge in climate change research, adaptation techniques, and is passionate about the environment.


Frances completed her Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours in Physical Geography at the University of Ottawa and her Masters of Climate Change Degree from the University of Waterloo. Since completing her two degrees, Frances has worked in various roles with different levels of government and non-governmental organizations to apply her science and climate adaptation knowledge to drive climate change action, policy, and research.

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Glenn Milner
Climate Risk Institute
Engineering and Climate Risk Lead

Glenn Milner is the Engineering and Climate Risk Lead at the Climate Risk Institute. Over the past 10 years, he has worked on climate risk and adaptation initiatives across Ontario, Canada and the United States.


As a Professional Engineer, His work extends across infrastructure, ecosystems, stormwater, agriculture, transportation and supporting government in adaptation policies. Glenn has led training sessions on applying climate data for engineering, planning and decision making, and has convened thousands of stakeholders in discussing vulnerabilities and risks, planning, and scaling action through partnerships. Glenn holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering, and a Master of Climate Change from the University of Waterloo.

Simran Chattha
Canadian Water Network
Communications Manager

Simran Chattha is a water professional with nine years of experience in the industry. In her current role, Simran leads Canadian Water Network’s internal and external communications to enhance the team’s ability to deliver on corporate, program, and project-level objectives.


In addition to her day job, Simran is pursuing an MBA at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.