First Prize
The Wildfire Crisis in British Columbia, Canada
by Inferno, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Research Team
Michael Simoes, Bachelor of Business Administration, Simon Fraser University
Joanne Nellas, Bachelor of Global Environmental Systems, Simon Fraser University
Vanessa Sun, Bachelor of Political Science, University of British Columbia
Devan Parmar, Bachelor of Business Administration, Simon Fraser University Project

Summary (click to download or read the full written summary)
This team examined the wildfires of British Columbia and the effects of them on the environment and people’s quality of life. To conduct their research, they read news articles, government documents, interviewed forest and fire experts, reviewed academic literature, surveyed residents, and more. Two of their key findings were: 1) There is a discrepancy of money and resources spent on responding to wildfires and money invested into prevention, preparedness, and recovery, and 2) Government funding and resource allocation is based on out-dated knowledge of forests and fires.