Case Study Competition FAQ

What is the Case Study Competition? 

The Case Study Competition is a two-week-long event where students will group up (groups of 2 or 3)choose a case study, complete background research, and then present their findings in a 5-7 minute oral presentation to a panel of judges. There will be two case studies and students will have the option to choose the study that interests them most. The case studies will be sent out after the registration deadline on February 16.

All competitors must attend a mandatory virtual workshop on February 20 that will explain the case studies and what they can expect from the competition. Competition Day is March 7 at 7pm AT.

When is Competition Day? 

Competition Day is March 7. Competitors will be given a 10-minute time slot to present orally their recommendation to the judges (virtually over Teams). Presentations should be no longer than 7 minutes, and judges will have up to 3 minutes afterwards to ask questions. Judging will start at 7pm AT and will finish depending on the number of competitors. 

Competitors will be given their time slot one week before competition day. 

What are the case study options?

Grasslands Case Study

Boreal Case Study

What are the judges looking for?

Evaluation Rubric

Am I eligible to compete? 

If you are a secondary student part of the WCE program, you’re eligible to compete. If your teacher has signed up your class for the competition, only one team per WCE can present on Competition Day. If this is an extra-curricular activity, more than one team per WCE can present. Students must compete in pairs or groups of three.

How do I register my team or my class to compete? 

You can register your team or your class at this link until February 16. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What is the prize? 

The winning team will receive $500 for their Wetland Centre of Excellence and their names on our Youth Wetland Expert Trophy.

Where should I do my research for the case study? 

When we send out an email with the case studies, there will be links to help you start your research. After that, it’s up to you! 

How much work will I be expected to put in? 

Including research time, presentation prep time and the 1-hour mandatory workshop, we expect that students will put in 15-18 hours of work. 

Is it mandatory to attend the workshop on February 20? 

On February 20 (timeslots: 8:15am CT, 1:30pm CT, 3:45pm CT), we’re hosting a mandatory virtual workshop to go over the two case study options, talk about the competition format and answer any questions. If you or your students have registered for the competition, you or your students must attend the workshop.

Who won the previous Case Study Competitions?

We've had three winners since we started the annual Case Study Compettion. In 2021, Neha, Mabel and Chloe from Holy Trinity School won first place. In 2022, the winners were Zoë, Yuvika and Sydney from Wellington Heights Secondary School. Last year, Sotiris, Ophelia and David took home the prize for Fort Richmond Collegiate.