David Roche is a Senior Hydrotechnical Engineer at Kerr Wood Leidal (KWL) with over 20 years of experience in hydrology, hydraulics, and flood risk management for creek and river systems.  His experience spans numerical and physical modelling, hazard assessment, quantitative and qualitative risk assessment, high and low streamflow analysis, design and review of mitigation works, green energy projects, peer review, contract administration, and construction field services.

Holding a master’s degree in hydrotechnical engineering specializing in quantitative hydrology, David serves as KWL’s technical leader for hydrology and risk assessment.  He has been at the forefront of innovative projects, including the District of Squamish Integrated Flood Hazard Management Plan and the Fitzsimmons Creek Debris Barrier, which have earned provincial, national, and international awards.

His role as Project Manager and lead engineer in these award-winning projects highlights David’s commitment to advancing flood risk management in BC and exemplifies KWL’s dedication to providing cutting-edge solutions to complex hydrotechnical challenges.

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  • M.A.Sc., Civil Engineering (Hydrotechnical), University of British Columbia, 2005
  • B.A.Sc., Civil Engineering, Options in Management Sciences and Water Resources, University of Waterloo, 2000

Awards & Recognition:

  • Consulting Engineers of BC Award of Merit, for Fitzsimmons Creek Debris Barrier project. 2010.
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada – Post-Graduate Scholarship. National scholarship to pursue post-graduate studies at a Canadian University. 2001-2003.
  • Sir Casimir Stanislaus Gzowski Medal for Excellence in Communication. Awarded by the University of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering to a graduating student. June 2000.