David Roche is a senior hydrotechnical engineer specializing in hydrology, hydraulics and flood risk management for creek and river systems. David’s 20+ years of experience in civil and hydrotechnical engineering include numerical and physical modeling, hazard assessment, quantitative and qualitative risk assessment, high and low streamflow analysis for a variety of environments, design and review of mitigation works, green energy projects, peer review, contract administration, and construction field services. David holds a Masters degree in hydrotechnical engineering with a specialization in quantitative hydrology, and is KWL’s technical leader for hydrology and risk assessment.

David was the Project Manager and lead engineer for the District of Squamish Integrated Flood Hazard Management Plan and supporting Quantitative Risk Assessment.  The project won provincial, national and international awards for planning and engineering and has been acknowledged by Provincial staff as advancing flood risk management in BC.  David was also the lead engineer for the award-winning multi-disciplinary design and construction of the Fitzsimmons Creek Debris Barrier.


  • 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.