The Wideman Education Foundation (WEF) is excited to announce that team Code Green of SFU is the winner of 2018 Wideman Prize Project Excellence Competition in Vancouver in support of the theme Go Green Vancouver. 

The annual competition emphasizes the importance of learning by doing, and all participating teams have completed a project from inception. Six student teams from SFU, Douglas College, and Langara College took part in the competition. 

Winning Team: Code Green, SFU

Targeting high school students in Greater Vancouver, the Code Green team organized a one-day sustainability pitch competition that incorporated collaborative learning. High school student teams signed up for the event, attended workshops, developed ideas for green solutions, and pitched their ideas in front of judges. A total of 34 high school students attended the event, which was supported by over a dozen sponsors with $1000 of in-kind donations. Code Green team members are: Rahim Rajani, Tom Kadota, Dalia Al-Ahmad, Braeden Peterson, and Jordon Fernandez.  

Runner-up Team: Therapeutic Garden, Douglas College   

Partnering with Open Door Group Vancouver, a community organization that opens its doors to continued learning and career success for those who are affected by mental illness or addiction, the project team redesigned the Open Door Group’s patio. The goal was to improve social connection and create a therapeutic gardening space and program protocols for a weekly class for up to 10 clients.  

Phase 1 of the project is complete, consisting of space design, donating existing furniture, ordering new furniture, development of a therapeutic program protocol, and plant recommendations. With the warmer weather coming, phase 2 of the project is targeted for completion by the end of April.

The gathering area will get new furniture  and the gardening  space will get new plants and an irrigation system. This was a hybrid project team with members from two different areas of study: Project Management and Therapeutic Recreation. The  Therapeutic Garden Project team consists of: Gillian Hollett, Manpreet Singh, Vu Doan, Shoshana Loewen, and Courtney Stebee.  

Finalist Team: Vancouver e-Recycling, SFU 

Recognizing the need to raise awareness around e-waste danger and proper electronics disposal, the project team carried out interviews with subject matter experts in the field of electronic recycling. From this they produced a 7-minute VR (virtual reality) application and documentary which they released at a showcase event they hosted on November 18, 2017 attended by 50 people.  

The project team members continue to explore ways to raise awareness. They have been invited to Metro Vancouver Landfill’s Open House and plan to attend other local community events. The Vancouver e-Recycling team members are:  Shane Nilsson, Muhammadqasim Dewji, Jordan Epp, Chamodi Basnayake, and Maxwell Hanson. 

Many Thanks 

We offer sincere thanks to all who contributed their time and effort to make this year’s competition a success.  

Our judging panel, pulled from the vibrant Project Management community in the Lower Mainland area, consisted of the following people: 

  • Jette Helin 
  • Maria Patten 
  • Cindy Laschuk 
  • Mike Dewing 
  • Gary Lengyell 
  • Mehran Jamshidi 

We also offer a special thanks to our discussion panelists who volunteered their lunch break. The students were fully-engaged as our panelist shared their diverse experiences and views on building a successful career. 

Our panelists: 

  • Jasmine Maini 
  • Crystal Mishra 
  • Iraj Riahi 

And thank you to Veronique Labeau, our Independent Observer, for contributing to improving the Wideman Prize Competition for years to come. 

Finally, thanks to our sponsors Annex Consulting Group, PMI Westcoast Chapter, IT/IQ Group, and our competition host Langara College. 


Li Yang, President 
Wideman Education Foundation