AquaHacking Quebec 2022-23

AquaHacking Challenge


AquaHacking is back in Quebec to tackle
the most critical freshwater issues
facing the province.


Registration opens and water issues announced

in Spring 2023

Hosted by

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Quebec has 3% of the world's renewable freshwater supply, spread over the entire territory with the St. Lawrence River, its tens of thousands of rivers and more than three million water bodies. But over the past three decades, there has been increasing stress on Quebec's freshwater due to climate change, population growth and land-use changes.
This program is focused on solutions. We engage talented young innovators from across Canada to put their skills to work for freshwater.

We need solutions now and we need everyone engaged! If you care about water and are solutions-minded, this is the program for you!

Streams of water


Water has no substitute.

The time is now for solutions and change.


Half-way through the program, all teams pitch their solution during the AquaHacking semi-final event. This is a huge feat, and we welcome all semi-finalists into the AquaHacking Alumni community!

From these pitches, the top 5 teams are selected to go onto Phase 2 of the program. These finalists receive $2,000 to support the continuation of their work as they refine their solution in preparation for their pitch at the AquaHacking Finale.
All 5 finalist teams are winners and receive kick-start business training, leadership training, a spot in a local incubator, Lavery Lawyers credits and seed funding.


Public Choice Award
First Place
Second Place
Third Place
Fourth Place
Fifth Place


Eligible participants in an AquaHacking Challenge are between 18-35 years of age, a resident of Canada and enrolled in a post-secondary institution or be a recent graduate. They are interested in freshwater and have skills in water science, engineering, programming, sustainable development, data, and marketing or entrepreneurship. Most importantly, they believe ingenuity anchored in a respect for the natural world can make the difference we need in our climate impact world.

How to participate

Register & create your water-hacker profile

Build your multi-disciplinary team

Choose a water issue & tackle it

Develop your solution & pitch it to the judges


March 2023

March 2023


Water issues are announced and Challenge registration opens

March - June 2023

March - June 2023

Phase 1

Teams are established, meet water experts, develop their solutions and access on-demand workshops, and mentoring

June 2023

June 2023

Semi-Final (virtual)

Teams pitch their solution to a panel of judges, and 5 finalist teams are selected.

June - Sept 2023

June - Sept 2023

Phase 2

Finalist teams participate in leadership development workshop, access entrepreneurship training, and pitch training

Sept 2023

Sept 2023

AquaHacking Finale (hybride)

TOP 5 Teams pitch their final solution and business plan to a panel of judges. Winners are chosen and awards given.

Oct 2023+

Oct 2023+


Teams receive a spot in an incubator and teams join the AquaHacking Alumni Community

Steering Committee

Anne-Pascale Richardson

Program Manager, AquaHacking Challenge - AquaAction

Martin Beaudry

President of the Board - Réseau Environnement

Jean-Éric Turcotte

Executive director - Stratégies Saint-Laurent

Sébastien Cottinet

Coordinator, mobilisation and public politics - ROBVQ

Advisory Committee

Robert Hausler

Directeur STEPPE-ÉTS et Professeur - ÉTS

Michèle Prévoste

Professeur, titulaire de la Chaire industrielle en eau potable - Polytechnique Montréal

Alexandre Guindon

Directeur et co-fondateur, 2 Degrès

Dominique Monchamp

Directrice générale - Fondation de Gaspé Beaubien

Richard Painchaud

CEO Kourant and President of the Board- Écotech Québec

Melissa Marin

Consultante en gestion, Développement durable, IBM Canada

Jean-François Bergeron

Président - Nordikeau

Marie-Claude Besner

Service de l'eau - Ville de Montréal

Philippe Murphy-Rhéaume

Directeur des politiques, Canada - Alliance des Villes des Grands Lacs et du Saint-Laurent

Anne Carabin

Co-fondatrice - Clean Nature - Alumni AquaHacking

Martin Vaillancorut

Directeir général - RNCREQ

Denise Cloutier

Directrice générale - C.I.EAU

Pierre-Marc Sarrazin

VP Finance d'entreprise et trésorerie - OVIVO

Lyne Morissette

Directrice - M Expertise Marine


Interested in bringing AquaHacking to a watershed near you and improving freshwater health? Let’s Connect, or follow us on social to be the first to know about our next Challenge.