Minerva – CIAC Responsible Care Case Study Competition

This brand new competition took place on October 17, 2016 as part of the Process Safety Management program at the Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference. Engineering students registered at Canadian institutions were invited to enter the competition by preparing a written response to the case study. Three finalists were selected and invited to present their solutions during the Process Safety Management Session on Monday, October 17 at the Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference.

Sponsored by Minerva and the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC)
Supported by Waterloo Cases in Design Engineering

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Individuals and groups of undergraduate students registered in engineering programs in Canadian universities. Students on cooperative work terms or equivalent are considered eligible to enter. To minimize the number of projects to be judged, each chemical engineering department may submit a maximum of one entry.
Maximum size of team:;4 students

1st Prize: $500; 2nd Prize: $300; 3rd Prize: $200


All entries will be evaluated in 2 stages by a panel of 3 judges drawn from industry and academia. The best 3 entries will be chosen in preliminary judging and these teams will be invited to present their projects on October 17 at the Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference where the judges will make their final decision.


The response should consist of:

  • A title page (not counted towards the five-page limit) including the names of the students, their institution, their e-mail addresses, program and year of study, and a contact mailing address
  • A technical response to the case study of maximum five pages (minimum 12 point font, single-spaced paragraphs with double spacing between paragraphs, as in this document)
  • A list of references cited in the technical response (not counted towards the five-page limit)
  • Appendices (not counted towards the five-page limit) including drawings (maximum 11×17 page size) and other supporting information, calculations, etc. Note that all appendices must be referred to in the main report. There is no limit to the number or length of supplied appendices
  • All files must be in PDF format. Filenames should include the institution name or initials

Response Guidelines

  • Your response should address the problem statement provided in the case study. No further information will be provided. Clearly state any assumptions necessary for preparing your response. Your response should include an analysis of the situation, identification of different options and recommendations on what course of action the company should take.
  • Your response is expected to be based on a technical analysis of the situation. There are a variety of techniques and tools available to conduct such analyses and it is up to your team to select and apply a suitable method.
  • Assume that the reader of your report is a technical manager at the company. You can assume that this person is familiar with the general process and operations at the company, but is not familiar with the specific incidents. You may cite the case study as appropriate in your response.
  • Format your document as a technical report that is suitable for a professional environment (this will guide in terms of layout, font, etc.).

Selected Resources

2016 Case Study
Exhibit A
Exhibit B

2016 winners:

1st place: École Polytechnique: Martin Gagnon-Dorval, Olivier Gazil, David Leroux, Jeanne Tremblay-Martel
2nd place: University of Toronto: Katie Dritsas, Kenny Wei, Kayla Musalem, Andrew Kostruba
3rd place: University of Waterloo: Thomas Donnelly, Don Tu, Alex Vasile, Will Klanac