Client Story


Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program

How FWCP digitized their grants management data into one centralized, paperless platform all within 9 months.

At a glance

The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (a partnership between BC Hydro, the Province of BC, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations and public stakeholders) had been struggling with managing a growing number of applications with their old, manual process that consisted of emailing, using spreadsheets, Word documents and even filing away physical folders.

Turning to SmartSimple to automate these processes, SmartSimple was able to deliver a fully configured system within FWCP’s 6 to 9 month timeframe. With a new system in place, nearly all of FWCP’s process pain points have been eliminated.

About the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program

BC Hydro is a provincial crown corporation owned by the government and people of the Province of British Columbia. They operate 31 hydroelectric facilities and two thermal generating plants that deliver power through a network of more than 48,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines.

Photo of a deer - Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) and SmartSimple
Photo B.C. forest

BC Hydro funds the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP), whose mandate is to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife that have been impacted by BC Hydro dams.

“The time we’ve saved since implementing our system has been huge. Binders that took dozens of hours to create can now be produced in 30 seconds. We know exactly where each reviewer is with their assigned tasks and can quickly create and send reminders; no more guessing if everyone is on schedule or not; we can truly monitor the entire review process from start to finish.”

Marc Nielsen, Project Manager and Business Analyst Test Lead,
BC Hydro

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Photo of a bear - FWCP looking to eliminate their manual process

Finding a way to eliminate manual processes

FWCP had two immediate problem areas they wanted to address: first, they wanted to improve how the review process was managed for grant applications and second, they wanted to find a better, more efficient way to communicate with grant applicants. Before switching to SmartSimple, the Program had been using a mix of emails, word documents, physical file folders and spreadsheets to manage these activities.

“Applicants would email applications to us, the administrative team would manually record them on a spreadsheet, and then we would print and ship binders to between 10 and 20 reviewers.”

Photo of sheep in farm - Genome Alberta's old system created hours of wasted administrative time
Photo of winter in B.C. - FWCP was spending too much resources to accomplish their work with their old system

“Over a period of a few short years, the number of grant applications was increasing rapidly. We were spending a great deal on supplies and resources to accomplish our work.”

“We definitely needed a new process, one that we could automate but would still support any paper-based requirements as needed to accommodate our review panels.”

Photo of moose in winter - FWCP needed a system that can automate
Photo of fish swimming upstream

“We definitely needed a new process, one that we could automate but would still support any paperbased requirements as needed to accommodate our review panels.”

Marc Nielsen, Project Manager and Business Analyst Test Lead,
BC Hydro

Selecting SmartSimple

Marc and the FWCP team did an extensive amount of research before deciding on SmartSimple. They needed a supplier that could demonstrate a clear ROI while being able to deliver on a very demanding schedule. “We needed someone who could provide obvious value for dollar, and deliver a finished system within a 6 to 9 month timeframe. It was critical for us to be able to use our new platform for our fiscal 2017 grant cycle, or we’d be stuck using our old, manual system for another full year,” adds Marc.

Photo of a fishing activity - Genome Alberat chose the SmartSimple platform
Photo of a ram - SmartSimple was the only vendor who could meet all of FWCP's requirements

“It was clear to us from the first demonstration that SmartSimple’s GMS360° was the only vendor solution that could meet all of our requirements and deliver on time within our price range. Several other vendors were close, but they were either more costly, could not meet our privacy standards or other key business requirements. GMS360° was the one solution that could do everything we needed, and more.”

“It was clear to us from the first demonstration that SmartSimple’s GMS360° was the only vendor solution that could meet all of our requirements and deliver on time within our price range.”

Marc Nielsen, Project Manager and Business Analyst Test Lead,
BC Hydro

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Photo of winter in B.C. - The SmartSimple team was extremely attentive and met our demanding deadlines

Working with SmartSimple

“The SmartSimple team was extremely attentive and met our demanding deadlines. They were a true partner during our implementation. And the support team has been just outstanding, answering our questions quickly while giving us the information we need to develop our own internal skills. I’ve actually been able to configure new grant types myself.”

Since moving to SmartSimple, the FWCP team has been able to eliminate most of the old process pain points. “The time we’ve saved since launching our system has been huge. We know exactly where each reviewer is with their assigned tasks and can quickly create and send reminders; no more guessing if everyone is on schedule or not; we can truly monitor the entire review process from start to finish.”

Photo of hikers in winter - With SmartSimple, FWCP was able to eliminate most pain points
Photo of a B.C. river - SmartSimple reports can be created and exported with no effort

“The ability to use digital signatures, being able to produce PDFs of our applications and online reviewing options have greatly reduced the complexity of collecting review scores and summaries. Reports can be created and exported with next to no effort,” continues Marc.

On top of eliminating hours of repetitive work printing, scanning and photocopying, FWCP has already saved over $50,000 in resources and the saving will continue each year. They even surveyed applicants, and more than 75% said they found their overall experience using SmartSimple was either very good or excellent. “If we suddenly had to go back to our former process, it would be a huge let down for our supporters; our reviewers would be highly disappointed and our administrative staff would be disheartened.”

Photo of a moose in river - With the SmartSimple system, FWCP saved $50,000 in resources
Photo of man looking at B.C. secnery

“If we suddenly had to go back to our former process, it would be a huge let down for our supporters; our reviewers would be highly dissapointed and our administrative staff would be disheartened.”

Marc Nielsen, Project Manager and Business Analyst Test Lead,
BC Hydro

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