The Pacific Western Athletics Association (PACWEST) is the governing body for collegiate/institute athletics in B.C. It was founded in 1970 as the Totem Conference. The charter members were: BCIT, Capilano College, Cariboo College, College of New Caledonia, Douglas College, Malaspina College, Okanagan College, Royal Roads Military College, Selkirk College, Trinity Jr. College and Vancouver City College. League play led to provincial champions who went on to represent BC in the Four-West Championships (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, & Manitoba). In 1972 the Four-West, the Ontario Colleges Athletics Association and the Quebec Colleges Athletics Association merged to form the Canadian Colleges Athletics Association (CCAA).

In the Fall of 1985, the Totem Conference changed its name to the Totem Colleges’ Athletic Association.

In the Fall of 1987, the Totem Colleges’ Athletic Association changed its name to the British Columbia Colleges' Athletic Association.

In the Fall of 2011, the British Columbia Colleges’ Athletic Association changed its name to the Pacific Western Athletic Association.

Today there are 10 PACWEST member institutions located across the province. A total of 58 teams compete in five sports for the right to represent BC at the CCAA Nationals.

The PACWEST believes that collegiate athletics should be an integral part of a balanced, holistic, educational program of any institution. It provides laboratory courses on physical, mental and social development, teaching lifelong values of teamwork, discipline, commitment, perseverance, fairness, and respect. Statistics show that student athletes are consistently strong academically, develop positive lifestyles traits, and contribute to community spirit and growth.

The PACWEST is committed to working to provide quality athletic opportunities for its members.


“The Pacific Western Athletics Association empowers member institutions in their quest to provide quality athletic opportunities to enhance the overall educational experience of their students.”

For more information, please visit: The Official PACWEST Website.