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Fort McMurray/Alberta Wildfire Appeal
Many Canadian Geotechnical Society members are directly or indirectly involved in the development and operation of the northern Alberta Oilsands and are therefore affected by the recent wildfire situation in Fort McMurray and area.  Our thoughts are with you and your families in this difficult time. To all CGS members who have not already done so, I encourage you to make a donation to the Canadian Red Cross   Thank you and sincerely, Doug VanDine President (2015-2016), The Canadian Geotechnical Society Président (2015-2016), La Société canadienne de géotechnique

ASCE Geo-Risk 2017 Conference, June 4-7, 2017 Denver, Colorado,
is calling for abstracts to be submitted by May 11, 2016.  The theme of Geo-Risk 2017 is “Geotechnical Risk from Theory to Practice” and will feature the latest research advances and engineering-practice innovations with a focus on the use of probabilistic and risk methodologies in geotechnical engineering. The conference will include a wide range of knowledge-enhancing technical sessions, short courses, and software demonstrations. Several hundred U.S. and international participants from industry, academia, and government agencies are expected to attend. See for more information and to submit abstracts.    

Click here for an update on the recent Brazilian tailings dam disaster
On Nov. 5, an earthen dam holding back a sea of sludge collapsed, releasing a deluge that killed 19 people, destroyed villages and traveled more than 400 miles to the Atlantic Ocean, where it left a reddish-brown plume visible from space. In theory, tailings dams are intended to last forever. In practice, they fail often enough that industry engineers themselves are sounding alarms. Fifteen months before the Brazilian disaster, Canada suffered its biggest tailings-dam failure at a copper mine that was in full compliance with local regulations. Experts estimate that between one and four breaches occur each year at tailings dams world-wide, roughly 10 times the failure rate of water dams.

3rd North American Landslide Symposium (NASL)
June 4-8, 2017  |  Roanoke, VA Landslides: Putting Experience, Knowledge and Emerging Technologies into Practice Call for Abstracts - Submission Deadline June 30, 2016

Register now for Engineers Canada workshop at the Shaw Centre, Ottawa, ON - Monday, April 11th! - April 2016

This full-day workshop covers background and use of Engineers Canada’s PIEVC tool that systematically assesses risks of current and future climate on public infrastructure, with a focus on building and water infrastructure. Participants will work through real-world examples. This workshop w

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Registration for cYGEGC 2016 is now open! - April 2016

Registration for cYGEGC 2016 is now open!

Visit the "Registration" tab on our website for details cYGEGC 16


Check out this update from Canadian Science Publishing - February 2016

Check out this update from Canadian Science Publishing.  This Virtual Compilation highlights 2015 papers of particularly high caliber and topical importance that were selected by the Editors of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal and featured on the journal’s homepage.

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2017 CGS Colloquium Nominations due February 29, 2016 - February 2016

Nominations for the 2017 CGS Geotechnical Colloquium, to be presented during the GeoOttawa 2017 Annual Conference,have been extended to February 29, 2016. Any CGS member can submit a nomination.

Established in 1977, the CGS Geotechnical Colloquium is an annu

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Landslides Committee now Geohazards Committee - January 2016

The CGS would like to announce the newly re-branded Geohazards Committee replacing the Landslides Committee in response to a broadening of the interests and scope of committee members and activities. For more information please see http

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The 19th ICSMGE Conference, Seoul, Korea September 2017 Call for abstracts due March 15, 2016 - January 2016

Following the very successful 18th ICSMGE held in Paris, France in 2013, the 19th Conference of the

International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE),

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We would like to congratulate the following CGS members that are recipients of 2016 EIC Awards and Fellowships ~ - January 2016

Jean-Pierre Tournier (Hydro Quebec) Canadian Pacific Railway Engineering Medal ‘in recognition of leadership and service over many years at the regional, branch, section or equivalent levels, within the Institute or its Member Societies.’

Gordon Fent

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President's Message - December 2015

2016 Membership and Corporate Sponsorship - December 2015

Starting this month you will begin to receive reminders from CGS Headquarters to renew your CGS membership for 2016 – simply login at to get started. There are no incre

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President's Annual Report 2014-2015

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