The Roger JE Brown Award
For outstanding contribution (publication or otherwise) to permafrost science or engineering. Since 2009, it has been awarded biannually in even-numbered years.
Established in 1986, the award honours Roger JE Brown (1931-1980), a renowned Canadian physical geographer and researcher in the field of permafrost. Dr. Brown spent his entire career, from 1953 with the Division of Building Research of National Research Council Canada. Among other things, he prepared the first map on the distribution of permafrost in Canada, published in 1967 and the first Canadian book on permafrost “Permafrost in Canada: Its Influence on Northern Development”, published in 1970.
The eligibility for the award is restricted to either CGS members or individuals who have provided outstanding service to the Canadian geotechnical community. Any CGS member can submit a nomination. The nomination must include a clear statement of the suitability of the nomination for the award.
Nomination Deadline: May 15, 2018
For further information, please contact the chair of the Cold Regions Division at firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous recipients of the Roger JE Brown Award
1986 J. Ross Mackay
1987 K. Wayne Savigny and Norbert R. Morgenstern
1988 J.F. (Derick) Nixon
1989 Hugh M. French
1990 G.H. (Hank) Johnston
1991 Don W. Hayley
1992 P.L. Kurfurst and S.R. Dallimore
1993 Branko Ladanyi
1994 Kevin W. Biggar and David C. Sego
1995 Alan J. Hanna, Jim M. Oswell, E.C. McRoberts, J.D. Smith, T.W.Pridel
1996 Elizabeth Hivon and David C. Sego
1997 Jack I. Clark
1998 Michel Allard
1999 Alan Heginbottom
2000 Jean-Marie Konrad
2001 (Not awarded in 2001)
2002 Peter Williams
2003 Lorne Gold
2004 (Not awarded in 2004)
2005 Jean Côté and Jean-Marie Konrad.
2006 Jack D. Mollard
2007 Christopher Burn
2008 Margo Burgess
2009 (Not awarded in 2009)
2010 Lukas U. Arenson
2012 Jim Oswell
2014 Isabelle de Grandpré, Daniel Fortier and Eva Stephani
2016 Guy Doré
The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is continuing the development of standards to guide design and construction of infrastructure in northern Canada. Two standards, dealing specifically with infrastructure and permafrost, were previously released:
• CSA S500-14 – Thermosyphon foundations for buildings in permafrost areas; and
• CSA S501-14 – Moderating the effects of permafrost degradation on existing building foundations.
In 2016, on behalf of the SCC, the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) has been developing a Canadian national standard for Geotechnical Site Investigations for Building Foundations in Permafrost (CAN/BNQ 2501-500). This effort was supported by the Cold Regions Division of the Canadian Geotechnical Society. A draft of the standard has been circulated for public review and comment. The standard is currently being edited and is planned to be published during the first quarter of 2017.
CGS Cold Regions Division Annual Meeting
The annual meeting for the Cold Regions Division is scheduled for October 2 or 3, 2017 at the GeoOttawa 2017 conference. Meeting time and location to be confirmed.
National, US, and International Affiliations
The Division is affiliated with the international organization: International Permafrost Association (IPA) through its Canadian National Committee (CNC-IPA) and maintains ties with the Cold Regions Division of ASCE.