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Message from the President - December 2016


Doug VanDine, P.Eng./P.Geo.

It's been a tradition that the last President's Message for Geotechnical News in a President's mandate is to briefly describe what has been accomplished over the past two years of his or her mandate. It should not be a surprise to anyone who knows me that I am going to deviate from that tradition.

I have briefly summarized the 2015 and 2016 accomplishments that have been made by the CGS Executive Committee, Board of Directors, more than 100 Society volunteers and CGS Headquarters staff in my 2016 President's Report. You can find this report either on the CGS website home page in the area called "News Updates or "Latest CGS News (depending on whether the new website is up and running by the time this article is published), or in the 2016 Annual Report that is also on the CGS website. I guess what I'm saying is, visit the CGS website www.cgs.ca. A printed copy can be obtained from CGS Headquarters.

So, what else is there to report since I wrote my President's Report? The CGS held the very successful 5th Canadian Young Geotechnical Engineer and Geoscientists Conference in Whistler, BC, thanks to Julian McGreevy, Maraika De Groot and their organizing committee. The CGS also held the very well attended and equally successful 69th Annual CGS Conference, aka GeoVancouver 2016, thanks to Mustapha Zergoun, Andrea Lougheed and their local organizing committee.

This fall, Dr. Ross Boulanger of the University of California – Davis Campus presented the 98th Cross Canada Lecture Tour (CCLT) – many thanks to Ross. Dr. Vaughan Griffiths of the Colorado School of Mines will present the 99th CCLT in the spring of 2017, and Dr. Jean-Marie Konrad of Univérsité Laval will be presenting the 100th CCLT in the fall of 2017. Also, 2015 Colloquium speaker Dr. Greg Siemens of the Royal Military College will embark on a Colloquium mini-tour this fall, in which he will take his Colloquium presentation across Canada – a new "tradition that was recently accepted by the CGS Board of Directors.

In October, the CGS St John's Newfoundland Section's proposal to host the 72nd CGS Annual Conference in the fall of 2019 was accepted by the Board of Directors. The CGS Annual Conference hasn't been held there since 1996, so start looking for your gumboots and sou'westers!

Before we get to the 72nd Annual Conference we have the 70th CGS Annual Conference in Ottawa next fall. GeoOttawa 2017 http://www.geoottawa2017.ca will be chaired by Dr. Mamadou Fall. The 7th GeoHazards Conference will be held in Canmore, Alberta in the spring of 2018 and will be chaired by Mike Porter. Finally, the 71st CGS conference, GeoEdmonton 2018, will be held in Edmonton in the fall of 2018 and co-Chaired by Don Lewycky and Seán Mac Eoin. Both GeoOttawa 2017 and GeoEdmonton 2018 will be held in conjunction with the International Association of Hydrogeologists – Canadian National Chapter. Abstracts for GeoOttawa 2017 are due January 15, 2017.

Other important dates to keep in mind are that CGS membership and corporate sponsorship renewals are due January 1, 2017; nominations for the 2018 CGS Colloquium are due January 31, 2017; nominations for the 2017 Shuster Medal are due January 15, 2017; and finally, submissions for the Canadian Geotechnical Achievements Project are due March 1, 2017. You will find more information on all of these elsewhere in this issue of Geotechnical News, on the CGS website or by contacting Lisa McJunkin at admin@cgs.ca.

In closing, I would like to quote several sentences from my 2016 President's Report.

"I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation to all CGS members who participate and who have helped move the CGS forward both last year and this year. I would specifically like to single out the CGS Headquarters staff, Michel Aubertin, Wayne Gibson and Lisa McJunkin. Without them, the CGS would not be able to function. And I know that for all the work that goes on, contributions are made "in-kind by companies, universities, spouses, partners, etc. Thanks to them as well.

"At the beginning of 2017, Dr. Dharma Wijewickreme will assume the duties as CGS President, and he and his administration will take over the affairs of the Society. I know your Society will be in good hands.

Being your President over the past two years has been very busy, very satisfying, an honour, a privilege and a humbling experience. Thanks to all and Season's Greetings.





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