La Société canadienne
de géotechnique
The Canadian
Geotechnical Society
La Société canadienne de géotechnique
The Canadian Geotechnical Society
The Canadian

Awards and Honours

The Canadian Geotechnical Society has created a number of awards and honours that recognize the achievements and excellence of its members. Primary funding for the Society's awards and honours is provided by the generous support of the Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique.

CGS awards are presented annually at the Society’s Annual Conference. The 2012 recipients, award categories and brief descriptions of the selection criteria are presented below.

R.F. Legget Medal
This is the Society’s highest honour and is awarded to an individual for outstanding, life-long contributions to geotechnique.

2012 Recipient – Ed McRoberts

G. Geoffrey Meyerhof Award
Awarded to an individual for outstanding and exceptional contributions to the art and science of Foundation Engineering.

2012 Recipient – Delwyn G. Fredlund, Professor Emeritus, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

Thomas Roy Award
Awarded to an individual for outstanding contributions to the field of Engineering Geology in Canada.

2012 Recipient - Oldrich Hungr, Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Roger J.E. Brown Award
Awarded to an individual for publishing the best paper on permafrost engineering/science or to honour an individual for outstanding excellence in the field of permafrost engineering.

2012 Recipient - James M. Oswell, Principal Consultant, Naviq Consulting Inc., Calgary, AB

John A. Franklin Award
The award recognizes an individual or individuals who have made outstanding technical contributions to the fields of Rock Mechanics or Rock Engineering in Canada or internationally.

Not scheduled for 2012

Geosynthetics Award
The award recognize an individual or individuals who have made outstanding technical contributions to the use of geosynthetics in Canada or internationally.

2012 Recipient - Jonathan Fannin, Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Geoenvironmental Award
This award recognizes an individual or individuals who have made outstanding technical contributions to the practice of multidisciplinary geoenvironmental engineering in Canada or internationally.

2012 Recipient - Shahid Azam, Associate Professor, University of Regina, Regina, SK

Robert N. Farvolden Award
The Robert N. Farvolden Award is a joint award of the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the Canadian National Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH-CNC).The award recognizes outstanding contributions by an individual to groundwater science and engineering in Canada.

2012 Recipient – D. Allan Freeze, President, R. Allan Freeze Engineering Inc., Surrey, BC

R.M. Quigley Award
Awarded annually to an individual or individuals for the best paper published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal.

2012 Recipient – Pete E. Quinn, Mark S. Diederichs, R. Kerry Rowe and D. Jean Hutchinson,A new Model for Large Landslides in Sensitive Clay using a Facture Mechanics Approach” (Vol. 48: (8) pp.1151-1162)

Honourable Mention: Xue-Yu Geng, Buddhima Indraratna, and Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn, “Effectiveness of Partially Penetrating Vertical Drains under a Combined Surcharge and Vacuum Preloading” (Vol. 48: (6) pp. 970-983)
  Paul J. Vardanega and Malcolm D. Bolton, “Strength Mobilization in Clays and Silts” (Vol. 48 (10) pp.1485-1503)

A.G. Stermac Award
CGS’s A.G. Stermac Awards are presented to members who have contributed outstanding service to the Society through their actions at the local, national or international level.

2012 Recipient – Andrew Drevininkas (Chief Geotechnical Engineer, Toronto Transit Commission)
2012 Recipient – Charles Kwok (Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Senior Principal, Stantec)
2012 Recipient – Dwayne D. Tannant (Professor, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus)
2012 Recipient – Stéphanie Perret (Lecturer, College CEGEP de Sherbrooke)

CGS Graduate Student Award
The CGS Graduate Student Awards is presented for the best paper authored or co-authored and presented by a geotechnical graduate student at an accredited Canadian University. The winning paper is presented by the student at the annual Canadian Geotechnical Conference.

2012 Recipients

1st Prize Fawzy M. Ezzein, “A Transparent Granular Sand for Geotechnical Modelling”, Department of Civil Engineering, Royal Military College of Canada; Advisor, Dr. Richard Bathurst
2nd Prize Fady B. Abdelaal, “Cracking of HDPE Geomembranes”, Department of Civil Engineering, Queen's University; Advisor, Dr. Kerry Rowe

CGS Undergraduate Student Awards
These awards recognize excellence in the preparation of a geotechnical report by full time undergraduate students in accredited engineering programs or a geoscience programs in Canadian Universities. There are two categories – individual and group.

2012 Individual Recipients

1st Prize David Flynn, “Large Scale Interface Shear Testing ABC Twin WaterBloc Material Enhancing Flood Protection”, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Manitoba; Advisor, Dr. James Blatz
2nd Prize Lee-Ann Sills, “Use of transparent soil to investigate discontinuous gas flow in heterogeneous porous media”, Department of Civil Engineering, Queen's University: Advisor, Dr. Kevin Munford

2012 Group Recipients

1st Prize Hubert Péloquin, Leila Pike, Adham Kalila, and Mamoun Essakalli, “Europa Creek Hydroelectric Project: High Pressure Penstock Pipeline”, Department Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, McGill University; Advisor, Dr. Mohamed Meguid
2nd Prize Jessy Counter, Dylan Conners, Brendan McAuley, Carl Mohammadi, “Foundation Design for Canadian Embassy Structures (Using the Mechanics of Saturated and Unsaturated Soils)”, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Ottawa; Advisor, Dr. Sai Vanapalli

Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique National Graduate Scholarship

2012 Recipient – Michael Callaghan, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

Notable Canadian and international geotechnical professionals are recognized each year for their contributions to the profession and are invited to address CGS members at the annual conference and in the local sections. These honours include the R.M. Hardy Address, the Canadian Geotechnical Colloquium and the Cross Canada Lecture Tour.

R.M. Hardy Keynote Address
The R.M. Hardy Keynote Address was established to honour a great Canadian teacher and geotechnical engineer. This keynote address opens the Society’s annual Canadian Geotechnical Conference and is presented by a well-known, senior CGS member from the city or region where the conference is being held.

2012 Honouree – R. M. (Rob) Kenyon, KGS Group, Manager, Winnipeg, MB

CGS Colloquium
The Canadian Geotechnical Colloquium is presented during the annual Canadian Geotechnical Conference by a young (under 40) CGS member who shows great promise in their professional or academic career. The recipient is selected by the Society’s Geotechnical Research Board and is awarded funding to review and/or research their selected topic.

2012 Honouree – W. Andy Take, Associate Professor, Queen’s University. Kingston, ON

Cross Canada Lecture Tour
The CGS Cross Canada Lecture Tour is offered in the spring and the fall to disseminate information, knowledge and practical experience to Society members by prominent Canadian or international geotechnical experts. Many outstanding and world-renowned specialists have participated in this program and have lectured across Canada.

Spring 2012 Honouree – Lee Barbour
Fall 2012 Honouree – Mike Jefferies


2012 Canadian Geotechnical Society Recipients

Sir John Kennedy Medal R. Kerry Rowe, Professor, Queen’s University
Julian C. Smith Medal M.A.J. (Fred) Matich, Consultant, Private Practice
John B. Stirling Medal C. Derek Martin, Professor, University of Alberta
Fellowship of the Institute (FEIC) Doug Stead, Professor, Simon Fraser University
Fellowship of the Institute (FEIC) Hesham El Naggar, Professor, University of Western Ontario