La Société canadienne
de géotechnique
The Canadian
Geotechnical Society
La Société canadienne de géotechnique
The Canadian Geotechnical Society
The Canadian
Rock Mechanics
About the Rock Mechanics Division
The Rock Mechanics Division (RMD) strives to develop, maintain and promote communications and cooperation between practitioners of rock mechanics and geotechnical rock engineering. It provides its members with opportunities to present the results of professional activities by organizing events and activities to facilitate knowledge, experience and information transfer and exchange. It also provides its members with opportunities to upgrade and update their professional knowledge and skills.
Executive Committee
The Executive Committee of the Rock Mechanics Division consists of the following members:
Jennifer Day
Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
Past Chair
Mohsen Nicksiar
SNC-Lavalin Inc., Burnaby, BC
Vice Chair
Eliane Cabot
Hatch, Mississauga, ON
Ghasem Shams
Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC
Jonathan Aubertin
École de Technologie Supérieure, Montréal, QC
Davide Elmo
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Biao Li
Concordia University, Montréal, QC
Wenbo Zheng
University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC

Latest News

CARMA establishes new ‘Prof. Doug Stead PhD Thesis Award’! Nominations are due April 30th, 2022. For full details visit: www.carma-rocks.ca/awards.


Many of the Special Projects proposed in 2021 have launched, thanks to many dedicated volunteers from the RMD. The currently active projects are as follows:

  1. RMD Special Issue for the CGS Canadian Geotechnique magazine will appear in the spring 2022 issue (Project Committee Co-Chairs: Eliane Cabot and Ghasem Shams)
  2. RMD Workshop at GeoCalgary2022 Conference is being planned on the topic of “Rock Slope Stability for Construction in Mountainous Terrain” (Project Committee Co-Chairs: Ghasem Shams and Jonathan Aubertin)
  3. RMD 2022 Webinar Series for Professional Development (Project Committee Co-Chairs: Jonathan Aubertin and Jennifer Day)
  4. RMD Student Design Competition (Project Committee Co-Chairs: Wenbo Zheng and Biao Li)

If you have any questions or interest in the projects, feel free to send your inquiry by email to the co-chairs.


Affiliations with Other Organizations

The Rock Mechanics Division is affiliated with the Canadian Rock Mechanics Association (CARMA). CARMA is the Canadian representative of the International Society of Rock Mechanics (ISRM). Becoming a member of the CGS Rock Mechanics Division automatically makes you a member of CARMA and the ISRM. CARMA members have access to past conference proceedings and other material through the CARMA website. Benefits given to ISRM members include:

  • 1 copy of the ISRM News Journal
  • ISRM Newsletter
  • Access to the members area in the website (download of Suggested Methods and Reports, Rock Mechanics lectures, videos, slide collection, etc.)
  • Right to participate in the ISRM Commissions
  • Registration with a 20% discount in the ISRM Congress, International and Regional Symposia and Specialized Conferences
  • Personal subscription to the International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences at a discounted price (see details).
  • Personal subscription to the Journal Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering at a discounted price.
  • Free download of up to 100 papers per year from the ISRM Digital Library at OnePetro.


If you are a CGS Rock Mechanics member and have not received your access information from CARMA and the ISRM, please contact admin@cgs.ca


John A. Franklin Award

Established in 1993, the Award honours the past President of the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM), John A. Franklin, for his outstanding contributions to the Canadian and international rock mechanics community, and to the Canadian Geotechnical Society. 

The award recognizes an individual who has recently made an outstanding and published technical contribution in the fields of rock mechanics or rock engineering in Canada and/or internationally. The eligibility for the award is restricted to either CGS members (need not be resident in Canada) or other individuals, resident in Canada, who have provided an outstanding service to the Canadian geotechnical community.


John A. Franklin Award presented in odd-numbered years.

Previous Recipients of the John A. Franklin Award

 1994 P.K. Kaiser
 1996 Derek Martin
 1998 Maurice Dusseault
 1999 Michel Aubertin
 2001 John Hadjigeorgiou
 2003 Jean Hutchinson
 2005 R. Paul Young
 2007 Mark S. Diederichs
 2009 Douglas Stead
 2011 Peter F. Stacey
 2013 Erik Eberhardt
 2015 Hani Mitri
 2017 Ming Cai
 2019 Giovanni Grasselli
2021 Rick Chalaturnyk

The Division Executive Committee met on June 7, 2021 to prepare for the Spring 2021 Membership Meeting on June 9th, 2021.

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Please contact the Rock Mechanics Division at info@cgs.ca if you have any comments or suggestions.