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:
Jonathan Aubertin
École de Technologie Supérieure, Montréal, QC
Jennifer Day
Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
Past Chair
Mohsen Nicksiar
SNC-Lavalin Inc., Burnaby, BC
Vice Chair
Ghasem Shams
Université de Sherbrooke,
Sherbrooke, QC
Eliane Cabot
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

  • Joe Carvalho was awarded the 2023 John Franklin Award at GeoSaskatoon 2023. Congratulations Joe for your contributions in the fields of rock mechanics and rock engineering!
  • Amir Javaid was awarded the inaugural best rock mechanics paper at GeoSaskatoon 2023. This new recognition will be awarded annually at the CGS national conference.  
  • The First RMD/RES webinar was held on September 29th. The presentation titled the Application of Systematic Point Load Testing to Characterization of Massive, Veined Orebodies was given by Matthew Pierce from Pierce Engineering. The presentation can be found on the CARMA and RES websites.
  • The next RMD/RES webinar will be held on March 15th, 2024. More information on the event to follow.


Project and initiatives

A number of projects and initiatives are underway. Below is a list of ongoing work and initiatives with RMD:

  1. Rock Mechanics Student Design Competition.
  2. Rock Mechanics Webinar, in collaboration with RES and CARMA. The next webinar will take place on March 15th.
  3. Rock engineer undergraduate scholarship, in collaboration with CARMA.
  4. Geotechnique Magazine article.
  5. Rock Mechanics Workshop at GeoMontreal in 2024.
  6. Creation of a Linkedin Group and Communication executive position.


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


For more information about CARMA, refer to the website http://www.carma-rocks.ca/


The joint RMD/RES webinars will make the presentations available online on the CARMA and RES website.


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. As of 2023, the award will be presented annually if suitable candidates are nominated

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

2023 Joe Carvalho


Best Rock Mechanics Paper at the CGS Annual Conference

The best rock mechanics paper is awarded annually at the national CGS conference, in collaboration with the Canadian Rock Mechanics Association (CARMA). The paper is selected by the technical committee and the RMD chair (or a designated executive in case of conflict of interests).


Previously awarded papers:

Javaid, M.A., Harrison, J. P., Kasani, H. A., Mas Ivars, D., (2023). Analyzing in situ stress: challenges in quantifying stress domains. In Proceedings of GeoSaskatoon 2023. Saskatoon: Canadian Geotechnical Society.



CIM CGS CARMA Webinar - Marco Quirion

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

Latest News
Reports / Documents
CARMA Best Paper Award 2023
Upcoming Events


77th Annual Canadian Geotechnical Conference - GeoMontréal 2024
Bonaventure Hotel, Montréal, QC
Read More
Canadian Dam Association 2024
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Read More
Please contact the Rock Mechanics Division at info@cgs.ca if you have any comments or suggestions.