About the Geotechnical Research Board
Mandate: To monitor, stimulate, and promote research in geotechnical and geoscience fields for the benefit of the profession and Canada.
The Geotechnical Research Board:
• gathers, analyses, discusses, and effectively deals with all aspects and matters regarding geotechnical and geoscience research.
• can be the depository and data bank for recent and on-going, as well as planned research.
• acts as the national and international spokesperson on all issues and aspects of geotechnical and geoscience research in Canada.
Current Chair: Bruno Bussière
Research has always been one of the major areas of interest of the Canadian Geotechnical Society. Initially, the CGS’s main activity in this area was promoting and disseminating research findings and results through conferences, symposia, seminars and workshops; and the publication of proceedings of these events.
In 1990, the National Research Council (NRC) phased out the Associate Committee on Geotechnical Research (ACGR). In response, the CGS assumed a more active role in the promotion of geotechnical research and became the spokesperson for the Canadian geotechnical research community. To carry out these roles, the CGS organized the Geotechnical Research Board.
The GRB Chair is appointed by the President for a three year, once renewable, term. The Chair reports to the Vice-President Technical and is a member of the Board of Directors.
The GRB consists of between four and fifteen members selected jointly by the Board’s Chair and the Vice President Technical. Members are appointed for a three-year, once renewable, term. Terms of office are arranged so that about one third of the members are replaced each year.
Representatives of other organizations can be appointed to the GRB by the Board’s Chair. Such appointments require support by Board members and the consent of the President.