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Message from the President

Ian Moore, President of the Canadian Geotechnical Society

Winter 2021

Greetings CGS members and friends,

I am writing this message having recently returned from our wonderful Annual CGS Conference in Niagara Falls, ON. I want to reflect on this particular event, what the annual conferences mean to me as a member, and their significance for the society as a whole.

Firstly, congratulations to the Conference Chair Masoud Manzari, every member of his Local Organizing Committee of GeoNiagara 2021, and to Lisa Reny, Emily Fournier, and Bill Reny from Karma-Link for the excellent conference. Kudos for the excellent way you pulled off this first in-person conference as we emerge from C19, and for the way you supported our person-to-person interactions in a safe, calm, and well-organized way, as well as accommodating remote participation. Other Engineering Societies from across Canada have asked for information on how you achieved this and can learn a great deal from you all on how to carry off a challenge of this kind. Many are eagerly wanting to follow your example.

My thanks to all members of the CGS Board of Directors, who participated in our annual meeting either in person or online. In particular, my appreciation to our three CGS Vice-Presidents Andrea Lougheed, Justyna Kos-Fairless, and Mamadou Fall for your contributions to the board meeting, and throughout the conference. Thanks also for Executive Committee reps Vincent Castonguay, Thomas Pabst, and Billy Singh for their roles representing their three different constituencies (our Young Professionals, our Technical Divisions and Committees, and our Local Sections).

The R.M. Hardy Keynote Address is always a highlight of the conference, and an excellent way to open the technical proceedings, with the Local Organizing Committee conferring this honour on one of their colleagues who is at the height of their professional contributions. Mark Diederichs certainly did not disappoint, and used his outstanding abilities as a speaker to convey many valuable aspects from some of the challenging but important rock tunneling projects he has contributed to over the years. I loved Mark’s framing of the work in the context of his re-reading of an historic paper on the observational approach by Ralph Peck.

At the Legget Medal Luncheon, we honoured our outstanding colleague Doug Van Dine, who has contributed so much to our community both professionally and as a volunteer. This was an excellent start to the day’s activities recognizing the excellence of our colleagues, from students to senior practitioners and scholars. During the CGS Awards Banquet in the evening, Kellylee Evans did a superb job as MC – entertaining us as we recognized excellence across the society through the evening.

Tuesday morning started, for some of us, with a very successful women’s networking breakfast organized by Nikol Kochmanová and Justyna Kos-Fairless, with assistance from Julia Brown. Approximately fifty women participated, and I was pleased to be present and show the Society’s support. Shortly after this event, the CGS Colloquium was delivered by Renato Macciotta and the winning CGS Graduate Student Presentation was given by Megan McKellar. Our business luncheon went well, and I thank the CGS VPs for their contributions. After a great time socialising at the Local Colour Night, we reconvened Wednesday morning for the final events of the conference. I particularly enjoyed the presentation of the two best Conference Paper Awards, and the celebration of leading geotechnical engineers from across Ontario at the Heritage Luncheon – thanks to the great work of Harry Oussoren and his team. You will find more information on the Conference, including the award winners, in this issue of Canadian Geotechnique.

The annual conference is truly one of the strengths of Canadian Geotechnical Society – with a remarkable percentage of our members attending each year (much higher than for many other learned societies), and with excellent technical and social programs that represent the framework that brings us together as a community. For me, it was wonderful to be interacting once again in person, and I found it affirming and energising to listen to the many excellent presentations, speak to the exhibitors, and catch up with friends and colleagues from across the country. I am already looking forward to the upcoming 75th annual meeting – an extraordinary achievement for our society, and, to my knowledge, this record for our conferences over the years is unmatched by any other similar group internationally. I hope you can join us at GeoCalgary 2022 for what I am sure will be another outstanding event.

 

Ian Moore