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Message from the President


Mario Ruel, President of Canadian Geotechnical Society

A word from Mario - Un mot de Mario
2019-2020 CGS President, Mario Ruel

Bonjour – Hello everyone, I am eager to attack my mandate as your new CGS President! My team and I are taking the direction of a very good ship and I am glad to report that our CGS is in better shape than ever.  This is mainly due to the dedicated hard work of the previous administration under the friendly leadership of Dharma Wijewickreme.  In addition to running the affairs of the society flawlessly, important progress has been accomplished on;

On behalf of the CGS I'd like to express our appreciation and sincere thanks to my predecessor, President Dharma Wijewickreme, for his great contribution, leading his team with efficiency and class all accomplished with his engaging smile.

During the next two years, our team will follow this lead, striving for significant progress on their initiatives. Joining me on the CGS Executive Committee will be;

We need to express our gratitude to all the volunteers who, with two and three-year mandates on different positions, are donating their time and energy with passion for the success of our CGS.  In order to continue the legacy and keep the CGS well organized through the years, we can count on a very efficient administration team at the CGS National Office lead by Executive Director Michel Aubertin with support from Lisa McJunkin, Wayne Gibson, and Emily Fournier.

As I work with the CGS, I shall always pay special attention to attracting young geoprofessionals, encouraging the participation of more women in our field, making francophones feel more welcome and part of our "grande famille" and finally, I will endeavor to open the doors for more practitioners to participate and share their experience.  If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments please feel free to communicate with any members of your Executive Committee and National Office. I also welcome you to communicate with me directly at president@cgs.ca. We exist to serve you, the members.

I am truly eager to work with our executive team and our Board of Directors to serve you, members of our CGS, for the next two years. I am looking forward to meeting most of you directly at the 72nd Canadian Geotechnical Conference, GeoSt.John's 2019.   You should really make a special effort and hopefully are already planning to attend.  It always boosts my enthusiasm to network with our Canadian colleagues, learn from the presentations and discussions, while having fun earning professional development credits. It is great to see the latest tools and expertise through exhibitors and, most importantly, take advantage of this rare opportunity to discover the natural beauty of Newfoundland. This is one conference you do not want to miss!!!    

A bientot mes amis – See you later, my friends!!!

Provided by Mario Ruel
CGS President 2019 - 2020