Calgary Geotechnical Society
CyGS Award Winners
2019Ron Wong
2018Gretchen Minning
2017Georgina Griffin
2016Thomas Murray
2015Henry Crawford
2014Mickey Davachi
2013Bill Chin
2012John Sobkowicz
2011Neil MacLeod
2010Dennis Becker
2009Heinrich Heinz
2008Charles Kwok
2007Mike O'Connor
2006Walter Semchuck
2005David Devenny
2004Ken Toovey
2003Jack Clark
2002Jim Oswell
2001Ramesh Joshi
2000John Krahn
1999Bill Burwash
1998Milos Stepanek
Student/EIT Award Winners
2019Chee Wong
2018Khokan Debnath
2017Shuai Man
2016Jiechun Wu
2014Derek Uffen
2013Ahmad Booshehrian
2012Morteza Mohamadi
2011Sidantha Weerakone
2009Chamika Haththotuwa
2008Mauricio Pinheiro
2007Asanga Nanayakkara
2006Josh Moncrieff
2005Anapuma Amaratunga
2004Mathi Shan


Calgary Geotechnical Society Award

CGS Winner
Dr Wong is recognised for his tireless efforts as a teacher, researcher, and leader in the Civil Engineer Department at the University of Calgary.

Each year, during the Calgary Geotechnical Society (CyGS) Annual General Meeting, the Executive presents an award to an outstanding individual who has provided exceptional efforts, energy, and/or contributions to the Art of Geotechnique in Calgary. Previous award winners (see insert on the right) include individuals who have dedicated significant amounts of time to local CyGS events and/or are accomplished practitioners, academics or retired engineers.

The recipient is chosen by the CyGS Executive from nominations submitted by members for potential recipients whom they feel deserve such recognition. Current CyGS Executive Members are not eligible for the award.

Student/EIT Travel Award

Each year, during the Calgary Geotechnical Society (CyGS) Annual General Meeting, the Executive presents an award of financial support to a Student or Member in Training (MIT) to assist in attending the annual Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) Conference. Young members are important for the future of the society and the profession, and this award encourages young members to participate in CyGS and CGS activities and develop strong leadership skills.

The 2019 CGS Conference (GeoSt.John's) will be held on September 29 to October 2, 2019. More information on the conference can be found at

Award Rules

The award provides support for 75% of the costs for attending the conference, plus a free student registration to the conference, up to a maximum of $900. The recipient is required to contribute at least 25% of the costs; however, he/she can seek other support for this portion of the costs (e.g. from a university advisor or employer).

To be eligible for this award, applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Be a member of the Canadian Geotechnical Society and located in the Southern Alberta Section (i.e. the CyGS).
• Be a student (undergraduate or postgraduate), a MIT registered with one of the professional licensing associations, or a young geoscientist at an equivalent stage in his or her career (subject to CyGS approval).
• Make a contribution to the conference as an author (preferably as a presenter) or as a representative of the CyGS at a specialty session workshop, division, or committee meeting.

Past recipients and current Calgary Geotechnical Society Executive Members are not eligible for the award. Applications should be submitted before the deadline (changes annually) and include the following information:
• A cover letter with a short statement of qualification and intent (300 words maximum).
• A one-page résumé that includes a summary of undergraduate and postgraduate academic performance and achievements (e.g. GPA, honours, awards, job assignments, volunteering, etc.).
• A copy of your abstract submitted to the conference that, preferably, you will be presenting at the conference or an explanation of your role as a representative of the region at a specialty session, workshop, division or committee meeting.

Once applications have been received, the CyGS will a) select and notify their nominee, b) notify the conference organizers, and c) notify the CGS administrator. Recipient selection will be done by the CyGS using procedures established by the CyGS. The award will be announced during our Annual General Meeting.

Original receipts for all expenses being claimed (including meals) must be submitted by the award recipient to the CyGS treasurer after the conference; no per diem allowances will be granted without original receipts, and the CyGS determines the ultimate acceptability of the submitted expense claim. Nominees are encouraged to reduce costs where possible through shared travel, accommodation, etc. Student registration includes preprints, receptions, and luncheons but not the Banquet or Colour Night.