Calgary Geotechnical Society

Welcome to the official website for the Calgary Geotechnical Society.

The Calgary Geotechnical Society (CyGS) is a local section of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS). It provides opportunities for continuing professional development for geotechnical engineers/engineering geologists in the Calgary area. We host lectures by local, national and international speakers roughly monthly from September through May every year. Our current list of events is here.

The society relies on volunteers to help organize and put on the events, and sponsorship from local geotechnical companies and support from the national CGS. If you are interested in helping on the committee, if you have ideas for speakers or topics, or if your company would like to help sponsor the society or a specific event, please talk to one of the committee or contact us at

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New Events

Regular Lecture Series

2022 Annual General Meeting
The schedule of the in-person part of the AGM is as follows:
5:30 – 6:00 PM: Arrival, registration, cash bar and networking
6:00 – 6:30 PM: Buffet, dinner, and wine (included with ticket purchase)
6:30 – 7:00 PM: AGM announcements
7:00 – 8:00 PM: Keynote presentation

For online attendees: Online Zoom webinar will be held from 6:45 – 8:00 PM: AGM announcements and keynote presentation.

Keynote Information:
Speaker(s): Gord McKenna, Ph. D., P. Eng., P. Geol.
Topic: “Safe Closure for Tailings Facilities”
Date: May 11, 2022 5:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

In-Person Venue Location:
Croatian Canadian Cultural Centre
3010 12 Street NE
Calgary, AB T2E 7P7

Registration Information:

In-person attendees:

  • $50 per person
  • $20 for full-time students. Full-time students are required to pre-register by sending an email to in advance.

Virtual attendees:

  • $10 per person.

Register in Advance: Click Here

A special event hosted by the Calgary Geotechnical Society

Previous Events

Topic: “Climate Risk Assessment”

Speaker: Dave Bigelow, M. Sc., P. Eng.

Date: Apr 20, 2022 12:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Topic: “Disaster Response: A Coordinated Response to the November 2021 Atmospheric Rivers on Infrastructure in British Columbia”

Speaker: Carie-Ann Lau, M. Sc., P. Geo.
Matt Lato, Ph. D., P. Eng.

Date: Mar 9, 2022 12:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Topic: “Numerical analysis of the Brumadinho Tailings Dam Failure”

Speaker: Marcos Arroyo, Ph.D.

Date: Nov 24, 2021 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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