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

Current Event

CGS Spring CCLT Presentation (June 13, 2024):
Dr. Ellen M. Rathje, University of Texas at Austin

Please note that there will be no virtual option available for this event. Please register by Thursday, June 6, 2024.

Previous Events

CyGS AGM & Presentation (May 14, 2024):

Speaker(s): Andy Small, M.Sc., P.Eng., FEIC

Topic: What could Tailings Facility Engineering look like in 2030?

Date: May 14, 2024

Location: Croation Canadian Cultural Centre

CyGS Presentation (April 24, 2024):
Mike O’Kane of Okane Consultants

Speaker(s): Mike O’Kane, M.Sc., P.Eng., MAusIMM, GCB.D

Topic: Application of Unsaturated Soil Mechanics in the Mining Industry…
and other Gardening Tips

Date: April 24, 2024

Location: Wildrose Taproom

Jeanine Engelbrecht, Ph.D. & CyGS Student Industry Mixer

Speaker(s): Jeanine Engelbrecht, Ph.D.

Topic: Echoes from space: measuring millimeters on earth from 700 km above

Date: Wed, March 6, 2024

Location: Croatian Cultural Centre

CyGS Student Industry Mixer

Sam Proskin, P.End., Ph.D, Zakieh Mohammedi (Ph.D. candidate at the University of Calgary), Lilianne Landry-Pare (P.Eng., Hatch), Justyna Kos-Fairless (P.Eng., Suncor)

Topic: Designing in permafrost, Ice-road design and monitoring, diverging career paths and confronting career challenges

Date: Wed, March 21, 2024
Location: Aloft Calgary University

CyGS Virtual Presentation

Speaker(s): Caius Priscu, Ph.D, P.Eng

Topic: Can tailings dam safety management professionals learn from the maritime industry failures? – Heck yes!

Date: Wed, Jan 24, 2024 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM MST

Location: Wild Rose Brewery (4580 Quesnay Wood Drive Southwest Calgary, AB T3E 7J3)

CyGS Virtual Presentation

Speaker(s): Doug Dewar, M.Sc., P.Eng., and Nicki Robertson, Ph.D., P.Eng

Topic: Modern Pipelines and Landslide Hazards: An Operator’s Perspective.

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (MST

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