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The conference program and schedule are subject to change and will be communicated to the delegates accordingly. For any questions, please contact the Technical Committee at

All delegates are expected to provide a short presentation ("pitch") and a poster on their abstract topic.

3-min Pitch (1 slide)

Poster (36" x 48" portrait)

As part of the registration, delegates are required to submit an abstract. The abstract template can be downloaded here.

For the latest COVID-19 updates and protocols for the conference, please visit our
COVID-19 Updates page.

Please watch the webinar from the previous conference for how to prepare a 3-min pitch and a poster:
You may also download the video



  • Conference check-in will be available at the Alt Hotel in Calgary from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday, September 28, and from 6:30am to 7:30am on Thursday, September 29.

  • The shuttle will leave the Alt Hotel at 8am on September 29 for the Technical Tours

  • The Technical Tours will conclude in Banff at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

  • The shuttle will return to Calgary on Sunday (time/location TBD).


The technical tours kick off the conference on Thursday. The tours include:

  • Calgary Tower
    Chat about the city's geology and the geotechnical issues during the construction of some nearby buildings. Presented by Jerry Osborn and Heinrich Heinz.

  • TransAlta Hydropower Plant

  • Heart Creek Flood Mitigation
    Construction of a berm, diversion channel, and upgraded outlet structured designed to redirect future debris during flood events. This tour will be led by Matthias Jakob from BGC Engineering and Felix Camire, a Project Engineer at the Town of Canmore.

  • Lake Louise
    Walk and talk with Dale Leckie on the local geology of Lake Louise.





Matthias has a Ph.D. in Geography and Postdoc in Geology from the University of British Columbia. He has worked for different consulting companies and is now a principal geoscientist at BGC Engineering in Vancouver. His work revolves largely around landslide hazard and risk assessments for communities, railways, highways, pipelines, and mines. He is the co-author of the EGBC landslide and flood guidelines. Matthias has worked on several hundred consulting projects worldwide and is increasingly involved in expert witness assignments. He is also the author of some 100 peer reviewed publications in journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. Currently, his pet project is the development of a new scale to classify atmospheric rivers and determine their effects on landslides and geomorphic floods. 


Dr. Pooneh Maghoul is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. She holds an MSc (2007) and a PhD (2010) from École des Ponts ParisTech. Dr. Maghoul is an expert in the field of multiscale poromechanics for complex materials and processing, energy and environment, and biomechanics. Her research focuses primarily on sustainable development by developing cutting-edge systems and methods related to the performance analysis of subsurface systems subject to complex loading within a multi-hazard context. This includes infrastructure which is resilient to climate change and geohazards on Earth and harsh environments in 

Space (low gravity conditions). These poromechanics-centered research programs deal with natural- and human-induced hazards, permafrost engineering, smart mining, self-healing geosystems, geo-structural health monitoring, non-destructive testing, emergency preparedness, energy geostructures, geotechnical earthquake engineering and ground vibration, as well as bio-inspired self-burrowing (soft) robotics, bio-inspired subsurface sensing, and In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) on the Moon and beyond.


Trained in Australia, Dr Moore has been Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure Engineering at Queen’s University since 2001. His more than 300 publications examine conventional and trenchless construction of new and deteriorated water, sewer, and energy pipelines, and have underpinned dozens of contributions to North American and other international codes of buried pipe design practice. Research includes work clarifying the strength of new and deteriorated pipes, contributions to behaviour of pipe liners, pipes pulled into place using slip lining, pipe bursting and horizontal directional drilling, and studies of onshore and offshore oil and gas pipelines. Ian’s studies combine analysis of soil-pipe interaction, and use of the world’s most capable 

with his colleagues at Queen’s. Ian was the founding Director of the GeoEngineering Centre at Queen's - RMC and served in that role from 2002 to 2018 when he was appointed Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen's.

Recognition for Dr Moore's work includes best paper awards from the ASCE, CGS, CSCE, ICE and NASTT, research and professional service medals from the Engineering Institute of Canada, the International Association of Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, and Professional Engineers of Ontario, Fellowships in the Canadian Academy of Engineering and other learned societies, and dozens of Keynote and named Lectures. Ian served as Editor of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal from 2007 to 2018, and is currently serving a two year term as President of the Canadian Geotechnical Society.

Heinrich K. Heinz, PhD, PEng, FEIC is a graduate of the Universities of São Paulo and Alberta, with a professional life spanning 40 years in Brazil, Germany, and Canada. Throughout his distinguished career, he has specialized in the geotechnical aspects of underground construction in urban areas, providing technical expertise on numerous projects involving deep excavations and tunnelling for utility and transportation applications. He joined Thurber Engineering in Calgary in 1995, where he worked as a project and  review  engineer 


on a wide variety of projects in Canada and abroad, including expert witness and forensic assignments. He served as Thurber’s Managing Director from 2008 to 2015, when he retired from full-time work to become a consultant specializing in tunnelling and trenchless technologies. Heinrich is currently Canada’s representative in the ITA-AITES Working Group on Conventional Tunnelling and the Chair of the CGS Heritage Committee. He has long believed in the value of preserving our profession’s history and in the importance of learning from the past.


Shelby Yee is the CEO and Co-Founder of RockMass Technologies, a mining and geosciences technology startup.

Since founding RockMass in 2016, Shelby has grown the company from a PhD thesis to a cloud-based mapping and data capture solution for geologists and geotechnical engineers in underground mines. The company is rapidly growing and currently services clients across 4 continents. RockMass's team is at gender parity and has significant BIPOC representation with over 25 people and counting.

Shelby was born in Winnipeg and has lived in a variety of places including Vermont, Kingston, Toronto, Calgary, Shenzhen China, Singapore, and Vancouver.

Shelby was selected as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2020. She is a Geological Engineering alumni of Queen's University. In her spare time, you can find Shelby skiing, mountain biking, or trail running.

Matthis Jakob
Pooneh Maghoul
Ian Moore
Heinrich Heinz
Technical Tours
Sheby Yee
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