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Message from the President

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

Hello Everyone!

This is our team's second year of our mandate at the helm of the CGS and we have started this first quarter of 2020 with a lot of exciting activities, developments and transitions. Last year was successful on all fronts with the CCLT, Colloquium Lecture Series and our St. John's Annual Conference. We kept our CGS strong and healthy and advanced on several initiatives such as putting together a team to work on the new CFEM 2021 and creating Student Chapters. We are starting 2020 in sprint mode since there is a lot to do to complete our various projects

We are experiencing an important communication transition with the introduction of our new quarterly CGS magazine, Canadian Geotechnique. I am very proud to be part of the very first issue of this CGS magazine. Best of success to Lisa Reny and the Karma-Link team. Thank you again to John Gadsby and Lynn Pugh for 37 very good years with the Geotechnical News magazine.

I would like 2020 to set the tone for the next decade. Let me share my vision.

In 2030, I see our CGS being very prosperous, with a diversified and inclusive group, more present and relevant than ever for our members and the society we live in. Our electronic Manual CFEM 2021 will be in its ninth year of publication, regularly enhanced and expanded to make it "THE" Geotechnical Reference Manual in Canada – more than a must for Canadian geo-professionals and one of the most respected publications worldwide.

Moreover, the CGS will continue to progress on the four pillars which inspired our team's mission in 2019:

  1. Hundreds of geoscience students are joining the CGS before graduation and do remain active as young geo-professionals after joining the work force.
  2. Our membership is enriched and guided by the presence of over 30% of women in our ranks.
  3. Our Geo-Practitioners are as active in sharing the ''state of practice'' as our members from Academia in communicating geo-scientific development.
  4. More Francophones than ever belong to the CGS as they feel part of our "grande famille" along with other geo-professionals from across the country and all over the world, with services in English and French.

I am confident that all of this and much more will be a reality in the coming years.

On behalf of the CGS, I would like to express our appreciation and sincere thanks to outgoing members of the CGS Executive Committee: Andrea Lougheed for representing all Sections across Canada, and Maraika DeGroot and Jack Seto as representatives for Young Professionals and Technical Divisions respectively. We are all thankful for their contribution, their time, and commitment to our CGS.

We are very glad to welcome within the CGS Executive Committee Billy Singh as Sections Representative, Dave Gauthier as Representative for the Divisions and Committees, and Vincent Castonguay taking over for the Young Professionals. Thank you so much for accepting to work with me and our VPs: VP Technical Rob Kenyon, VP Finance Kent Bannister and VP Communications and Member Services Judith Bouchard.

Thanks also to our lean and efficient CGS National Office headed by our Executive Director, Michel Aubertin, Director Communications and Society Operations Lisa Reny, and Coordinator Communications and Member Services Emily Fournier. They are essential to ensure continuity, reliability and professionalism in our organization.

We certainly hope you will appreciate our dynamic program for 2020 with our upcoming high calibre CCLT and Colloquium lecture Series from coast to coast, along with the programs organized by our 20 local chapters and specialty sessions lined up by our active Divisions and Committees. Of course, this will all culminate at our annual technical highlight and fun party at the GeoCalgary 2020 Conference, September 13-16, 2020.

See you soon, my friends!

Mario Ruel