La Société canadienne
de géotechnique
The Canadian
Geotechnical Society
La Société canadienne de géotechnique
The Canadian Geotechnical Society
The Canadian
Heritage Committee
About the Heritage Committee
The purpose of the Heritage Committee is to preserve the history of geotechnique in Canada.

The Committee’s activities include maintaining the Canadian Geotechnical Virtual Archives on the CGS Web Site, contributing regularly with articles and stories for Canadian Geotechnique/Géotechnique canadienne (CG/Gc), working with Local Organizing Committees to organize heritage components of the CGS annual conferences and interacting with other history and heritage groups of professional associations like the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) and the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

CGS members and other interested parties are encouraged to identify, collect and submit digital materials that may be of archival interest. Geotechnical ‘stories’ that can be shared with CGS members are also welcome. Please note that the committee works only with ‘virtual’ materials and it does not have the ability to retain physical documents.
Executive Committee
The executive members of the Heritage Committee include:
Heinrich Heinz
Thurber Engineering, Calgary
Vice Chair
Jacques Locat
Université Laval, Quebec City
Past Chair
David Cruden
University of Alberta, Edmonton
Members and Friends
Emma Åström
Canary Systems, Montréal
Lijun Deng
University of Alberta, Edmonton
Rajib Dey
Stantec, Toronto
Valérie Fréchette
Hydro Québec, Montréal
Steven Harms
Trek Geotechnical, Winnipeg
Jørn Landva
Golder Associates, Halifax
Suzanne Lacasse
Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo
Andrea Lougheed
BGC Engineering, Vancouver
Fred Matich
MAJM Corporation, Toronto
Doug VanDine
VanDine Geological Engineering, Victoria
Mustapha Zergoun
Geotechnical Consultant, Vancouver

(*) The “friends” category was created in recognition that there are times when not all members can contribute to the committee, for professional and personal reasons.

Activities  - Upcoming/Ongoing/Planned

The Heritage Committee plans to continue activities such as updating the “Lives Lived” section of the Heritage Archives, documenting the history of the various regional chapters, and documenting important case histories. New initiatives include organizing a list of Terzaghi, Peck and Casagrande’s contributions to Canadian Geotechnique, and working with the CGS in the reorganization of the Heritage Archives.


Notable Achievements

The history of some of the Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary Sections has been compiled and published in CGS News. At the GeoVancover Conference in October of 2016, Committee Member Dr. Jacques Locat gave a keynote presentation on historic rock slides at Petit Champlain St. in Quebec City. The paper is available in the GeoVancouver proceedings.


National, US, and International Affiliations

EIC Heritage Site:




Some Heritage Committee members and friends at GeoSt.John’s 2019

Reports / Documents
Legget Memorial Monument – Le Monument Commémoratif Legget (sample contribution, published in CG/Gc June 2020)
Upcoming Events


GeoSaskatoon 2023
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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Please contact the Heritage Committe at info@cgs.ca, if you have any comments or suggestions.

For more information, visit the CGS Heritage Archives.