La Société canadienne
de géotechnique
The Canadian
Geotechnical Society
La Société canadienne de géotechnique
The Canadian Geotechnical Society
The Canadian
Awards & Competitions
The Canadian Geotechnical Society holds annual student competitions to recognize excellence among undergraduate and graduate engineering students at Canadian universities. The competitions and resulting awards are managed through the Society's Education Committee and funded through the generous support of the Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique.

The Canadian Geotechnical Society introduced a new award available for young professionals in 2019. The CGS Early Achievement Award is a society award funded by the Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique.

Student Competitions

Undergraduate Report Award - Individual Submission and Undergraduate Report Award - Group Submission
The purpose of these awards is to foster undergraduate students' skills in solving open-ended geotechnical design problems, and in preparing formal technical reports. The award in the Group Effort category has the further purpose of fostering teamwork skills. The awards are assessed based on the written report (e.g. thesis, geotechnical design report, term project).

Graduate Student Presentation Award
The purpose of the award is to encourage graduate students to make formal technical presentations to peer and professional audiences. The award is assessed on the basis of a videotaped presentation of maximum 15 minutes duration, recorded before a live technical audience. A question-and-answer period following the presentation must also be recorded.

2021 Competition Details and Timeline
A call for participation in the 2021 CGS Student Competitions has been sent to all Canadian universities – check your inboxes!

Please click here to view submission details for all competition categories in English. Click here for submission details in French.
Please click here to download the cover page that must accompany all submissions.

All entries must be submitted by May 15, 2021 to:
François Duhaime


CGS Early Achievement Award

The Early Achievement Award is intended to recognize outstanding accomplishments provided by members in the early years of their career. It focuses on the excellence of technical realizations and contribution to practice/industry and the services provided to CGS and the profession from a young professional.

Nominations are now being accepted! This award will be presented at this year's annual conference, GeoNiagara 2021.

For further information, selection criteria, and nomination requirements, please click here.


7iYGEGC Travel Award

The CGS and the Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique will sponsor two distinguished “young geotechnical engineers” to attend the 7th International Young Geotechnical Engineering Conference in Sydney, Australia in May 2022.

Vincent Castonguay and Steven Harms are the recipients of the 7iYGEGC Travel Award. Congratulations!

Please contact the Young Professionals Representative at yprep@cgs.ca if you have any comments or suggestions.