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.

2020 Competition Details and Timeline
A call for participation in the 2020 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, 2020 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, GeoCalgary 2020.

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 September 2021.

Travel and registration costs, up to $3,500 for each individual, will be provided by the CGS and Foundation. The two selected individuals will be required to present a paper at 7iYGEGC, and to submit an accompanying written paper by June 2021.

Any Canadian (or permanent resident), active 2020 CGS Regular or Student Member born after September 15, 1986 are eligible. Nominations can be made by individuals, their employers or faculty supervisors. The nomination package, including a 250-word abstract, should not exceed 3 letter-size pages (Times Roman size-12 font). Nominations must be received by the CGS National Office (admin@cgs.ca) by October 11, 2020.

Selection will be based on:

  1. Leadership/activity in the Canadian geotechnical community (i.e. participation in the CGS, organization of conferences/special events, university student organizations, etc.);
  2. Contribution to practice (consulting experience, technology transfer);
  3. Publications/presentations (journal papers, conference papers, patents, workshops, etc.);
  4. In the case of students, academic standing in graduate courses; and
  5. Submission of an appropriate 250-word abstract (in English or French) of the proposed presentation (and paper) on any topic related to geotechnical engineering, geological engineering, geoenvironmental engineering or geoscience.

Nominees not selected for the CGS / Canadian Foundation for Geotechnique sponsorship are encouraged to permit CGS to submit their abstract to the 7iYGEGC – this should be indicated in the nomination package. Non-sponsored individuals will have to cover their own costs to attend the conference.

If you have any questions, contact Lisa Reny, CGS Director of Communications and Society Operations (admin@cgs.ca or 1-604-277-7527).

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