La Société canadienne
de géotechnique
The Canadian
Geotechnical Society
La Société canadienne de géotechnique
The Canadian Geotechnical Society
The Canadian
Young Professionals Committee
About the Young Professionals Committee
Established in 2022, the Young Professionals (YP) Committee at the Canadian Geotechnical Society is a group for early-career individuals in the geotechnical profession which is an integral part of Canada’s infrastructure. The committee is committed to building the next generation of geotechnical leaders. The committee wishes to expand the CGS offerings for younger members by promoting collaboration between interested parties within and outside the CGS, and by acting as a “think tank” to propose new and innovative ways to interact with YP members.

The Young Professionals refer to geotechnical professionals with under 10 years of experience.

Vision: Building the next generations of geotechnical leaders.

Mission: Based on the vision, our mission is supported by five pillars: 1) Network, 2) Knowledge, 3) Development, 4) Collaboration and 5) Impact.

The committee will provide a NETWORK of peers and veterans; create avenues for building geotechnical KNOWLEDGE; provide access to both personal and professional DEVELOPMENT; create opportunities through COLLABORATION with industry, academia, government and other young professional groups outside CGS; and create an IMPACT by articulating a vision for the future within the changing geotechnical landscape.
Executive Committee
Kshama Roy
DNV Canada Limited, Alberta
Vice Chair / CGS YP Rep
Leanne McLaren
Thurber Engineering Limited, Alberta
Silvia Nobre
Dillon Consulting, Manitoba
Lead - Knowledge
Rajith Sudilan Dayarathne
C-CORE, Newfoundland & Labrador
Lead - Network
Naveel Islam
University of Alberta, Alberta
Lead - Development
Intisar Ahmed
Thurber Engineering Limited, British Columbia
Lead - Impact
Kamelia Atefi Monfared
York University, Ontario
Lead - Collaboration
Chelsea Burdon
Klohn Crippen Berger, Alberta
Executive at Large
Brennan McMullin
BGC Engineering, Nova Scotia
Executive at Large
Chelsey Yesnik
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan
Executive at Large
Angela (Vriends) Hegarty
Stantec, Prince Edward Island

How to Join Us?

LinkedIn Group:

To connect CGS YPs nationally, we have started a LinkedIn group to share resources, make connections and collaborate. We already have over 130 members and if you identify yourself as a YP, we encourage you to join this group. The LinkedIn group can be found here: www.linkedin.com/groups/14132567/


We are hard at work in implementing high quality and exciting initiatives for CGS YPs. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please reach out to our Chair, Kshama Roy or any of our leadership team members.

Upcoming Events:

  • The first ever CGS Mentorship Pilot Program
  • ‘Geotech 101 for Young Professionals’ Webinar Series
  • CGS K-12 School Outreach
  • National Geo-Wall Competition


Want to Get the Update?

  • Please follow the CGS LinkedIn Page and keep an eye on every second Wednesday of each month for a YP committee update.
  • Please look at the YP Committee Update section on every issue of the Canadian Geotechnique magazine


Executive Committee


YP Committee


First row - From left: Kshama Roy, Leanne McLaren, Silvia Nobre
Second row - From left: Kamelia Atefi Monfared, Intisar Ahmed, Rajith Sudilan Dayarathne, Chelsea Burdon, Naveel Islam
Third row - From left: Chelsey Yesnik, Angela Hegarty, Brennan McMullin
Reports / Documents
Canadian Geotechnique, Fall 2022 – Building the next generation of geotechnical leaders
Canadian Geotechnique, Winter 2022 – YP Committee Update
Upcoming Events


Geotech 101 for Young Professionals: Soil Retaining Structures
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Professional Development for Geotechnical Engineers Webinar Series
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