Peter Halliday Award for Service

This award recognizes CDA members for their valued contributions and outstanding commitment to the advancement of the Association. The award is offered annually to one or more members of CDA. Recipients are:

 

2004 - Clare Raska
2004 - El-sayed Ismail
2005 - Marion Houston
2005 - Joe Groeneveld
2006 - Yousef Hammamji          
2006 - Mona Bechai
2007 - Tony Chislett
2007 - Will Jolley
2008 - Perry Mitchelmore
2009 - Andy Zielinski
2010 - Johanne Bibeau

  2011 - W.G. (Bill) Duncan
2011 - Alan Boom
2012 - Bob Barnes
2012 - Garth Haack
2013 - Michel Dolbec
2014 - Andy Small
2015 - Allan Kirkham 
2016 - Gilles Bourgeois
2017 - Tony Bennett
2018 - Terry Oswell
2019 - Richard Gervais
 
         

Richard Gervais - 2019
This award recognizes CDA members for their valued contributions and outstanding commitment to the advancement of the Association. The 2019 recipient is Richard Gervais.

Mr. Gervais is a silent stalwart of CDA having provided countless volunteer hours to the Association through his participation on the technical committees of CDA 2013 in Montreal, CDA 2018 in Quebec City and in particular the technical program of ICOLD 2019. With his excellent command of English (his second language) and his attention to detail, Mr. Gervais has reviewed abstracts and papers to ensure the best translation and highest quality of technical materials for conferences possible. In addition, he has served, as Editor of the CDA Bulletin magazine for the last two years. 

Mr. Gervais graduated in 1975 with a Civil Engineering degree and in 1980 with a Master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering, both from the University of Sherbrooke.

In his early years as an engineer, Mr. Gervais worked on the Eastmain River diversion into La Grande River, on exploratory work in James Bay soft clays, and on the construction of a natural gas pipeline in Quebec. He took graduate courses in geotechnical engineering at the University of Alberta for a few years while he was also a research and teaching assistant there. Mr. Gervais retired from Hydro-Québec in 2013 after more than 23 years of service.

He is an APEGA life member and still has an active status as an engineer with the Quebec Order of Engineers. He has worked part-time for the Disciplinary Council of the Quebec Order of Engineers since 2016.  Mr. Gervais is also a Life Member of CDA and continues to represent CDA as chair of the Engineering Institute of Canada’s Technical Professional Development Committee.