Awards Program

The CDA recognizes and encourages outstanding performance in the Canadian dam industry by presenting a number of awards every year.  The awards recognize individuals’ achievement and services, as well as corporate contributions to the dam industry.  

Although the annual CDA conference has been postponed until the fall of 2021, CDA is still seeking nominations for 2020.  While winners will be formally recognized by their peers and the industry in 2021, they will be announced in 2020.

Nominations are open for the following awards:

Inge Anderson Award of Merit
This award recognizes CDA members who have distinguished themselves through significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge and practices related to dams in Canada. The award is offered every two years to a member of CDA.  CDA is seeking nominations for this award in 2020.

2018 Winner – Norbert Morgenstern

Peter Halliday Award for Service
This award recognizes CDA members who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to CDA and have made valued contributions to the advancement of the Association. 

2019 Winner – Richard Gervais, retired

Published Paper Award
This award is offered to the author(s) who prepares and publishes an outstanding article or technical paper on dam-related issues in Canada. It can be from any published source or conference.

2019 Winner - Valérie Michaud, Judson Kennedy, and Ryan Blanchard - Using Magnetometric Resistivity to Identify Preferential Seepage Flow Paths at a Tailings Dam

Corporate Award
This award recognizes CDA Corporate Members, including companies, organizations, government agencies and other entities, whose overall contributions to dam industry merit recognition. 

2019 Winner – Alberta Environment and Parks

What’s the deadline for submitting a nomination?
The deadline for submitting nominations is August 14, 2020.

Inge Anderson - Nomination Form 2020
(Microsoft Word Document)
Peter Halliday - Nomination Form 2020
(Microsoft Word Document)
Corporate Award - Nomination Form 2020
(Microsoft Word Document)

Scholarship Program

CDA offers two scholarships annually to full-time postgraduate students attending a Canadian university or college whose program of study focuses on dam safety and/or the management of dams. 

The Gary Salmon Memorial Scholarship, valued at $5,000 is awarded to the top applicant and the CDA Research Scholarship of $2,500 is awarded to the runner-up. Candidates are evaluated on the relevance of their research work and the potential for the advancement of knowledge, leadership and community involvement, and academic excellence.

In addition to the cash value of the scholarships, the recipients of both the CDA Gary Salmon Memorial Scholarship and the CDA Research Scholarship will each receive the following:

Complimentary student registration to the 2020 CDA Conference to be held in Winnipeg from October 25 to 28 (approximate value $500).

Travel expenses from anywhere in Canada to Winnipeg to attend the 2020 Conference (in accordance with the CDA Travel and Expense policy).

Up to three nights' paid accommodation at the conference hotel. 

Completed applications are due on May 15, 2020.