Welcome to RockEng 2020!

The Canadian Rock Mechanics Association (CARMA) invites you to the RockEng2020 Symposium, which is the 22nd Canadian Rock Mechanics Symposium. RockEng2020 will be held at the Isabel Bader Centre at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. It was originally scheduled from Sunday August 16 to Tuesday August 18, 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed the Symposium to August 2021. Please stay tuned for exact dates to be announced in June 2020!


Following the lead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the name of the Symposium will remain RockEng2020.

The theme of RockEng2020 is Canadian Strengths and Future Directions in Rock Mechanics. This will be a two-day, single-stream symposium featuring approximately 36 invited presentations by the best Canadian current stars in rock mechanics from academia and industry. This event aims to be the catalyst for initiating a cycle of future open-submission RockEng conferences, bringing back the quality and energy of past RockEng and other Canadian Rock Mechanics events.

RockEng2020 is intended to be a celebration of Canadian excellence in rock mechanics and a renewal of CARMA's stewardship and promotion of national meetings on rock mechanics. This event will bring together invited speakers highlighting the top current researchers and practitioners from the Canadian rock mechanics community to give overview presentations on past, ongoing, and future work, and will also accept abstract submissions for poster presentations. The Symposium will feature a site visit to the Brockville Tunnel, which is Canada's oldest rail tunnel. This event will be the 45th anniversary since the last CARMA symposium was held in Kingston.

Key Dates
  • November 1, 2020: Registration opens
  • December 1, 2020: 
    Abstracts due
  • TBA: Notification of abstract acceptance
  • TBA: Last day for early bird registration
  • August 2021: Symposium

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Organizing Committee

Dr. Jennifer Day

Symposium Chair

Assistant Professor

Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering

Queen's University

Dr. Doug Milne

CARMA Executive


College of Engineering

University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Mark Diederichs

Technical Chair


Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering

Queen's University

Dr. Mohsen Nicksiar

CARMA Executive

Geotechnical Operations Manager


Dr. Giovanni Grasselli


Civil Engineering

University of Toronto

Dr. Kathy Kalenchuk

President & Principal

Geomechanics Consultant


Dr. Davide Elmo

Associate Professor

Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering

University of British Columbia

Brad Simser

Senior Ground Control Engineer

Glencore - Sudbury

Dr. Navid Bahrani

Assistant Professor

Civil & Resource Engineering

Dalhousie University


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