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Vice President for North America

Doug Stead, Canada

Dr Doug Stead
Professor and FRBC Chair in Resource Geotechnics
Department of Earth Sciences
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6

Tel. +1 778 782 6670


Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Doug Stead is currently Chair in Resource Geotechnics at Simon Fraser University, SFU, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has over 30 years’ experience in Rock Mechanics and Engineering Geology since graduating with an MSc (with Distinction) in Engineering Geology and Geotechnics from the University of Leeds in 1976 and a PhD in Rock Mechanics from the University of Nottingham, UK in 1984. Dr. Stead has worked in industry and academia in Zambia, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Canada and the UK. He was a Professor in Geological Engineering specialising in Rock Mechanics at the University of Saskatchewan from 1986-96 and Chair in Geomechanics at Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, UK from 1996-2000, at which time he took up his current position at SFU.
Dr. Stead has over 250 publications in journals and conferences in a wide range of areas including rock slope stability, landslides, open pit geomechanics, remote sensing applications in rock engineering, block caving related subsidence, room and pillar mining, longwall coal mining, acoustic emission and potash rock mechanics. Recent research has focused on brittle fracture modelling in surface and underground rock engineering using finite-discrete element and lattice-spring codes.
Dr. Stead has been active in the Canadian Geotechnical Society, CGS, having served as Vice President Technical and Chair of both the Rock Mechanics and Engineering Geology Divisions. He is also a Past President of the Canadian Geoscience Council.  He has been a member of the International Society of Rock Mechanics for over 20 years and is a current member of the Canadian Association of Rock Mechanics, the American Rock Mechanics Association, the International Association of Engineering Geology, the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the British Geotechnical Association. Dr. Stead has co-chaired several international conferences in Vancouver including the Canadian-US Rock Mechanics Symposium (2007), Slope Stability 2011 and the 1st Discrete Fracture Network Engineering Conference in 2014.

Dr. Stead was awarded the Canadian Geotechnical Society John Franklin Award for Rock Mechanics in 2010 and the CGS Thomas Roy Award for Engineering Geology in 2009.  He  has been the recipient of several teaching awards both at the University of Saskatchewan and Camborne School of Mines.
Dr. Stead is a Professional Engineer in the Association of Professional Engineers of B.C. and a Chartered Engineer (UK). He acts in a senior review capacity for geotechnical consultants and mining companies both in Canada and internationally. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada.