Find Out More About Our Speakers At GeoVan

There will be so many speakers this year, which we do not even know where to start! All of our speakers are experienced and well-recognized researchers, engineers, and professionals. Read more about the lead speakers for this year.

Harvey McLeod, P.Eng., P.Geo.

Harvey McLeod is an exceptional geotechnical engineer with an educational background in Geological Engineering. McLeod received his M.Sc. degree from The University of British Columbia. In addition to that, he holds a Diploma from The University of London – Imperial College in Soil Mechanics. Mr. McLeod has also been a lead innovator in the development of mine tailings management practices, and he has had a long a successful 40-year career. During his career, he has worked on over 100 tailings dams in more than 20 countries. Currently, Mr. McLeod is also the Chairman of International Commission of Large Dams (ICOLD) subcommittee on Tailings Dams and active in the Canadian Dam Association (CDA).

Jasmin Raymond, Ph.D., Professor

lavalProfessor Raymond’s main interest lies in geothermal energy, but in addition to that Raymond is also conducting research work on low to medium temperature resources, including heat pump systems. The main objective of all of these projects is an improvement of the efficiency and profitability systems by providing scientific and technological innovations. With a background in teaching geothermal energy basics at Institut national de la recherche scientifique in Quebec City, Professor Raymond obtained a Ph.D. degree at Laval University and a B.Sc. at McGill University.

Jacques Locat Ph.D., Professor

Professor Locat comes from the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Laval University. As a Professor and a researcher, Mr. Locat became a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 1997. His work was recognized at an international level, but in addition to that, he has also worked on his academic career. Obtaining his Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke, he constantly worked on his academic career from 1981 to this very day. Jacques has obtained a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Québec in Montréal, but also an M.Sc. in Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo as well. In Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke, he continued his successful academic carrier which he started at Laval University in 1981, with his main research focus on soft sediments, submarine mass movement and their consequences.