Dr. G. Ward Wilson P. Eng., P.Geol., FCAE, FEIC

Professor (Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental)

NSERC/COSIA Industrial Research Chair in Oil Sands Tailings Geotechnique

University of Alberta

Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering


Dr. G. Ward Wilson is a Professor of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering at the University of Alberta and brings more than 30 years of industrial experience to his practice in advanced mine waste management. He has extensive work experience as a consulting engineer and has maintained an exceptionally strong industrial focus through his research programs both at the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia. Dr. Wilson is involved in mine waste management systems at numerous mine sites worldwide. He has also served as a specialist review consultant for many large international mining projects.

Professor Wilson served as the lead author responsible for Chapter 6 on Prevention and Mitigation in the Global Acid Rock Drainage Guide prepared for the International Network for Acid Prevention. He has also contributed to the recently published manual on Large Open Pit Projects - Geotechnical Guidelines for Mine Waste and Stockpile Designs commissioned by CSIRO. Dr. Wilson has been engaged in the large scale-up experiments for waste rock deposits at the Grasberg mine in Indonesia and Antamina mine in Peru. Professor Wilson was also a principal investigator for the landslide waste rock stabilization and long-term weathering study for the waste rock piles at Questa Mine, New Mexico.