Two CDA members to be inducted
in 2021 as EIC Fellows
The Canadian Dam Association (CDA) is a proud member organization of the Engineering
Institute of Canada (EIC). The EIC was founded in 1887, and its primary mission is to
recognize outstanding engineers from amongst the members of its constituent societies by
awarding senior medals and inducting Fellows at an annual Awards Gala. Additionally, the
EIC is to assure the quality of lifelong learning programs by authorizing learning providers to
issue continuing education credits (CEUs) to engineering professionals and preserve
engineering history and archives.
Two outstanding engineers and members of CDA will be inducted as 2021 EIC Fellows for
exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada. These 2021 awards will be presented
along with 2020 awards at the next EIC Gala/ Banquet which, due to ongoing pandemic
circumstances, will be held in Gatineau/Ottawa in the Spring of 2022.
Angela A. G. Kupper, Ph.D, P.Eng
Principal Geotechnical Engineer and Director
BGC Engineering, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Dr. Kupper’s distinguished career of over 40 years in the
geotechnical engineering practice has included a variety of
projects, but mainly in the dam engineering related to water
resources and mining industries, for water retaining dams and
tailings dams. Projects ranged from design and construction to
rehabilitation and upgrade projects throughout the world,
including complex geological and construction conditions. She
has also participated on several review boards, including
selection as one of the expert panelists to support the
development of the recently released “Global Industry Standard
on Tailings Management” (GISTM) from 2019 to 2020. The GISTM strives to achieve the
ultimate goal of zero harm to people and the environment and aims to prevent catastrophic
failure and enhance the safety of mine tailings facilities across the globe. It embodies a step-
change in terms of transparency, accountability and stewardship of such facilities, with major
positive impacts on the industry for decades to come.
Dr. Kupper has been a member of Independent Review Boards and/or Independent
Reviewer for 11 dams or mine tailings facilities in Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Madagascar.
Among other achievements, she was the lead design engineer and/or Engineer-of-Record for
dams in the Canadian oil sands, Canadian diamond mining, and Brazil gold mining
industries. Angela was the Head of the Data Analysis and Assessment group that carried out
complex, detailed analysis of the original design, new geotechnical and geophysical field
investigation, laboratory testing and instrumentation data as well as numerical analysis,
thermo-analysis, seepage analysis, and remediation work for the W.A.C. Bennett Dam in
British Columbia in the mid 90s.
Dr. Kupper holds a B.Sc., Civil Engineering, from the University of São Paulo, Escola
Politécnica, Brazil, an M.Sc in Geotechnical Engineering from the Catholic University of Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil, and a Ph.D in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Alberta,
Canada, obtained in 1991.
Dr. Kupper is also the recipient of the Alberta Innovation Award from AB Government (2013),
the Stanley Thompson Award from the Geotechnical Society of Edmonton, AB (2010), the
R.M. Quigley Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society (2001), and the Best Published
Paper Award from the Canadian Dam Association (2001).
The CDA is extremely proud of Dr. Angela Kupper for her induction as an EIC Fellow! Well
Andy Small, M.Sc, P.Eng
Senior Geotechnical Engineer,
Klohn Crippen Berger, Fredericton, NB, Canada
Mr. Small is a geotechnical engineering specialist with over
30 years of experience in dam safety and design for mining
clients. His extensive resume includes mine closure, mine
water, and mine waste planning activities and his long list
of technical skills include: dam design, dam safety reviews,
construction planning, risk assessment, decision analysis,
and project review. He has also been Engineer of Record
(EoR) for many sites across Canada.
Mr. Small has been an active member of the CDA for over 16 years and has served four twoyear terms on the CDA Board of Directors. Starting in 2007, he helped found and chaired the
CDA committee that has driven the development of the technical guidance for mining dams
that was issued in October 2014. Among other numerous contributions, Andy has been a
tireless volunteer in the CDA, providing technical support and advice on numerous other
subcommittees and publications, including the Mining Dams Committee.
In his professional career, Andy has also been instrumental in development of the sound
application of structured risk assessment processes to assist clients in management and
mitigation of risks associated with tailings dams. This experience has been extended, in
recent years, to structured decision analysis which helps clients in selecting the optimum
site/method for tailings disposal. Andy has published numerous papers based on his
enthusiasm for dam safety, risk assessment and decision analysis. He has also applied that
knowledge to assist regulators with development of their governance related to tailings.
Andy was Lead Author of the Dam Safety Guidelines, published in 2018 and issued by
governments of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Mr. Small holds a B.Sc in Civil Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, and M.Sc. in
Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Alberta. He has also received the Peter
Halliday Award for Service from the CDA in 2014.
CDA is very proud of Mr. Andy Small for this induction as an EIC Fellow! Well done Andy
Additional long standing CDA supporters to be recognized by EIC in 2021
The CDA would also like to offer its congratulations to the following past or current
supporters of the CDA who were honored by the EIC, all three nominations submitted by the
Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS):
- Dr. Dennis Becker, FEIC, FCAE, FCSME, Principal with Golder Associates in Calgary,
AB, was awarded the 2021 Sir John Kennedy Medal “for outstanding service to the
profession or noteworthy contributions to the science of engineering”;
- Dr. Jean Côté, FEIC, ing., Professor at Laval University, in Quebec, QC, was awarded
the 2021 CPR Engineering Medal “for leadership and distinguished service at the
- Dr. Heinrich Heinz, P.Eng, Sr. Geotechnical Engineer with Thurber Engineering in
Calgary, AB, who will be inducted as a 2021 EIC Fellow “ for exceptional contributions
to engineering in Canada”.
The CDA sincerely congratulates our colleagues and supporters for their exceptional service
and contributions to the profession. Well done!