Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the Regina Geotechnical Group consists of the following members:

Chair/Section Director

Kyle Mason, BASc, P.Eng.

I completed my degree in Environmental Systems Engineering from the U of R in 2012. Prior to completing my degree, I worked an Engineering Technician, performing materials testing services. My first exposure to Geotech was overseeing the construction of an earthen coffer dam out at Buffalo Pound Lake, and I’ve dug it ever since. I’ve spent the past 8 years as a geotechnical engineer in the consulting industry in Regina, having completed projects across Western Canada, Ontario, and the northern USA. Currently, I work for Clifton Engineering, specializing in Instrumentation, Project Management, and Geotechnical Engineering. My wife, Maegan, and I were born and raised in Regina, we are proud to call this city our home, and raise our three wonderful daughters here. I am an avid Rider fan, amateur photographer and horrible golfer.”

Past Chair

Harpreet Panesar, MSc, P.Eng.

I am currently working as a Senior Geotechnical Engineer with the Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Highways. I have previously worked with MDH Engineered Solutions, University of Saskatchewan and Bauer Spezialtiefbau GmbH. I completed my Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (1999) and Masters in Geotechnical Engineering from University of Saskatchewan (2005). I have 17 years of work experience specializing in geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering. I am married to Roop, and together have two beautiful daughters, who make us smile, laugh and feeling blessed and only occasionally pulling our hair out.

Director of Finance/Communications

Kim Doran, BASc, P.Eng.

I completed my degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010. I was quick to join the consulting world with MDH Engineered Solutions (acquired by SNC-Lavalin Inc.) with a passion for solving unique geotechnical challenges. Before I truly had the opportunity to dive deep into problem solving, I spent multiple years setting the foundation for my career in gaining experience in site characterization including borehole drilling, soil sampling, instrumentation installation and monitoring, surveying as well as analysis of ground water levels and chemistry. I have had the opportunity to work on large construction projects in the transportation sector and a vast array of local geotechnical projects in support of geotechnical design and construction. Outside of work, I am a proud mom of two young kids (who also challenge me on a daily basis!). I am supported by my husband, Colby, and we enjoy spending time at our family cabin when we are able to get away from work.

Program Director

Janae Nixon, BASc, Engineer-in-Training

I completed my Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in 2016, and am currently working toward a graduate degree. For three summer terms and the three years following the completion of my undergraduate degree I worked within the transportation and geotechnical consulting industry in Regina. Currently, I am an Engineer-in-Training with the Geotechnical Structures & Design team at the Water Security Agency in Regina. Growing up in Kronau, I became an avid curler and interested in the vast expanse of the always shrinking and swelling Regina Clay that surrounded me. Studying the surficial geology map in university and discovering explanations for the changes in topography and soils across the province truly sparked my interest in soils, glacial geomorphology, and ultimately geotechnical engineering. I also enjoy gardening, crocheting, mountain biking, camping, and am looking forward to contributing to the Regina Geotechnical Group as the new Program Director!

Linear Infrastructure Chair

Matthew Dipple, BASc, P.Eng.

Matthew Dipple received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Systems Engineering from the University of Regina in 2014. He has worked in SaskEnergy’s Distribution Integrity group since 2015, and currently co-manages SaskEnergy’s Distribution Geohazard Management Program. Although lacking outward signs of glory, Matthew’s brief career has been extremely illustrious. When not at work, Matthew can be found gardening with his wife Serena, making music, and enjoying the Great Outdoors.

Professional Practices Chair

Imteaz Bhuiyan, MSc, P.Eng.

Imteaz holds a Master of Applied Science in Geotechnical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Imteaz is a professional engineer (P.Eng.) and holds a permission to consult in Civil and Geotechnical Engineering with Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan.

Imteaz spent last 12 years as an engineer and a researcher in the following areas: geotechnical engineering, dam safety, water management, infrastructure asset management, construction management, project management, and public procurement. Imteaz currently works in the geoetechnical engineering unit at the Water Security Agency (WSA) of Saskatchewan. He is a member of a team in WSA that manages 72 dams and other water management infrastructures across the province through safe operation, maintenance and surveillance. He regularly works in geotechnical inspections, assessment, analysis, design, construction, rehabilitation, instrumentation and database projects at WSA.

Imteaz Bhuiyan was born and raised in Bangladesh. He moved to Regina in 2012 for completing his graduate studies and living there since. He is a proud husband and a father of two handsome little boys. He likes to refer himself as a “Happy Engineer” or a “Nerdy Engineer”, who oftens dare to dream big.

Foundations Chair

Chelsey Knibbs, BASc, P.Eng.

I completed by degree in Environmental Systems Engineering from the University of Regina in 2014. I have worked as a geotechnical engineer for 6 years with Wood in Regina, and have completed geotechnical field investigations and reports for projects throughout Western Canada and Ontario. I was raised on a farm in Stoughton, SK and now call Regina home. In my spare time I enjoy playing volleyball, camping, snowboarding, watching rider games and spending time with my dog, Zeke!

Geohazards Chair

Jenna Baker, BASc, Geoscientist-in-Training

I completed my degree in Geology from the University of Regina in 2013. I am currently working with the Government of Saskatchewan as a geotechnical specialist for Ministry of Highways in Regina. Prior to that I worked in the Ministry of Energy and Resources as a mineral rights officer. I am developing my skills in geotechnical monitoring related to Highways infrastructure. I enjoy baking, playing with my dog Geo(hazard), and running after my nieces.