18th International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering and the 8th Canadian Permafrost Conference


The Canadian Permafrost Association (CPA) and the Canadian National Committee for the International Permafrost Association (CNC-IPA)  jointly funded 12 bursaries to encourage participation by students in the 18th International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering/ 8th Canadian Permafrost Conference in Québec City from August 18-22, 2019.


Over the course of the week, approximately 120 presentations by young researchers, academics, and professionals provided the foundation for those in attendance to learn about new research in cold regions engineering and permafrost. Notable talks included Thomas Ingemann-Neilson’s talk on construction practices' role in the impact of permafrost thaw on West Greenland communities, as well as student presentations by Adam Kirkwood and Jean Holloway, who discussed permafrost degradation mechanisms and the production of greenhouse gases in the Hudson Bay Lowlands, and field and laboratory investigation of ERT relationships in the Southern NWT, respectively.


The award winners


Simon Dumais (Université Laval)

Élise Devoie (University of Waterloo)
Mary Kerr (Laurentian University)
Xiangbing Kong (Université Laval)
Cameron Ross (Royal Military College of Canada)
Jean Holloway (University of Ottawa)
Earl Marvin De Guzman (University of Manitoba)
Greg Gambino (University of Toronto)
Jennifer Humphries (Carleton University)
Marilyne Parent (Université Laval) 
Erfan Abedian Amiri (University of Waterloo)
Sohail Akhtar (Concordia University)




From the students


“I’m writing this message to thank CPA for the CPA/CNC-IPA Student Registration Bursary, which made it possible for me to attend the ICCRE 2019 conference in Québec City. This conference was special because I found a chance to present the most recent developments I made in permafrost field and to get many valuable feedbacks regarding my research. I also found out about great ideas in this field by attending great topical sessions. I’m towards the end of my PhD and looking into different post-doc or industry job opportunities; so, I found this conference extremely helpful regarding networking as I had good conversations with great people in this field. Several thanks to CPA for the funding and making this opportunity possible. I look forward to getting more involved with the CPA.”

Erfan A. Amiri

PhD Candidate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo





“The conference brought together individuals with genuine interest, allowing for cross-disciplinary connection and discussion. In the conference proceedings and poster session I had the opportunity to present my research on storm wind frequency and direction in the Richardson Mountains; the session provided two hours of enjoyable conversations on the project and future research directions. I am exceptionally grateful to the CPA and the CNC-IPA for awarding me the bursary which enabled my attendance, and to the friends, both new and old, that made the conference so constructive.”

Jen Humphries

MSc Candidate, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University




“As a student researcher, one of our primary goals is to communicate our research to a wider audience and get feedback from the general public’s perspective. Through the student registration bursary provided by the CPA/CNC-IPA, I was able to participate and present my research during the conference as well as interact with other researchers and professionals in the field. The questions, comments, and suggestions I received will surely help me in my research work. I am thankful for being one of the recipients of the student bursary and I hope that future students can benefit from this support as well.”

Earl Marvin De Guzman

PhD Candidate, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Manitoba




“I want to thank the Canadian Permafrost Association and the Canadian National Committee of the International Permafrost Association for the Student Registration Bursary received to attend the 18th International Conference on Cold Region Engineering and the 8th Canadian Permafrost Conference in Quebec.

This conference gives me the opportunity to build my knowledge on different aspects of the cold region engineering and makes me realize how important my profession is for our changing future. Attend to this conference as a student is not only about academic, but also a wonderful opportunity for contact network. It is a great way to get in touch with professional in the same field of expertise. Because of this award, I may have additional opportunity to get a rewarding job.

Thank you again for your generosity. We students are fortunate to have organizations like yours, devoted to support us in our career development.”

Marilyne Parent

MSc Candidate, Department of Civil Engineering and Water Engineering, Université Laval




“Thanks to the CPA I was able to attend the ICCRE-CPC in Quebec City in August 2019. Without their generous contribution I would not have been able to be present at the conference, and I would have missed out on the opportunity to present my work and get feedback from my peers, to network with those interested in cold regions in Canada, and to further my career. The ICCRE-CPC conference was very valuable to me as an ECR, and I am very grateful to the CPA for making it possible for me to attend.”

Jean Holloway

PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, University of Ottawa




“I’m very grateful for the CPA/CNC-IPA Student Registration Bursary to attend the ICCRE conference in Québec City. This conference was especially valuable to me because it allowed me to meet so many members of the Canadian permafrost community. I was exposed to many of the new key ideas in permafrost research in the relatively small and highly topical sessions that were hosted. I had the opportunity to get involved in working groups, and found out about several post-grad opportunities. There was a fantastic early career researchers session that gave me some great insights into how best to undertake the next steps in this growing field. Thanks so much for the funding that made my attendance possible, and I really look forward to my continued involvement with the CPA!”

Élise Devoie

PhD Candidate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo