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  • Paul van der Raadt Appointed President

    After 40 years as President and CEO of Clifton Associates, Wayne Clifton, P.Eng, FEC has announced the appointment of Paul van der Raadt, M.Sc., P.Eng., as President. Wayne Clifton will continue as CEO and Chairman of the board. 

    “I have always believed that renewal and succession planning is vital for every company, so it has come time for me to apply that lens to my own company. This has required a great deal of thought and careful planning. This company has my name on the door so I could not turn it over to just anyone. Paul has been with Clifton almost since Day One and has a deep understanding of the fabric and culture of the company. I have every confidence that he will maintain and enhance the standards of quality and ethics on which Clifton has been built,” said Wayne Clifton.

    Paul joined Clifton in 1978 as its fourth employee. He is a registered professional engineer who earned a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and a M.Sc. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. He is, however, much more than a highly experienced engineer. Paul has had senior responsibilities on major projects ranging from power generation to highway and bridge construction, and development of northern uranium mines. He played a fundamental role in shaping Clifton and has always been an early adopter of new technologies that kept the company as a leading-edge engineering practice.

    Paul has worked from the Regina, Saskatoon, and Calgary offices and knows the fabric of the company well. After a senior leadership interval with another consulting company, Paul returned to Clifton in 2015 as Executive Vice President. As President, he will continue his career focus on leadership, operational management and business development, and business systems. He is intensely client-focused, builds strong relationships and utilizes his interpersonal skills to draw out the best in people.

    “This is truly an honour and a privilege to be asked to fulfill this role within Clifton. I have known Wayne for over 40 years and have learned much by having the pleasure to work alongside him and learn from his style of leadership first hand. I look forward to carrying this legacy forward into the next 40,” said Paul.


    Posted on 2/2/2018

  • Clifton's PDA Proficiency Extends to Advanced

    We are proud to announce that Jasyn Henry and Rashedul Chowdhury have achieved ADVANCED and INTERMEDIATE level of proficiency in the PDI/PDCA Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test!

    The ADVANCED level puts Clifton amongst the top few consultants in the country that provide Pile Driving Analyzer (PDA) services to the consulting and construction industry and Jasyn is only the sixth engineer in Canada that has achieved this designation.

    PDA tests are performed during or after installation of steel or concrete piles.  Piles are instrumented with accelerometers and strain gauges to measure the pile response to a high strain impact from a driving hammer.  Data collected can be analyzed in the field or post-processed for detailed analyses of pile performance. Testing and reporting is in accordance with ASTM D4945 Standard Test Method for High-Strain Dynamic Testing of Deep Foundations.  Confirming pile capacity as part of a QA/QC program allows the geotechnical designer to use a higher resistance factor that generally reduces the cost of a foundation.  


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    Posted on 3/21/2017

  • Congrats to Clifton University's Recent Students

    Clifton’s founder, Wayne Clifton, generously and consistently encourages personal and professional growth of our staff.   This enthusiasm led him to create, Clifton University (UCAL), an internal university to develop skills that enhance our ability as consultants and career opportunities. Currently, the curriculum covers topics such as leadership, business development, and problem solving.

    This week 30 colleagues from our offices assembled in Regina to attend Leadership 101 - a 2-day intensive personal development course guided by Hope Learning that improves our ability to understand ourselves and motivate others to work in teams to overcome challenges. The students were introduced to the science and art of leadership, teamwork and collaboration skills, influence, self-management, and conflict management.

    Well done Class of Winter 2017!

    17MAR2017 Leadership101

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    Posted on 3/17/2017

  • Clifton Appoints Dr. Kevin McCullum as Deputy Chief Engineer

    Clifton Associates is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kevin McCullum as Deputy Chief Engineer. Kevin brings 15 years of technical and advisory expertise in environmental engineering and monitoring programs for air, water, and soils with a focus on transport modeling, statistical modeling, forecast modeling, and back trajectory modeling.

    Kevin assumed his new role with Clifton effective 01 March 2017 and will provide management and senior technical oversight of the Environmental Sciences Practice Group who specialize in water and air sciences and data management. He will report to our Chief Engineer, David Kent.

    Prior to joining Clifton, Kevin served as the Chief Engineer and Executive Director for Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment.  In this role he held for 8 years, Kevin successfully lead numerous technical programs such as delivery of the 5-year Boreal Watershed monitoring project, standard use of UAV in environmental regulatory surveillance (first in North America for any government), and increased air monitoring and modeling in SK.

    Kevin is an active researcher and sessional at the University of Regina.  He has a PhD in Environmental Engineering (in air) from the University of Alberta (2004), MSc in Environmental Engineering (in water) from the University of Alberta (1997), BSC in Environmental engineering (reclamation) from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology (1993) and Diploma in Groundwater Technology from NAIT (1991). Kevin is a registered member of APEGA and APEGS.

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    Posted on 3/10/2017

  • Wayne Clifton receives 2016 G Geoffrey Meyerhof Award

    Clifton is happy to announce that our President, Wayne Clifton, received the G Geoffrey Meyerhof Award at the Canadian Geotechnical Society's 2016 Awards Gala for his outstanding contributions to the science and art of soil mechanics and foundation engineering.  

    Below is an excerpt from the award presentation:

    "This year, Dr. Wayne Clifton, is being honoured as being a pioneer, leader, innovator, mentor and the author and co-author of numerous engineering, science, and technology papers in the field of soil mechanics and foundations. 

    For half a century, working first with the Saskatchewan Department of Highways and since 1978 under the banner of Clifton Associates Ltd, Dr. Clifton has specialized in solving many of the most challenging geotechnical problems within Canada and internationally.  Through his understanding of the relationship between engineering and geology, he has pioneered methods of stabilizing slopes in ultra-low shear strength clay shales, provided advice and designs for the Poplar River and Shand Power Stations, contributed to the development and the regulation of the uranium industry in Saskatchewan, and has even helped stabilize the Saskatchewan Legislature Building.  Over his career, Dr. Clifton has helped to train and mentor dozens of young professionals, and has participated on countless committees, councils and panels.  He is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including some CGS awards, and a number of fellowships, and was Chair of GeoRegina 2014.

    The Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division is pleased to recognize CGS member Dr. Wayne Clifton with the 2016 G Geoffrey Meyerhof Award."

    Congratulations on this well-deserved award, Wayne.

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    Posted by admin on 10/5/2016

  • Clifton welcomes Stephen Cross as Senior Engineer - Railways and Transportation

    Appointed as Clifton’s Senior Engineer - Railways and Transportation on 23 June 2016, Stephen Cross brings over 25 years of geotechnical-environmental engineering and construction experience with a specialization in capital expansion and remediation projects.

    Stephen spent 15 years working with Clifton prior to taking a position as Director of Engineering Projects - West for Canadian Pacific where he was responsible for various capital improvement and network capacity projects from Saskatchewan to British Columbia.  He holds a BSc from Acadia University and a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Technical University of Nova Scotia and is a registered professional with APEGS, APEGA, and APEGBC.

    Stephen joins Eddie ChoiClaude DavidAllen Kelly, and Wayne Clifton, our railways specialists with heavy rail experience across a range of disciplines in the rail industry. Clifton has a 40-year history in slope and track bed stability investigation and remediation as well as a strong background in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of linear transportation infrastructure, intermodal yards, transload facilities, and utility crossings. We are trusted advisors and have lead multidisciplinary teams from concept to closeout.

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    Posted by admin on 8/4/2016

  • Eddie Choi joins Clifton Associates as Senior Geotechnical Engineer

    Clifton welcomes Eddie Choi who brings 36 years of experience in the railway industry. Eddie specializes in the inspection, investigation, design, and construction supervision of landslide and embankment stabilization measures as well as piled foundation design for railway structures.

    He had been employed with Canadian Pacific Railway since 1981. Most recently he was Director of Geotechnical Engineering where he coordinated systematic evaluation and management of soil and rock slope hazards and emergent response for incidents on a system-wide basis.

    Eddie holds a BSc and MEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary and is a registered professional with APEGA and member with The Institution of Civil Engineers.

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    Posted by admin on 6/9/2016

  • Clifton welcomes Georgina Griffin as Senior Geotechnical Engineer

    We are pleased to announce that Georgina Griffin joined Clifton Associates as Senior Geotechnical Engineer in May 2016.  She brings 30 years of civil engineering experience throughout Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, and East Kootenay region of British Columbia.  Georgina held a leadership position with AMEC Foster Wheeler prior to joining Clifton.

    Georgina will provide senior technical oversight in areas such as slope stability assessment; foundation design and analysis; design and construction of wastewater, stormwater, and transportation facilities; site instrumentation; and commercial developments.

    Georgina holds a BSc and MEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta and is a registered professional with APEGA, APEGS, and APEGBC.

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    Posted on 5/26/2016

  • Wayne Clifton presented with CSSE Fellowship Award

    We would like to congratulate our leader, Wayne Clifton, on being presented with a Fellowship of the Canadian Society of Senior Engineers (FCSSE) at the 2016 APEGS Awards Banquet.

    The award is presented to a Canadian engineer or applied scientist who has demonstrated excellence in engineering and has rendered extraordinary service to the profession to Canada or to the world community.

    Well deserved, Wayne.

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    Posted on 5/7/2016

  • David Pritchard joins Clifton as Senior Environmental Geoscientist

    Clifton Associates is pleased to announce that David Pritchard has joined the Environmental Practice Group as Senior Environmental Scientist.

    With over 27 years of experience, Dave has worked with a variety of clients from upstream/downstream oil and gas, municipal government, rail, and military. He will provide leadership in key services including waste management, remediation and reclamation programs, hydrogeological assessment, emergency planning and response plans, and contaminated site assessment.

    Dave holds a BSc in Earth Sciences from the University of Waterloo, Ontario and is a registered professional with APEGA, APEGS, and NAPEG.

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    Posted on 4/18/2016

  • Ertan Ozmen appointed as Practice Lead for Geotechnical and Materials Engineering in Alberta

    Ertan Ozmen joined Clifton Associates as Geotechnical and Materials Engineering Practice Lead for Alberta in February 2016. He brings over 20 years of technical and management experience and will provide leadership in geotechnical and materials engineering related projects.

    Ertan holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from Anadolu University, Turkey, and an MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to joining Clifton, he has worked in the United States and most recently with AMEC in their Calgary office.

    Ertan is a registered professional in Alberta, California, Nevada, and Turkey; a member of the Canadian Dam Association, and American Society of Civil Engineers; and he is on the Board of Directors for the Calgary Geotechnical Society.

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    Posted on 2/26/2016

  • Drone Videos of the Belle Plaine Spur Line

    As part of the K+S Potash Canada Legacy Project, Clifton was awarded the Canadian Pacific contract to provide geotechnical and environmental engineering services, and construction supervision of a rail spur from Belle Plaine towards the mine site.

    Watch CP's Belle Plaine progress videos here:

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    Posted on 11/25/2015

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