Clifton Associates News

  • 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

  • Wayne Clifton Honoured for Lifetime Achievement

    Wayne Clifton received the 2017 Beaubien Award from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC) at a ceremony last night in Ottawa.

    Wayne is President and CEO of Clifton Associates, the largest independent, specialist consulting engineering firm headquartered in Saskatchewan with an extensive client list across Canada and around the world. Wayne has consulted on more than 3,000 projects related to geotechnical and environmental issues throughout his career. In Saskatchewan, he is best known for his firm’s work on the “Big Dig”, a complex $18 million project to deepen Wascana Lake in the heart of Regina.

    The Beaubien Award recognizes individuals for their lifetime contributions to ACEC and to the advancement of the consulting engineering profession and industry. The award was created by ACEC in 1984 in honour of Dr. James de Gaspé Beaubien, who founded ACEC in 1925. The Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards are considered the highest form of recognition for excellence in the consulting engineering industry.

    “It is humbling to be honoured by my peers in this way. The work of an engineer is not glamorous – I just try to get the job done, solve problems and help people. I have always measured my success by the people and communities that I’ve helped. This award has given me an opportunity to reflect on those projects and all the lives they’ve touched,” said Wayne. 

    Wayne has worked as a professional engineer since 1966. Clifton Associates was founded in 1978 and now boasts six offices and 250 staff across Saskatchewan and Alberta. 

    “Although my name is on the door, Clifton Associates is a team effort. I would like to dedicate this award to all of the brilliant professionals with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working through the years.”

    In addition to his professional accomplishments, Wayne is an adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina. He has authored several hundred technical reports that have been published in journals and conference proceedings. 

    Wayne has been active at senior levels with many industry associations including ACEC-Saskatchewan, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (now Engineers Canada). 

    In 2003, ACEC-SK recognized his contribution to the profession by presenting him the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Meritorious Achievement Award. He has provided leadership in the implementation of an Environmental Code as the basis for environmental regulation in Saskatchewan. He has served on the Prime Minister’s Scientific Advisory Committee, as a member of the National Research Council, and the Standards Council of Canada Advisory Committee on Trade.  

    The tribute video can be viewed on the ACEC website.  

    For more information, please contact:

    Heather Duncan

    (306) 721-7611

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    Posted on 10/25/2017

  • Clifton is a Platinum Sponsor of CGS GeoOttawa 2017

    Clifton is a proud supporter of the Canadian Geotechnical Society's 70th Canadian Geotechnical Conference being held in Ottawa from 01 to 04 October.  The theme for GeoOttawa 2017 is “70 Years of Canadian Geotechnics and Geoscience”.  The conference will focus on the extensive contributions of geotechnical and hydrogeological practitioners to Canada’s built form since the Canadian Geotechnical Society was founded 70 years ago. 

    Learn more about the conference here.

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    Posted on 10/2/2017

  • Misty Ventures and Clifton Announce Misty Clifton Engineering Partnership

    Misty Ventures, the Economic Development branch for Mistawasis Nehiyawak, and Clifton Associates, a leading provider of consulting engineering services in Western Canada announce the service- and education-oriented engineering enterprise, Misty Clifton Engineering Ltd (MCEL).

    As a majority Aboriginally-owned and operated start-up engineering consulting company with a head office in Saskatchewan, MCEL draws on our experience serving and living in the prairie provinces to specialize in civil, geotechnical, and environmental engineering in the region. We are committed to working with our clients to achieve innovative solutions while fulfilling the business development and education strategies of Mistawasis Nehiyawak and Iron Buffalo Training Centre.

    In collaboration with Iron Buffalo, MCEL will provide the tools, education support and hands-on training opportunities for community members interested in pursuing a career in engineering, science, and technology. Following training, successful students will become full time employees of MCEL to apply their new skills on our projects. Under the guidance of a senior staff member, the new employee will work towards a professional designation in their chosen specialty such as Professional Engineers and Geoscientists, Environmental Practitioner, Biologists, Project Management Professionals, Technologists, and Technicians.

    MCEL works with clients primarily from the Resources, Transportation, Land Development, and Government business sectors to deliver capital projects from inception to closure while managing environmental liabilities along the way.

    "We worked with Clifton Associates prior to the partnership. This joint company represents our trust and success of working together to provide the best quality service and product to our clients." says Robert (Bobby) Daniels, President and CEO of Misty Ventures Inc.

    "It is my pleasure to announce this new partnership with an ambitious, forward-thinking, and motivated group such as Misty Ventures.  Mistawasis Nehiyawak and Clifton have tackled many engineering issues together and this is a great next step."  says Geoff Haanen, President of Misty Clifton Engineering and Regional Environmental Manager for Clifton Associates. 

    Wayne Clifton, President and CEO of Clifton Associates, adds "Clifton has had a lengthy and respectful business relationship with Misty Ventures for for a number of years.  We are delighted that this relationship has matured to bring this exciting new venture into existence.  We will work with Misty to create opportunities for Mistawasis youth as well as Clifton staff. The future is bright; our challenges will bring both personal and business growth.  We are dedicated to making MCEL a great success in Treaty 6 territory and beyond."

    Want to know more about MCEL?  Please visit

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    Posted on 7/31/2017

  • Clifton Announces New Contract with Terry Metatawabin as Indigenous Strategist & Advisor

    Clifton Associates is pleased to announce that Terry Metatawabin has joined us as our Indigenous Strategist & Advisor on a contract basis.  As a Fort Albany First Nation Cree member from Northern Ontario with education in Civil Engineering and executive experience from Tsuut'ina Nation and the Mushkegowuk Tribal Council, Terry provides unique insight and diverse skills to our clients.

    Working in strategic planning as well as community and economic development for the public and private sectors has given Terry a wealth of experience in coordination, project/executive management and technical advisory support.  For the past 12 years, Terry has been involved in various leadership roles to support First Nation political organizations with their governance mandate, vision, goals and objectives. With a strong understanding of First Nations project development plans as they relate to operations, policies and procedures, and provincial and federal regulations, Terry has successfully implemented over $100 million dollars in economic initiatives, special and capital projects. 

    Welcome Terry!  We look forward to continue growing our relationships with the local Indigenous communities with you.

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    Posted on 7/26/2017

  • Our New Colleagues in Saskatoon

    We are happy to present our newest colleagues in Saskatoon who bring senior experience and mentorship in the fields of geotechnical, civil, and geological engineering. 

    Andy Schier joined Clifton as a Senior Civil Engineer.  He has 20 years of experience as a civil land development and environmental engineering consultant. His experience and expertise includes stormwater management, solid waste, environmental remediation, trenchless pipeline construction, wetland permitting, roadway, utilities, mass grading, airport development, cost estimation, and construction phase services. Andy provides local land development, project management and senior design consultation, and his project management experience is a key asset.

    Erin Moss Tressel has joined Clifton as a Senior Geological Engineer.  Erin has a wide variety of experience with geo-environmental, geotechnical, mining, and geological projects involving management, organization and completion of contaminated site remediation, subsurface investigations, oriented rock core logging and rock classification, environmental site assessments, groundwater monitoring and project management, pit slope design, downhole geophysical analysis, geoscientific study, construction tendering and team management.  Erin has had the opportunity to work extensively in northern Saskatchewan, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories interacting and cooperating with local residents, operating under the local regulatory systems, and working with environmental extremes at operating mine sites, exploration camps, and historical contaminated sites. Erin's experience is based in project management for geo-environmental and geotechnical investigations and assessments, geotechnical and hydrogeological field investigation programs to depths greater than 800 metres, geological study of Northern Saskatchewan, technical writing, mentoring and training of personnel.

    Welcome to Clifton!

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    Posted on 5/12/2017

  • 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 is a Platinum Sponsor for CGS GeoVancouver 2016

    Clifton is a proud supporter of the Canadian Geotechnical Society's 69th Canadian Geotechnical Conference being held in Vancouver from 02 to 05 October.  The theme for the conference is History and Innovation recognizing the historical achievements and lessons learned over time while highlighting innovation in geotechnical engineering.

    Learn more about the conference here.

    Venue Details

    Westin Bayshore Vancouver
    1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC 

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    Posted by admin on 9/26/2016

  • Meet Clifton at TAC 2016 in Toronto

    We are attending the Transportation Association of Canada's 2016 Fall Technical Meetings and Conference in Toronto from 22 to 28 September.  This year's theme of Efficient Transportation - Managing the Demand will highlight the importance, opportunities, and successes in efficient transportation.  

    See more about the conference here. 

    Venue Details

    Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
    123 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON 

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    Posted by admin on 9/23/2016

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