Dave Gauthier

Senior Geological Engineer / Engineering Geologist


Dr. Gauthier Ph.D., P.Eng., P.Geo., is a BGC’s Geohazards Discipline Lead. He has experience and expertise in geohazard assessment and mitigation in a variety of settings. With a background in engineering geology, he holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering specializing in snow avalanche mechanics, and completed a Postdoctoral fellowship at Queen’s University studying rock slope and landslide geohazard impacts on transportation corridors in Canada. Recent project work has included geohazard risk assessment and management for energy and transportation corridors and mine facilities across North America, as well as identification of geological risks to tailings management facilities in Northern Ontario. Dr. Gauthier has participated in the development of several of BGC’s internal geohazard risk estimate algorithms. He is Adjunct Professor in Geological Engineering at Queen’s University, where he teaches a graduate seminar on geohazard risk and supports graduate student projects. He has published and widely presented work on snow and rock avalanche, rockfall, and remote sensing applications. Dr. Gauthier is a Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, and a registered professional engineer/geoscientist in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador, and served as Chair of the Geohazards Committee of the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the 6th Canadian Geohazards Conference in 2014. He lives in a small village north of Kingston, and explores the lakes and trails of the Frontenac region with his wife and three kids.