Derek Kinakin

Senior Engineering Geologist


Derek Kinakin M.Sc., P.Geo., P.L.Eng., P.G., specializes in rock mechanics for slopes, excavations, subsidence, and foundations. He can usually be found developing solutions for clients in the mining sector; often for open pit mines.  Derek has been fortunate to gain firsthand experience in the geology of projects and operating mines in central and northwestern British Columbia, northern Alberta, Ontario, Alaska, Nevada, South Carolina, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Madagascar, Eritrea, and Mongolia. He has also provided technical support for projects in other parts of the Americas, Africa, and Asia.

Derek is a graduate of the physical geography and earth sciences programs at Simon Fraser University. His education and work experience has allowed him to develop strong skills in geomorphology, structural geology, rock mass characterization, discontinuity characterization, and rock slope stability assessment. His work at operating mines has provided opportunities to gain experience in the analysis of slope monitoring data, the management and remediation of slope instabilities, and the optimization of pit slope designs. He is passionate about the development of new tools and techniques and regularly builds custom data processing and analysis tools using the Python programming language.

Derek is an active member of BGC’s rock mechanics and engineering geology teams; leading the engineering geology team from 2018 into 2020. He was part of BGC’s management team from 2015 to 2020.  He led business initiatives focused on quality and the formalization of our research and development program from 2015 through 2018.  Derek was elected to BGC’s board of directors at the end of 2019. He currently serves as a director of the company in addition to providing consulting services to clients and mentoring our team.