Michael Porter

Principal Geological Engineer

Mr. Porter, M.Eng., P.Eng., LEG., is a BGC director and principal geological engineer with a broad background in engineering geology and geotechnical engineering.  He joined BGC in 1996 following completion of his geological engineering degree at the University of British Columbia.

Mr. Porter’s technical work focuses on the development and implementation of geohazard risk management programs for the oil and gas, hydropower, transportation and mining industries.  He led one of Canada’s first applications of quantitative landslide risk assessment for the management of urban landslides in North Vancouver, directed the reservoir shoreline studies and participated in the public consultation process for the Site C Clean Energy Project in northeastern British Columbia, and acted as an expert witness following the 2014 Oso Landslide in Washington State.  He is a coauthor of the Canadian Technical Guidelines on Landslides, and author of over 35 technical papers on topics ranging from the numerical modeling of mine pit slope deformations to the investigation, risk assessment and remediation of landslides and other natural hazards. In 2018 he chaired Geohazards 7 – the 7th Canadian Geohazards Conference, and was a recipient of the Canadian Geotechnical Society’s A.G. Stermac Award.