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4th International Conference on Disaster Prevention and Mitigation
Panel Discussion #1
Flood Prevention and Mitigation on the Canadian Prairies 

Time and Date: Friday, May 29, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:20 pm
Place: The Delta Hotel, 1919 Saskatchewan Drive, Regina, SK
Milan Room – Main Level

A discussion about the science behind the flood events and innovative engineering practices to manage, reduce, and mitigate flood hazards. Topics of discussion include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Flood Hazards and Risks in the Prairies
  • Community Mitigation Elements: Flood Forecasting and Flood Mapping
  • Flood event scenarios and post flood considerations
  • Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program and Disaster Assistance Program


R. S. (Ray) Pentland, M.Sc., P.Eng., FEC

Ray Pentland graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1965, and completed a Master of Science at the University of Regina in 1981.

Mr. Pentland has over 40 years of water resource engineering experience, working extensively across western Canada and on several international assignments. Mr. Pentland is regarded by his peers as the pre-eminent hydrology expert in Saskatchewan. 

He began his career with Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration, then accepted a position with Saskatchewan Environment and became Director of the Hydrology Branch.  Mr. Pentland served as Director of Saskatchewan Urban Affairs and Vice President of Saskatchewan Water Corporation. A founding partner of Water Resources Consultants in 1986, he later became sole proprietor.

Recently, he was lead consultant to the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency in delivery of the 2011 and 2013 Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Programs. In 2012 this program received the APEGS Exceptional Engineering/Geoscience Project Award.

Ray Pentland is a member and past president of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan, a long-time contributor to the Canadian Water Resources Association, The Canadian Dam Association and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineers and is a recipient of an Engineers Canada Fellowship. He is also a sessional lecturer at the University of Regina Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences.


1. Dr. Kevin Shook, PhD, P.Eng

Dr. Kevin Shook, PhD, P.Eng., is a Research Scientist at the Centre for Hydrology. Kevin is a graduate of the Division of Hydrology and Department of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering at University of Saskatchewan. He previously worked as a senior flood forecaster and hydrological modeller with Alberta Environment in Edmonton.

Kevin's research has included snowmelt modelling, fractal analysis of hydrological phenomena, flood modelling and extreme events analysis. He is particularly interested in prairie hydrological modelling, including the problems posed by sloughs in prairie landscapes. He developed the Wetland DEM Ponding Model (available at which models flooded regions in prairie landscapes. 

2. Art Skibinsky M.Eng, P.Eng

Art is a graduate of the University of Regina’s Regional Systems Engineering Program with a water resources major. He continued his education at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Engineering in the Water Resources Department.  At the University of Alberta, Art completed his Master of Engineering degree focussing on ice-complicated flooding. Art has been involved in water resources engineering in the consulting and education fields since 1984, with brief work terms with both the provincial and federal governments.

His experience encompasses hydraulics, hydrology and water resource planning. More specifically, it includes; flooding / floodplain modeling and mapping, river engineering, hydraulic structure design, and municipal infrastructure design (water distribution, pumping, storm water management, and wastewater collection systems).

Art has been an Instructor in the Water Resources Engineering Technology Program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Palliser Campus for 26 years.  He is also a sessional lecturer at the University of Regina and a Senior Project Advisor with Stantec Consulting.

Art is married to Diane, his wife of 26 years, and has two sons.  Hobbies include boating, golf and travel.

3. Lee Heebner, P.Eng

Lee is a graduate of the University of Regina in 2009 with a major in Environmental Systems Engineering. He has worked in the private consulting industry in both Alberta and Saskatchewan for the last 6 years and is currently the Lead Civil Engineer with Walker Projects in Regina. Lee has been actively involved as a consultant with both the Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program and the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program since 2011. Lee’s experience also includes detailed design engineering and project management of a wide array of municipal and private projects including water, wastewater and storm systems design, land development, roadway and pavement structures, and resident engineering during construction.

Working with both the EFDRP and PDAP has provided an opportunity to witness the flooding and the ensuing damages throughout much of the Province since 2011. Having spent a significant amount of time on site with both urban and rural municipalities as well as private land owners during some the worst floods in recent history, Lee has had the opportunity to provide recommendations for flood mitigation efforts and repairs and is familiar with the successes and failures of these efforts.

4th International Engineering Mechanics and Materials Conference
Panel Discussion #2
Sustainability in Construction: Are We Doing Enough?

 Time and Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Place: The Delta Hotel, 1919 Saskatchewan Drive, Regina, SK
Verdi Room – Main Level

A discussion pertaining to methods to advance the level of sustainability in the construction industry, including recycling of construction and industrial wastes and extending service life of concrete

  • Recycling of old concrete to be incorporated as aggregate in new concrete: testing and effects on long-term performance
  • Use of industrial by-products: types of by-products and their effects on concrete 
  • Enhancing concrete durability to extend service life of infrastructure


Dr. Dan Palermo, PhD, P.Eng

Dan Palermo is an Associate Professor of Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at York University, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Palermo’s research interests include behaviour of concrete structures, repair and retrofitting of structures, seismic applications of Shape Memory Alloys, large-scale testing of shear walls and frames, nonlinear finite element analysis, and response of structures to tsunami loading.

Dr. Palermo is Chair of the Engineering Mechanics and Materials Division of CSCE, member of American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee 447 (Finite Element Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Structures), associate member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 7 (Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures) Tsunami Loads and Effects Subcommittee, and associate member of ACI Committee 369 (Seismic Repair and Rehabilitation).


 1. Dr. Medhat H. Shehata, PhD, P.Eng

Medhat H. Shehata is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Ryerson University, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Shehata has 30 years of industrial and academic experience pertaining to construction material. His areas of expertise include properties, deterioration mechanisms, and long-term performance of concrete, development of test methods and standards, construction sustainability and green buildings, recycling of construction and industrial wastes, and development of innovative construction materials.

Dr. Shehata is a member of various international technical committees including Canadian Standards Association, CSA A23.1 and A23.2, the Technical Subcommittee on Alkali-Aggregate Reaction of CSA, Committee C. 09: Concrete and Aggregate and Subcommittee 09.26: Chemical Reaction of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).  Dr. Shehata served as the chair of the Engineering Mechanics and Materials Division between 2009 and 2013.

2. Shahria Alam, PhD, P.Eng

Dr. Shahria Alam is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna. His research interests include recycle/reuse of industrial wastes including repeated recycled aggregate, smart materials and their structural applications in bridges and buildings, seismic repair and rehabilitation, and performance-based design of structures.

Dr. Alam serves as the Chair of the Concrete Structures Committee of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE). He is also a member in several international code committees including American Concrete Institute (ACI)-American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Committee 441 (Reinforced Concrete Columns, Joint ACI-ASCE), ACI Committee 341 (Seismic Design of Concrete Bridges), and ACI Committee 374 (Performance-Based Seismic Design of Concrete Buildings).

3. Dr. Mohamed Nagib AbouZeid, PhD

Mohamed Nagib AbouZeid is a professor and the former chairman of the Department of Construction and Architectural Engineering at the American University in Cairo. He received his PhD from the University of Kansas with Honors in 1994. He is a board member and former chair of the board of the International Center for Academic Integrity. Dr. AbouZeid’s area of academic and research interests includes utilizing advanced and innovative materials, and by products in construction applications, repair and retrofitting of structures, micro structural analysis of materials, as well as green and sustainable construction. Dr. AbouZeid has published more than 150 papers and articles in the aforementioned domain.












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