Archived Committees & Task Force Groups

Archived ACR Committees and Task Force Groups

Dam Integrity Advisory Commitee (DIAC)

Initially struck as a task force in late 2014, in the immediate wake of two high-profile dam failures in Western Canada, DIAC is now a standing committee of the ACR Board. Encompassing all of Alberta’s resource industry dams within its purview, it shares best practices and advises on current and emerging issues related to the responsible operation of resource sector dams in the province.


  • Paul Cavanagh
    Imperial Oil Resources
  • Richard Dawson
    Norwest Corporation


DIAC has met several times since its inception and has helped advance the safety and integrity of dam systems in Alberta, including:

  • Industry standard definitions for Engineer of Record and other key roles
  • Developing and/or sharing best practices
  • Communicating more clearly about risk
  • Supporting regulators as they develop updated regulations
  • Delivering short courses on dam integrity in conjunction with the University of Alberta
  • A white paper was developed and published, outlining the basic roles and responsibilities necessary for the safe management of dams in Alberta. It is intended to be a flexible framework, adaptable to the size and structure of an organization.

Transportation Committee

This committee identifies transportation issues and opportunities that may affect responsible development and growth of the natural resources industry in Alberta.


  • Craig Clifton
    Clifton Associates


  • Working with the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) and the Consulting Engineers of Alberta, the committee made a case for transporting heavier modules—adding more value at the fabrication site by increasing the density of the modules
  • A successful pilot move from Edmonton to Fort McMurray was conducted in March 2016, with next steps to review the experience with officials from Alberta Transportation
  • Developed and submitted a “Benefits Analysis” that identified the positive aspects of heavy haul including economic, environmental and social
  • Continuing work with Alberta Transportation on planning and development of a provincial strategy for Heavy and Height load use corridors in Alberta






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