Dam Integrity Advisory Committee

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
  • Jeremy Boswell
    Thurber Engineering


DIAC meets several times per year to help advance the safety and integrity of dam systems in Alberta, including the following activities:

  • Maintaining a global watching brief on dam safety issues, incidents and trends
  • Preparing white papers:
    • Alberta Dam Safety “System”
    • Key Roles & Accountabilities (e.g. Engineer of Record)
    • Thinking Clearly and Communicating Clearly About Risk
    • Leading vs. Lagging Indicators
  • Facilitating discussions of mutual interest with regulators
  • Encouraging the University of Alberta to offer dam safety related curriculum and short courses

Working sub-committee activities are organized under four themes:

  1. Define Engineer of Record & other key roles
  2. Develop & share best practices
  3. Think clearly & communicate effectively about risk
  4. Support regulators to develop guidelines and processes





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