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Employee Spotlight – Kerri Bascom

December 2, 2021
Kerri Bascom was born and raised in the Bahamas. Growing up surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean Kerri has always been fascinated by the dynamic nature of coastal and riverine environments and its ability to transform the surrounding landscape. In high school she participated in the Technical Cadets Corps Program which provided a pathway to encourage students to move into the technical sector. With support from a number of people along the way, this program help set her on the path to a scholarship at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where she completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering….

Recent additions to #OneTeamOneBGC

November 18, 2021
We’re excited to announce a few of our recent new additions to the team here at BGC. These new team members help strengthen the breadth and depth of services and experience we offer our clients. BGC recently welcomed two new senior members to our team, Dan Parker and Julio Portocarrero. Dan Parker, P.Geo.Senior GeoscientistHalifax, NS Dan graduated from Dalhousie University in 2000 and moved to Calgary where he worked for over 18 years in various technical, project management, and leadership roles, predominately focused on geoscience challenges within the resource sector. His work experience across the mining and pipeline sectors has…

The Lithium Triangle and why permafrost matters: A new level of understanding

November 15, 2021
Lithium is a key component in lithium-ion batteries installed globally in most rechargeable batteries. It is one of the main natural resources required for the transformation to green energy and the reduction of the consequences of the evolving climate crisis. The Lithium Triangle is thought to hold more than half of the world's lithium reserves. More than 100 salars can be found in this area that covers northern Chile, Western Bolivia and northwestern Argentina. Considering that the demand for lithium is expected to increase exponentially in the coming years, the interest in lithium production from this area is enormous and…

Climate Change & Landslides

November 5, 2021
We know climate has been, and is changing, and will do so at an increasing pace unless we dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Warming alone has already catastrophic consequences as we noticed so brutally during the Pacific Northwest Heat Wave this year. One of the derivates from global warming are changes in precipitation pattern. Those, in turn affect many land surface and groundwater processes. Surprisingly, a simple link between precipitation and landsliding does not exist. Specific landslide types have their own “hydrological memory”, i.e., the respond differently to changes in precipitation and/or snowmelt. For example, a shallow (less than a…

Employee Spotlight – Hanchen Hou

October 25, 2021
Welcome to the first post of our Employee Spotlight series! Every month you’ll get a chance to meet a member of our #OneTeamOneBGC. First up, Hanchen Hou. Hanchen moved from China to Canada in 2011 to attend university on a scholarship. He first lived in Ottawa and spent time at Algonquin College to work on his English language skills and then went to the University of Ottawa. Wanting to further his studies in computer sciences, he decided to make the move across the country and enrolled at Okanagan College in Kelowna where he spent three years before finally landing in Vancouver…

BGC project takes home Award of Merit at the 2021 ACEC-BC Awards for Engineering Excellence

August 10, 2021
Nominated in the Soft Engineering category for our Integrated Provincial Flood and Steep Creek Assessments project, BGC was proudly awarded the 2021 Award of Merit at the April 29th ACEC-BC virtual gala. The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia annually recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of consulting engineering companies across BC at their Awards of Engineering Excellence. We are proud to be among the 6 nominees in the Soft Engineering category this year and thrilled to have won the Award of Merit. A winning project Many communities in British Columbia and beyond have long histories of living with geohazards, which…