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IGS-NA NEWS
IGS NORTH
AMERICA
The mission of IGS North
America is to provide
leadership in advancing
the education and research
of geosynthetics, in strong
cooperation with IGS, via:
»	 Organization of and
participation in technical
conferences, seminars
and workshops
»	 Development and
dissemination of tools for
geosynthetics education
»	 Recognition of technical
contributions and innovations
regarding geosynthetics
»	 Stimulation of geosynthetics
research and their applications
through the IGS-NA Awards of
Excellence Program

John Allen is the president
of IGS-NA.

By John Allen

Update from the North American Chapter
of the International Geosynthetics Society

T

he IGS North America (IGS-NA) board is working diligently on diversity within its membership and representatives. The organization is expanding the number of liaisons to the
board to include all the major North American technical societies that influence geosynthetics.
IGS-NA provides the best vehicle for disseminating research on geosynthetics, as it connects
researchers, engineering practitioners, owners, manufacturers and the contracting community.
The board looks forward to working with and engaging IGS-NA membership to maintain its
strong history of organizing the technical content at conferences focused on geosynthetics and
to keep the momentum going on successful initiatives like the Educate the Educators program.
Membership is critical to the success of IGS-NA, and the retention of student members and
the transitioning of them into associate and full members as their careers advance has been
identified as a critical need. Continued education of IGS-NA student and associate members
also plays a critical role in their individual development and success within the industry. Look
for changes in how membership will be organized heading into 2022.
Partner societies and organizations also play a critical role in the overarching umbrella that
is geosynthetics education. IGS-NA and its membership will continue taking on supporting
conference roles, such as IGS-NA did at the Tailings and Mine Waste Conference 2020 and
will do at GeoSaskatoon 2023. As our new liaison representatives come together, we will unite
to lead IGS North America's premier event, GeoAmericas 2024, in Toronto, Ont., Canada. G

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