Frequently Asked Questions

What is the status of GeoCalgary 2020?
The GeoCalgary 2020 has been postponed until October 2-5, 2022.

Why has the GeoCalgary 2020 Conference been postponed?
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause significant disruptions to the world, our communities and our personal and professional lives, resulting in much uncertainty around how the situation will evolve in the next few months. Because the health and safety of our communities and colleagues are paramount, The Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) made the difficult decision to postpone the GeoCalgary Conference to 2022. We know that it is the right decision, but the CGS and LOC are heartbroken nonetheless as the high level of support and participation were such that GeoCalgary 2020 would have been a very successful conference.

We remain firmly committed this year to providing a platform knowledge sharing, staying connected and ensuring that CGS members receive the full value of their membership. Therefore, the CGS and the LOC will be holding a virtual conference in lieu of a face-to-face event in September 2020! We have been working very hard during the last several weeks to ensure that going virtual is a viable option. We are confident that we can organize an event that will be rewarding to all participants, by providing Authors from across the country an opportunity to present their work to online attendees. We sincerely hope that you will join us in this pioneering event!

GeoVirtual will be a professionally run conference that will follow a very similar format to what you are used to. It will involve plenary sessions with keynote speakers and concurrent sessions where you will have the opportunity to present your papers and participate in a live Q&A. We will also strive to provide networking opportunities and make the experience as engaging as possible.

When and where will the GeoVirtual 2020 Conference take place?
GeoVirtual 2020, an online platform for 2020 presenters to share, network and discover, will take place September 14-16,  2020.
More information will be available soon at

Will I be able to submit my paper to be included in the GeoVirtual program?
Yes. We encourage all presenters whose abstracts have been submitted and accepted to continue working on their papers, and submit them before the due date to participate in the GeoVirtual 2020 Conference.
To accommodate this change, we have extended the paper submission deadline to May 29, 2020. The submission portal for your papers remains the same, please use the personalized link that was emailed to you in your 2020 acceptance letter.

A new registration portal and pricing structure for the GeoVirtual 2020 Conference will be available soon. Stay tuned as more details will be announced in the coming weeks on the new website

Will my hotel room reservation be refunded?
Reservations made at the Hyatt Regency Calgary were automatically cancelled with the postponement of the 2020 event. Please check your inbox for a Notice of Reservation Cancellation. If you did not receive an email form the Hyatt or made a reservation at another hotel please contact the hotel directly to cancel your reservation.

Will my airfare be refunded?
Please contact your airline directly.

Can my conference registration and short course fee be refunded?
Anyone who has registered and paid will automatically be refunded in full and will receive details via email in the coming weeks.

  • For those who paid by credit card, your payment will be refunded directly to the card that was used for payment during registration.
  • For those who paid by bank transfer, please email [email protected] with the following banking information to receive a refund of your bank transfer payment:

Name on the Account
Account number
Bank Name and Address

I am a sponsor and/or exhibitor – will my fees be refunded?
We are reviewing options of virtual sponsorship packages and we will be contacting our confirmed sponsors and exhibitors soon. We hope you will be with us to support this new venture we are about to embark on.
If you would prefer a refund, we will honor your request.
Please direct all inquires to [email protected]

I have another question. Who do I contact?
Please direct all inquires to [email protected]