2024 Technical Symposium

Edmonton - Calgary - Saskatoon

join us for a day of professional development.

This symposium promises an insightful showcase of cutting-edge advancements in geosynthetic design at the intersection of innovation and environmental responsibility. Alongside innovative solutions from our strategic partners, including Mirafi, Tensar, and Presto, this event is your gateway to discovering the future of resilient infrastructure. We are pleased to feature two keynote speakers at the Edmonton and Calgary events, considered by many as leaders in reinforced soil structure design and industry: Professor Jie Han, Ph.D., PE, F.ASCE, and Phil Perzia, P.Eng. Be sure to read more about our speakers below. Breakfast and lunch will be provided during these events.


Registration is open below, please do not delay, as space is very limited at all events.

Upcoming Sessions


March 19th | 8:30am - 3:00pm
Layfield Facility
17720 -129th Ave NW
Edmonton, AB

Our Edmonton event will also include a plant tour so you can experience first-hand the manufacturing investments Layfield has made in our home province of Alberta.

Earn PDH hours by attending this session.

Cost: $75
Register before February 16th and save $25

Register Today for Edmonton!


March 20th | 8:30am - 3:00pm
Marriott Residence Inn
610 10 Ave SW
Calgary, AB

Parking will be included in the event cost.
Earn PDH hours by attending this session.

Cost: $75
Register before February 16th and save $25

Register Today for Calgary!


March 21st | 9:00am - 3:30pm
Hilton Garden Inn
90 22nd St E
Saskatoon, SK

This session will showcase an upgraded Layfield topic format, delving into environmental containment, low-impact development, erosion control, and soil reinforcement solutions. Our Technical Product Managers will present content at this location.

Earn PDH hours by attending this session.

Cost: $75
Register before February 16th and save $25

Register Today for Saskatoon!

Learn more about our speakers:

Professor JIe Han

ph.d., PE, F.ASCE | University of Kansas

Dr. Jie Han is a Roy A. Roberts (University) Distinguished Professor in the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Kansas, USA. He is the president of the ASCE Geo-Institute, the treasurer of the International Geosynthetics Society, the chair of the US Transportation Research Board (TRB) Transportation Earthworks committee, and the specialty chief editor of Frontiers of Built Environment. Prof. Han has gained extensive teaching, research, and industry experiences in geosynthetics, ground improvement, pile foundations, buried structures, and roadways. He is the sole author of the book entitled “Principles and Practice of Ground Improvement” and has published more than 450 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers.  Prof. Han has been invited to give more than 200 keynote/invited lectures and short courses around the world, including the State of the Practice Lecture at the 21st Annual George F. Sowers Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia in 2018, the 18th UK IGS Lecture in London in 2018, the 3rd Robert M. Koerner Award Lecture in 2021, and the 2nd ASCE Region 10 Distinguished Lecture in 2023.  He has received numerous awards from the profession including but not limited to the 2014 the International Geosynthetics Society Award, the 2017 ASCE Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award, and the 2018 ASCE Kansas City Section Engineer of Year Award.  Prof. Han was elected to the ASCE Fellow in 2014.

phil Perzia

P.Eng. | GeoStructural Engineer

As the Founder and Principal at PERZIA GeoSolutions, Phil Perzia, P.Eng., brings over 30 years of experience in the design, construction, and quality verification engineering of reinforced soil structures (RSS). Phil has been a driving force for RSS advancement, contributing to the evolution of the technology and its applications while introducing unique and powerful innovations.

Phil’s extensive experience and expertise have led to his involvement in key initiatives, including serving as a member of the Canadian Standards Association on the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code – MSE (Mechanically Stabilized Earth) Wall Task Force. He actively participated in the development of the 2019 edition and is contributing to the upcoming 2025 edition. Additionally, Phil is approved by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) to evaluate proprietary retaining wall systems and steep slope systems. His evaluations assist in obtaining approval from MTO’s Retained Soil Systems Committee for deployment on MTO highway projects.

Throughout his more than two decades with PERZIA GeoSolutions, Phil has specialized in providing powerful and innovative solutions for earthworks challenges using RSS, with a focus on retaining walls and steep slopes. Leveraging advances in engineering technology, he develops and implements structures that stabilize and retain cuts and support fills. From transit systems and highways to site development and ravines, these unique solutions align with the performance, cost, and time criteria of his clients.

Looking for additional information?

If you have any questions surrounding the event, or would like to get in touch with our technical team, please feel free to reach out.