Craig Lake - Faculty

Dr. Lake obtained his PhD at the University of Western Ontario in 2000, under the supervision of Dr. R. Kerry Rowe. His area of research is geo-environmental engineering with a focus on containment barrier evaluations and design.  Prior to Dalhousie, he was employed with Jacques Whitford and Associates in their head office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

If you are a potential graduate student interested in applied research related to geo-environmental barrier systems such as GCLs and soil-cement barrier systems, please contact him directly at the address given below.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Geo-environmental/Geotechnical Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, 2001

Bachelor of Engineering with Distinction, Civil Engineering (Cooperative Program), Technical University of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1995



Canadian Geotechnical Society Colloquium Recipient - 2011. This
colloquium award is acknowledgement of achievements of young (under 40) members of the society. Awarded annually since 1977, Dr. Lake is the first ever recipient from Atlantic Canada.

“Evaluation of an HDPE geomembrane after 14 years as a leachate lagoon liner” co-authored by R.K. Rowe and H.P. Sangam published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal was awarded two awards:

Honorable Mention for the 2004 R.M. Quigley Award for best paper in the   Canadian Geotechnical Journal

Honorable Mention for the 2004 Thomas C. Keefer Medal for best paper related to environmental/transportation/water resources, etc.

Paper “Diffusion of Sodium and Chloride Through Geosynthetic Clay Liners” co-authored with R.K. Rowe chosen as one of the three best articles published in Geotextiles and Geomembranes during 2000.


2004 Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award

Administrative Service/Professional Practice

A.G. Stermac Award, 2009, Canadian Geotechnical Society. This award is given to CGS members for outstanding service to the society at the local, national or international level.

Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia (APENS) Young Engineer Award, 2006 


Invited panelist, 5th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics, Cardiff, Wales, June 2006.

Invited presenter, Workshop on the Use of GCLs for Waste Containment, XIIIth European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, Prague, Czech Republic, August 29, 2003


HQP List - Summer 2019






Ashlee Fudge


Chris Song


Hayden Tackley


Kathryn Smith                   


Kirklyn Davidson


Masoumeh ( Masi )



Miguel Joseph


Mike Hamilton

Sharon Victor ( co-supervised with Dr. Rob Jamieson) MASc.



CIVL 3101 Soil Mechanics

CIVL 4460 Solid Waste & Landfill Engineering

CIVL 6128 Environmental GeoTechnique

CIVL 6144 Geo-Environmental Barrier Design




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Non-Refereed Contributions

Full Conference Papers

Menzies, T., Fenton, G.A., and Lake, C.B. 2009. The role of correlation length on probability of failure for clay liner systems, Proceedings of the 62 nd Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Mackie, A., Walsh, M.E., Lake, C.B and Dickson, C. 2009.  Characteristics of Cement Kiln Dust and Preliminary Assessment of Capacity to Neutralize Acidic Wastewaters, Canadian Society of Civil Engineering Annual Conference, St. John's Newfoundland, May 27-30, 2009.

Dickson, C., Wilk, C., and Lake, C.B. 2008. Cement-Based Solidification/Stabilization: Remediation Technology With A Focus On Sustainable Development, Canadian Society of Civil Engineering Annual Conference, Quebec City, QC, June 10-13, 2008.

Goreham, V., Lake, C.B., Yuet, P.K., Dickson, C., Wilk, C. 2008.  Laboratory Contaminant Migration Assessment of Soil Cement Mixtures, Proceedings of the 61st Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Edmonton, AB.

Mortula, M., Gibbons, M.K., Lake, C., and Gagnon, G.A. 2007. The reuse of alum residual for wastewater treatment: effect on aluminum leachability. IWA Specialist Conference on Wastewater Biosolids Sustainability: Technical, Managerial, and Public Synergy, Moncton, New Brunswick, June 24-27.

Lake, C.B., Goreham, V., Stea, R.R., and Demont, G. 2007.  Geotechnical characteristics of a Nova Scotia glacio-lacustrine deposit, Proceedings of the 60th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Ottawa, ON.

Menzies, W.T., Fenton, G.A., Lake, C.B., and Griffiths, D.V. 2007.  Methods to assess risk reduction when utilizing GCLs with compacted soil liners, Proceedings of the 60th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Ottawa, ON.

Moore, J.G., Mitchell, J., MacNeill, S.G., Sutherland, W., and Lake, C.B. 2007. Dynamic compaction of a loose rockfill for the Dartmouth wastewater treatment plant, Proceedings of the 60th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Ottawa, ON.

Cleary, B., Lake, C.B., Gordon, R., and Jamieson, R. 2006. A geosynthetic clay liner pilot project for on-farm livestock burial, Proceedings of the 59th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Vancouver, B.C.

Stea, R., Demont, G. and Lake C.B. 2005. Glacial lakes in Nova Scotia and their economic legacy of clay, Nature's Resources Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 1, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, available online.

Lake, C.B. and Carignan, M.P. 2005. Benzene sorption to a thermally treated drill mud waste, Proceedings of the 58th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Lake, C.B., MacNeill, S.G., and Rowe, R.K., 2004. A GCL equivalency assessment for a proposed municipal solid waste landfill. Proceedings of the 57th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Quebec City, Session 3D:7-14.

Lake, C.B., Carignan, M.P., Monk, D., and Yuet, P.K. 2004. A preliminary value-added assessment of a thermally treated drill mud waste. Proceedings of the 57th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Quebec City, session 1D:38-44.

Lake, C.B. and Rowe, R.K. 2002. Migration of leachate constituents through geosynthetic clay liners by diffusion.  Proceedings of International Symposium on Clay Geosynthetic Barriers, Nuremberg, Germany, pp. 177-186.

Rowe, R.K. and Lake, C.B. 1999. Geosynthetic clay liner research and design applications. Proceedings of 7th International Landfill Symposium. S. Margherita di Pula, Cagliari, Sardinia, October,  III, pp. 181-188.

Lake, C.B., Rowe, R.K., Petrov, R.J., von Maubeuge, K. and Stewart, D. 1998. The use of geosynthetic clay liners to retard the migration of contaminants.  Third International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics, Lisboa, Portugal. Vol. 1, pp. 29-34.

Rowe, R.K., Petrov, R.J., Lake, C., von Maubeuge, K., Stewart, D. 1997. Compatibility testing and diffusion testing through GCLs.  Proceedings of 6th International Landfill Symposium, S. Margherita di Pula, Calgliari, Italy, October, Vol. 3, pp. 301- 310.

Rowe, R.K., Petrov, R.J., Lake, C., von Maubeuge, K., Stewart, D. 1997. Implications of diffusion of chloride through geosynthetic clay liners.  Geoenvironment'97, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 295-300..