Chris Dickinson, RPGeo.

Hydrogeologist, Principal |

Chris joined KCB’s Calgary office in 2002 from Australia, and has developed a strong professional reputation with international mining clients and local government agencies. He became an Associate in 2008 as he helped lead the company’s groundwater-related practice in the oil sands sector of northern Alberta. Chris returned to Australia, was promoted to Principal in 2012, and is part of the senior management team in KCB’s Australasia business unit.

Chris is renowned for his technical review on international hydrogeological projects, and is sought after by clients as an independent reviewer, expert witness and forensic investigator. He was a member of both investigation teams assigned to determine the failure modes of the Samarco and Cadia tailings dams, in Brazil and Australia respectively.

Working across Australia, Asia, the Pacific and Canada, Chris’ experience includes hydrogeological studies, dewatering design and water control, borefield design and management for approvals and compliance, seepage mitigation design for tailings dams and waste rock dumps, and aquifer injection studies.

Key Projects

Chris’ key projects include dewatering/depressurization projects at the Lihir and Hidden Valley gold mines in Papua New Guinea, tailings and waste rock dump projects at the McArthur River Mine in Australia and Suncor’s South Tailings Pond in Canada, and government water resource projects related to the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) in Queensland and beyond.


Chris has a B.A.Sc. in Geology from Ballarat University College, and a B.A.Sc. in Hydrogeology from University of Ballarat and the University of Melbourne. He is a registered professional geologist, with a hydrogeology accreditation, in Australia. Chris is a Director and current Vice President of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, and is also a member of the Australian chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists.