Hydropower Projects


  • Whatshan Generating Station, Canada

  • Las Vacas Project, Guatemala

  • Behri Babai Project, Nepal

  • Las Vacas Project, Guatemala

  • Mantaro Project, Peru

  • Snowy Mountain 2.0, Australia

  • Nido de Aguilas Project, Chile

  • Vallecito Project, Chile

  • Vishnugad Pipalkoti Project, India

  • Los Condores Project, Chile

  • Alto Maipo Project, Chile

  • Lauca Project, Angola

  • Big Silver Creek Project, Canada

  • Upper Lillooet Project, Canada

  • Boulder Creek Project, Canada

  • Los Arandanos Project, Chile

  • John Hart Replacement Project, Canada

  • Baram Dam Project, Malaysia

  • Rio Esti Project, Panama

  • Gorge 2 Project, USA

  • Upper Toba and Jimmie Creek Project, Canada

  • Kemano Back Up Project Phase 1, Canada

  • La Higuera Project, Chile

  • McLymont Creek Project, Canada

  • Forrest Kerr Project, Canada

  • Pando Monte Lirio Project, Panama

  • Blue Lake Project, Alaska

  • El Platanal Project, Peru

  • Chackachamna Lake Project, Alaska

  • Ashlu Creek Project, Canada

  • Lower Mamquam Project, Canada

  • Seymour Capilano Twin Tunnels, Canada

  • Casecnan Project, Philippines

  • Miller Creek Project, Canada

  • Lesotho Highlands Water Project, Lesotho/South Africa



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Dean has an undergraduate degree in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada (1985) and a Masters Degree in Engineering Rock Mechanics with Distinction from Imperial College, University of London, England (1990). Dean is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, and the Association of Professional Engineers of the Yukon.


Dean started his career in the underground deep-level gold mining industry in South Africa learning and dealing with highly stressed ground and the daily occurrences of rockbursting. Dean also lived and worked for extended periods in Hong Kong and Switzerland involved with the design and construction of a variety of large and deep underground excavations associated with major transportation projects.


Dean was involved on such world famous underground projects including the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, the Hong Kong Airport Core Projects, and the Gotthard Base Rail Tunnel.


Dean regularly attends and presents at industry conferences including the International Tunneling Association (ITA) World Tunnel Congress, Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference (RETC), North American Tunneling (NAT), Tunneling Association of Canada (TAC), and the British Tunneling Society (BTS). Recent presentations, lectures, and seminars have included:



  • ITA Training Seminar on Risk Management Practice for Underground Projects, Chilean Tunneling Association, Santiago, 2017

  • ITA Training Seminar on Contract and Risk Management Practice, Nepal Tunneling Association Conference, Kathmandu, 2016.

  • Cutting Edge Conference, New York - Groundwater Control in Tunneling, Highly Acidic Groundwater Challenges at the World's Highest Tunnel, Pascua Lama Mine Project, Chile/Argentina, 2014. 

  • British Tunneling Society (BTS) Conference, London - Design and Construction Challenges at the World's Highest Tunnel, Pascua Lama Mine Project, Chile/Argentina, 2014. 

  • ITA World Tunnel Congress, Iguassu Falls, Brazil – Training Session Lecturer – Lessons Learned from the Design, Construction and Operation of Hydropower Tunnels. 2014

  • Clean Energy BC – Conference Presenter – Innovation in Hydropower Design, Water Conveyances - Tunnels and Shafts, 2013

  • UBC Geological Engineering Course – Guest Lecturer, 2013 and Past

  • Tunneling Association of Canada – Conference Presenter 1998-2012

  • Swiss-Canadian Chamber of Commerce Presentation, Construction of the 57 km Gotthard Base Rail Tunnel in Switzerland and Tunneling in British Columbia, 2011.

  • George Fox Tunnel Conference – Presenter, New York, 2011

  • BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) – Construction Management Course – Guest Lecturer

  • Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference (RETC) – Presenter (2003-2011)

  • North American Tunneling (NAT) Conference – Presenter (2004-2010)