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Rick Friedel

Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Principal, Klohn Crippen Berger

With over two decades of experience focused on tailings management, Rick's career in geotechnical engineering started as a co-op student at KCB in 2000. Since then, he has advanced his career in technical and management roles, becoming a trusted advisor to peers and mining clients. Rick's work has taken him across Canada and the world, including spending 3.5 years in KCB's Brisbane, Australia office. With a broad range of experience, he has been involved in the design, construction, operational stewardship, independent review, and closure of tailings storage facilities, mine water management, and other earth-fill structures. Rick is currently the Engineer of Record for active and closed tailings storage facilities which store thousands to billions of tonnes of tailings. Over the past few years, a focus of his work has been on developing and implementing performance-based approaches to design, management and planning several tailings storage facilities. Rick is currently a registered professional engineer in British Columbia and in the states of Alaska and Arizona. He completed his B.A.Sc. and M.Eng. in Geological Engineering at the University of British Columbia.

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