Joel Hilderman, P.Eng

Manager, Saskatoon / Geoenvironmental Engineer, Associate |

Joel has been with KCB since 2002 and has experience in civil engineering investigations, analysis and design. He became an Associate in 2013 and is the manager of our Saskatoon office.

Joel’s geotechnical experience includes tailings design, dam inspections and condition assessments, slope stability analyses, seepage modelling, internal drain design, overburden characterizations, instrument installations and monitoring, lab testing, and data interpretation. 

His hydrogeological experience includes the design of dewatering and depressurization systems, installation of monitoring and production wells, pumping tests and slug tests, and data interpretation. 

Joel has developed 3D stratigraphic models for oil sands mines and has extensive experience in 2D seepage analyses, including contaminant transport analysis. He has applied the use of stable isotopes to model salt and water transport in mine waste covers, and is experienced in the design of surface water management features, including ditches, settling ponds and hydraulic structures.

Joel’s key mining projects include the Twin Metals mine in Minnesota, USA, the FalCon Diamond project in Saskatchewan, the Muskeg River, Fort Hills and Jackpine oil sands mines in Alberta, and the Ekati Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories. His key water and other infrastructure projects include the Zelma Dam, Waterloo Dam, Morrison Dam, Travers Dam, McGregor Dam and Crooked Lake projects, and a variety of ash storage projects related to coal-fired power plants throughout Saskatchewan. 


Joel has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. He is a registered professional engineer in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Fun Fact

Joel is an avid fisherman, enjoying the quiet solitude of his canoe as an escape from the daily grind and his beloved family.