Rick Friedel, P.Eng., P.E.

Geotechnical Engineer, Principal |

Rick started his career in geotechnical engineering at KCB as a co-op student in 2000 and since then has advanced his technical and management career to become a trusted advisor to both his peers and mining clients. Rick became an Associate in 2012 and was promoted to Principal in 2016.

Rick has worked across Canada and internationally, primarily in the mining sector. His experience includes the design, management and closure of tailings storage facilities, mine water management and other earthfill structures. Experienced in dam safety inspections and reviews and managing design and construction projects for operating and closed mine sites, Rick is a respected leader in mine tailings technologies.

Key Projects

His key projects include the Highland Valley Copper Mine in British Columbia, the Greens Creek Mine in Alaska, the Hidden Valley Project in Papua New Guinea, and the Oyu Tolgoi Mine in Mongolia.


Rick has a B.A.Sc. and M.Eng. in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia. He is a registered professional engineer in British Columbia and Alberta, and in the states of Alaska and Arizona.

Fun Fact

Rick spent his earlier years on construction sites and driving compactors for his father - a retired earthworks contractor. He realizes now how valuable this experience is for his engineering career.