Tim Keegan Ph.D., P.Eng.

Geotechnical Engineer, Principal |

Tim started his career in geotechnical and geological engineering in 1984, by working at Canadian National Railways among other companies, ultimately spending most of his career at KCB. Tim is a trusted advisor to both his peers and KCB’s infrastructure, mining and railway clients, and leads the company’s services to the rail sector. Tim was promoted to Principal in 2017.

Tim has worked across Canada and internationally and is experienced in managing the risks of ground hazards (the topic of his Ph.D. thesis), river engineering, environmental remediation, and construction monitoring for road, railway, tunnel, bridge, dam, mining and infrastructure projects. He continues to apply his graduate research to effectively manage the risk of ground hazards along active roads, railways and pipeline corridors.

Key Projects

Tim is a sought-after technical reviewer for field investigation programs, design and construction engineering, third-party reviews, and frequently represents the client (or owner) as owner’s engineer. Some of his key projects include mitigation measures for the Clarke Landslide near Princeton, British Columbia, and the award-winning rock shed design project, to protect an active railway on a steep-sloped bank of the Fraser River in British Columbia, and the Mayerthorpe Rail Bridge replacement project in Alberta. Tim was seconded to RioTinto serving as Engineering Manager for the Kemano T2 Tunnel Feasibility Study 2016 to 2018 and currently serves as the Independent Engineer for the Kemano T2 Tunnel Execution reporting to the BC Water Comptroller. Recently, Tim has significantly expanded KCB’s multi-discipline services to Canadian Class 1 railways providing assessment, design, and construction expertise to multiple track capacity expansion projects and railway ground hazard risk management and mitigation initiatives.


Tim has a B.A.Sc. in Geological Engineering from The University of British Columbia and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering, both from the University of Alberta. He is a registered professional engineer in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. He is a member of the Canadian Geotechnical Society, the International Association of Engineering Geologists and the American Railway Engineering & Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA).