The prestigious John A. Franklin Award was presented to Prof. Giovanni Grasselli at the 72nd Canadian Geotechnical Conference – GeoSt.John’s 2019 award banquet. The honorary reward, named after the past International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) President, John A. Franklin, for his exceptional contributions to the Canadian and international rock mechanics community, and to the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS), is presented every other year. The award recognizes a Canadian and/or CGS member who has recently made an outstanding and published technical contribution in the fields of rock mechanics or rock engineering. In addition, the individual has provided outstanding service to the Canadian geotechnical community. For past recipients of the award, please visit the CGS website here. Congratulations Giovanni!