News Archive 2015

December 23, 2015

  • GAC’s offices will be closed until January 4, 2016. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Pancha Ganapati, Yule, Newtonmas, or just an end-of-year break, we wish you and yours a very merry holiday and a Happy New Year.
  • While on break – and we hope you’re taking one – if you read a great newsprint earth-science article,  don’t forget to enter it for GAC’s Yves Fortier Earth Science Journalism Award. The $1,000 prize goes a long way in supporting journalists who take the time to make research accessible to the public through Canada’s daily or weekly newspapers and periodicals. Deadline for entries is January 15, 2016.

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December 11, 2015


What’s that sound? It’s the ticking of the clock as we wind down your time to:

  • Reward Distinction through nominating a colleague for one of GAC’s many prestigious awards. Don’t delay! The deadline for most of these is December 15.
  • Propose a GAC-MAC session for Whitehorse 2016. Patrick Sack ( and Lee Pigage ( would love to hear your idea! Contact them by December 15.
  • Order a book for Christmas delivery! Select Courier delivery, and place your order by December 16 for USA and Canadian street addresses to have it under your tree by Christmas morning.
  • You can also choose to give the gift of Geoscience Canada or Membership in GAC. If you know a young up-and-coming student or recent grad who could use either (or both!) wonderful gifts, order now!

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November 27, 2015

It’s time to Nominate Distinction!

We all know someone who is deserving of a prestigious GAC® Medal or Award.  It’s time to take action and nominate a worthy colleague for honours such as:

  • Logan Medal: An individual with sustained outstanding efforts in sharing earth science
  • Hutchison Medal: A young individual with recent exceptional advances in Canadian earth science research
  • Neale Medal: An individual with sustained outstanding efforts in sharing earth science
  • Ambrose Medal: An individual with sustained dedicated service to the Canadian earth science community
  • Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award: A graduate student in Canada whose thesis contributes to our knowledge about the geological history of Canada, where mapping is a significant component of the winning thesis
  • Eric Mountjoy Exchange Award: A registered student or post-doctoral fellow at a Canadian university, who – through the award – will “exchange” scientific studies in an institution inside Quebec or (in the case of a winning student from Quebec), in another region of Canada

You also have the opportunity to nominate someone for a GAC® Section or Division Award and show a colleague how much you appreciate their service through the GAC® Service Awards….

The deadline to nominate is December 15th, 2015.  Don’t miss it!  Make someone proud!

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November 25, 2015

Having trouble selecting a Christmas gift for that special earth scientist in your life? Choose a book from GAC’s wide selection, and save 45% off the Retail Price through your Membership. It’s Reason Number 2 to be a Member of The Geological Association of Canada. Among the newest titles:

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November 23, 2015

Reason #42 to be a member of GAC®:  You can nominate distinctive colleagues deserving of the Logan Medal, Canada’s highest award for earth science excellence.

Do you know a colleague who has reached the calibre of people like Ray Price (Logan Medalist 1985) or Paul Hoffman (Logan Medalist 1992)?  Someone who deserves to join the list of distinctive Logan Medalists?  Don’t let them go unnoticed.  Nominate distinction for the Logan Medal and other awards before December 15th, 2015!

And…….If you haven’t already done so…Renew your 2016 membership today!

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November 17, 2015

Last call for GAC®-MAC Whitehorse 2016 sessions

December 15, 2015 is the last day to propose a session for the annual Geological Association of Canada-Mineralogical Association of Canada (GAC®-MAC) Whitehorse 2016 meeting. The conference will be held in Whitehorse, Yukon, June 1-3, 2016, and will feature a diverse technical program and unique pre- and post-meeting fieldtrips in Yukon and Alaska. For full details about GAC®-MAC Whitehorse 2016, including student travel and accommodation information, visit

To propose a session or short course, please email

Patrick Sack (

Lee Pigage (

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September 04, 2015

We are delighted to announced the release of the third issue of Geoscience Canada (2015), Volume 42

For PAID individual subscribers:

(Subscribers will need their Geoscience Canada Username and Password. This may be different than your GAC Username and Password)

This release includes the following contributions:

•             Making Stratigraphy Respectable by Logan Medallist Andrew Miall, p. 271–302

•             Two papers submitted to the inaugural Andrew Hynes series on Tectonic Processes by Crystal LaFlamme et al. (p. 305–326) and by Meredith Petrie et al. (p. 327–350)

•             Transition Metals in Oceanic Island Basalt by John D. Greenough and Kevin MacKenzie, p. 351–367

•             Book review of A.M. Celâl Şengör’s Catalogue of the Exhibition on Eduard Suess, by Bruce Ryan, p. 369–371

Please visit the journal’s website at to view papers in the ARCHIVES or forthcoming articles IN PRESS or ACCEPTED.

If you haven’t renewed your subscription, please do so through the GAC website:

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August 20, 2015

GEOLOG is the quarterly newsletter of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC®). It informs GAC members about current events and happenings in earth sciences in Canada. It provides a venue for Association news, details about upcoming events, conference reports, news items, book reviews, and short articles related to geoscience in Canada. The newsletter is distributed to all GAC members and is also downloadable through the GAC’s website:

Please consider contributing to the next issue of GEOLOG. Editor Alwynne Beaudoin would welcome articles and images highlighting fieldwork news, recent events, conference reports, or news of upcoming events. Contributions should be submitted by e-mail to (please put GEOLOG in the message header). Please see the most recent issue of GEOLOG at for details of formats for text and images.

The deadline for the next issue (Vol. 44, No. 3) is September 4, 2015.

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August 17, 2015

Books! Books! Books!

GAC’s terrific selection of books has gotten even better in the last few months. Check out these new titles:

Remember: GAC Members SAVE 45% off GAC’s retail book prices. See the website for details.

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July 28, 2015

  • The latest issue of GEOLOG is available online at This release includes:
    • National Medallists and Award-winners – including Richard Grieve, Sandra Barr, Murray Gingras, and Nick Eyles.
    • Tributes to C.R. Stelck, Ian A. Brookes, and Robert Gilbert
    • CGF’s grant recipients
    • Plus: Point/Counterpoint on Green Cove; details on the Quartermain Earth Science Centre at UNB; introduction of the International Association for Promoting Geoethics
    • and much, much more!

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April 29, 2015

It’s our favourite time of year when we award distinction and look forward to our Annual Meeting!  A great time to see old friends and to make new ones!

Announcing the GAC® National Award winners:

Logan Medal – Richard Grieve, Geological Survey of Canada

Ambrose Medal – Sandra Barr, Acadia University

Hutchison Medal – Murray Gingras, University of Alberta

Neale Medal – Nick Eyles, University of Toronto

Come to the GAC Luncheon (Tuesday, May 5th) to see the presentations of these prestigious awards.  Tickets for the Luncheon will NOT be sold online for the GAC Luncheon after TODAY and will not be sold onsite.  Please reserve them through the Registration system, even if you have already registered for the meeting.

Other National Award Winners are:

50-Year Member – David P. Gold, University Park, PA

Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award – Jesse Reimink of University of Alberta

Yves Fortier Earth Science Journalism Award – Margaret Munro of POSTMEDIA NEWS

CJES Best Paper Award – Mary Sanborn-Barrie, W.J. Davis, R.G. Berman, N. Rayner, T. Skulski and H. Sandeman

GAC’s Division and Section Awards for 2015

Canadian Geomorphology Research Group:

J. Ross Mackay Award – Nicole Couture of Geological Survey of Canada

Canadian Tectonics Group:

Jack Henderson Prize For best Ph.D. Thesis – Reid Staples of Simon Fraser University

Jack Henderson Prize for best M.Sc. Thesis – Tylor Ambrose of University of British Columbia

Dave Elliott Best Paper Prize – John Waldron, David Schofield, Brendan Murphy, and Chris Thomas

Volcanology and Igneous Petrology Division:

Leopold Gelinas Medal for Best Ph.D. thesis – Alexander Wills of University of New Brunswick

Leopold Gelinas Medal for Best M.Sc. thesis – Amy Ryan of University of British Columbia

Leopold Gelinas Medal for Best B.Sc. thesis – Douglas Nikkila of Lakehead University

Mineral Deposits Division:

Duncan R. Derry Medal – Doreen Ames, Geological Survey of Canada

William Harvey Gross Medal – Luke Ootes, Government of Northwest Territories

Howard Street Robinson Lecturer 2015-2016 – Stephen Piercey of Memorial University

The Mineral Deposits Division Luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 7th from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.  Get your tickets online before April 30th or you will miss out!

Paleontology Division:

Billings Medal – Paul Smith of University of British Columbia


Certificate of Excellence – Arnaud Fontaine, INRS-ETE

For more information on all of these awards and to see their pics, please visit our website at:

Congratulations to all winners!

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April 28, 2015

The second issue of Geoscience Canada (2015), Volume 42, is published.

The Table of Contents (please click on link above) lists the following contributions:

  • The work and legacy of Eduard Suess by A.M. Celâl Şengör, p. 181–246
  • Investigation of paleoearthquakes in eastern Canada by Gregory R. Brooks, p. 247–261
  • Textural quantification of crystalline rocks by Michael Higgins, p. 263–270

Please visit the journal’s website at to view papers in the ARCHIVES or forthcoming articles IN PRESS or ACCEPTED.

Forthcoming articles include

  • Neoarchean mantle-derived magmatism in the Repulse Bay block, Nunavut, a contribution to the inaugural Andrew Hynes Tectonic Processes Series by C. LaFlamme, C.M.R. McFarlane, D. Corrigan
  • Transition metals in oceanic island basalts by J. Greenough and K. MacKenzie
  • Logan Medallist Series
  • Igneous Rock Associations Series
  • Education Matters

Thank you for your continuing interest and support of your Association’s flagship journal.

Please visit the journal’s website at to view papers in the ARCHIVES or forthcoming articles IN PRESS or ACCEPTED.

Link to renew subscription:

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April 14, 2015

Volume 42, Number 1 (2015) of Geoscience Canada has just been posted at for those who subscribe.

The Table of Contents (please click on link above) lists the following contributions:

•          the GAC Presidential Address by Richard (Dick) Wardle

•          Paul Hoffman’s Tooth of Time Column

•          a contribution to the GAC Medallist Series article by Ron Clowes

•          submissions by Nance et al., Rivers, and Zagorevski et al. to complete the Harold Williams Series

•          two contributions to Igneous Rock Associations by Reidel and by Shellnutt.

•          a note of appreciation to thank Guest Editors and Reviewers for their work on papers published in 2013 and 2014.

Please visit the journal’s website at to view papers in the ARCHIVES or forthcoming articles IN PRESS or ACCEPTED.

Link to renew subscription:

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April 9, 2015

GAC Annual General Meeting – Early registration extended to 17 April.

April 2, 2015

GAC Annual General Meeting

If you are unable to attend the meeting to be held on Tuesday, May 5th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in Room 511D of the Palais des Congrés, please complete a Proxy form.

Go to the GAC website (, log in as a member, and click on Annual Business Meeting, to see the Notice of the Annual Business meeting, the Slate of Officers, the Proxy form and the Audited Financial Statement for 2014. You will need your Username and Password to access all of the documents.  If you don’t have your Username and Password, please contact Eleanor Penney at at GAC Headquarters for help.

It is very important that you complete a proxy form if you will not be attending the Annual Business Meeting.

Hope to see you at the Joint Assembly in Montreal!

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Two other items of note:

  • We are delighted to announce the release of “Geology of Mineral Resources”, our Mineral Deposits Division’s much-anticipated translation and update of the very popular 2008 book “Géologie des ressources minérales”. Retail price is $81.81 plus shipping/taxes, but GAC Members save 45% to pay only $45.00 plus shipping/taxes. Get your copy today at
  • There are just a few days left to take advantage of Early Registration Discounts at this year’s GAC®-MAC, held in conjunction with AGU and CGU this year under the banner of Joint Assembly. Get all the details at
  • Check out the sessions at
  • Registration is open at – discounted rates available until 8 April extended to 17 April
  • Workshops, field trips, short courses – registration open
  • Booking your accommodations: Hotels in walking distance include Hyatt Regency Montréal, Delta Montréal, Hotel Bonaventure Montréal, Montréal Marriott,  Château Champlain Hotel, Springhill Suites Old Montréal. Joint Assembly discount rates valid until 3 April.

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March 24, 2015

GAC® announces its first GAC®-PDAC Logan Student Prize winners

The GAC®-PDAC Logan Student Prize (replacing the Logan Student Chapters and GAC® Book Prizes) is awarded annually to one undergraduate student at each CCCESD-member department.  The prize consists of a monetary award, one-year memberships in both GAC® and PDAC, and an electronic certificate affirming that the student won the Prize.

The intent is that undergraduate students who are selected for the prize should be academically sound, have good leadership skills (e.g. as they pertain to organizing field trips, geology club geo-events, etc.), and have done well at field school or otherwise show proficiency in field techniques.

We suggest to our Campus Representatives that the students be given the opportunity to nominate fellow undergraduate candidates for the award, but faculty ultimately chooses the winner from among those nominated.

The very first GAC®-PDAC Logan Student Prize Winners are listed on our website at:


March 11, 2015

  • The latest issue of GEOLOG is available online at This release includes:
    • Tributes and memories of Robert K (Bob) Stevens, Volkmar Schmidt, and GEG Westermann
    • CGF Invitation for Grant Applications
    • Introduction to the new GAC-PDAC Logan Student Prize
    • Updates from CFES, AQUEST, 2015 Joint Assembly…
    • …and much, much more!

15 January 2015

The Abstract submission tool for the Joint Assembly (this year’s GAC®-MAC) in Montreal, May 3-7, 2015 is now open.

Abstract deadline has been extended!

Didn’t have a chance to submit your abstract? Submit today! Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday, 19 January, 11:59 P.M. EST.

Submit your abstract here:

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