News Archive 2016

December 22, 2016

Our offices will be closed on Monday, December 26, 2016, and reopen Wednesday, January 04, 2017. Happy Holidays!

Nos bureaux seront fermés le lundi, 26 décembre, 2016, et ouvriront le mercredi, 04 janvier 2017. Joyeuses Fêtes!

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December 08, 2016

The latest issue of your GAC quarterly newsletter – GEOLOG – is available for free download anytime at

GEOLOG informs members about current events and happenings in earth sciences in Canada. It’s a venue for Association news, including upcoming activities of our Sections and Divisions.

If you have something you’d like to share – a photo, recap of activity, or news – please send it to the GEOLOG editor with ‘GEOLOG’ in your subject line.

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December 02, 2016

Who inspired your professional career? Do they deserve peer recognition? Less than two weeks remain before the deadline to Nominate Distinction in one of GAC’s National Awards at

December 15th is the deadline! Don’t miss your opportunity to nominate a well deserving candidate for one of Canada’s most prestigious geoscience awards.

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November 30, 2016

The Geological Association of Canada is delighted to welcome the Canadian Journal of Soil Science to our roster of Member-discounted journals! Electronic access to this fine journal is just $50 for 2017 members, while Canadian-based Members can subscribe to both printed and electronic access for just $80…a savings of $114. (Slightly higher price for Members residing outside Canada due to increased postage costs.)

For details on the journal, see

To subscribe to this or any of our fine member-discounted journals:
- Sign in at; click ‘renew’ on the left-hand side*
- Confirm or update your personal information; click ‘proceed’.
- Want to subscribe to Geoscience Canada? Here’s your chance! Add it, and click ‘proceed’.
- On the Registration Renewal page select ‘modify literature/dues information’ under Options and choose your journals; click ‘proceed’.
- Confirm everything…except the total price. Your Order Summary includes the membership options you’ve already paid as a 2017 member. You will ONLY be charged for any new ‘unpaid’ options when you click ‘renew account’. You can pay with by credit card through our secure e-commerce service provider, or print the invoice and send in a cheque or money order.

(*Note: Federal government computers and servers may not allow users to renew {sorry!}; please try a home computer or call us at 709 864-7660.)

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November 24, 2016

Someone in your professional life has made a difference. Someone has touched your life in a positive way, or has enhanced our science in a way that you have noticed. That someone deserves recognition. Nominate them for one of the many prestigious medals and awards GAC and its partners present every year. Partners like CFES, which awards the Mentorship Medal (see below).

Distinction deserves to be recognized.

Don’t hesitate…Honour them now:

Call for Nominations – CFES Mentorship Medal

The deadline for the nominations for the 2017 CFES Mentorship Medal is January 15, 2017.  Nomination forms and guidelines are available at  The medal is awarded annually to recognize the sustained and inspirational mentorship of colleagues and employees including peers, graduate students, undergraduate students and technicians.  It was established in honour Paul F. Williams, a geologist known for scientific and mentoring excellence, candour and integrity.

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November 15, 2016

Has someone touched your professional life? Is there someone you know who deserves recognition for their professional accomplishments?

Nominate distinction in one of GAC’s National Awards at

One month from today (December 15th) is the deadline! This is your opportunity to nominate a well deserving candidate for one of Canada’s most prestigious geoscience awards.

And: If you haven’t renewed your membership for 2017, just one day remains to get it at a discount!

Renew your GAC membership now at:

Discount period ends November 16, 2016 (tomorrow)!

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November 14, 2016

Just 2 days remain to take advantage of GAC’s early renewal discount for your 2017 membership. Don’t miss out on saving money on your membership, and then enjoy a full year of discounts on books, conference registration and more…including those from Partner Societies like GSA, AGU, and The Geological Society (London)!

Renew your GAC membership now at:


Discount period ends November 16, 2016!

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November 9, 2016

Did you know GAC members can get discounts on books and conference registration from AGU, GSA, and Geological Society (London)? Just one of the many reasons to renew your GAC membership now.

Want another reason? Until November 16, 2016, you can get an Early Renewal Discount on your 2017 membership. Do it now at:

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November 3, 2016

The International conference on 
MineralsEnergyWater The Earth
Hosted by these 26 technical partners

Session proposals must include: Proponents | Session title | Short summary | Relationship to conference partners | Expected participation
Proposals will be accepted until winter 2016. Ideas that depart from session themes, provided that they are relevant to the conference, will be considered.

About RFG2018 |  Download the brochure |  Submit your session proposal

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October 29, 2016

The latest issue of Geoscience Canada is now officially published, and this provides notification and further information. Issue 3 of Volume 43 was placed on the Journal Content Website in late September, and all DOIs and related information are now registered.

Issue 3 contains the usual diversity of articles, commentaries and a book review. To find out more, visit the Geoscience Canada website at

To go directly to the table of contents and preview abstracts of articles, visit

We are very much open for submissions and view you as potential authors as well as readers. Please consider us as a vehicle for your research and other projects. On behalf of the editorial team, we wish you and yours all the best for the coming holiday season.

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October 13, 2016

Renew before November 16th and get a discounted rate!

Renew your membership online now!


We award distinction. Nominate your colleagues for a prestigious national GAC award by December 15th, 2016.

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October 11, 2016

The latest issue of your GAC quarterly newsletter – GEOLOG – is attached, and is available for free download anytime at

GEOLOG informs members about current events and happenings in earth sciences in Canada. It’s a venue for Association news, including upcoming activities of our Sections and Divisions.

If you have something you’d like to share – a photo, recap of activity, or news – please send it to the GEOLOG editor with ‘GEOLOG’ in your subject line.

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September 14, 2016

Want to be heard?

The Canadian government has launched a review of federal funding for fundamental science, and they want your opinion. Take advantage of this opportunity, by going to before September 30, 2016.

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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 your Association’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.

Content for the next issue (Vol. 45, No. 3) will be accepted up until September 28, 2016.

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May 27 2016

Geoscience Canada has just published its latest issue at We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit the web site to review articles and items of interest.

Geoscience Canada has also started a new initiative, by developing our OWN website that will work in conjunction with the existing journal website. The new website has its own easy-to-remember address at

To see the new issue articles, just go straight to or choose “visit current issue’ from the home page menu on the new website.

We invite you to explore the new website and give us feedback on this developing project. We have also ‘opened the doors’ for a limited time at the new website only – you can examine all our papers from the last 2 years without logging in. This is part of an effort to increase awareness of the high-quality Earth Science that we publish. Please tell your colleagues, and encourage them to visit us.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work and your support of Geoscience Canada.

Andrew Kerr
Scientific Editor

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May 13 2016

Online registration for the Whitehorse GAC®-MAC will close Sunday night at midnight (Pacific Time)(May 15th)!  After that date, you will have to register on-site at higher rates.  Save yourself/your employer money and register now at:  If you submitted an abstract you would have received a password to register.  If you misplaced it, please contact Eleanor Penney at

Thanks to all who have paid your 2016 GAC® membership fees to date.  For those who have not paid, renew now at and get the “member” rate on your registration fees.

See you in Whitehorse!

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May 3, 2016

The Geological Association of Canada is pleased to announce the winners of our Student Photography Competition, supported by the Jérôme H. Remick III Endowment Trust Fund. Images can be viewed on the Student Photography Competition page.

Landscape Category:

1st - Alain Boudreau (University of British Columbia)

2nd – Melissa Anderson (University of Ottawa)

Joint 3rd – Johan Gilchrist (University of British Columbia)

Joint 3rd – David Dockman (University of Alberta)

Geological Photograph Category:

1st - Sarah Pemberton (Brock University)

2nd – Melissa Anderson (University of Ottawa)

3rd – Jeffrey Salvador (University of Calgary)


Congratulations to all our winners, and thanks to our judges who had to make the difficult decision of picking winners from the large number of entries to this year’s competition. We hope to make this competition an annual event, so pick up your cameras this summer and get snapping!

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April 19, 2016

Early registration is now open for Whitehorse GAC-MAC 2016 at

While registering, be sure to secure your hotel room, as this spectacular location attracts tourists eager to view the northern landscapes. Rooms  have been reserved for GAC-MAC attendees booking before April 30. See for more details.

Is your company interested in exhibiting? Limited spaces remain, and include one full meeting registration. Book now at

See you at the conference!

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31 March 2016

GAC® is very pleased to announce more national awards:

ERIC MOUNTJOY EXCHANGE AWARD is available to encourage the exchange of young geoscientists between Quebec and other parts of Canada.

The 2016 recipient is: Timothy Gibson of McGill University

YVES FORTIER EARTH SCIENCE JOURNALISM AWARD  is awarded for excellence in journalistic presentation of earth science in the newsprint media.

The 2016 recipient is: Ivan Semeniuk of The Globe and Mail

MARY-CLAIRE WARD GEOSCIENCE AWARD is given to encourage and support a graduate student in Canada whose thesis contributes to our knowledge about the geological history of Canada.

The 2016 recipient is Jordan McDivitt of Laurentian University

For more information on these and other GAC® awards, see the Awards summary page.

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March 7, 2016

It is with great pleasure that GAC® announces its 2016 National Medalists:

LOGAN MEDAL: the highest award of the Geological Association of Canada is presented to an individual for sustained distinguished achievement in Canadian earth science.

The 2016 recipient is: Brian Jones, University of Alberta.  His short citation reads:  “For exemplary service to the earth science community and research at the highest level on the role of organisms and fluids in the origin of carbonate sediments and rocks.

AMBROSE MEDAL: is awarded to an individual for sustained dedicated service to the Canadian earth science community.

The 2016 recipient is: Scott Swinden, Swinden Geoscience Consultants Ltd.  His citation includes: “Dr. Scott Swinden’s stellar career, informed by diligence and integrity, has been distinguished by excellence in mineral-deposit research, geoscience-policy development, and professional-community leadership.”

HUTCHISON MEDAL: is awarded to a young individual for recent exceptional advances in Canadian earth science research.

The 2016 recipient is: Stephen Piercey, Memorial University of Newfoundland.  Steve’s short citation says: “The 2015 W.W. Hutchison Medal is awarded to Dr. Stephen J. Piercey, Professor and NSERC-Altius Industrial Research Chair in the Metallogeny of Ores in Volcanic and Sedimentary Basins at Memorial University, for outstanding contributions to Canadian earth science research in the Lithostratigraphy, Volcanology, and Sedimentary Evolution of Mineral Deposits.

NEALE MEDAL:  is awarded to an individual for sustained outstanding efforts in sharing earth science with Canadians.

The 2016 recipient is: Rob Fensome, Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic).  Rob’s citation includes: “As demonstrated in the two books The Last Billion Years and Four Billion Years and Counting. Rob Fensome and his co-contributors, opened the eyes of many to the fascination and beauty of Canadian geology.”

Come to the GAC®-MAC in Whitehorse June 1-3rd and see these worthy recipients receive their medals at the GAC® Luncheon to be held June 1 at 12:00 – 13:30.

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February 01, 2016

EXTENSION – the deadline for Abstract submission for the Whitehorse 2016 Geological Association of Canada – Mineralogical Association of Canada (GAC-MAC) annual meeting has been extended until February 14, 2016. Visit the conference website to submit an abstract and get further details on the technical sessions, field trips, workshops, exhibit opportunities, and travel and accommodation information.

Remember: GAC® Members save on meeting registrations. If you haven’t renewed, do so today

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January 15, 2016
The Geological Association of Canada is proud to announce our first student photography competition. Entries accepted in the following categories:
  • Landscape photographs displaying Canada’s varied scenery from a geological perspective
  • Geological photographs showcasing spectacular geological features (e.g. outcrops, fossils, thin sections, minerals)

Competition is open to 2016 GAC® student members from January 15th to March 31st, 2016.

Full details at Student Photography Competition / Compétition de photographie pour étudiant

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January 05, 2016

You have until January 31 to submit your abstract for GAC-MAC 2016 Whitehorse.

From the Margin of Laurentia, to the Margin of Beringia, to the Margin of Society…this meeting will highlight Northern Cordilleran geology and feature field trips to some unique geologic settings. Find out more about this exciting conference at

Remember: GAC® Members save on meeting registrations. If you haven’t renewed, do so today at

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