News Archive 2013

17 Dec 2013

This year we are giving you more of an opportunity to nominate a colleague for a GAC national award. The deadline to receive the award nominations is normally December 30th, however the deadline has been extended to January 9th, 2014.

Check out the submission guidelines and nomination forms at

Please consider nominating your colleague. It could be one of the most rewarding submissions you’ve ever written.

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13 December 2013

The latest issue of GEOLOG is online at
Read all about:
– Presidential Preamble
– Secretary-Treasurer’s Report (including lists of award winners)
– The passing of William Sefton Fyfe
– The call for Council volunteers and CGF grant applications
– Updates from GAC’s Planetary Science Division, the Canadian Sedimentology Research Group, the Pacific Section, and the Edmonton Section
…and much, much more.

Also: If you haven’t renewed your membership to GAC, it’s not too late to get continuous access to all the many benefits. Renew now at

02 Dec 2013

Please read the information release put out by the IUGS Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism, of which Geoscientist Canada is a member. Website

This is being distributed to raise awareness about this important international development for the profession.

13November 2013

You can renew your GAC Membership anytime…but do it in the next 36 hours and save up to 25%. You can also let anyone know who could benefit from having a GAC membership to contact us at the same website address provided.

If you haven’t renewed your 2014 membership for GAC yet and renew before November 15, you can save. Just go to and Log In with your unique GAC Username and Password.

When you renew, don’t forget to subscribe to Geoscience Canada at a special Member Only price.

Your continued membership in The Geological Association of Canada helps foster the earth science in Canada, through national awards and lecture tours, information exchange at our national conference, as well as student sponsorships and prizes. As a member, you can save on conference and science meeting attendance, journal subscriptions, and on the purchase of GAC publications such as Facies Models 4.

25 Oct 2013

The latest issue of GEOLOG is online at Read all about:
– Canadian earth science advocacy needs
– the story behind GAC’s new logo
– the passing of Michael John (Ben) Kennedy
– the call for Council volunteers and Award nominations
…and much, much more.

Also: Don’t forget to renew your 2014 membership before November 14 to take advantage of the early-renewal discount and subscribe to Geoscience Canada!
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03 Oct 2013

The updated schedule for the 2013 – 2014 Geological Association of Canada Howard Street Robinson and W.W. Hutchison Lecture tours are now available:

Dr. Duane Froese, W.W. Hutchison Lecturer:
7-Oct UBC Okanagan
8-Oct Simon Fraser University
8-Oct HR MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver (sponsored by GAC Cordilleran Section)
29-Nov Saskatchewan Geological Society (location TBA)
29-Nov University of Regina

Dr. Jacob Hanley, Howard Street Robinson Lecturer:
6-Nov University of Waterloo
6-Nov Western University
7-Nov Lakehead University
8-Nov Laurentian University
12-Nov Queens University
30-Jan UBC Okanagan
31-Jan University of Victoria
3-Feb UBC Robson
4-Feb UBC
4-Feb SFU
5-Feb University of Alberta

23 August 2013

The latest issue of GEOLOG is attached. Read all about:
* Logan Medallist S. George Pemberton’s Acceptance Speech
* Remembering colleagues: Robert Kerrich and Bruce Cameron
* iPad App on evolution from the British Natural History Museum
* The many activities of our Sections, Divisions, and associated societies
* Awards from GAC (including the Remick Poster Awards) and grants from CGF
…and so much more!

05 July 2013

GAC® is delighted to announce the Lecture Tours for 2013-14:

Dr. Duane Froese of University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. The WW Hutchison Lecturer will present a talk on “Lost World in Ancient Ice”
“Alaska’s last mammoth – no bones about it!”.

Dr. Jacob Hanley of Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS. The Howard Street Robinson Lecturer will present a talk on
“The origin and role of volatiles in the formation of magmatic Ni-Cu-platinum-group element deposits: What have we learned from fluid and melt inclusions?”
“Multiple stages of platinum-group element deposition in alkalic Cu-Au porphyry systems in the Canadian Cordillera, and links to mafic magmatism”

For information on welcoming either lecturer to your institution, please contact Victoria Sterritt at with “GAC Lecturer” in the subject line.

12 June 2013:

GAC®-MAC Winnipeg 2013 featured some incredible Posters and Presentations. This year’s winners of GAC’s Jerôme H. Remick Poster Awards are:

Honourable Mention ($100 each):
Anaïs Fourny, University of British Columbia
Richard From, University of Manitoba
Brandi Shabaga, University of Manitoba
Ashley Steffen, North Dakota State University
Balázs Törö, University of Saskatchewan

Bronze Prize ($800): Evan Hastie, University of Windsor; Title: “Towards an integrated geologic, geochemical, and structural model for formation of the MacLellan Au-Ag and related mineral deposits, Lynn Lake, Manitoba”

Silver Prize ($900): Francesco Turchiaro, University of Toronto; Title: “Experimental investigation of Pt and Rh solubility in basalt-rhyolite mixtures”

Gold Prize ($1,000): Nils Backeberg, McGill University; Title: “The deformation history of the Finlayson Lake greenstone belt: Implications for greenstone belt geometry”

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

For more on the Remick Poster Awards, see our website at

24 May 2013:

Thank you to all who attended GAC-MAC 2013 in Winnipeg. In particular, a great big thank you to the many volunteers who made the conference such a resounding success! It was great to see everyone and engage in scientific discussion. We are looking forward to seeing you again next year in Fredericton!

Of particular note were Dr. James Teller’s public lecture “The Drowning and Draining of Manitoba: from Lake Agassiz to Today”, and the Plenary Addresses: Dr. Paul Hoffman’s “The Origin of Laurentia” and Dr. Harold Gibson’s “The Science and the Discovery of Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide Deposits”.

Winners of the Remick Poster awards will be announced shortly.

See photos from GAC-MAC 2013 events and stay updated on future events on our Facebook Page. “Like” us on Facebook at

14 May 2013

Thank you for registering for GAC-MAC Winnipeg 2013. We’d also like to thank all our presenters, exhibitors and sponsors for their support in making this meeting a success.

The following tips may be of help in planning your trip and arrival at the Winnipeg Convention Centre:

Meeting registration and all events (except the Prairie Roundup evening) will be held at the Winnipeg Convention Centre in the downtown area (375 York Avenue). The main entrance is from York Avenue, on the south side of the building. General delegate information is available at
The on-site Registration Desk opens on Tuesday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 5 on the ground floor of the Convention Centre (a detailed floor plan is available at Delegate bags will not be provided, so remember to bring your favourite conference bag.
The Tuesday Icebreaker begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Exhibits Hall on the second floor (Rooms 2FGH; Come to meet and greet colleagues, visit the exhibit booths and posters, and enjoy complimentary snacks. A cash bar will be available. Attendance is free to all delegates.
The most recent technical program and business meeting schedules are available at
We encourage all presenters to familiarize themselves with our oral and poster presentation guidelines, available at For oral presentations, a laser pointer and a laptop equipped with a corded mouse will be provided. Wireless remote presenters (“PowerPoint remotes”) will not be available.
Spring has finally arrived in Winnipeg. The long-range weather forecast is day time temperatures of around 16oC (61oF) and evening temperatures of around 7oC (45oF).
For information about restaurants and things to do in Winnipeg, check out Tourism Winnipeg at Tourism Winnipeg will also have an information desk in the Registration area at the Convention Centre.
Important advice for delegates planning to park downtown: Don’t leave any possessions (valuable or not) in sight within your vehicle. Unfortunately, there is a problem with vehicle break-ins, particularly in the downtown area.
We look forward to seeing you in Winnipeg.

The Winnipeg 2013 Organizing Committee

06 May 2013

Online registration for the GAC-MAC 2013 conference will close on Tuesday, May 7. After that, registration can only be done on site at the conference.

For more information, see the conference website:

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GAC-MAC 2013 hopes you’ll join us at the Prairie Roundup, the conference’s featured evening event, with great food, fun and music! Registration closes on Monday, May 7 – don’t miss out! Yes, you can buy a ticket for another guest! Just log onto the GAC-MAC registration site ( and purchase tickets. If you have forgotten your password or need additional assistance, please contact Eleanor Penney at

GAC-MAC Winnipeg 2013
Geological Association of Canada
c/o Dept. of Earth Sciences
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL A1B 3X5
Phone: 709-864-7660

19 April 2013

“The Local Organizing Committee of GAC-MAC Winnipeg 2013 is pleased to announce an extension of the registration deadline for the MAC short course: Uranium: Cradle to Grave to Monday April 29th. Registration is available for both professionals and students.

The registration deadline for the GAC short course: Petrography of Mafic Layered Intrusions has also been extended to Monday April 29th. There are still a number of registration places available for professionals in this course, and through the support of the Mineral Deposits Division (MDD) of the GAC, some additional student places have also been added. Students interesting in registering should contact the LOC Short Course chair, Ian Ferguson:

( ) professionals can register using the normal procedures.

Please refer to the GAC-MAC Winnipeg 2013 site for registration and short-course information:“

The latest issue of GEOLOG is attached. Read all about:
* The GAC National Award winners
* Section Updates
* Student Chapter reports
* Remembering colleagues: Hugh Morris, André Lalonde, John Stirling
* Book review
…and so much more!

12 April 2013:

The Local Organizing Committee of GAC-MAC Winnipeg 2013 is pleased to announce that the Mineral Deposits Division (MDD) of the Geological Association of Canada has committed funding to support student participation in economic geology field trips being offered as part of the technical program for the conference.

The MDD funds will be used to cover 50% of the field trip registration fees for students registered to date, and will also cover 50% of the registration fees for a limited number of additional students on the following field trips, on a first-come-first-served basis: FT-A2 (1 student) and FT-C2 (7 students). The deadline for Field Trip registration is April 22, 2013.

Please refer to the GAC-MAC Winnipeg 2013 site for registration and field trip information:

05 April 2013

Planning to attend GAC-MAC 2013 in Winnipeg? Register NOW to take advantage of early-bird discounts. With only a few days left to register for Short Courses and Field Trips, the selection is getting smaller as they fill up – don’t miss out!

Early-bird deadline – and the deadline for Short Course and Field Trip Registration – is April 15, 2013. Register at

As well, the Technical Program is now available. See all the details at

15 MARCH 2013

The Geological Association of Canada takes delight in announcing the following WINNERS of some of the nation’s top geological awards:


The Logan Medal: Dr. George PEMBERTON, University of Alberta, for his sustained distinguished achievement in Canadian earth science.

The J Willis Ambrose Medal: Dr. Simon HANMER, formerly with the Geological Survey of Canada, for his dedicated service to the Canadian earth science community.

The Hutchison Medal: Dr. Duane FROESE, University of Alberta, in recognition of a young geoscientist’s recent outstanding advances in Canadian earth science research.

The ER Ward Neale Medal: Dr. Murray ROED for excellence in communicating and explaining geoscience to the public.


The Yves Fortier Earth Science Journalism Award: Tom Spears, for his article “Canada’s meteorite research may soon be on the rocks; Homegrown ingenuity the bedrock of cutting-edge scientists”, which appeared in the Ottawa Citizen

Formal medal presentations will be made at the annual GAC-MAC conference being held in Winnipeg from May 22 to 24, 2013. Further details and photographs will be published in a future issue of GEOLOG. These – of course – are only some of GAC’s many awards. Additional award-winners will be announced at a later date.

Special Note: If you haven’t renewed your 2013 GAC membership, you still have time! Do so at While at it, be sure to renew subscriptions for Geoscience Canada, CJES, CGJ and Environmental Reviews. Be aware: If you’ve received a renewal notice for either journal and it did not come directly from GAC, please disregard it. A technical glitch at the fulfillment house for Canadian Science Publishing journals caused renewal notices to be sent in error.

06 MARCH 2013

Registration is now open for GAC®-MAC Winnipeg 2013! Don’t miss out on the best selection of field trips, short courses and special events. Register now!

The latest issue of Geoscience Canada is now available online. Please Login at to view it! The Geoscience Canada team is hard at work preparing the first issue of 2013! Make sure that when you renew your membership for 2013 that you include a subscription to the journal! Renew now at If you have already renewed your membership, thank you for your support!

INVITATION TO: GAC Members – NSERC Consultation -Members’ feedback on the following issue is requested to be sent to GAC Councillor, Francine McCarthy ( by March 26th, 2013. GAC will then prepare a response to NSERC based on members’ comments.

18 JANUARY 2013:

A special memorial service for André Lalonde, Professor of Mineralogy and former Dean of Science at the University of Ottawa, and GAC-MAC 2011 Co-Chair, will be held at the University of Ottawa on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at 1:30 pm. Dr. Lalonde passed away on December 21, 2012.

Full details on the service may be found at

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Un service commémoratif en l’honneur d’André Lalonde, Professeur de minéralogie, ancien doyen de science de l’Université d’Ottawa, et co-chair de GAC-MAC 2011, sera tenu à l’Université d’Ottawa le mercredi, 23 janvier, 2013, à 1330h. Dr. Lalonde a décédé le 21 décembre, 2012.

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