News Archive 2017

April 25, 2017

Honour the incredible people who shape Canada’s geoscience past, present and future. Join us at GAC-MAC 2017 in Kingston as we pay tribute to Logan Medallist Roy Hyndman, Hutchison Medallist Christie Rowe, Neale Medallist Guy Narbonne, and Ambrose Medallist Stephen Johnston. Plus, enjoy lectures reflecting on the 175th anniversary of the Geological Survey of Canada, field trips through fabulous and diverse landscapes, poster and technical sessions with established and emerging scientists, and social events creating lifelong memories. All at GAC-MAC 2017 in Kingston.

Don’t delay in registering! The April 30 Online Early Registration deadline (with great discounts) is fast approaching. Register now:

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April 11, 2017

Get Social!

One of the best things about being an Earth Scientist is forging rock-solid friendships at great conferences like GAC-MAC 2017 in Kingston. When you register for the conference, be sure to add on social events like the Vineyard tour, the GAC Luncheon (where we honour the best in Canadian Geoscience), and the Haunted Tour of Kingston. It’s all happening at GAC-MAC 2017 in May. Online registration deadline is April 30, 2017.

Register today at

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April 06, 2017

Get out into the field with GAC-MAC 2017. Geological field trips for conference registrants include the Grenville Orogen, Upper New York State, Newfoundland’s Appalachians, the Lake Ontario Basin…and even around the ‘limestone city’ of Kingston itself next month. But you have a limited time to register, and most trips have a cap on the number of participants! Don’t miss out! Sign up for these trips when you register for GAC-MAC 2017 by April 24. For more information and to register, see

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April 04, 2017

Have you registered for GAC-MAC 2017 in Kingston, Ontario?  Join your colleagues May 14-18 in celebrating the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Geological Survey of Canada, while sharing in the best Canadian earth science program this year. Sit in on Sessions, join a Field Trip, check out great posters, or take in a Short Course, all as part of the 2017 GAC-MAC. Accommodations on host Queen’s University campus are guaranteed available if booked by April 12, while blocks of hotel accommodations off campus have also been reserved.

Register now at

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March 22, 2017

Call for Sessions: GAC-MAC 2018 Vancouver (RFG2018)

In 2018, GAC®-MAC will be held in Vancouver BC, June 16-21st as part of the IUGS- and CFES-sponsored Resources for Future Generations (RFG 2018). This is a reminder that the deadline to submit a Session proposal closes May 1st 2017. We encourage you to submit under the “Earth” theme, which is intended to offer the typically rich and broad thematic range of GAC symposiums and technical sessions. Please contribute in making this another highly successful Annual Meeting!

For more on this landmark conference, see the RFG Newsletter at:

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March 17, 2017

Dear Voting Members

The annual meeting is approaching and several items of the Association business need your attention.  If you are unable to attend the meeting to be held on Monday, May 15, 2017,  from 15:40 – 16:40 in Room 106 Kinesiology, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON  please complete a Proxy form.  By logging onto our website i.e. and clicking on Annual Business Meeting, you will see the Notice of the Annual Business meeting, the Slate of Officers, the Proxy form, and the Audited Financial Statement for 2016.

You will need your Username and Password to access all of the documents.  If you do not have that information at hand, you can email Eleanor at or call her at 709-864-7660 and she will help you.

Don’t forget to send in your proxy form if you can’t attend!

See you in Kingston!

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March 08, 2017

Join us in Kingston!  The annual GAC®-MAC conference lands in beautiful Kingston, Ontario from May 14 to 18.  Registration is now open and we invite you to be part of the historic event.

Register now at

If you haven’t renewed your membership, now is the perfect time.   Renew now and take advantage of a reduced registration fee!

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March 02, 2017

More time? That’s right! You now have more time to submit your abstract to the Kingston GAC®-MAC meeting being held May 14-18, 2017. Celebrate 175 years of great science with the Geological Survey of Canada and your colleagues and friends. It’s the premiere geoscience conference in Canada, and you should be part of it. Abstract deadline now extended to March 6, 2017. Submit your abstract now at

Looking for something good to read? Remember you save 45% off the Retail book prices at, plus as a member of GAC you can save on books from GSA and the Geological Society (London). If you haven’t renewed your membership, now is the perfect time!

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February 28, 2017

The countdown is on. Just hours remain in the deadline for Abstract submissions to be received for the 2017 GAC-MAC in Kingston, ON. Don’t miss this opportunity to present your work at this landmark conference, which honours the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Geological Survey of Canada in 1842. Submit your abstract now at

Looking to save money on your registration at GAC-MAC 2017 (or at any national conference for GSA, Geological Society (London) or AGU)? Renew your GAC membership! That’s right: Members save on conference registration, books, and more. Renew today at

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February 23, 2017

Less than one week remains in the deadline to submit your Abstract for the 2017 GAC-MAC in Kingston, ON. To be considered for this landmark meeting, your abstract must be submitted by Tuesday, February 28. For details – and to submit your Abstract – see the annual meeting website at

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Have you renewed your GAC membership? Do it and $ave on your conference registration at GAC-MAC Kingston, as well as at annual conferences for AGU, GSA and The Geological Society (London).

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February 21, 2017

Beat the rush! The abstract submission deadline for the 2017 GAC-MAC in beautiful Kingston is in ONE WEEK! That’s right: Your abstract must be submitted by Tuesday, February 28. This meeting coincides with the 175th anniversary of the founding of the GSC in Kingston, so we are bringing it Back Where it Began. Submit your Abstract at

Have you got something to say? Tell the earth science world through GEOLOG. Articles and photos are welcome! Deadline for the next issue is March 1, 2017.

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February 09, 2017

Do you know a student member of GAC with some mad photography skills? GAC is delighted to announce the second annual Student Photography Contest, with prizes and bragging rights to the three top winners. We’re looking for landscape photographs displaying Canada’s varied scenery from a geological perspective, or geological photographs showcasing spectacular geological features (e.g. outcrops, fossils, thin sections, minerals). Students: Have you got the shots? Send them to GAC. Full contest details at

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We’re going Back to Where it Began: Kingston, Ontario. GAC-MAC 2017 is now accepting Abstract submissions until February 28, 2017. Get your abstract in before it’s too late!

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February 01, 2017

In 2018, GAC®-MAC will be held in Vancouver BC, June 16-21st as part of the IUGS- and CFES-sponsored Resources for Future Generations (RFG 2018). We hope to have a strong presence of the Canadian geological community and encourage you to submit session proposals as you would normally do at GAC®-MAC. Although RFG has a resource-based focus, we hope to also attract core geosciences that are not uniquely tied to resources. The more international scope of RFG will be a great opportunity to showcase GAC-MAC, the GAC and your science. The call for proposal is currently opened through the end of March 2017 but you are encouraged to submit early. For more information please visit the web site

Have your friends joined GAC? Remind them they get special discounts on national conference registration and books through GAC, GSA, AGU and the Geological Society (London)! Encourage a friend to JOIN GAC today!

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January 26, 217

Get Resourceful: Empower our Nation! Submit your session idea for RFG 2018 – our annual GAC®-MAC scientific conference. We need your session ideas in one of these themes: energy, minerals, water, the earth, and resources and society. Submit your idea today: and be sure to tag it as a GAC session!

And remember: GAC Members get special discounts on registration for national conferences for GAC, GSA, AGU and the Geological Society (London)! Encourage a friend to JOIN GAC today!

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January 26, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the final issue of Volume 43 of Geoscience Canada is now available, and was ‘officially’ published at the end of December, 2016.

Issue 4 of 2016 contains a varied selection of articles including discussion of the role of the Yellowstone plume in Cordilleran tectonics, flood basalts in the high Himalaya, and the as-yet untapped wine potential of Wisconsin.

There are also some commentaries on the 50th anniversary of the Wilson Cycle, a book review and previews of exciting field trips for Kingston 2017.

Not to mention the GAC presidential address for 2016! We are now working on the first issue of 2017, which will be similarly diverse. Stay tuned.

The table of contents can be found on our website: Full content of articles that are not open access is available at the UNB content website, after logging in:

Subscriptions to the journal are available through the Geological Association of Canada (GAC) at

Thanks to all our readers for the continuing interest in our work.

Andrew Kerr
Scientific Editor

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January 24, 2017

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

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

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

AND: If you haven’t renewed your membership, you can do it anytime online at Remember: GAC Members get member discounts on publications and conference registration from GAC, GSA, AGU and Geological Society (London)!

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January 19, 2017

The Canadian Geological Foundation (CGF) invites proposals for the next round of grants selection. The Foundation is dedicated to assist in the development of geological sciences in Canada. Grants are made to support activities of national interest and broad significance, with emphasis on those of long-term importance. The Foundation disburses more than $175,000 annually, paid upon completion of the project.

Application forms and detailed instructions are available on the CGF website at  Submission deadline is March 31, 2017.

Queries about the Canadian Geological Foundation should be addressed to the Secretary:

Jane Wynne Tel: (250)-656-6681    Email:

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January 17, 2017

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. David W. Strangway, president of GAC 1978-79, GAC Council Member 1975-80, Logan Medallist 1984, Distinguished Fellow and Distinguished Member in 1995. Among his other career highlights: Dr. Strangway was the only person to be president of both the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto; he was Chief of the geophysics branch of NASA in the 1970s; and he was founding President of Quest University.

For obituaries highlighting the life and career of Dr. David Strangway, please see:

Dr. Strangway’s own website also provides insight into the former GAC president:

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January 06, 2017

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Atholl Sutherland Brown, president of GAC 1979-80, GAC Council Member 1976-1981, Chair of GAC-MAC Victoria 1983, J. Willis Ambrose Medallist 1987, Distinguished Fellow and Distinguished Member in 1995, 50-Year Member in 2010, and author of the 2013 autobiography “Searching for the Origins of Haida Gwaii:  Adventures While Mapping the Geology of the Islands 1958-1962”.

A celebration of his life will be held at UVic’s Interfaith Chapel on January 19 at 12:30 pm, with reception to follow at Victoria Golf Club.

For obituaries highlighting the life and career of Atholl Sutherland Brown, please see:


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