News Archive 2017

GAC®-MAC Kingston 2017 has officially ended with the memorable Field Trip through Newfoundland’s Appalachians pulling in to St. John’s yesterday. Thanks to the hard work of the local organizing committee – under the leadership of General Co-Chairs Kurt Kyser and Rob Rainbird, Program Chair Bob Dalrymple and Finance Chair Dan Layton-Matthews – it’s been a conference that exceeded expectations. Hundreds of speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, attendees, supporters, medallists and other award-winners gathered in Kingston’s Queen’s University to go “Back to where it began.” As with GAC’s previous meetings, you can find the abstracts on our website at Photos and details of the meeting will appear in the next issue of GEOLOG.

We hope to see you in Vancouver June 16-21, 2018, for the next GAC®-MAC within RFG:

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4 May 2017

It’s not too late to participate in the most important Canadian geoscience conference this year!

GAC-MAC 2017 pays tribute to 175 years of the Geological Survey of Canada, this country’s pre-eminent scientific agency, in the place where it all began: Kingston.

  • Enjoy presentations by such respected scientists as Roy Hyndman, Guy Narbonne, Ray Price, Daniel Lebel, Graham Young, and Robin Riddihough.
  • Discuss topics on such subjects as:
    • Contaminants in the Natural Environment
    • Climate Change in the Arctic
    • Geohazard Assessment and Engineering
    • Geometallurgy
    • Ancient and Modern Hydrothermal Processes
    • Development of Accretionary Orogens
    • Sedimentary Depositional Systems and Diagenesis
    • Outreach and Education Topics in Geo-science and Geo-engineering
    • Take in field trips, poster sessions, and social events.

It’s all happening May 14-18 in Kingston at GAC-MAC 2017:

Register on site at Queen’s University starting May 14, 2017. We’ll see you there!

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May 02, 2017

Have you registered for GAC-MAC 2017 in Kingston? Don’t miss out on some of the best sessions and talks you’ll hear this year! Register today!

Attached is the first issue of GEOLOG for 2017. In this issue:

-         Planes, trains, and universities…a travel log from Hutchison Medallist Steve Piercey

-         AGS Colloquium and AGM wrap

-         Ground-Level view from the President

-         National Medallists, and Logan Student Prize winners

-         GAC Student Photo Contest winners

-          …and much more!

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April 27, 2017

The Earth

A major goal of RFG2018 is to tell the story of Earth—how Earth has changed over 4.5 billion years, and why we have resources—energy, minerals and water. These natural resources are vital for human life and prosperity, but the impacts of exploitation must be mitigated.

To address these challenges, we need to understand the Earth—our remarkable blue planet that teems with life. This is not easy. Earth’s defining system includes the atmosphere and climate, extensive oceans, active plate tectonics, and abundant life—and continuous interaction among all of these. Earth also provides resources that have supported human development for over ten thousand years.

Earth scientists need to tell this story and address these questions. RFG2018 will provide an unprecedented opportunity to do this and to communicate the results to the public.

Contribute your vision for the future of geoscience, environmental science and engineering, and sustainable solutions.
Deadline to submit a session: May 1, 2017

The Call for Short Courses and Field Trip are open. Please download guidelines before submitting your proposals. Deadline to submit your proposal: August 15, 2017

RFG2018 will host the annual Geological Association of Canada and Mineralogical Association of Canada (GAC-MAC) meeting. GAC-MAC sessions will examine aspects of the Earth and we invite others to propose sessions for RFG2018 that will help us to fully explore the context—in the broadest sense—for resources and their effective exploitation.

Learn more about RFG2018

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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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