News Archive 2018

March 02, 2018

  • The city of Vancouver is experiencing exceptional demand for its rooms in the month of June and we are concerned that RFG2018 participants who reserve late may not be able to get a hotel room at the RFG2018 discounted rates. RFG management secured a limited number of rooms in different hotels at much lower rates than those in the city at that time. Please do not wait.
  • The Geological Association of Canada invites applications for the 2018 Student Photography Competition. If you are a student  or know of a student who might be interested in the competition please go to:
  • GAC is at PDAC! Interested in seeing the latest book on Indicator Minerals? Or perhaps getting a sneak peek at an incredible book on Cathodoluminescence? See us at Booth 6401N (North Building Exhibit Hall) during PDAC starting Sunday!
  • The AGI Workforce Program is investigating how geoscientists use geologic maps in the course of their work. This survey, combined with a voluntary follow-up survey, will be used to determine the extent to which geologic map data is used throughout the economy. Take the survey now at


February 13, 2018

Reserve the dates! May 12-15, 2019, is when beautiful Quebec City will host GAC-MAC-IAH under the theme “Where Geosciences Converge.” Conference themes are:

• Geosystems and Hydrogeosystems

• Resources, Energy and Environment

• Big Data for Geosciences

• Geosciences and Society

You are invited to submit session proposals related to these themes, or to more general themes in geosciences, which you would be willing to organize and chair. For more info, see the attached flyer, or visit our website.

Quebec 2019


February 01, 2018

  • Congratulations to GAC and GAC-MDD member Eric Thiessen of Simon Fraser University on being selected this year’s recipient of the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award. Eric is investigating the Paleoproterozoic tectono-metamorphic evolution of the south Rae craton in southeastern NWT. The award, comprising $5,000, a certificate, and bragging rights, is given annually to encourage and support a graduate student in Canada whose thesis contributes to our knowledge about the geological history of Canada. Eric has chosen to receive his award at the PDAC 2018 Convention, in March. For more on the award, see our website.
  • New book: Indicator Minerals in Till and Stream Sediments of the Canadian Cordillera is not only a fantastic volume, it also demonstrates how great things happen when people work together! The book is a co-production of GAC and MAC, with massive support from BCGS, YGS, and GSC…thanks to the hard work of Book editors Travis Ferbey, Alain Plouffe, and Adrian Hickin, and Association editors Sandra Barr and Rob Raeside. Buy a copy for yourself and a friend: GAC Members get a 30% discount off the Retail Price of $60.00 (plus shipping/handling and taxes) through our website bookstore. YES! We will have copies available for purchase at our regular PDAC booth…if you can wait that long to hold your own copy.
  • Have you submitted your abstract to the GAC-MAC at RFG in Vancouver? Don’t wait! The deadline has been extended, but sessions are filling up. Remember to indicate you are a GAC member to take advantage of registration discounts:


15 January 2018

You asked for it and we delivered!
Abstract submission deadline
has been extended  to February 12

Resources for Future Generations 2018 is a collaborative, ambitious event that seeks to highlight business, science, and policy. The event will bring together attendees from industry, government, and academia as well as Indigenous peoples, and local communities to discuss some of the most pressing challenges concerning resources and related sustainability issues. The conference will cover many aspects of earth science that underpin our understanding of resources, focused sessions on critical aspects of energy, minerals and water, and a broad program covering societal, policy, Indigenous, community and educational topics.

This is a unique opportunity to participate in a conference focused on a sustainable future. The response to the Call for Abstracts has been excellent, but given conflicts with the holiday season, we have decided to extend the Abstract submission deadline and maximize the opportunity for you to share your research and ideas by submitting an abstract to one of our six themes:  Energy, Minerals, Water, the Earth, Resources and Society, and Education.

Your voice is important to us. Submit Your Abstract

NOTE: It is critically important that all presenters, including Keynote and other invited speakers, submit their abstracts through the abstract submission site (do not email them to session organizers) by this deadline, in order for them to be scheduled in the Technical Program.


January 08, 2018

  • Happy New Year! Do you have a colleague who doesn’t currently belong to GAC? Talk to them about all the benefits – from discounts on publications (including GAC, Geological Society London, and GSA books), to discounts on Conferences such as RFG, to supporting national awards and student activities. We’d love to welcome them to GAC!
  • GEOLOG’s latest issue is now attached and available for free download online at We have tributes to Kurt Kyser, Rolf Ludvigsen, Bernard Mamet, and Fab Aumento; plus reviews of activities at the 2017 Canadian Paleontology Conference as well as at the CTG workshop and field trip; and more details on GAC-MAC 2018 to be held at RFG in Vancouver in June! All this and much more in this issue of GEOLOG. Find it at
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