Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award

This year’s recipient of the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award is Holly Steenkamp of Laval University.

Her PhD thesis involves new regional bedrock mapping in an underexplored part of the south-central Rae craton, in the Tehery Lake-Wager Bay area of northwestern Hudson’s Bay, Nunavut. Holly is determining the area’s regional tectonometamorphic history as recorded by supracrustal rocks. She will use the results to evaluate the character, timing, and duration of metamorphic processes that developed in this area associated with the 1.86-1.83 Ga Trans-Hudson orogeny.

Holly received her award at GAC-MAC 2017 held May 14-17 in Kingston, Ontario.

The award, comprising $5,000 and a certificate, is given annually and honours the memory of Mary-Claire Ward who died in 2004. At the time of her death Mrs. Ward was the chair of the PDAC’s geoscience committee, chairman of Watts Griffis McOuat Ltd., and a past president of the Geological Association of Canada. She was a passionate advocate for the geosciences in Canada.

The intent of the award is to encourage and support a graduate student in Canada whose thesis contributes to our knowledge about the geological history of Canada. Mapping is a significant component of the winning thesis.

The award is administered by the Geological Association of Canada (GAC®), the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), the National Geological Surveys Committee, the Canadian Geological Foundation, and Watts, Griffis and McOuat Ltd.

Application details are posted at and and the deadline for applications is December 15.

Holly Steenkamp, winner Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award 2017

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