Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award

This year’s recipient of the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award is Eric Thiessen of Simon Fraser University.

Eric is investigating the Paleoproterozoic tectono-metamorphic evolution of the south Rae craton in southeastern NWT. This work entails regional and detailed bedrock mapping, structural, metamorphic and isotopic analyses of multiply deformed terranes and crustal-scale shear zones. The study will evaluate the nature of metamorphism and exhumation across the south Rae craton, which may be influenced by the Snowbird tectonic zone, Taltson magmatic zone and/or the Trans-Hudson orogen between 2.0 and 1.8 Ga.

Eric will receive his award at the PDAC 2018 Convention, held March 4-7 in Toronto, 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 October 1 every year.

Eric Thiessen, winner Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award 2018

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