CFES stands by other technical, professional and learned societies in condemning many atrocities and injustices throughout Canada and the world. Please scroll down for specific statements made recently.
2021 & 2022 CFES Mentorship Medals
The 2021and 2022 mentorship medals were presented to Sandra Barr and Hendrik Falck during the GAC-MAC-IAH-CNC-CSPG joint meeting held in Halifax, May 2022.
Sandra Barr of Acadia University is the winner of the 2021 CFES Mentorship Medal. The award is made in recognition for her role in training and fostering several generations of geology students in Canada, and for her second to none contribution in the advancement of the geological understanding of the Northern Appalachians in Atlantic Canada.
Hendrik Falck of the Government of the Northwest Territories is the winner of the 2022 CFES Mentorship Medal. During a career spanning nearly thirty years of service as a Professional Geoscientist, Hendrik has constantly and consistently demonstrated his dedication and passion as a mentor which has significantly benefited students and young colleagues for the benefit of the profession and for the people of the North.
2022 Council and AGM & President's Report
The CFES Council Meeting and Annual General Meeting was held as a hybrid meeting in Ottawa on 22nd - 23rd April, 2022. The President's Report highlights our achievements over the past year.
Geoscience and Canada
Understanding our Earth: the vital role of Canada's Geoscientists
The vital role that geoscientists play in Canada, their contributions to society and our understanding of the Earth, prepared for a general audience and available on our Publications page.
Educational Outreach and Public Engagement
A Guidebook for Geoscience Conference Organizing Committees
This guide released by CGEN and EdGeo in 2022, outlines best practices for educational outreach program delivery by the Canadian geoscience community.
CFES Statement on Anti-Racism
In its role as the coordinated voice of Canada’s Earth Science community, CFES recognizes the many issues arising from systemic racism in Canada. Divisions of any form based on skin colour or a person's ethnic origin deny the dignity that we all deserve of one another; such divisions must be condemned. CFES fully endorses equity and inclusivity, and it supports all efforts toward these aims.
As with other communities, Canada’s Earth Science community – as well as the many research agencies, enterprises, educational institutions, and service sectors that employ Earth Scientists – all benefit directly from the rich diversity of our citizens. It is a source of strength that adds to our scientific, social, and economic capabilities as individual scientists, as organizations in Earth Science and Science in general. Diversity and inclusivity enhance our contributions to society.
On behalf of its 14 member organizations, CFES calls upon Canadians to reject racism in all forms. We all must work together to build a society based on respect and equity for all.
For its part, CFES pledges to:
1) Review its policies and procedures to identify and eliminate bias;
2) Implement Nominations Committee training to ensure that CFES follows fair and transparent selection processes;
3) Actively seek to diversify Board and committee membership, and awards recipients, thereby fully representing Canada's Earth Science community; and
4) Align our activities and actions with the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.