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Who We Are


CFES is an umbrella organization that represents a federation of Earth Science societies and associations across Canada. We represent about 15 000 Earth scientists. Established in 2006 as the successor to the Canadian Geoscience Council, CFES brings together 13 organizations of Earth scientists in industry, government and academia. We advocate on behalf of the Canadian Earth Science community with government, the public, and the international Earth Science community.

We cooperate with several observer organizations and other relevant Canadian non-member organizations on issues of public education and professional registration. CFES represents its members internationally as a member of the International Union of Geosciences (IUGS) and UNESCO.

Our Mission

CFES is the coordinated voice of Canada’s Earth Science community, ensuring that decision makers and the public understand the contributions of Earth Science to Canadian society and the economy.

The mandate of CFES is carried out through its committees. We coordinate overlapping efforts among member organizations to maximize efficiency and impact. Nationally, CFES advocates for the importance of Earth Science to all Canadians through our memberships in the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE) and the Science Media Centre of Canada (SMCC), and other communications efforts.


CFES is funded by its member dues, the National Research Council (NRC), the Canadian Geological Foundation (CGF), revenues from Four Billion Years and Counting and other publications, and a variety of grants.


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