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The latest updates from the CFES and our member associations and related societies. 

April 2024

  • CFES and Parks Canada are pleased to announce another placement opportunity for a Geologist-in-Residence at Pukaskwa National Park in August, 2024. For more information and to apply, please download the full Geologist-in-Residence Pukaskwa National Park 2024 opportunity description

January 2024

  • Each year CFES replaces 2-3 positions on the Board of Directors as the three-year positions rotate. In April 2024, CFES will see Beth McLarty Halfkenny finish her term as President Elect - President - Past President. Imad Alainachi will become President as Janice Zinck takes on the role of Past President.

  • We are currently seeking nominations for 3 positions that are coming to end of term in April of 2024.  Please forward nominations for President Elect, Secretary and International Director to the CFES Nominations Committee Chair at by February 29, 2024. Please click titles for links to position descriptions.

  • Additionally, our appointed Board of Directors position of Outreach Director is waiting for the CGEN President position to be filled. If you are interested in becoming CGEN President, or CGEN President Elect, please get in touch with the Nominations
    Committee Chair 

August 2023

  • The International Geological Congress (IGC) is the premier conference for the advancement of global Earth Science. IGC takes place every four years in a major city attracting > 6,000 geoscientists from across the globe to share their latest research and address key issues relevant to this sector. Canada hosted the 12th IGC in Toronto in 1913, and the 24th IGC in Montreal in 1972.

  • With support from CFES ratified at the 2023 AGM, Canada is now bidding to host the 38th IGC in 2028, with a decision on which country will host the Congress to be made during the 37th IGC in Busan Korea (August 2024). The bid will be submitted on behalf of partner geoscientific organizations by a new not-for-profit foundation, the Canada IGC 2028 Foundation. If successful, this would be Canada’s third Congress - an achievement matched only by France, Russia and the USA.

  • More information about the IGC and Canada’s bid can be found at:


April 2023

  • Following the highly successful inaugural residency at Pukaskwa National Park last summer, CFES and Parks Canada are pleased to announce a second placement opportunity at Pukaskwa National Park in August, 2023. For more information, please download the full Geologist-in-Residence Pukaskwa National Park 2023 opportunity description. *Note that the application deadline has been extended to May 10th, 2023.

  • Call for participation in an FBI laboratory survey aiming to better understand geophysical service providers (such as geoscientists) and law enforcement use of metal detectors and advanced geophysical methods to search for hidden items in criminal investigations. Members, especially those with experience in ground penetrating radar, magnetometry and gravimetry are encouraged to participate in the three Questionnaires on Geophysical Methods Applied to Assist in Criminal Investigations.

  • For Earth Science Week (October 8-14, 2023), the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is sponsoring four contests focusing on the theme of this year's celebration, "Geoscience Innovating for Earth and People." The 2023 competitions will feature video, photography, visual arts, and essay contests To learn more, visit Earth Science Week Contests online.


February 2023


January 2023

  • Each year CFES replaces 2-3 positions on the Board of Directors as the three-year positions rotate. In April 2023, CFES will replace Courtney Onstad as Communications Director, and see Rachel Newrick finish her term as President Elect - President - Past President. Janice Zinck will become President as Beth McLarty Halfkenny takes on the role as Past President. Linda Hamm finishes a 3-year term as Special Projects Director and that role will be filled as needed. Descriptions for the President Elect and Communications Director can be found by clicking on the links.

September 2022

August 2022

  • The inaugural Geoscientist in Residence program ran from August 15 to 29, 2022 at Pukaskwa National Park and from all accounts was a huge success. Social media posts and public interaction by Victoria Stinson were well received and the feedback has been resoundinly positive.

May 2022

  • CFES Mentorship Medals for 2021 and 2022 were presented to Dr. Sandra Barr and Mr. Hendrick Falck at the GAC-MAC-IAH-CNC-CSPG Halifax 2022 meeting. The citations and photos can be found on our Mentorship Medal page.

  • CFES board and council members share CFES initiatives and benefits in this YouTube video:


February 2022

  • The National Geological Surveys Committee (NGSC) has released The Pan-Canadian Geoscience Strategy (PGS). This 24 page document helps achieve the targets set out under the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan and responds to calls from governments and stakeholders to explore options for improving public geoscience coordination and funding. Check it out here.

 November 2021

  • CFES is seeking 2 volunteers to join the Communications team, focusing on social media. Please email to express your interest!

 October 2021

  • The 9th International Conference on Arctic Margins has announced their call for sessions. Please download the word document here. Session proposals can be sent to by November, 15th.

  • CFES is accepting applications for an opening on our Board of Directors for the External Engagement Director. Please see details on the position here. Contact to apply.

February 2021

January 2021

  • CFES is calling for three new board members. Please see the attached board descriptions and submit your application as per details in the posting. The new positions will take effect during the AGM, April 2021.  

  • President Elect: Each year the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences (CFES) seeks a new President Elect.  This position transitions to the role of CFES President then Past President in subsequent years.  

  • Director - Secretary: The CFES Secretary is central to the organization and a key contributor to operations, leadership, continuity, and corporate memory.  

  • Director - International: The International Director is responsible for all CFES activities that have an international component and that involve multinational geoscience organizations and national geoscience organizations in other countries, including representing CFES on the Canadian National Committee for International Union of Geological Sciences (CNC).

December 2020

  • The Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists [CSEG] is offering a Virtual Learning Series in February 2021. Join online for this showcase of Canadian Innovation in Geoscience. 

  • The Canadian Geological Foundation invites all interested parties to submit proposals for the 2021 CGF grant competition. The CGF uses a three-tiered grant system related to the size of the grants being requested: small grants (<$10,000), medium grants ($10,001 to $30,000) and large grants (up to $45,000). In addition, the Foundation will consider the possibility of multi-year grants (i.e. specific amounts to be paid in each of up to 4 years). The secretary must receive your application by March 31, 2021. 

  • The IAPG newsletter is now available and, in addition to many links regarding GeoEthics, requests input to a survey on Geoethics in the Geosciences

November 2020

  • CFES is calling for two new board members. Please see the attached board descriptions and submit your application prior to Monday, November 23, 2020. 

  • Director of Communications: The Communications Director is responsible for communication of CFES activities to the broad Earth Science community, other science communities, students, and the public in general.

  • Director of External Engagement: We are looking for an individual with the time and enthusiasm to be proactive in seeking out and responding to opportunities to publicize the Earth Sciences and its contributions to the general public, policy-makers, governments at all levels, and the media.

October 2020

  • CFES congratulates Professor Dominique Weis on being awarded the 2020 CFES Mentorship Medal. CFES is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Mentorship Medal. Please see the Mentorship Medal page for details on the award to Professor Weis, recognition of past recipients and the nomination process. 

August 2020

  • Congratulations to the Cliffs of Fundy, in Nova Scotia, and Discovery, in Newfoundland and Labrador, on their recent designation as UNESCO Global Geoparks! With rock dating back to more than half a billion years, the Discovery UNESCO Global Geopark, a part of which overlaps with the traditional lands of the now-extinct Beothuk people, contains some of the most spectacular and best-preserved Ediacaran fossils in the world. With more than 40 geosites across 125 km, the Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark visitors can discover the world's highest tides, Canada's oldest dinosaur fossils, and magnificent landscapes steeped in Acadian tradition and Mi'kmaq legends, tales and culture.

June 2020



April 2020

  • Call for members to join the Council of the International Geoscience Programme (deadline: May 15, 2020): The purpose of this call is to invite nominations for three new candidates to become members of the IGCP Council. The current call concerns the following themes: Hydrogeology, Geodynamics, and Earth Resources. There is no limit to the number of nominations an organization can submit. We especially encourage nominations from female researchers or researchers based in African, Asian or Latin-American countries.

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