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October 2016

​​      The CFES has sponsored the RFG2018 conference, which has an active call for sessions. The conference aims to explore energy, minerals, water resources and the science of the Earth with a focus on the sustainable discovery and extraction of natural resources. RFG2018 will be held in Vancouver June 16-21, 2018.

​​      The CFES and Geoscientists Canada are preparing a new brochure on the importance of Geoscience in Society in a Canadian context. We’re looking for an experienced science writer to develop the more

​​      Dr. Qiuming Cheng, Professor in the Department of Geography at York University, was elected incoming President of the IUGS during the Cape Town International Geological Congress (IGC) in August 2016. Cheng’s term as President covers the next four years, until the 2020 Delhi IGC meeting. Stephen Johnston, Professor at the University of Alberta, continues as Chairman of the Canadian National Committee on the IUGS Executive Council until 2018. Read more at

​​      RFG2018, a Premiere Conference on Energy, Minerals, Water and the Earth, will be held in Vancouver in June 2018 under the auspices of International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) in collaboration with local Canadian partners – the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences (CFES), the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), the Geological Association of Canada (GAC) and the Mineralogical Association of Canada (MAC). These organizations will be joined by other national and international associations in the delivery of an excellent program relevant to all interested in resources and related Earth and Environmental Science. ( 

September 2016

​​      The Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists has submitted a brief to the Federal Government's Fundamental Science Review.  The brief expresses support for increased federal funding for basic earth science research, including field work to upgrade bedrock and surficial geological maps, collect samples for lab work and log key stratigraphic sections.  They advocate increased support at the Federal level for the earth sciences in Universities and for NRCAN.  The full text of the brief is available here.

​​      Scientists and the general public have the opportunity to express their opinions in the federal government's review of fundamental science (see


The deadline for submissions is September 30th. 

CFES is working with other members of the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE) to submit a collective response - the breadth of representation of science and engineering in PAGSE gives a unique perspective in the process.

August 2016

​​      As a member of PAGSE (the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering), CFES was asked to contribute on behalf of its members to a coordinated response from PAGSE to the public
consultation on climate change. Sub-topics for the consultation are: 1) CleanTech and Innovation 2) Carbon Pricing 3) Mitigation 4) Adaptation.  This call for input resulted in responses from more than half of CFES member societies, and their comments were a significant component of the final PAGSE submission.

​​      CFES had the opportunity to comment on the draft PAGSE submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance 2017 pre-budget consultation. Given the short time frame of the submission, the document was circulated to the CFES Board of Directors for comments. 


The response from the CFES Board was positive, with general agreement that the proposals are good, at high level, and of broad benefit. It was noted in particular that increasing the profile of the scientist-training-program would be welcome in the earth science community, as would increasing funding for basic research, and sustainable energy projects in the North.  Minor changes were suggested which were implemented in the final document

July 2016

​​     The Frank Arnott Award encourages solution-finding for one of the biggest challenges in the exploration industry: data integration and visualization of multi-disciplinary data. Candidates (students/early career and experienced professionals) are invited to submit their entries by the end of 2016. More information is available here

​​     CFES is pleased to announce that the Memorandum of Understanding between the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and CFES has been more

June 2016

​​     The award-winning book Four Billion Years and Counting and its French-language counterpart Quatre milliards d'années d'histoire géologique have both been reprinted, having sold out their initial print runs.  Four Billion Years and Counting can be purchased for $39.95 (paperback) from Nimbus Publishing.  Quatre milliards d'années d'histoire géologique can be purchased for $54.95 (hard copy) from Les Éditions MultiMondes.

​​      Geoscientists Canada is holding their 43rd Board of Directors Meeting and 19th Annual General Meeting June 3-4 in Calgary, Alberta.


April 2016


​​     Registration is now open for the 35th International Geological Congress that will be held in Cape Town, South Africa August 27 - September 4, 2016.

​​     The CFES held their Board of Directors Meeting and Annual General Meeting April 15-16 in Ottawa, more


February 2016


​​     The CFES 2016 Mentorship Medal has been awarded to Valerie Jackson of the Northwest Territories Geological Survey. 


January 2016


​​     The CFES sponsored GeoSkills 2016 at the University of Calgary January 27, 2016.


​​     Geoscienstists Canada and Engineers Canada has released a new joint guide outlining best practices for managing parental leave in engineering and geoscience professions.

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