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         AGS 45th COLLOQUIUM - 2019

         Fredericton Inn, Fredericton

        8-9 February 2019


         With thanks to our sponsors


The location - Fredericton Inn, Fredericton

All events will be held in the Fredericton Inn, 1315 Regent St., Fredericton, easily accessed off the Trans-Canada Highway.


You can book directly at the Fredericton Inn by calling 506-455-1430 and mention "AGS Conference". A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of the 7, 8, 9 February, at a conference rate of $114 / $124 (based on 1-2 people per room). High speed internet and parking are complimentary.  The hotel block booking closes on 15 January. Cancellation of room booking is required a minimum of 24 hours in advance.


Details about the program will be available shortly.

Special sessions

Several special sessions have been organized, which we hope will cater to many tastes. In addition, we will organize general sessions as needed.

  • Special Session in Memory of Dr. Trevor MacHattie
    Geoff Baldwin and Chris White, Nova Scotia Geological Survey, Halifax, Nova Scotia ( (; Daniel Kontak, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario (; Jacob Hanley, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (

    This session is dedicated to honour the memory of our friend and colleague Trevor MacHattie who passed away in October 2018. During an 11-year career with the Nova Scotia Geoscience and Mines Branch, Trevor's scientific interests spanned a variety of topics, including bedrock mapping and stratigraphy, igneous petrology, geochemistry, geochronology, and mineral deposits. We would like to invite colleagues and former summer students to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation on any aspect of research that spans these topics. We hope that a Special Volume in Atlantic Geology dedicated to Trevor will spawn from these proceedings.

  • Paleontology and Sedimentology in Atlantic Canada
    Nikole Bingham-Koslowski NRCAN Halifax, Nova Scotia; Melissa Grey Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre

    This session encompasses all subjects relating to paleontology and sedimentology with a focus on research taking place in Atlantic Canada. Presentations on various paleontological and sedimentological themes are encouraged and consideration will also be given to participants whose research lies outside the area of interest. The Paleontology and Sedimentology in Atlantic Canada session seeks topics that cover various sedimentary basins, deposits, and processes as well as research on any aspect of the evolutionary tree of life from cyanobacteria to Australopithecus, and the events that influenced regional and global trends in evolution. Please come join us as we embark on an adventure through geological time exploring the evolution of Atlantic Canada (and potentially other regions) and the various critters that have inhabited the region.

  • Current Research in Carboniferous Geology in the Atlantic Provinces
    Steve Hinds NB Geological Survey, Fredericton New Brunswick; Adrian Park NB Geological Survey, Fredericton New Brunswick

    This session will cover recent developments in the Carboniferous geology of the Maritimes. The subjects include: recent studies in structure/tectonics, stratigraphy, sedimentology, paleontology, and geochemistry.

  • Minerals, metals, melts and fluids associated with granitoid rocks: New insights from fundamental studies into the genesis, melt fertility, and ore-forming processes
    Nadia Mohammadi UNB,; Donnelly Archibald, St FX; Chris McFarlane, UNB; Kay Thorne NB Geological Survey

    This session will cover a broad range of topics in the context of the magmatic evolution from melt generation to the development of ore-deposits that are associated with granitoids rocks. Recent advances in the application of petrochronology, stable/radiogenic isotopes, and trace-elements combined with the geochemical and isotopic signatures of minerals, fluids, melts, and whole-rock samples can assist us with identifying associated mineral resources. The information can also provide a better understanding of the evolution of magmatic systems. This session provides an opportunity to discuss recent research into granitoid-related ore deposits that are primarily focused on geochemistry, mineralogy, metallurgy, genesis and mineral exploration.

  • Earth Science Outreach in Atlantic Canada
    Ann Timmermans UNB Quartermain Earth Sciences Centre, Fredericton New Brunswick (

    These times provide the best opportunities to support teachers, engage students and the general public in sustained learning about the geosciences and support increased geoscience literacy. The Atlantic Provinces have responded to the public's plea for higher-quality education in the sciences, mathematics and literacy for K to 12 students by increasing cross-curriculum hands-on exploratory learning. Academic and professional geoscientists, geoscience societies and research organizations have answered the call to provide education to students, the general public as well as professional development opportunities for educators. This session aims to educate and inspire by sharing outreach initiatives across Atlantic Canada and beyond.

Student Awards

Students take note!  Awards are made for the best oral paper and poster in both undergraduate and graduate classes. Preparing a paper or a poster and presenting it at an academic conference is a great experience for students, and AGS is pleased to recognise your effort with the following awards:

  • Rupert MacNeill Award for the best undergraduate student paper
  • Sandra Barr Award for the best graduate student paper
  • Rob Raeside Award for the best undergraduate student poster
  • Graham Williams Award for the best graduate student poster

AGS Student Travel Grants

Special note for students travelling long distances : The new AGS Student Travel Grant has been established to enable up to 4 students to attend and present at the AGS Annual Colloquium. Students can apply for up to $400 in funding in the first instance. Priority will be given to students who are travelling more than 500 km to attend the conference, presenting talks or posters and who wish to attend a workshop or field trip offered as part of the conference. Students should send their applications directly to the secretary of the Society, attaching a single pdf with a short cover letter including a statement indicating their degree program, why they wish to attend the meeting and how they expect to benefit from it, a copy of the abstract as planned to be submitted to the AGS Colloquium and a budget of the costs associated with attendance, including travel, and other sources of funding available. The submission deadline for travel grant applications will be on December 17th so that applicants can be informed of the results by December 20 to provide ample time for travel planning and conference registration. Successful applicants will be required to provide receipts after travel (or a travel claim from their institution) and will be asked to write a short report on their conference trip that will be posted on the Society's website before the award will be issued.


Submissions are invited for oral or poster presentation at the Colloquium.  The deadline for abstracts is Thursday, 17th January, 4.30 p.m. Be sure to indicate if your presentation is intended to be presented as an oral paper or a poster, and if you are a student, which level (BSc, MSc or PhD). Abstracts must be in the format used by Atlantic Geology (see sample abstract for format), with a maximum word length of 400 words. In line with Atlantic Geology policy, accepted abstracts will be edited where necessary and published in Atlantic Geology. Submit your abstract to Mike Parkhill.


Registration is done online: go to the Event Rebels site to complete registration. Payment is made by credit card or through PayPal. Young professionals within two years of graduation can register as "student members".

Professional - on-line, early (up to 25 January) $75
Professional - on site $90
Professional - one day only $45
Student - on-line, early (up to 25 January) $25
Student - on site $40
Student - one day only $20
Retired $25
Workshop 1: Structural Controls on Gold Deposits - professional $25
Workshop 1: Structural Controls on Gold Deposits - student $15
Workshop 2: Creating beautiful graphics* - professional $25
Workshop 2: Creating beautiful graphics* - student $15
Workshops two-for-one (both workshops) - professional $40
Workshops two-for-one (both workshops) - student $20
Atlantic Geology subscription $25
Luncheon tickets (available until 31 January) $28
Banquet tickets (available until 31 January) $45
Banquet tickets (student rate; available until 31 January) $38

* A maximum of 30 people in Workshop 2.

Program and schedule

Workshop 1

"Structural Controls on Gold Deposits" - organized by Stefan Kruse Terrane Geoscience Inc.
Location: Fredericton Inn, Fredericton, 8.30 - 12.00 noon, Friday 8 February.
Cost: $25/person for professionals and academia; $15 for students. 

Workshop 2

"Creating beautiful, effective, and reproducible graphics for geoscience using R" - organized by Dewey Dunnington PhD candidate, Dalhousie U.
Location: Fredericton Inn, Fredericton, 1.00 - 5.00 p.m., Friday 8 February.
Cost: $25/person for professionals and academia; $15 for students. 

AGS Council meeting

Prince Edward Room, Fredericton Inn - 1.00 p.m.

Halifax 2022 LOC meeting

Prince Edward Room, Fredericton Inn - 3.00 p.m.

Atlantic Geology Editors meeting

Prince Edward Room, Fredericton Inn - 5.00 p.m. A light meal will be provided.

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be in 20 minute time slots (unless you have been advised differently).  These should be prepared as PowerPoint presentations - we strongly recommend you provide them in .pps or .ppsx (PowerPoint Show) format, to ensure that symbols and graphics transfer appropriately.  To make a .pps file, use 'Save As' and select the PowerPoint Show (pps or ppsx) mode.  Note that you cannot edit a .pps file.  Time slots are 20 minutes - presentations should be tailored to 15 minutes, allowing 5 minutes for questions and change over.

Poster Boards

Posters should be set up between 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday.  Poster boards are cloth-covered - use Velcro stickers to affix your poster.  Posters should be removed between 4.30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Documents pertaining to the AGM

Documents pertinent to the AGM will be included in the Program and Abstracts volume.

  • Agenda for AGM
  • Draft minutes from 2018 AGM
  • Report from the President (Lynn Dafoe)
  • Financial Report (Nikole Bingham-Koslowski - distributed at meeting)
  • Report from the Education Committee (Tracy Webb)
  • Report from the Nova Scotia EdGeo Workshop Committee (Jennifer Bates)
  • Report from the New Brunswick Teachers Workshop Group (Ann Timmermans)
  • Report from the Video Committee (Graham Williams)
  • Report from the Publications Committee (Sandra Barr)
  • Report from the Products Committee (Rob Raeside)
  • Report from the Awards Committee (Martha Grantham)
  • Report from the Membership Committee (Ann Miller)
  • Report from the Atlantic Geology Editors (Sandra Barr, Rob Fensome, Denise Brushett, Chantel Nixon, David West)
  • Report from the Webmaster (Joe MacIntosh)
  • Report from the Travelling Speaker Series committee (Sheila Watters)
  • Report from the Science Atlantic (Earth Science) Committee (Jason Loxton)
  • Slate of nominations for Council and Executive, 2018 (Robin Adair, Past President - provided at meeting)

Nominations for Gesner Medal, Laing Ferguson Award, and Nelly Koziel Award

Nominations for the Gesner Medal (AGS Distinguished Scientist Award), the Laing Ferguson Award (for distinguished service) and the Nelly Koziel Award (for a recent significant contribution to the promotion of geoscience in the Atlantic Provinces) should be submitted to vice-president Martha Grantham by 1 January 2019.  Criteria and procedures are available the Call for Award Nominations. Award winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet.

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