Fredericton, New Brunswick

This year's annual Colloquium marked the first partnership effort between the Atlantic Geoscience Society (AGS) and the Environmental Earth Science Division (EESD) of the Geological Association of Canada. The three day event (February 10-12, 2000) was held at the Fredericton Inn, Fredericton, New Brunswick, and attracted more than 170 geoscientists. Those in attendance benefitted from a full agenda with a day and a half dedicated to each organization's program.

This AGS conference summary represents my first official duty as Past President. The AGS portion of the conference was kicked off on Friday evening with a keynote lecture by the Geological Association of Canada's Past President Medallist, Dr. Cees van Staal. Cees gave an informative and engaging presentation entitled "The Geological History of the Brunswick subduction complex in Bathurst, northern New Brunswick - An important clue to understanding the tectonic evolution of the Northern Appalachian Orogen". The rest of the evening and all day Saturday focused on the main conference theme "Current Research in the Atlantic Provinces", as well as a Special Session on the "Geology of the Maritimes Basin" (Saturday morning). Almost sixty abstracts were delivered, representing a diverse and impressive collection of oral and poster presentations. It was also encouraging to see that students authored twenty-four of these presentations. This emphasizes the importance of this venue for the professional development of both students and professionals alike.

A big thank you goes to the session Chairs: Reg Wilson, Kirsten McLaughlin, Don Fox, Paul McNeill, Peter Giles, Megan Surrette, Dave Lentz, Tanya Costain, Mike MacDonald, Diana Loomer, Sandra Barr and Nicole Dunham. These talented volunteers managed to keep things on track and facilitated many constructive exchanges.

The Conference came to a close on Saturday evening with the Annual Banquet and Social. The Banquet Speaker, Dr. Ian Hutcheon, President of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists gave an excellent talk entitled "CO2 emissions and hydrocarbons-a geochemists perspective". This left us with an optimistic feeling that humans do have a future on this planet. The banquet is also a time for recognizing various achievements via the AGS Award program (see summary below). In keeping with the "Maritime geological tradition" the conference ended with a "kitchen party" social. A few of the more talented AGS members entertained us with folk songs and instrumentals (guitars, a mandolin, and fiddle). The party went on well into the night and a good time was had by all (so I am told).

On behalf of AGS, I would like to thank the Joint Meeting Chairs Bruce Broster (EESD) and Tom Al (AGS); other co-members of the organizing committee Nicole Cormier, Christine Lodge, Mike Parkhill, Toon Pronk, Clint St.Peter; as well as members of the University of New Brunswick-Bailey Geological Society, and University of New Brunswick-Geological Association of Graduate Students. Their combined efforts helped to make this years Colloquium a very successful one. Of course, thanks also go to our corporate sponsors: New Brunswick Department of the Environment, Noranda Mining and Exploration (Brunswick Mining Division), Three-D Consultants Limited and Universal Systems Limited. Their support is greatly appreciated and certainly was put to good use.

In closing, I would like to re-iterate the my sincere thank you for the opportunity to be a part of such a dynamic and professional organization. I look forward to working with the new slate of AGS executives and councillors on the challenges ahead.


Past-President: Chris White, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, NS
President: Mike MacDonald, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, NS
Vice-President: Tom Martel, Corridor Resources, NS
Secretary: Peter Giles, Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic), NS
Treasurer: Ken Howells, Dartmouth, NS

Tom Al, University of New Brunswick, NB
Jennifer Bates, Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic), NB
Jarda Dostal, Saint Mary's University, NS
Paul Durling, Corridor Resources, NS
Linda Ham, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, NS
Randy Miller, New Brunswick Museum Natural Science Division, NB
Dave Mossman, Mount Allison University, NB
Brendan Murphy, St. Francis Xavier University, NS
Mike Parkhill, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and Energy, NB
Alan Ruffman, Geomarine Associates Ltd., NS
Ian Spooner, Acadia University, NS
Clint St. Peter, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and Energy, NB
Peter Wallace, Dalhousie University, NS
Dick Wardle, Newfoundland Department of Mines and Energy, NF
Tim Webster, College of Geographic Sciences, NS

On behalf of AGS, I would like to thank Councillors Georgia Pe-Piper (Saint Mary's University) and Hugo Beltrami (St. Francis Xavier University) for their valuable contributions to AGS activities. Their input will be missed.


AGS 2000 Awards Recipients. From left to right. Mike Young of Dalhousie University (Rupert MacNeill Award); David Piper (Distinguished Scientist Award-Gesner Medal); Christie Dyble of Acadia University (Graham Williams Award); Gary Woods (Noranda) who presented the Noranda Award; Ian DeWolfe of Acadia University (Noranda Award); Chris White AGS President. Congratulations to all.

Student Awards

Student awards are given annually to the best oral presentation (Rupert MacNeill Award) and the best poster presentation (Graham Williams Award) at the annual Atlantic Geoscience Society Colloquium. Assigned judges rank the student presentations based on scientific content, organization and presentation of data and (for the posters) overall display aesthetics. The awards include an annual Plaque with the name and university of the recipient, and $100 cheque for the purchase of geological reference material. In addition, Noranda Mining and Exploration Incorporated (Bathurst Office), has established an award for the student presenting the best paper or poster in economic geology (or related field). This award consists of a field pack containing a silva compass, hammer, magnet, etc. and a contract summer position with Noranda, in Atlantic Canada. The awards are handed out to students that are registered in a BSc, MSc, or PhD program.

Rupert MacNeill Award - Best Student Paper

Mike Young (r) of Dalhousie University receives the Rupert MacNeill Award for best student oral presentation from AGS President Chris White for his talk entitled "Minor folds and their relationship to regional fold evolution, central Meguma Terrane, Nova Scotia".

Graham Williams Award - Best Student Poster

Christie Dyble (l) of Acadia University receives the Graham Williams Award for best student poster presentation entitled "A high resolution stratigraphic and petrological investigation of the Braeburn Member, Charlie Lake Formation, Peace River Arch, northwestern Alberta: reservoir implications" from Sandra Barr.

Noranda Award - Best Economic Student Presentation

The Noranda Award was presented to Ian DeWolfe, Acadia University, for his poster entitled "Structural and geometrical analysis of saddle reef folds at the mesothermal gold deposit, Port Dufferin, Halifax County, Nova Scotia: implications for future exploration and resource assessment".


Other Awards

The AGS also presents two prestigious awards (Distinguished Scientist Award - Gesner Medal and Distinguished Service Award) to more "established" geoscientists in the geological community.

Distinguished Scientist Award (Gesner Medal):

David Piper (l) receives hug and Distinguished Scientist Award (Gesner Medal) from Brendan Murphy.

The AGS awards the Distinguished Scientist Award (Gesner Medal) to a person who through their own efforts (maps, publications, memoirs, etc.) has developed and promoted the advancement of an aspect of geoscience in the Atlantic Region. The contribution of the person should be large enough scope to have made an impact beyond the immediate Atlantic Region. This year's award has been presented to Dr. David Piper of the Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic).

David has an outstanding record of accomplishments in several fields. Although a sedimentologist by training, David is one of the rare true generalists, who can converse with ease in most subdisciplines of earth science. In the mid-late 1970's he was instrumental in the development and growth of Quaternary paleoclimatic and paleoceanographic studies in eastern Canada. He is world-renown for his contributions in the sedimentary architecture of the submarine fan systems and continental slopes. Consequently, his work has been invaluable to companies exploring for oil and natural gas along the eastern Canadian margin. David's multifaceted research is not restricted to surficial deposits. He has also made major contributions to deciphering the complex geological evolution of the Cobequid Highlands in Nova Scotia.

As an inspiration to others in initiating and completing original research, David has few equals. Firstly as Professor and Chairman of the then Department of Geology, Dalhousie University and secondly, as Head of the Environmental Marine Geology Subdivision of the Atlantic Geoscience Centre, he assembled and led interdisciplinary groups to study deep water sedimentation and to develop the necessary technology, He has supervised some outstanding students, many of whom are now innovative leaders of research projects.

David's productive research is confirmed by his publication record. He has published over 100 papers in refereed scientific journals and has co-authored more than 20 chapters for books, special publications, and ODP proceedings. He was editor of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences for almost six years and he is now one of three editors of Marine Geology. He is an adjacent professor of two university departments and is supervising several students. He has always been a proactive advocate of the Atlantic Geoscience Society and a constant attendee at annual meeting.. He is truly a deserving recipient of the Gesner Medal.

Distinguished Service Award:

Peter Wallace holds the Society's Distinguished Service Award.

This year, the Distinguished Service Award: of the Atlantic Geoscience Society was presented to Peter Wallace of Dalhousie University. This award is given in recognition of exceptional and altruistic contributions to the Society over a long period of time. Peter's association with the Society goes back to the early 1980's. Peter has held the positions of Councillor representing Dalhousie University, Program Chair, Vice President, President, Past President and a member of the Education Committee and Products Committee.

In 1998 Special Publication #14, a binder of field stops and geological information in the Atlantic Region, was published by AGS. Peter was the editor, compiler and main mover on this project which consumed a great deal of time. Peter showed the leadership and perseverance to complete this task. This field guide will help geoscientists, teachers and the general public appreciate the geology of Atlantic Canada.

Peter's skills of organization, leadership and working well with others have been a hallmark of his service to the Society. He has organized several Annual Colloquia and Symposia and encouraged students to attend, present talks and display posters. The Society has benefitted from this student participation.

Peter's service to the Society spans nearly two decades. His work on behalf of the Society has ensured its well being, its mandate and its future. Peter Wallace is a most worthy recipient of the AGS Distinguished Service Award.


Atlantic Geology, the Journal of the Society, publishes papers of regional, national and international interest, including thematic issues. Persons or organizations interested in having their research or proceeding published in an issue of Atlantic Geology should contact Dr. Sandra Barr at Department of Geology, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B0P 1XO. Phone (902) 585-1340; FAX (902) 585-1816; e-mail


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