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         AGS 44th COLLOQUIUM - 2018

         Holiday Inn, Truro

        2-3 February 2018


         With thanks to our sponsors


Acadia E&ES
Atlantic Gold


Department of Energy
Department of Natural Resources


The location - Holiday Inn, Truro

Centrally located in Nova Scotia, all events will be held in the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre. You can book directly using: Atlantic Geoscience Society - Holiday Inn bookings - just fill in the dates (month-day-year format) and "Check Availability". A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd February, at a conference rate of $112 (based on 1-2 people per room). High speed internet and parking are complimentary.  The hotel block booking closed on 8 January 2018, but rooms may still be available. Cancellation of room booking is required a minimum of 24 hours in advance.


The full program is now available as a pdf file. Note that some items in red letters have yet to be confirmed!

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




Friday 7 - 10 p.m.

Rocks, maps, and tectonic models (9 papers)

Advances in Assessing Arctic Geohazards (7 papers)

General Session: Igneous rocks, mineralogy and mineral deposits (9 papers)

8.00 - 9.40 a.m.

General Session: Techniques in Earth Science (5 papers)

Methane Emissions from Legacy Fossil Fuel Sites in the Maritimes (5 papers)

Basin-forming processes during supercontinent assembly: New insights from the Devono-Permian record of Atlantic Canada - I  (4 papers)

10 a.m. - noon

Paleontology and Sedimentology in the Maritimes and Beyond - I  (6 papers)

Methane Emissions from Legacy Fossil Fuel Sites in the Maritimes (3 papers)

Records of Environmental Change from the Atlantic Provinces and Beyond - I 
(3 papers)

Basin-forming processes during supercontinent assembly: New insights from the Devono-Permian record of Atlantic Canada - II (3 papers)

AGS Outreach innovations: past, present and future - I (3 papers)

2 - 4.40 p.m.

Paleontology and Sedimentology in the Maritimes and Beyond - II  (4 papers)

The Meguma Terrane: Its place in the Appalachian Orogen and beyond (4 papers)

Records of Environmental Change from the Atlantic Provinces and Beyond - II (7 papers)

AGS Outreach innovations: Past, Present and Future - I (4 papers)

Petroleum Geoscience on the Atlantic margin - I (4 papers)

  • Basin-forming processes during supercontinent assembly: New insights from the Devono-Permian record of Atlantic Canada - Fraser Keppie, Adrian Park, Steven Hinds, John Calder
    This session seeks talks providing new insights on the sedimentary, structural, and halokinetic diversity preserved in the fault blocks and sub-basins of the Maritimes Basin. How well do we understand the regional and global constraints controlling their formation and evolution? How unique is the Maritimes Basin, either in terms of correlating it to contemporary basins along the Appalachian and Variscan trends, in terms of geological processes inferred, or in terms of the quantity and distribution of its natural resource endowments? This session would include work in all the Atlantic Provinces and adjacent areas from the late Devonian to the early Permian in geophysics, stratigraphy, paleontology, sedimentology, structure and tectonics, geochemistry, exploration, etc.
  • Paleontology and Sedimentology in the Maritimes and Beyond - Lynn Dafoe, Nikole Bingham-Koslowski
  • Advances in Assessing Arctic Geohazards - John Gosse and Ned King
    Accelerating rates of deglaciation caused by global warming may increase the frequency of intra-plate seismicity and coastal deep-seated rock avalanches. Displacement waves and tsunamis, like the June 2017 western Greenland landslide-triggered event are particularly devastating to our Arctic communities considering their coastal positions. The current increases in population, vulnerability of community and industry infrastructure, tourism, and shipping signal the urgency for geoscientists, governments, planners, health professionals, and governments at all levels to pool and coordinate efforts to improve our knowledge on the magnitude-frequency relationships of Arctic geohazards by studying or monitoring pre-historic, historic, and current processes. Lectures and posters in this session will describe new methods or results for Arctic geohazard assessment.
  • Methane Emissions from Legacy Fossil Fuel Sites in the Maritimes - Grant Wach and others
  • Rocks, maps, and tectonic models - Sandra Barr, Chris White, Deanne van Rooyen
    This session is intended to bring together those working on bedrock geology in Atlantic Canada and elsewhere to discuss new results and interpretations.
  • Records of Environmental Change from the Atlantic Provinces and Beyond - Ian Spooner and Dewey Dunnington
    This session will cover a wide range of topics that explore the drivers and patterns of environmental change in Eastern North America and beyond over long and short timescales. Presenters are encouraged to discuss new records of natural and anthropogenic environmental change in research including, but not limited to: paleoclimatology, paleoecology, paleolimnology, palynology, fire history, long-term monitoring/modeling, climate modelling, geochemistry, and archaeology.
  • The Meguma Terrane: Its place in the Appalachian Orogen and beyond - Donnelly Archibald and Jamie Braid
    The Meguma Terrane comprises much of southern mainland Nova Scotia and represents the most outboard peri-Gondwanan terrane in the Canadian Appalachians. The Meguma Terrane includes dominant, thick turbidite metasedimentary sequences of the Cambrian to Early Ordovician Meguma Supergroup (Goldenville and Halifax Groups), and overlying Silurian to early Devonian bimodal volcanic and sedimentary sequences (Rockville Notch Group). The older metasedimentary rocks were intruded by mainly Devonian plutonic rocks and were collectively covered by Carboniferous and/or younger siliciclastic and volcanic rocks. The Meguma Terrane hosts metal deposits of gold, tungsten, lead, tin, and lithium that were first exploited near the turn of the 20th century and these ore systems continue to be investigated today. We invite papers that explore a broad range of topics beginning with the genesis of the Meguma Terrane, its tectonic and paleogeographic relationship to adjacent terranes during its evolution, its structural and metamorphic evolution, ore deposit formation within the terrane, to more modern considerations of acid rock drainage and environmental studies.
  • AGS Outreach innovations: Past, Present and Future in memory of Nelly Koziel - Tracy Webb and Graham Williams
    For a small regional society with limited resources, the AGS has a remarkable outreach record that commenced in 1980 with publication of the first version of the Geological Highway Map of Nova Scotia, an initiative of the Society's Council. Subsequently outreach became the responsibility of the Education and Video committees, which developed some impressive projects. These have included books and brochures, completed and in the works, EdGEO workshops, geological highway maps, photography, teaching resources and web development. The session will highlight Nelly's contributions to the outreach program and focus on past successes, present initiatives and future aspirations.

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 organizer of the colloquium of the Atlantic Geoscience 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 11th 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.


The abstract deadline has now passed. Accepted abstracts will be edited where necessary and published in Atlantic Geology. Any issues with the abstracts should be sent to Rob Raeside - if you do not receive acknowledgement within 24 hours, contact him directly (902-585-1323).


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 22 Jan) $65
Professional - on site $85
Professional - one day only $45
Retired $25
Subsurface methods workshop - professional $475
Subsurface methods workshop - academic $50
Subsurface methods workshop - student $25
Public reporting workshop - professional $150
Public reporting workshop - academics and APGNS members*    $100
Public reporting workshop - student $25
Student - on-line, early (up to 22 Jan) $25
Student - on site $40
Student - one day only $20
Atlantic Geology subscription $25
Luncheon tickets (available until 29 January)        $20
Banquet tickets (available until 29 January) $40

*APGNS members should ensure they register in the "Academics" category on the registration website.

Program and schedule


Short Course 1: "Subsurface Methods - How to use and interpret drill-hole data and other subsurface data for both industry and academia" - organized by Robin Adair.
Maple Room, Holiday Inn, Truro, 8.30 a.m., Friday 2nd February.
Cost: $475/person(applicable to professional development hours); $50 for academia; $25 for students. The participants will need a pencil, eraser and a package of coloured pencil crayons.

This short course focuses on the gathering, management and interpretation of geoscience data in the subsurface. It will also demonstrate the link between subsurface data and surficial surveys as well as GIS/Geomatics applications. By default, this is an introduction to 3D GIS and the application of large datasets to modeling the subsurface. The course is designed for academic, professional and student applications in equal share.

Data in the subsurface is gathered in two general categories reflecting direct measurement and indirect or remote measurement. Direct measurement involves analysis and observation of surface outcrop, drill core, drill cuttings, pits (including open pit mines), trenches and underground development (mine access ramps, tunnels etc.). Indirect measurement involves most facets of remote sensing and includes all aspects of geophysics. The effective application of 3D GIS requires the establishment of a link between direct and indirect measurements through effective gathering of physical rock properties on a case by case basis where direct measurements are available. The vast majority of direct and indirect data is generated by industry in the petroleum and mineral resource sectors.

Critical to the utilization of subsurface data is the ability to interpret geological data in both 2D and 3D. This involves the development and application of geological intuition during the interpretive process.

This short course will use hard rock examples and applications with analogies to the soft rock domain. Modules within the course develop concepts of data acquisition, management and a hands-on exercise in interpreting drill hole data in the subsurface. Demonstrations of 3D subsurface modelling will complete the session.

Short Course 2: "Your Career and Public Reporting - A QP Short Course for Students, (& others)" - Birch Room, Holiday Inn, Truro, 8.30 a.m., Friday 2nd February.
APGNS, in cooperation with NSDNR is providing a 1 day, 4-part short course for students, academics and professionals at the 2018 AGS Colloquium in Truro, N.S. at the February, 2018 Colloquium. The course materials were developed by Geoscientists Canada to introduce students to ublic reporting as it relates to future careers in any of the resources sectors. It is presented for students at a "career ahead" awareness level. It is not a "how-to course" so it does not provide training as a Qualified Person per se, however, the course will be of interest to a broad range of geoscientists at any career stage, seeking a solid introduction to the expanding topic of public reporting.

Course outline:
Your Career and Public Reporting - A QP Short Course for Students (& others) was initiated by the CIM and staff geoscientists at the securities commissions in Quebec, Ontario and BC. The securities commissions were seeking ways that the mining industry might work with the profession to improve basic awareness at the university level about resources reporting and the role of the QP. Geoscientists Canada took the task on, but determined that the course must equally cover energy reporting and it should also speak to other resources reporting that may arise such as; water resources and environmental reporting. That way the course would be a benefit to all students regardless of their subsequent career direction.

The 1 day, 4 modules course covers:

1. Reporting Issuer and Securities Background & Case Study 1
2. Qualified Person (QP) & Case Study 2
3. Mining and National Instrument 43-101 Overview & Case Study 3
4. Oil & Gas and National Instrument 51-101 Overview & Case Study 4
What are the important features of the course?
  • It uses both energy and mining reporting to introduce all types of public reporting by professionals - hence it targets all students regardless of whether or not they plan to pursue an industry career in geoscience or not.
  •  Participants will receive a certificate that they can cite in their resumes or use for Continuing Professional Development credit.
Amy Tizzard, P.Geo, will be the lead presenter of the course and it anticipated that others from APGNS and NSDNR will be involved to assist with the preparation and possibly serve as co-presenters. Amy is a Regional Geologist, with the Geological Services Division, Geoscience and Mines Branch of NSDNR.

The short course would be available to anybody attending AGS Colloquium:
  • Students - $25.00
  • Academics and registered Professional Geoscientists - $100.00
  • Others - $150.00.
Note that participation in this course will be acceptable for the APGNS Continuing Professional Development and Competency Assurance program with a credit of 8 hours CPD.

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 (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 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 will be displayed from Friday to 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Elm/Oak conference room (lower level).  Poster boards are being provided by Darwin Event Group, Coldbrook, as 4 feet x 8 feet coroplast sheets (twin wall corrugated plastic) mounted on a rigid frame (horizontal format).  You can use either pins or Velcro (please bring pins or Velcro with you) to affix your poster.  Posters must be removed by 4 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 2017 AGM
  • Report from the President (Robin Adair)
  • Financial Report (Nikole Bingham-Koslowski and Lynn Graves - 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 (Cliff Stanley)
  • Report from the Awards Committee (Lynn Dafoe)
  • 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 (Tim Fedak)
  • Report from the Science Atlantic (Earth Science) Committee (Grant Wach)
  • Slate of nominations for Council and Executive, 2018 (Bob Grantham, Past President - provided at meeting)


The Colloquium is being held at the Holiday Inn, Prince St., Truro, easily accessed off Exit 14 on Highway 102 (follow signs for Highway 2, east along Robie St to Juniper St (by the Ford dealer); right (south) along Juniper St.; left (east) on to Prince St. at the 4-way stop sign; the inn is 400 m on your left. Block booking is held up to 8 January 2018.

You can book directly using: Atlantic Geoscience Society - Holiday Inn bookings. A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd February, at a conference rate of $112 (based on 1-2 people per room). High speed internet and parking are complimentary.  Reservations must be made by 8 January 2018. Cancellation of room booking is required a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

 Other accommodations include:

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) are now closed.  Criteria and procedures are available the Call for Award Nominations. Award winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet.

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