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         AGS 46th COLLOQUIUM - 2020

         Holiday Inn, Truro, Nova Scotia

        7-8 February 2020


         With thanks to our sponsors


Atlantic Gold Atlantic Gold




Northern Shield

Geological Survey

Petroleum Resources


The location - Holiday Inn, Truro

Centrally located in Nova Scotia, all events will be held in the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre. A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of the 6th, 7th, 8th February, at a conference rate of $115 (based on 1-2 people per room). High speed internet and parking are complimentary.


You can book directly at the Holiday Inn through Atlantic Geoscience Society reservations or by calling 902-895-1651 or toll-free at 888-895-1651 and mention "AGS Conference". The hotel block booking closed on 10 January 2020. Cancellation of room booking requires a minimum of 24 hours advance notice.


Program is now available here.

Short Course

"QAQC Methods in Geochemical Research and Mineral Exploration, with a Focus on Gold Assay Quality Control" - by Cliff Stanley, Ph.D., P.Geo. FCG., Acadia University
Location: Holiday Inn, Truro, 8.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m., Friday 7 February 2020
This short course presents both the theory behind geochemical data quality assessment methods for mineral exploration sampling and resource definition, and a clear and practical approach to the design, implementation, and assessment of such methods. Given the recent Au mining activity ongoing in the Atlantic Provinces, this workshop addresses both QAQC methods generally and the adaptation in method and interpretation necessary to assess data quality in Au assays and geochemical concentrations. Topics covered range from initial sampling, digestion, and analysis methods and how they impact QA/QC, through data quality assessment concepts, qualitative and quantitative data, types of errors, accuracy and precision assessment methods, to best practices, component errors, and strategies to reduce errors. Included are several practical exercises allowing participants to develop confidence in plotting and assessing quality control data using real-world data, and several critiques of QAQC reports submitted to stock market authorities as part of mining company due diligence efforts. Emphasis will be placed on the use of quality control data to reduce ambiguities that impede the interpretation of mineral exploration results, and to minimize uncertainties in resource estimation, both of which can be adapted to geochemical research activities.
Full details available separately.
This course is eligible for CPD credit for any Provincial PGeo organization in Canada.

Special sessions

The following special sessions are being organized:

Session 1: Current Research in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology in Atlantic Canada - Barret Kurylyk and Gavin Kennedy
Hydrogeology has increasingly become a multi-disciplinary field of study as groundwater processes impact conditions in many other scientific disciplines. We welcome any abstracts that detail field or modeling studies that consider groundwater flow, groundwater as a drinking water resource, groundwater contamination, chemical or thermal transport in groundwater systems, coastal groundwater issues, groundwater-dependent ecosystems, or climate change impacts to aquifers.

Session 2: Recent Advances in the Carboniferous in the Maritimes - Steven Hinds and Adrian Park
Throughout last year, several key advances have contributed towards improving our understanding of the Carboniferous system of the Eastern Coast. Besides structural and stratigraphic work, important contributions have been made in paleontology studies such as ichnology and palynology, as well as Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry. This multidisciplinary session gives each contributor the chance to present their findings, liaison with colleagues with the goal of further advancing the overall geologic model for the Carboniferous.

Session 3: Palaeontology and Sedimentology in Atlantic Canada - Nikole Bingham-Koslowski, Melissa Grey
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.

Session 4: Structure, Tectonics, and Magmatism of the Appalachian-Caledonides from Iapetus to Pangea - Donnelly Archibald, Phil McCausland and James Braid
This session will cover a broad range of topics in the context of the structural, magmatic and tectonic evolution of the Paleozoic Appalachian-Caledonian belt. We invite papers that explore topics including, but not limited to: structure, geochronology, petrology, metamorphism, sedimentary and isotopic provenance, mineral deposits, paleogeography and tectonic synthesis. This session provides an opportunity to discuss recent research advances in understanding the Appalachian-Caledonian belt and its Paleozoic context.

Session 5: Gold: An Atlantic Canada Perspective - Kevin Neyedley, Mitch Kerr, and Aaron Bustard
Given the recent rise of gold exploration and production in Atlantic Canada, this session will focus on current work that is advancing the understanding of gold deposits in the region. We invite papers from industry, government, and academia related to all aspects of gold deposits, such as, but not limited to: gold transport and deposition, structural controls on gold deposits, lithogeochemistry and alteration, and refining genetic and exploration models. This session will provide an avenue for discussing the current and future work to further our understanding of gold in Atlantic Canada.

Session 6: Geoscience Education - Vision 2020 - Tracy Webb and the Education Committee
As conversations are heating up on social media about climate change, it is increasingly obvious that too many people are not well-informed about earth sciences, as one example. It is challenging at times to have these discussions without polar opposites emerging, with no resolution of ideas. Education of course is essential, starting in P-12 schools and beyond - so how can we continue to support teachers, increase our outreach, and perhaps be more accessible? We will explore ideas, suggestions, share successes and see how we can move forward in this endeavor. 

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 recognize 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 presentations at the Colloquium.  The deadline for abstracts was Thursday, 16th 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 Rob Raeside.


All registration is done online via the Event Rebels site. Payment can made by credit card or through PayPal. Young professionals within two years of graduation can register as "student members". Cancellations can be made up to 3 February.

Professional - on-line, early (up to 18 January) $ 66
Professional - on site $ 86
Professional - one day only $ 45
Student - on-line, early (up to 18 January) $ 25
Student - on site $ 40
Student - one day only $ 20
Retired $ 25
Atlantic Geology subscription $ 25
QAQC Methods in Geochemical Research and Mineral Exploration - professional      $200
QAQC Methods in Geochemical Research and Mineral Exploration - academic $ 50
QAQC Methods in Geochemical Research and Mineral Exploration - student $ 25
Luncheon tickets (available until 31 January) $ 25
Banquet tickets (available until 31 January) $ 45

Program and schedule

Short course

"Workshop on QAQC Methods in Geochemical Research and Mineral Exploration, with a Focus on Gold Assay Quality Control" - by Cliff Stanley, Ph.D., P.Geo. FCG., Acadia University
Location: Maple Room, Holiday Inn, Truro, 8.30 - 4.30 noon, Friday 7 February 2020

AGS Council meeting

Holiday Inn Truro - 1.00 p.m.

Halifax 2022 LOC meeting

Holiday Inn Truro - 3.00 p.m.

Atlantic Geology Editors meeting

Holiday Inn Truro - 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 and 8 feet long by 4 feet high on a 7-foot high frame - use Velcro stickers to affix your poster.  Posters should be removed at 4 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 2019 AGM
  • Financial Report (Nikole Bingham-Koslowski)
  • Report from the President (Martha Grantham)
  • Report from the Education Committee (Tracy Webb)
  • Report from the Nova Scotia EdGeo Workshop Committee (Nikole Bingham-Koslowski)
  • Report from the New Brunswick Teachers Workshop Group (Ann Timmermans)
  • Report from the Video Committee (Graham Williams)
  • Report from the Products Committee (Rob Raeside)
  • Report from the Membership Secretary (Ann Miller)
  • Report from the Awards Committee (Dave Lentz)
  • Report from the Publications Committee (Sandra Barr)
  • Report from the Atlantic Geology Editors (Sandra Barr, Rob Fensome, Denise Brushett, David West)
  • Report from the Webmaster (Joe MacIntosh)
  • Report from the AGS-Science Atlantic Speaker tour coordinator (Deanne van Rooyen)
  • Report from the Travelling Speaker Series committee (Sheila Watters)
  • Social Media Report (Tim Fedak)
  • Report from CFES rep (Chris White)
  • Report from Halifax 2022 LOC / 50th Anniversary liaison (Sandra Barr, Ian Spooner)
  • Report from the Science Atlantic (Earth Science) Committee (Jason Loxton)
  • Slate of nominations for Council and Executive, 2020 (Lynn Dafoe, 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 2020.  Criteria and procedures are available the Call for Award Nominations. Award winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet.

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