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         AGS 47th COLLOQUIUM - 2021

         Held online

        5-6 February 2021


         With thanks to our sponsors



Department of Energy and Mines
Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada

The location - your own couch

The colloquium is being held online through EventRebels. Sessions will be run on Zoom - we recommend you ensure you have Zoom installed on your device to get the best experience.


Program will be available about 10 days before the meeting.

Workshop and Short Courses

Three short courses or workshops are being planned:

1. Looking to the Future; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as a way of being in our discipline - Anne-Marie Ryan (Dalhousie University) and Deanne van Rooyen (Cape Breton University), 2.00 - 5.00 p.m. Atlantic, 5 February 2021

The relevance and need for equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the geosciences has never been so great. As a regional scientific community, the Atlantic Geoscience Society is excited to host this workshop and we invite you to be part of a vision for EDI in the geosciences in Atlantic Canada as we move forward. The workshop offers a short presentation on EDI in the geosciences and a question-and-answer session with the presenter. Following a short break, participants will then divide into themed groups to workshop questions around future directions in the geosciences in Atlantic Canada as these relate to EDI. We will then regroup as a collective to highlight ideas and to begin to develop a moving-forward plan. It is anticipated that this workshop will generate the beginnings of a working document for the AGS as we move through the Twenties.

2. "Applications of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) to Earth Science" - organized by Robin Adair, P.Geo., University of New Brunswick; 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Atlantic time, 5 February 2021

This short course focusses on an introduction to GIS and 3D GIS and their utilization in context of gathering, management and interpretation of geoscience data on the surface and in the subsurface. It will also demonstrate the link between subsurface data and surficial surface mapping and interpretation. By default, this course will be an introduction to 3D GIS and the application of large datasets to modelling the subsurface. The course is designed as a beginner’s guide to this important tool for geoscientists. As a foundation, quality assurance and quality control of GIS data will be reviewed in contest of GIS, augmenting the short course titled “QAQC Methods in Geochemical Research and Mineral Exploration” presented by Cliff Stanley. Full details of this course can be obtained from the course outline.

3. "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; 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Atlantic time, 30 January 2021
This short course (run a week earlier than the colloquium) 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.

Special sessions

A call has been issued for special sessions. Proposals will be provided below - note that some special sessions may get amended, combined, deleted, rejigged or maybe even approved. If you have an idea, contact Rob or Chris with a short description of the session.

Session 1: Sedimentological and Paleontological Investigations from the Onshore and Offshore Realms - Nikole Bingham-Koslowski and Lynn Dafoe

Building on the past success of bringing together soft-rock fields, we invite presentations on fossils, strata, or sediment dealing with sedimentology, paleontology and stratigraphy fields from both onshore exposures and offshore samples.

Session 2: Defining the controls on onshore and offshore Pliocene-Quaternary processes - John Gosse, David Piper and Ned King

Observational stratigraphic data in the onshore and offshore are reaching a spatial and temporal frequency that is enabling the ranking of controlling factors responsible for surficial processes in and around Canada or analogous regions. This is important for mitigating geohazard risk and necessary for the understanding of the evolution of our continent over the past 5 Myr. We welcome presentations that focus on the tectonic, isostatic, or climatogenic controls and causes or on the innovative methods being used to distinguish those controls.

Session 3: Developments in Geoscience Education - Tracy Webb & AGS Education Committee

The Education Committee invites members of the AGS to showcase or highlight their work or recent projects that relate to application in, or support of, earth sciences education. An open discussion and exploration of ways we can enhance the awareness of earth science concepts, issues and concerns will follow. This session is an excellent forum for further promoting new ideas, use of technology and discoveries!

Session 4: Developments in Mineral Resources research in the northern Appalachians - Mitch Kerr, Kevin Neyedley & Aaron Bustard

The northern Appalachians are endowed with a great variety of mineral resources, and our understanding of many of these mineralized systems is continuously developing. We invite papers from industry, government, and academia related to research for all deposit types found in the northern Appalachians, including base, precious, and critical metals. Topics may cover, but are not limited to, controls on deposit formation, structure, metal transport, lithogeochemistry, isotopes, alteration, and exploration models. This session will facilitate discussions on recent developments in the understanding of mineral deposits and metallogenesis in the region.

Session 5. Karst Research in Atlantic Canada - Mo Snyder, Amy Tizzard and Tim Fedak

Whether it is public engagement, geohazards, or numerical modeling, karst research has become increasingly relevant in Atlantic Canada. This session will work to bring together those involved in this varied and interdisciplinary science. We encourage submissions from researchers working in any field of karst science.

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


Submissions are invited for oral or poster presentations at the Colloquium.  The deadline for abstracts is Friday, 15th 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 for Workshop 1 and Short Course 2 can be made up to 1 February; for Short Course 3, cancellations can be made up to 27 January).

Professional - early (up to 15 January) $ 30
Professional - more casual responders $ 40
Student - early (up to 15 January) $ 15
Student - more casual responders $ 25
Retired $ 20
Atlantic Geology subscription $ 25
Workshop 1 - Looking to the Future - professional and academic $ 35
Workshop 1 - Looking to the Future - student or retired $ 20
Short course 2 - Subsurface Methods - professional $100
Short course 2 - Subsurface Methods - academic $50
Short course 2 - Subsurface Methods - student or retired $20
Short course 3 (30 Jan) - QAQC Methods - professional $100
Short course 3 (30 Jan) - QAQC Methods - academic $50
Short course 3 (30 Jan) - QAQC Methods - student or retired $20

Program and schedule

30 January, 9 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Short course 3
5 February, 9 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Short course 2
5 February, 2.00 - 5.00 p.m. Workshop 1

AGS Council meeting

Virtual meeting - details to follow

Halifax 2022 LOC meeting

Virtual meeting - details to follow

Atlantic Geology Editors meeting

Virtual meeting - details to follow

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be in 20 minute time slots (unless you have been advised differently).  These should be prepared as PowerPoint presentations and shared on-screen. Time slots are 20 minutes - presentations should be tailored to 15 minutes, allowing 5 minutes for questions and change over.


Details about posters to be determined

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 2020 AGM
  • Financial Report (Paul Batson)
  • Report from the President (Dave Lentz)
  • 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 Products Committee (Rob Raeside)
  • Report from the Membership Secretary (Ann Miller)
  • Report from the Awards Committee (Anne-Marie Ryan)
  • 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 (Lexie Arnott)
  • Slate of nominations for Council and Executive, 2020 (Martha Grantham, 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 Anne-Marie Ryan by 8 January 2021.  Criteria and procedures are available the Call for Award Nominations. Award winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet.

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