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         AGS 44th COLLOQUIUM - 2018

         Holiday Inn, Truro

        2-3 February 2018


         With thanks to our sponsors


Acadia E&ES


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. 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.

Special sessions, special events and workshop

If you are interested in organizing a special session, workshop, field trip, or any special event, please contact colloquium organizers Rob Raeside or Chris White.

Currently proposed sessions are:

  • Recent Advances in Carboniferous geology of the Atlantic provinces - Adrian Park, Steven Hinds
    This session would include work in all the Atlantic Provinces and adjacent areas (on and off shore) in geophysics, stratigraphy, paleontology, sedimentology, structure and tectonics, geochemistry, exploration, etc., in the Carboniferous Period.
  • Paleontology and Sedimentology in the Maritimes and Beyond - Lynn Dafoe, Nikole Bingham-Koslowski
  • Geohazards in the Arctic - John Gosse and GSC personnel
    The spatial range of current research, from Banks Island to Norway, and the range of techniques (marine geophysics, rock avalanche chronology) and hazards (earthquakes, tsunami, others).
  • 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
  • Records of Environmental Change from the Atlantic Provinces and Beyond - Ian Spooner and Dewey Dunnington
  • 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 - Graham Williams and Tracy Webb.
    This session will highlight Nelly's contributions to AGS and its educational achievements through books and brochures, completed and in the works, Cliffs of Fundy Geopark, EdGEO workshops, Geological Highway maps, teaching resources, and web development.

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


Submissions are invited for oral or poster presentation at the Colloquium.  The deadline for abstracts is Monday, 22nd January, 4.30 p.m. Be sure to indicate if your presentation is intended to be present as an oral paper or a poster. 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. Abstracts should be submitted to Rob Raeside - if you do not receive acknowledgement of receipt of the abstract within 24 hours, contact him directly (902-585-1323).


Registration details will be posted later in the fall.

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. 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 modelling 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)"
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 public 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.

Draft minutes (to be considered at 2018 AGM) are now available.

  • Agenda for AGM
  • 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 EdGeo Workshop Committee (Jennifer Bates)
  • 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 open.  Criteria and procedures are available the Call for Award Nominations. Nominations must be received by 1 January 2018.  Award winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet.

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