Report to APICS Council, Fall 2009
APICS (ES) co-sponsors a visiting speaker tour with the Atlantic Geoscience Society.
The 2009-10 speaker is John Waldron, University of Alberta, who conveniently is on
sabbatical leave in the area for the fall and winter. He will be visiting Nova Scotia
universities in November, and UNB and MUN in late February. He will deliver a lecture
on “Evolution of the Maritimes Basin: transtension, transpression and salt tectonics.”
After a rather thin turn-out to the conference in 2008, the organizers this year at St.
Mary’s pulled out all the stops, resulting in a conference of superlatives: the largest
number of presenters ever, the highest budget and surplus ever, and the coldest field trip
in living memory (but enjoyed nonetheless!). There were 16 oral presenters and 11
poster presentations, and budget with in excess of $29000 raised in advance from
Awards were made as follows:
Field trips/short courses were organized as follows:
- APICS-NSERC award ($500) - comprised of $400 from the NSERC reps and
$100 from the APICS communications award): Matt Stimson, SMU
- CSPG (Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists) award - traditionally given as
a trophy for the best presentation (i.e. delivery). This year the CSPG modified its
award to provide a plaque for the best presentation of a petroleum geology-related
paper. Value $500: Jordan Nickerson (Dalhousie)
- Frank Shea award - best paper in economic geology. Awarded by Mining Society
of Nova Scotia, value $500 to the winner, and $100 to the student club: Darren
- CSEG Foundation award - awarded to the best paper in geophysics. Value $300:
Byron Kelly (MUN)
- Best Poster award, provided by Imperial Oil, and arranged by the organizing club
- In addition, the Atlantic Geoscience Society recognises all presenters with a
- CSEG (Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists) Challenge Bowl - a
knock-out quiz style, with the winning team awarded a trip to the annual meeting
of the CSEG (this year with the CSPG and GAC-MAC at GeoCanada 2010 in
Calgary) to compete nationally, with the potential for the winning team there to
continue to an international competition: Leah Chiste and Alex Kaul (Acadia).
For the presentations, the panel of judges comprised Howard Donohoe, Executive
Director and Registrar of Geoscientists Nova Scotia, Sara Trend (Imperial Oil Resources,
St. John’s) and Aaron Grimeau (Devon Energy, Calgary). Information sessions were
given by Jason Frenette (NSERC Atlantic), Howard Donohoe (Executive Director and
Registrar of Geoscientists Nova Scotia), and Michael Parsons (Geological Survey of
Canada – Atlantic). The day ended with a banquet where Dr. Marcos Zentilli, Dalhousie,
gave a talk on High Arctic research opportunities.
- UNESCO World Heritage Site: Joggins Fossil Cliffs: John Calder and Matt
- Pope’s Harbour dyke: Victor Owen and John Greenough
- Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board Geoscience Research Centre
(Core Lab): Andrew MacRae
- Fluid and melt inclusions in precious metal deposits: Jacob Hanley.
APICS (ES) Committee:
will meet again at the Atlantic Geoscience Society meeting, 6 February, in Wolfville.