Short Courses & Workshops

Indicator minerals in till and stream sediments of the Canadian Cordillera

Workshop 1 (WS1) | Space Available

May 30-31, 2016

Adrian Hickin, British Columbia Geological Survey ( Alain Plouffe, Geological Survey of Canada ( Travis Ferbey, British Columbia Geological Survey (

This two-day short course will focus on the use of indicator minerals, recovered from till and stream sediment samples, for mineral exploration in the Canadian Cordillera.  The first part of day one will present current models of growth, decay, and flow direction of the Cordilleran ice sheet, discuss in detail the genesis of till and what till facies are most appropriate for use in drift prospecting, and why, despite the complexities of till generation, drift prospecting works.  The second part of day one focuses on recent work involving Quaternary and Holocene sediments that contain a detrital signal from porphyry Cu±Au±Mo, specialty metal (e.g., niobium, rare earth elements), base metal and other vein-related gold deposits.  Discussions will include trace element composition of some key indicator minerals and how they can be fingerprinted to a bedrock source.  Day two will be field-based and focus on the origin and genesis of Quaternary-age sediment that can be sampled or be avoided for drift prospecting purposes.  As such, the fieldtrip will emphasize the recognition of basal till (the ideal sample medium for a till geochemistry and mineralogy survey) and differentiate diamictons of different origins. Field stops will also introduce other Quaternary sediment types commonly observed in the Canadian Cordillera. Because glacial transport history is critical for survey design and interpreting results field stop will also key indicators of ice-flow movements and glacial transport directions.   

EdGEO Teacher Professional Development Workshop

Workshop 2 (WS2) | Space Available

June 3, 2016 

Sarah Laxton, Yukon Geological Survey (
Eileen van der Flier-Keller, University of Victoria (
Lesley Hymers
Janice Williams

This full-day Earth Science instructional development workshop will include a hands-on learning session and field trip to local geologic exposures. The themes that will be explored include Earth science classroom teaching resources and activities, the geology of the Whitehorse area, and curriculum connections. The workshop is of interest to elementary, secondary Educators, including those in social studies, science, and geography.

For registration information contact Sarah Laxton at or (867) 393-7187.

Funding for this workshop will be provided by the EdGEO Teachers Workshop Program and the Canadian Geoscience Education Network.  Find out more about our workshop sponsors at and

Ancient and Modern VMS deposits

Workshop 3 (WS3) | Space Available

May 30-31, 2016

Bruce Gemmell, CODES, University of Tasmania (
Steve Piercey, Memorial University (

This course will cover the geology and genesis of VMS deposits and their exploration criteria. Topics will include general features of VMS deposits, tectonics and lithogeochemistry, secular evolution of deposits, deposit styles, alteration, and modern seafloor hydrothermal systems. The course will have a particular emphasis on the VMS deposit of the Canadian and Alaskan Cordillera.

EarthsCAN Planning Workshop

May 31, 2016 | Space Available

Katherine Boggs, Mount Royal University (
Pascal Audet, University of Ottawa (
Michael Schmidt, Arctic Institute of North America (

The purpose of the EarthsCAN research initiative is to develop a Canada-wide multidisciplinary geoscience research initiative similar in scope to Lithoprobe, expanding on the success of the US EarthScope program ( with the addition of atmospheric-oceanographic-climatic/weather modeling.

Globally, climate change, population growth, natural hazards and the need for long term sustainability of resource supply (including materials, energy and food) demands new approaches to the Earth Sciences. Here we are proposing to create new research networks that permit us to approach the challenges facing society with completely new ways of thinking. This initial EarthsCAN workshop at GAC-MAC 2016 will discuss this research initiative, brainstorm and design possible proof of concept projects, in preparation for upcoming workshops being coordinated for August 2016 in Ottawa and Calgary; which now have >100 committed participants from Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Environment Canada, academia, EarthScope and emergency management agencies.

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