Welcome to the KEGS Foundation
Geophysics plays a vital role in the renewal of key global resources. As the principal technological forum for Canadian mining geophysics, KEGS (The Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society) has become increasingly concerned about:
Significant decline in geophysics enrollment in Canada;
Shrinking geoscience departments; and
Reduced government support.
These concerns are heightened by the fact that in the new millenium increased global resource utilization and other critical geoscience issues (e.g., environmental problems and earthquake mitigation) will inevitably require additional innovative and knowledgeable geophysicists.
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The KEGS Foundation
To help address these concerns, the KEGS Foundation was established in 1999 with the principal objectives of:
Providing scholarships to support education in geophysics* in Canadian universities;
Commemorating the achievements of the current generation of Canadian geophysicists whose contributions include many technological advances and resource discoveries; and
Educating the public (especially high school students) about the role of geophysics and related career opportunities.
The KEGS Foundation is guided by nine volunteer Directors, consisting of eight senior geophysicists, plus the KEGS Past President. The Foundation is also advised by a distinguished panel of fifteen geophysicists from diverse organizations and regions across Canada who serve as Counselors, ensuring that the Foundation obtains input from the various sectors and interested parties, and in turn effectively communicates its scholarship program and other educational activities to universities, students, geophysical service companies and resource corporations across Canada.
How You Can Help
Many of us recall with pride and gratitude receiving scholarship support for our university studies, benefiting from significant contributions by previous generations. Your contribution will help the KEGS Foundation sustain these opportunities for future generations.
By completing and mailing the Donation Form today, you can help us build a bridge to the future.
KEGS Foundation Update,
January 24, 2018
Collett gift developments: Discussions are continuing re establishing a possible visiting lectureship and research internship as well as several new scholarships at both graduate and undergraduate levels, all of which will bear their names as an enduring legacy of the extraordinary gift by the Len and Genice Collett in support of geophysical education.
2017/18 scholarship presentations: Completing the presentation of the 24 scholarship awards for 2017/18 totaling more than $18k, additional presentations were arranged in conjunction with renewed KEGS Special Lectures at Queens by Jean Legault (Jan 18), at Ecole Polytechique by Michel Allard (Jan 22), and (upcoming) at the University of Alberta by Dennis Woods (Feb 14), with details to be found on the Foundation's website. Particular thanks are extended to the lecturers for their pro bono efforts to broaden students' awareness and understanding of exploration geophysics for mineral resources.
Renewal of scholarship program for 2017/18: The Foundation will shortly formally announce the renewal of its scholarship program for 2017/18, with students in geophysics encouraged to submit their applications (deadline April 30).
'After Party - March 3: It is anticipated that the Foundation will again host an informal 'After Party' following the KEGS Geophysical Symposium on Saturday March 3. Details will be announced once the event is confirmed.
Annual general meeting - March 6: As in prior years, the Foundation's AGM will be held immediately following the KEGS Breakfast on Tuesday March 6 in the Imperial Room at the Fairmont Royal York. All interested persons are cordially invited to participate.
Fundraising efforts: While the major gift by the Colletts will fund new initiatives, continued donations are needed to support next year's regular scholarship awards. Fundraising includes intensified efforts to contact many of 250 past scholarship recipients to encourage them to donate to support future students. Individual donors are reminded that they can double the impact of their donation (up to $250 per year) via the continuing matching donation program generously supported by Phoenix Geophysics (see Foundation website for details).
* The KEGS Foundation, a federally chartered Canadian charitable organization (870164340RR0001),
acts as trustee for various named geophysical scholarship endowments as well as for the John E. Steers Field School Bursary which is administered by the CMIEF.