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KEGS Foundation: Highlights & Upcoming Events

  • Reunion Party and Reception, Saturday March 2 4:30-8 pm at Grace O'Malley's*
  • KEGS Foundation Board meeting, Sunday March 3, 9am at Geosoft's office
  • KEGS Foundation AGM, Tuesday March 5, 9am at Royal York
  • Jim Macnae, inaugural Collett Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, in Toronto March 1-15
  • EM Interpretation Short Course presented by Jim Macnae, March 7, 8:30 am at U of Toronto*
  • Renewal of scholarship program for 2019/20

  • * Advance registration strongly advised.

For further information, please see summary update and/or consult the relevant web pages on this website.

Geophysics plays a vital role in the renewal of key global resources and in advancing the understanding of global geoscience aspects and processes. 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 current 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:

  1. Providing scholarships to support education in geophysics* in Canadian universities;
  2. Commemorating the achievements of the current generation of Canadian geophysicists whose contributions include many technological advances and resource discoveries; and
  3. Educating the public (especially high school students) about the role of geophysics and related career opportunities.

Thanks to the recent extraordinary legacy gift from Len and Genice Collett received in late 2017, the Foundation has expanded its core scholarship program to include a special graduate scholarship recognizing important innovative research, as well as a distinguished visiting lectureship and a research fellowship, as announced in 2018, and requests for expressions of interest for the latter two appointments will be circulated at appropriate intervals.

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. To contribute...

KEGS Foundation Update,
January 2, 2019
  • Presentation of 19 scholarships awarded for current academic year completed: Scholarship awards were presented to the current 12 undergraduate and 7 graduate recipients at various KEGS, KEGS Foundation, KEGS-Ottawa and BCGS events, in some cases in conjunction with KEGS Special Lectures.

  • KEGS Special Lectures: Seven Special Lectures were presented this fall, beginning with Dennis Woods at Queen's on Oct 22 and subsequently at UCalgary on Nov 27 and USaskatchewan on Nov 30, with additional lectures by Pascal Audet on Nov 8 at Polytechnique Montréal, Chris Nind at UManitoba on Nov 21, and Jan Francke at UVictoria on Nov 23 and at UAlberta on Nov 29, with one further talk scheduled on March 1 at WesternU by Ted Urbancic. In most cases these lectures were arranged in conjunction with scholarship presentations, and served to raise awareness of KEGS, the KEGS Foundation and its scholarship program. Many thanks are extended to the volunteer lecturers for their generous participation in this important educational program.

  • Collett Graduate Scholarship: Stephen Mosher, PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa, selected as the inaugural recipient of the Len and Genice Collett Graduate Scholarship established as part of the major legacy gift by the Colletts, presented talks on his research into enhancing ocean-bottom seismology at the Foundation's mini-symposium on Dec 4 and at the KEGS-Ottawa meeting on Dec 18, where he received his award.

  • Collett Distinguished Visiting Lecturer March 1-15: Jim Macnae of RMIT University in Australia, selected as the inaugural lecturer for the Len and Genice Collett Distinguished Visiting Lectureship in Geophysics in Geophysics hosted by the Earth Sciences Dept. at the UToronto, is scheduled to present two lectures and a short course during his stay in Toronto (March 1-15), as well as a talk on March 29 in Vancouver. Further details can be found under Future Events.

  • Collett Research Fellowship at the GSC: Dr. Pejman Shamsipour of Montreal, selected as the inaugural recipient of the Collett Research Fellowship, is continuing his collaboration with the GSC into developing enhanced software to generate integrated 3D models of the geology of Canada as part of the Canada in 3D project. (For details see announcement here.) He will likely be presenting updates on his efforts at various relevant meetings during his six-month fellowship.

  • Fall Mini-Symposium Dec 4: A mini-symposium consisting of an assortment of interesting geophysical talks arranged primarily by Jean Legault was successfully held on Dec 4 at the UToronto, ahead of the annual KEGS XMAS party, with attendance by a significant number of students. Thanks are again extended to the presenters and to the KEGS members who supported the Foundation's educational efforts.

  • Financial Update: Thanks to the Collett legacy gift and continuing support by the geophysical community, the Foundation's finances remain reasonably robust, although both donations and endowments have been moderately affected by current economic conditions and market volatility. The financial report for FY 2018 (ending July 13, 2018) will be posted on the Foundation's website very shortly.

  • Fundraising efforts: Thanks are extended for the recently renewed generous donations to support the Foundation's regular scholarship program by Crone Geophysics, Gordon West, Tony Watts, Ken Nurse and Director Emeritus Laurie Reed. Individual donors are reminded that they can double the impact of their donation (up to $250 per year) via the pledged support for the continuing matching donation program generously funded by Phoenix Geophysics.

  • Renewal of scholarship program for 2019/20: In view of the generally favourable financial status and forecast for the Foundation, it is anticipated that the regular scholarship program will be renewed for 2019/20, along with selection of new recipients for the three Collett awards, as will be formally announced shortly.

  • Governance: As part of the previously announced continuing transition process to implement a more collegial governance structure with greater roles and designated responsibilities by all nine Directors, under the guidance of the Acting Chair Stephen Reford, the Investment Committee has been revived, with Chris Nind appointed Treasurer, and Jean Legault as Secretary and Educational Director. Additional changes are likely to be instituted at the regular Board meeting, tentatively scheduled for Sunday March 3 and announced at the regular AGM on Tuesday March 5.


* 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.

Registration for Jim Macnae's EM Interpretation Short Course

March 7, 8:30 am – 12 pm
University of Toronto
PDF with full details

Registration for the KEGS Foundation Reunion Party and Reception

March 2, 4:30 – 8 pm
Grace O'Malley's, 14 Duncan St
PDF with full details

Matching Donation Program Initiated

The KEGS Foundation is very pleased to announce the launch of a matching donation program. PDF with full details...

How Students Can Apply

Interested undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in geophysics or a related field at a Canadian college or university are encouraged to apply (preferably by April 30 for the subsequent academic year) by submitting an application to the Foundation. The Foundation Directors, with advice from its counselors, will determine awards on an annual basis. Application Details...

2018 Scholarship Awards

The Directors of the KEGS Foundation are very pleased to announce the awarding of nineteen scholarships totalling nearly $17,000 to twelve undergraduate and seven MSc graduate students in geophysics at eight Canadian universities for the forthcoming academic year (2018/19). See details...

Recent News and Events

Scholarship presentation by Dennis Wood, Dir., to UVic students Erica Owen and Cedar Haneson at KEGS SL.
Recent scholarship presentations and related Foundation events.

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