Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences / Federation canadienne des sciences de la Terre

Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences / Federation canadienne des sciences de la Terre

September 11, 2007 12:47 ET

Renewed Organization to Speak for 15,000 Earth Scientists Across Canada

The Canadian Geoscience Council / Conseil Geoscientifique Canadien has undergone organizational rejuvenation and has changed its name to: Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences / Federation canadienne des sciences de la Terre

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2007) - The Council of Members of the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences / Federation canadienne des sciences de la Terre ("CFES/FCST") is pleased to announce that the former Canadian Geoscience Council / Conseil Geoscientifique Canadien has received strong support from virtually all major organizations representing Earth scientists across Canada at a recent meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia to pursue its newly restated mission to:

- Raise awareness of the importance of Earth science in Canadians' every-day lives.

- Enhance the understanding and appreciation of the role of Earth sciences in environmental, natural hazard and climate studies, and its fundamental importance in securing and responsibly developing Canada's energy, mining and water resources.

- Facilitate the ability of Canada's Earth science sectors to share data, knowledge and evolving ideas.

- Seek to influence policy and public opinion based on science, serving as the principal contact and referral point for information, advice and advocacy on matters of concern to its disciplines.

The CFES/FCST provides a unified voice and single point of contact on those matters that concern Earth scientists as a larger community. The member organizations that were represented at the Vancouver meeting include;

Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG), Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), Canadian National Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (CNCIAH), Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG), Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG), Geological Association of Canada (GAC), Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), Council of Chairs of Canadian Earth Science Departments (CCCESD) and the National Geological Surveys Committee (NGSC), as well as the Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists (CCPG), as an observer.

These organizations all recognize the need for a strong, unified, science-based approach to those issues of importance to all Canadians where the expertise and knowledge of Earth scientists is critical to ensure public safety, environmental protection and economic progress. Such issues would include natural hazard awareness and emergency response, regulatory issues with respect to resource development, climate change mitigation and adaptation. The CFES/FCST advocates public awareness of the science underlying these issues.

Leadership of the CFES/FCST lies with an executive team guided by a Board of Directors who are elected by the Council of Members. The Council of Members consists of the Presidents (or equivalent) of the member societies and organizations. These member societies and organizations represent approximately 15,000 Canadian Earth scientists across Canada employed in industry (including mining and petroleum), hydrogeology, environmental geoscience, geotechnical engineering, government and academia.

The current President is Ian Young who is employed in the oil and gas industry with EnCana Oil and Gas Partnership as VP Conventional Exploration and Joint Ventures, and whose term as CFES/FCST President runs until November 2008. The President-Elect is Bill Mercer who has had a distinguished career in the mining industry, most recently as Director of Geology and Geochemistry with Falconbridge Inc. It is a stated objective that successive Presidents of the CFES/FCST will represent different sectors of the Earth science community. The executive also includes Dr. Harvey Thorleifson, Past-President; James Burns, Finance Director; Dr. Elisabeth Kosters, Managing Director; and Catherine Barrett, Administrative Officer. The Board of Directors includes; Ian Young, Bill Mercer, Dr. Harvey Thorleifson, James Burns, Dr. Elisabeth Kosters, Dr. Bryan Schreiner, Fran Haidl and Dr. Jeff Packard.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences /
    Federation canadienne des sciences de la Terre
    Ian Young
    President & Director
    (403) 645-3888
    Email: ian.young@encana.com
    or
    Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences /
    Federation canadienne des sciences de la Terre
    Jeff Packard
    Communications Director
    (403) 233-3302
    Email: jeff.packard@conocophillips.com
    or
    Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences /
    Federation canadienne des sciences de la Terre
    600, 640 - 8th Avenue S.W.
    Calgary, Alberta
    Canada T2P 1G7