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2021 February Bulletin

1 Feb 2021 6:36 PM | Anonymous

KEGS February 2021 Talk

Join us for our second webinar of 2021 next Tuesday!

DateFebruary 9, 2021 at 4:00 PM EST
TitleResource exploration for a net-zero emission future with electromagnetic methods in applied geophysics
SpeakerAndrei Swidinsky, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines and new Teck Chair in Exploration Geophysics at the University of Toronto

Location: Virtual registration link here.


The World Health Organization has stated that “Climate change is the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century”. To address the climate crisis, every effort must be made to reduce the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Indeed, for Canada to achieve its 2050 goal of net-zero emissions, innovations in green energy and carbon dioxide (CO2) storage technology are essential. I believe that geophysics plays an important role in this goal through the strategic value of certain natural resources. This talk will describe my plans for a new research program as the Teck Chair in Exploration Geophysics at the University of Toronto.  As summarized in the figure below, I will outline four potential graduate student projects studying novel electromagnetic (EM) methods to explore for blind hydrothermal systems & critical mineral deposits, characterize enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) and monitor CO2 storage.  I will also describe ideas for an additional project related to the use of convolutional neural networks (CNNs) in mineral exploration, with the goal of developing university-industry partnerships focused on machine learning applications in geophysics.


Andrei Swidinsky,  P.hD
Andrei Swidinsky completed his undergraduate education in theoretical physics at the University of Guelph, and continued his graduate studies in geophysics at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Nigel Edwards.  Upon finishing his doctorate in 2011, he spent the following two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Geomar) working on geophysical joint inversion.  He is currently an Associate Professor at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) Department of Geophysics, where he has been a faculty member since 2013.  His research interests revolve around the development of novel electrical and electromagnetic methodology, including its integration with other types of exploration data.  He teaches a variety of courses on electrical and electromagnetic exploration techniques, ranging from introductory undergraduate classes to those at the advanced graduate level. He also directs the CSM Geophysics Field Camp, a four week comprehensive field course.   A former KEGS scholarship recipient, in July 2021 he will be joining the University of Toronto, Department of Earth Sciences as Teck Chair in Exploration Geophysics.      

Mark your calendar for KEGS future talks!

KEGS is pleased to announce a list of confirmed talks going forward:

April 13 – Randy Enkin, GSC Paleomagnetism and Petrophysics Lab – Geophysical rock properties and the mineral mixing model based on principal component analysis as related to mineral properties and the implication on geophysical exploration
May 11 – Thibaut Astic, UBC – 3D modelling of geophysical data to obtain relevant geophysical exploration models
June 8 – Brian Bengert, BGS Exploration – Tamarack deposit geophysics
July 12 – Bill Morris – either Sudbury breccia geophysical properties or Malartic Rock physical properties and the impact on geophysical exploration methodologies.

KEGS 2021 Symposium updates - Fully virtual event - More updates coming soon!
Dates: March 16 & 18, 2021 - March 23 & 25, 2021

New this year will be an on-demand video component featuring presentations from students, as well as brief updates from industry, governments, and research centers. The KEGS 2021 symposium will be a virtual event held over 4 days. Each session will be 1.5 hours long and feature 4 live talks followed by Q&A after each talk with the speakers.

The sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays on March 16th, 18th, 23rd & 25th, 2021. Times and prices to be announced soon.

2021 KEGS Membership Renewal
If you have not yet, we encourage you all to renew your membership in KEGS for 2021. The membership rate remains unchanged at CAD $50.00 + HST, and CAD $25.00 + HST for students. Membership registration is open as of January 1st, 2021

Don't miss this TGDG webinar!
Topic:  The PACIFIC Project: Developing passive seismic techniques for environmentally friendly and cost efficient mineral exploration.
Date:   02 Feb 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
More info 

WGC & PGO - Online Fireside Chat
TopicMentoring, A Pathway to Bridge the Gender Gap
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. EST.

About: An online fireside chat co-hosted by Professional Geoscientists Ontario and Women Geoscientists in Canada featuring professional geoscientists discussing the importance of mentoring to help sustain efforts to bridge the gender gap in geoscience industry. This is an opportunity for students, geoscientists-in-training and newly minted P.Geo.’s to engage with women leaders in the industry to gain insight from their lived experience, from their lessons learned and how to flourish as geoscience professionals and leaders in what is traditionally a male-dominated industry.

  • Imshun Je, P.Geo., Manager, Environmental Site Management & Compliance, City of Mississauga and member of PGO's Diversity and Inclusion Ad-hoc Committee
  • Jenna McKenzie, P.Geo., Co-founder and Principal Geophysicist, Ronacher McKenzie Geoscience Inc. and Founding Director of Women Geoscientists in Canada
  • Maureen Jensen, P.Geo., Past Chair of Ontario Securities Commission, Director of Franco-Nevada Corporation Copy and paste the link on your url window to know more about our panelists.

1st CSEG Virtual Learning Series 2021: A Showcase of Canadian Innovation- February 2-4 & 8-11

This 1ST CSEG Virtual Learning Series (DLS) features seven strategic noon hour talks spread over 2 weeks. The objective is to provide a learning series focused on applied geoscience and the innovation occurring in the geosciences in Canada.
The oil and gas industry has once again found itself moving toward a low cost, efficient and sustainable future. As such, existing workflows have to be modernized by incorporating innovative ideas, new technologies have to show improved efficiency and every application has to resolve a particular social, environmental and economic problem. So, each speaker will address one particular major topic under development in Canada today.
Data quality improvements through innovations in seismic acquisition and reinterpretation of legacy seismic data are a couple of examples that will be covered showing how costs can be optimized while enhancing data quality and value of the interpretation.

Quantitative interpretation to provide deeper insight into subsurface reservoirs, machine learning application and adopting an integrated work flow for field development will show how new applications and repurposing old techniques with new perspective can solve modern petroleum exploration problems and impact business decisions.
Game-changing technologies within the hydrocarbon energy sector, as well as various innovative ideas in development as part of Canada’s energy transition will be discussed.
This virtual learning series invites anyone interested to learn about current innovative workflows, applications and technologies within the oil and gas industry. Participants will also gain insight into energy transition concepts.

Program Detail and Registration Information

PDAC Geophysics Session

The Geophysics The Geophysics program will be launched as part of the PDAC technical program. The session will include four talks and is chaired by Robert Hearst, Southern Geoscience consultants and Brian, B-Field Geophysics, Toronto, Canada. More info here

KEGS Foundation Update

The full KEGS Foundation Update can be found here. Update includes:

  • Scholarship program to be renewed for 2021/22 academic year
  • Possible Quebec-focused scholarship under active consideration
  • Recent donations by supporters gratefully acknowledged
  • Additional donations encouraged to sustain the core scholarship program
  • Double impact program for individual donations generously funded by Phoenix
  • Presentation of record 27 scholarships for current year largely completed
  • Continuing outreach to current awardees to offset virtual instruction constraints
  • Augmented efforts to strengthen connections to 300+ ‘alumni’
  • Continued collaboration with KEGS, BCGS, TGDG and other allied geo-organizations
  • Financial statement and tax return for FY 2020 completed and filed
  • Continuing efforts to strengthen and broaden governance

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