Michael and Patricia Carson Geophysics Scholarship for Indigenous Students Announcement, Description and Inaugural Award

11 Aug 2021 11:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The KEGS Foundation announce that, thanks to a substantial donation by Michael and Patricia Carson, it is establishing a scholarship to be awarded annually to an Indigenous student who is pursuing post-secondary studies in geophysics or geophysical technology at a Canadian university or college. It forms part of the Foundation’s evolving efforts to advance geophysical education in Canada.

In making this important donation, the Carsons wish to establish a scholarship for Indigenous students is to help ensure they have opportunities to study geophysics and develop careers, bringing needed Indigenous perspective into this field. More about the scholarship and the first recipient:  here

Unfortunately Mike passed away peacefully of ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease on August 5 2021, his family at his side. Michael spent more than 35 years in the resources exploration industry working in over 45 countries in the Americas, Australia, Africa, Europe and Middle East.

He studied geophysics at Western, and also completed The Executive Program at Queen’s University. He enjoyed a lengthy and productive career, beginning as a field geophysicist with Geoterrex in Ottawa in 1972, rising to a manager at Geoterrex and its various successor companies, including CGG and Fugro. After the formation of Fugro Airborne Surveys in the early 2000’s, Mike was appointed President & Regional Manager, Americas and he led the successful effort to integrate many formerly competitive companies into a single worldwide airborne geophysical company. Please read his full obituary here

KEGS executives extend their deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. May he rests in peace. 


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