KEGS November Bulletin

3 Nov 2022 10:26 AM | Peter Tschirhart (Administrator)


KEGS November Talk

Our next KEGS talk is happening on November 8th at 4:00 PM. The talk will be hosted exclusively online

TitleTBA - Talk will deal with seismic in exploration

Speaker: Heather Schijns, BHP

Date: Tuesday November 8th at 4:00 PM

Location: Virtual


Bio: Heather Schijns is a geophysicist with experience in North and South America, Europe, Australasia and Africa for a range of commodities, including nickel, copper, lead-zinc and coal. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta, where she completed an MSc and a PhD in geophysics, with a focus on seismic methods and rock physics in metamorphic rocks. Heather worked for Aurora Geosciences and MMG Ltd before joining BHP’s Resource Centre of Excellence group in 2017 as Global Principal Geoscientist, Seismic Geophysics.


Mark your calendar for KEGS future talks and events!

KEGS is currently looking for potential speakers for the Spring 2023 sessions. If you are interested to speak at a KEGS monthly talk, please contact us.

Find out about more geo scientific events in GTA Geoscience calendar here


KEGS 2023 Symposium - Call for Abstracts

Mark your calendars - KEGS is excited to announce the return of the annual Symposium to be held the Saturday preceding the 2023 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convection in Toronto, Canada. The event is planned to be held in person on March 4th, 2023.

At this time KEGS invites you to submit an abstract on the following suggested topics: 

  • Geophysics for Critical Mineral Exploration
  • Open Source Tools in Exploration Geophysics
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Applied to Exploration Geophysics
  • New Developments (Data Acquisition, Processing, and Interpretation)
  • Integrated Case Histories

Abstract Submissions 

Short abstracts are to have a 400-word limit. An abstract template is available here.

The deadline for submission is Friday, December 9th, 2022.  

Please submit your abstract here, and include "KEGS 2023 Symposium Abstract" in the subject line.


KEGS Annual Holiday Social

KEGS is pleased to announce the annual XMAS party planned to be held December 13th. Further details including registration and pricing will follow later in November. 


Nominations for a new KEGS executive member is open! 

Interested in joining the 2023 KEGS executive? Know someone who might be? If you or someone you know would like to volunteer to run for the 2023 KEGS executive position of Secretary-Treasurer, please contact one of the KEGS executives. The executive generally meets virtually once a month between September and June to organize our monthly talks and events. We welcome members who live outside of the GTA to put their name forward.


Job Posting - Near Surface Geophysics at the University of Toronto 

The Department of Earth Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in Near Surface Geophysics. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2023.

Application deadline: December 15, 2022

Full details can be found here.

Feel free to contact Dr. Andrei Swidinsky with any questions regarding the position.


Job Posting - Geophysicist I Cameco 

Cameco is seeking an entry level geophysicist to join their team.  

Application deadline: November 10, 2022

Full details can be found here.


Submissions for Exploration Trends and Development 2023 

After 30 years of compiling the Mineral Exploration Trends & Developments Review, Pat Killeen has decided to retire. On behalf of everyone in our community, KEGS would like to thank him for the outstanding job he has done. This year marks the 59th edition of the trends review and Sean Walker has stepped up as the new editor.

All of the details needed to submit to the ETD 2023 are in the attached pdf. This includes instructions on what, when and where to submit company news regarding “NEW” mineral exploration technology developments in 2022. 

The deadline for submission is Monday, 28 November 2022. Submissions are digital only. 

DMEC are the primary patron of ETD and will provide details about possible sponsorship for the 2023 ETD in the near future. Please contact Ken Witherly for more information. 

In previous years a set of tables regarding geophysical instrumentation and survey providers were compiled and updated. The tables will not be updated this year (we are thinking about how they will continue in the future), however, the tables (and a copy of ETD 2022) can be downloaded from the KEGS website here.

Feel free to share this information far and wide.


KEGS Foundation Update

The full KEGS Foundation Update can be found here. Key Items:

  • Initial award presentation to four of six Québec lauréats, including the second award of the Bourse Québécoise to Camilla Tavares Rodrigues, Ph.D. candidate at Polytechnique Montréal, was completed after the geophysical workshop on October 4 during Xplor Québec, followed by a very pleasant social event at a nearby pub. Merci aux organisateurs, au commanditaire Abitibi Géophysique et aux participants!
  • Additional 5-à-7 social event has been planned for November 22 during Québec Mines at Ninkasi Bar & Bistro. Merci aux organisateurs et au commanditaire Géophysique GPR! Contact circe_ml@hotmail.com for details.
  • Two of three BC scholarship awardees attended and were recognized at the BCGS meeting on October 16; transmittal of cheques to be accomplished at a later date.
  • Award presentations to three University of Toronto recipients rescheduled for KEGS  November 8 meeting.
  • Presentation of remaining 23 scholarship to awardees being organized. This includes new awards of the Collett Graduate Scholarship, Carson Indigenous Scholarship, SKGS, WAMIC,  GSC Pioneers and KEGS Pioneers Scholarships. Directors look forward to meeting various awardees and supporters at revived in-person meetings, including Jenna McKenzie in St. John’s on November 2, and Robert Hearst and Chris Nind at the Central Canada Mineral Exploration Convention in Winnipeg, November 14-15.
  • The Steers Bursary was presented to Kathryn Cheng, fourth year undergraduate at the University of Toronto.
  • Thanks to recent donors; additional donations encouraged.
  • Full update with  note on XPLOR can be found on the Foundation's website

Additional details can be on the Foundation’s websitwww.kegsfoundation.org.



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