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Geophysics plays a vital role in the renewal of key global resources. 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 new 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.

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,
October 12, 2017


  • Special luncheon Oct 23 (now sold out) saluting geophysical veterans and pioneers hosted by the Foundation to be held on Monday October 23 (12-2pm) during Exploration '17 at The Overdraught. Event will include recognition of key donors, presentation of scholarship awards, and an update on major Foundation activities and important developments, including a major gift enabling funding of additional scholarships. Venue capacity has been reached, but a waitlist has been established to facilitate late entry.

  • Scholarship presentations of various of the 24 awards for 2017/18 totaling more than $18k are scheduled to take place at:

    • BCGS meeting on Oct 12
    • Veterans' luncheon on Oct 23
    • KEGS-Ottawa November meeting
    • KEGS-Québec petit déjeuner Nov 22
  • KEGS Special Lectures : It is anticipated that additional scholarship presentations will take place in conjunction with renewed KEGS Special Lectures; details to be announced shortly.

  • Fundraising efforts are continuing to support next year’s scholarship awards, including contacting many of 250 past recipients to encourage them to donate to support future students.


  • Veterans' luncheon Oct 23: Sold out but waitlist established. Taking advantage of the global convergence of attendees at Exploration '17 (Oct 21-27), the Foundation is hosting a special luncheon saluting geophysical veterans and pioneers on Monday October 23 at The Overdraught resto/pub (conveniently located at 156 Front St. W across from the Convention Centre), to include recognition of key donors and an update on recent Foundation activities and major developments, including a major gift, along with award presentations to current scholarship students (details can be found here). While we have reached venue capacity (120), we encourage late deciders to join the waitlist, and gather informally upstairs at Joe Badalis until space is available, likely after announcements at 1pm.

  • Twenty-four scholarships formally announced for 2017/18: Formal announcement of 24 scholarships totaling more than $18,000 for the upcoming academic year has been circulated and posted on Foundation website with full details subsequently provided to awardees. We have received appreciative responses from contacted recipients. Recipients are also eligible for additional benefits, including free KEGS membership and support for travel expenses to attend KEGS and BCGS events during the academic year.

  • Exploration '17: Student participation and award presentations. Six current scholarship students are scheduled to attend part or all of the multi-faceted decennial Exploration '17 conference (Oct 21-27), taking advantage of the very generous discounted registrations to enlarge their technical knowledge and contacts with the global geophysical and exploration community. It is expected that they will receive their awards at the special geophysical luncheon on Oct 23.

  • Renewal of the KEGS Special Lecture program: Efforts are underway to renew the KEGS Special Lecture program later in the fall, to accompany presentation of a number of scholarships, as in prior years. Details of specific lectures will be announced on the Foundation’s website as they are arranged.

  • Fundraising efforts: We expect to announce a major gift at the luncheon enabling establish-ment of several new endowed scholarships. However, renewed donations continue to be sought to support the continuing scholarship program and related activities. In this connection an augmented effort has been initiated to contact past scholarship recipients (now more than 250) to encourage contributions, particularly by those with well-established careers. Individual donors are reminded that they can double the impact of their donation (up to $250 per year) via the continuing matching donation program generously supported by Phoenix (see Foundation website for details).


* 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.

Veterans' Luncheon Registration

We regret that the luncheon has sold out. However, we encourage you to add your name to a waitlist by emailing Stephen Reford ( We will advise if space becomes available.

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...

2015 Scholarship Awards

The Directors of the KEGS Foundation are very pleased to announce the awarding of twenty scholarships totalling more than $17,000 to ten undergraduate and ten graduate students in geophysics at thirteen Canadian universities for the forthcoming academic year (2015/2016). 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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