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Highlights & Upcoming Events

  • Scholarship decisions, including the new Collett Graduate Scholarship, should be announced in early July.
  • Jim Macnae completed his very successful inaugural Collett DistinguishedVisiting Lectureship appointment, with talks in Saskatoon and Vancouver at the end of March. The Foundation has announced renewal of this program for 2019/20, and is seeking candidates for likely fall and spring appointments.

For further information, please see summary update and/or consult the relevant web pages on this website.

Geophysics plays a vital role in the renewal of key global resources and in advancing the understanding of global geoscience aspects and processes. 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 current 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 Foundation also actively supports geophysical education to supplement limited course offerings by universities via sponsoring relevant mini-symposia and instituting the KEGS Special Lecture program, which in 2018 arranged talks by leading industry geophysicists at six universities and related events.

Thanks to the recent extraordinary legacy gift from Len and Genice Collett received in late 2017, the Foundation has expanded its core scholarship program to include a special graduate scholarship recognizing important innovative research, as well as a distinguished visiting lectureship and a research fellowship, as announced in 2018, and requests for expressions of interest for the latter two appointments will be circulated at appropriate intervals.

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...

  • Renewal of scholarship program for 2019/20: Decisions expected in early July: The renewal of the core scholarship program for 2019/20 has been formally announced and communicated to all relevant earth science departments at Canadian universities, with at least 15 scholarships plus the new Collett Graduate Scholarship anticipated to be awarded. Compilation, review and evaluation of the applications received before the April 30 deadline are underway, with scholarship award decision expected to be announced in early July.

  • Renewal of Collet Distinguished Visiting Lectureship: Following successful completion of inaugural Collet Visiting Lectureship by Jim Macnae of RMIT University in March, the Foundation has launched the process for identifying and selecting candidates for the visiting lectureship for the upcoming academic year, including circulating an announcement seeking expressions of interest.

  • Collett Research Fellowship: Following completion of the advanced 3D inversion project for the GSC by the inaugural Collett Research Fellow Dr. Pejman Shamsipour of Montreal, the Foundation will be shortly initiating a call for new proposals under this initiative. (For details see announcement here.)

  • KEGS Summer social event following the KEGS June 11 meeting: The Foundation Directors look forward to welcoming participants at the KEGS Summer Social Event on June 11 at Harbord House, hopefully including many of the veterans who attended the successful post-KEGS Symposium Reunion Party on March 2 at Grace O'Malley's.

  • Other special events:The Foundation extends its best wishes to Bill Morris in connection with his special recognition at the recent GAC/MAC meeting in Quebec City.

  • Financial Overview: Thanks to the Collett legacy gift and continuing support by the geophysical community, the Foundation's finances remain reasonably robust despite economic uncertainty and market volatility, as is detailed in the financial report for FY 2018. However, additional donations by sustaining and new donors are sought to continue the Foundation's core scholarship program for the forthcoming academic year.

  • Donations and fundraising efforts: Thanks are extended for the recently renewed generous donations to support the Foundation’s regular scholarship program by Teck Resources and Emeritus Director Doug Fraser. Individual donors are reminded that they can double the impact of their donation to specific endowed scholarships by taking advantage of the continuing matching donation program generously funded by Phoenix Geophysics (individual donations are eligible to be matched up to $250 per year; see details).

  • Governance and management: In line with the focus of Foundation's Board meeting on March 3, and as summarized at the AGM on March 5, the Foundation is continuing its efforts to adapt to the ever-changing societal, business and technological environment so as to be relevant and effective in achieving its overall objectives as it expands the breadth of its educational activities in collaboration with KEGS, BCGS and the SEG Foundation, along with fostering the continuing transition to a more collegial governance structure with greater roles and designated responsibilities by each Director. These aspects were further considered at an informal meeting of available Directors on May 7, along with new investment decisions being proposed by the revived Investment Committee.


* 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.

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...

2018 Scholarship Awards

The Directors of the KEGS Foundation are very pleased to announce the awarding of nineteen scholarships totalling nearly $17,000 to twelve undergraduate and seven MSc graduate students in geophysics at eight Canadian universities for the forthcoming academic year (2018/19). 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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