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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 eight volunteer Directors, consisting of seven 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,
January 2, 2017
  • Presentation of 2016 scholarship awards: As indicated the prior update, we have nearly completed presentation of the record 26 scholarship awards to the recipients, with the last presentations scheduled for Feb 1 at Laurentian. Awardees are being encouraged to attend the Exploration Roundup and BCGS/KEGS Breakfast in Vancouver in late January and/or the KEGS Symposium and Breakfast in early March during the PDAC Convention, thanks to generous subsidies by KEGS, with limited additional funds available to assist with travel expenses.

  • KEGSF Special Lectures: In conjunction with the scholarship presentations, a record nine Special Lectures organized by the Foundation were held in the fall of 2016. Details and posters can be found on the Foundation's website. Many thanks to all the volunteer Lecturers imparting their geophysical expertise while raising awareness of KEGS, the KEGS Foundation and its scholarship program.

  • KEGS Foundation mini-symposium Dec 6: The diverse assortment of interesting talks and posters centered on advances in airborne geophysics attracted a reasonable audience of academics, students and industry professionals, yielding a modest net revenue to the Foundation. Many attendees also participated in the immediately following KEGS XMAS party, which saluted notable founders and veterans Norm Paterson, Jim Misener & Yves Lamontagne.

  • Donations: In view of the large cash outflow to fund current scholarship awards, renewed donations are strongly encouraged to support the continuing scholarship program and related activities. Particular thanks are extended to Geotech and KEGS for their recent generous donations. Individual donors are reminded that they can double the impact of their donation via the continuing matching donation program generously supported by Phoenix.

  • Financial overview: The FY 2016 Financial Statement for the Foundation has been posted on the Foundation's website. The Foundation enjoyed reasonably strong donations (nearly $30K) in FY 2016 (through July 13), and managed to add modestly to its endowment base while maintaining scholarship funding, despite the lacklustre state of the mineral industry.

  • Renewal of the Scholarship program for 2017/18: In view of the reasonably robust financial status of the Foundation, it is anticipated that a renewal of the scholarship program will be announced and publicized in January.


* 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...

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

Stephen Reford, KF Vice-Chair, presents scholarship to Joseph Farrugia, University of Western Ontario (R).
Recent scholarship presentations and related Foundation events.

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