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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...


KEGS Foundation Update,
March 21, 2019
  • Renewal of scholarship program for 2019/20 (application deadline April 30): Reflecting the generally satisfactory financial status and outlook for the Foundation, 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. As in prior years, the application deadline is April 30.

  • Successful Toronto visit March 1-14 by Jim Macnae, inaugural Collet Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, and subsequent additional presentations: Jim Macnae of RMIT University in Australia, selected as the inaugural lecturer for the Len and Genice Distinguished Visiting Lectureship in Geophysics, successfully undertook his stay in Toronto (March 1-14) hosted by the Earth Sciences Dept. at the University of Toronto. presenting two well received lectures (March 2 and 12) and a well-attended half day short course on AEM interpretation (March 7). Reflecting widespread interest, Jim appreciatively managed to squeeze in additional presentations at Laurentian (March 15), University of Saskatchewan (March 26) and Vancouver (March 28 & 29), on top of other professional engagements and personal activities on his busy cross-Canada schedule, before his scheduled return to Melbourne at the end of the month. It is highly likely that the visiting lectureship will be renewed for the upcoming academic year.

  • Reunion Party and Reception at Grace O'Malley's following the KEGS Symposium: The Foundation thanks those who mixed and mingled at the successful post-KEGS Symposium Reunion Party on March 2 at Grace O'Malley's, which provided a pleasant, informal occasion for veterans to reconnect, Symposium attendees to unwind, Foundation donors to be acknowledged and students to network, as well as an opportunity to meet Jim Macnae as he began his visiting lectureship.

  • Participation by current and past scholarship awardees in KEGS, KF & PDAC events: Nine of the current twenty-two KF awardees attended one or more of the various KEGS and KF events along with the PDAC Convention, taking advantage of the additional subsidies and assistance generously extended by KEGS and the Foundation. Also participating were a number of past recipients, including some presenters at KEGS and PDAC sessions.

  • Collett Research Fellowship at the GSC: Dr. Pejman Shamsipour of Montreal, selected as the inaugural recipient of the Collett Research Fellowship, is nearing the end of his collaboration with the GSC funded by the KEGS Foundation into developing enhanced software to generate integrated 3D models of the geology of Canada as part of the Canada in 3D project. (For details see announcement here.) He presented an update on his efforts at the KEGS Symposium on March 2, with a likely further presentation at the end of March.

  • Financial Update: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 (ending July 13, 2018) which is posted on the Foundation’s website. 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 and Emeritus Director Doug Fraser. The customary charitable tax receipts for 2018 donations have been prepared and distributed. 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: Board meeting March 3, AGM March 5: At the Foundation’s Board meeting on March 3, and as recapped at the AGM on March 5,  discussions centered on ensuring that the Foundation adapts successfully 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 activities. The Board will be continuing the transition process to implement a more collegial governance structure with greater roles and designated responsibilities by all nine Directors, under the guidance of the Acting Chair Stephen Reford, is continuing, with the Investment Committee revived and Chris Nind appointed Treasurer, and Jean Legault designated as Secretary and Educational Director.

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* 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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