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Contributing to the KEGS Foundation

Any of the following methods may be utilized to make a donation:

  1. Click on the "Donate" button (above right) or on the home page to utilize Paypal. The donor can specify the scholarship name when they donate.
  2. Send an Interac transfer to:
  3. Mail a cheque to: The KEGS Foundation, 155 University Avenue, Suite 1510, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3B7
  4. Contact for our bank account details if you want to make a direct deposit.

The Foundation Directors would be pleased to discuss any aspect of potential donations, including Matching Gift programs. Individual donors are able to take advantage of the matching donation programs underwritten by Phoenix Geophysics and Discovery Geophysics International/DIAS Geophysics, whereby the first $250 will be matched. Other companies who wish to establish a similar matching program should contact a Director.

Donor Benefits and Recognition

A Donor can designate a particular discipline or cluster of disciplines, such as Mining Geophysics, or a specified endowment fund (see detailsĀ  below), for his or her donations. Substantial gifts can also be assigned to a designated "envelope" within the overall foundation endowment in recognition of a particular individual or institution. Endowed scholarships can be named in honour of a particular geophysicist or company.

Besides the obvious tax benefits*, all contributions will be acknowledged in the regular communications of the KEGS Foundation as well as at special events which KEGS may hold in conjunction with the Foundation.

Endowed Scholarship Funds

Thanks to the substantial generosity of many donors, the KEGS Foundation has established a number of endowed scholarship funds to celebrate and honour notable Canadian geophysicists and their contributions to advancing exploration geophysics. The principal endowed scholarship funds currently administered by the KEGS Foundation are:

  • The Len and Genice Collett Graduate Scholarship in Geophysics Fund, established in 2017 thanks to the extraordinary legacy gift by the Colletts, honouring Len’s long and notable career with Newmont and the Geological Survey of Canada. This fund supports the prestigious Collett Graduate Scholarship awarded to a student with an outstanding academic record pursuing important innovative research, as well as funding a visiting lectureship and research assistance;

  • The KEGS Pioneers Scholarship Fund, established in 2003 to honour various notable exploration geophysicists associated with KEGS, is intended to support an undergraduate displaying academic excellence and a focus on mining exploration applications**, with major donations by Norm Paterson, Ray Whitton, Doug Fraser and the Crone, Sander and Reford families;
  • The BCGS Scholarship Fund, established in 2005 to support geophysical education in B.C. via generous donations by the B.C. Geophysical Society and associated individuals and companies;

  • CGG Scholarship Fund, established in 2008 by a very generous multi-year gift by Fugro Airborne Surveys (Canada) to support research leading to an advance in airborne methods;

  • The GSC Pioneers Scholarship Fund, established following Exploration 07 to honour the many advances and accomplishments of GSC geophysicists, is directed at fostering innovative research and development in geophysics, with notable donations from Exploration '07 and the Len Collett family;

  • The Limion Scholarship Fund, established in 2000 in honour of consulting geophysicist Heikki Limion, a noted Canadian mining geophysicist, with substantial donations by the Limion family;

  • WAMIC Geophysics Scholarship Fund, originally established by the Women's Association of Mining in Canada (WAMIC) and now administered by the KEGS Foundation, is directed at supporting a fourth year student in exploration geophysics with a superior academic record

  • The SKGS Scholarship Fund, established in 2020 to support geophysical education in Saskatchewan through founding donations by Discovery International Geophysics and Dias Geophysical;

  • Le fond de Bourse des pionniers de la géophysique québécoise, établi en 2021 pour soutenir l'éducation géophysique au Québec grâce à un don fondateur d'Abitibi Géophysique, et honorant une cohorte importante de géophysiciens académiques et professionnels du Québec ou qui ont travaillé dans cette province;

  • The Michael and Patricia Carson Geophysics Scholarship for Indigenous Students, established in 2021 through a foundational donation by the Carson family in honour of the late Mike Carson, and with substantial contributions from friends and family, to support a Canadian Indigenous person pursuing a career in geophysics.

The Foundation also administers the John E. Steers Bursary which was established in 2010 to honour the long and distinguished career of explorationist John Steers, and generously funded by family and former colleagues. The bursary, a collaborative effort with the long-standing CMIEF (Canadian Mineral Industry Education Fund), is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate in the geosciences who is focused on a career in mineral exploration.

In addition to donations to the Foundation intended to be utilized for current scholarships, donations and bequests may be directed to any of the above endowed funds, and indicated to be on behalf of a particular individual.


*The KEGS Foundation, established in 1999, is a federally chartered charitable organization, and hence is authorized to issue normal charitable tax receipts for donations. Tax receipts will be emailed or mailed early in the year following the donation.

**Currently: Doug Fraser, Tony Barringer, John Boniwell, Wally Boyko, Duncan Crone, John Dowsett, Edwin Gaucher, Tom Gledhill, Bob Fraser, Phil Hallof, Norman Paterson, Mike Reford, George Sander, Harold Seigel, Roger Watson and Ray Whitton.

Please make cheques payable to the KEGS Foundation and mail to:

The KEGS Foundation
155 University Avenue, Suite 1510
Toronto, Ontario
M5H 3B7

CRA Charitable Organization Registration number: 870164340RR0001

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