2017 Presentation Sessions

Submit an Abstract or Summary
Submission Deadline: 11:59 pm MT Friday 20 October 2017

The technical sessions for the 2017 Geoscience Forum are described below and include:

Posters - All topics

Geoscience & Environmental Science Research

  • Geoscience & Exploration
  • Diamond Geology & Exploration
  • Energy in Canada’s North
  • Permafrost 
  • Environmental Monitoring and Research 

Geoscience-Related Presentations

  • Community Engagement & Education
  • Regulatory & Policy Updates
  • Mining Updates

Descriptions of Sessions


 Kumari Karunaratne (NTGS-GNWT)
The Poster Session allows presenters to highlight their projects and discuss results with colleagues. Continuing this year is the ever-popular 5-minute ‘soap-box’ talks.  All poster abstracts or summaries on any topic are to be submitted online to the Poster Session.

Geoscience and Environmental Science Research


Geoscience and Exploration 
Chairs: Beth Fischer (NTGS-GNWT) and Edith Martel (NTGS-GNWT)
Once again this session will highlight a variety of mineral prospects in the NWT and Nunavut, summarize mineral-exploration activity that took place in both territories over the past year, and provide the latest results of geoscience research and mapping projects in the NWT and Nunavut.  Presentations from government, academia, and industry are welcome.  

Diamond Geology and Exploration
Barrett Elliott (NTGS-GNWT) and Scott Cairns (NTGS-GNWT)
With the first diamond mines nearing middle life, exploration for new diamond resources is also becoming more mature. A depressed exploration market around the world has slowed diamond exploration in the Northwest Territories for several years.  Now exploration financings are showing signs of recovery, and diamonds are returning as an exploration target of choice in the NWT. This session will explore the state of existing mines and producers, as well as showcase the latest diamond exploration projects and techniques at play in the Territories.

Energy in Canada's North 
Kathryn Fiess (NTGS-GNWT) and Viktor Terlaky (NTGS-GNWT)
This year’s Energy in Canada’s North Session will feature energy resource topics that will range from petroleum geoscientific studies in the Central Mackenzie Corridor and Peel Plateau to geoscience related alternative energy resources such as geothermal energy and natural gas. Speakers from government, academia, and industry will highlight current research pertaining to resource exploration and energy related issues.

Steve Kokelj (NTGS-GNWT) and Kumari Karunaratne (NTGS-GNWT)
Permafrost underlies terrain throughout the subarctic and Arctic regions of Canada. It affects almost every aspect of the northern environment and provides the foundation for infrastructure. Permafrost is inextricably linked with climate, and warming air temperatures are affecting ground thermal regimes, terrain stability, hydrological processes and northern infrastructure. This session encourages talks related to permafrost thermal conditions, modeling, mapping, and engineering. We also encourage talks that highlight the application of permafrost science and engineering in solving challenges faced by northern society and industry.

Environmental Monitoring & Research
 Isabelle de Grandpre (ENR-GNWT) and Julian Kanigan (ENR-GNWT)
This session will focus on advances and challenges in environmental baseline and effects assessment monitoring relevant to mining and oil and gas projects across the North.  The session will cover emerging approaches to and outcomes of environmental research with applications across the project lifecycle, from exploration through closure and reclamation.  Topics will span physical and biological sciences, including atmospherics, soils and vegetation, aquatic ecology, fish, and wildlife.


Geoscience-Related Presentations*

Community Engagement & Education 
Chairs: Landen Powell (NTGS-GNWT)
This session will highlight case studies related to resource and infrastructure development as well as community engagement in the north. A focus will be on examples and strategies for successful investment in the north and how industry and communities have overcome challenges.  We invite abstracts that showcase a variety of perspectives on the development of sustainable communities related to exploration, mining, petroleum and infrastructure development in the north.

Regulatory and Policy Updates
 Benji Straker (MRD-GNWT) 
This session will feature talks on operating under the Northwest Territories regulatory setting including initiatives for all resource sectors stemming from the pillars of the Mineral Development Strategy and from the management of Oil and Gas resources. Emphasis will be on programs and services that are available to communities, Aboriginal Governments, and the exploration and mining industry that will encourage investment in the NWT.

Mining Updates
Tom Hoefer (NWT & NU Chamber of Mines) and Philippe Normandeau (NTGS-GNWT)
This session focuses on the current status of mining activities and advanced exploration projects, as well as introductory geology overviews of the areas of interest. We welcome all talks on existing northern mining activities as well as projects nearing the opening of new resources to build the economy of the north.

*Geoscience-related sessions provide an opportunity for non-scientific presentations.

Talk summaries are required and are submitted through the online submission page.



The invitation with instructions to submit an abstract to the Yellowknife Geoscience Forum technical program.