The following workshops will be offered in association with the 2018 Yellowknife Geoscience Forum:

  • Geothermal Energy
  • Mining 101
  • Land and Resource Management in the NWT
  • The fate and mobility of arsenic in northern environments

Please note that registration in the Yellowknife Geoscience Forum is NOT mandatory to participate in a workshop. 

Geothermal Energy 

Date: Friday 23 November 2018
Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

The Geothermal Energy Workshop is a professional development level, one day workshop, coordinated by the Northwest Territories Geological Survey in conjunction with Geothermal Canada. Technical talks will have a north of 60 focus and be presented by five prominent geothermal energy scientists from across Canada. An interactive panel – participant discussion session will follow the presentations. The target audience for this workshop includes government, industry and academic geologists, geophysicists, engineers, technologists, energy project managers, senior managers, individuals with a background in environmental and natural resources, regulators and policymakers. All interested participants are welcome to attend.

The workshop program will include:

  • An overview of geothermal energy including its uses and potential in the NWT – Dr. Steven Grasby, Geological Survey of Canada - Calgary
  • Geothermal systems in sedimentary basins and constraints on the productivity of thermal fluids – Dr. Grant Ferguson, University of Saskatchewan
  • Geothermal Systems in shield rocks and permafrost regions – Dr. Jasmin Raymond, Institut national de la recherche scientifique
  • Drilling technology and engineering issues – Dr. Maurice Dusseault, University of Waterloo
  • Economics of developing a commercially viable geothermal project – Dr. Catherine Hickson, University of British Columbia
  • Panel Discussion Session

The Geothermal Workshop is sponsored by the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG), the Northwest Territories & Nunavut Chamber of Mines and the Government of the Northwest Territories – Department of Industry, Tourism, and Investment (NWT Geological Survey Division and Petroleum Resources Division) and Infrastructure (Energy Division).

Organizer: Kathryn Fiess (867-767-9211 Ext. 63205)
Venue: Katimavik Room D, Explorer Hotel
Cost: $210 (Includes lunch and refreshments)
Maximum Participants: 60

Mining 101

Date: Friday 23 November 2018
Time: 9:30 am to 11:45 am
Instructor: Landen Powell, Northwest Territories Geological Survey
This workshop is an overview of the mining cycle for those who are unfamiliar with the mining industry. All stages of the life of a mine – including exploration and discovery, production, shut down and reclamation will be described.

Organizer: Landen Powell (867-767-9211 Ext. 63216)
Venue: Scotia Centre Basement Boardroom
Cost: $20
Maximum Participants: 25

Land and Resource Management in the NWT


Date: Friday 23 November 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Instructors: Kierney Leach, Technical Regulatory Specialist, Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board 
This workshop is an overview of the NWT co-management system established under the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act (MVRMA). The presentation and discussion will provide a general understanding of land and water regulation (land use permitting and water licensing), environmental impact assessment, and project monitoring and compliance.

Organizer: Shelagh Montgomery, Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board 
Venue: Scotia Centre Basement Boardroom
Cost: $20
Maximum Participants: 25

Fate and mobility of arsenic in northern environments


Date: Monday 19 November 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
This workshop will be a venue for knowledge sharing and discussion of recent research related to the fate and mobility of arsenic in northern environments.  Several researchers will discuss their findings related to the behaviour of arsenic in the Yellowknife area.  Other topics for discussion will include recent research results on arsenic mobility at Tundra Mine. Dialogue and presentations on element mobility from other mineral projects in the Northwest Territories at various stages of mine life are welcomed.  We also welcome presentations from communities or government agencies that have concerns related to metal pollution or who are currently undertaking projects related to metal contamination or mobility in the north.  

Jennifer Galloway, Geological Survey of Canada 
Hendrik Falck, Northwest Territories Geological Survey
Venue: TBD
Cost: N/A
Maximum Participants: 30
Registration: Please contact the organizers to register