Canada Region

International Bulletin Board

The Canada Region is one of six AAPG International Regions, a structure adopted in 2000 to provide international members with a voice in the governance of AAPG.

Our goals are to:

  • Promote member services.
  • Provide outreach to students within Canada.
  • Work with AAPG on issues that affect the region.

When you think of it, Canada is a unique Region for AAPG. The other International Regions — Europe, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Asia/Pacific — are comprised of multiple countries, covering vast distances and numerous sedimentary basins. Well, let's look at Canada:

  • Canada has six time zones, three oceans, a total area of 10 million square kilometers, stretching 5,500 kilometers from east to west and 4,600 kilometers from north to south. In geographical terms, we're not the smallest region — and we're also far from the largest.
  • Canada has the most Active members of AAPG, outside of the United States, with 1,015 Active members — 1,544 total members, including Associates and Students.
  • The vast majority of the Canada Region membership lives within a 50-kilometer radius of Calgary, Alberta — Canada's oil and gas capital. Our Canada Region membership works on oil and gas projects in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin and throughout the world.

As a Region, we have a very close working relationship with the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG), an affiliated society of AAPG and the third largest international geological society in the world.

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The Canada Region is one of six AAPG International Regions, a structure adopted in 2000 to provide international members with a voice in the governance of AAPG.

Our goals are to:

  • Promote member services.
  • Provide outreach to students within Canada.
  • Work with AAPG on issues that affect the region.

When you think of it, Canada is a unique Region for AAPG. The other International Regions — Europe, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Asia/Pacific — are comprised of multiple countries, covering vast distances and numerous sedimentary basins. Well, let's look at Canada:

  • Canada has six time zones, three oceans, a total area of 10 million square kilometers, stretching 5,500 kilometers from east to west and 4,600 kilometers from north to south. In geographical terms, we're not the smallest region — and we're also far from the largest.
  • Canada has the most Active members of AAPG, outside of the United States, with 1,015 Active members — 1,544 total members, including Associates and Students.
  • The vast majority of the Canada Region membership lives within a 50-kilometer radius of Calgary, Alberta — Canada's oil and gas capital. Our Canada Region membership works on oil and gas projects in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin and throughout the world.

As a Region, we have a very close working relationship with the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG), an affiliated society of AAPG and the third largest international geological society in the world.

Among the focus of activities of the Canada Region are the development of active student chapters and helping the University of Calgary to have students attend the twice-monthly CSPG luncheons, which attract 600 to 800 geologists per luncheon.

In addition, we support the annual Distinguished Lecture tours, the Visiting Geologist Program and annual AAPG membership drives — services that are well-received by many of our members.

Of top priority right now is developing the program for AAPG's 2005 annual meeting, which will be held in Calgary from June 19-22. A large number of AAPG members will be involved in welcoming the geoscience community to Calgary for this meeting, our first chance to host the annual meeting since 1992.

Volunteers Wanted!

The Canada Region needs you; if you are a member of the AAPG and interested in volunteering, please consider how you can assist.

Members of the Canada Region are required to serve on various committees — and if you are an Active, Honorary or Emeritus member of the AAPG, you are eligible to take advantage of one or both of the opportunities below.

1. Call for nominations for officers for the Canada Region.

The three positions of president, vice president/treasurer and secretary/foreman, each of which has a one-year term, will be falling vacant for the 2004-05 term. These officers serve on the Region's Executive Committee, a body that helps promote AAPG services in Canada.

2. Call for nominations for Delegates, AAPG House of Delegates.

The Canada Region is currently represented in the AAPG House of Delegates by 14 delegates from the Region, and there will be six vacancies in these three-year positions for the coming term of office (2004-07). There are also additional opportunities to serve as alternate delegates.

Interested?

Want more information?

Want to submit your name — or that of another candidate?

For any of these opportunities please contact one of the following (as soon as possible or sometime close to Jan. 31):

  • David Scott, Delegate, AAPG Canada Region
    (403) 231-3154
  • Paul English, Secretary/Foreman, AAPG Canada Region
    (403) 699-5374
  • AAPG Canada Region
    c/o CSPG
    160, 540 — 5th Avenue SW
    Calgary, AB
    T2P 0M2
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