Halifax 2022


Centrally located in the city, all events will be held in the Halifax Convention Centre, on the edge of North America, in the centre of it all. A floor plan of the convention level is available.

Conference Theme

The overall theme for Halifax 2022 is “Riding the waves of change – Surfer sur la vague du changement”, and certainly COVID-19 has made that theme even more appropriate than we anticipated!


Halifax 2022 is a joint meeting of the Geological Association of Canada, the Mineralogical Association of Canada, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the International Association of Hydrogeologists – Canadian National Chapter. The hosting society is the Atlantic Geoscience Society.

Other groups will also be providing content and coordinating with Halifax 2022:

Call for Program Proposals

The conference will consist mainly of oral and poster contributions, arranged in thematic special sessions and symposia as well as in general topical sessions. The schedule will be organized to promote discussion among meeting participants. A variety of short courses and field trips are planned for both before and after the conference. At this time we are planning for an “in-person” conference with the possibility for live-streaming options for some presenters and/or sessions.
The call for Special Sessions and Symposia along with Short Courses and Workshops is now open, with the proposal deadline of May 15, 2021.

Special Sessions and Symposia – Chris White, Technical Program Chair (christopher.e.white@novascotia.ca)

Field Trips – Proposals for field trips were requested in an earlier announcement – enquiries should be addressed to Amy Tizzard, Field Trips Co-ordinator (Amy.Tizzard@novascotia.ca)

Short Courses – Deanne van Rooyen, Short Course Chair (deanne_vanrooyen@cbu.ca)

Outreach – Enquiries about Outreach activities should be directed to Louise Leslie (louise.leslie@hotmail.ca).

Local Organizing Committee

CommitteeChairOther members
General ChairSandra Barr 
MAC Vice/Co-chairRob Raeside 
CSPG representativeCarla Skinner 
IAH RepresentativesGavin Kennedy, Barret Kurylyk
General SecretaryLynn Dafoe 
FinanceNikole Bingham-Koslowski
Accommodations/TransportationErin AdlakhaPeter Rogers (hotels)
Lexie Arnott (Dalhousie)
ExhibitsJacob HanleyRandy Corney
Field TripsAmy Tizzard 
FundraisingDave LowePeter Rogers
OutreachLouise LeslieAnn Timmermans
PublicationsDenise Brushett 
Publicity/websiteDonnelly ArchibaldKathleen Gould (social media)
RegistrationDawn Kellett 
Short CoursesDeanne van Rooyen 
Special Events/Social EventsLexie Arnott 
Technical ProgramChris WhiteJim Walker
Technical ServicesJohn GosseMitchell Kerr
Early Career EventsRicardo Silva 
AGS LiaisonIan Spooner 
CCUEN RepresentativePeter Mushkat 
CSSS ContactDavid Burton 


The program will be published in March 2022. If your organization requires meeting space and time in the schedule, please contact Lynn Dafoe, General Secretary.

Field Trips

The East Coast of Canada is a terrific location to visit classic and informative field locations and Halifax 2022 will feature many of these in the field trip program. Trips proposed (as of April 2021) include:

  • Geology, groundwater and wines of the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia (Denise Brushett, David Brown, Gavin Kennedy, Barret Kurylyk)
  • Strike-slip and salt tectonics along a late Paleozoic transform fault, Nova Scotia (John Waldron)
  • Meguma gold deposits (Rick Horne, Dan Kontak)
  • Northwest African and Iberian crustal blocks in eastern North America – geological comparisons and correlations (part of IGCP 683; Sandra Barr, Yvette Kuiper, Deanne Van Rooyen, Chris White)
  • Celebrating 180 years of Windsor Group geology: sinkholes, Mastodons and wine (Tim Fedak)
  • Stratigraphy and tectonic setting of the Bathurst Mining Camp (Jim Walker, Aaron Bustard, Dustin Dahn)
  • Telling the story of the Cliffs of Fundy UNESCO Global Geopark, Nova Scotia: linking geoheritage, indigenous heritage, and culture (Caleb Grant, John Calder, David Piper, Georgia Pe-Piper, Louise Leslie)
  • Geology of the Coastal Volcanic Belt exposed along the coast of Passamaquoddy Bay (Nancy Van Wagoner, Dave Lentz)
  • CSPG field trip (Carla Skinner, Grant Wach, Yarina Moharam)
  • Adding a virtual component to existing trips or a stand-alone virtual trip (Jason Loxton, Amy Tizzard)

Contact Amy Tizzard for more details. Planning is now under way for Halifax 2022. If you are interested in organizing and leading a field trip related to the event, please contact Amy Tizzard: amy.tizzard@novascotia.ca (902-774-1411).

Short Courses

GAC, MAC and CSPG look forward to sponsoring several short courses. Contact Deanne van Rooyen for more details.


Several hotels in the vicinity of the Halifax Convention Centre and residences at Dalhousie University have been reserved for delegates.


Submissions are invited for oral or poster presentations at Halifax 2022.  The deadline for abstracts is Friday, 28th January 2022.


All registration will be done online. Details to follow.

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be in 20 minute time slots (unless you have been advised differently). These should be prepared as PowerPoint presentations – we strongly recommend you provide them in .pps or .ppsx (PowerPoint Show) format, to ensure that symbols and graphics transfer appropriately. To make a .pps file, use ‘Save As’ and select the PowerPoint Show (pps or ppsx) mode. Note that you cannot edit a .pps file. Time slots are 20 minutes – presentations should be tailored to 15 minutes, allowing 5 minutes for questions and change over.

Poster Boards

Posters will be centrally located in the main convention hall of the Halifax Convention Centre. Posters will be set up for the duration of the conference.