Early Career Program


The Resources for Future Generations 2018 Conference in Vancouver will be the ultimate opportunity for you to network and meet with professionals and peers in your field, as well as with managers throughout the industry. Beyond the full and diverse technical program, you will have opportunities to learn, network and acquire skills to meet the challenges of the sustainable and ethical supply of the Earth’s resources.

The Early Career program will ensure the RFG2018 conference is both informative and educational. It will enable you to put your best foot forward and make a lasting impression. And it is one of the greatest opportunities to make new friends with your peers from around the world.



Join your fellow Early Career Delegates for an opportunity to mix and mingle at an opening night reception.

Location: Early Career Lounge on the Trade Show floor, Exhibit Hall
Schedule: Sunday June 17, 17:00 to 20:00
Fee: Included in the conference delegate registration

Career Speed Mentoring

Register to participate in a series of short, focused conversations with representatives from industry, government and academia for the purpose of undertaking a series of short informational interviews. Format is at round tables with 1-2 mentors and 3-4 mentees each with different topics. Groups rotate to a variety of tables.

Location: Room 211
Schedule: Wednesday June 20, 10:30 to 13:00 
Fee: Included in the conference delegate registration

Meet the Plenary

Modeled after the Goldschmidt Conference, this initiative provides a select group of Post-Secondary Students and Early Career Delegates with an opportunity to meet a selection of the plenary speakers. Successful applicants will meet the speakers in an informal setting and enjoy a wide-ranging discussion.

Location: Room 201
Schedule: Monday June 18, 12:00 to 12:45
Fee: No additional fee. We will contact you if you have been selected to meet the plenary speakers

Lunchtime Workshops

A pair of one hour workshops will provide Post-Secondary Students and Early Career Delegates with an opportunity to discuss, explore and navigate Earth Science and early career issues. 

Location: Room 211
Monday June 18, 12:15 - 13:25 | The Base Map for Shaping Your Geoscience Career
Tuesday June 19, 12:15 - 13:25 | Personal Branding: Discovering and Launching Your Brand
Fee: No additional fee. First come, first serve.

Delegate Mentoring Program

Novice Post-Secondary Students and Early Career Delegates are matched with an experienced Mentor to help them navigate and derive the greatest benefit from the Conference. Mentees and Mentors will be matched prior to the Conference and encouraged to meet at the Opening Icebreaker.

Location: Room 211
Schedule: Monday, June 18 to Thursday, June 21
Fee: No additional fee. Please let us know of your interest when registering for the conference.

Early Career Speaker Series/ Pop up Talks

Post-Secondary Students and Early Career Delegates are provided with an opportunity to deliver a brief (2-3 minutes) presentation and be filmed in a special competition run by our sponsor, Seequent. Stay tuned for details!

Location: Seequent Booth on the Trade Show floor, Exhibit Hall

Panel discussions

Three Early Career related special panel discussion and round table events will also be held within the regular program:

PD3 Title: Diversity in Earth Science and Resource Careers
Mona Forster, Libby Sharman and Kylie Williams

PD4 Title: The NSERC Discovery Grant Program
Tiffany Lancaster, Program Officer, Research Grants, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

PD5 Title: Professional Reliance – Navigating the Professional Aspect of your Career in Science
Lindsay Steele, P.Geo., Associate Director, Professional Practice, Engineers and Geoscientists BC. 3 others TBD