GAC-MAC

The premier annual geoscience conference in Canada over the last 30 years has been organized by the Geological Association of Canada (GAC®), in concert with the Mineralogical Association of Canada (MAC). The two associations have long enjoyed a close relationship, and have united Canadian earth sciences annually at GAC-MAC, a formal gathering of the best geological minds in the country.

As Canada’s all-welcoming learned geoscience society, The Geological Association of Canada (GAC®) serves members in academia, industry, and government in all fields of earth science. Since its inception in 1947, GAC has worked diligently to bridge the gap between researchers’ purely scientific objectives and investors’ industrial applications, with an emphasis on the wise use of all earth’s offerings. Together with our regional-based Sections and discipline-based Divisions, we offer opportunities to promote, discuss, and disseminate geological knowledge.

To that end, GAC®:

  • Recognizes excellence through our comprehensive awards program for everyone from bright up-and-coming students to lifelong career scientists.
  • Promotes lifelong learning through Lecture Tours, Field Trips, books, and journals.
  • Facilitates synergies through joint conferences, reciprocal member benefits, and other partnerships with like-minded organizations.

Membership in the GAC® has expanded to a truly national body with representatives in three territories and all provinces, with a notable membership in the United States, Europe and in other parts of the world.

  • Reception
  • Luncheon
  • Awards
  • Business Meeting
  • Plenary Address
  • Sponsored Scientific Events

The vibrant and internationally respected learned society we are now was born not by choice or chance, but out of necessity and ultimate human fear-survival. Devoted founding mineralogists were accustomed to publishing papers on Canadian mineralogy in an annual issue of the American Mineralogist, and this luxury was headed for extinction. To counter this imminent demise, sixteen concerned mineralogists with a vision for the mineralogical sciences in a Canadian context met on a hot, sticky morning in the Mines Branch offices in Ottawa and struck a committee. Their intent was at first survival. Ultimately a broader vision and mandate was tabled, creating “a non-profit scientific organization to promote and advance the knowledge of mineralogy and the allied disciplines of crystallography, petrology, geochemistry and mineral deposits”. Thus was born the Mineralogical Association of Canada in 1955. MAC held its first business meeting at a GAC-CIMM conference in 1956; discussions on relations with the Geological Association of Canada resulted in confirming the plan to continue separate publications, but to meet jointly. The two associations have met together at a joint annual meeting almost every year since then.

  • Reception
  • Luncheon
  • Awards
  • Business Meeting
  • Sponsored Scientific Events

For 2018, we are delighted to be part of the overall RFG in Vancouver, focusing particularly on Earth. Abstract submissions are encouraged.