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Meeting Speakers and Times

7:30 PM meeting time unless noted

Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Speaker – Alan Dickin

Alan received his bachelor’s degree in Mineralogy and Petrology from Cambridge and his D Phil in Isotope Geochemistry from Oxford. His research program over the past 30 years at McMaster has been devoted to using neodymium isotope analysis to understand the crustal structure of the Canadian Shield in the one billion year-old Grenville Orogenic Belt. His talk will describe a new geological model for the origins of the exotic rocks in the Bancroft region of the Grenville Province.


Friday, October 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Speaker – Dr. Kimberly T. Tait

Dr. Kimberly T. Tait is the Senior Curator of Mineralogy at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. At the ROM, Dr. Tait leads a group of students, postdocs and researchers in mineralogical research and oversees the meteorite, mineral, gem and rock collections at the museum. She is interested in how planets formed and evolved throughout time, and focuses on mineralogy and geochemical techniques to describe these processes. She is interested in characterization of new minerals and detailed descriptions of groups of minerals to understand planetary formation processes using diffraction and spectroscopy methods. She was the recipient of the Mineralogical Association of Canada Young Mineralogist Award. She earned her Ph.D. in Geosciences from the University of Arizona, United States. She has served as a councillor on the Mineralogical Association of Canada and the Mineralogical Society of America.

She will be discussing the title: The next 100 years: Minerals and Gems at the Royal Ontario Museum


The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) recently celebrated a milestone birthday and with that, came a great opportunity to plan for the future. Dr. Tait will be covering some of the new acquisitions, displays, construction that is currently happening at the ROM and talk about future plans for the section.


Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Speaker – John Young

John is an engineering geologist with a specialization in the geological/geotechnical aspects of large hydroelectric projects, including dams and underground facilities.  During the past 40 years he worked on over 40 hydroelectric projects in approximately 25 countries.    HIs presentation  will focus on  the geology aspects of large engineering projects and touch on his career.   He will give an overview of some interesting technical items and illustrate the life of a geologist doing studies in a variety of international settings. 


Friday, December 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm

No speaker but there is a Potluck dinner!!!!