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Meeting Speakers and Times

Meetings start at 7:30 PM  unless otherwise noted

Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Speaker - Thai Phan

Topic: "The Marcellus Shale" which is near the village of Marcellus, New York

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Speaker - Joe Jasinskas

Topic: "Path to becoming and Jeweller": Joe shares his story of taking a hobby he loved, applying his graphic design education, expanding his tools and skills and developing it all into a viable jewelry business: "Designed By Joe". 

Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Speaker - George Lavorato

Talk Description: George will be talking about the use of stone in Mosaics and how this has been applied to art & decorations. George will start with prehistoric references about 100,000 BC bringing it into the neo-lithic and then the great cultures of Egypt Greece and Rome. He will discuss how Mosaics is a permanent art form. He will talk of the Renaissance where the art form of Commesso was developed by the Medici. He will compare the Indian/Moghul and Byzantine forms and style. He will discuss how marble developed into a decorative industry. George will mention how technology with computers and water abrasive cutting technologies have made Stone Art Pietra Dura available to all, although it is quite expensive. Finally, George will talk about Pebble Mosaics as Stone Art that can be created at home or as part of a Community Project.

Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Annual General Meeting (AGM); there will be no speaker

Friday, June 14, 2019 at 6:30 PM

"Pot Luck Dinner" and instead of a speaker, club members will share some short stories

Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Speaker – Corina McDonald

Corina McDonald is the curator of the Earth Sciences Museum and Science Museum and Galleries in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo. She has been curating since 2012.

Corina grew up in Wawa, Ontario, an area well known for its beauty and significant geological richness. Her appreciation for natural beauty lead Corina to explore her interests as a photographer and potter while her interests in geology lead her to study earth science, completing a BSC. and MSc. at the University of Waterloo.

While completing her geology degree Corina helped conduct rock waste research at the Diavik Diamond mine which is the location and focus of her talk tonight.

Talk Description: The talk Diavik Diamond Mine - Waste and Waste Not will briefly touch on the origin of the famous diamond mine and current status as a major producer of Canadian diamonds. Corina will share her experiences, adventures and photographs at the mine while helping construct the initial phase of a 10-year waste rock research project. 


Friday, December 14, 2018 at 6:30 PM

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


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, 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, 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.