Meeting Speakers and Times
Meetings start at 7:30 PM unless otherwise noted
Friday February 21st, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Speaker - Aimee Partlow
Topic - Fossils of Lyme Regis & Charmouth of the Jurassic Coast in Dorset England
As a primary school teacher in Aberfoyle, Aimee’s favourite unit to teach is Rocks and Minerals in her grade 4 class. She has been collecting since she was old enough to walk the beach and stuff her pockets full of pebbles. Aimee joined the Kitchener/Waterloo Mineral Club with her dad when she was 10, and has been an active member since. That same year she also attended her first gem show (put on by the Brantford Club) and started participating in field trips. It has made for a slippery slope leading to the addiction to their hobby and a basement full of rocks. To go as far as buying eggs based on which ones have the best cartons for collecting! Aimee now looks for opportunities to collect, visit mineral shows and museums when travelling abroad. She has a degree in child studies, but took several electives in Geology and Mineralogy and even completed a certificate in Gemmology.
Friday January 17th, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Speaker - Stu Collier
Topic - Fossil Collecting for the Enthusiast
Stu is a long time fossil collector, originally from Scarborough, and now based out of Brantford Ont. He has been collecting fossils for about 40 years. I also collect minerals and dabble in the lapidary arts (stone cutting). He fulfilled his lifelong dream when he was hired by the Royal Ontario Museum, just after attending the University of Toronto. Stu spent two years working at the world famous Burgess Shale, in British Columbia working as a professional fossil collector. Still working closely with the ROM, they have been digging on the Bruce Peninsula for many years. His presentation will showcase some of the spectacular finds over the last 10 years.
December - NO SPEAKER - POTLUCK DINNER!!!
Friday November 15th, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Speaker - Karen Howard, FCGmA, RMV, CAP-CJA
Topic: Birthstones- How well do you really know them?
After getting my gemmology designation and opening my own business of jewellery appraising, I decided to help others on their journey into the world of gems and I have been talking or teaching about them for the past 25 or so years. I worked in stores for a number of years, before starting my own business and since that time I have felt that most stores only train staff in the jewellery technical language. While I am all for using the correct terminology, I also believe that we shouldn’t lose sight that jewellery is a luxury item that is worn for its unique appeal as well as it’s inherit beauty.
Friday, October 18th, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Speaker - David M. Leng, P.Geo.
Topic: "Geoscience. What's it all about?"
David is a professional geoscientist with over 20 years of industry experience who founded RGCI in September 2014. Prior to RGCI, David held technical roles involving geochemical exploration, project evaluation and corporate development with several reporting issuers. David's professional expertise includes geochemistry, QA/QC and project management gained from his work experience with gold, PGM and uranium projects. His career then moved into the financial sector where he was an associate mining analyst at a boutique investment firm. David holds a degree in geology from McMaster University, is a professional geoscientist with the Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (PGO), a member of PGO council and is also a member of the Association of Applied Geochemists.
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, May 10, 2019 at 7:30 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.