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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Geoscience as a Key to Canada’s Economic Competitiveness, Wealth and Development


James M. Franklin, Franklin Geosciences Ltd.

While mining and energy currently contribute more than $45 billion annually to the Canadian economy, clouds are rolling over the horizon. In as little as 10 years, the global appetite for both conventional and high-technology metals will likely outstrip supply. The pace of new discoveries simply hasn’t kept up with the depletion of reserves. This talk will investigate exploration challenges across Canada, the return on investment from high-quality geosciences research, and the new kinds of research partnerships needed to keep the country pre-eminent as a producer of commodities and environmentally friendly extraction technologies.

James M. Franklin is one of Canada’s most distinguished exploration geoscientists, with more than 40 years of involvement in the discovery of base metal, uranium and gold deposits. As Chief Scientist of the Geological Survey of Canada from 1993 to 1998, he was responsible for coordinating the Survey’s research program. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and recipient of many scientific and industry awards, including the 2008 Logan Medal, Dr. Franklin is a Past President of both the Geological Association of Canada and the Society of Economic Geologists. Currently he is the director of three exploration companies and sits on advisory and management boards of mining companies, scientific facilities, public agencies and industry associations. He was the first host of the Bacon and Eggheads series.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday March 1, 2012, 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Location: Government Conference Centre, Colonel By entrance
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Manager: 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday February 27, 2012