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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.

Hot prospects in the cold: the new Geological Map of the Arctic


Marc St-Onge, Natural Resources Canada

The newly-released Geological Map of the Arctic shows that Canada’s North is much more than just a map of frozen land and ocean. The map is an embodiment of our history, and a record of the planet that spans four billion years. Its sweeping tableau extends from the most remote mountain peaks to the deepest parts of the Arctic Ocean, providing new clues about where to find mineral and energy resources and about how the earth may evolve.

Marc St-Onge and Christopher Harrison of the Geological Survey of Canada led the seven-nation project that developed the map. In the talk, Dr. St-Onge will discuss what they found, as well as explore some of the many scientific and logistical challenges involved in the huge undertaking.

Marc St-Onge is an internationally distinguished geologist, known for his work on the Canadian Shield. He is a Senior Research Scientist at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (UK) and an Adjunct Professor at Queen’s University. A leader of seven multi-year integrated research projects in the Canadian Arctic, he has also been a member of scientific expeditions to western Greenland and the western and central Himalaya. He has received numerous awards including three Teaching Merit Awards from Queen’s University, and four Earth Sciences Merit Awards from NRCan.

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 May 7, 2009 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Place: Room 200, West Block, Parliament Hill
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $20
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Manager: 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday May 4, 2009