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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.


The Search for Diamonds in Canada

with
Dr. Harvey Thorleifson
Geological Survey of Canada

Dr. Thorleifson is a scientist with Natural Resources Canada who, over the past 12 years, has made major contributions to the science that supports diamond exploration. He was recently named a 1998/99 Distinguished Lecturer of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.

Dr. Thorleifson will explain how diamonds were discovered in Canada. This is a remarkable success story that will culminate with the opening of Canada's first diamond mine later this year, a development in the NWT that will create nearly a thousand jobs and generate anticipated revenue of a half-billion dollars a year. A second mine in the NWT has been proposed, additional NWT developments are possible, and exploration is very active in Alberta, as well as in several areas in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

DATE: June 4, 1998 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am