Dave Elliott Award for best paper in 2013

I am happy to announce that the paper by Reid Staples, Dan Gibson, Rob Berman, Jim Ryan & Maurice Colpron, entitled A window into the Early to mid-Cretaceous infrastructure of the Yukon-Tanana terrane recorded in multi-stage garnet of west-central Yukon, Canada which appeared in Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 31(7), 729-753, has been selected as the winner of the Dave Elliott award for best paper, the annual award of the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Association of Canada.

Congratulations to Reid and co-authors. 

Honourable mention goes out to Rajesh Goteti, Christopher Beaumont
 and Steven J. Ings for their paper Factors controlling early stage salt tectonics at rifted continental margins and their thermal consequences, which appeared in Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 118(6), 3190-3220.

Many thanks to those who read papers and submitted nominations.  Without your work this award would not be possible.

Laurent Godin
Chair SGTD

Proposal for new constitution and bylaws for the division.

For some time now we have been looking at the ageing constitution and bylaws of our division, the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the GAC.

The bylaws as they stand are quite antiquated: they require, in theory, that notices of meetings and elections be sent out by Canada Post, something that would be prohibitively expensive and impractical today; they refer to the leader of the group as "chairman," though most recent occupants of this position have styled themselves "chair."

Many have expressed dissatisfaction with the name of the division ("SGTD sounds like some disease") that contrasts with the relatively catchy name of our sister group, the Canadian Sedimentology Research Group (CSRG).

Many people are confused about the roles of the SGTD and the CTG (Canadian Tectonics Group). The latter was founded as an independent meeting, an annual get- together with no constitution, rules, or bank account. The CTG meeting's contribution to Canadian Tectonics has been a major one, and over the years the activities and objectives of the SGTD and the CTG meeting have converged to the point where the two organizations are difficult to distinguish. The SGTD communicates with its members using the "CTG-list," admirably maintained by Frank Fueten, and the SGTD has become responsible for finding an organizer for the CTG meeting each year, while its parent organization (the GAC) provides insurance coverage for the CTG field trip for free.

We therefore propose to change the name of the SGTD to "Canadian Tectonics Group," recognizing in name what is already the case in practice.

Last fall we circulated a proposed set of changes to the GAC Council, who responded positively, suggesting a couple of refinements, which have been incorporated in the version attached here. (Everything in the bylaws of a division has to be consistent with the parent organization, so this was an important first step.)

What will happen next? We will submit the proposed changes to the membership for a ballot. For consistency with the practice of the parent organization, the GAC, we will do this by email to the voting members.

The proposed changes are attached in pdf format. Their main impacts are listed below. We look forward to putting this proposal to you, the members, as we think it is important for the continued role of the division and the CTG meeting as an effective voice for the structural geology and tectonics community in Canada.

John Waldron, Laurent Godin

GAC/MAC Symposium

Geological Association/Mineralogical Association of Canada
May 21-23 2014


Properties, Processes and Phenomena of Strain Localization in the Lithosphere: From Mantle Shear to Volcanic Eruption

Convenors: J.C. White, University of New Brunswick
L.A. Kennedy, J.K. Russell, University of British Columbia

The aim of this symposium is to encourage interaction between the various earth science fields interested in the rheological behavior of earth materials under stress. Contributions are invited from process-related field and experimental research on strain localization in the crust and mantle, independent of traditional discipline. Areas of interest include brittle-ductile transitions in earth materials, magma shear and fracturing, the influence of aseismic deformation on seismic rupture, physical properties controlling localization, controls on fault rupture (fluids, melts, gels), landslide initiation, localization of magma emplacement and volcanic extrusion.

Post-meeting Field Excursion

Minas Fault Zone, Nova Scotia, Canada Friday May 23 to Sunday May 25, 2014 (2 days)

Leaders: Joe White and Noah Phillips, University of New Brunswick

The excursion will examine the geometry, kinematics and processes associated with localization of deformation within a mature transpressional fault zone. The Minas fault zone has a protracted history encompassing the late Devonian through early Mesozoic. A range of crustal levels and lithologies enables examination of aseismic through seismic responses.

Happy New Year

Greetings, Happy New Year, and welcome to the Canadian Tectonics Group list for winter 2014.

This is an occasional message welcoming new members and giving information on the CTG mailing list. If you recently joined the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division (SGTD) of the Geological Association of Canada, or attended a CTG meeting, you may be receiving this information for the first time.  If you are a long-time member of the CTG-List I hope you may still find this general information useful.  

The CTG mailing list is an informal, unmoderated mailing list that is useful in spreading the word about events and news of interest in the community of Canadian tectonics. It is the main means of communicating to members of the SGTD.  Any member can post a message to the list. You don't have to ask an officer to post it for you.

***Important note*** 

Like all email lists, there are two different email addresses:

To send a message to all 700-plus members of the list, send email to ctg-l@brocku.ca
To join or be removed from the list, send email to the manager ffueten@brocku.ca

Different mail programs behave differently with respect to list email - in some programs it is very easy to hit 'reply' and send a personal message to all members of the group by mistake.  Please be careful, but also recognize that occasionally this happens; if you see a personal message or a remove request inadvertently sent to the whole list by someone else, please resist the temptation to send your complaints or advice to the whole list, which only makes the problem worse.  Bear in mind that the list is run by volunteers (thanks for your continuing efforts, Frank) so there is no checking or filtering of individual messages.

The SGTD is one of the divisions of the GAC  - members of the GAC can be part of the SGTD for a small additional annual fee (zero for students). The money raised goes to support student awards and student attendance at our meetings,

The CTG is an annual field meeting which the SGTD supports.

We hope you will find the mailing list a useful source of information and/or a means of communication. For further information about the CTG, and the SGTD please visit our web site at:  http://gac.esd.mun.ca/sgtd/

You can also subscribe or unsubscribe to the list via the web site.

For further information, please contact us:

Laurent Godin (godinl@queensu.ca) (chair SGTD)
Dan Gibson (hdgibson@sfu.ca) (vice-chair SGTD)
Frank Fueten (ffueten@brocku.ca) (list manager)
Jürgen Kraus (jkraus@telus.net) (secretary and webmaster)

Laurent Godin (chair SGTD)
*** Please note my new email address: godinl@queensu.ca ***

Structural Geology and Tectonics Forum at the Colorado School of Mines

Dear Structural Geology and Tectonics community members, Happy New Year! Time to start planning our summers. We hope you will be able to attend  the third biennial Structural Geology and Tectonics Forum at the  Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, June 16-18, 2014. The Forum will provide an informal and interactive venue for discussing  important frontiers, new ideas, and current research in structural  geology and tectonics. The Forum will also provide opportunities to  discuss effective teaching of structural geology and tectonics,  including integrating research with teaching. The three-day Forum will  be bracketed by two optional days of workshops and field trips. Although  the Forum is aimed at professional geologists, we encourage advanced  graduate students to attend. For more info see the Forum web pages: Forum Index page:  http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/structure/2014_Forum_index.html Forum Overview page:  http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/structure/2014_Forum_overview.html We will add details as they become available. Please let us know if you are interested in contributing in any way  (leading a field trip, short course/workshop and/or convening a  session). You will find a complete list of contacts of the organizing  committee on the Forum Overview page. We hope to see you in Golden! Yvette Kuiper and Chuck Kluth, Forum Organizers ykuiper@mines.educkluth@mines.edu --  Yvette D. Kuiper Assistant Professor, Structural Geology Department of Geology and Geological Engineering Colorado School of Mines 1516 Illinois Street Golden CO 80401 Tel. 303-273-3105

GAC-MAC 2014 Fredericton

Call for Abstracts - due Feb. 10th, 2014

The Geological and Mineralogical Associations of Canada Annual Meeting is coming to Fredericton in 2014.
We invite you to attend the Joint Annual Meeting of GAC-MAC to be held on the Fredericton campus of the University of New Brunswick, May 21-23 2014.  The meeting is co-organized by the Geological Association of Canada, the Mineralogical Association of Canada, the Atlantic Geoscience Society, and the University of New Brunswick.
Fredericton, the Provincial capital of New Brunswick, is within easy reach of major centres in eastern Canada and the northeast U.S. and a short hop from Halifax Nova Scotia.  The region has a long history of earth science education and exploration, beginning with 
Abraham Gesner, who was appointed the government geologist for New Brunswick from 1838 to 1842, the first such position in Canada.  The 2014 GACMAC slogan reflects in part the 175 years of geoscience in the region inspired by Gesner and his discoveries.
We are centrally located only a short distance from the world's richest Pb-Zn-Ag deposits in the Bathurst Mining Camp, rare-metal intrusion-related deposits such as Sisson Brook and Mt. Pleasant, and spectacular exposures of hydrocarbon-bearing Carboniferous maritime basin sediments.  A variety of pre- and post-conference field trips will examine Appalachian collisional processes, exquisitely-preserved Devonian volcanic sequences and fossil beds, a range of ore deposits and hydrocarbon reservoirs, as well as quaternary and coastal geology of the Province.
A diverse scientific program has been developed including a MAC-sponsored short course of cathodoluminescence applications in geoscience and GAC-sponsored workshops on remote sensing and structural geology of ore deposits, and lithogeochemistry.  Also, check out the field trips!

FROM MAY 21–23, 2014


 (GAC Chair)
 (MAC Co-chair)
Dave LentzChris McFarlane
Department of Earth Sciences
University of New Brunswick
Tel: 506-447-3190
Department of Earth Sciences
University of New Brunswick
Tel: 506-458-7211

Structural Geology and Tectonics Forum

Structural Geology and Tectonics Forum
Colorado School of Mines – Golden, CO

Technical Program - June 16-18, 2014
Field Trips and Workshops - June 14-15 and 19-20, 2014

This is the 3rd biennial Structural Geology and Tectonic Forum after two successful meetings in Madison, WI, in May 2010 and in Williamstown, MA, in June 2012. The primary purpose of the meeting will be to identify and discuss important areas of research, but there will also be opportunities to discuss successful ways of integrating research with teaching. The Forum is aimed at professional geologists, although advanced graduate students are encouraged to attend. We will be offering short courses and fieldtrips during the two days before and after the meeting.

Schedules for the previous two forums are posted here: http://www.geology.wisc.edu/~struct/mtg2012/

The 2014 Forum will be held on the Colorado School of Mines campus. Accommodation will be available on campus and downtown Golden is only a ten minute walk away.

Yvette Kuiper and Chuck Kluth (Colorado Shool of Mines)
Forum Organizers/Steering Committee
Paul Karabinos (Williams College) and Basil Tikoff (University of Wisconsin)
Steering Committee
Wes Buchanan and Ben Frieman (Colorado Shool of Mines)
Logistics Coordinators
Mary Carr (Colorado Shool of Mines)
Barb Tewksbury (Hamilton College)

Katherine Boggs (Mount Royal University) and Christie Rowe (McGill University)
Technical Session Coordinators
Eric Erslev (Colorado State University)
Field Trip Coordinator
John Weber (Grand Valley State University)
Short Course/Workshop Coordinator

Questions? Please direct questions to Yvette Kuiper (ykuiper@mines.edu) or Chuck Kluth (ckluth@mines.edu)

See you in Golden!

Yvette D. Kuiper
Assistant Professor, Structural Geology
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
Colorado School of Mines
1516 Illinois Street
Golden CO 80401
Tel. 303-273-3105
Fax 303-273-3859

2013 British Columbia Geological Survey Open House, and Canadian Tectonics Group Workshop Nov. 14-16

Each year in Victoria, the British Columbia Geological Survey holds an open house co-sponsored with the Pacific Section of the Geological Association of Canada. For 2013, the event will be held jointly with the annual Canadian Tectonics Group Workshop.
Marriott Hotel, Pacific Ballroom
728 Humboldt St., Victoria
Thursday, November 14
BCGS Open House featuring presentations focused on the Cordillera by our staff and researchers from the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences (University of Victoria) and the Pacific Geoscience Centre (Geological Survey of Canada).
Friday, November 15
Canadian Tectonics Workshop (Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Association of Canada), with talks and posters by researchers from across Canada.
Deadline for submission of abstracts to CTG workshop: October 14.
Submit abstracts to Stephen Johnston (stj@uvic.ca) indicating if submission is for a talk or a poster
Saturday, November 16
Field trip, Tectonics of southern Vancouver Island: A foot traverse along Victoria’s southern coast.
Please register using the attached form [download]. Attendees are encouraged to register by November 1.
Registration ($75.00 for professionals; $25.00 for students) includes coffee breaks, and a social event on Thursday, November 14. It does not include lunch.
Field trip registration ($50.00 for professionals; $15.00 for students) includes coffee, snacks, lunch, transportation and guidebook. Please make payment onsite, once space has been confirmed.
Please submit registration forms by email, fax, or regular mail.
Email: janet.hughes@gov.bc.ca
Fax: 250-952-0381
BC Geological Survey,
PO Box 9333 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9N3
attn: Janet Hughes
Fees can be paid by cheque and mailed to the above address. Please make cheques payable to Pacific Section, Geological Association of Canada.

TSG Annual Meeting

The Tectonic Studies Group 2014 annual meeting will be held from 6-8th January in the Main Building, Cardiff University.
Highlights will include:
  • a special session to honour Richard Lisle 
  • a technical discussion on Fracking, chaired by Ernie Rutter and Zoe Shipton.
The Abstract Deadline and Early Bird Registration is 11th November.
Final Registration 30th November.

Tom Blenkinsop

Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Waterloo invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department.  Candidates are expected to have a distinguished record of teaching and research as well as demonstrated ability in leadership and administration.  They should also be eligible for a faculty position, normally at the level of full professor.  The successful candidate will lead the academic and research vision for the Department, be responsible for the relationship between the Department and the broader university academic community, and play a leading role in the academic planning and management process within the Faculty of Science.
The Department has 21 full-time members of faculty, 6 research faculty members, 29 staff, 90 graduate students, 25 post-doctoral fellows and research associates and ~200 Honours undergraduate students in Earth and Environmental Sciences related programs.  In addition, the Geological Engineering program, with ~100 students, is shared with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Undergraduate studies are available in both a Co-operative Education and Regular format.   The Department fosters a dynamic and thriving research environment with over $15 million in annual research, houses a CERC Chair and 2 CRC’s (Tier 1) and initiated the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (>$55 million) and the Canadian Water Network.  The Department attracts outstanding Canadian and international applicants to its graduate programs.  Collaborative research programs that are global in scope are currently active with members of the Faculties of Science, Environment, Mathematics and Engineering and the Water Institute.  The Department is interested in strengthening these transdisciplinary initiatives and expanding ties within the national and international academic communities.
The University of Waterloo is located in the attractive and vibrant two-university community of Kitchener-Waterloo (population 300,000) in southwestern Ontario, about one hour west of Toronto.
Applications and nominations should include a detailed resume, the names and contact information for three individuals willing to provide references, and a statement of capabilities and qualification.  For full consideration, applications should be received prior to September 15, 2013.  Send applications or nominations to:
Professor Terry McMahon, Dean
Faculty of Science
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario
Canada  N2L 3G1
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, men, members of visible minorities, native peoples and persons with disabilities.
Phone: (519) 888-4591   Fax: (519) 746-2543       

Assistant Professor in Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

University of Waterloo
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Assistant Professor in Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Waterloo invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Sedimentology and Stratigraphy.  We are seeking candidates who will complement and enhance our existing strengths in a department with growing and dynamic teaching and research programs. We are especially interested in candidates who are involved in applied aspects and field-oriented studies using multidisciplinary approaches. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in areas of stratigraphy, clastic or carbonate sedimentology, petroleum geology, and/or Earth history, tectonics and courses at the introductory level and to supervise honours thesis projects. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an externally funded research program and graduate student supervision.  The position is a three year term appointment, with the possibility for extension to five years pending budget availability.
The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences has well-funded and diverse teaching and research programs currently involving 22 full-time faculty, six research faculty, numerous research staff and over 140 undergraduate students in the Earth Sciences and about 95 students in Geological Engineering. Further information about the Department can be accessed at https://uwaterloo.ca/earth-environmental-sciences/.
The position is to begin September 1, 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter. Interested candidates should apply as soon as possible. Review will begin July 1, 2013 and continue until position is filled. A P.Geo. and/or P.Eng. eligibility would be an asset.  A complete application must include a curriculum vitae, a statement outlining the nature of the research program and teaching philosophy, up to five recent publications, and arrange for three letters of recommendation preferably from professorial references to be sent to the Search Committee as given below.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, native people and persons with disabilities. Enquiries and applications should be directed to: Ms. Lorraine Albrecht, Administrative Assistant, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1, Canada or electronically to: klalbrec@uwaterloo.ca.

Dave Elliott Award for Best Paper in 21012

I am happy to announce that the paper by Toby Rivers, of Memorial University of Newfoundland, entitled "Upper-crustal orogenic lid and mid-crustal core complexes: signature of a collapsed orogenic plateau in the hinterland of the Grenville Province" which appeared in Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 49, 1-42, has been selected as the winner of the Dave Elliott award for best paper, the annual award of the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Association of Canada.

Congratulations, Toby. Many thanks to those who read papers and submitted nominations.  Without your work this award would not be possible.

John W.F. Waldron, Chair SGTD

Upcoming annual meeting of the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division, GAC

The annual general meeting of the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Association of Canada will take place on  May 23rd 2013, 4:30-5:30 pm, Winnipeg Convention Centre MR 12.

All those who have an interest in structural geology and tectonics in Canada are welcome to attend.  Voting is restricted to members of the SGTD of the GAC - that means you checked the SGTD box when you joined or renewed GAC membership, but we welcome input from all.  There are a number of things that we urgently need to discuss this time around, and we hope you will attend, whether or not you are a voting member.  

At present, the working agenda is as follows.  Please let me know if you wish to add anything to this agenda.  

1. Minutes of last meeting at CTG, Ottawa (Secretary)
2. Matters arising, not covered below
3. Financial report (Treasurer)
4. Awards (Waldron)
5. Election of new chair and councillors (Nominating Committee)
6. CTG fall meeting 2013: Need a proposal and venue: western Canada
7. Bylaws update (Waldron)

John Waldron

Winners of the Jack Henderson Prizes for best PhD and MSc theses

I am happy to announce the winners of this year's Jack Henderson prizes for best theses, from the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Association of Canada

The PhD thesis prize goes to: David Moynihan, University of Calgary for the thesis: Metamorphism and Deformation of the Central Kootenay Arc, Southeastern British Columbia, supervised by D. Pattison

The MSc thesis prize goes to: Holly Steenkamp, Dalhousie University for the thesis:  A metamorphic history of supracrustal rocks on Harøya and Finnøya, Nordøyane, western gneiss region, Norway, supervised by R.A. Jamieson     

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all those who have assisted in the review and evaluation process. We had an unusually large number of submissions this year; without your hard work we would not be able to make these awards.

Congratulations to both winners!

John Waldron

PhD Opportunity at the University of Regina

Dear Colleagues:
I am looking for talented and motivated students to undertake M.Sc. thesis projects with me in the area of structural and lithostratigraphic controls on ore deposits.
Two of the three theses will deal with structural controls and fluid-structural relationships of unconformity-style uranium deposits in the Athabasca (Phoenix/Wheeler River deposit) and Thelon basins (Kiggavik and associated deposits), respectively. The third thesis will deal with structural and lithological controls on gold mineralization in the Glennie domain of the Trans-Hudson orogen, Saskatchewan (Seabee deposit area).
I would appreciate it if you could post the attached notice in your department and/or personally direct interested students to me.
A document providing more comprehensive descriptions of each thesis is also attached.
Thank you.
Regards, Kathy
Dr. Kathryn Bethune
University of Regina

Notice of M.Sc. theses.pdf (1 page)

Main Thrust

Out now: the new Main Thrust for Winter 2013

Main Thrust 2012-13Aoptimizedhigh.pdf (page 1 of 8)

Two Tenure Track Positions at Laval

Please direct any questions to Marc
Marc Constantin

Marc Constantin
Directeur / Head
Département de géologie et de génie géologique
Faculté des sciences et de génie, Pavillon A.-Pouliot
1065 avenue de la Médecine
Université Laval
Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6  Canada 
tél.: 418 656-2131 poste 3139 ; fax: 418 656-7339 ; http://www.ggl.ulaval.ca/



Please find attached a job ad which had been forwarded to me by Annie Babic (Annie.Babic@debeerscanada.com).  If you additional questions about the position, please contact her.

______________________________________________2013-014 - Structural Geologist EXT job ad.pdf (1 page)

Student Grants for Winnipeg GAC-MAC

I gather that the last message appeared in Greek to some recipients! I am resending as plain text!

Students: apply for a grant to attend GAC-MAC in Winnipeg

CTG/SGTD will once again provide support of up to $1000 to enable one or more students to attend the GAC-MAC annual meeting. Priority will be given to a student or students who are presenting talks or posters, and who wish to attend either of the sponsored field trips. If you haven't submitted an abstract yet, there is still time as submission has been extended to February 1. For further details, see the GAC MAC website at:

Deadline: March 15th 2013.

Students should contact the chair (
john.waldron@ualberta.ca), attaching a copy of a submitted abstract, together with a short cover letter and:

• A budget of the costs associated with attendance, including travel, and other sources of funding available;

• A statement indicating why you wish to attend the meeting and how you expect to benefit from it;

• A transcript or transcripts of your academic record.

Sponsored field trips

• C3. The Volcanological and Structural Evolution of the Paleoproterozoic Flin Flon Mining District: The Anatomy of a Giant VMS System

• C4. Metamorphosed Alteration Zones and Regional Metamorphism: Examples from the Trans-Hudson Orogen

John Waldron

Post Doc Fellowship UNB

Greetings all
The following message is forwarded at the request of John Spray. - John Waldron

I am seeking a new PDF position and it is in structural geology.  See attached pdf file. The position is for 2 years at $50 k/year. I am looking for a strong structural geology background in faulting and folding (not in impact cratering; we can teach the latter).

All the best from Fredericton


CTG Workshop Hotel Booking

Hello all,
For those of you coming to the CTG meeting in Ottawa, at the end of October, and needing hotel accommodation, please see below.
I have made a reservation for a limited block of rooms, some singles ($104+tax) and some doubles ($109+tax) at the nearest hotel to the Geological Survey building:
the Best Western Macies Hotel
1274 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K1Z 7K8
Tel: (613) 728-1951 or 1-800-268-5531
This is probably the best deal around, and this reservation stands until October 1 (under "Canadian Tectonics Group").
If you want to save a few more dollars, the Webb's Motel further up Carling will be a bit cheaper (Tel: (613) 728-1881 or reservations 1-800-263-4264).
You are responsible for making your own hotel booking, following above information or at any other hotel of your choice. The end of October is barely a month away and I suggest you may want to fix up accommodation in the near future. Please refer to the earlier email below for further information.
Wouter Bleeker

2012 Canadian Tectonics Group Fall workshop

The 2012 Canadian Tectonics Group fall meeting and field trip will be led by Wouter Bleeker and will take place based in Ottawa on the weekend of October 27-28.  Please mark these dates in your calendar, and watch this list for further details over the coming days and weeks.

John Waldron

Tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of Surface Processes @ McGill University

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at McGill University seeks outstanding applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of Surface Processes. We encourage applications from scientists investigating surface processes that include (but are not limited to) landscape evolution, on Earth and/or other planets, relationships among climate, tectonics and sedimentation, as well as from those studying the sedimentary record of climate and biogeochemistry through time.
Interested applicants should submit a signed letter of interest, a curriculum vitae (including e-mail address) and the names and contact information for three referees, no later than September 30th, 2012 to:   Dr. Andrew Hynes, Chair Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences 3450 University Street Montreal, Quebec H3A OE8 E-mail:
andrew.hynes@mcgill.ca  Fax: 514-398-4680 McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, women, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply but Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Dave Elliott Awards 2012

I am happy to announce that the paper:

Elena Konstantinovskaya and Jacques Malavieille: Thrust wedges with décollement levels and syntectonic erosion: A view from analog models. Tectonophysics 502 (2011) 336–350.

is the 2012 recipient of the Dave Elliott prize for best paper published in 2011, selected by the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Association of Canada.

Many congratulations to both the authors.

John Waldron
Chair, Structural Geology and Tectonics Division

I am happy to announce the winners of this year's Jack Henderson prizes for best theses, from the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Association of Canada

The PhD thesis prize goes to: Grégory Dufréchou, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Centre - Eau Terre Environnement
for the thesis:
Origine et implications tectoniques de structures transverses profondes interprétées à partir de données de champ potentiel, Province de Grenville, Canada
Supervised by Lyal Harris and Louise Corriveau

The MSc thesis prize goes to: Chris Yakymchuk, Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering, Queen's University
for the thesis:  Tectonometamorphic evolution of the Greater Himalayan Sequence, Karnali Valley, Western Nepal
Supervised by Laurent Godin

Congratulations to both winners!

John Waldron

John Waldron's ipad

Structural Geology and Tectonics Division
Meeting 2012 May 28 4.40 pm
Salon D Delta Hotel St. John's, NL

1 Minutes of last meeting
2 Matters arising (not covered below)
3 Election of new council member(s)
4 Treasurer report
5 Jack Henderson best thesis awards
6 Dave Elliott best paper award
7 Student travel award
8 CTG fall 2012
9 Other business

Sent from my iPad
John Waldron

Main Thrust Winter 2012 now available

The current issue of the Main Thrust - the newsletter of the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Association of Canadaca - be downloaded here:

leafdot_4 Winter 2012

CTG 31 Field Guide and Photos CTG 31 Field Guide and Photos

The CTG 31 field trip guide is now available (21-23 Oct. 2011). Download it here. We can also offer some photos but are still working on the abstract volume!

2010 CTG/SGTD 30th Anniversary Fall Workshop (British Columbia)


This is additional information for the The 30th Annual Canadian Tectonics Group meeting to be held in Penticton, BC, October 15-17.

If you are planning to attend, and have not yet notified me (
lkennedy@eos.ubc.ca), please do so asap.


The meeting will be held at the Days Inn Hotel and Convention Centre in Penticton (

The cost of the meeting, including hotel rooms, food and transportation is $400.

Student Assistance to Attend the CTG

Hello all

The Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Association of Canada will provide grants to enable students to attend the annual Canadian Tectonics Group meeting.  Grants will be made up to a maximum total of $1000 (maximum $500 per eligible student).

The closing date for applications is October 8, 2010, two days prior to the abstract submission deadline.

Draft Minutes of GeoCanada 2010 Business Meeting

Here the draft minutes of our GeoCanada 2010 business meeting on 12 May in Calgary. To be confirmed at our forthcoming business meeting in Kelowna.

Download Program with Abstracts/Field Trip Guide of 1993 Fall Workshop in Espanola, Ontario

“Whilst rumaging through my office I found a copy of the 93CTG field trip guide and had it scanned in...” reported Frank Fueten a while ago. Great, it was the webmaster’s first CTG workshop and first talk in Canada outside of UNB.

Download the pdf.

The meeting turned out to be a classic, where young graduate students were warmly welcomed and complimented by Mariette Henderson and her late husband Jack. Even the CTG logo was somewhat futuristic - and never repeated again.

When saying goodbye, Frank gave the UNB students a box of sandwiches left over from lunch for their long way back. ‘’These sandwiches are not even a week old!” commented a non-disclosed insider tongue-in-cheek. And this all happened a year before - to our knowledge - the first geological email attachment was sent from coast to coast across Canada. Read More...

Download Program with Abstracts/Field Trip Guide of 2009 Fall Workshop in Pine Falls, Manitoba


The combined Field Trip Guide/Program with Abstracts of the 29th CTG/SGTD workshop is now available for download. The meeting was held in Pine Falls, Manitoba, 2-4 Oct 2009. The field trip led into the Rice Lake greenstone belt. Thanks to the guys from the Manitoba survey for a very enjoyable 2 days.

Field Trip GAC/MAC 2011: Late Neoproterozoic-Early Devonian peri-Gondwanan Ganderia in the Northern Appalachians

The 2011 GAC-MAC Annual Meeting (Ottawa, May 25-27) will feature a fieldtrip exploring the distinct Late Neoproterozoic-Early Devonian tectonic history of peri-Gondwanan Ganderia in the Northern Appalachians. The fieldtrip will be led by Sandra Barr (Acadia University), Les Fyffe (NBGS), Susan Johnson (NBGS), Adrian Park (UNB), Cees van Staal (GSC) and Reg Wilson (NBGS). It is planned as a post-meeting fieldtrip that will provide a five-day transect through one of the best preserved sections of Ganderia in North America starting in Saint John, NB and ending in Bathurst, NB. We aim to address a number of subjects including distinct Neoproteozoic-Early Cambrian basement and its tectonic history (markedly different from adjacent Avalonia); opening and closure of the Cambrian-Tremadocian (514-485 Ma) Penobscot arc/backarc complex and the Penobscot orogeny; development of the Gander margin; opening and closure of the 475-457 Ma Popelogan arc/Tetagouche backarc complex; formation of the 445-423 Ma Brunswick subduction complex including the most extensive blueschsist belt in the Appalachian orogen; inversion of the Fredericton trough and the Salinic orogeny;development of the 440-423 Ma Kingston arc/Mascarene backarc on Ganderias trailing margin; and the 421-395 Ma Laramide-like Acadian orogeny. This trip will be especially interesting to Caledonian-Appalachian-Variscan aficionados and those interested in the Neoproteozoic-Paleozoic tectonics associated with the Iapetus and Rheic oceans in general. To design and plan the preliminary logistics of this trip we would like to know the interest from the community at large.

If you are interested in attending this fieldtrip, please email
Cees van Staal.

Business Meeting Calgary, 12 May 2010

The CTG/SGTD had a joint meeting with the CSPG structure group at the Unicorn Pub in Calgary. The CSPG, which was represented by their chairperson Darcie Greggs, kindly supplied plenty of finger foods. An SGTD business meeting was held under the hockey playoff noise, chaired by John Waldron. The minutes will be posted here soon. In the meantime, here are a few photos. You may recognise some familiar faces.

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Welcome To GeoCanada 2010


Welcome to Calgary!

Just in time for our semi-annual business meeting, we finally have the whole online business completely re-organised by functionality:

1. Our blog is now the homepage: 

2. It contains a new interactive feature: Comments can be added

3. Our Facebook page has a whopping 16 subscribers, the number is growing annually.

4. I would like to point out the practicality of the RSS feeder:


Semi-annual SGTD Meeting at GeoCanada 2010

By John Waldron

Greetings all,

The semi-annual meeting of the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division will take place at the GeoCanada meeting in Calgary at 5.30 pm on Wednesday May 12.  Rather than hold this in the expensive convention centre, we have located a convenient hostelry,
the Unicorn at 304, 8th Avenue SW, which has a room ('the Library') suitable for our meeting.  Beer and food will be available from the bar on a cash/card basis.  You are encouraged to order drinks or snacks before the meeting; I'd suggest arriving at 5 or 5.15 in case there is a line-up.

Open File Report, Northeastern Alberta

By Willem Langenberg

Canadian Structural Geologists:

The Alberta Geological Survey (AGS) has recently released an open file report by Dinu Pana on rocks of the Canadian Shield of northeastern Alberta, which may be of interest to all structural geologists working in strained terrains, because it includes a good documentation of rocks, which have previously been described as deformed meta-sediments, but could also include sheared granite protoliths. The rocks of the low-grade Waugh Lake Complex are possibly of similar origin as the rocks of the San Antonio Assemblage of the Rice Lake Greenstone Belt of northern Manitoba visited during CTG 2009.
The report can be down-loaded from:  http://www.ags.gov.ab.ca/publications/abstracts/OFR_2009_22.html. Be patient, the download of the PDF (92 MB) could take between 1 and 3 minutes as it is dependant on your Internet connection.
Dinu Pana (dinu.pana@ercb.ca) will be interested to hear your opinions on these controversial rocks.

Turtle Mountain Field Trip, GeoCanada 2010

By Willem Langenberg
The GeoCanada 2010 Field trip to Turtle Mountain is the official SGTD sponsored field trip for this conference. The field trip will visit outcrops of the Turtle Mountain Thrust and the main Kootenay Formation coal seam and is completely different from the CTG 2006 field trip.
Good outcrops of thrust faults in the Canadian Rockies are relatively scarce; this field trip offers an opportunity to put your hand on a splay of the Turtle Mountain Thrust and observe fabrics related to the thrust movements.
We hope to see many members of the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division (SGTD) of the GAC on this trip next May.

Photos of the 2009 Pine Falls Workshop

2009 CTG workshop, Pine Falls, Manitoba. Photos by Jürgen Kraus and Willem Langenberg.

GeoCanada 2010, Calgary, May 10-14

The 2010 GeoCanada meeting will be held in Calgary from May 10 to May 14, 2010.
GeoCanada will serve as the Annual Convention for:
The Geological Association of Canada (GAC)
The Mineralogical Association of Canada (MAC)
The Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG)
The Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG)
The Canadian Well Logging Society (CWLS)
International Association of Hydrogeologists - Cdn. National Chapter (IAH-CNC)

The following sessions may be of particular interest to our division members.

General Structure and Tectonics
Cratons, Kimberlites and Diamonds
Interplay between Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Deformation in Metamorphism
Paleoproterozoic tectonic Assembly of the W. Canadian Shield: New Findings &
Implications for Paleocontinental Reconstruction
Cordilleran Magmatism, Tectonics and Resources
Cordilleran Fold and Thrust Belt Structural Geology and Geophysics
Early Crust Evolution
Geological Processes over time in Central Canada
Planetary Evolution
Stress, Strain, Anisotropy and Natural Fractures

Several field trips may also be of interest CTG/SGTD members
CSPG02FT Structures and Hydrocarbons in the “Undeformed” Southern Plains
Leader: Marian Warren. Dates: May 4 - 5, 2010.
GAC010FT Barrovian and Buchan Metamorphism and their Tectonic
Juxtaposition, southeastern British Columbia. Leader: David R.M. Pattison, David
P. Moynihan & Christopher R.M. McFarlane. Dates: May 13 - 16, 2010.
CSPG13FT Turtle Mountain (Crowsnest Pass) Structure trip “The Rise and Fall
of Turtle Mountain” Leader: Willem Langenberg & Tim Hartel. Dates: May 14
(pm) - 15, 2010
CSPG16FT From Turner Valley to the Calgary Landslide: Three Ages of
Deformation Laramide, Pleistocene and Present. Leader: Peter Jones. Dates: May
17, 2010

Additional information and registration are available on the GeoCanada Web site at