Geological Association of Canada

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Geological Association of Canada
Abbreviation GAC
Formation 14 February 1947
Brian Pratt(2014-2015)

The Geological Association of Canada promotes and develops the geological sciences in Canada. The organization holds conferences, meetings and exhibitions for the discussion of geological problems and the exchange of views in matters related to geology. It publishs various journals and collections of learned papers dealing with geology.


On February 14, 1947, a group of geologists met in Toronto with the objective of creating the Geological Institute of Canada, an association of geologists with the purpose of promoting, discussing and disseminating geological knowledge. Later that year a preliminary Constitution and Bylaws were approved and the first Councillors were elected. The organization's name was changed to the Geological Association of Canada. The group initially began with 140 charter members.

The Association was designed to bridge the gap between the perceived industrial mineral orientation of the Geological Division of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the purely scientific objectives of Section IV of the Royal Society of Canada.

Medals and Awards[edit]

The Geological Association of Canada recognizes geological contributions with a series of individual awards.

  • The Logan Medal for sustained distinguished achievement in Canadian earth science)
  • The Ambrose Medal for sustained dedicated service to the Canadian earth science community)
  • The W. W. Hutchison Medal (previously the Past Presidents' Medal), awarded to a young individual for recent exceptional advances in Canadian earth science research
  • The E. R. Ward Neale Medal for sustained outstanding efforts in sharing earth science with Canadians
  • The Yves Fortier Earth Science Journalism Award for excellence in journalistic treatment of earth science in the newspaper medium

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