al APGO at Work: Highlights of the APGO's current events and achievements
Colluvium: BC Geoscientist, George R. Cavey, P.Geo., Receives 2010 Canadian Professional Geoscientist Award
ht From Far Afield: Canada Earthquake 2010, the Hunza Landslide, China sentences U.S. geologist and more
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Your New President Deborah McCombe
Welcome and Congratulations New APGO Members!
kk Review of The 2010 APGO Annual General Meeting & Short Courses
Unexploded Bombs in Canada! - Geoscientists Use Near Surface Geophysics To Locate and Recover Dangerous Munitions from Sites Across Canada
Geoadventure to GeoCanada 2010

Your New President Deborah McCombe

Deborah McCombe is an Executive Vice President and UK Director of Mining with the Scott Wilson Mining Group. She has over 30 years experience in exploration project management, feasibility studies; reserve estimation, due diligence studies and valuation studies. Mrs. McCombe has worked in diverse geological settings in North and South America, Asia and Africa.

Prior to joining Scott Wilson Mining, Mrs. McCombe was Chief Mining Consultant for the Ontario Securities Commission. She was responsible for developing and implementing National Instrument 43-101: Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (NI 43-101). She conducted technical reviews of mining and exploration companies, property reports prepared to support financing, technical disclosure in prospectuses, offering memoranda and other disclosure documents. Mrs. McCombe is the author of numerous articles and presentations prepared to assist mining companies and their lawyers, and mining and engineering professionals in a better understanding of the Canadian disclosure rules for mineral projects.

Mrs. McCombe is registered as a professional geoscientist in the provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan. She is a Director of Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, the Chair of the PDAC International Affairs Committee, a Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Distinguished Lecturer on Canadian Disclosure Standards, a
Canadian representative of the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards

(CRIRSCO), and a member of numerous professional affiliations.

Mrs. McCombe became a member of the Association in 2002. In 2007 she became a Councilor at Large on the APGO Council, then served as vice president for the 2009-2010 Council year. Mrs. McCombe has been actively involved on several APGO committees including the Discipline Committee, the Executive Committee, and the Communications and Public Awareness Committee. Mrs. McCombe officially became president of APGO at the 8th Annual General Meeting held on June 23rd, 2010.

1. Congratulations on your new position as President of the APGO. What motivated you to let your name stand for vice president initially and would you share with APGO members your thoughts on your new role as president?

When I became involved initially, Ontario was one of the few jurisdictions in Canada which did not have an association of professional geoscientists. The Association has grown significantly in recent years and as a result staff and volunteers have worked hard to ensure that policies are developed and implemented. With my regulatory background and experience working as a geologist in many parts of Ontario, I thought I would like to contribute in the areas of corporate governance, recognition of foreign professional geoscientists, and dealings with the regulators across the country. I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to represent geoscientists from across Ontario.

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New Practising & Limited Members

Mr. Benjamin C.E. Batson, P.Geo.
Mr. James R. Clark, P.Geo.
Mr. James B. Cyr, P.Geo.
Mr. Patrick I. Finlay, P.Geo.
Ms. Michelle Fraser, P.Geo.
Dr. Sergio Gelcich, P.Geo.
Mr. David C. Laudrum, P.Geo.
Mr. Michel Plasse, P.Geo.
Mr. John R. Pyke, P.Geo.
Mrs. Shawna M. Waberi, P.Geo.
Mr. Johan T. Shearer, P.Geo.
Mr. Rajbinder B. Singh, P.Geo
Dr. Hardolph A. Wasteneys, P.Geo.

New Temporary Members

Ms. Cathia Caron, P.Geo. (Temporary)
Mr. Alain Carrier, P.Geo. (Temporary)
Mr. Andre Ciesielski, P.Geo. (Temporary)
Mr. André Laferrière, P.Geo. (Temporary)
Mr. Carl Pelletier, P.Geo. (Temporary)
Mr. Gilles Provost, P.Geo. (Temporary)
Mr. Pierre- Luc Richard, P.Geo. (Temporary) Mr. Michael B. Shaw, P.Geo. (Temporary)
Dr. Mehmet F. Taner, P.Geo. (Temporary)
Mr. John J. Watkins, P.Geo. (Temporary)


New Geoscientist-in-Training

Miss Roberta S. Adams
Mr. Nathan J. Bridge
Mr. Daniel G. Dodd
Ms. Breanne N. LeLievre
Mr. Adam P. Melnik
Ms. Lindsay R. Moss

The APGO submits written comments to the Securities Commission on proposed revisions to NI 43-101, July 22, 2010.
  Executive Director, Andrea Waldie, meets with the Office of the Fairness Commissioner to discuss APGO best practises and the Fair Registration Practise Report, July 15, 2010.  
  Executive Committee meeting held July 14, 2010.  
  Professional Practice Committee meeting held July 14, 2010 to review documentation pertaining to the Geoscientists Canada framework document for Geoscience Professional Practice Guidelines project.  
  Executive Director, Andrea Waldie, and APGO member and Canadian Geoscience Standards Board (CGSB) Chair, Dr. Greg Finn, participate in the daylong meeting of the CGSB concerning the HRSDC funded Internationally Trained Geoscientists project.  
  APGO Annual General Meeting held in Toronto June 23, 2010.  
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Review of The 2010 APGO Annual General Meeting & Short Courses
By Andrea Waldie, P.Geo., Executive Director & Registrar

Despite the G20 security and potential protest marches, the APGO Annual General Meeting, short courses, committee training session, Council meeting and reception were well attended and proceeded smoothly, on June 23rd, 2010 which was the 10th anniversary of the Professional Geoscientists Act, 2000 receiving Royal Assent. The events were all held at One King West in Toronto, Ontario.

The day began with a short course on “Aboriginal Engagement and Consultation” which was simultaneously web cast for those who were not able to attend in person. Held concurrently, in another part of the building, was the 71st Council Meeting.

APGO Past Presidents

There were two more short courses in the afternoon: “NI 43-101 Practical Strategies and Proposed Changes” and “Amendments to Brownfields 153/04 – Update on the amendments and how they will affect Brownfields site assessment in Ontario”. All short courses were well attended with 79 registrants along with 24 web cast registrants. The Associationwould like to thank those who provided the presentations: Ms. B. Elizalde, Chief G. Nolan, Mr. B. Hughes, Mr. C. Waldie, Mr. J. Whyte, Mr. E. Rodrigues, Mr. S. Desrocher, and Mr. J. Evans.

Held in another part of the venue, at the same time as the short courses, was a Discipline Committee training session led by committee chair Ms. T. Middleton, and vice chair, Mr. R. Woeller, as well as legal counsel Ms. C. Street of Symes and Street. These training courses are held annually to provide guidance to Discipline Committee members for future discipline cases.

Of course no gathering of geoscientists is truly complete without a significant geological event; at approximately 1:45 p.m. a 5.0 magnitude earthquake occurred near Ottawa, causing many attendees to turn to see who was kicking their chair and causing podiums and projectors to shake. All geoscientists in attendance thoroughly appreciated this geological event.

2010 AGM Sponsors

The Annual General Meeting was held at 3:30 p.m. and 62 were in attendance, with many members and honoured guests. Those gathered were addressed by the Executive Director, President, Vice President and Treasurer of the Association as well as special guest speakers, Mr. C. Baker, P.Geo., representing the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, and Forestry, and Mr. J. Stager, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of the Environment. During the meeting an APGO membership vote was held, including all proxies, on all proposed By-law revisions. These revisions, which will facilitate Association business, passed with strong support. The revised By-laws will be posted to the Association website shortly.

APGO Incoming President Deborah McCombe

The Association would like to thank all those who completed and returned the proxy form. It is the voice of the membership that shapes this Association. A well-attended reception followed the AGM. Past president Dr. Bill Pearson gave a brief speech to commemorate the 10th anniversary and then cut the anniversary cake. The Association would like to thank the sponsors of this year’s short courses, annual general meeting, and reception: Watts, Giffis, and McOuat; Genivar; Dillon Consulting; SGS; Golder Associates; Manulife Financial; Scott Wilson; AMEC; Partners Indemnity Insurance Brokers Ltd.; and YBF Law. The Association looks forward to welcoming members and honoured guests to the 2011 Annual General Meeting and short courses planned for June 2011.


BC Geoscientist, George R. Cavey, P.Geo., Receives 2010 Canadian Professional Geoscientist Award.
See Press Release in English and/or French.

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Unexploded Bombs in Canada! - Geoscientists Use Near Surface Geophysics To Locate and Recover Dangerous Munitions from Sites Across Canada
By Mike Anderson, P.Geo. AMEC Earth & Environmental

You are 13 years old, playing in the woods behind your friend’s country house, you glance down and notice a long shiny metallic object, you poke at it with a stick, you move it with your foot, you bend down to pick it up….

Just over half a century ago, the world was at war. The threat of global war still remains. Fortunately Canadian soil has been free from modern warfare; however, our hands are far from clean. Over 200 military instillations and/or training centers were established to support the war overseas and to defend Canadian borders. Each of these sites is classified by the Canadian Government as “Unexploded Bombs (UXO) Legacy Site”. There are an additional 1,100 UXO Legacy Sites offshore in Canadian waters and several hundred former US military bases protecting Canada’s northern border. Sixty years later and we have a big problem! Thirty percent of the munitions fired in training never detonated. These are what we call UXO. They are typically just below the surface as they burrow over time. These also become unstable over time. They were deposited during training (thankfully). Most of the real gunners were already at war or had been lost at war, and historical reports describe sixteen year old farm boys being recruited as gunners out of necessity. The inaccuracy reflects this; we have located bombs 5 kilometers from the target, in what was now a playground!

A little known fact is that over two dozen people have been maimed or killed by UXO in Canada or the US in the past two decades. The number is larger if you go back thirty or forty years. In addition to individual bombs from training, there are thousands of dump sites contaminated with UXO. The method of cleanup sixty years ago was to dig a hole and bury UXO or throw them in the water. This was done with complete disregard for future human occupancy and the existing wildlife. This is where the geophysicists come in. Our job is to locate the buried items, characterize the anomaly produced by the item, and then instruct former military specialists where to dig. The military specialists were part of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) branch of the military and are known in the civilian world today as UXO technicians.

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Geoadventure to GeoCanada 2010
By Ann Jackson, Math and Science Program Leader, Specialist High Skills Major -Environment Lead St. Thomas Aquinas C.H.S Russell, Ontario

The call came mid February – a very excited school secretary called out to me across the atrium of the school, “I just received a message for you about attending a geology conference in Calgary. Can I carry your bags for you?” “I wish”, I responded, “But teachers really don’t get to go places, especially somewhere like Calgary!” So you can imagine my sheer delight to find out that the invitation was real. This was an opportunity to attend GeoCanada 2010 – a gathering of geologic thinkers, skills and experience.

In a previous life before my current career as a teacher, I received an Honours Co-op B.Sc. degree in Earth Science from the University of Waterloo. During this time, I was involved in geology and exploration geophysics from Newfoundland to Fort McMurray, and Red Lake to Baker Lake. After graduation, I continued with gravity surveying in Canada and United States, and then further afield in East Africa and New Zealand. The advent of children in my life put an end to the travelling and fieldwork that I so enjoyed, but my passion for earth sciences never diminished.

Teaching at the secondary level became my new career, and along with math, science and physics, I now teach the grade 12 university level Earth and Space Science course. I am also proud to say that I have had top students pursue post-secondary studies in Earth Science. So what is the key to having enough students to offer a course, even in a small rural school in Russell, Ontario? This is where having the opportunity for professional development such as GeoCanada 2010 is most critical.

The flight from Ottawa to Calgary was beautiful. Perfectly clear skies, the winter snow melted, but limited new vegetation allowed for impressive viewing of our spectacular Canadian geology. Saturday morning began with teachers gathered from across Canada to listen to Godfrey Nowlan present ideas of the importance of teaching Earth Science, and why it is a difficult topic to teach. In particular, he noted the incomprehensible magnitude of time and the complex interactions of earth processes. After this, we spent the remainder of the day with dynamic presenter, Stella Heenan. The theme of the day was “Putting the Earth into Science” – incorporating geosciences into chemistry, physics, biology, math, and environmental science. Stella introduced the group to a multitude of hands on activities that do not require expensive equipment. The Canadian Geological Foundation developed this material through the EdGeo Teacher Workshop Program.

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From Far Afield

1. The Huffington Post: Canada Earthquake 2010: Toronto, Ottawa Report Ground Shaking (VIDEO)

2. NASA: The Hunza Landslide: Landslide Lake in Northwest Pakistan


s3. a) BBC News: BP gears up to plug 'world's biggest' oil spill


b) The Washington Post: Rare mix of geological factors created rich but dangerous reserves

rec) Terra Daily: Nigeria's oil spills dwarf gulf disaster


s4. Globe and Mail: China sentences U.S. geologist to 8 years


Field Notes is sponsored by:


Mike Anderson, P.Geo., Ann Jackson,
Deborah McCombe, P.Geo., Andrea Waldie, P.Geo.

Wendy Diaz, M.Sc., P.Geo.

Contributing Editors:
George H. Wahl, M.Sc., P.Geo.
Andrea Waldie, P.Geo., Executive Director & Registrar

Publication Team Members:
Claudia Cochrane, M.Sc., P.Geo.
Chris Kimmerly, P.Geo.

Bernard Kradjian, Communications Coordinator

Banner Photograph Courtesy of Jingyang Zhao

See members of the 2010-2011 APGO Council here.

For more information on APGO, please contact info@apgo.net or see www.apgo.net. Field notes is published 6 times per year. If you have comments
or wish to contribute material to this newsletter,
please contact Wendy Diaz, P.Geo., or
Andrea Waldie, P.Geo.
, Executive Director/Registar.

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