Terms of Reference
Current CNC/IUGG Committee


Since 1931, the National Research Council (NRC) is an adhering member of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and other international bodies on behalf of Canada. NRC is authorized by the Federal Government to provide funds for membership with international bodies to enable the Canadian scientific community to have access to international meetings, networking and knowledge exchange. NRC shares the responsibility for these affiliations with international bodies through Canadian Partner Agreements. Each partner creates and maintains a Canadian National Committee (CNC) composed of leading Canadian researchers, to support Canada’s affiliation with relevant international scientific bodies.

Through this process, NRC maintains a Canadian Partner Agreement with the Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU), which creates and maintains a CNC to support Canada’s affiliation with the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). IUGG is one of the members of the ICSU. Since 2007, NRC uses the Annual Performance Review (APR) to help assess the international affiliations, and relies on the Canadian partners’ assistance in carrying this out. The NRC Advisory Committee on International Science, Engineering and Technology (CISET) reviews this APR and makes recommendations to NRC on whether the specific Canadian Partner Agreement should continue.

The agreement remains in effect for a five-year period, conditional on successful APR and availability of funds. It is expected that the membership of the CNC/IUGG is distributed with regards to geography, linguistics and gender. CGU should ensure that the CNC/IUGG membership has an adequate representation of disciplines covered by the IUGG. Appropriate turnover of the members of the Committee should encourage participation of young Canadian scientists and engineers. CGU nominates the Canadian delegate(s) attending each General Assembly/Council Meeting of IUGG and forwards their names and addresses to the International Relations Office for their official Appointment. The number of official Canadian delegates has to conform with the Constitution of the IUGG and to any policies on Canadian representation when applicable. The Canadian delegate(s) is expected to give careful consideration to the advice and guidance of NRC and CISET on issues relating to finances, Constitution and By Laws and on other issues. The official delegate is expected to provide a written report to the NRC International Relation Office upon his or her return to Canada.

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Terms of Reference for CNC/IUGG:

  • To collect and reconcile the many views of the specific scientific community on relevant issues;
  • To identify, represent and promote the capabilities and distinctive competence of this Canadian scientific community internationally;
  • To enhance the depth and breadth of the participation of this Canadian scientific community in the activities and events of IUGG and related organizations;
  • To establish the mechanisms for communicating to the Canadian scientific community the views of IUGG and information about the activities of IUGG;
  • To distribute appropriate documentation, including the IUGG Newsletter where appropriate
  • To attract and stage international events of value to the Canadian scientific community;
  • To invite from time to time guest speakers to meetings, workshops or seminars that it sponsors; and
  • To recommend to the CGU the nomination of the Canadian Delegate(s) to IUGG assemblies, general meetings or council meetings. The Delegate is normally but not necessary, a regular member of CNC/IUGG.

The National Correspondents of the International Associations of IUGG are delegated by the appropriate Learned Societies.
IAG (International Association of Geodesy) members are appointed by CGU.
IAMAS (International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences) members are appointed by CMOS.
IASPEI (International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth Interior) members are appointed by CGU.
IAHS (International Association of Hydrological Sciences) members are appointed by CGU-Hydrology Division.
IAVCEI (International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth Interior) members are appointed by CGU and GAC/MAC.
IAPSO (International Association of Physical Sciences of Oceans) members are appointed by CMOS.
IAGA (International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy) members are appointed by CAP and CGU.

The Chairperson of the Committee is designated by CGU. Presently there are no National Correspondents representing IACS (International Association of Cryospheric Sciences). The terms of the membership for all regular members of the CNC are three years, renewable once. The Committee is expected to meet as necessary, normally once each year, and report to NRC on the meeting results. Between meetings the Chairperson and the Executive Secretary may obtain decisions from the Committee by means of ballots. One-half of the voting membership participating in a duly called meeting or ballot constitutes quorum.

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Adhering Organization
National Research Council of Canada
NRC Coordinator: Melanie Cullins

President: Claire SAMSON (President of CGU)
Chairperson: Zoltan HAJNAL


Jeong Woo KIM
James Drummond
Claire PERRY
Genevieve ALI
IAGA: Andrew YAU
Director, International Relations
NRC International Relations
National Research Council
1200 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON , K1A 0R6, CANADA
T: 1 613 991 0917
F: 1 613 952 9696
Dr. Claire Samson
President CNC/IUGG
Carleton University
Dept. of Earth Sciences
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6, CANADA
T: 1 613 520 2600 Ex. 4396
Dr. Zoltan HAJNAL
University of Saskatchewan
Dept. of Geological Sciences
114 Science Place, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5E2, CANADA
T: 1 306 966 5694
F: 1 306 966 8593
National Correspondents
IAG Dr. Joseph HENTON Natural Resources Canada, Geodetic Survey Division
P.O. Box 6000, 9860 West Saanich Road, 3rd Floor Rm 3731
Sidney, BC, V8L 4B2, CANADA
T: 1 250 363 6658
F: 1 250 363 6565
Dr. Jeong Woo KIM University of Calgary
Dept. of Geomatic Engineering
2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB, T2N1N4, CANADA
T: 1 403 220 4858
F: 1 403 284 1980
IAGA Dr. Andrew YAU University of Calgary
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Institute of Space Imaging Science
2500 University Dr. NW., Calgary, AB. , T2N 1N4, CANADA
T: 1 403 220 8825
F: 1 403 220 3616
Dr. Phil J. A. McCAUSLAND University of Western Ontario
Dept. of Earth Sciences
1151 Richmond Str., London, ON, N6A 5B7, CANADA
T: 1 519 661 2111 Ex. 87985
F: 1 519 661 3198
IAHS Dr Richard PETRONE University of Waterloo
Dept. of Geography and Environmental Management
200 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1, CANADA
T: 519 888-4567 Ex. 39174
Dr Genevieve ALI University of Manitoba
Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources
232 Wallace Building, Fort Gary Campus, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2, CANADA
T: 204-474-9371
F: 204-474-7623
IAMAS Dr. John GYAKUM McGill University
Dept. of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
RM 945, Burnside Hall, 805 Sherbook Street West, Montreal, QC, H3A 2K6, CANADA
T: 1 514 398 3764
F: 1 514 398 6115
Dr. James DRUMMOND Dalhousie University
Faculty of Science
Halifax, NS, B3H 4J1, CANADA
T: 1 902 494 2324
F: 1 902 494 6889
IAPSO Dr. Jody KLYMAK University of Victoria
School of Earth Sciences and Ocean Sciences
P.O. Box 3055 STN CSC, Victoria, BC, V8W 3P6, CANADA
T: 1 250 472 5969
F: 1 250 721 6200
Dr. Peter GALBRAITH Maurice Lamontagne Institute
Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, Pelagic and Ecosystem Science Branch
P.O. Box 1000, Mont-Joli QC, G5H 3Z4, CANADA
T: 1 418 775 0852
IASPEI Dr. David W. EATON University of Calgary
Head, Dept. of Geosciences
2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4, CANADA
T: 1 403 220 4275
F: 1 403 284 0074
Dr. Claire PERRY Universite du Quebec a Montreal
CP 888 Succ. Centre-Ville, Montreal, QC, H3C 3P8, CANADA
T: 1 514 987 3000
F: 1 514 987 3635
IAVCEI Dr. Michael D. HIGGINS Universite du Quebec
Sciences de la Terre
555 blvd de l’universite, Chicoutimi, QC, G7H 2B1, CANADA
T: 1 418 545 5011 Ex. 5052
F: 1 418 545 5012
Dr. Brian COUSENS Carleton University
Earth Sciences
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6, CANADA
T: 1 613 520 2600 Ex. 4436
F: 1 613 520 5613

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