CGU Annual Scientific Meetings

A highlight of CGU membership is the annual scientific meeting, which provides the opportunity to network with earth scientists from across the country. Collaborative and networking opportunities are often enhanced by hosting meetings jointly with complementary scientific societies.

Meetings provide the opportunity to:

  • Present current research to the geoscientific community and learn about the activities of other scientists, of particular importance to students
  • Emphasize Canadian-focused research alongside more global research
  • Recognize and support winners of CGU awards and student paper awards
  • Attend invited lectures such as the Woo Lecture (Hydrology) and plenary speakers
  • Attend information sessions held by granting agencies
  • Participate in annual Section and Executive meetings.
  • Participate in workshops relevant to geophysics and earth science disciplines.

COVID-19 effect on CGU's 2020 meeting preparation (March 18, 2020)
Dear CGU members and colleagues,

After carefully considering the evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus and in following advice from public health agencies within Alberta and nationally, the CGU Executive has decided that the Banff meeting is not going to be able to proceed this year.

I am announcing now, however, that we have already booked next year’s meeting to take place in Banff, with more or less the same programming, venue and events as were planned for this year. Please mark your calendars for May 2ndthrough the 5th, 2021 at the Banff Park Lodge.

We are disappointed to not be able to meet in person to share our science with one another. A separate email will be sent to the CGU membership soon to officially announce the winners of union-level awards. We also recognize that with IUGG replacing our CGU meeting last year, and the CGU annual meeting being cancelled this year, it will be the second year in a row that no best presentation awards or best poster awards are presented to our student members. The CGU Executive is currently evaluating different options through which CGU student members could still present their research – potentially via an online conference – and compete for oral presentation and poster awards. Details will follow in the next few weeks.

Thankfully, we had delayed the opening of our registration system. We will reimburse all abstract submission fees through your original method of payment. We will process refunds as quickly as possible, but please be patient as they may take a few weeks to complete. We would recommend that you cancel any travel arrangements you have made at your earliest convenience. Note that we have confirmed with the Banff Park Lodge that all hotel reservations made through the CGU block have been cancelled automatically.

Finally, I would like to recognize that a lot of people had contributed significantly to this year’s meeting already. The entire CGU Executive team and Section Executives have been highly involved, but none more so than Julian Lowman (CGU VP and lead organizer of the meeting). A significant amount of work had already been completed for awards adjudication by a large number of reviewers and led by our Award Chair, Genevieve Ali. Robin Gemer from CanHost, our conference organizer, has been amazing and I have been extremely grateful for all the hard work already completed by our Local Organizing Committee Co-Chairs, Scott Ketcheson and Felix Nwaishi. Both John Pomeroy and Robert Sandford had prepared an amazing conference field trip and public lecture.

Thank you all for your patience in these trying times. Please do feel free to contact us through for any feedback you may have. We will be in touch soon.


Carl Mitchell
President, CGU

YearMeeting Information and Link to Conference ProgramLocationDate
2024CGU Annual MeetingOttawa, OntarioMay 26-29
2023CGU Annual Meeting
Banff, AlbertaMay 7 - May 10
2022Joint Annual Meeting with CMOSSaskatoon, SaskatchewanMay 29 - June 4
2021CGU Annual Meeting
OnlineJune - July
2020CGU Annual MeetingBanff, AlbertaMay 3 - 6
2019Joint Annual Meeting with CMOS with IUGG Scientific AssemblyMontreal, QuebecJuly 8 - 17
2018Joint Annual Meeting with CSSS, CIG, ES-SSA and CSAFM.Niagara Falls, OntarioJune 10 - 14
2017Joint Annual Meeting with CSAFMVancouver, British ColumbiaMay 28 - May 31
2016Joint Annual Meeting with CMOSFredericton, New BrunswickMay 29 - June 2
2015Joint Annual Meeting with AGU and GAC-MACMontreal, QuebecMay 3 - 7
2014Joint Annual Meeting with Canadian Society of Soil Science and Mantle Convection WorkshopBanff, AlbertaMay 4 - 7
2013Joint Annual Meeting with CMOS and CWRASaskatoon, SaskatchewanMay 26 - 30
2012Joint Annual Meeting with CWRABanff, AlbertaJune 5 - 8
2011Joint Annual Meeting with CSAFMBanff, AlbertaMay 15 - 18
2010Joint Annual Meeting with CMOSOttawa, OntarioMay 31 - June 4
2009Joint Assembly with AGU and other organizationsToronto, OntarioMay 24 - 27