The Yellowknife Geoscience Forum provides an intimate setting for delegates from industry, academia, and government to exchange information on Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, Mining Activities, and Geoscience Research in Canada’s North. The Forum consists of a trade show and a technical program. The technical program for the 2019 Yellowknife Geoscience Forum is seeking oral and poster presentations on Geoscience & Environmental Science Research and Geoscience-Related topics.

The technical program sessions for 2019 are described on the website and include:

Geoscience & Environmental Science Research
    • Geoscience & Exploration
    • Diamond Geology & Exploration
    • Energy in Canada’s North
    • Environmental Monitoring & Research
    • Permafrost
Geoscience-Related Presentations
    • Community Engagement & Education
    • Regulatory & Policy Updates
    • Mining Updates

Abstract Submission

  • Abstracts are required for both oral and poster presentations and have a maximum limit of 500 words
  • Presentations from all relevant disciplines are welcome.
  • All abstracts must be submitted before 11:59 pm MT Friday, October 4th using the online submission page (Open: end of August). Formatting is not required.


  • Sarah Gervais with questions about the Technical Program
  • Doug Irwin with questions about the online submission of abstracts

Forum Registration

  • Registration for the Geoscience Forum is through the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines
  • Badges will be checked at every venue.
  • Both full and single day registration passes are available.
  • All speakers, poster presenters, and session chairs must register for the conference.

Call for Abstracts Circular

Finnigan Award for Northern Research

This year the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG) is pleased to offer an award designed to provide a student with funding to attend the Geoscience Forum. The Finnigan Award for Northern Research is inspired by Dr. Craig Finnigan.

Dr. Craig Finnigan was a Professional Geoscientist who spent the majority of his short career working across the Canadian north for industry, government and academia. Craig passed away in 2014 at the age of 45, however his passion for geoscientific field work and exploration has left an imprint on those who worked with him over the years. He was recognized in 2014 with the prestigious Huestis Award (AMEBC) for his role in the discovery of the Coffee gold deposits in the Yukon. Craig was an adamant supporter of students and education. As an Adjunct Professor at Western University he co-supervised a number of graduate student theses, including studies on the Coffee gold deposits in Yukon and uranium mineralization at the Lac Cinquante uranium deposit in Nunavut. To honour Craig’s memory, a student focused scholarship that encourages presentation at northern conferences has been established.

NAPEG encourages the achievement of excellence in the engineering and geosciences professions through the promotion of advanced studies and research programs. By providing financial assistance to researchers working in the northern territories the Association seeks to encourage young geoscientists to communicate effectively to their peers and the public, an important skill in the development of a professional practitioner.

To be eligible, the applicant must be enrolled in a Canadian university and registered in a Geology or Earth Sciences program that includes a thesis with a subject relevant to the territory in which the results would be presented. The applicant must also have submitted an abstract (or similar document) for a talk or poster presentation at the conference indicated on their application form. The applicant must attend this conference and give the presentation in order to receive scholarship funding.

Please visit NAPEG to apply for the Finnigan Award.

NAPEG Student Presentation Awards

Cash prizes of $1000 each for the best technical oral and poster presentations will again be offered. Please note that to be eligible for the poster award, students are required to give a soap box talk. Oral presentation are automatically eligible. The conference organizers thank the NAPEG Education Foundation for sponsoring these awards. The winners will be announced in Capitol Theatre 1 on Thursday, November 21, 2019.