Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences:
the coordinated voice for Canadian Earth Sciences

The Mission of CFES is to be the coordinated voice of the Earth science community in Canada, ensuring that decision makers and the general public understand the contributions of Earth sciences to Canadian society and the Canadian economy

What is CFES - what does CFES do?

CFES/FCST was established in 2006 as the successor to the Canadian Geoscience Council (CGC). CFES is an umbrella organization of 12 Canadian member societies and 2 cooperative groups (the list of member organizations is here). Our constituency represents industry (minerals, hydrocarbons, environmental/geotechnical), government (Provincial/Territorial Geological Surveys) and Academia, in total, an estimated 20,000 Canadian earth scientists.  CFES/FCST also closely cooperates with 4 observer organizations.

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News & Events

Mar 1, 2015
The January 2015 IUGS e-Bulletin is now available at:
Feb 26, 2015


As you are aware, the 35th International Geological Congress (35th IGC) will be held in Cape Town, South Africa between 27 August and 4 September 2016.

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 35th IGC invites you to submit nominations for Scientific Symposia, Workshops or Short Courses at this meeting using the online link from the website home page ( ); .

The second circular that will be released soon includes detail regarding more than 50 themes that are being considered for the scientific programme. We encourage all IUGS affiliated organisations to scrutinize these proposals and co-ordinate the submission of additional symposium suggestions or identify theme champions that will ensure optimal coverage of your sphere of interest.

To enhance the African focus of this event we would like to offer a very broad spectrum of short courses which will ensure the dissemination of thematic knowledge imparted by IUGS affiliated organisations across the continent and other regions dominated by low income countries.   

If your organization intends to host a business meeting or general meeting at the Congress, please use the online facility to supply us with relevant information including the title and a short description of the event, name of a contact person, the numbers anticipated or size of the venue required and specifics regarding audiovisual, catering and other requirements.


Please contact the 35th IGC Secretariat at or if you require additional information or would like to propose a special event requiring specialized equipment or support.


Thanking you in anticipation.


Kind regards


Greg Botha

Secretary-General, 35th IGC

Feb 17, 2015
The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences will be held at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa on the evening of Friday, April 10, and continuing on Saturday, April 11.
Jan 14, 2015

How much fossil fuel can we exploit?

Canada would need to leave 75 per cent of its oil in the ground as part of a global effort to cap global warming at two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, a new study shows. The authors also conclude that the exploitation of resources in the Arctic should be ruled out.

Using computer models, the authors found that a third of oil reserves, half of gas reserves, and over 80 per cent of current coal reserves in the world should remain unused over the next 40 years in order to meet that target.

Original research paper published in Nature on January 7, 2014.

Dec 2, 2014

Book Launches

Four Billion Years and Counting: Canada’s Geological Heritage and

Quatre milliards d’années d’histoire: Le patrimoine géologique du Canada

Books released in Halifax, Quebec City and Calgary

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