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GeoConnection Webinars

Our GeoConnection Webinars are monthly 1-hour live webinars that address topics of interest within the geoscience community. Speakers will include industry, government, and academic professionals, as well as geoscience students. See the schedule below for upcoming GeoConnection Webinars. These webinars will be recorded and posted to this website.

Participation in AGI's GeoWebinars is free.

September 29, 2011, 1:00 - 2:00 pm US EDT
GeoConnection Webinar - Career Series

Canadian Exploration- High Demands for the Future Workforce

Will be posted online soon!

Join us to listen to the following speakers discuss careers in Canadian mineral exploration:

Dr. Martha Roberts, from MiHR, will discuss labour market findings from the exploration study “Unearthing Possibilities”.

Scott Jobin-Bevans, from PDAC, will speak about what’s happening on the ground in the minerals exploration sector, including what PDAC and S-IMEW are. What are the big changes coming up for companies? What’s exciting for new earth/geoscience graduates in the sector and why they should consider a career in minerals exploration?

Student Panel – Listen our student panel (April Bertrand, Blake Schreiner) discuss why they have chosen this educational path, what they find exciting about this field, and where they hope their careers will take them.

Melanie Sturk, from MiHR, will wrap up our discussion by introducing the Explore for More career resources.

After the presentations, we’ll have a question and answer session where webinar participants will be able to ask questions of the speakers.

This webinar has been co-organized with the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR)

Webinar co-sponsors:
Australian Institute of Geoscientists
Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada
Society of Economic Geologists, Inc.

M Sturk photo

Melanie Sturk
Director, Attraction, Retention and Transition
Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR)

Talk Title:
"Resources to Explore for More in Canada's Mineral Sector"


As Director, Attraction, Retention, and Transition, Melanie Sturk is responsible for the initiatives that encourage new workers, particularly those from underrepresented groups, to engage in mining careers that support the industry by enhancing workplace diversity. Formerly Project Manager for the Canadian Tourism Human Resources Council, Melanie holds a bachelor's degree in Recreation Management from Acadia University and a Professional Certificate in Management Skills from the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University. Melanie has managed and presented on multiple development and research projects on workplace diversity in mining. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys playing rock 'n roll.

S JB photo Dr. Scott Jobin-Bevans
Caracle Creek International Consulting Inc.

Talk Title:
"Mineral exploration, the PDAC and You!"


Scott Jobin-Bevans is the current President of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, from March 2010 thru March 2012, has held a Board of Directors position since 2002 and holds several volunteer board positions. He is also the Director and Founding Partner of Caracle Creek International Consulting, Inc. an international geological and mining services company with offices in Canada (Sudbury, Toronto, Vancouver), Dominican Republic, Zambia and South Africa (Johannesburg). Scott has been involved in the mineral exploration industry since 1988 and has experience in managing multi-million dollar exploration projects from the early stages through advanced exploration. Scott completed his undergraduate studies and M.Sc. at the University of Manitoba and his Ph.D at the University of Western Ontario. Scott is a professional geoscientist and qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

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April Bertrand
Exploration Geologist
Goldcorp Red Lake Gold Mines

Talk Title:
"Exploration in Northern Ontario, From a Regional to Minesite Perspective"


I first got into geology when I decided to change majors after my first year of university and was flipping through a course calendar. I am a fairly outdoorsy person to begin with so learning about the stuff I saw in the bush after school seemed pretty interesting. Before reading about the course I didn't really have much of a concept about what geology was but after my first class I knew I would keep going with it. It's a very difficult discipline but at the same time it makes sense of so many things that you would never have been able to explain before, and may not have thought about at all. And if you can master the concepts, then you can get into the fun stuff - exploration! It puts your education into use so that you can take advantage of skillsets and tools such as prospecting, geochemistry and geophysics to identify and select areas that might host mineralization, and nothing is more exciting to a lot of geologists (including myself) than the prospect of discovering something that could become ore one day. Another upside is that even though this may never happen, it is still one of the most enjoyable jobs a geologist could have - walking around in the bush all day, maybe camping, and getting away from the rush.

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Blake Schreiner
Geology Undergraduate Student
Department of Geological Sciences University of Saskatchewan

Talk Title:
"Do you get it? Discussion about making use of the tools available to you for personal development while undertaking your degree."


My name is Blake Schreiner, I was born in small town Saskatchewan, Canada. I was raised on a grain farm with various animals and lots of chores, but also was able to partake in many sports, and part-time jobs in welding and carpentry off the farm. I graduated in 2000 with thirteen people in my class out of Cudworth, SK, and upon graduation travelled to New Zealand on an agriculture exchange for one year. In 2001, I entered into Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, where I received a two year diploma in Chemical Technology. I worked for awhile at a uranium mill for Cameco Corp. in Northern Saskatchewan then travelled for another eighteen months to New Zealand and Australia, where I worked in an oil refinery laboratory, welding and carpentry jobs.

I returned back to Canada in 2005, and took a job as a Quality Control Technician in the oilfield services industry in Grande Prairie, AB. Although this was a good job, I always wanted to get a degree and was drawn to Geology through travels, and work in the mountains. I returned full-time at the Uranium mill, as a Chemical Technologist in the analytical laboratory with a shift of 7-in 7-out for two and half years while taking classes part-time in Geology at the University of Saskatchewan. I started full-time as a student in the fall of 2010, where I have been tailoring my program to fit hard rock geology, exploration and geochemistry. I have been involved with programs such as MiHR virtual mentorship as a mentee, PDAC S-IMEW (Student Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop), many associations such as SEG, GAC, GSC, MAC, and have been trying to develop myself to meet the high demands of the exploration industry. I am set to graduate in the spring of 2012, and am very excited to start the next chapter of my life.



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