About Us

Welcome to the website of the Newfoundland and Labrador Section of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC). We exist as a local group composed of members of all segments of the geoscience community, and many of our members are members of the National Body of the Geological Association of Canada. Membership in the National Body is not a requirement for membership in the Newfoundland and Labrador Section, but it is strongly encouraged. We organize a technical conference every year (generally in February) and an annual field trip (generally in September or October). We also publish the "Travellers Guide to the Geology of Newfoundland and Labrador", and other publications such as field trip guides. Each year we organize some social functions according to demand and enthusiasm. Our overall mandate is to provide a focal point for the growing Newfoundland and Labrador Geoscience Community, so that its members can get to know one another, understand the activities of different sections of the community, learn about their subject and (above all) enjoy themselves.


Upcoming Events

2019 Spring Meeting

Monday February 18th to Tuesday February 19th
Johnson GEO Centre, Signal Hill


Geoscience Education Trust
of Newfoundland and Labrador
(formerly named the St. John’s 88/01 Trust Fund)
Funding for Geoscience Education Projects 2019

Newfoundland and Labrador - Traveller's Guide to the Geology

Edited by: S. Colman-Sadd and S.A. Scott, 91 pages plus map; revised in 2003

A reprinted version of the highly popular Newfoundland and Labrador Traveller's Guide to the Geology, including a full- colour geological map of the province and guide to 127 stops of interest, is available for purchase from the Publications office of the Geological Association of Canada for $23.99, $12.99 for GAC Members.
This is a must-have guide for tourists as well as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.


The local GAC executive is a volunteer group from different sections of the community. We depend on volunteer effort to make things happen, and we are always in need of help from existing and new members.

  • President

    Annie Parrell
    Energy Branch
    Petroleum Engineering Division
    Department of Natural Resources

  • Vice President


  • Secretary/Treasurer

    Larry Hicks
    Energy Branch
    Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Natural Resources

  • Technical Program Chair

    James Conliffe
    Geological Survey of Newfoundland and Labrador
    Department of Natural Resources

  • Webmaster / Online Content Chair

    Shawn Duquet
    Groundwater Section, Water Resources Management Division
    Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment

  • Councilor

    Karen Waterman
    Petroleum Resource Development
    Department of Natural Resources

  • Councilor

    Alex Peace
    Department of Earth Sciences
    Memorial University

  • Past-President

    Andrew Kerr
    Department of Earth Sciences
    Memorial University