Tenth Annual Meeting, Calgary,
Alberta, May 26, 2000
with a welcome to GSC Calgary by Vern Stasiuk. He noted we were a small group
but representative of University, Government (federal & provincial)
and private sector although there was a absence of industrial (mining etc.)
members. Plans for an evening dinner for informal discussion were set. Plans
for field trip to Banff on Saturday were presented.
The meeting was held
at the main boardroom of the Geological Survey of Canada (Calgary), Calgary,
Attendees: (Attachment I)
Regrets: T. Gentzis;
P. Hacquebard; Y. Heroux; P. Mukhopadhyay
Agenda - approved
followed in the afternoon after morning business meeting.
Welcome to the 9th
Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Coal Science and Organic Petrology
- this being the ninth anniversary of the formalization of CSCOP which took
place under the direction of former president Fari Goodazi.
As those of you with
grey hair know this is however, the 29th anniversary of the founding
of the forerunner of this society - The Canadian Coal Petrographers Group
- which had its first meeting in Ottawa in 1971.
We have one of the founding
members here with us today, we are very honoured to have Alex Cameron who
is now an honorary member of the society. There are only two other honorary
members: Bishu Nandi and Peter Hacquebard who were also involves with the
initial foundation of CCPG.
Alex - it lifts out
spirits to have join us today I hope we will be able to do that for you also.
Welcome to new members
who are joining us for the first time and welcome to those who have not been
with us for a while such as Andrew Beaton. Andrew has just recently joined
the Alberta Geological Survey as coal geologist specializing in Coal-bed
methane exploration. Congratulations to Andrew we wish him well in his new
past year has been quiet relative to the preceding ones when we were actively
compiling the Canadian Atlas of Coal Petrology. (Vern will say more on atlas
sales later ). However, we have a new initiative that a group of us has
been working at which promised to consume a lot of our time in the 2 years
leading up to the Banff 2002, an international meeting that we (CSCOP) will
be hosting with TSOP and members of the European Association of Organic Geochemists
in September 2002. We will have more to say on this later in the proceedings
active membership remains steady at around 40 members. It is gratifying to
have as many young members at our meeting these days as there "older members"
demonstrating the new applications of coal and peat petrology and geochemistry
in environmental issues and climate change. Regretfully, we have lost a
few of our international members, e.g. Richard Sykes of New Zealand and Dale
Swaine of Australia.
Some of the issues that
are being discussed on your behalf through our participation in the Geoscience
Council of Canada are:
Mapping of Canada
NSERC Grant allocations
New Ocean Drilling Program
Finally, thank you for
your participation today - thank you in advance to all those presenting talks
today - Please consider this an opportunity to discuss with people what you
are working on and I would like to encourage and positive and helpful feedback.
- Some improvements have
been made to the web site. There is a considerable potential for the society
if members make use of the site (these minutes will be posted on the site).
- Any feedback, ideas
or problems about the site would be appreciated. Please make your ideas known
to myself or any member of the executive. Remember, you can advertize yourself
and demonstrate the expertize and diversity of our membership by sending in
an information profile of yourself (membership profile on membership page).
It's very easy, just fill in a few blanks in the online form (follow the
membership profile links).
- President Judith Potter
sent along Treasurer Tom Gentzis's regrets that he could not be at the meeting
to present his report. Judith presented the report and moderated discussion
on the report.
- Judith highlighted several
noteworthy items. Major expenses were the $250 debit for Cameron Award, $220
for Canadian Geoscience Council membership fees and $1000 for down payment
for Banff facilities. Earnings were $302 from membership dues and $954 from
- It was also noted that
Tom's term was up but that he agreed to stay on for another term as allowed
by the constitution..
- D. Marchioni agreed
to bring the audit of the society's financial statements up to date.
report (L. Stasiuk)
Discussion: Alex Cameron
asked L. Stasiuk for more details on Atlas sales. Vern replied that most
of the balance in account was due to Atlas sales with sales in 25 countries.
Our costs were recovered at 70 copies.
- Recent cheque from GSC
brings total to $2000 with 20 sold last year for a total of 130 copies. GSC
retains 15% for processing the orders which includes providing credit card
transactions available to purchasers.
- We were able to obtain
six reviews of the atlas which for the most part were very favourable.
- The special issue of
the International Journal of Coal for selected papers from the Halifax TSOP
'98 meeting is now available.
- Proposal was made for
CD-Rom version of Atlas. All were in agreement with a timetable to start next
year and maybe have it ready for release at the Banff meeting. Alex Cameron
advised that we make sure that the small improvements suggested by reviewers
- The first Alexander R.
Cameron student award was presented in 1999. There were 3 applicants from
2 Canadian universities. The recipient this year was Raphael Wust of the University
of British Columbia. Raphael is a PhD. student of Dr R. M. Bustin, and is
working on "Modern intermontaine peat deposits from Tasek Bera, Malaysia,
showing close similarities to 'dulling-upward' sequences". No nominations
have been thus far been received in 1999 -2000 for the Hacquebard Award.
- President Potter presented
the changes proposed by the Constitution Committee and facilitated discussions.
Most of the significant amendments were accepted as recommended with a few
adjustments resulting from suggestions of the membership present at the meeting.
- A copy of the constitution
is included as Attachment V. The changes are
presented in italics to allow members to compare them with the earlier version.
ICCP meeting report
- TSOP 17th
Annual Meeting, September 17-20, 2000, Bloomington, Indiana.
- TSOP18th Annual Meeting,
September 23-26, 2001, Houston, Texas.
- TSOP19th Annual Meeting,
September, 2002, Banff, Alberta.
- ICCP 52rd Annual Meeting,
Petro Bras, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Sept 12-19, 2000.
- ICCP 53rd Annual Meeting,
Copenhagen, Denmark, August 12-18, 2001.
- International Geological
Congress, August 2000, Brazil. Wolfgang Kalkreuth serves on the organizing
- Joint TSOP-CSCOP (EAOG-European
Association of Organic Geochemists) meeting, 2002, Banff, AB.
- The 51st meeting
of the International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology was held in
Bucharest Romania on September 12 to 18, 1999, at the Faculty of Geology
and Geophysics. A total of 32 members and 20 guests attended the meeting.
The new ICCP president, Dr. Alan Cook, was inaugurated during the meeting
and will hold the office until 2003. The new General Secretary is Petra David
and Peter Crosdale is the new editor. Commission 1 presented a report on the
accreditation program (further information is available on the ICCP website).
The commission also reported that new handbook section for vitrinte is complete,
inertinite is under revision, and the liptinite sheets are currently still
in the editorial process. The alginite sheets project is also still in progress
and is selecting final photos. A lengthy discussion was held weighing the
advantages and disadvantages of producing ICCP products in digital form (i.e.
on cd rom). L. Stasiuk and J. Burgess also made a presentation to the commission
on the 'current' status of petrographic knowledge with respect to bitumens
and the necessity to classify these macerals. Commission 2 had several presentations
summarizing the annual work. These included C. Arauji (thermal indices), Jack
Burgess and L. Stasiuk (Dispersed Organic matter classification), P. Crosdale
(coalbed methane), pseudovitrinite (L. Gurba), and Ro evaluation qualifying
system (J. Koch). Commission 3 had working group presentations from Isabel
Suarez-Ruiz (coal blends), Petra David (automation), Alvarez (combustion),
and inertinite in combustion (Gomez and Alvarez). Next years meeting will
be held in at Petro Bras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept 12-19, 2000.
- Next year's meeting will
be held in Calgary during May/June, 2001.
- The traditional evening
get to together for members and spouses turned out to be a 'dining experience'
at the Mongolian Grill.
- Because of the involvement
of several of our members in the immediately following Geoscience 2000 conference
a short field trip to Banff area was cancelled.
Mike Avery (GSC Atlantic)
Andrew Beaton (Alta Geol
Alex Cameron (retired
Fari Goodarzi (GSC Calgary)
Peter Kouremenos (U of
Marcel Labonte (retired
Willem Langenberg (Alta
Geol Surv, Edmonton)
Bill McDougall (GSC Calgary)
Dave Marchioni (Petro-Logic
Sharlene Pollock (U of
Judith Potter (J.P. PetroGraphics,
Julito Reyes (GSC Calgary
Cynthia Riediger (U of
Hamed Sanei (U of Victoria)
Lavern Stasiuk (GSC
Maria Tomica (GSC Calgary)
Jenny Wong (GSC Calgary)
Information for contacting
90 Patterson Close SW
ph: 403-292-7114 or (403)
fax: 403-292-5377 or
Geological Survey of
Bedford Institute of
Box 1006, Dartmouth,
National Centre for Upgrading
Suite A202, 1 Oil Patch
Devon Research Centre
Lavern D. Stasiuk
Geological Survey of
3303 - 33rd St. NW
CANADIAN SOCIETY FOR COAL SCIENCE
AND ORGANIC PETROLOGY
TENTH ANNUAL MEETING
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF CANADA
CALGARY, MAY 26TH, 2000
9.00 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks
9.05 a.m. Minutes of 1999 Annual Meeting
9.10 a.m. Presidents report
9.20 a.m. Secretary's report
9.30 a.m. Treasurers report
9.40 a.m. Publications editor's report
9.45 a.m. Conference Report (TSOP, ICCP)
9.50 a.m. Report of Awards Committee
9.55 a.m. Report of Constitutional Committee
10.00 a.m. Coffee Break
10.30 a.m. New Business:
Discussion of proposed constitutional amendments
11.30 a.m. Upcoming meetings and announcements
11.35 a.m. Banff 2002 conference organization
11.45 a.m. Other business
12.00 a.m. Lunch
1.30 p.m. Technical Presentations
3.00 p.m. Coffee Break
3.20 p.m. Technical Presentations
4.45 p.m. Meeting adjourns
7.00 p.m. Supper at appointed location
CSCOP 2000 PRESENTATIONS
Technical Presentation, GSC Calgary,
1:30 - 2:00
Cindy Riediger, University of Calgary.
'Timing of oil migration, Paleozoic and Cretaceous bitumen and heavy oil
deposits, eastern Alberta'
2:00 - 2:30
Judith Potter 'Classification of microbitumens
in relation to thermal maturation'
2:30 - 3:00
Hamed Sanei 'Geochemistry of Recent
Sediments from Pigeon Lake Alberta'
3:00 Coffee Break
3:20 - 3:50
Willem Langenberg 'Gas generation
in some Canadian coalbed methane reservoirs'
3:50 - 4:20
L. Stasiuk and Hamid Sanei 'Diatom
oils and chlorophyllinite'
4:20 - 4:50
Goodarzi and Others 'Environmental
chemistry: The Cominco Project'
FOR COAL SCIENCE AND ORGANIC PETROLOGY
- MAY 2000 - BREAKDOWN OF DEBITS AND CREDITS
(For the period from June 18, 1999
to May 23, 2000)
$ 131.04 - To IGA Devon
for lunch provided to CSCOP members on June 22, 1999.
$ 30.00 - Paid to The
Receiver General for Canada on June 28, 1999 for incorporation & disclosure
of CSCOP to Industry Canada.
$ 74.90 - Paid to Tetras
on January 5, 2000 to cover costs for a gift for the departing Secretary
of CSCOP. This cheque replaced the original one that was issued on October
3, 1996. The original cheque was returned to CSCOP.
$ 30.00 - Paid to Thomas
Gentzis on February 17, 2000 to cover postage, telephone, and other minor
expenses incurred over the past few years.
$ 250.00 - Paid to Raphael
Wòst on March 21, 2000. He is a UBC graduate student and the recipient
of the Cameron Award.
$ 66.75 - Bank charges
for deposits and for maintaining the account.
$ 220.00 - Paid to Geoscience
Council of Canada on May 1, 2000 as membership for 2,000. The cheque had
not been cashed by May 23 when this report was prepared
$ 802.69 Total Debits
$ 302.00 - Membership
dues and sales of CSCOP Glossary. Deposited on August 9, 1999.
$ 954.54 - Sales from
CSCOP Glossary. Deposited on December 4, 1999.
$ 40.54 - Interest from
term deposit certificate. Deposited on February 2, 2000.
$ 75.00 - Membership
dues deposited on February 17, 2000.
$ 705.00 - Membership
dues and EAOG deposit (1,000 Euros or $ 680 Can). Deposited on May 23, 2000.
$ 2,077.08 Total
Balance on June 11,
1999: $ 6,393.72
Balance on December 31,
1999: $ 7,447.47
Actual Balance on May
23, 2000: $ 7,888.11
$ 7,668.11 once the outstanding cheque of $ 220.00 to Geoscience
Council of Canada is factored in)
Difference: $ 0.00
CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT
Held at the Canada Trust
branch in Spruce Grove
Ø The amount is $ 1,150.00 and is fixed
Ø It matured on February 2, 2000
Ø It was renewed for 12 months until February 2, 2001
Ø The annual interest rate is 4.6%
Ø The interest is credited to the chequing account at
This report was prepared
on May 23, 2000 by: Thomas Gentzis, Treasurer-CSCOP
FOR COAL SCIENCE AND ORGANIC PETROLOGY
The name of the Society
is : "The Canadian Society for Coal Science and Organic Petrology"
The society may be
referred to by the acronym: CSCOP
To encourage and promote
the practice, research and development of coal science, organic petrology
and related disciplines in Canada and abroad through the practice
of coal petrology and geochemistry.
To act as an advisory
body to teaching, training, industrial and research establishments on a national
and international level.
To serve the members
in a professional capacity.
Any individual engaged
in research in, or practicing coal science, organic petrology, geochemistry
and related disciplines is eligible to become a member.
There are two categories
(i) full member
An honourary member shall
be a founding member, retired member or member who has distinguished him/herself
by virtue of their outstanding contributions to the work of the society.
(ii) honourary member
(iii) student member
All members are responsible
for promoting the goals of the Society and should be willing to advise in
matters of coal research and development in Canada.
All members are entitled
to attend the annual meeting and receive a directory of members and the
Society newsletter on an annual basis.
4. Membership dues
Membership dues will
be established at the annual meeting and payable annually. Membership will
be automatically discontinued when dues have not been paid for three consecutive
years. Honourary members are not required to pay dues.
The officers shall consist
(i) The President
(ii) The past-President
(v) Publications editor
(vi) Regional officers
responsible for membership and communication: Eastern (Maritime Provinces)
Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia)
Northern (NW Territories
The President shall be
the Society's official representative responsible for promoting
and advancing the goals of the Society, instigating policy, liaison with industry,
provincial and federal government agencies, universities and sister societies.
The President shall appoint regional officers and representatives
to other societies, as necessary.
The Secretary shall
be responsible for keeping records of meetings and transactions, communicating
information to members via the newsletter or electronic means and managing
the Society's website.
The Treasurer shall
be responsible for collection of membership dues, management of the Society's
funds and investments and payment of accounts payable.
6. Election of Officers
The president, secretary
and treasurer shall be elected by the membership through a nomination
and ballot process, or by acclamation should only one nomination be tendered.
Each position carries a two-year term of office. Officers may serve
for a maximum of two consecutive terms.
Elections for president
and secretary shall be offset by one year.
Other officers can be
nominated and elected by the members present at the annual meeting.
The work of the Society
shall be carried out through functioning committees and working groups.
The following committees are currently established:
shall be responsible for drafting and implementing changes to the
constitution; shall consist of three members, including the President and
one other officer). The recommendations of this committee must then be approved
by two-thirds of the membership before the proposed amendments can be implemented.
Awards Committee: shall
consist of a minimum four members and shall be responsible for administering,
seeking nominations and informing the recipients of the Hacquebard Medal and
the Alexander R. Cameron Award.
shall consist of the Publications Editor and at least two other members.
This committee shall be responsible for publications, other than
the newsletter, fostered and initiated by the society.
(three members) shall evaluate applications for membership and examine the
criteria for honorary membership.
A meeting will be held
annually to discuss society business, finances, budgets and review activities
and recent advances in coal science, organic petrology and related disciplines.
The fiscal year of the
Society shall start on May 1st. The books, accounts and records
of the Society shall be audited at least once a year. A statement
of the books shall be presented at the annual meeting and by mail/other means
of communication, annually to the membership by the Treasurer and/or the
Proposals for changes
to the constitution can be made by any member, in person at the annual meeting,
or by written or electronic communication to the constitutional
committee who shall them deliver the proposal to the members present at
the annual meeting.
Proposed changes can
be effected only by agreement of two-thirds of the membership at the