The new CSPG Hydrogeology Division was launched in November, 2015, with the following mandate:

  • To promote the crucial importance of water in energy production; 
  • To profile existing/emerging technologies/markets; 
  • To educate CSPG members and public at large on water resources;
  • To assist/guide the content of hydrogeology sessions at GeoConvention; and
  • To foster collaboration, knowledge transfer and cross-division linkages with the CSPG

Talk space generously provided by:

The goal is for the Division meetings to be held once a month over the lunch hour (monthly meeting to be scheduled from October to May, no talks from June to September). All lunch talks are free and open to the public, and please bring your lunch. 

The success of the Division depends on the participation and volunteer efforts of CSPG members and the public at large. If you are interested in giving a presentation, or in learning more about the Division, please contact Jamie Wills at jwills@waterlineresources.com 

The division is currently compiling an email distribution list that will be sent out as a reminder prior to upcoming Division talks. If you are interested in receiving such emails, please send your email address to jwills@waterlineresources.com
Upcoming Division Talk

Title: A Novel Approach to Solving Water Challenges in Africa 

Speaker: Laurra Olmsted, MSc, P.Geol., Executive Director, UniWater Education Limited 

Location: geoLOGIC Classroom, Aquitaine tower, 540-5 ave SW, 2nd floor, Caglary AB T2P 0M2
March 7, 2018 | 12:00 noon

Space is limited - Register for free today:

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were signed by 194 countries in September 2015, including Canada.  While they set out specific goals that pertain to socio-economic and environmental aspirations, the details of how they will be implemented in order that they can be achieved by 2030 are lacking.
With regards to water, a Canadian organization, UniWater Education, is working to enhance the potential for success in many African countries of Africans being able to manage their own water challenges.  This initiative is an example of how professionals in Canada can work internationally to share our experience and knowledge to benefit those in developing countries. This talk will outline the current water challenges in sub-Saharan Africa, the future growth rates and hazards associated with maintaining the status quo, projected impacts of climate change, and identification of opportunities for motivated Canadians.

Laurra Olmsted has a BSc in Earth Science ('85) from the University of Waterloo, and an MSc in Hydrogeology in Developing Countries ('92) from University College London (UK). She has worked in the UK and Canada as an environmental consultant for more than 20 years.  In 2007, her career switched gears and she began working in the development sector in Africa. In 2005, she co-founded Hydrogeologists Without Borders, where she worked as Managing Director to bring technical assistance to water projects conducted by charities and NGOs.  In 2011, she founded UniWater Education, a Canadian charity, that partners with African universities to get more Africans trained in-country to solve Africa's water problems of the future.