Course Registration: The cost (if any) to enrol in a workshop will be collected by the NWT-NU Chamber of Mines through their conference registration process.  Note that conference registration is NOT Mandatory in order to register for a workshop.  The following workshops will be offered in association with the 2017 Yellowknife Geoscience Forum:

  1. Mining 101
  2. Land and Resource Management in the NWT
  3. Induced Seismicity - Oil and Gas Development

Mining 101


Friday 17 November 2017
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Landen Powell, Northwest Territories Geological Survey
Course Description:
This course is an overview of the mining cycle for those who are unfamiliar with the mining industry. This course will touch on all aspects of the life of a mine – including exploration and discovery, production, shut down and reclamation.

Organizer: Landen Powell (867-767-9211 Ext. 63216)
Venue: Scotia Centre Basement Boardroom, 5102 50 Ave, Yellowknife, NT X1A 3S8
Cost: Free
Maximum # of participants: 25

Note: Registration for the conference is NOT required.


Land and Resource Management in the NWT


Friday 17 November 2017
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Ryan Fequet - Executive Director Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board
Julian Morse - Regulatory Specialist, Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board
Course Description: This course is an overview of the NWT co-management system established under the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act (MVRMA). The presentation and discussion will provide a general understanding of land and water regulation (land use permitting and water licensing), environmental impact assessment, and project monitoring and compliance.

Venue: Scotia Centre Basement Boardroom, 5102 50 Ave, Yellowknife, NT X1A 3S8
Cost: Free
Maximum # of participants: 25

Note: Registration for the conference is NOT required.


Induced Seismicity – Oil and Gas Development


Friday 17 November 2017
8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Todd Shipman, Ph.D., Landscape and Geological Hazards Manager, Alberta Geological Survey

Todd Shipman has a Master in Geology from Northern Arizona University 1999 and a PhD from the University of Arizona in Geoscience 2004.  Todd worked at the Arizona Geological Survey until 2009, where he developed the first earth fissure monitoring program for the State of Arizona. In 2010 Todd started work at the Alberta Geological Survey, where he became manager of the Landscapes and Geohazards Group.  Todd Shipman was one of the authors of Subsurface Order #2 and currently manages the group that operates the RAVEN seismic network.

Ryan Schultz, Seismologist, Alberta Geological Survey

Ryan is a seismologist at the Alberta Geological Survey, which is part of the Alberta Energy Regulator. Ryan has been working with the earthquake monitoring project at the AGS since its initiation in 2010. In the time since then he has developed, deployed, and maintained a network of seismometers throughout the province and contributed to the routine cataloguing of earthquakes in Alberta. In addition, he has led research programs and studies related to the seismotectonic setting of Alberta, which has included understanding the numerous cases and types of induced seismicity encountered there. These programs have included collaboration with universities and surveys throughout Canada.

Honn Kao, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Seismology, Geological Survey of Canada

Honn Kao obtained his BSc in Geophysics from the National Central University, Taiwan, in 1985, MSc and PhD in Geophysics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991 and 1993, respectively. He worked at the Institute of Earth Sciences (IES), Academia Sinica, Taiwan, as an Assistant Research Fellow (1993-1996), eventually promoted to Full Research Fellow in 2000. He joined the Geological Survey of Canada in 2002. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria since 2006. Currently, he is the leader of the Induced Seismicity Research Project of the Department of Natural Resources of the Federal Government of Canada.

Course Description: In this session, we present a short course covering the high levels concepts and fundamentals related to induced seismicity caused by hydraulic fracturing.  This course covers topics including monitoring, understanding, quantifying hazard, and management of concerns related to induced earthquakes.  Aspects related to monitoring cover topics including the acquisition and quality control of passive seismic data required to produce routine earthquake catalogues.  Further inquiry relates to discerning natural background seismicity from induced cases, and the underlying mechanisms currently thought to influence the reactivation of faults.  Following an adequate understanding of induced clusters, accurately forecasting the resultant seismic hazard is a challenging problem without an accepted solution; here we consider the conventional seismic hazard forecasting process and discuss some of its current shortcomings with respect to hydraulic fracturing-related earthquakes.  Given these scientific challenges to date, there are numerous possible management solutions that attempt to mitigate or avoid risk related to earthquake hazard.  We consider some of the hazard treatments currently in place in Canada which are aimed at alleviating the induced seismicity problem.  Lastly, a break-out panel discussion will be included to address thoughts and concerns specific to the audience.

Organizer:  Brian Heppelle, Senior Advisor, Office of the Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations
Venue: Lahm Ridge Tower, Basement Boardroom, 4501 50th Ave, Yellowknife, NT
Cost: $75
Maximum # of participants: 25

Note: Registration for the conference is NOT required.