CSEG Foundation

CSEG Foundation

The CSEG Foundation is the registered charitable arm of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG). Our mission is to encourage and support scientific, educational and charitable activities that benefit geophysicists through the solicitation of contributions aimed at promoting the development of geophysical knowledge, education and public awareness. Based in Calgary, we are a Canadian foundation with initiatives all across Canada.

Our activities are intended to supplement and support other CSEG committees by creating and increasing the Foundation's endowments in order to:

  • Establish programs supporting education in geophysics and the earth sciences;
  • Support post-secondary education in geophysics and the earth sciences, including the CSEG scholarship programs;
  • Support continuing education of geophysicists;
  • Support scientific activities and academic research programs;
  • Support the development and improvement of geophysical methods;
  • Liaise with other geophysical foundations throughout the world (e.g. SEG Foundation)
  • Support the preservation of the history of geophysical exploration.

The activities of the CSEG Foundation are carried out by dedicated volunteer CSEG members. Its aim is to promote the science of geophysics as well as fellowship and cooperation among members.

The inspiration to form the CSEG Foundation and raise funds to support these activities come from the CSEG members' strong commitment to their profession and desire to create awareness and support study of the science of geophysics.

The CSEG Foundation operates the following programs:

  • The academic Scholarship program, established over 30 years ago, awards up to $20,000 per year in scholarships to deserving geoscience students in universities across Canada. It has been extended to include students in post-secondary technical institutes.
  • The national CSEG Canadian Distinguished Lecture Tour, an annual event that started in 2005. Many post-secondary Geoscience departments across Canada host an industry or academic expert who delivers a presentation highlighting topics of current interest.
  • Outreach programs, including:
    • The Schools and Public Outreach, offering information to students and the public at schools, career fairs and events across Canada.
    • Earth Science for Society (ESfS) , an annual three day, free exhibition with hands-on geoscience activities for the public and junior high school students.
    • Seismic in Motion for Students, a joint CAGC/CSEG program that takes high school students and industry personnel to see seismic field operations.
    • The Ambassador program, where CSEG volunteers host and coordinate events for Geoscientists across Canada.
    • The Challenge Bowl competition for post-secondary students, held each year in Calgary and Atlantic Canada. The Foundation sponsors the Canadian winners' attendance at the International Challenge Bowl final.
    • The University Student Outreach program, which provides training, networking, and mentoring opportunities for students, supports post-secondary geoscience conferences, and assists with student membership fees.
  • The Travel Grant and Learning Subsidy program, to help CSEG members develop their professional geoscience knowledge or skills by supporting educational opportunities. Many post-secondary student members have received funds to travel to national or international Geoscience conferences.

The Future

The CSEG Foundation is embarking on a fundraising campaign to increase its assets in support of academic Scholarships, the Canadian Distinguished Lecture Tour, ESfS, Outreach, and Travel Grants and Learning Subsidies.

Support the CSEG Foundation, either personally or through your company. Contact the CSEG office at (403) 262-0015 or office@cseg.ca for more information.

Donate online here:

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Download the printable donation form here:

CSEG Foundation Pledge Form (PDF)


Foundation Funding

For Scholarship information, please click here.

Travel Grant & Learning Subsidy
Funding proposals will be reviewed six times a year. Requests must be received on or before the first day of February, April, June, September, October and December. Decision date is thirty (30) business days after the deadline. Requests that are submitted late and require consideration outside of those deadlines may not be accepted by the CSEG Foundation.

Submit Travel Grant and Learning Subsidy applications to foundationfunding@cseg.ca.

Canadian Distinguished Lecture (CDL) Tour
For CDL information, please click here.

For general Outreach information, please click here.

The CSEG Foundation Board

  • Kathleen Dorey
    Director & Chair of the Board
  • John Parkin
    Director & Vice Chair of the Board
  • Allan Chatenay
    Director & Chair - Fund Development Committee
  • David Cho
    Director & Treasurer
  • Tammy Wilmer
    Director and Assistant Treasurer
  • Cecil Keeping
  • Kristy Manchul
    Director & Chair - Communications Committee
  • Darren Kondrat
    Director & Vice Chair – Fund Development Committee
  • Neil Rutherford
    Director at Large
  • Nancy Shaw
    Director & Secretary
  • Adrian Smith
    Director & Chair – Outreach Committee
  • Rob McGrory
    Director & Chair - Scholarship Committee
  • Jim Racette
    Managing Director


Audited Financial Statements

CSEG Annual Report to Members