2017 Alberta Soils Tour

May 29 - 31, 2017

Edmonton - Athabaska - Ft. McMurray - Ft. MacKay

The Alberta Soil Science Workshop is glad to announce the 2017 Alberta Soil Tour scheduled for May 29 to May 31, 2017. This 3-day event will bring registered participants to the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. The Tour will start in Edmonton and will go to Ft. McMurray and back. The Tour is a good opportunity for those working with soils, whether the focus is soil conservation, land reclamation, or agronomy. Experts will provide background on soil formation and the various soil profiles for each of the landscapes encountered during the Tour. Various soil conservation, land reclamation, and agronomy challenges will be addressed with site visits, along with special emphasis on the history of forest fire in the area.

Key speakers for the 2017 Alberta Soil Tour are:

  • Len Leskiw – P.Ag., Senior Soils Scientist with Paragon Soil and Environmental Consulting
  • Larry Turchenek – P.Ag.(retired), formerly Senior Soil Scientist with AMEC Foster Wheeler

Stops along the Tour include wide variety of soil sites:

  • Natural soil catenas on various deposits in boreal landscapes 
  • Sites recovering from Ft. McMurray, Bitumount Complex, House River, and Mariana Lake fires 
  • Reclaimed sites at Syncrude and Suncor oil sands mines
  • Agricultural facilities at Ft. McMurray, Wandering River, and Athabasca, AB
  • Pipeline reclamation case with demonstration of decompaction techniques
  • Visit to the Oil Sands Discovery Center at Ft. McMurray

Click here to register online and/or Click here for more information


International In-Situ Thermal Treatment (I2T2) Symposium - Remediation and Recovery

May 30 -31, 2017

Banff, AB

The International In-situ Thermal Treatment (I2T2) Symposium - Remediation and Recovery - will be held May 30-31, 2017 in the majestic Rocky Mountains in Banff, Alberta, Canada at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

"... the goal of the symposium is to share knowledge and learnings on in-situ thermal remediation and recovery technologies that will enable the Delegates to have an informed and unbiased understanding of how these processes might be useful tools in their industry..." VIEW WEBSITE


Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool (ABWRET) Training Course

June 26, 2017 (Calgary, AB)

June 29, 2017 (Edmonton, AB)

SALMTEC's 2017 ABWRET Training Course provides participants with a strong understanding of Alberta's wetland functions and how to assess them. The course consists of an online component and a field component offered in both Calgary and Edmonton areas.

The Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool is an integral part of the wetland restoration process, as identified in the new Wetland Restoration Directive published by AEP in November 2016. This course provides those involved in the wetland restoration plan and verification with a strong understanding of the tool and how it can be used in practice.

Course registration is open until June 15, 2017 or until the limited spots are filled.

Online Modules:

  • 6 out of 8 modules are available immediately
  • Each module takes ~ 1-2 hours to complete
  • Total of 12-16 hours online instruction

Field Sessions:

One-day field sessions instructed by Dr. Paul Adamus, ABWRET tool creator 

  • June 26 (YYC): Limited Spots Remaining
  • June 29 (YEG): Limited Spots Remaining

Please visit SALMTEC's website for course learning objectives, format and other course details.

RFG 2018
June 16 -21, 2018
Time:  08:00 – 17:00
Location:  Vancouver Convention Center 

The Resources for Future Generations conference (RFG 2018), scheduled for June 16-21 2018, held at the Vancouver Convention Center, takes its theme from a new International Union of Geological Sciences initiative designed to mobilize geoscientists, policy-makers and other stakeholders to explore resource and related sustainability issues. RFG 2018 is the first international conference focused on the resources that will be required for future generations. It will explore four vital themes: energy, minerals, water and the earth.

This International conference, themed around energy, minerals, water and the Earth, will include a Technical Program with plenary, oral and posters sessions, and pre and post conference workshops, short courses and field trips. The conference is expected to attract a slate of 4000-5000 delegates including those involved in research, resource development, and resource management.  The call for abstracts, workshops and short courses opens in February 2017. Please visit the conference web site for more details and to subscribe to updates (
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