Earthquakes and APEGGA
people stop at the APEGGA booth during the 2003 Honorary
BY HEATHER FRANTZ
Public Relations Coordinator
An October snowstorm in Calgary could not keep attendees
away, with more than 700 people coming out to the Jubilee
Auditorium on Oct. 29 for the 2003 edition of the Honorary
Address. Attendees were treated to an educational evening
about two topics that continue to mystify the public – earthquakes
This year, APEGGA was proud to join the Canadian Society
of Petroleum Geologists and the Canadian Society of Exploration
Geophysicists as an organizing sponsor of the event.
The audience was filled with people of all ages. From the
Boy Scout troop that made the event part of its weekly meeting
to the retired couple who attend annually, the event was
a special evening for everyone involved. Many professionals
in the geoscience industry brought friends and family along
to further educate them in their professional area of interest.
The evening’s two presentations, Dr. Garry Rogers’ talk
on earthquakes and Dr. Eddie Bernard’s on tsunamis,
clearly kept the audience intrigued. After each speaker was
finished, the audience was given a chance to ask questions.
It was great to see so many young people go up to the microphone
and further their experience.
They asked everything from “Would an earthquake ever
hit Calgary?” to “How much water does a tsunami
displace?” Many of them also spoke with the speakers
during intermission and at the end of the evening.
Before the presentations and during intermission, participants
checked out a variety of booths in the foyer of the Jubilee.
In addition to APEGGA and the CSPG, the Calgary Youth Science
Fair, Rock Knobs, Komarevich Originals, the Geological Survey
of Canada, the Alberta Geological Survey and McNally Robinson
hosted booths. APEGGA was proud to display some of our hands-on
science exhibits, which are always popular with “kids” of
A silent auction took place within the booth area.
The Honorary Address also included an afternoon session
for school children. More than 2,700 students were bused
to the Jubilee to hear the two presentations. This interactive
event allowed the participating students their own time to
hear these fascinating discussions and speak to with the
presenters. It was a great way to educate the students.
Once again, the Honorary Address provided a chance for the
general public to hear about geoscience topics in an easy-to-understand
format. It also gave the presenting societies an opportunity
to showcase the tremendous work that professionals from Canada
and across North America are doing in these areas. Hats off
to the organizing committee for another job well done!