and a Sense of Adventure Are Key to Volunteering and Career
BY STACEY ANDREWS
Public Affairs Officer
A long-time Outreach volunteer with a professional background that spans
the length of the continent, Dale Mah, P.Geol., has a love of adventure
that keeps him enthusiastic about his work and his volunteer activities.
Dale graduated from the University of Alberta in 1996 and has since worked
with the Geological Survey of Canada in Northern Ontario and with Cominco
Exploration on its VMS properties in the the Yukon. Currently, he is Project
Geologist with Rhonda Corporation in Calgary. With Rhonda, Dale has explored
the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Oregon, the U.S. and Suriname, South
America. Dale is one of APEGGA's many Outreach volunteers who really show
students how much fun geology and the sciences can be.
Why did you join APEGGA?
I first became aware of APEGGA as a student, and as such enrolled as
a student member. APEGGA gave me the opportunity to network and meet other
geoscience professionals, as well as allowing me to get involved in community
Why did you choose to become involved with OUTREACH?
I wanted to go into the classrooms and show the children what geologists
actually do, and to demonstrate how natural resources are utilized in
everyday life. There's more to being a geologist than just "studying
What particular aspects of OUTREACH do you enjoy?
I love to see the reaction on children's faces when they open up the
rock and mineral kits! The same can be said when I tell them that clay
is used to treat diarrhea and is also an additive to thicken milkshakes!
Not to mention that pumice is used in toothpaste!
What inspired you to become a geologist?
Geologists make a real difference in the world. Everything that cannot
be grown must be mined (or drilled and pumped) and I wanted to be a part
What do you most enjoy about your profession?
I really enjoy the field work. The idea that I may be the only human
to walk in remote areas is inspiring and really puts things in perspective.
I've travelled to all three territories in Canada, and have worked in
all the provinces between (and including) British Columbia and Quebec.
I have also met some great people working as a geologist and they have
become valued friends.
What are some of your other hobbies and interests?
My dogs. I wish I could do everything with them, including taking them
Do you have a personal motto?
"I Hate Black Flies." Anyone who has worked in the Canadian
Shield can relate.