2nd Canadian Geothermal Students' Days 2021

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
21–22 June 2021


With the increase in health concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the 2ND edition of CGSD might be online.  We encourage all participants to continually update themselves by regularly visiting our website for any future changes.

We apologize ahead for any inconvenience this might pose. Still, in these challenging times, we must follow expert advice and be wary of group gatherings to slow or prevent this virus's spread.

In case you need to get in touch with the CGSD team, please send your emails to fatolaha@myumanitoba.ca.

The conference

Following the significant success of the first-ever Canadian Geothermal Students’ Days (CGSD) in Québec City, the CGSD team is excited to bring you the second edition on June 21–22, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The theme for CGSD 2021 is 'Geothermal Energy in Cold Climates', and this is to highlight Canada's emerging role in the field of geothermal energy, especially in cold regions.

CGSD was established in 2019 to bring students and significant stakeholders in geothermal energy throughout Canada together for networking, learning, and sharing of ideas. The purpose is to help advance pioneering knowledge and technologies relating to the development of geothermal energy in Canada.

The Canadian Geothermal Students' Day is organized by students, for students, and therefore intended to take place in a relaxed and friendly environment. Participants must submit an abstract and present their research projects (oral presentations) during the conference. There are no inscription fees for students willing to give a presentation on their work; for any other enquiries, please contact us: fatolaha@myumanitoba.ca.

A little reminder: ice-breaker evening, coffee and lunch breaks, as well as conference dinner, are offered for free during the conference; however, accommodation, travel, and poster expenses are paid for by the participants themselves. Nevertheless, depending on the number of attendees, travel grants might be possible to arrange. Please contact the CGSD 2021 Liaison: fatolaha@myumanitoba.ca.

To learn more about the activities scheduled for CGSD 2021 including inspirational keynotes from geothermal energy experts in Canada, student presentations, and field trips to some interesting geothermal energy sites in Winnipeg, please visit the link below.

Suite au succès important des premières Journées canadiennes des étudiants en géothermie (CGSD) à Québec, l'équipe CGSD est ravie de vous présenter la deuxième édition les 21 et 22 juin 2021, à Winnipeg, au Manitoba.

Le thème du CGSD 2021 est «L'énergie géothermique dans les climats froids», afin de souligner le rôle émergent du Canada dans le domaine de l'énergie géothermique, en particulier dans les régions froides.

Le CGSD a été créé en 2019 pour rassembler les étudiants et les principaux intervenants de l'énergie géothermique à travers le Canada pour le réseautage, l'apprentissage et le partage d'idées. Le but est d'aider à faire progresser les connaissances et les technologies pionnières liées au développement de l'énergie géothermique au Canada.

La Journée canadienne des étudiants en géothermie est organisée par des étudiants, pour des étudiants, et a donc pour but de se dérouler dans un environnement détendu et convivial. Les participants doivent soumettre un résumé et présenter leurs projets de recherche (présentations orales) pendant la conférence. Il n'y a pas de frais d'inscription pour les étudiants désireux de faire une présentation de leur travail; pour toute autre demande, veuillez nous contacter: fatolaha@myumanitoba.ca.

Petit rappel: la soirée brise-glace, les pauses café et déjeuner ainsi que le dîner de conférence sont offerts gratuitement pendant la conférence; cependant, les frais d'hébergement, de voyage et d'affiches sont payés par les participants eux-mêmes. Néanmoins, en fonction du nombre de participants, des bourses de voyage peuvent être envisageables. Veuillez contacter la liaison CGSD 2021: fatolaha@myumanitoba.ca.

Pour en savoir plus sur les activités prévues pour le CGSD 2021, y compris des discours inspirants d'experts en géothermie au Canada, des présentations d'étudiants et des excursions sur certains sites intéressants de géothermie à Winnipeg, veuillez visiter le lien ci-dessous.



Abstract submission and inscription

Please use the template to write your abstract.

For inscription send us your word file through the email: fatolaha@myumanitoba.ca

Important Deadlines for submission of Documents

Abstract submission :  15, October 2020 

Short Paper submission : 19, February 2021

Short Paper Return for Revision: 19, March 2021

Final submission of Revised Paper : 09, April 2021

Inscription fees

This event is free-of-charge for participants presenting their work


View the tentative schedule below:

Short Paper submission and inscription

Please use the template to write your short paper.

For inscription send us your word file through the email: fatolaha@myumanitoba.ca


Soumission de résumé et inscription

Veuillez utiliser le modèle pour rédiger votre résumé.

Pour vous inscrire, envoyez-nous votre fichier word pour l'email: 


Dates limites importantes pour la soumission des documents

Soumission des résumés: 15 octobre 2020

Soumission d'un article court: 19 février 2021

Retour sur papier court pour révision: 19, mars 2021 Soumission finale du document révisé: 09, avril 2021

Frais d'inscription

Cet événement est gratuit pour les participants présentant leur travail


Consultez le calendrier provisoire ci-dessous:

Soumission et inscription d'un article court

Veuillez utiliser le modèle pour rédiger votre court article. Pour inscription, envoyez-nous votre fichier Word par e-mail: fatolaha@myumanitoba.ca


Student Travel Assistance Program

Student Travel Assistance Program sponsored by:

The Student Travel Assistance Program offers students an exciting opportunity to learn and network with their peers and academia and industry professionals. This program is design to assist students who wish to attend the 1st Canadian Geothermal Students' Days and may not have the financial means to do so.

Approved applicants will receive 75% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $ 500 CAD to cover travel expenses.


To be eligible for the travel assistance, candidates must:

1. Be a student at a Canadian educational institution outside of University of Manitoba

2. Submit an abstract to the conference

3. Complete the application form and send it to fatolaha@myumanitoba.ca.


Applications must be received by May 14, 2021.

Acceptance notifications will be sent by email by  May 30, 2021.

All expenses must be paid by the applicant and will be reimbursed (up to $ 500 CAD at 75% of eligible expenses) following the conference. A copy of your receipts and completed expense report must be submitted no later than July 30, 2021.

Eligible expenses

Canadian Geothermal Students' Days will reimburse 75% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $ 500 CAD (based on final receipts). Eligible expenses include:

               - Travel costs (airfare, busfare, car rental, cab fare, gas, etc.)

               - Accommodation

Contact us to learn more:

Keynote Speakers

Grant Ferguson (PhD)

University of Saskatchewan

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Steve Grasby (PhD)

Geological Survey of Canada

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Dr. Stephen Grasby is a Senior Research Scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada and leader of the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt Geothermal Project. Since completion of his PhD in 1997 he has worked at the GSC on issues ranging from regional groundwater studies, groundwater systems in permafrost regimes of the High Arctic, and paleo-environment research of the Phanerozoic, mainly focused on stratigraphic records of the Arctic Islands. He has been leading the re-invigoration of geothermal research in the federal government, including a major 2012 report on geothermal potential of Canada. He is also currently President of Geothermal Canada

Geothermal Energy Potential of the Mount Meager Volcano – The Hottest Place in Canada

Canada’s stated goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050 requires a significant transition to renewable energy resources. While wind and solar power have been a primary focus, their intermittent generation creates challenges to support a grid. Geothermal energy has many benefits compared with other renewables, principally it provides a highly stable, reliable, and dispatchable power supply. The reliability of geothermal energy is countered by the high exploration risk associated with drilling deep exploration wells to discover hot, and more critically, permeable reservoirs. Reducing these exploration risks requires novel geoscience tools.

Mount Meager is the only active volcano in Canada, last erupting about 2400 years ago, and today being characterised by fumaroles and numerous thermal springs. During the energy crises of the late 70’s and early 80’s the federal government initiated a Geothermal Energy Program, responsible for collecting much of the geothermal data that exists today. As part of this now defunct program an exploration well was drilled on Mount Meager, this and subsequent wells defined the highest temperature thermal resource known in Canada, with 250 °C waters discovered at about 2 km depth. This is a world class thermal resource— that has never been developed. Initial attempts at power generation were marginally successful and it was determined that despite the high temperature, flow rate was insufficient to produce sufficient power. Permeability became the limiting factor for the project success.

New ideas and methods for the prediction of high-permeability zones at depth are required. To this end the Geological Survey of Canada assembled a team comprised of 34 researchers from a total of seven universities and government agencies. The research program is supported by Geoscience BC and the Natural Resources Canada Emerging Renewable Power Program. Researchers with expertise in geological and structural mapping, volcanology, geophysics (especially gravity, magnetotelluric, and passive seismic surveying), geochemistry, regional stress field analyses, and hydrogeology were brought together into one coherent research project starting in July 2019. The goal is to use an integrated approach to see into the heart of the mountain and enable clearer identification of high-permeability zones within the known thermal anomaly.


The research occurred on the traditional lands of Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations. Planning and field support by M. Bruce and T. Jenkins of Lil’wat First Nation is greatly appreciated. This research project could not have occurred without the contributions of all the researchers and students involved, including the following: from the Geological Survey of Canada, R. Bryant, Z. Chen, J. A. Craven, J. Liu, S. M. Ansari, and V. Tschirhart; from Simon Fraser University, A. Calahorrano-Di Patre, M. Muhammad, and G. Williams-Jones; from the University of Calgary, J. Dettmer, H. Gilbert, R. O. Salvage, and G. Savard; from the University of Alberta, C. Hanneson and M. J. Unsworth; from the University of British Columbia, M. Harris and K. Russell; and from Douglas College, N. Vigouroux-Caillibot. The research team greatly appreciates support from pilots M. Accurso, D. Vincent, and R. Sliger of No Limits Helicopters; and ongoing field support by Wayne Russell of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. In addition, the field program was substantially supported by Innergex Renewable Energy, which provided lodging and logistical resources at its nearby run-of-river facility. C.Stenner provided the unique skills required to enter volcanic glacial ice caves.


Short Courses

Jasmin Raymond (PhD)

Institut National de la recherche scientifique

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Pooneh Maghoul (PhD)

University of Manitoba

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Meet the team


Dylan Stafford

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PhD Student @ UofM

Marziyeh Fathalikhani

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PhD Student @ UofM

Ishmael Dominic Yevugah

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PhD Student @ UofM

ali Fatolahzadeh 

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PhD Candidate @ UofM

Pooneh Maghoul (PhD)

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Prof, Department of Civil Engineering UofM

Founder and Lead, Sustainable Infrastructure and Geomechanical Laboratory (SIGLab)

Hartmut Hollaender Ph.D

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Professor, Groundwater Engineering UofM




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