New society founded to focus on scientific issues in Canada’s geothermal development

Website snapshot of Geothermal Canada society
Alexander Richter 8 Feb 2018

With a background in the CanGRC and the old Canadian Geothermal Association, a new scientifically oriented society has been founded to focus on technical and academic aspects of geothermal development in Canada.

In a release shared yesterday, the foundation of Geothermal Canada was announced.  Geothermal Canada is a society founded for the advancement and promotion of geothermal research and development in Canada.  Although the name is new, it has a long and rich history with many prominent and important early researchers, explorers and developers in the geothermal energy space active in the Society.

The original organization, the Canadian Geothermal Association (CGA), was founded by Andrew Nevin, Tim Sadlier-Brown and Jack Souther. It was hatched in 1973 at the inaugural Geothermal Resources Council (GRC; a US based organization) meeting in Brawley, CA and was formalized in 1974.  The Association met formally once per year in the form of small technical conferences and continued to meet throughout the following three decades. Membership ebbed and flowed with industry ups and downs until the mid-2000s. At that time the Association took a breather and two other organizations were spawned. These were CanGEA and CanGRC.  Find out more about CanGEA from their web site.

CanGRC was founded by a group of students, Ryan Libbey, Yuliana Proenza and Lena Patsa.  The group no longer exists, but some of the material we use on the new Geothermal Canada web site is courtesy of these original founders – our thanks to them.

In 2017, a group of like-minded individuals felt the time was ripe to resurrect the original scientifically oriented society with a new name and renewed vigour. As geothermal energy gains prominence in Canada, it was felt that professionals, students, governments and other interested people needed a venue to discuss technical and academic aspects of the industry. Thus on February 1st, 2018, CGA was reborn as the Pan Canadian Society for Geothermal Research, Innovation, & Collaboration, colloquially known as “Geothermal Canada”. The Society is formulated under the Societies Act of British Columbia #20068829.

Please go the website, become a member and help spread the word about Geothermal Canada.