The Mary‑Claire Ward Geoscience Award was created to honour the memory of Mary-Claire Ward who passed away in 2004. Ms. Ward was a former chair of the PDAC’s Geoscience committee, Chairman of Watts Griffis McOuat Ltd., and a Past President of the Geological Association of Canada. She was a passionate advocate for the geosciences in Canada.

Mary-Claire was a tireless and vocal advocate for government investment in basic geoscience in Canada.  She was especially supportive of mapping programs to ensure Canada’s geological knowledge base was conceptually and factually correct in order that it might support private sector investment in the mineral sector.

Comprising $5,000 and a certificate, the award is given annually to encourage and support a full-time, graduate student in Canada whose thesis is likely to increase our knowledge of the geological history of Canada through mapping.

The award is administered by the Geological Association of Canada (GAC), the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), the National Geological Surveys Committee, the Canadian Geological Foundation, and Watts, Griffis and McOuat Ltd.

Mary-Claire Ward Award 2024 Application

Deadline: December 15, 2023.