Canadian Permafrost Association Annual General Meeting


Register now! October 10-12th, 2018
Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon

We are pleased to announce the inaugural annual general meeting for the Canadian Permafrost Association (CPA). The CPA is being formed to address the multidisciplinary nature of permafrost  - bridging natural and social sciences, engineering, and governments.  A central goal of the CPA is to assist in the transfer of knowledge between disciplines and across various demographics. This will better equip Canadians to respond to permafrost-related problems. 

As the inaugural meeting of the CPA, participants will take part in some of the formative discussions of the Association.  In addition, there will be opportunities for participants to present research findings, keynote addresses and a field trip. Registration fees will include participation in the meeting and 2018-19 CPA membership fees.

The organizing committee is actively planning this event, so please check back soon for registration details and additional information. We are grateful to our hosts, the Northern Climate Exchange, the climate change research group of the Yukon Research Centre at Yukon College.

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Meeting outline

Wednesday October 10

  • Optional workshop on use of electrical resistivity tomography for permafrost investigations
  • Evening ice-breaker

Thursday October 11

  • Plenary presentation
  • Oral sessions
  • CPA Annual Meeting of Members
  • Public lecture

Friday October 12

  • Plenary presentation
  • Oral sessions
  • Closure of meeting
  • Afternoon local field-trip
Abstract submission

Abstracts will be reviewed as received prior to September 19, and authors of all relevant submissions will be invited to give a 15-20 min talk. The duration will be determined when the program is finalised.  Submissions received between September 20 and October 5 will be reviewed and may be scheduled if time permits.  An abstract is not required in order to register or attend the meeting. An electronic book of abstracts will be made available to all participants at the meeting.

Field trip

A local field trip to visit permafrost sites in the Whitehorse area will take place in the afternoon of October 12. The cost of the field trip is included in the meeting registration. Buses will leave and return to Yukon College but will stop at the airport for registrants catching an early evening flight.


Attendees are responsible for booking their own accommodation. A special rate of $105/night (double room), $115 (triple room) and $125 (4-person room) +GST in all cases, has been arranged at the Days Inn in Whitehorse. The block of rooms is being held until September 26 and you should mention block code 93700 when booking.

Canadian Permafrost Association Annual Meeting of Members

The CPA will hold its first ever meeting of members at the end of the afternoon on October 11. This important meeting will include a discussion of CPA priorities, progress made to date, ratification of the CPA’s Constitution and By-Laws, and approval of the members of the Board for 2018 and 2019. In accordance with Canadian law on non-profit organizations, to be able to vote at the annual meeting you must become a CPA member no later than September 12, 2018. This can be done by paying your early bird conference registration fee, or by directly contacting and transferring funds to the treasurer when invoiced.

ERT Workshop

A hands-on workshop in the use of electrical resistivity tomography for permafrost investigations is planned for Wednesday, October 10. Participants will help undertake one or more surveys and there will be discussion of best practices for set-up and data processing. The additional cost to participate in the workshop will be $80 GST/HST included. A minimum of 5 registrants will be required to run the workshop.  Students may participate in the ERT workshop at no charge.  Please indicate intent to participate in the registration form.