The Geology of Southern Ontario with Implications for Environmental Practice

December 9, 2015 (6 pm - 9 pm), Toronto, ON  

Workshop Information:  1 session, 3 hours, In-class


This workshop will provide PAIE clients with an introduction to the geology and natural environment of Southern Ontario. PAIE participants come from all over the world and were initially trained in geological environments much different from Southern Ontario. This lack of exposure to the Canadian environmental setting often creates a feeling of uncertainty in newly practicing professionals in Canada. The workshop will introduce internationally trained professionals to the geologic setting of Southern Ontario and discuss how the geology affects environmental investigations and assessments. Participants will be provided with resources for acquiring baseline geological and environmental information in the future to assist them when conducting their own investigations.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to geologic concepts (time scale and stratigraphy)
  • Types of rocks and sediments; Glaciers and their deposits across Ontario
  • Brief geology of Canada and Ontario
  • Geologic layers of Southern Ontario
  • Implications of geologic environment to environmental science
  • Obtaining and using geologic/environmental information and mapping in Ontario

Learning Objectives:  By the end of the workshop, participants will have a greater understanding of the geology of Southern Ontario and will be able to apply this knowledge to the management and assessment of contaminated sites.