The APS holds monthly meetings and seminars in Room B108, Mt. Royal University at 7:30 PM in Calgary, Alberta. Business meeting is followed by a lecture. PUBLIC IS WELCOME.





We wil be searching for and sorting micro fossils from matrix again this fall and winter.

In November and December, we will being sorting matrix for Dr. Jessica Theodor and Dr. Alex Dutchak from the University of Calgary. All of the fossils we find will be used to aid research into the Eocene of Saskatchewan. The matrix comes from the Cypress Hills Formation (Middle Eocene) and provides important insight into the northern fauna of this period.

All sessions will take place in room B213. There is a map available on line at the Mount Royal University website and showing parking available. The organizer for this year's fossil sorting workshop is Risa Kawchuk.
No fee for this event. It is open to the public and it is a good family event.
Registration is not required, but if you contact me, Risa Kawchuk, (587) 969-1440 or, and let me know if you are planning to attend, then I’ll be able to inform you in case we need to cancel a session. No experience is required. Bring tweezers to pick the tiny fossils from the soil and a pen to label your finds.

DATES for the fossil sorting sessions :
Nov 4
Nov 18
Dec 2
Dec 16

1: 00 pm to 3:30 pm in room B213 at Mount Royal University


Exploring Canadian Cretaceous Amber and the Amber Research Process
At Paleo 2015, we offered an amber workshop led by Dr. Ryan Mckellar and assisted by Annie Quinnie. The purpose of the workshop was to identify insect inclusions in amber. The Canadian amber was collected and prepared by Max Whittaker. It is from a recently discovered amber site. We were successful in discovering insects in this 78 million year old amber from the Foremost Formation. The workshop participants were able to examine about half of the amber. We would like to complete the project this year by examining the remaining Cretaceous amber for inclusions.
Date: Saturday October 28th, Room B213, Mount Royal University.
Registration: Register in morning or the afternoon session by emailing Harold Whittaker at
9:00 am to 12:00 noon OR 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Click here for: Information and description of the workshop


Saturday, March 17 2018, from 9:00AM to 5:00PM - Alberta Palaeontological Society 22nd Annual Symposium

and workshops on Sunday March 18, 2018, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

(in conjunction with the Mount Royal University Earth and Environmental Sciences and CSPG Palaeontological Division)

This symposium will contain presentations from a mix of amateur and professional palaeontologists. The aim is to showchase palaeontology to the general public and to provide an opportunity for contact between the Alberta Palaeontological Society, industry, government and educational facilities. The event is free and all are welcome to attend. Families are encouraged to bring fossils to our identification booth where APS members will do their best to provide you with information.

We are calling for Posters and Speakers for this event. Deadline for submission of abstracts for publication is February 15, 2018

Click here to download a ADOBE ACROBAT (.pdf) FILE version of the

Click here to download a ADOBE ACROBAT (.pdf) FILE version of the

Click here to download a ADOBE ACROBAT (.pdf) FILE version of the

The APS would like to thank all the speakers and presenters at our Symposium Paleo 2017.


Calgary Science Network - 19th edition of Fall Rock 'N' Fossil Show Saturday, October 14, 2017
Calgary Science Network, together in partnership with the Geological Survey of Canada, SciQ (, and the Calgary Public Library, presents “The Rock ‘N’ Fossil Show”. Join us on Saturday, October 14th, for a hands-on event as some of Alberta’s leading geologists and paleontologists examine rock and fossil collections. Admission is free and members of the public are encouraged to bring along any rock or fossil specimens they wish to have evaluated first-hand … the specimens may well turn out to be an extinct species, a valuable specimen, or even a dinosaur bone!
Date: Saturday October 14th, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Fish Creek Public Library, Calgary,
For more information about the CSN’s Rock ‘N’ Fossil Show, can be found on their website at:
The APS will participate in this event, with Dan Quinsey manning a table. If you’d like to get involved contact Dan, or (403) 247-3022.
Come and visit the APS booth and display at the show.

Calgary annual Gem and Mineral Show
The APS will again have a booth at the annual show and will have some hands-on fossils. If you want to help out, please contact Cory Gross. The event will be held at Stampede Park, Big Four, Calgary.
Friday, 20 October 2017, 1pm-9pm
Saturday, 21 October 2017, 10am-6pm
Sunday, 22 October 2017, 10am-5pm
Location: New location! Stampede Park, Big Four, Calgary
For more information about the Gem and Mineral Show, can be found on their website at:

Upcoming Symposia in Calgary area

Calgary will be the focus for several Palaeontological conferences in 2017, both National and International.

Canadian Paleontological Conference 2017
Date : Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2017.
Location : The conference will be held at the Aloft Hotel located at 2359 Banff Trail NW., Calgary, Alberta, T2M 4L2
APS President, Cory Gross is the go to person for information about this conference. APS members are encouraged to become involved. If you want to be involved, contact Cory. APS will subsidize APS members $60 to attend this conference, which is half of the conference early bird registration fee for up to 16 members. The APS treasurer will require proof of payment in order to receive the subsidy. APS will also host a public lecture on Sunday October 1, 2017 which is part of the conference and the speakers will be Dr.Henderson and Dr. Caron. The public lecture is free.
The website to register is :
Abstract submission deadline : August 25, 2017
Early bird registration deadline : September 1, 2017
Field trips are an additional $125

Monthly meetings are held in room B108 shown on this map.

Our room is shown with a red dot :

Mount Royal University Lincoln Park Campus Level 1

Mount Royal University Lincoln Park Campus General Maps : AboutMountRoyal/CampusesTours/CampusLocations/index.htm

If you use the East Entrance which is on the 1st level, turn right immediately after you enter through the revolving door.
If you use the West Entrance which is on the 2nd level descend the steps to the lower floor and proceed to the end of the long hall and turn left into B wing.

Parking map.
Lincoln Park Campus Mount Royal University Parking

Monthly seminars and meetings are open to the public.

If you would like to receive emails about upcoming events or further information about the scheduled events, contact Harold Whittaker, E - Mail to :

Last modified October 2 / 2017