Allan Donaldson

EVENT: An illustrated presentation on “Ottawa from one billion to ten thousand years ago – the geological heritage of the National Capital Region”

SPEAKER: Dr. Allan Donaldson

DATE: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6 pm

LOCATION: Ottawa Public Library Main Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa ON K1P 5M2

(Participants are invited to attend an informal reception after the presentation where a cash bar for wine and beer will be available.)

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Donaldson spent 10 years studying unexplored areas north of the tree line with the Geological Survey of Canada, followed by 30 years as a professor of earth sciences at Carleton University in Ottawa. He has presented many papers and published numerous articles. After his retirement, he founded Friends of Geoheritage, developing programs to encourage public awareness and respect for significant elements of natural landscapes. He has cruised the Atlantic, Pacific, Baltic, Mediterranean and Arctic, offering presentations designed to promote greater appreciation of landscape features specific to each area. In 2004 he initiated a project to create an outdoor display of large specimens representative of the regional bedrock in and around Almonte, Ontario. As an outcome, Metcalfe Geoheritage Park was officially opened in 2010. He has just completed a publication for a similar outdoor rock display in Perth, Ontario. Come and hear Dr. Donaldson explain, among other things, the origin of several unique features of the Ottawa region that can be seen in only a few places elsewhere on the planet.