Cordilleran Colloquium

The 2017 Cordilleran Tectonics Workshop will kick off with a free special colloquium on the evening of Friday, February 24th to stimulate thought and discussion on the relationships between tectonics and metallogeny on salient aspects of the North American Cordillera. This event will provide three presentations by eminent scientists, who have each made fundamental contributions to Cordilleran geoscience. Their presentations will provide conceptual and historical backgrounds and insights to our current understanding of Cordilleran Tectonics and Metallogeny. The succeeding social will ensure this to be an entertaining evening.

The evening will begin with presentations by Drs Jim Mortensen, Jim Monger, and Richard Goldfarb. Presentations will be followed by a social where participants can engage with colleagues and share opinions on the tectonics and metallogeny of the North American Cordillera. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available to stimulate the discussion. This is a free event but registration is required. Workshop participants are automatically registered. Other interested individuals can register here.





Jim Mortensen – The Northern Cordillera as a Natural Laboratory for the Tectonics and Metallogeny of Orogenic Belts


Jim Monger – Deciphering Canadian Cordilleran tectonics: past, present and future


Richard Goldfarb – Growth of the North American Cordillera and metallogenic evolution along an active continental margin


Wine & cheese social, questions & discussion

Speaker Biographies

mongerJim Monger grew up near Reading, England. He obtained a B.Sc from Reading University in 1959, M.Sc. from the University of Kansas in 1961 and Ph.D. from The University of British Columbia in 1966. He joined the Vancouver office of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) as a research geologist in 1965. He officially retired in 1995 but remained active as an emeritus scientist with the GSC and as an adjunct professor and sessional lecturer at Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria. Jim has authored or coauthored over 50 refereed articles including seminal works on the development of tectonic concepts in the northern Cordillera. He served as the chairman for the Global Geoscience Transects Project from 1986 to 1991 and held several roles with the Canadian LITHOPROBE Project between 1988 and 1993. Jim was the recipient of the Geological Association of Canada’s Logan Medal in 2003.

jkm-photo-ctw-2017Jim Mortensen grew up on a ranch near Smithers, British Columbia.  He obtained BASc and MASc degrees in Geological Engineering at the University of British Columbia (1977, 1979) and a PhD in Geological Sciences at the University of California – Santa Barbara (1983).  After completing his PhD, Jim taught mineral deposits at UBC for two years before taking a position as a Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada in Ottawa in 1985.  He moved back to UBC as a Research Professor in 1992.  Jim has more than forty years of field experience focused on regional tectonic and metallogenic studies, which have focused mainly in the northern Cordillera and the Canadian Shield, as well as Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia, China, Mexico and Tibet.  His main expertise includes orogenic and intrusion-related gold and VHMS deposits, and the application of geochronology and radiogenic isotopes in tectonic and mineral deposit research.

goldfarbphotoRichard J. Goldfarb was a research geologist with the Minerals Program of the U.S. Geological Survey for 36 years. He has conducted studies on the distribution of gold deposits throughout the world, compiling some of the most comprehensive global descriptions of their spatial-temporal setting and evaluating their controlling factors.  His research has been focused on global metallogeny, geology of ore deposits in the North American Cordillera with emphasis on orogenic gold, distribution and geology of lode gold deposits in China and elsewhere in Asia, and fluid inclusion and stable isotope applications to the understanding of ore genesis.  Rich has senior authored and co-authored more than 225 papers on mineral resources, with many recognized as the authoritative research on orogenic gold and on aspects of regional metallogeny.  He has served as President of the Society of Economic Geologists, is a past Silver Medalist and lecturer of the Society, has served as chief editor of Mineralium Deposita, is presently on the editorial board of Economic Geology and was one of the co-editors of the Economic Geology One Hundredth Anniversary Volume. He received his BS in geology from Bucknell University, MS in hydrology from MacKay School of Mines, and PhD in geology from the University of Colorado.  Presently, he is an adjunct professor at Colorado School of Mines and China University of Geosciences Beijing, as well as an independent consultant.