Following an offer made by Don Hayley (Chair, CNC/ IPA) to the IPA Council at the time of the VII-ICOP (Yellowknife), the Organizing Committee prepared a Post- Conference Report. The purpose of the report was to document, for future organizing committees, the notification procedures, scheduling deadlines, paper submission and review procedures, the conference format, and the relevant associated conference administrative and financial details. This report (20 copies) was submitted to the IPA Executive Committee in July 1999.
The report includes a conference summary and a collection of individual reports prepared by the respective Subcommittee Chairmen. General recommendations include:
(1) the conference venue should be one that can provide the opportunity for delegates to experience local permafrost conditions,
(2) the technical programme should provide ample opportunity for informal discussions, should limit the number of concurrent sessions, and the report recommends an increase in poster presentations,
(3) the IPA Working Groups should be tasked with soliciting papers and organizing specialty sessions in their areas of interest, and (4) the IPA needs to adopt a more organized approach to travel assistance for attendance at conferences, paying special attention to worthy delegates from countries with devalued currencies.
The Technical Programme Committee Report indicates that 440 abstracts were initially submitted to the Organizing Committee and that 277 papers were eventually received. Of these, 146 (52%) were accepted outright or with minor revisions, 69 (25%) required major revisions and re-review, and 62 (22%) were not accepted. Ofthe 188 papers published in the Proceedings volume, 30% were from Russia, 22% from Canada, 16% from USA, 9% from China, and 5% from Switzerland. Of the 60 extended abstracts published in the Programme and Abstracts volume, 36% were from Russia, 16% from USA, and 15% from China. A total of 31 Associate Review Editors, all but 2 from within Canada, handled the review process and a total of 198 individuals from a number of countries are listed as having acted as referees. Detailed recommendations concerning the paper review and publication procedures are given.
Following submission of this report, the Organizing Committee was allowed to stand down. The new membership of the Canadian National Committee for the International Permafrost Association (CNC/IPA) was formally announced in the Fall of 1999. The following have been appointed until December 31, 2003: Professor Michel Allard (Département de Géographie, Université Laval) - Chair, Mrs Margo Burgess (Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa) - Secretary, Professor Richard Fortier (Départment de géologie et de genie géologique, Université Laval) - member; Mr Alan Hanna (AGRA Earth and Environmental Limited, Calgary) - member; Mr Don Hayley (EBA Engineering, Edmonton) - member; Dr Brian Moorman (Earth Science Programme, University of Calgary) - member; Dr Steve Solomon (Geological Survey of Canada-Atlantic)- member; Mr Peter Vician (Government of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife) - member. The new CNC/IPA will hold its first meeting in Ottawa at the end of January 2000. This will coincide with a workshop to define the requirements of a National Permafrost/Glaciers/Ice Caps Monitoring Network. The latter is being organized by the Geological Survey of Canada with funding support from Canada’s Climate Change Action Fund (CCAF) and Environment Canada.
At the Fall 1999 Canadian Geotechnical Society Annual meeting in Regina, the Cold Regions Division presented the R. J. E. Brown Award, for ‘...outstanding contributions to permafrost science and engineering ’, to J. Alan Heginbottom, now retired from the Geological Survey of Canada, for his contribution to the work of the CNC/IPA, from 1984 until 1998.
The Canadian permafrost community was saddened by the death of George Henry (Hank) Johnston, age 71, in late August 1999. An internationally known permafrost engineer and author of the standard reference text ‘Permafrost: Engineering Design and Construction’, Hank began a distinguished career in 1953 with the Division of Building Research, National Research Council of Canada (NRCC). Hank retired from the NRCC in 1993.
Current permafrost activities in Canada will be reported in the next issue of Frozen Ground.