Linda Ham

Linda Ham has a M.Sc. in Geology (Dalhousie, 1988) and a B.Sc. Honours degree from Queen’s University (1979). Her background is bedrock mapping and igneous petrology with a strong economic geology interest. Linda started her geological career in the north in Yukon and in what is now Nunavut (northeast of Baker Lake). She moved to Nova Scotia where she worked in private industry and went to graduate school. Afterward she started full-time work with the Nova Scotia now-Geological Survey and started working collaboratively with three other geologists, mapping the South Mountain granitoid Batholith (SMB). Together, Linda and her colleagues changed the SMB map from being one rock type to the batholith being composed of multiple plutons and many different granitoid rock units. Returning to the North in 2003, Linda started work as a District Geologist for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Linda has worked with the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) and the Government of Nunavut, Economic Development and Transportation. In 2015, Linda moved to the Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office, Nunavut’s de-facto geological survey, to become Chief Geologist, a position she currently holds. Linda brings impressive board and committee experience as President of the Nunavut Mining Symposium Society and the Steering Committee that organizes and oversees the annual Nunavut Mining Symposium. She sits on the NGSC (National Geological Surveys Committee) and CPTG (Committee of Provincial Geologists) as Treasurer. She has been President of the Board of Directors for two volunteer organizations, helping improve the lives of impoverished people. Linda’s career began in the north and has come full circle as after over 23 years she returned to the north. She has spent over 15 years working in terrain underlain by permafrost, and overseen permafrost-related projects. She is thrilled to be involved with the Permafrost Network and happy to be working with similar-minded colleagues on this timely topic.