The NSERC PermafrostNet & Canadian Permafrost Association Joint Virtual Annual General Meeting 2020

16 – 18 November 2020

The l’assemblée générale annuelle de PermafrostNet de 2019 took place in Ottawa, but this year we’re partnering with the Canadian Permafrost Association and going digital!

Dates de l’événement

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on November 16, 17 & 18, 2020 between 11:30 – 16:30 (ET) / 8:30 am – 13:30 (PT). The meeting agenda is now posted below and will soon be available as a download. Times will be posted as Eastern Time (UTC-5).

À qui s’adresse la réunion générale annuelle conjointe?

All CPA and NSERC PermafrostNet members and affiliates are invited to participate in the first joint virtual AGM, with the first day geared towards members of CPA. On Monday 16 November CPA members will have a keynote on permafrost engineering and science, technical sessions, and the CPA business meeting to be held in the last session of the day.

If you are not a CPA member you are welcome to attend the joint CPA/NSERC PermafrostNet sessions on Tuesday and the NSERC PermafrostNet day on Wednesday at no cost.

Quels types de séances et d’activités la réunion générale annuelle proposera-t-elle?

The meeting will consist of three technical sessions, including keynote presentations on permafrost engineering and science, and the CPA business meeting to be held in the last session on Monday 16 November. On Tuesday 17 et Wednesday 18 November, CPA and NSERC PermafrostNet will partner to provide a program of keynote presentations, interactive activities, and breakout sessions to promote networking and smaller group discussions. The NSERC PermafrostNet meetings will include student-led activities and equity, diversity and inclusion sessions in addition to the scientific and administrative meetings. 

Comment s’inscrire?

Please register on the CPA website ici.

Registration for Monday 16 November is free for all CPA members. Tuesday 17 et Wednesday 18 November are free and open to all NSERC PermafrostNet members, affiliates, stakeholders and CPA members.

Emplacement de l’événement

All sessions will be held by videoconference using Zoom. Visit Zoom to download the app and for further details on démarrer avec Zoom.

Attendees will be required to register on the CPA website beforehand to receive meeting details and Zoom passwords.

To ensure a safe and secure space during the meeting you will require the password and we will use a waiting room. To help all participants during the meeting we have developed a guide d’étiquette Zoom (en), so that everyone finds the meeting useful and comfortable. ,We will also use breakout rooms to provide networking opportunities and to ensure meetings run smoothly.

Vous vous connectez par téléphone?

If you will be calling in by phone, please provide your name and number to afin que nous puissions vous reconnaître dans la réunion Zoom.

Qui organise cet événement?

The event is hosted by NSERC PermafrostNet and the Canadian Permafrost Association (CPA). By working together both organizations will amplify the impact of Canadian Permafrost Research in Canada.

Avec qui puis-je communiquer?

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

Quels types de séances et d’activités la réunion générale annuelle proposera-t-elle?
  • Keynotes (Presentations and panel sessions). Speakers include Ryley Beddoe.
  • Policy and permafrost (Presentations and panel session). Hear from the people who are transforming permafrost knowledge into policies.
  • International (Short presentations and breakout sessions). Hear from international leaders in permafrost science and have the opportunity to meet them in our breakout rooms for Q+As.
  • Highly Qualified Personnel (Flash Presentations). Meet our graduate students as they introduce their research projects in 2 minutes or under.
  • Infrastructure (Presentations). Learn more about the pressing questions at the intersection of infrastructure and permafrost research.
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (Presentations and interactive sessions). In these session the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee will introduce themselves and share the progress so far, while encouraging participation from the network.
  • Données (Presentation and discussion). Learn more about how NSERC PermafrostNet is supporting access and handling for permafrost data, and share your perspective.
  • Séances de réseautage et de socialisation Before the opening session each day, the Zoom meeting will be open for 30 minutes to provide time to meet colleagues or make new friends. On Tuesday 17 November at 16:30 ET we invite you to join us for a virtual networking session.
Séance de soutien Zoom

On Friday, November 13 at 13:00 Eastern Time we will be providing a 1-hour technical walk through of Zoom for interested attendees  The Zoom meeting information for this session will be provided to registered attendees.


Veuillez noter que toutes les heures sont indiquées en heure de l’Est (UTC-5).

Monday 16 November
11:00 - 11:30Zoom opens
11:30 - 11:40Welcome
11:40 - 12:15Keynote 1:
Shifting Perspective – Planning today for Arctic GeoEngineering of tomorrow.
Ryley BeddoeKeynote
12:15 - 14:00Session 1Chair: Peter MorsePresentations
Assessment of Coastal Erosion Processes on Tuktoyaktuk Island, NWT using a 2D Finite-Element Model Approach.Danika Ouellette
Coastal Erosion Mitigation Project in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT.
Fred Scott
Pragmatic Thermal Analysis of Permafrost.Ron Coutts
Laboratory characterization of permafrost samples using the ultrasonic pulse velocity technique.Hongwei Liu
Initial Thermal Performance of a Tailings Retaining Frozen Foundation Dam, Nunavut, Canada.Christopher Stevens
The Moosehide and Sunnydale slides near Dawson City, YT.Lukas Arenson
Remote sensing and geophysical techniques to detect and map ice wedges. Samuel Gagnon
14:00 - 14:30Break
14:30 - 16:30CPA Business Meeting
16:30End of Day 1
Tuesday 17 November
11:00 - 11:30Zoom opens
11:30 - 12:05 Keynote 2:
Ancient permafrost and past lessons from a thawing arctic.
Duane FroeseKeynote
12:05 Session 2AChair: Lukas ArensonConcurrent Presentations
A long-term, 1-km resolution daily meteorological dataset for modeling and mapping permafrost in Canada.Yu Zhang
Analysis of surface-based inversion characteristics in northwestern Canada using radiosonde data between 1990 and 2016.Nick Noad
An aerial inventory of rock glacier distribution and activity level assessment in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.Mishélle Wehbe
Modelling Water Release from Permafrost in Response to Climate Change in Chile.Cassandra Koenig
Thaw sensitive terrain, northern Slave Geological Province, NU.Peter Morse
Observations of watershed-scale channelization in a periglacial environment.Shawn Chartrand
12:05 Session 2BChair: Ashley RudyConcurrent Presentations
The lifecycle of a talik: from formation to fen with an eye for function.Élise Devoie
Estimating the cost of climate change-induced permafrost thaw on Canadian infrastructure.Antoni Lewkowicz
Predicting permafrost probability in a boreal environment using a multiple logistic regression model.Seamus Daly
A Check on PERD 1998 Climate Change Forecasts for Canada.Sam Proskin
Utilizing the TTOP model to understand spatial permafrost temperature variability in a High Arctic landscape.Madeleine Garibaldi
Brain-like Ridges in the Canadian High Arctic.Shannon Hibbard
13:30 - 13:45Break
13:45 - 14:15Welcome to PermafrostNet AGMStephan Gruber, NSERC PermafrostNetRéseautage
14:15 - 14:40Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – what is it? Why you should careNSERC PermafrostNet EDI CommitteePresentation
14:40 - 14:45Break
14:45 - 15:45Permafrost Policy Panel: Starting the conversation with decision makersMegan Nichols, Transport Canada
Kevin Fitzgibbons, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Sara Brown, NWT Association of Communities.
Moderator: Jeff Kinder
15:45 - 16:25Data needs and wants: Learn about NSERC PermafrostNet data resources to support your workNick Brown, NSERC PermafrostNetPresentation
16:25 - 16:30Closing
16:30-17:30Virtual networking
Wednesday 18 November
11:00 - 11:00Zoom opens
11:30 - 11:35WelcomeAGM Chair: Brian Moorman
11:35 - 12:30Future of Permafrost Science & the next generationToni Lewkowicz, University of Ottawa
Chris Burn, Carleton University
Moderator: Brian Moorman, University of Calgary

Keynote panel
12:30 - 12:40Break
12:40 - 13:00Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Values and StoriesNSERC PermafrostNet EDI CommitteePresentation
13:00 - 14:00HQP Flash presentations: Lightening introductionsNetwork Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP)Presentations
14:00 - 14:30Break
14:30 - 15:15Making new connections: International PartnersINTERACT, Margareta Johansson

International Permafrost Association, Gonçalo Vieira

Nunataryuk, Hugues Lantuit

Permafrost Carbon Network (PCN), Christina Schaedel

Permafrost CCI+, GlobPermafrost, Sebastian Westermann

Swiss Permafrost Monitoring Network (PERMOS), Jeannette Nötzli

T-MOSAiC, Julia Boike
Presentations and networking
15:15 - 16:15Northern Infrastructure: needs and directionsChair: Pascale Roy-Léveillée
Scott Lamoureux
Shawn Kenney
16:15 - 16:30Closing and Next StepsStephan Gruber, NSERC PermafrostNet
Password-protected Volunteer and Attendee areas

Volunteers can access a private area with further details of the event as well as a Microsoft Teams channel to chat with other volunteers and share files.

Registered attendees have access to exclusive meeting details, files and links e.g. speaker presentations in the attendee area. This area will be updated with more information before, during and after the event.


Merci à notre partenaire, l’Association canadienne du pergélisol.