Manitoba Palaeontology Symposium

Manitoba Palaeontology Symposium 2019

The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre is delighted to hold the seventh Manitoba Palaeontology Symposium (MPS) on April 20th – 21st 2019. The symposium is a biennial conference centered on the unique fossil heritage and science that is Manitoba. MPS gathers researchers and scientists from throughout the province, the country and internationally to learn and present on a multitude of subjects focused on palaeontology, biology, geology, lab techniques and more. The conference is a perfect opportunity to network and develop connections with other professionals for future collaborations. While at MPS you will have the chance to explore Canada’s largest collection of marine reptile fossils up close and personal. This collection includes Bruce, the world’s largest publicly exhibited mosasaur who has a Guinness World Record. The conference is capped at the CFDC’s annual Dig Deep Gala where you will have the pleasure of hearing from world  renowned palaeontologist Dr. Philip J. Currie who will be the recipient of the 2019 Dr. Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Nicholls Award for Excellence in Palaeontology. MPS Rocks! Looking forward to seeing you there.

Meeting Schedule

Saturday, April 20th

10:00 – 10:15 am            Registration and opening remarks
10:15 – 12:00 pm           Morning session
12:00 – 1:00 pm              Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 pm                Afternoon session
3:00 – 3:30 pm                Health break
3:30 – 5:30 pm                Afternoon session
6:00 – 12:00 am              Gala Dinner

Sunday, April 21st

9:00 am – 5:00 pm         FIELD TRIP starting with a tour of the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre and an excursion to the Manitoba Escarpment (maximum 40 participants)

5:00 – 5:30 pm                Good-bye

Gala Dinner

This year the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre is hosting our 4th Annual Dig Deep Gala Fundraiser Dinner in conjunction with MPS on April 20th, 2019 at the Morden Access Event Centre. The Gala is the one event during the year that supports our Investment Fund within the Morden Area Foundation.

During the gala we’ll be presenting the Elizabeth “Betsy” Nicholls Award for Excellence in Palaeontology. The “Betsy Award” is of global significance in the world of palaeontology. It was Instituted in 2017 in the presence of the late Dr. Nicholls’ husband and daughters, is the first of its kind in Canada and links the CFDC’s past with its future.  The international award committee, after a painstaking and well-researched process, selected Dr. Mary Higby Schweitzer from the University of North Carolina as the first recipient.  In 2019, we are honoured to welcome Dr. Phillip Currie as the second recipient and guest speaker.

Field Trip

Field trip participants will get an introduction to Manitoba’s Cretaceous strata and the amazing fossils discovered within these deposits. Throughout the day we’ll be visiting many of the museum’s important field site located along the Pembina Valley.

  • Leader: Victoria Markstrom
  • When: April 21st, 2019
  • Cost: $20.00 CAD per person (includes guidebook, transportation, lunch and refreshments);
    this fee is NOT included in registration
  • Departure: 8:00 am / Return: ~5:00 pm
  • Minimum 25 participants / Maximum 40 participants
  • Weather permitted


  Conference fees Field trip fees Gala tickets
General Admission $40 CAD $20 CAD $40 CAD
Student $20 CAD $20 CAD $40 CAD
Presenter Free $20 CAD $40 CAD

Please note that if are presenting you will still need to register. All receipts will be included in registration packages.

Registration form – Symposium 2019

Call to arrange payment by credit card or send your completed registration form and payment (cheque or money order in CAD) to:

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre
111-B Gilmour Street
Morden, MB  R6M 1N9
Attention: Victoria Markstrom, Curator


Victoria Markstrom, Curator (Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre)
Tel.: (204) 822-3406
Fax.: (204) 272-3303