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.


Saturday, April 20th
TIME Speaker Title
9:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00-10:30 Philip Currie Hunting the Hunters: New Discoveries of ‘Raptors’ from Alberta
10:30-10:45 Kathryn Lapenskie Discovery of first known fossilized leaf from the Swan River Formation, Pine River area, Manitoba
10:45-11:00 Victoria Markstrom A Mid-Size Arthrodire Placoderm discovered in near Lake Manitoba
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-11:30 Adolfo Cuetara Restoration, Consolidation and Assembling of the Holotype of Tylosaurus pembinensis
11:30-11:45 Graham Young Fossil Jellyfish: The Ultimate in Remarkable Preservation
11:45-12:00 Kirstin Brink Understanding the Evolution of Teeth in the Fossil Record using live Animal Models
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Open Museum

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)

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, and 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.


  Conference fees Gala tickets
General Admission $40 CAD $40 CAD
Student $20 CAD $40 CAD
Presenter Free $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
For more Information contact:
Victoria Markstrom, Curator (Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre)
Tel.: (204) 822-3406
Fax.: (204) 272-3303