The original concept of the Canadian Association of Palynologists (CAP) was proposed in Calgary at the 1974 Geological Survey of Canada’s annual meeting of palynologists. The proposal was initiated by Wayne W. Brideaux. No further action was taken on this proposal until 1978, again at a meeting of the GSC palynologists in Calgary when Sedley Barss, Jonathan Bujak and Graham Williams agreed to circulate a questionnaire to Canadian palynologists seeking their support of such a nationalistic organization. Of 100 questionnaires, 51 were returned, 44 in favour of the formation of a Canadian Association of Palynologists. In April 1978 Graham Williams presented details of CAP to the Executive of the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists who extended their support to the new group.
The first Executive was elected and officially met for the first time on January 8 1979, at the Atlantic Geoscience Centre, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The Executive included:
- D. C. McGregor, President
- D. M. Jarzen, President-elect
- P. J. H. Richard, Secretary-Treasurer
- J. P. Bujak, Newsletter Editor
- M. S. Barss, Steering Committee
- G. L. Williams, Steering Committee
Table 1 (below) lists the CAP Executive from 1979 to the present. The two-year term of office began in 1987.
CAP was affiliated with the International Commission for Palynology [ICP] (later the International Federation of Palynological Societies [IFPS]) in January 1979, through an invitation of the then President, Alfred Traverse. In 1979 John Utting was voted the CAP Councillor to the ICP. John held this position from 1979 to 1988. David Jarzen was elected to hold the position of Councillor from 1988 to 1992, and re-elected for 1992 to 1996. Table 2 (below) lists the CAP Councillors to IFPS.
CAP has produced a newsletter, with two issues per year, since 1978 even before the election of its first Executive. Newsletter editors have played an important role in the success of CAP, inasmuch as regular annual meetings are not always possible. The Newsletter serves as the vital link in our communication. Sincere appreciation is certainly due for the efforts of our Newsletter editors: Jonathan Bujak (1978-1981); Bert van Helden (1982-1985); Judith Lentin (1986-1988); Alwynne Beaudoin (1989-1998); and Mary Vetter (1999-2005). The current editor is Terri Lacourse. Since 2007, the Newsletter has been produced in digital format, as PDFs.
In January 1987, through the yeoman service of the then Secretary-Treasurer, Rob Fensome, CAP was officially incorporated as a non-profit organization (see CAP Newsletter 10, No. 1, for details). Although CAP is basically a newsletter organization, its incorporation established a set of By-laws from which to guide the organization.
Since its formation in 1979, CAP has hosted and contributed to several important international meetings within Canada. These include:
- The 6th IPC (International Palynological Congress of the International Federation of Palynological Societies) at Calgary, Alberta (26 August – 01 September 1984). This event was hosted by the Calgary group of CAP members, led by co-organizers Len Hills and Jan Jansonius, who initiated and won the bid for the congress.
- The 20th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists (AASP) in Halifax, Nova Scotia (7-9 October 1987).
- The 23rd Annual Meeting of the AASP in Banff, Alberta (10-13 October 1990). The organizing committee comprised Dave McIntyre, Tom Demchuk, Jan Ford and Bert van Helden.
- The 28th Annual Meeting of AASP in Ottawa, Ontario (10-14 October 1995). The organizing team was led by David and Susan Jarzen.
- The 36th Annual Meeting of AASP, Joint Meeting AASP-CAP-NAMS, at Brock University in St Catharines, Ontario, October 2003. The organizing team was led by Francine McCarthy.
- Joint meeting of CAP, AASP-The Palynological Society, and GAC-Palaeontology Division, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, September-October 2010. This was AASP’s 43rd Annual Meeting. The organizing team was led by Rob Fensome.
CAP has also sponsored special sessions at conferences within Canada and overseas through the years. Among these are:
- Special Session T108 entitled “Palynology in Geoarchaeological and Environmental Studies” at the GSA Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 19-22 2014 (6 posters).
- CAP Special Session entitled “The Palynology of Sudden Events“, co-organized by Alwynne Beaudoin and Terri Lacourse at the AASP-CAP-NAMS-CIMP-DINO10 Joint Meeting, San Francisco, October 20-24 2013 (8 papers).
- Special Session entitled “The Palaeoecology of Extreme Environments“, organized by Mary Vetter and Alwynne Beaudoin at the CANQUA-CGRG 2013 meeting in Edmonton, Alberta, August 2013. The session was held on August 20.
- Special Session in honour of Jock McAndrews, convened by Francine McCarthy, at the AASP-CAP-GACPD Joint Meeting, Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 2010. The session was entitled “The Amazingly Diverse World of Quaternary Palynology: A Celebration of the Career of Jock McAndrews“.
- CAP-sponsored Special Session entitled “New Directions in the Use of Pollen Analysis in Environmental and Climatic Reconstructions“, organized by Matthew Peros, Sarah Finkelstein and Elisabeth Levac, at 2009 Joint Assembly of the American Geophysical Union, Toronto.
- CAP Special Session “Putting the Ecology Back into Paleoecology“, organized by Terri Lacourse and Marlow Pellatt, at CANQUA meeting at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, May 2009.
- Special Session in honour of Pierre Richard, “Palynology: stratigraphic and paleoenvironmental applications“, organized by Elisabeth Levac and Michelle Garneau, at the GAC-MAC-SEG-SGA Joint Annual Meeting, Quebec City, May 2008.
- A session entitled “What happens to pollen: The trip from anther to microscope slide“, organised by Vaughn Bryant and Catherine Yansa, held at the AASP 38th Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2005.
- A symposium entitled “Land-Sea Correlations in the Cenozoic“, co-convened by Alwynne Beaudoin and Martin Head, and held at AASP-CAP-NAMS Joint Meeting, in St Catharines, Ontario, in 2003.
- A special session on “The Palynology and Micropaleontology of Boundaries“, held at the Geological Association of Canada-Mineralogical Association of Canada (GAC/MAC) Joint Annual Meeting in Saskatoon in 2002 and co-convened by Alwynne Beaudoin and Martin Head.
- A theme session entitled “Palynology and Micropaleontology in Canadian Geoscience: New Frontiers and Applications“, co-convened by Alwynne Beaudoin and Martin Head, at the GeoCanada 2000 meeting in Calgary.
- A symposium, “Palynology in Canada – Palaeoecological and Stratigraphic Applications“, organized by Alwynne Beaudoin, Bert van Helden and David McIntyre, and held with the Geological Association of Canada meetings at Edmonton on May 18 1993.
The CAP-sponsored sessions in 2000 and 2002 resulted in the publication of papers in edited volumes, further promoting and highlighting the Association.
|Table 1: Canadian Association of Palynologists Executive 1979 to 2018|
|Term||President||President-Elect||Secretary-Treasurer||Newsletter Editor||Website Editor|
|2020-2021||Anna Pieńkowski||Florin Pendea||Francine McCarthy||Vacant||Manuel Bringué|
|2018-2019||Audrey Limoges||Anna Pieńkowski||Jessie Holst Vincent||Florin Pendea||Manuel Bringué|
|2017||Vera Pospelova||Audrey Limoges||Jessie Holst Vincent||Florin Pendea||Manuel Bringué|
|2016||Vera Pospelova and Francine McCarthy (shared term)||Vera Pospelova||Mary Vetter||Florin Pendea||Alwynne B. Beaudoin|
|2015||Francine McCarthy||Vera Pospelova||Mary Vetter||Florin Pendea||Alwynne B. Beaudoin|
|2014||Francine McCarthy||N/A||Mary Vetter||Florin Pendea||Alwynne B. Beaudoin|
|2012-2013||Terri Lacourse||Francine McCarthy||Mary Vetter||Florin Pendea||Alwynne B. Beaudoin|
|2010-2011||Matthew Peros||Terri Lacourse||Mary Vetter||Terri Lacourse||Alwynne B. Beaudoin|
|2008-2009||Elisabeth Levac||Matthew Peros||Mary Vetter||Terri Lacourse||Alwynne B. Beaudoin|
|2002-2003||Alwynne B. Beaudoin||Catherine Yansa||Marlow Pellatt||Mary Vetter||Alwynne B. Beaudoin|
|2000-2001||Martin Head||Alwynne B. Beaudoin||Francine McCarthy||Mary Vetter||Alwynne B. Beaudoin|
|1995-1996||Glen MacDonald and Ian Campbell (shared term)||Rob Fensome||Martin Head||Alwynne B. Beaudoin||N/A|
|1993-1994||Elliott Burden||Glen MacDonald||Martin Head||Alwynne B. Beaudoin||N/A|
|1991-1992||Graham L. Williams||Elliott Burden||Martin Head||Alwynne B. Beaudoin||N/A|
|1989-1990||Bert Van Helden||J. Bujak and G. Williams (shared term)||Martin Head||Alwynne B. Beaudoin||N/A|
|1987-1988||Wayne W. Brideaux||Bert Van Helden||Martin Head||Judith K. Lentin||N/A|
|2007||Sarah Finkelstein||Elisabeth Levac||Mary Vetter||Terri Lacourse||Alwynne B. Beaudoin|
|2006||Sarah Finkelstein||(office not filled)||Mary Vetter||Francine McCarthy and Terri Lacourse||Alwynne B. Beaudoin|
|2005||Catherine Yansa||Sarah Finkelstein||Marlow Pellatt||Francine McCarthy||Alwynne B. Beaudoin|
|2004||Catherine Yansa||(office not filled)||Marlow Pellatt||Mary Vetter||Alwynne B. Beaudoin|
|1999||Rob Fensome||Martin Head||Francine McCarthy||Mary Vetter||Alwynne B. Beaudoin|
|1998||Rob Fensome||Martin Head||Francine McCarthy||Alwynne B. Beaudoin||N/A|
|1997||Ian Campbell||Rob Fensome||Francine McCarthy||Alwynne B. Beaudoin||N/A|
|1986||Rolf W. Mathewes||Wayne W. Brideaux||Rob Fensome||Judith K. Lentin||N/A|
|1985||Jaan Terasmae||Rolf W. Mathewes||Rob Fensome||Bert Van Helden||N/A|
|1984||M. Sedley Barss||Jaan Terasmae||Rob Fensome||Bert Van Helden||N/A|
|1983||Geoffrey Norris||(office not filled)||Jocelyn Legault||Bert Van Helden||N/A|
|1982||Richard Hebda||Geoffrey Norris||Jocelyn Legault||Bert Van Helden||N/A|
|1981||Jan Jansonius||Richard Hebda||Jocelyn Legault||J. Bujak||N/A|
|1980||David M. Jarzen||Jan Jansonius||Jocelyn Legault||J. Bujak||N/A|
|1979||D. Colin McGregor||David M. Jarzen||Pierre J. H. Richard||J. Bujak||N/A|
|Table 2: CAP Councillors to IFPS|
|2020-2024||Terri Lacourse||Took office at GSA 2020 (virtual), Montréal, 2020|
|2018-2020||Francine McCarthy||Took office at 51st AASP-CAP, Calgary, 2018|
|2012−2016||Simon Goring||Took office at XIII IPC, Tokyo, Japan, 2012|
|2008−2012||Jean Nicolas Haas||Took office at XII IPC, Bonn, Germany, 2008|
|2004−2008||Jean Nicolas Haas||Took office at XI IPC, Granada, Spain, 2004|
|2000−2004||Rolf Mathewes||Took office at X IPC, Nanjing, China, 2000|
|1996-2000||Julian Szeicz (1996-1998)
|Julian Szeicz took office at IX IPC, Houston, Texas, USA, 1996. Gail Chmura took over for the remainder of the term following his death.|
|1992−1996||David Jarzen||Took office at VIII IPC, Aix-en-Provence, France, 1992|
|1988−1992||David Jarzen||Took office at VII IPC, Brisbane, Australia, 1988|
|1984−1988||John Utting||Took office at VI IPC, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 1984|
|1980−1984||John Utting||Took office at V IPC, Cambridge, England, 1980|
|1977−1980||John Utting||Elected representative to IPC, which later became the IFPS. See Canright (1993). CAP Councillor’s term lasts from one IPC to the next, that is, four years.|
Reference: Canright, J. (1993) Organizational History of ICP & IFPS. Palynos 16(2):2