News from GESS

Clothing Sales
Jacket samples are in the office! Stop by during office hours if you wish to try them on! This year jackets will be embroidered and heat sealed with the McMaster logo on the front left side and “School of Geography and Earth Sciences” on the back. An email will be sent out in the following days with more detailed information.
Next Thursday (November 28)  two members from the APGO association will be coming to campus to discuss APGO and what the P. Geo certification is.  They will be answering the questions you guys sent us as well as shedding light on which courses fulfill the APGO requirements.  The event will run from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in BSB B103. Refreshments will be provided!
Ambitious City
GESS will be attending Ambitious City, a presentation from Toronto’s Chief City Planner, Jennifer Keesmatall. The presentation will be followed by a Q+A, and dessert & coffee will be served. It will be held on December 3, 2013 from 7:00 – 9:30 pm at the Liuna Station (360 James St N) 
All are welcome to join!
It will cost $50.00 to attend, however there is an opportunity for 4 successful applicants to receive the funding for this event through Experiental Education’s Hamilton Matters Fund. If you are interested in attending and/or would like more details on how to apply for this fund – send Julian an email at or reply back to this message!

Click here to find out more about the Ambitious City event!
CAPS Conference
This year the Canadian Association of Planning Students (CAPS) is bringing their annual national conference to Toronto to celebrate its 30th year!  CAPS is an entirely student run organization and a network for Canadian Urban Planning students and other interested parties to share ideas, research and planning epiphanies. The Conference is hosted by Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, and York University planning schools:

“With the theme of “Transformations”, our tri-campus initiative will bring together students and professionals alike to discuss the changes to our shared urban experience, our cities’ fabrics, and the planning profession itself. Headlined by several world-renowned urbanists and incorporating innovative participant programming, “Transformations” promises to be a unique three-day experience.” 

The conference is going to be held in downtown Toronto, and will be a 3 day event spanning from February 4th – 6th, 2014. You don’t have to be a planning student, anyone who is interested can attend. This event promises to be an exciting way to learn and network with the professional planning industry and students alike!

A sample of some events and more details can be found on the website located here: everything is under the tabs Conference > Toronto 2014: 

If you’re interested in attending this conference, or have any questions please reply to this email letting us know so that we can get in contact with you and start organizing the details of this experience.
MSS Formaldehyde and Frost week tickets- The McMaster Science Society formal is on Janurary 17, 2014.  Tickets are $35 before Nov 30 and then increase to $40.  During Frost week there will be a trip planned to Splitsville as well- if tickets are purchased with a formal ticket they will only be $7! Tickets for both can be purchased in the GESS office Mon-Fri between 12:30 and 2:30.  Don’t miss out!

Hope to see you at a few of these events!