Geothermal Canada has a long and rich past with many prominent and important early researchers, explorers and developers in the geothermal energy space active in the Association.

The Canadian Geothermal Association (CGA) was founded by Andrew Nevin, Tim Sadlier-Brown and Jack Souther. It was hatched in 1973 at the inaugural Geothermal Resources Council (GRC; a US based organization) meeting in Brawley, CA and was formalized in 1974.  The Association met formally once per year in the form of small technical conferences and continued to meet throughout the following three decades. Membership ebbed and flowed with industry ups and downs until the mid-2000s. At that time the Association took a breather and spawned two other organizations from the membership of the original society. These are CanGEA and CanGRC.  CanGEA is an industry focused lobby group. CanGRC was founded by a group of students, Ryan Libbey, Yuliana Proenza and Lena Patsa.  The group no longer exists, but some of the material on this web site is courtesy of these original founders – our thanks to them.

In 2017, a group of like-minded individuals felt the time was ripe to resurrect the original scientifically oriented society with a new name and renewed vigour. As geothermal energy gains prominence in Canada, it was felt that professionals, students, governments and other interested people needed a venue to discuss technical and academic aspects of the industry. Thus on February 1st, 2018, CGA was reborn as the Pan Canadian Society for Geothermal Research, Innovation, & Collaboration, colloquially known as Geothermal Canada. The Society is formulated under the Societies Act of British Columbia #20068829.


Geothermal Canada is a not-for-profit organization committed to advancing science and promoting geothermal research and development in Canada. Serving Canada's geothermal community by stimulating technology transfer, knowledge exchange, and information transmission, it seeks to promote innovation in Canada in the field of geothermal research. Through fostering collaborative investigations in academia, companies, and organizations, innovation in the field of geothermal research will be supported and disseminated beyond the research community.