May 27, 2019
After two days of intense, nail-biting geography testing, David Landry, Grade 10, of Ottawa, Ont., was crowned the Canadian Geographic Challenge national champion. “This has been a fantastic opportunity and took a lot of hard work to reach the finish line,” said Landry after winning and added, “I’m really glad I won because the competition was strong.” Landry accepted his prize with runner-up Ryan Sharpe, Grade 10, of Oakville, Ont., and third place finalist Micah Colman, Grade 9, of Ottawa, Ont., from Jill Heinerth, the world’s foremost female cave diver and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s (RCGS) inaugural Explorer-in-Residence.
May 14, 2019
Cathy Dykstra, a teacher at Kortright Hills Public School in Guelph, Ont., has been awarded the prestigious 2019 Energy Educator of the Year prize for her ongoing commitment to environmental education. For this 27-year teaching veteran, winning the 2019 Energy Educator of the Year prize is a big deal. “Being recognized for doing something I love to do means the world to me!” says Cathy Dykstra. “Helping my students to thrive as capable and compassionate environmental citizens feels important and gives me hope for our future.”
May 14, 2019
Going an hour without power, calculating your carbon footprint, and teaching your family how to use
less water. These are just a few of the 16 energy-related challenges that more than 27,000 students
from across Canada took part in during the 8th annual Classroom Energy Diet Challenge. This award-winning
program, presented by Canadian Geographic Education and Shell Canada, was created to
inspire grades K to 12 students across Canada to better conserve energy. This year, nearly 1,400
classrooms from across Canada participated in the Challenge, one of the highest response rates since
the program started in 2011.
May 13, 2019
Today, leaders from Canada’s geography community gathered to officially open the new headquarters of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) at 50 Sussex Drive. Located on the Capital’s ceremonial and discovery route, next to the Rideau Falls overlooking the confluence of three great rivers that were navigated by First Nations and charted by European explorers, the rich geographic setting of 50 Sussex is the perfect location for Canada’s Centre for Geography and Exploration.
May 10, 2019
The media is invited to the official opening of Canada’s Centre for Geography and Exploration, the new headquarters of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, at 50 Sussex Drive.
April 10, 2019
One Ocean Expeditions presents Explore; a weekly podcast series featuring interviews with Canada’s modern-day explorers. These exceptional Canadians recount what inspires them to take risks to explore Earth and beyond.
January 23, 2019
Imagine your child coming home from school and turning off all the lights that aren’t in use with gusto. That same child is also on your case for not using reusable bags when grocery shopping. And be careful not to leave the tap running or you might just get a lecture! For Nancy Gillis, an award‐winning Toronto teacher with a passion for environmental literacy, this student sounds like a graduate of the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge. Now in its eight year, this national energy literacy program presented by Canadian Geographic Education and Shell Canada provides K to 12 students across Canada with a fun and engaging competition to help reduce their carbon footprint and become stewards of the environment.
January 22, 2019
Hundreds of local Ottawa students sat quietly in the Canada Science and Technology Museum until the moment when Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques graced the big screen with a smile and excited chatter broke out across the auditorium. This special live stream helped launch Exploring Earth, a web-based educational program designed to give students and the public a new perspective of Earth. Floating against the backdrop of the International Space Station, Saint-Jacques shared with students his experiences from his first month up in space and answered a series of questions about Earth observation from space.
January 18, 2019
The Government of Alberta has taken another step toward honouring its commitment to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by providing all Alberta students with educational resources that reflect the perspectives of First Nations, Métis and Inuit. The province has purchased 1,600 copies of Canadian Geographic’s Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada, an excellent teaching resource that will provide both teachers and students with the opportunity to learn about the history and cultures of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
January 16, 2019
Canada’s Jill Heinerth is one of the world’s top marine explorers and holds the record for going farther into deep underwater caves than any woman in history. Heinerth, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Explorer-in-Residence, will be visiting St. Martin School and a number of schools in the area to share what it takes to become a modern-day explorer. Heinerth’s curiosity, technical prowess, and fearlessness have taken her inside Antarctic icebergs, and led her to venture into underwater caves and shipwrecks the world over.