The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
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The RCGS is the standard bearer for geography in Canada. In increasing numbers, Canadians are turning to the Society to find authoritative information on Canada’s expansive, diverse and intriguing landscape, both human and physical.
The Society participates in groundbreaking expeditions, such as those of Fellow and famed storm chaser George Kourounis. (Photo: George Kourounis)
Firmly facing forward, the Society is boldly offering Canadians the content and the context they want to better understand the country and the issues it faces. For more than 80 years, Canadians have looked to the Society for geographical perspectives on topics ranging from the environment and natural resources to wildlife and exploration.
The Society’s public engagement has never been as extensive, or as vital, as it is today. A conversation that began in 1929 through the pages of a magazine now takes place daily in real time, at a pace and intensity that would astound the Society’s founders.
The Society is on pace to further intensify and strengthen its programs in the next five years. Programs such as expeditions, awards and honours, research, and advancement, underscore the mission of making Canada better known, and enable Canadians to explore and discover their country and its place in the world. With Canada’s 150th celebration in sight and the 90th anniversary of the Society on the horizon, there is an unprecedented opportunity for the Society to offer the country the privileged perspective of a geographic lens with which to survey the future.
Canadian Geographic Education
From its inception The Royal Canadian Geographical Society has seen its role as one of education. Its very mission, to make Canada better known, is an expression of educational intent and led to the launch of the magazine now known as Canadian Geographic.
Canadian Geographic Education's giant floor maps are one of its most sought-after resources. (Photo: Colin Rowe)
Twenty years ago marked another milestone in the evolution of the Society’s education mission. Together with the National Geographic Society, the RCGS formed the Canadian Council for Geographic Education. Its goal was to strengthen geographic education in Canada.
Comprised of teachers from every province and territory, Canadian Geographic Education has seen exponential growth in the past five years. And all signals suggest that growth will continue.
As the national voice for geography education in Canada, Can Geo Edu offers teachers and students free, bilingual resources that help them to explore and discover timely and topical issues such as Arctic sovereignty, wildlife migration, aerial photography and cartography, and energy production, transmission and consumption.
The significance of geographic and geospatial literacy to Canadian students cannot be overstated. To be capable of gathering, analyzing, sharing and communicating geographic and geospatial information is indispensable to today’s students and tomorrow’s citizenry. Critical thinking skills in geography will lead to a better understanding of Canada’s domestic and international challenges from natural resource extraction in the North to refugee crises in other parts of the world.
Can Geo Edu is the indisputable source of leading educator resources in geography in Canada with an expanding range of professional development opportunities for teachers.
The tremendous growth in membership in Can Geo Edu bears witness to the quality of the program and to the increasing acknowledgement of the contribution of geographic and geospatial literacies to 21st century education.
Canadian Geographic Enterprises
Canadian Geographic Enterprises is the for-profit centre of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. As such it drives the content-creation program that has experienced welcome growth in the constrained environment of the last few years.
Canadian Geographic magazine is the nation's third largest by readership.
CGE’s success in this environment is attributable to a number of factors including a transformation from print to multi-platform content, a strategic approach to partnerships, several new lines of business and nimble leadership.
CGE has become a content creator and curator, and through partnerships with a range of organizations has developed an innovative content model that adheres to the renowned editorial vision and dictates of the magazines, Canadian Geographic, Géographica and Canadian Geographic Travel.
Expanding to a multi-platform model, CGE now delivers content through print, digital and social media, and has become more engaged with its readers than ever before. Public engagement has seen remarkable growth in the past five years and shows no signs of abating.
Canadian Geographic’s traditional strengths of journalism, photography and cartography translate exceptionally well to the digital world, and have only served to underline Can Geo’s unique position in the Canadian media landscape.
CGE will continue to develop a deeper engagement with readers, judicious adoption of emerging technologies and enterprising collaboration with partners old and new to remain as relevant and connected in the next five years as it was in the past five.
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