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The Canadian Geomatics & Geospatial Community Awards, Scholarships & Bursaries

The Canadian geomatics community is full of awards, scholarships, and bursaries recognizing outstanding work and contributions. We’re putting together a comprehensive list of Canadian awards in geomatics, GIS, remote sensing, cartography, and geography. See the information below, separated by student and professional awards. This is an ongoing project. If you know of an award that we missed, please mention it in the comments below.

Student Awards & Scholarships

ACLS Foundation Geomatics Scholarship

Three scholarships of $1,500 each are available annually for students in the field of geomatics, including one scholarship targeted to an aboriginal student.

CCA President’s Prize

This prize recognizes excellence in student map design and production, based on a project from the previous school year.

CCA Best Student Paper

An award of $100 given for the best student paper, presented at the CCA annual conference.

CIG Student Membership Award

Each year, the CIG offers a one-year membership to a student in a geomatics-related program at Canadian technical institutes and community colleges.

Carto-Quebec Prize

Annual competition for the best student-authored cartographic product created in French, from the Canadian Cartographic Association. Two $500 awards are given annually.

CRSS Student Awards

58 Esri Canada Scholarships in Higher Education

Esri Canada awards scholarships annually at 58 universities and colleges across Canada. Eligible students must be full-time graduate or undergraduate students. Awards include a financial stipend, single use/non-commercial Esri software including all main extensions, limited Esri Press books, and free registration at a Canadian company user conference. For further information email highered@esri.ca.

The Hans Klinkenberg Memorial Scholarship

Provides scholarships to students in geomatics sciences at Canadian technical institutes and community colleges. Awards range from $500 to $2000. The deadline for each year is February 15.

The John Carroll Geodesy Award

An annual award of $500 offered by the Geodesy Committee of the CIG for the most outstanding student paper on the subject of geodesy written in the preceding year.

Norman Nicholson Scholarship

Administered by the Canadian Cartographic Association, this award is to recognize and encourage exceptional student achievement in cartography.

Professional Awards

Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing Best Paper Award

Camsell Medal

An RCGS award to recognize individuals who have given outstanding service to the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

CRSS Larry Morley Gold Medal Award

CRSS Silver Medal Award

CRSS Bronze Medal Award

David Thompson National Geomatics Awards

Celebrating excellence in the field of geomatics in Canada, these awards were created to honour the innovation, dedication, and creativity of professional surveyors in Canada.

Geographic Literacy Award

An award from Canadian Geographic Education to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to the geographic literacy in Canada. This award consists of $2500, half of which is given to the recipient and half to the charitable organization of his/her choice.

The Gold Medal of the RCGS

An award given to recognize a particular achievement by one or more individuals in the general field of geography, or a significant national or international event.

Innovation in Geography Teaching Award

An award from Canadian Geographic Education, recognizing an educator in a K-12 setting who has gone above and beyond their job description to further geographic literacy. This is a $2500 prize, with half going to the recipient, and half made as a donation in the winner’s name to support geographic education.

The Jim Jones Award

An award presented to the CIG member who makes the most valuable contribution to the articles and departments sections of Geomatica each year. The amount is $500.

Lawrence J. Burpee Medal

Recognizing an outstanding contribution that greatly enhances the ability of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society to fulfill its mission of making Canada better known on a national and international level, and contributing to the general advancement of geography.

Lou Sebert Literary Award

An annual award recognizing and encouraging literary excellence in the field of geomatics.

Massey Medal

Awarded by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society to recognize an individual’s outstanding career achievement in the exploration, development, or description of the geography of Canada.

The Samuel Gamble Award

Sponsored by the CIG, this award is presented to up to three people who have contributed significantly to the development, organization, or professional activities of the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences.

Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration

Awarded by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society to recognize outstanding Canadian explorers for extraordinary achievement through expeditions in Canada or abroad, or a citizen of another country for extraordinary exploratory achievement within Canada.

Val Shaw Memorial Award

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