Professional organizations are great ways to network and discuss GIS topics with others in the same industry. Here are the professional geomatics related associations, groups and organizations in Canada …
Every year the CCA announces awards, prizes and scholarships for Canadian post-secondary students involved in any forms of cartography or map-making. All entries should be accompanied by an official entry form
Canadian Cartographic Association Student Mapping Competition
Are you a University or College student passionate about mapping? Then you will want to participate in the 2015-16 Canadian Cartographic Association Student Mapping Competition. Chances are you have already made some great maps for your projects or course work, so why not submit a copy to the CCA Student Mapping Competition and get recognized for creating your spatial master piece while earning some cash at the same time.
CCA President’s Prize
The CCA President’s Prize recognizes excellence in student map design and production and is open to all post-secondary students who have completed and produced a cartographic project in the preceding school year. The year’s President’s Prize Competition will consist of two prizes of $250, one for entries from college-level or CEGEP students, and one for entries from university-level students in the thematic map category:
A thematic map is a map that is meant to communicate a specific single subject matter within a particular geographic area. They are often defined as special purpose maps and can be either quantitative or qualitative in nature. The International Cartographic Association (ICA) defines the thematic map this way: “A map designed to demonstrate particular features or concepts. In conventional use this term excludes topographic maps” (Dent 1999, 8).
The cartographic project will consist of a single map. There are no restrictions on size but the project must have been completed and produced during the school year preceding the competition. Cartographic projects will consist of a map or a map series forming a coherent whole and may be submitted in any finished form (on paper or other medium). Entries submitted in electronic media, whether GIS or internet mapping applications, should not require specialized software for viewing.
Each entry must be accompanied by a clear and succinct statement of design objectives that will weigh heavily in the judges’ decision. In addition, entries will be judged on the basis of creativity and overall effectiveness in communication as well as excellence in compilation, design, and layout. Students must be enrolled at a Canadian University or College to be eligible to submit their maps made in the 2014/15 academic year. Deadline for submission is May 20, 2016.
The Carto-Quebec prize is a special annual competition for the best student-authored cartographic product created in French. Theaward has been established through a gift from the former Association Carto-Québec to promote and recognize excellence in map design.
The competition is open to all post-secondary students in Canada who have completed and produced a cartographic project in the preceding school year. The Carto-Québec Prize will consist of two awards of $500, one for entries from college-level or CEGEP students, and one for entries from university-level students. The Carto-Quebec prize must be in French. Deadline for submission is May 20, 2016.
Carte soumissions pour ce concours suivent les mêmes lignes directrices que le Prix du Président, mais sont nécessaire pour être en français. Remarque: Pour les deux concours, tous les étudiants inscrits dans une université ou un collège canadien sont admissibles à soumettre leurs cartes faites dans l’année scolaire 2014/15. Date limite de soumission est le 20 mai 2016.
Event: CARTO 2013 – North by West ‘Preserving the Present as we Journey to the Future’
Date: Tuesday June 11 – Friday June 14, 2013
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Venue: University of Alberta
The Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) and the Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA) have joined forces this year for a joint conference in Edmonton hosted by the University of Alberta from 11 to 14 June 2013. Past joint conferences held by the ACMLA & CCA have been premier events that focused on cartographic and geospatial research and CARTO 2013 promises to uphold the same prestige as past conferences.
Planning for CARTO 2013 titled North by West ‘Preserving the Present as we Journey to the Future’ has begun and an official call for papers, presentations and workshops based on a wide range of cartographic topics was released last week.
People wishing to present papers, organize special sessions or joint sessions with ACMLA/CCA or workshops should contact the programmer committee by March 15, 2013 with digital abstracts of 250 words or less in either English or French to firstname.lastname@example.org Papers based on original research on any of the requested cartographic topics will be considered (see PDF attachment with more details).
A CARTO 2013 conference website with more details about the event and details on how how to register for CARTO 2013: http://blogs.library.ualberta.ca/carto2013/