Canadian students to showcase their geography knowledge at the 2018 International GeoOlympiad

Meet the young geographers who will represent Canada on the world stage at the 2018 “iGeo” in Quebec City
  • Jun 12, 2018
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These four young geographers will represent Canada on the world stage at the 2018 iGeo competition in Quebec City Expand Image

For the first time ever, Canadian students will have a chance to test their geographical knowledge and skills against some of the world’s best and brightest young geographers when Canada hosts the 15th annual International Geography Olympiad this summer.

Organized by the International Geographical Union (IGU), the iGeo is a competition for 16 to 19 year old geography students. From July 31 to August 6, students chosen to represent their countries will gather in Quebec City to compete in this year’s iGeo. They will have to complete a written test, a multimedia test and substantial fieldwork requiring observation, cartographic representation and geographical analysis.

This year marks the first time in the history of the event that Canada will send a team, and it is also the first time Canada will play host to the global competition. The event is being held in conjunction with the bilingual Congress of the International Geographical Union, Canadian Association of Geographers, and National Council of Geographical Education. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is an important supporting partner of this year’s iGeo.

The students compete for prestige and recognition; many top universities send headhunters to the event to scope out and recruit young talent. The overarching goals of the competition are to encourage young people to pursue advanced studies in geography and foster greater global understanding and collaboration between young scholars.  

Beth Dye, Vice-Principal at Twin Rivers Education Centre in Kamloops, B.C. and co-chair of the local organizing committee, says the event is important because it gives students with a passion for geography the opportunity to forge dynamic relationships which can help solve future global geopolitical problems.

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