Innovation in Geography Award

Photo: Paul Zizka

Canadian Geographic Education, the educational network of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), is pleased to annually recognize an educator who has gone above and beyond their job description to further geographic literacy with the Innovation in Geography Teaching award.

This award will be given to a Canadian educator currently working in a K-12 setting who is fostering geographic engagement and increasing the geographic literacy of their students.
The Innovation in Geography Teaching Award consists of:

  • $1,000 awarded to the recipient
  • A trip to Ottawa to receive their award

If you know someone whom you think is eligible, please submit a nomination.

2020 recipient: Peter Cameron

Peter Cameron has been a teacher for more than 25 years, inspiring students to make a difference to the world with his contagious enthusiasm and desire to bring adventure and exploration to the classroom. Teachers from across Canada — and the world — have become “Difference Makers” through Cameron’s Make A Difference project, which took a solutions-focused approach to galvanize students to create creative solutions to tackle the world’s problems.

Cameron co-wrote the first Google Earth teacher-authored Voyageur Stories, “Blue Gold,” allowing students to travel virtually around the Great Lakes, instilling not just a sense of adventure, but a need to protect these environments. Cameron also established the “Junior Water Walkers” to honour Anishinaabe Elder and water activist Josephine Mandamin and continue her work in raising awareness about the importance of freshwater. He is also a National Geographic Teacher Fellow and Education Mentor.

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is proud to award the Innovation in Geography Teaching Award to Peter Cameron for his geography leadership both within, and beyond, the classroom.