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Can Geo Education Executive


Ms. Connie Wyatt Anderson, The Pas, MB.
Term ends : November 2016

Ms. Wyatt Anderson has been teaching high school social sciences — including grades 10 and 12 geography — on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, a progressive First Nations community adjacent to The Pas, Manitoba, since 1992. She has been involved in the creation of student learning materials and curricula and has contributed to a number of textbooks, teacher’s support guides, and school publications. She has written educative materials for several non-profit groups and recently co-authored the Grade 11 History text used in Manitoba schools. Connie lives in The Pas with her husband and two young daughters.

Regional Representatives


Don McLaughlin
Term ends: November 2018

Don McLaughlin is a grade 5 teacher in Calgary with a passion for the outdoors, connecting geographic thinking skills to better understand location, place, human - environment interaction, movement and region.Currently, Don is working with the Global, Environmental and Outdoor Education Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association to help integrate geography into the Council's work and to support the needs of Alberta teachers.

British Columbia

Mr. Jozsef Budai, Coquitlam, BC.
Term ends: November 2016

Mr. Budai holds a Masters degree in Educational Administration and Leadership and is a High School Social Studies Department Head. He has 23 years of teaching experience, much of which is extensive experience in teaching geography to teachers, and especially new teachers as a sessional instructor at the University of British Columbia. Budai has experience with the Canadian Geographic Challenge.

Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon

Catherine Pak
Term ends: November 2018

Catherine Pak is an Adult Educator at Nunavut Arctic College in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. She teaches the Adult Basic Education program and the online Pathway to Adult Secondary School Graduation program. Catherine loves to discuss adult learning theories, bringing into the classroom a fresh, practical, and hands-on teaching strategy. Outside of the classroom, Catherine enjoys leading an active lifestyle, fishing, watching the northern lights, and traveling to learn about other cultures. Her next travel aspiration is to the Yukon, the last territory to explore before she has traveled to every province and territory in Canada.


Mr. Rob Langston
Term Ends: November 2016

Mr. Langston is currently completing a three year term on the executive of Canadian Geographic Education. He was a leading part of the Can Geo Education strategic planning process, and brings enthusiasm and experience to the group. Mr. Langston is a High School Geography teacher at Ecole secondaire Neelin High School in Brandon MB, teaching grades 9-12 including GIS courses.


Andrew Kitchen
Term ends: November 2017

Andrew Kitchen holds a BSc in Geography from the University of Regina as well as a BEd from the University of Saskatchewan. He currently teaches at Fairhaven School in Saskatoon. He believes that students should learn about the world as it is becoming more and more accessible. He is a strong advocate for cultural education in his classroom. When not teaching, he spends his time travelling the globe to get new perspectives on education and cultures.


Ms. Kim Wallace, Burlington, ON.
Term ends: September 2018

Kim Wallace is currently an independent learning facilitator and consultant. She has recently retired from the Halton District School Board. During the past few years, she was on a secondment to the Ontario Ministry of Education as an Education Officer. While there she was responsible for the Canadian and World Studies curriculum review. Her work included constructing a framework and writing a vision for goals and curriculum policy expectations in Ontario. She was a contributing consultant to “Teaching About Geographical Thinking” by the Critical Thinking Consortium and has been a long standing member of Canadian Geographic Education.


Dr. Chantal Déry

Term ends: November 2017

Chantal Déry teaches human sciences at Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) and her research interests are mainly focused on geography and the training of elementary school teachers. She has collaborated in the writing of a textbook on human sciences for third and fourth grade Quebec students recently spent one year in Belgium to supplement her knowledge of geography.


Mr. John Trites, Berwick, NS.  
Term ends: November 2018
Mr. Trites has been involved with Can Geo Education in various capacities since it started as the CCGE in 1993. He is a recently retired high school geography teacher as well as a part-time lecturer for the School of Education at Acadia University. He was part of the team that designed the Advanced Placement Human Geography program and has been delivering professional development related to the APHG course and other geography programs throughout Canada and the US for over 20 years. John loves to chat with people about geography education, anywhere and anytime.

Canadian Assoc. of Geographers representative

Kelley McClinchey

Ms. McClinchey has a PhD in human geography from Wilfrid Laurier University. She holds a Masters of Environmental Studies also from Laurier and a Bachelor of Education with Intermediate-Senior Qualification from Queens University. As an elementary school teacher, Ms. McClinchey teaches grade 7 English, history and geography. In addition, she is currently a part-time faculty member in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Post Secondary Education representative

Dr. Lynn Moorman, Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Moorman is an Associate Professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary, teaching physical geography, GIS, and spatial analysis in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and in the Department of General Education. Lynn's research integrates both of these disciplines, exploring geo-literacy and the practice of geographic education, particularly the mediation of learning with geographic technologies.

RCGS representative (ex-officio)

Mr. John G. Geiger, Ottawa, ON.
Royal Canadian Geographical Society 

RCGS Board liaison

Mr. James Boxall, Halifax, NS.
Term November 2016


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