Canadian Geographic Education
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Can Geo Education Executive


Connie Wyatt Anderson, The Pas, MB.
Term ends : November 2018

Connie Wyatt Anderson taught secondary social sciences — including grades 10 and 12 geography — on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, a progressive First Nations community adjacent to The Pas, Man., for twenty years. She has been involved in the creation of student learning materials and curricula at the provincial, national and international level. She has also contributed to a number of textbooks, teacher support guides and school publications, recently co-authoring the Grade 11 History textbook used in Manitoba schools. She holds a Bachelor of Education with a double major in history and geography and a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction. Connie received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal presented by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2012 and was awarded the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014. Connie lives in The Pas with her husband and two school-aged daughters. She joined the University College of the North as an academic specialist in 2015.


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

Janet Ruest
Term ends: November 2019

Janet Ruest teaches geography, history and law courses at Chemainus Secondary School on Vancouver Island. She earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria and Master of Arts from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Janet has been an educational leader in her school and district for many years, serving as the head of the geography/history department since 1996. Janet has many professional experiences, serving as a member of Ministry of Education committees, contributing to a set of four social studies textbooks, as well as creating the Geospheres Review Cards developed specifically for the British Columbia curriculum.

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.


John Thompson
Term Ends: November 2019

John Thompson is currently in his first term on the executive committee of Canadian Geographic Education. He brings enthusiasm and experience to the group. John Thompson is a high school geography teacher at Kildonan-East Collegiate in Winnipeg, Man., teaching grades 9 to 12. He is also a board member of the Manitoba Social Science Teachers’ Association (MSSTA).


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.


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.


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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