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Geomatica Award

Terms of Reference of the Geomatica Award

The Geomatica award is presented by CIG to someone who has contributed to the advancement of geomatics in Canada in an exceptional manner. The award consists of a customize sculpture to be awarded by the president of CIG or delegate during the annual general meeting or any major CIG events during the year.


  • Create an prestigious award in the field of geomatics;
  • Promote and support geomatics in Canada;
  • Recognize and encourage excellence in the field of geomatics;
  • Increase visibility of CIG in the Canadian geomatics community.

Nominations and eligibility

Each CIG Branch and sister association (CCA, CHA and CRSS) is invited to submit one nomination to the Award Committee, including a resume of the nominee and a one-page description of the reasons for the nomination.

Nominations shall be received every year, no later than May 15.

Structure and Administration

The Committee shall be composed of a CIG past president as a Chair, the Geomatica Editor and one Council member. The Chair shall call a least one Committee meeting by conference call per year and as many additional meetings as deemed necessary.

The Committee shall make sure to get $ 1000 donations coming from different workshops or conferences across Canada every year if possible.

Role of the Chair

With the collaboration of CIG’s head office, the Chair shall:

  • Prepare a list of candidates;
  • Distribute the list of candidates and documentation to members of Awards Committee;
  • Make a report and recommendation to CIG’s President and get approval of Council;
  • Assure liaison with supplier and head office to customize sculpture.



Pierre Paradis

The Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) is delighted to announce the 2018 and second recipient of its new prestigious award, “Geomatica”: Pierre Paradis, Pierre has a long history in teaching Geomatics and his involvement of the promotion of Geomatics in Canada.

Some of his achievements are as follows:

  • Consultant in export of international Geomatics know-how from 2015 to today.

  • Coordinator of International Geomatics Projects, Cégep Limoilou Continuing Education Branch, 2005 to 2015.

  • Professor at the Department of Geomatics at Cégep Limoilou from 1971 to 2005.

  • Lecturer at the University of Quebec at Rimouski from 1988 to 1992.

  • Coordinator of the cartography and geodesy program at Cégep Limoilou from 1974 to 1979.

  • Provincial coordinator of the mapping and geodesy program from 1979 to 1985.

  • Founding President of Carto-Québec, the Quebec Cartographic Association.

  • Founder and first editor of Carto-Québec magazine, an official journal of the Quebec Cartographic Association.

  •  Representative of Colleges on the Quebec Geomatics Export Strategy Committee.

  • Agent of the Geomatics Development Center of Quebec (CDG).

  • Member of EMERGE Executive, (Agreement between Teaching and Research Houses in Geomatics).

  •  Member of the Board of Directors of Géo-Québec, Quebec Committee for the Export of Geomatics.

  • Co-author of the Inter-Atlas (school atlas designed for high school students).

  •  Author of several scientific articles and conferences.

 Please join us in congratulating Pierre Paradis!


Dr. Costas Armenakis

The Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) is delighted to announce the first recipient of its new prestigious award, “Geomatica”: Dr. Costas Armenakis, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, at York University. The Geomatica award is presented to someone who has contributed to the advancement of geomatics in Canada in an exceptional manner. Dr. Armenakis has an exceptional record of contributions with over 30 years of experience in the field of geomatics and, more specifically, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and GIS. After a successful career as a research scientist for Natural Resources Canada, Dr. Armenakis started an academic career in Geomatics Engineering at York University. He has represented Canada on the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) for over 25 years, chaired many geomatics conferences and symposiums in Canada, has been involved as Associate Editor in diverse scientific journals, including Geomatica, and contributed to professional organizations like CIG for over two decades. We are delighted to recognize Dr. Armenakis' outstanding contribution to our field with this new prestigious award.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Armenakis!

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