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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. If the nomination submitted is not selected for the award, branches and sisters association can resubmit the nomination the following year.

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.



Mr. Pierre Paradis

The Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) is pleased to announce the 2018 recipient of the prestigious "Geomatica” Award: Pierre Paradis, retired teacher from Cégep Limoilou's Department of Geomatics. The Geomatica Award is presented to someone who has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of geomatics in Canada.

Mr. Paradis has contributed to the field of geomatics in an exceptional way for more than 45 years and, more particularly, in the development of technical training. In addition to working on the implementation and the establishment of training in cartography and geodesy in Quebec, he has fostered throughout his career close links with the workplace and has been able to assert the essential role of the technical training for the economic development of businesses and the community. In the early 2000s, his conviction of the relevance of geomatics for social development led him to go beyond Quebec's borders in the context of international training and coaching projects. His commitment has contributed to the establishment of geomatics technical degree programs that meet local needs in Brazil, Peru, Senegal and

Tanzania. His admiration for the skills and human qualities of his team members, his sense of organization, his strategic spirit, his humor and his ability to adapt have certainly guaranteed the durability of all these projects. His nomination is a recognition for all those who have worked to develop high-quality technical training that enables Canadian companies to shine nationally and on the world stage. We are pleased to recognize the exceptional contributions of Mr. Paradis in our field by presenting this prestigious award.

Please join us in congratulating Mr. 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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