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Geomatica Donation



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.



Dr. Rock Santerre

Rock Santerre has been a professor in the Department of Geomatics Sciences at Laval University from 1990 to 2017 and the Director of the Geomatics Engineering program from 2007 to 2011. He was a founding member of the Centre for Research in Geomatics (CRG) and he is now a CRG honorary member.

He taught several courses to more than 1200 students in addition to 700 professionals who attended his continuing education GPS courses. He has supervised or co-supervised nearly 40 graduate students coming from 10 countries.

His research activities were mainly related to high precision GPS (GNSS) positioning and navigation. Dr. Santerre is the author and co-author of about 240 publications and presentations. His papers have been cited in publications written in 17 languages. He was a member of several IAG (International Association of Geodesy) Special Study Groups for almost 20 years. Dr. Santerre also acted as one the Associate Editors for the CIG journal Geomatica from 1997 to 2009. He also holds three GPS patents.

Dr. Santerre continue to contribute to the popularization of Geomatics by the realization of exhibitions and the publication of papers on the history of Geomatics.


Please join us in congratulating Dr. Santerre!


Mr. Randy Gillespie

Randy Gillespie is the 2019 winner of the CIG Geomatica Award, which aims to recognize an individual that has contributed to the advancement of Geomatics in Canada in an exceptional manner. A pioneer in applied remote sensing with some of Newfoundland and Labrador’s original high-technology companies, Randy has broad experience including forestry, mining and marine applications. He has always been a strong advocate for geomatics in his roles in industry, government and academia. Randy is a past president of the CIG and was branch chair in Newfoundland.

Randy had many leadership positions in the field of geomatics. In his role as senior partner of Operation ONLINE, Randy worked to ensure geomatics were considered as part of the new economy, and came to see it as one of the keys in moving from a resource-based economy to a knowledge-based economy. He subsequently brought this to bear in the marine sector, where he was critical to the success of the Canadian Centre for Marine Communications (CCMC) and the Centre for Applied Ocean Technology (CTec) at the Marine Institute. Highlights from CCMC include applied research and technology commercialization projects such as SmartBay, and the growth and success of numerous marine technology member companies. As director of CTec, Randy lead a multi-disciplinary team in applied R&D for ocean mapping and ocean observation systems, and was the managing editor of the Journal of Ocean Technology, where he continues as an editorial board member.

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Gillespie!


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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