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"Wanted: young cartographers"
…reward offered!

For the last four years, the Canadian Institute of Geomatics – Champlain Section (Quebec City) and the Cégep Limoilou have organized a cartography contest for students enrolled in Secondary I and II throughout the province. The purpose of the contest is to get young people to discover a geomatics-related discipline – cartography.

This year, the Canadian Hydrographic Association and Fisheries and Oceans Canada contributed to this contest by awarding two Jury’s Choice awards. These awards give two young people the opportunity to board a Canadian Coast Guard ship during a Canadian Hydrographic Service hydrographic mission on the St. Lawrence. 

Geneviève Parent and Richard Nadeau Adolève  Mbiki de Nanitélamio and Sylvie Pelletier
Geneviève Parent and Richard Nadeau
Adolève Mbiki de Nanitélamio and Sylvie Pelletier
crédit : M.-J. Marcotte
crédit : M.-J. Marcotte

This year, the challenge was to draw a map of a marine park that served to explore the hydrographic aspect of geomatics. The young, budding cartographers had to comply with certain conditions set out in the contest kit given to their teachers. According to the evaluation criteria, the students were required to show bathymetry, navigational aids and marine infrastructure as well as add messages or regulations pertaining to nautical safety and environmental protection.

Jury members had the difficult task of choosing 10 finalists from among the 858 maps entered. The young people truly showed their creativity and imagination in the maps they submitted. The awards ceremony was held at the Naval Reserve non-commissioned officers mess on May 13, 2011 in the presence of the young finalists and their parents and teachers.  Representatives of the contest associates were also present.

Richard Nadeau, Regional Director General, and Sylvie Pelletier, Canadian Coast Guard Regional Director, Maritime Services were present to present the Jury’s Choice awards to Geneviève Parent, a Secondary 1 student and Adolève Mbiki de Nanitélamio, a Secondary II student. It is important to point out that the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Development of Ocean Mapping (CIDCO) also participated and presented an ExoPC slate to the most mobilizing teacher.

Robert Dorais
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