Distinguished Career Award

The CaGIS Distinguished Career Award honors the accomplishments of senior professionals who have contributed substantially to the advancements of the fields of cartography, GIS or GIScience, or the interface between cartography and GIScience.


The selection process for the Distinguished Career Award is based on a nomination letter and a supporting record of achievements. All complete nominations will be evaluated by an Awards Committee determined by the CaGIS Board of Directors.

While the nominee does not need to be a CaGIS member, a CaGIS member must submit the nomination. No self-nominations are allowed. Nominations should include a statement detailing why this individual’s career is worthy of distinction. The statement should synthesize the nominee’s career achievements through a portrait of their professional history, methods, and other relevant biographical information. Career achievements may include publications, professional posts held, influence on government and policy, students mentored, systems development, and other measures of a distinguished career. The Awards Committee will retain nominations that are not successful in the year that they are submitted for consideration in the next competition. Those who have submitted unsuccessful nominations in the past are encouraged to revise the submissions and submit them again this year.

Eligibility: Nominees must have contributed to research, teaching, service, government, and/or commercial developments in cartography, GIS, and/or GIScience. The nominee does not need to be an active member of the CaGIS Society. The nominee’s contribution may extend over a period of several decades but should also include evidence of active work in the past ten years.

Award: The award consists of an engraved plaque, recognition in the journal Cartography and Geographic Information Science and the CaGIS website, and a one-year complimentary membership to the Society. The recipient will be invited to speak at one of the conferences that CaGIS is affiliated with. A stipend will be available to offset travel costs.

Nomination Package:

  • A 1000-word statement on the nominee’s contribution to the field of cartography, GIS, and/or GIScience
  • 2 pages (maximum) of nominee’s relevant accomplishments
  • Optional letters of support from other CaGIS members

Submissions should be sent to the current President of CaGIS for consideration. Nominations are reviewed February 15 of each calendar year.

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