National Final

Congratulations to our Naitonal Finalists. 

The top 20 National Finalists are:

  • Akib Shamsuddin - Vincent Massey Secondary (Ontario)
  • Arathi Vallipuranathan - Agincourt C.I. (Ontario)
  • Awad Khalid - Webber Academy (Alberta)
  • David Landry - Lisgar Collegiate Institute (Ontario)
  • Jonathan Chassé-  Instruit à la maison (Quebec)
  • Joshua Mah - Burnaby North Secondary School (British Columbia)
  • Justin Qian - Grandview Heights School (Alberta)
  • Keith Christofferson - Southridge School (British Columbia)
  • Matthew Woodward - London Central S.S. (Ontario)
  • Matthew Wadden - Riverview High School (Nova Scotia)
  • Micah Colman - Glebe Collegiate Institute (Ontario)
  • Nicholas Hume - Devon Middle School (New Brunswick)
  • Peter Vashchilko - Sir John Franklin School (Alberta)
  • Ryan Sharpe - Abbey Park High School (Ontario)
  • Ryan Wu - Fisher Park/Summit Alternative School (Ontario)
  • Ryder Bishop - Lockport School (Manitoba)
  • Tawfeeq Mannan - Old Scona Academic High School (Alberta)
  • Timothy Tao - Broadview P.S. (Ontario)
  • William Szeto - University of Toronto Schools  (Ontario)
  • Xavier Spano - Charles R. Beaudoin (Ontario)

Here are some photos from our National Final Weekend (photo credit: Tanya Kirnishni/Canadian Geographic)

When: The 2019 National Final will be held in Ottawa, Ontario May 25-27, 2019. 

Live National Final: The live National Final will be held at the Alex Trebek Theatre on Monday May 27, 2019 at the RCGS headquarters, 50 Sussex Drive. This is a free event and open to the public. The event begins at 11:00 and concludes around 13:30. Door open at 10:30. 

For those who live out of town and would like to follow along, there will be a Facebook livestream event.

How will the National Final be organized?

The National Championship will be comprised of three rounds.

1. The Preliminary Round will be a written test.

2. Round two will involve geographic field work.

Scores from rounds one and two will be used to determine the five student finalists who will participate in the third round. Scores for the top five students will be reset upon entering the final round. The scores from their first two rounds will not influence their score in the final round.

3. The final round will be open to the public and hosted in a game show-like format. It will be held at the new headquarters of the Royal Canadian Geogrpahical Society, 50 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario. Time of event will be confirmed closer to the event.

What language will the National Final be held in?

The National Championship will be held in both official languages of Canada. Students will have the option to compete in either English or French.

Can my class watch the National Final?

The first 2 rounds of the National Final are private and not open to the public. The third round will be open to the public. We will make a live steam available for anyone interested in supporting and following along. This link will be made available on the homepage closer to the National FInal date.


First Place: $5,000
Second Place: $3,000
Third Place: $2,000

Top five finalists: Through a long-standing partnership with One Ocean Expeditions, the RCGS is proud to announce that the top five finalists in this year’s competition will be receiving a free trip on their Canada’s East Coast Fins and Fiddles voyage this July. This prize will be given to all five students who advance to round three in addition to the cash prizes for first, second and third places. Please click here to read the frequently asked questions about this prize.

What is One Ocean Expeditions Fins and Fiddles Voyage?

This prize will be awarded to the top five finalists of the 2019 Can Geo Challenge National Final. This expedition cruise takes travellers to islands and remote parts of Canada's Atlantic coast. Eastern Canada is famous for a rich and diverse culture, found in small fishing communities and remote ports. The region also offers a staggering abundance of wildlife, including prolific birdlife, numerous seal and whale species and we even encounter the fabled wild horses of Sable Island. Beaches and lagoons provide viewing opportunities for numerous shorebirds. On the cruise we hope to see the great baleen whales such as the humpback, minke and blue whale, as well as grey and harp seals.

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View William Chapman’s experience, the winner of the 2018 Can Geo Challenge National Final,  through this photo journal to learn about his personal experience on the voyage. See photos from the student trips.