National Final

Congratulations to our National Finalists! 


PLEASE NOTE: In keeping with safety precautions for COVID-19, the National Final will be held virtually May 29/30, 2021. More details about the event will be released closer to the date. 

Here are our Level 2 National Finalists: 

  • Angad Khattra, University of Toronto Schools, Ontario, Grade 9

  • Atharva Rao, Webber Academy, Alberta, Grade 8

  • Colin Lei, Ashton Meadows Public School, Ontario, Grade 8

  • Dhruv Shukla, Woodbridge Public School, Ontario, Grade 7

  • Eli Nason, Kennebecasis Valley High School, New Brunswick, Grade 10

  • Ethan Nguyen, Dolphin Senior PS, Ontario, Grade 8

  • Gabrielle Leung, St. Anselm Catholic School, Ontario, Grade 7

  • Jacob Puvan, Lisgar Collegiate Institute, Ontario, Grade 9

  • Jared Reinemo, St. Andrew's College, Ontario, Grade 9

  • Jenny Jia, West Point Grey Academy, British Columbia, Grade 10

  • Jonathan Chassé, Home school, Quebec, Grade 8

  • Kevin Shao, London Central Secondary School, Ontario, Grade 10

  • Liam Shah, St. Michaels University School, British Columbia, Grade 7

  • Matteo Pasquali, Transfiguration of Our Lord Catholic School, Ontario, Grade 8

  • Nicholas Ali, St. Justin Martyr, Ontario, Grade 8

  • Pepa Prochazka, Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School, Ontario, Grade 10

  • Russel Fajardo, Notre Dame Regional Secondary School, British Columbia, Grade 9

  • Ryan Wu, Nepean Highschool & Ottawa Carleton Virtual Secondary School, Ontario, Grade 10

  • Samuel Brown, Milliken Mills High School, Ontario, Grade 9

  • Steven Gu, Milliken Mills High School, Ontario, Grade 10

More information about the National Final

How will the National Final be organized?

The National round comprises three parts: a written test, a field work test, and a live final. Scores from the written test and field work will be used to determine the top five students who will participate in the live final. Scores for the top five students will be reset upon entering the live final. The scores from the first two parts will not influence their score in the final round.

The live final will be hosted in a game show-like format. It is usually held at the new headquarters of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, at 50 Sussex Drive, in Ottawa, Ont. This is a free event and open to the public. For those who live out of town and would like to follow along, there is a Facebook livestream event.

What language will the National Final be held in?

The National Final 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 two parts of the National Final are private and not open to the public. The live final will be open to the public. We will provide a live steam for anyone interested in supporting competitors and for following along. This link will be made available on the Challenge homepage closer to the National Final date.


The top 20 finalists from the Provincial/Territorial round receive a prize package. National finalists receive prizes for first, second and third place. National Final prizes are subject to change on a year-by-year basis. The Can Geo Challenge Committee reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any of the contest prizes.


Congratulations to our 25th Challenge National Finalists!

The National Champion for the 25th Canadian Geographic Challenge was Xavier Spano, a Grade 9 student from Burlington, Ont., who finished fourth in the previous year. Second place went to Tony Wang from Ottawa, Ont., who was just eight points behind Spano. Third went to Aaron Chung from Markham, Ont., just two points behind Wang. Fourth and fifth places went to Awad Khalid from Calgary, Alta., and Noah Deng, from Windsor, Ont., respectively. 

(Photo credit: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic)

The top 20 National Finalists for the 25th Canadian Geographic Challenge were:

  • Aaron Chung
    Grade 9, St. Augustine Catholic High School, Markham, Ont.
  • Awad Khalid
    Grade 10, Webber Academy, Calgary
  • Charlie McEwen
    Grade 8, Halifax Grammar School
  • Elijah Mandelbaum
    Grade 9, University of Toronto Schools
  • Elliott Nason
    Grade 10, Fredericton High School
  • Jean-Paul Lefebvre
    Grade 7, Christ the King Elementary School, Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Julian Bal
    Grade 8, Kitchener-Waterloo Bilingual School, Waterloo, Ont.
  • Matthew Woodward
    Grade 10, London Central Secondary School, London, Ont.
  • Micah Colman
    Grade 10, Glebe Collegiate Institute, Ottawa
  • Nicholas Hume
    Grade 10, Leo Hayes High School, Fredericton, N.B.
  • Noah Deng
    Grade 10, Vincent Massey Secondary School, Windsor, Ont.
  • Pepa Prochazka
    Grade 10, Dr. G. W. Williams Secondary School, Aurora, Ont. 
  • Ryan Wu
    Grade 9, Nepean High School, Ottawa
  • Steven Gu
    Grade 9, Milliken Mills High School, Markham, Ont.
  • Tamara Bain
    Grade 7, East Three Secondary School, Inuvik, N.W.T.
  • Tassani Fast
    Grade 10, Niverville High School, Niverville, Man.
  • Tony Wang
    Grade 9, Merivale High School, Ottawa
  • Ty Gundling
    Grade 7, Navigate NIDES, Courtenay, B.C.
  • Xavier Spano
    Grade 9, Nelson High School, Burlington, Ont.
  • Yannik Abajian
    Grade 8, Renert School, Calgary

Here are some photos from previous National Finals, which took place in Ottawa, Ont.

(Photo credit: Tanya Kirnishni/Canadian Geographic)