Announcement & Call for Presentations

The 43rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Cartographic Association


Location:  Nova Scotia Community College

Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS), Lawrencetown, NS

Date: Wednesday, May 30 – Saturday, June 2, 2018


The Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA) and the local organizing committee invites you to the 43rd CCA Conference at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS), Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia from Wednesday, May 30 – Saturday, June 2, 2018.

This year’s conference theme “Community Mapping – Place Making Through Maps offers a forum for sharing place-based knowledge and placing it alongside a broader scientific context. As in other parts of Canada, we can all benefit from ‘two eyed seeing’. (Maher, 2017) Read more about Bob Maher’s community mapping vision at his blog Ernest Blair Experiment.

Join us for the first time at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) to participate in technical workshops, share place-based knowledge and to celebrate the rich history of cartography taught at COGS. This four day event will kick off with technical sessions and icebreakers followed by two days of presentations, CCA meetings, orienteering event, dinner with flavours from the Annapolis Valley, and opportunity to tour Grand-Pré and local wine region.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Kenneth Field, Esri Inc., Dr. Michael Goodchild, Emeritus Professor of Geography, UCSB, Marcel Morin – Lost Art Cartography and COGS alumni Edie Punt and Clint Loveman from ESRI, Inc.

CCA is a passionate group promoting interest in maps and cartographic material and creating opportunities to network and share ideas. We look forward to seeing you at COGS in May.

Call for posters, presentations and workshops

The 2018 event will include general and special sessions, technical sessions, a Pecha Kucha night as well as a poster sessions from students, industry, and cartographers from the Annapolis Valley.

This is the first call for abstracts submissions in all areas of Cartography and Community Mapping.

Presentations or posters based on original and/or applied research, and on the technical aspects of cartography topics are especially welcome. All presenters, whether presentation or poster must submit an abstract electronically (in English or French) of up to 250 words. Please send submissions to conference chair, Monica Lloyd at  All abstracts are required to be submitted by the deadline. Submissions could fall under one of the following categories, but are suitable in any area of Cartography (and Geomatics):

Community Projects Geospatial Data Services
Analytical Cartography Topographic Mapping
Map Production Technology History of Cartography
Map Use and Design Cartographic Education
GIS / GNSS Political Aspects of Cartography
Mapping Health Data Geographic Visualizations
Mountain Cartography Open Source Mapping Solutions
Web mapping 3D mapping

View the conference preliminary program further details.

Each abstract submission is to include:

  • Title of Presentation abstract. List of author(s) with affiliation, position, and contact information for each author (title, organization, address, telephone, e-mail)
  • Presenting author indicated with an asterisk (*)
  • Abstract (no more than 250 words) that introduces the work, states the methods used, results obtained, and conclusions.
  • Preference for Oral, Poster Presentation or PechaKucha format.
  • Mini-talks (5-10 minutes) are also suitable to outline map projects and ideas

Email directly to . Receipt of abstracts will be acknowledged by email.

Important Dates

January 2018 Formal Call for Presentations
March 30, 2018 Abstract Submission Deadline
April 13, 2018 Abstract Acceptance Notifications Sent
April 30, 2018 Early Registration Deadline, and for at least one of the authors of an accepted presentation for inclusion in the program.

Conference Program – to be announced this winter

Registration Information

The CCA gratefully acknowledges corporate sponsorship contributions from Esri Canada

and from the CANMAP Research Institute, Bridgetown NS.