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CAG 2022: 72nd Annual Meeting & Conference
Towards Canada 2050: Shaping the Future of Geographic and Spatial Analysis
VIRTUAL – Hosted by X* University – May 30 to June 3, 2022

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The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at X* University is pleased to extend an invitation to the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, which will run virtually from May 30 to June 3, 2022.


The theme of CAG 2023 is Towards Canada 2050: Shaping the Future of Geographic and Spatial Analysis

This has a dual purpose: to promote exploration and debate on the issues and processes shaping Canada at all geographic scales; and to reflect on the diversity of ideas, tools, and approaches that we, as geographers, use to explore these phenomena.


The theme of the conference allows us to look ahead and consider how Canada will look in the future, as well as how contemporary and historical processes will help shape it. This can include (but is not limited to): effects of the ongoing climate crisis, environmental change, and government response (e.g., Canada’s goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2050); economic change (e.g., impacts of Covid-19, technology change, increased globalization); urban issues (e.g., urban environment and sustainability); addressing social issues and structural inequalities in society (e.g., antiracism, gender rights, and identity); and Indigenous rights and issues (e.g., issues of land-tenure, community health, and the legacy of colonialism in Canada).   


As geographers, we bring a multitude of interdisciplinary perspectives, knowledge, and methods to explore these big issues, provide practical and theoretical insights, and affect positive change. This conference will provide an opportunity to contemplate how geographers can continue to make an impact – both in our own research and in the training of future generations of scholars.


The CAG 2022 meeting is an opportunity to connect with fellow geographers on these and any other topics of interest! There are several ways that you can get involved in the conference, including:


  • Paper presentations

  • Poster displays

  • Thesis proposal presentations

  • Roundtables and Panels


If you have an idea not listed here, please contact Dr. Evan Cleave at

SPECIAL SESSIONS: Submission deadline = April 1, 2022

Those wishing to organize special sessions (papers or panel discussions) can submit a proposed session here. Please include the proposed session title, as well as description. If the names of presenters or panelists are known, please also provide this information during submission. For more information, please contact Dr. Evan Cleave at

INDIVIDUAL SUBMISSIONS: Submission deadline = April 22, 2022

Those wishing to present their research are invited to submit an abstract here. Abstracts should be 250 words or less, and include a complete list of authors, as well as up to five keywords. For more information, please contact Dr. Evan Cleave at

Check out the list of special sessions.

PLEASE NOTE: For abstract submissions to be included in the final conference proceedings, the presenting author must be registered to attend the conference by April 29, 2022.

Register here.

SCHEDULE: Check out the preliminary schedule of events.

Please see the CAG Statement on Collegial Conduct and Respectful Exchange.

Stay tuned for information about virtual field trips!


The (virtual) site of this year’s CAG conference is X* University. The theme of the conference reflects the core of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, which is built around three programs: Geographic Analysis, Environment and Urban Sustainability, and Spatial Analysis.


*X is a university in downtown Toronto. The name 'Ryerson' represents a racist and discriminatory educational philosophy that laid the foundation for cultural genocide and intergenerational trauma in Canada. While the process of renaming the university is ongoing, in solidarity with the Indigenous community the current name will not be prominently used during the conference.


For more information on the history associated with the name of the university some resources include this article by Hunter Knight, this article by Lila Pine, and this open letter from the Yellowhead Institute.

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