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Elections 2021 / Élections 2021

In response to the Call for Nominations for the Executive Committee Elections:

Two (2) nominations were received for the position of Vice-President (2021-2022):

  • Dr. Nathalie Gravel, Université Laval   [MORE INFO]

  • Dr. K. Wayne Forsythe, Ryerson University   [MORE INFO]

Two (2) nominations were received for the two (2) positions of Councillor (2021-2024); 

the positions are acclaimed by:

  • Dr. Heather Castleden, Queen's University   [MORE INFO]

  • Dr. Sinead Earley, University of Northern British Columbia   [MORE INFO]


One (1) nomination was received for the position of Student Councillor (2021-2023); 

the position is acclaimed by Celeste Digiovanni, University of Ottawa   [MORE INFO]


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En réponse à l'appel de candidatures pour les élections du Comité exécutif :

Deux (2) candidatures ont été reçues pour le poste de vice-président(e) (2021-2022) :

Deux (2) candidatures ont été reçues pour les deux (2) postes de conseiller(e) (2021-2024) ; 

les postes sont acclamés par :

  • Dr Heather Castleden, Queen's University   [PLUS D'INFO]

  • Dr Sinead Earley, University of Northern British Columbia   [PLUS D'INFO]

Une (1) candidature a été reçue pour le poste de conseiller(e) étudiant(e) (2021-2023) ;

le poste est acclamé par Celeste Digiovanni, University d'Ottawa   [PLUS D'INFO]

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Candidate Statements / Déclarations des candidats

(available only in the language of submission / disponible uniquement dans la langue de soumission)


Dr. Natalie Gravel

Associate Professor / Professeure agrégée

Département de géographie, Université Laval

(le français suit)

Nathalie Gravel graduated from the doctoral program in Geography at Laval University in Quebec City in 2003 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University (2003-2004) with the Agrarian studies program and the Latin American and Caribbean Council. She is an associate professor in the Department of Geography at Laval University since 2005 and was President of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean studies (CALACS) in 2013-2014. She has also been President of the Quebec Geographical Society from 2006 to 2016 and Vice-President of the Regroupement des Géographes du Québec (the CAG's Quebec regional division) in 2018-2020. She teaches Latin American Geography, Globalization, the Geography of the Agri-Food System, and Rural Geography at undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research deals with rural development in Latin America, food security and urban agriculture (mainly in Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia), water governance and public participation. She is the author of a textbook entitled “Geography of Latin America: A Culture of Uncertainty” published in the French language at the Presses de l’Université du Québec (PUQ) in 2009. She recently signed a book contract with Springer for a second textbook on environmental governance.


She is fluent in four languages (French, English, Spanish and Portuguese) and is involved with the boards of several organizations, including as a Councillor on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Geographers Association since 2018, beginning with her involvement on the organizational committee of the Quebec City Conference. She is also on the board of a regional association for the protection of nature (Fondation Québécoise pour la protection du patrimoine naturel, FQPPN) and she was recently elected as a member of the Scientific Council of the University of Costa Rica. She believes in the strength of associative life and has been devoted to the promotion of Geography and outreach activities since the beginning of her career. She is mindful of integrating minorities and all generations in the decision-making process as well as in the construction of diverse learning communities.


Nathalie Gravel est diplômée d’un doctorat en géographie de l'Université Laval (2003) à Québec et a effectué un post-doctorat à Yale University (2003-2004) au programme d’études agraires et au Conseil d’études latino-américaines et caribéennes. Elle est professeure agrégée de géographie à l'Université Laval depuis 2005 et a été présidente de l'Association canadienne des études américaines latine et des Caraïbes (ACELAC) de 2013 à 2014. Elle a aussi été présidente de la Société géographique de Québec de 2006 à 2016 et vice-présidente du Regroupement des géographes du Québec de 2018 à 2020 (division régionale québécoise de l’ACG). Elle enseigne la géographie de l'Amérique latine, la mondialisation, la géographie du système agroalimentaire et la géographie rurale. Ses recherches portent sur le développement rural en Amérique latine, la sécurité alimentaire et l’agriculture urbaine (principalement au Mexique, Brésil et en Colombie), la gouvernance de l’eau et la participation citoyenne. Elle est l'autrice d'un manuel intitulé «Géographie de l'Amérique latine. Une culture de l'incertitude" publié aux Presses de l'Université du Québec en 2009 et vient récemment de signer un contrat avec Springer pour la publication d’un deuxième manuel de cours sur la gouvernance environnementale. 


Elle maitrise quatre langues (français, anglais, espagnol et portugais) et siège sur les conseils d’organisations tel que l’Association canadienne des géographes – depuis qu’elle a pris part à l’organisation du Congrès de l’ACG de 2018 à Québec, – et sur celui de la Fondation Québécoise pour la protection du patrimoine naturel, FQPPN. Elle a récemment été élue membre du conseil scientifique de l’Université du Costa Rica. Elle valorise et croit en la force de la vie associative et se préoccupe de faire la promotion de la géographie comme discipline et d’organiser des activités afin de diffuser les savoirs géographiques depuis le début de sa carrière. Il lui importe d’intégrer les minorités et toutes les générations dans la prise de décision et la construction de communautés d’apprentissage diversifiées. 

Dr. K. Wayne Forsythe

Professor / Professeur

Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Ryerson University

K. Wayne Forsythe is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. In addition, he currently serves as the Past President of the Canadian Association of Geographers - Ontario Division (CAGONT). He received a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Saskatchewan in 1990, a M.Sc. in 1995 from the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Salzburg (Austria) in 1999. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Geographers/Association Canadienne des Géographes (CAG/ACG), the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and the Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ). Assessing Great Lakes sediment contamination, Geospatial analysis/geovisualization, and change detection using remote sensing and GIS are his main fields of interest regarding research. He has an extensive record of service to the discipline of Geography and the CAG/ACG. This includes (listed chronologically):

2020 - Ryerson University, Faculty Service Award for valued contributions to the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, the Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University and the Profession of Geography.


2019 - Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession of Geography. This award is intended to recognize a member of the CAG for exceptional professional service over a period of years - for example, in the university training of geographers, in administration or similar activities in the public service, as an officer of a learned society, or in such other ways as have significantly advanced the profession and practice of geography in Canada. https://www.cag-


2017 - Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) President's Award for Outstanding Service recognizing exceptional service to the association, its members and affiliates. https://www.cag-


2013 - Ryerson University, Faculty Service Award for valued contributions to the Department of Geography, the Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University and the Profession of Geography.


2005 - Awarded the distinction “UNIGIS International Fellow” by the UNIGIS International Association ( based in the Netherlands in recognition of outstanding and sustained contributions to excellence in Postgraduate Education in Geographic Information Science and Systems.

Dr. Heather Castleden

Associate Professor / Professeure agrégée

Department of Geography and Planning, Queen's University

Dr Heather Castleden, whose ancestral roots are mainly Scottish and English, holds the Canada Research Chair in Reconciling Relations for Health, Environments and Communities at Queen’s University where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, Graduate Chair for the Department of Gender Studies, and the Research Director of the HEC Lab. She is also Co-Director of A SHARED Future, a program that focuses on supporting Indigenous leadership in renewable energy and she is a 2020-2021 Fulbright Scholar. Heather has over one hundred peer-reviewed and scholarly publications and holds multiple competitive grants from CIHR, SSHRC, and other funding agencies. She holds a BA (UManitoba, 1996), a MEd (Ualberta, 2002), and PhD in Human Geography (UAlberta, 2007).


As a white settler scholar living in Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territories, Heather is grateful to live and work in Katarokwi/Kingston. Living in this place, and all the other places she has lived across this land, has only been made possible by the settler colonization of her ancestors and other Europeans, and the ongoing settler colonial state currently known as Canada. Given this reality, and as a human geographer, Heather’s scholarly commitment has been to undertake community-engaged, participatory research that focuses on the politics of knowledge production in Indigenous environment, health, and social justice activism. She also has a research trajectory in Indigenous research ethics and decolonizing settler colonialism in the academy.


In 2010, Heather received the CAG’s Julian M. Szeicz Award for significant achievement at an early career stage.

Heather’s service to the profession includes being an elected Councilor to the Executive Committee of the CAG (2012-2015), and Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Working Group from 2014-2016. She has organized and chaired numerous sessions at CAG Annual Meetings. She has guest edited a special issue in The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien on participatory geographical research with Indigenous peoples in Canada (Volume 56, Issue 2) with Monica Mulrennan and Anne Godlewska) and she is now a member of the Editorial Board. Heather is eager to actively contribute, once again, to the profession as an elected Councilor.

Dr. Sinead Earley

Assistant Professor / Professeure adjointe

Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, University of Northern British Columbia

Dr. Sinead Earley is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program at the University of Northern British Columbia. She gained her doctoral degree with Geography and Planning at Queen’s University in 2018, and master’s degree in Culture and Colonialism with the National University of Ireland (Galway) in 2009. She is a critical resource geographer with research interests in environmental policy and governance, procedural justice, colonialism/decolonization, and low-carbon transitions. Current projects focus on the forest and energy sectors. She has served on the adjudicating committee for the Robin P. Armstrong Memorial Prize for Excellence in Indigenous Studies (2018) and as Executive Member-at-large for the WDCAG (2017/2018). Her teaching interests parallel her research, and she has been able to stress the importance of publicly engaged education and experiential/service learning over several years, as Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at Okanagan College (2014-2015) and with the Geography Program at UNBC (2015-2018). As an early career scholar and as a member from a non-metropolis university, she feels she can contribute a distinct voice to the CAG Executive. In addition to the CAG, Dr. Earley is currently a member of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS).

Celeste Digiovanni

PhD Candidate / Candidate au doctorat

Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, University of Ottawa

Hi! My name is Celeste Digiovanni. I am a second year PhD Candidate at the University of Ottawa where I specialize in Environmental Geography. My research interests are the transfer of knowledges amongst different stakeholder groups in the collaborative management of Canadian fisheries. My research was inspired by the processes of collaborative management of fisheries on the west coast of Vancouver Island. On the coast, there are roundtable-style meetings facilitated by a third party ENGO called West Coast Aquatic. These meetings are spaces where indigenous groups and other stakeholders can give advice to policy makers regarding the conservation and sustainability of salmon fisheries. My research interrogates the ancillary outcomes of these roundtable meetings. Much research in this field speaks to the structure of co-management governance, yet there lies a gap regarding the lived-experiences of individuals and communities involved. My research speaks to this gap. Participation in co- management impacts individuals and communities involved by opening lines of communication amongst like-minded members. This has been seen to foster restoration and stewardship initiatives, increased participation in community events, and friendship. In connection to my research interests, I also work in Indigenous Reconciliation for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Here, I work with a broader team to investigate the definitions of co-management as they are outlined through Modern Land Claims Agreements. Finally, I completed my Master’s at the University of Ottawa in Environmental Sociology, where I founded the H2Ottawa program in partnership with the Office of Campus Sustainability. H2Ottawa was inspired by the banning the sale of single-use water bottles at the University of Ottawa. While a noteworthy sustainability endeavour, the ban on single-use water bottles impacted accessibility to portable water. To address this, I received the support from all Faculties on campus to pilot a project where we sold reusable water bottles in the same spaces one would expect to find single-use water bottles and for the same price. H2Ottawa was featured at local Ottawa music festivals and in other institutions around the city. I am a sustainability geek and on my days off, I like to enjoy nature, especially hiking through the Gatineau Hills.

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