Professional Development

Canadian Geographic Education provides learning resources not only for students but educators as well!

Professional Development

Learn about Canada’s energy landscape so that you can engage your students in exploring energy issues that matter in their everyday lives.

Can Geo Education occasionally hosts professional development workshops at 50 Sussex, the headquarters of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), as well as other locations and virtually. Our most popular workshops are often our Summer Institutes, which centre on a theme, such as the 2019 Summer Institute held at Fort McMurray, Alta., about Responsible Energy Development. At Can Geo Education’s Summer Institutes, workshop participants have the opportunity to hear from expert guest speakers, get hands-on experience with new learning resources, engage in discussions with peers from across the country, and more! At the conclusion of each Summer Institute, participants create a learning resource, such as a lesson plan or activity, which is then published on the Can Geo Education website for other educators to use. All workshop participants receive a certificate upon completion of the Summer Institute. 

During the 2019 Responsible Energy Development Summer Institute participants had the opportunity to:

  • visit an in situ facility, where they learned about how bitumen is extracted using cyclic steam stimulation and steam assisted gravity drainage;
  • witness strip-mining extraction of bitumen at an oil sands site;
  • visit examples of reclamation sites;
  • speak with various Fort McMurray community members and workers in the oil and natural gas industry;
  • and listen to different perspectives in the industry, such as technological innovators and the McMurray Métis.

Hands-on learning and experiences

Can Geo Education focuses on offering educators opportunities to engage directly with the subject matter they want to teach about, to try new strategies and tools during our workshops before bringing them back to the classroom, and to have discussions with peers to explore different teaching methods.

Contact us at [email protected] to inquire about possible training opportunities using Energy IQ resources!

Testimonials from workshop participants

The entire institute was very well planned. I appreciated hearing from and meeting all stakeholders. I also appreciate being taken to both an in-situ and open-pit mine. This really helped me understand both processes. This was by far the most valuable professional development I have ever attended, and I feel honoured to have been a part of it. This journey challenged my opinions, thoughts and knowledge.
Everything was such a great learning experience. Highlight was driving through the mining area, and also hearing the guest speakers at the end of the institute. Especially hearing from the Métis perspective.
The people I met, the connections I hope that will be maintained, the knowledge and discussions that I shared with many people…this was a highlight to my professional development. Thank you!