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November 11-12, 2016
















OAGEE is pleased to announce the 2016 Fall Conference at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario on November 11 & 12. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Power of the Map’, reflecting not only that it is the International Year of the Map, but also the importance that maps play within the geography curriculum and classrooms in Ontario.

Registration to the Fall Conference will include:

Two days brimming with inspirational and highly relevant professional learning opportunities;

  • A powerful keynote address from Helen Scott, Director of the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto;
  • Access to the Marketplace, featuring the latest geographic resources and services;
  • The revealing of Canadian Geographic’s newest Giant Floor Map – Natural Resources Canada (celebrating the significant role GIS and geospatial technologies play in our day-to-day lives;
  • Unlimited networking opportunities with over 200 educators, education leaders, and exhibitors from across Ontario.

Registration for the Fall Conference will commence shortly after the first week back to school in September.

Keep checking back to the Fall Conference website for updated information and announcements.

The 2016 Fall Conference Committee is encouraging all registrants to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). There will be on hand some Apple IPad’s that can be loaned out for the day, however, workshops that are using ArcGIS Online work better with a laptop device. All registrants will have access to WIFI.
Presenters will need to bring their own devices to present from as workshop rooms are only equipment with Apple TV, projectors, speakers, and flat screen televisions. TCS will provide adaptors if a presenter happens to bring a PC laptop, otherwise, MACs can connect best through AirPlay.



Friday Night





Join us on Friday night
(November 11) from 5:00pm onward for food and drinks at the
Best Western – Cobourg
(930 Burnham St, Cobourg, ON K9A 2X9)
Your first drink and finger foods are included in your conference registration fee.
















There are a number of options for those wishing to arrange accommodations in the general Port Hope and Cobourg area.

Please note that rooms and rates are subject to availability – booking as soon as possible is best. It would also be wise perhaps to find roommates, especially if staying at the Best Western. 

The host hotel for the 2016 Fall OAGEE conference is the Best Western – Cobourg

A block of rooms has been reserved for OAGEE members until Friday Oct 13th. After this date, this block of rooms will be released.
Best Western – Cobourg
Booking Code: OAGEE

Room Rates:



1 Queen bed and 1 Queen pull out sofa bed

1 person = $114.99/night plus taxes

2 people = $122.99/night plus taxes


2 Queen beds

2 people = $125.99/night plus taxes

Each additional person = $8.00/night


3 Queen beds

1-3 people = $137.99/night plus taxes

Each additional person = $8.00/night

1 King bed and 1 Queen pull out sofa bed

1 person = $122.99/night plus taxes

2 people = $129.99/night plus taxes


1 King bed

1 person = $114.99/night plus taxes

2 people = $122.99/night plus taxes


Method of Booking:

Telephone bookings only.

1-866-262-6874 (Toll-free)


Miscellaneous Information:

Rates are good for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Hotel offers many amenities (particularly if you are bringing family members along).

This is where the Friday Night Social will be held!

For more information about the hotel, please visit the hotel website.        

Are you looking for a romantic getaway? Would you like to make a weekend out of your time here in quaint Port Hope? If so, you might want to consider the Carlyle Inn and Bistro.

Name: Carlyle Inn and Bistro
Booking Code: OAGEE or Cory McKercher (Trinity)

Room Rates:

Single room rates start at $125/night plus taxes

Double occupancy rates start at $140/night plus taxes

Method of Booking:

Telephone bookings only.


1-855-383-3316 (Toll-free)

Miscellaneous Information:

All room rates include a full breakfast in the morning. The room rates are good for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

For more information about the inn, please visit their website at http://www.carlyleinnandbistro.com/

Much closer to Trinity College School you will find the Port Hope Comfort Inn.

Name: Port Hope Comfort Inn
Booking Code: No group block at this time
Room Rates: No information available at this time
Method of Booking: Can be booked online
Miscellaneous Information:
  • Free hot breakfast
  • Free wireless high-speed Internet access 
  • Free local calls
  • Free weekday newspaper
  • Free outdoor parking
  • Pet-friendly hotel

For more information, visit their webpage at http://www.choicehotels.ca/en/comfort-inn-port-hope-hotel-cn113?promo=gglocalcaen














Ontario Inquiry-pac Grade 7 Geography unit
Physical Patterns in a Changing World

Are you searching for a way to engage students in realistic yet hopeful discussions about our physical environments and the changing patterns created by human impact?

This package of dynamic online resources provides everything you need to implement the new Ontario grade 7 geography strand A curriculum through exciting, ongoing inquiry with your students. Including 17 lessons and all required teacher and student materials, this unit guides students in considering the overarching question: How should we respond to our changing Earth? The ongoing critical challenge for students throughout the unit is to create a compelling multi-media “message to the world” to communicate powerful ideas and inspiring examples that will help us respond sustainably to our changing Earth. The broad understandings nurtured include:

  • Humans have always lived in response to Earth’s physical patterns.
  • The physical world is changing because of natural and human activity.
  • The global community can learn to respond sustainably to the opportunities and challenges presented by our changing environment.

TC2 worked for over a year to develop a cascading curriculum plan that incorporates the curriculum expectations and highlights current and relevant geographic issues and themes.  In addition, TC2 is committed to incorporating more First Nations, Metis and Inuit perspectives into the unit.



Check out our blog designed to support TDSB and OAGEE Canadian and World Studies teachers grade 7 - 12. 





Sunday, March 6, 2016
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario
This year's theme, "Mining our Business" will have teachers exploring two important areas in the fields of education and industry, those being, safety and skills development. Registration is now open!

Often we fail to recognize the contributions of our fellow teachers as they develop new approaches to enhance teaching effectiveness in order to improve students’ learning.  This teacher has contributed a lifetime’s worth of work towards the betterment of Geographic and Environmental Education.

OAGEE continually seeks to improve geographic & environmental education in the Province of Ontario. 

The 2015 OAGEE Award of Distinction was presented to

Anne Smith Mansfield

The OAGEE Award of Distinction is presented to an Ontario Educator who is passionate about and exemplifies great Geographic education within the Province of Ontario. 



Shawn Hughes and Anne Smith Mansfield  

RCGS Fellows: Mike Farley, John Geiger, Anne Smith Mansfield, Lew French, Kim Wallace, Paul VanZant 

Many Fellows from the The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (R.C.G.S.) attended the conference and recognized Anne for her contributions to Geographic education in Ontario. Only 2 years ago, the R.C.G.S. recognized Anne Smith Mansfield for her significant contributions to geographic literacy in Canada with the 2013 Geographic Literacy Award. 

Finding an educator that is more enthusiastic about Geography and a better role model to instruct future geography teachers would be a challenge to say the least. Here is a list of achievements that Anne has accomplished to date as a Geography Educator in Ontario:
- nominated for the Golden Apple Teaching Award for her outstanding commitment to the education of pre-service teachers. This is the highest award presented to instructors from the teaching candidates at the Queen’s University Faculty of Education
- selected by Canadian Geographic Education (CGE) and the educational network of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) to attend a month long leadership institute sponsored by National Geographic Society (NGS) in Washington DC
- served as a representative on CGE/RCGS and OAGEE
- coordinated a CGE/RCGS summer institute program and an OAGEE Fall Conference
- taught the B.Ed. practicum course at Queen's University Faculty of Education 
-leader/lecturer on NGS cruise ship "Nantucket Clipper" that traveled from Atlantic Canada to Lake ON
- served on a variety of CGE/RCGS committees including the development of the Canadian Geography Standards project 
- single-handedly brought the NGS Giant Travelling Map to Canada. Anne pioneered the use of the NGS "giant map" program in Canada and provided guidance to CGE/RCGS as they adapted the NGS map program for Canada
- named to the The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) – College of Fellows for her dedication to informing Canadians and the world about this country.
Recently Anne was part of a team that developed new standards for the Ontario College of Teachers B.Ed. Geography program. Currently, she teaches the Intermediate/Senior B.Ed. Geography program at the Queen's University Faculty of Education and serves as the Faculty of Education representative on the OAGEE council.