DMTI Spatial are mapping technology and address management experts who have recently announced the winners of its 2004 Great Canadian Mapping Challenge. The Great Canadian Mapping Challenge is a scholarship program that offers Canadian university and college students the opportunity to add a spatial view to their studies and to earn a monetary reward for their creative and analytical excellence. The program is open to students attending an educational institution that subscribes to DMTI Spatial’s SMART (Spatial Mapping Academic Research Tools) program. To qualify for the scholarship, students are required to submit a paper demonstrating their use of location based technology to access and analyze data.
Papers were judged by a panel of experts in the field of geography and GIS, from a diverse spectrum including government, private industry, academia and publishing. In the undergraduate category, first place and a $3,000 prize was awarded to Ghassene Jerandi, at the University of Ottawa, for his paper, titled: 2021 Ottawa Metropolitan Light Rail System Vision Network using Least-Cost Path Analysis. Second place and $2,500 was awarded to Tamar Ifrah, at Ryerson University, for her paper, titled: Market Concentration in Canadian Food Retailing – The Weston and Sobey Groups’ Strategies with a Focus on Ontario. And third place, along with $2,000 was awarded to Geneviève Cool, at the University of Ottawa, for her paper, titled: Trail Proposal for Pukaskwa National Park’s Tiptop Mountain, Ontario. In the graduate category, the grand prize and $2,500 went to Daniel Cossette, at the University of Ottawa, for his paper, titled: A GIS Based Study of Wireless Broadband Internet Marketing Potential for the Canadian Population.