The Canadian Division of the International Geography Bee was founded in 2016 to give primary and secondary students throughout Canada a chance to compete at the regional, national, and global levels in a new academic competition testing comprehensive knowledge of world geography. The IGB’s Canadian Division complements other IGB divisions around the world, so that students can be a part of a community of young scholars who are all striving to improve their knowledge of the world and its peoples and cultures. The International Geography Bee is meant to be fair (through the use of well-constructed questions that all students play on simultaneously), exciting (through buzzer-based play), accessible (by allowing students to qualify for the Canadian and World Championships at their own school / homeschool place of study if needed, affordable entry fees), and relevant (through questions that show how and why geography matters in at the local, national, and global levels).

Our hope is that through the creation of a new worldwide geography competition, students in Canada will further their knowledge of geography in an enjoyable way, and make friends with like-minded students from around their national and their world.

From a management standpoint, The International Geography Bee’s Canadian Division is organized by International Academic Competitions. IAC also oversees the biennial International Geography Championships for which Canadian students can qualify by competing in the International Geography Bee.

The International Geography Bee’s European Division was founded and is overseen by IAC’s Executive Directors, David and Nolwenn Madden who are based in the USA. They can be reached at and – please direct any questions about the International Geography Championships to them. The IAC Operations Director for Canada (including the International Geography Bee) is Joan Dietrich, who lives in British Columbia. She can be reached directly at – please direct any questions about the Canadian Championships to her.

Please contact us at for all other questions. Thanks, and we look forward to your participation in the International Geography Bee!