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GIS-Pro 2016: URISA’s 54th Annual Conference
October 31-November 3, 2016
Westin Harbour Castle - Toronto, Ontario

Geospatial information is everywhere, at everyone’s fingertips and URISA as an organization has been at the forefront for the past  50 years, through global technology and social shifts.  In the time it took you to pull up the description of this conference, perhaps on your phone, tablet or laptop, you have already considered the conference location, investigated the good eats and conference events, and mapped all of your indoor and outside activities.  URISA connects members and partners with the educational, networking and collaboration resources that professionals need to evolve geospatial tools and solutions that respond to real places in real time.

Join the GIS Community in Toronto, Ontario for a powerful, collective exchange of GIS knowledge!

Professional Planners: Be sure to note the workshops and sessions that have been approved for AICP-CM credits. Nearly 50 AICP-CM credits were approved for this year’s program!

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Note: If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Westin Harbour Castle saying that there is now a cheaper rate... just hang up. It is a scam.  

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Tuesday, November 1 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Becoming a Geospatial Leader

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What does it take to be a leader in the ever-evolving world of geospatial sciences and technologies? In this discussion forum, learn about URISA resources, educational opportunities, and the value of mentorship in furthering personal and professional development for success. Young professionals and seasoned veterans alike are invited to share their experiences, questions, and ideas to foster mentorship towards leadership. What synergies can we create among local URISA chapters, international URISA programs, and university academic programs?

Moderator: Clare Brown, GISP, Data Manager/Website Administrator, Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, New Orleans

Susan Kamei, Associate Director, University of Southern California Spatial Sciences Institute, Los Angeles, California, United States

Kari Chael, CAD/GIS Technician, Porter County Department of Development & Storm Water Management, and URISA Vanguard Cabinet

Kara E. Collier, GIS analyst and fisheries manager, and URISA Vanguard Cabinet

Melisa Caric Lee, GISP, President, Compass Rose GIS, and SoCal URISA Advisory Board member

Hilary E. H. Perkins, AICP, GISP, Comprehensive Planner, City of Maryland Heights


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Clare Brown, GISP

Data Manager/Webmaster, Regional Planning Commission

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Kari Chael

CAD/GIS Technician, Porter County Department of Development & Storm Water Management
Received my bachelors in Geography and went back to school for a GIS Certificate. I have 5 years experience in the geospatial industry with floodplain, transportation and utility mapping experience. I am a member of URISAs Vanguard Cabinet, a graduate of URISA Leadership Academy and was named 2015 Young Professional of the year. I help run and monitor URISAs Mentoring Program and am always on the lookout for potential mentees/mentors that I... Read More →
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Kara Collier, MSES

Owner, Geoid Solutions
I earned my masters in Environmental Science and Geospatial Analysis in December of 2014 and have been working as a less than part-time GIS sub-contractor for a few agencies to keep my feet in the GIS world while I try to find myself a permanent foothold in this awesome and vast realm of GISci&T! I am also a member of the Junior Professionals URISA Vanguard Cabinet and a Fish Biologist Technician with the Forest Service.
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Susan Kamei

Managing Director, USC Spatial Sciences Institute
As Managing Director of the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California, Susan Kamei oversees the daily operations of the Institute's undergraduate and graduate academic programs and research initiatives. Her expertise in higher education administration includes collaborative and life-long learning. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine.

Melisa Caric Lee, GISP

President, Compass Rose GIS
Melisa Lee, GISP has been working in the GIS industry for over 16 years. As a graduate from San Diego State University's Geography program, Melisa has worked for several public and private companies specializing in Environmental, Transportation, and Engineering using GIS. She has taught GIS at the High School and College level, hosts technical workshops for organizations, and has a passion for GIS outreach overall. Melisa has been a SoCal URISA... Read More →
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Hilary Perkins, AICP, GISP

Comprehensive Planner, City of Maryland Heights
Hilary has over 20 years experience working with GIS in both the public and private sector.  She is currently the Comprehensive Planner for the City of Maryland Heights, Missouri. Her previous GIS and planning work in transportation, environmental, urban planning, and community development has provided a variety of leadership and management opportunities on a wide range of projects. She is keenly interested in the use of GIS by the public... Read More →

Tuesday November 1, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Pier 9

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