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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 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Hosted Lunch, Vendor Spark, Lunch Presentations & Roundtable Discussions

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Conference Lunch, Vendor Sparks, Lunch Presentations and Roundtable Discussions
Head to the Metropolitan Centre & West for a hosted buffet lunch....

Vendor Spark session. It’s an opportunity for you to hear highlights from each exhibitor. What sets one company apart from another? Why should you stop by their booth during the networking reception? What cool giveaways do they have? You won’t hear long-winded sales pitches duringthis session. Short but sweet is the name of the game!

Luncheon Presentations/Discussion Tables
A stellar line-up of luncheon presentations and discussion tables. Individual presentations (15-20 minutes in duration) will be made a bit more informally at a lunch table instead of at a podium. The format offers the opportunity for in-depth discussion, Q&A about the topic being presented.

Presentations/Roundtable Discussions are noted below. You will have the opportunity to self-select the topic you wish to learn more about.


  1. The Impact of Young Professionals in GIS!
    Kari Chael, CAD/GIS Technician, Porter County Department of Development & Storm Water Management, Valparaiso, Indiana, United States 
  2. The Difference between a Leader and a Boss
    Tripp Corbin, GISP, eGIS Associates, Dacula, Georgia, United States 
  3. 3D-Printed Geography for Education, Outreach, and More?
    Claus Rinner, PhD, GISP, Professor, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  4. Breaking Down Barriers Small Unmanned Aerial System Adoption in Your Organization
    Trevis Gigliotti, Director, Principal Point Geospatial Solutions, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  5. The Use of Metric Imagery (By Land, Sea and Air) in Your Daily Workflow
    Alex Hepp, Director, Assessment, CycloMedia Technology
    Peter White, GISP, GIS Product Manager, Pictometry, Lakeville, Minnesota, United States

    Or sit at one of these tables for informal discussions with your peers:
  6. GIS & Surveying: Boundaries of Practice
  7. Health GIS
  8. GeoAlliance Canada
  9. The Use of Metric Imagery (By Land, Sea and Air) in your daily workflow
  10. URISA Leadership Academy: Why is GIS Leadership in such high demand?
  11. URISA Professional Education: How can you get involved?
  12. Addressing: Back to Basics
  13. Women in GIS
  14. URISA Chapter Chat
  15. GIS and Damage Assessment
  16. World Series.... can the Cubs do it?
  17. Generational Differences: Baby Boomers/Gen X/Y... Millenials
  18. Work/Life Balance: How to find it
  19. Tim Horton's vs. Starbucks
  20. Seeking Political Asylum after November 8

Have a topic you wish to facilitate? Let us know (wnelson@urisa.org).

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Alex Hepp

Director, Assessment, Cyclomedia
High Resolution Street-level Imagery

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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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Tripp Corbin, GISP

CEO, eGIS Associates, Inc.
Tripp Corbin has over 20 years of GIS, Surveying and mapping experience. He is a recognized expert in the field of geospatial technology. As a GIS Certified Professional and CompTIA Certified trainer, he teaches GIS classes and workshops throughout the US and Canada. Tripp is an active member of the GIS Community serving on the GITA Southeast Board and the GISP Application Review Committee. He is also President Elect of URISA and recipient of the... Read More →
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Trevis Gigliotti

Director and Founder, Principal Point Geospatial Solutions
Mr. Gigliotti has 17 years of experience in the geospatial industry and is an American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Certified Photogrammetrist (#1492). Since 2004, Mr. Gigliotti has been involved with integrating diverse image collection modalities onto a variety of aerial platforms for earth observation, surveillance and reconnaissance and has served as a Technical Lead and Program Manager for efforts involving airborne and... Read More →
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Claus Rinner, PhD, GISP

Professor & Chair, Department of Geography, Ryerson University
http://gis.blog.ryerson.ca/ | http://www.ryerson.ca/~crinner/

Peter White, GISP

Product Manager, Pictometry International
Peter White, GISP, has over 8 years of experience working in the geospatial solutions market, with an emphasis on remote sensing solutions and derivative products. With a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a 20 year career in software, IT and GIS, Peter helps define, articulate and promote aerial imagery solutions which provide efficient answers for government and utility customers.

Tuesday November 1, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Metropolitan Centre & West

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