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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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Wednesday, November 2 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Bridging the Gap Between University and Career

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A gap exists between university programs and the professional world, one which could be bridged through spreading of knowledge that might allow students to customize their educational programs and experiences. This focus group session will be an initial discussion for those at any stage in their career and will focus on students and young professionals, giving them the opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas to help begin building a list of questions and informational needs that could help bridge the gap that occurs between university and career.

Facilitator: Clare Brown, GISP


  • Kara Collier, MSES, GIS Analyst, Independent, McCall, Idaho, United States
  • Jennifer Dvorsky, MS-GIST, GIS Analyst, El Paso Keller County 911 Authority, Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
  • Daniel Behnke, GISP, AICP, Director of Asset Management Operations, Data Transfer Solutions, Orlando, Florida, United States
  • Wendy Peloquin, GISP, Account Manager, Geographic Information Services, Inc. (GISinc), Jacksonville, Florida, United States
  • Susie Saliola, GIS/Planning Technician, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Clare Brown, GISP

IT Manager/Website Administrator

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Daniel Behnke, GISP, PMP, AICP

Director of Asset Management Operations, Data Transfer Solutions
Daniel is the Director of Asset Management Operations at Data Transfer Solutions. He has over a decade of experience with asset and pavement data collection and rating services utilizing Esri’s ArcGIS software. Prior to becoming the Director of Asset Management Operations, Daniel... Read More →
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Kara E. Utter, MSES, BS

GIS Specialist - Independent Contractor, Dynamic Vision Mapping Services
Kara is a GIS Specialist and the owner of Dynamic Visions GIS. She has worked in local government for 5 years and within the USFS for 7 seasons. Kara has worked as a consultant on a variety of projects related to wildland fire, archaeology, health, fisheries, timber, ecology, creative... Read More →
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Jennifer Dvorsky, GISP

Training and Customer Support Coordinator, Michael Baker International
Jennifer works for Michael Baker International as the Training and Customer Support Coordinator. She utilizes her experience in 9-1-1 GIS to help others move beyond the 98 and get their data NG91-1 ready.She was a member of the URISA Vanguard Cabinet, has a BS in Wood Science and... Read More →
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Susie Saliola

Officer, GIS & Assessment, TCDSB, URISA Vanguard Cabinet
URISA Vanguard Cabinet member

Wednesday November 2, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Pier 7/8