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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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Thursday, November 3 • 8:30am - 10:00am
The State of Our Industry - GeoAlliance Canada

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Over the past decade, the Canadian geography, geomatics and geospatial community reached a consensus on the need for a collaborative approach to tackle critical over-arching issues that affect us all, such as the development and communication of a stronger identity on both the national and international stage, the construction of stronger ties between educators and businesses to ensure our graduates meet the demands of the current job market, and developing strong and adaptive spatial data infrastructures (SDIs).

GeoAlliance Canada was launched in 2015 as a national umbrella organization. It is a cross-sector solution facilitator and collaboration incubator, with member organizations from business, education, non-profit and government. This panel will be composed of representatives from four organizations in different sectors, including the Chair of the Interim Board. Panelists will discuss with the audience the potential impact of multi-stakeholder collaborations to raise the profile of the geomatics/geospatial/geography sector, improve access to high quality geospatial data, and ameliorate our current educational system.

Moderator: Caitlin Blundell, Director, Geographic Design, Mississauga, Ontario Canada

  • Brad Ashley, CET, Chair, GeoAlliance Canada, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Gordon Plunkett
  • Jeremy Sewell, Geospatial Analyst, Government of Manitoba
  • Michael Chan, Business Development Manager, Open Data Exchange, Kitchener, Canada

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Caitlin Blundell

Director, Geographic Design
Through Geographic Design, Caitlin has worked with a number of private and public sector clients in the urban design/urban planning realm, providing data acquisition and mapping services for projects in Ontario and around the world, from the scale of the community to the region. Caitlin's... Read More →

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Brad Ashley, CET

Western Executive Director, GeoAlliance Canada
GeoAlliance Canada is an umbrella organization for the geospatial sector, providing leadership within our community to raise the profile of the geography, geomatics and geospatial professions in Canada. GeoAlliance Canada provides a neutral platform for members of the geo community... Read More →
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Michael Chan

Business Development Manager, Open Data Exchange
Canada’s Open Data Exchange (ODX) is a public-private partnership. Its goal is to make it simple to drive innovation and economic wealth through the use of open data. ODX is building open data programs and partnerships that create an open data ecosystem and support data discovery... Read More →
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Jeremy Sewell

Geospatial Analyst, Government of Manitoba
Jeremy works with the Community and Regional Planning Branch of the Province of Manitoba, Department of Indigenous and Municipal Relations, on inter and intra-departmental initiatives as a Geospatial Analyst. His work focuses primarily on parcel drafting and regional cartography... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
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