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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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Sunday, October 30
 

8:00am

URISA Board of Directors Meeting
The URISA International Board of Directors meets this morning to discuss progress on the organization's strategic initiatives and the year ahead. 

Sunday October 30, 2016 8:00am - 12:30pm
Dockside 8

1:00pm

URISA Committee Coordination Meeting

A few years ago, URISA scheduled committee meetings throughout the conference program, but that meant that many of URISA's great volunteers are unable to attend the educational sessions. So we now organize one big room so that all committees can meet in small groups on Sunday afternoon and report their activities and needs to their colleagues and leadership, so everyone hears the same thing.

Interested members who wish to find out more about committee activities are also encouraged to attend to discover opportunities within the organization.


Sunday October 30, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Dockside 9

7:00pm

Young Professional Meet & Greet

Get to know your young professional colleagues and members of URISA's Vanguard Cabinet! 

'Meet and Greet' for drinks in the hotel lobby Sunday October 30th at 7:00 PM. 

It's a great way to start developing your conference connections early!


Sunday October 30, 2016 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Westin Lobby Bar
 
Monday, October 31
 

8:30am

GIS Capability Maturity Model (Half day)

GIS Capability Maturity Model (1/2 day morning workshop)  
Monday, October 31, 2016, 8:30 AM-12:00 Noon
Instructors: Dianne Haley, GISP & Jochen Albrecht

This workshop introduces the URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model (GISCMM). Through a hands-on exercise, workshop attendees will complete an initial assessment of their own GIS operation.

Enterprise GIS is expensive to develop, maintain, and operate. Even small-to-medium-sized cities, counties, and regional agencies have invested millions of dollars to develop their GIS capabilities, and they can have large annual operating budgets. Many recent third-party studies have proven that GIS delivers significant financial return on investment (ROI) to organizations that deploy it as an enterprise business-support tool. However, almost no GIS operation would be considered to be 100% implemented. In fact, most enterprise GIS operations lack important resources to meet all of their potential business needs, their sustainability is uncertain, and ROI varies depending on the maturity of their GIS management practices.

The URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model will be described, along with its relationship to the GIS Management Institute®, including development of the GIS Management Body of Knowledge. The current development status of the GISCMM will be discussed and future uses and activities outlined. These will include development of new GIS management best practices and the offering of an enterprise GIS accreditation service.

Workshop attendees will receive copies of the GISCMM. An exercise will be conducted during the workshop, where attendees will be asked to perform an initial assessment of their agency by applying the GISCMM. This workshop will be of value to those interested in the development, implementation, and use of GIS management professional standards and best practices.

Specific Topics include:

  • What is a capability maturity model? Origins of the GIS Capability Maturity Model
  • The URISA Geospatial Management Competency Model
  • Theory of GIS Management
  • Development of the revised, peer-reviewed URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model
  • Exercise: The URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model—Step by Step
  • Exercise: Attendee discussion and feedback

Intended Audience: IT directors/managers, GIS managers, decision makers, and operational personnel interested in understanding the overall state of their GIS operations.


Speakers
avatar for Dianne Haley, GISP

Dianne Haley, GISP

CEO, DMH GIS Consulting
Dianne has worked in the field of automated mapping and GIS for 40 years. She retired in 2011 after 8 years in the position of Enterprise GIS Services Lead at what is now the Alberta Energy Regulator, where she was responsible for the implementation and coordination on an Enterprise GIS Program. Previously she worked for The City of Calgary for 21 years where she introduced GIS to the corporation and was involved in the implementation of the... Read More →

Workshop Instructor
JA

Jochen Albrecht

Associate Professor, Hunter College of the City University of New York
Anything that is hard to do with current GIS: spatio-temporal dynamics, big data, qualitative reasoning


Monday October 31, 2016 8:30am - 12:00pm
Pier 9

8:30am

NG9-1-1 and the GIS Workflow (Half day)

NG9-1-1 and the GIS Workflow (1/2 day morning workshop)  
Monday, October 31, 2016, 8:30 AM-12:00 Noon
Instructors: Kathrine Cargo, GISP & Keri Brennan, GISP

Description: This workshop is aimed at the GIS professional who is currently supporting or may support their emergency communications division in the future. In a fully operational next generation 9-1-1 system, GIS is the core component in determining how a 9-1-1 call is routed to the correct public safety answering point (PSAP). This technology shift will have profound impacts on local data maintenance workflows, local data access, and data fidelity.   We recognize there is a sincere lack of education available aimed at the GIS professional who may not be as versed with the 9-1-1 terminology or needs.  This workshop is intended to provide an overview of next generation 9-1-1, GIS’ role in such a system, the implications on local workflows, and to illustrate common pain points and sources of errors in local GIS datasets.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Become familiar with basic next generation 9-1-1 terminology and concepts
  2. Recognize GIS’ role in a fully operational next generation 9-1-1 system
  3. Understand the implications on local GIS workflows to meet the demands of a next generation 9-1-1 system
  4. Begin to understand immediate steps that can be taken in preparing GIS assets for next generation 9-1-1

Intended Audience: GIS Managers, Emergency Management and Public Safety professionals.

Requirements: None



Speakers
avatar for Keri Brennan, GISP

Keri Brennan, GISP

Consultant, The Schneider Corporation
Keri is a Senior GIS Consultant with the Schneider Corporation in Indianapolis, Indiana.  As a Senior GIS Consultant for the Schneider Corporation, Ms. Brennan primarily works with key clients on staff augmentation, helping these clients move their GIS to a full enterprise solution. She also is the Product Manager for IDAM – the integrated damage assessment model application which assists emergency management and assessment... Read More →
avatar for Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP

Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP

GIS/Mapping Coordinator, Orleans Parish Communication District
Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP is the GIS/Mapping Coordinator for the Orleans Parish Communication District . Prior to coming to OPCD in 2002, Ms. Cargo worked for sixteen years in both public and private agencies as a Principal City Planner and GIS Project Manager. Ms. Cargo has a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans, and is a past President of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA... Read More →


Monday October 31, 2016 8:30am - 12:00pm
Pier 2/3

8:30am

An Overview of Open Source GIS Software (Full day)

Monday, October 31, 2016, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Instructors: Caitlin Blundell, Geographic Design and Sara Yurman, GISP, Spatial Focus Inc
Free and open source software (FOSS) has been offering choices to computer users for a number of years. Over the past few years the open source choices in GIS have been broader and more capable than ever before. This workshop will focus on GIS open source software. It will give an overview of current developments from technical and management perspectives. Selected packages and their applications in various projects will be demonstrated and discussed.

Specific topics include:

  • Open Source GIS background and development
  • Overview of Open Source GIS spatial functionalities
  • Live demonstration
  • Interoperability: The Open Source GIS spectrum
  • Planning and implementation issues

Intended Audience: Anyone interested in free and open source geographic information system software. The workshop will suit both managerial and technical needs and it does not require any prerequisites.


Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Blundell

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 analytical skills are combined with effective visual communication using the Adobe Creative Suite. She is passionate about geographic education, and teaches... Read More →
avatar for Sara Yurman, GISP

Sara Yurman, GISP

Geodata Architects, Spatial Focus Inc
Sara is a founding partner in Spatial Focus, a GIS consultancy started in 1998. Her work with Spatial Focus has been all over the United States, with international projects in places such as Abu Dhabi, Serbia, Indonesia and Malawi. She manages Spatial Focus production staff, often using open source GIS to build master address repositories. She is a member of the Address Standard Working Group, chairing the Quality Control section of the FGDC... Read More →


Monday October 31, 2016 8:30am - 5:00pm
Pier 7/8

8:30am

Asset Management: Planning, Strategy and Implementation (Full day)

Monday, October 31, 2016, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Instructors:
Allen Ibaugh, GISP, AICP, Data Transer Solutions
Karen Stewart, GISP, Esri Canada
Public and private agencies face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less as increases in demand, regulatory requirements, infrastructure deterioration, and political and economic forces have significantly outpaced increases in capital and operating budgets. Municipalities are under enormous pressure to improve efficiencies, boost productivity and effectively manage resources and assets while at the same time being expected to enhance worker safety. Many of these agencies are turning to Asset Management to cope with these challenges and improve business performance and effectiveness. This workshop will focus on several aspects of developing an asset management system that could help improve performance, reduce long-term costs, and maximize return on investment in infrastructure assets. 
AICP CM Approved 8.5 

Specific topics include:

  • Strategy and Planning
  • Data Collection Methods
  • Software Solutions
  • Information Management and Decision Support Tools
  • Evaluation and Performance Measures
  • GASB34/PS3150 Reporting
  • Life Cycle Costs


Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for operations, utility, transportation, engineering, planning, and environmental managers and analysts of the public and private sectors.


Speakers
avatar for Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

CEO, Data Transfer Solutions, Inc
Allen Ibaugh is the CEO of DTS, a technology business focused on developing and deploying GIS, Asset Management, and web-based solutions for government and private industry, particularly in the transportation marketplace. | During the past 20 years, Mr. Ibaugh has been a member of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and is the immediate past-president of the organization on the Board of Directors. URISA is a nonprofit... Read More →
avatar for Karen Stewart, GISP

Karen Stewart, GISP

Industry Manager, Municipal Solutions, Esri Canada
Karen Stewart is the Municipal Solutions Industry Manager for Esri Canada. She has a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Geomatics, specializing in GIS, and has over 30 years experience in the Municipal/Utility Mapping, GIS and Public Works fields. Karen has helped numerous organizations across Canada review and improve their public works strategies, as well as enhance capital and operating planning. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the... Read More →


Monday October 31, 2016 8:30am - 5:00pm
Harbour B

8:30am

GIS Program Management (Full day)
Monday, October 31, 2016, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Instructors: Peter Croswell, GISP, CMS, PMP, Croswell-Schulte and John Bacon, City of Hamilton
Today, most government organizations have some type of GIS programs in place.  They vary from being in their early stages, to the rebuilding or tuning-up phase, to being completed changed as new technologies and applications emerge.  This workshop is designed to provide guidelines for managing your GIS program.  It will look at the various organizational and technical issues program managers must address in order to develop a successful GIS program. 
The discussions will include managing all aspects of a GIS program from staffing and budgeting to procuring technology and working with vendors.  A variety of real world examples will be presented showing a range of GIS programs and their implementations.  This course presents an overview of successful and unsuccessful techniques for implementing GIS. Specific topics include:
  • Program development
  • Project management techniques
  • Budgeting
  • Staffing
  • Sustaining program support
  • And managing consultants and vendors
Intended Audience:  GIS Program Management is a must for anyone embarking upon a GIS program, involved with a less-than-successful GIS, or who is seeking ways to improve a successful implementation. 

Workshop Instructor
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John Bacon

Senior Project Manager, Information Technology, City of Hamilton
John has over 25 years’ experience in the Geographic Information Systems program management field. John has worked in both the public and private sector ranging from municipal to federal governments, from forestry companies to mining companies in North America, Africa and New Zealand.  John currently works for the City of Hamilton’s Corporate IT and has co-managed the development and implementation of the their GIS Roadmap. ... Read More →
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Pete Croswell, GISP, PMP

President and Consultant, Croswell-Schulte Information Technology Consultants
PMP, GISP, ASPRS-CMS. Croswell-Schulte IT Consultants, Frankfort, KY. Peter Croswell, GISP, PMP is an expert in information technology and GIS implementation and management with 30 years experience as a GIS practitioner, GIS program manager, and consultant. Mr. Croswell currently serves as President of Croswell-Schulte Information Technology Consultants, an independent consulting firm specializing in GIS and IT program assessment, design... Read More →


Monday October 31, 2016 8:30am - 5:00pm
Harbour A

8:30am

GIS Supporting Community Resiliency (Full day)

Get ready to dive in! In this very interactive workshop, we will be using local Toronto data in conjunction with the University of Toronto to offer our skillsets for input into several current local research initiatives, and opportunities with the lens of community resiliency.

The workshop will use existing datasets as well as a chance to explore with a community mapping workshop just outside the doors of the conference hotel. This is a unique opportunity to join alongside several of URISA's multi-disciplined and talented workshop participants and give back to this year's host city for GIS-Pro 2016!  

A very diverse set of topics will include community redevelopment, heathy communities, economic considerations and environmental aspects. Participants will identify gaps and collection needs in the workshop to define resiliency related targets and measures. In addition to contributing to research and active planning areas within the city, participants will be equipped to apply strategies and techniques in their own communities.
AICP CM Approved 8.5 

Participants:
Teresa Townsend, AICP, Chief Executive Officer, Planning Communities
Alexandra Flynn, Assistant Professor, Human Geography, City Studies Program, University of Toronto (Scarborough) 
Robert Kirkman, GISP, Enterprise Services Manager, Metro – Portland, Oregon
Hilary E. H. Perkins, AICP, GISP, City of Maryland Heights, MO 

Speakers
avatar for Robert Kirkman, GISP

Robert Kirkman, GISP

Enterprise Services Manager, Oregon Metro
Robert Kirkman is the Enterprise Services Manager at Oregon Metro. He directs the team that develops, manages, and delivers key Metro data through the web and mobile. Over the last 20 years, he's worked in the public, private, and research sectors, utilizing and directing different aspects of (geospatial) information systems. | | He is President of the Portland Chapter of Oregon URISA and is an incoming URISA Board member.
avatar for Hilary Perkins, AICP, GISP

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 →

Workshop Instructor
avatar for Teresa Townsend

Teresa Townsend

CEO, Planning Communities
Ms. Townsend has 22 years of experience and extensive knowledge in multidisciplinary background in community, environmental and transportation planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and socio-economic and demographic analysis. She is an active leader in the integration of GIS tools in planning applications, educating policy makers and leaders and promoting planning and GIS integration across various industries. Teresa is a founding... Read More →


Monday October 31, 2016 8:30am - 5:00pm
Harbour C

12:00pm

Young Professionals' Meet-up

Another great way to connect with fellow young professionals at GIS-Pro 2016!

Lunch! Meet in the hotel lobby Monday, October 31 at 12 noon and we can all decide where we want to grab lunch before the afternoon workshops start. 



Monday October 31, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hotel Lobby

1:00pm

Cybersecurity Awareness for GIS Professionals (Half day)

Cybersecurity Awareness for GIS Professionals
Monday, October 31, 2016, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Instructor: David Lanter, Ph.D., GISP, CISA
Overview: National and economic security depends on reliable functioning of critical infrastructure, including transportation, utility, pipeline, and other distribution and collection networks. Cybersecurity threats exploit the increased complexity and connectivity of critical infrastructure systems, placing our nations’ security, economies, and public safety and health at risk. Similar to financial and reputational risk, cybersecurity risk can affects an organization’s bottom line by driving up costs and impacting revenue. It can also impact an organization’s ability to innovate, share and protect information, keep agreements, and gain and maintain public confidence.  This ½ day workshop will focus on cybersecurity business drivers, and provide background for understanding how managing cybersecurity risks can be made part of the GIS organization’s management process.

AICP CM Approved 4.0 

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Timeline leading to cybersecurity awareness within the GIS community
  2. Identification of national critical infrastructure sectors
  3. Using the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s guidelines for evaluating and protecting public GIS data
  4. Current trends and gaps in critical infrastructure cybersecurity
  5. Federal Information Security Management/Maintenance Act (FISMA)
  6. Introduction to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and its application
  7. Next steps

Workshop Instructor
avatar for David Lanter, Ph.D., GISP, CISA

David Lanter, Ph.D., GISP, CISA

Director/Vice President, Temple University/CDM Smith
David Lanter, Ph.D., GISP, CISADirector – Information Technology Auditing and Cyber Security Programs, Temple University / Vice President – CDM Smith David recently joined the faculty of Temple University’s Fox School of Business in the Management Information Systems Department as director of the Information Technology and Cyber Security programs.  As a vice president at CDM Smith, he routinely leads teams of... Read More →


Monday October 31, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Pier 2/3

1:00pm

GISP Exam Preparation Workshop (Half day)
Monday, October 31, 2016 - 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Instructors:
 Tripp Corbin, GISP, CFM, MCP, CIT+, President, eGIS Associates, Inc., Dacula, Georgia, United States
Keri Brennan, GISP, Sr. GIS Consultant, The Schneider Corporation, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Jochen Albrecht, Phd, Hunter College, New York, New York, United States

GISP EXAM PREPARATION WORKSHOP 
Are you thinking about taking the GISP exam? Are you wondering how the exam process works? Have you come up with a strategy for studying that increases your chance of successfully passing? Successful exam taking requires knowledge about exam topics, knowing how to interpret questions, knowing how to focus study time, and knowing how to manage your time during the exam. This half-day workshop helps you develop those skills.

This workshop was developed independent of the GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam® and will not, for integrity purposes, address the specific content of the exam. You will, however, learn about the exam structure, the process for taking the exam and how to obtain your results. You will also learn a variety of study and exam taking tips.

Particular focus will be given to reviewing the knowledge areas that will be covered on the exam and on where to find resources that can help you learn about those things that you may not already know. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to take a practice exam. Workshop instructors will then discuss the answers to the practice questions and offer guidance on how to successfully respond to similar questions when you take the exam.

 


Speakers
avatar for Tripp Corbin, GISP

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 →

Workshop Instructor
JA

Jochen Albrecht

Associate Professor, Hunter College of the City University of New York
Anything that is hard to do with current GIS: spatio-temporal dynamics, big data, qualitative reasoning
avatar for Keri Brennan, GISP

Keri Brennan, GISP

Consultant, The Schneider Corporation
Keri is a Senior GIS Consultant with the Schneider Corporation in Indianapolis, Indiana.  As a Senior GIS Consultant for the Schneider Corporation, Ms. Brennan primarily works with key clients on staff augmentation, helping these clients move their GIS to a full enterprise solution. She also is the Product Manager for IDAM – the integrated damage assessment model application which assists emergency management and assessment... Read More →


Monday October 31, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Pier 9

5:00pm

Speed Networking: Maptionary
Really informal. Come hang out for a bit, meet some new GIS pals, draw a map, and make a plan for the evening!

Monday October 31, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Harbour A

5:30pm

Esri User Group Meeting
Don't miss our user group meeting on Monday night!
Esri and Esri Canada will be hosting our annual meeting to talk about new developments at Esri and connect with the Users that we serve. Food and drink will be provided.

Monday October 31, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Pier 4/5

7:00pm

Evening Social Activity - Halloween Creepathon
Sponsored by Data Transfer Solutions
It's Halloween, so you know that we'll be doing something spooky and fun on the streets of Toronto tonight! Bring a costume and be extra festive!

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7 PM, wear comfortable shoes and dress for whatever the weather will be! 


Monday October 31, 2016 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Offsite
 
Tuesday, November 1
 

7:00am

URISA Past Presidents' Meeting
Annual gathering of URISA's esteemed Past Presidents during the conference.

Moderators
avatar for Carl Anderson, GISP

Carl Anderson, GISP

Senior System Architect, Create.IO
Carl is a Senior System Architect for Create.IO, a startup building an immersive real-estate research platform.  In his career he has developed geospatial systems for small and large data systems using both open source and proprietary software. Previously he worked for the U.S. Census Bureau as a geospatial data architect and Fulton County Georgia as the Assistant Dir responsible for enterprise wide Data Integration, Business Intelligence... Read More →

Tuesday November 1, 2016 7:00am - 8:00am
Dockside 9

8:30am

GIS-Pro 2016 Welcome Celebration & Opening Keynote Address
Join us as we kick off GIS-Pro 2016 in Toronto!
Hear from URISA President, Rebecca Somers and GIS-Pro 2016 Conference Chair, Diana Rodriguez, in addition to a number of distinguished guests and organization leaders. 

The perfect transition into making the most of your conference experience will be the GIS-Pro 2016 keynote address:

The Power of Personal Contact: How to Turn 3 Minute Conversations Into Powerful, Productive and Profitable Relationships
Michael Hughes, North America’s Networking Guru

Networks now rule the world: information networks, technology networks and yes, social networks. Networking has become a strategic business skill area that is a requirement for professional and personal success.The key to unlocking this incredible resource in a conference environment lies in being more aware of the power of conference contacts, becoming more skilled at managing these time-limited yet potentially-productive interactions and managing the relationship building process that solidifies these invaluable future assets.

This highly interactive session addresses the most common networking myths, explores secret network principles and supplies success strategies for creating and leveraging a network of relationships that guarantee long term professional success.

During this session, you will discover how to mine and maximize every conference networking contact. Use your conference connections to build more productive and profitable relationships.

Thanks to URISA Ontario, Airborne Imaging and Esri Canada for their keynote sponsorship assistance.

Moderators
avatar for Diana Rodriguez

Diana Rodriguez

GIS Specialist, CDM Smith
Diana Rodriguez graduated in the summer of 2010 from DePaul University, where she majored in Geography with a concentration in Metropolitan Development and a GIS Certificate. Ms. Rodriguez is a GIS Specialist and has been with CDM Smith for more than 6 years. As a GIS Specialist, Ms. Rodriguez has experience with FEMA map modernization and RiskMAP programs and has been involved in collection, production, and review of products and data for the... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Somers, GISP

Rebecca Somers, GISP

Somers-St. Claire GIS Management Consultants
Rebecca is a GIS Management Consultant specializing in GIS management and organization, program review and application of best practices, and strategy development. A GIS leader for more than 25 years, she has helped dozens of organizations successfully develop their GIS programs both as an in-house GIS manager and as a consultant. Rebecca is a prominent GIS management instructor, writer, and speaker in national and international forums. She wrote... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael J. Hughes

Michael J. Hughes

North America’s Networking Guru, Networking for Results
Michael is known as THE Networking Guru. He has spent over 40 years in the business world, including the last twenty as a successful entrepreneur, business coach, trainer, | professional speaker and author. | | He has done extensive research on, and is a subject matter expert in, utilizing networking as a professional competence. He is considered to be one of the foremost authorities on this topic. | | His client list includes names Canadian... Read More →


Tuesday November 1, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Metropolitan Centre & West

10:00am

Exhibit Hall Break
Tuesday November 1, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Metropolitan East

10:30am

Becoming a Geospatial Leader
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

Panelists:
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

 

Moderators
avatar for Clare Brown, GISP

Clare Brown, GISP

Data Manager/Webmaster, Regional Planning Commission

Speakers
avatar for Kari Chael

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 →
avatar for Kara Collier, MSES

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.
avatar for Susan Kamei

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.
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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 →
avatar for Hilary Perkins, AICP, GISP

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

10:30am

Count Me In! - How Census Data and GIS are Critical to Elections…..Next Week and Beyond

U.S. elections take place the week after GIS-Pro 2016. The presidential race is not the only important one. Critical state and local elections are also on the ballot.  State elections for Congress and legislatures will shape much of the political landscape in the United States for the next four years, decade, and more.  Attend this important session to learn how the Census Bureau’s Redistricting Data works, how to contribute, and how GIS plays a critical role.
AICP CM Approved 1.5 

Moderator: Carl Anderson, GISP, Senior Architect, Create.IO., Bradenton, Florida, United States  

  • How Census Data and GIS Are Critical to Elections Next Week and Beyond
    Mark Salling, PhD, GISP, Senior Fellow, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
    James Whitehorne, BA, Chief of the Census Redistricting & Voting Rights Data Office, U.S. Census Bureau, Suitland, Maryland, United States
    Clark Bensen, BA, JD, President,POLIDATA, Corinth, Vermont, United States

Moderators
avatar for Carl Anderson, GISP

Carl Anderson, GISP

Senior System Architect, Create.IO
Carl is a Senior System Architect for Create.IO, a startup building an immersive real-estate research platform.  In his career he has developed geospatial systems for small and large data systems using both open source and proprietary software. Previously he worked for the U.S. Census Bureau as a geospatial data architect and Fulton County Georgia as the Assistant Dir responsible for enterprise wide Data Integration, Business Intelligence... Read More →

Speakers
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Clark Bensen

Polidata
Clark Bensen since the 1981/1982 redistricting cycle Polidata has provided assistance to both legislative bodies and commissions in over one half of the states. A special emphasis is the development of the demographic and political data and the integration of this information into the datasets for the specialized mapping software. During the districting process, Polidata can generate specialized reports and analysis by writing code to transform... Read More →
avatar for Mark Salling, PhD, GISP

Mark Salling, PhD, GISP

Research Fellow, Cleveland State University
Mark Salling is a Senior Fellow in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Kent State University, an M.A. in Geography from the University of Cincinnati, and is a certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional (GISP). Dr. Salling has published papers on redistricting and voting rights, GIS, public participation GIS, residential mobility, computer applications... Read More →
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James Whitehorne, BA

Chief - Redistricting & Voting Rights Data Office, U.S. Census Bureau
James Whitehorne is the Chief of the Census Redistricting & Voting Rights Data Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. He joined the Census Bureau's Geography Division in April 2006 when he was hired as a geographer in the Geographic Areas Branch (GAB). James worked on several geographic update programs eventually becoming the team lead for both the Redistricting Data Program (RDP) and the Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP). Prior to... Read More →



Tuesday November 1, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Harbour A

10:30am

GIS & Surveying: Professional Collaboration
Does mapping in GIS equal surveying?  Is surveying GIS?  A multi-discipline cross-border interactive panel will discuss issues of concern, and opportunities for collaboration, for both GIS Professionals and Professional Surveyors. The panel will engage the audience in a discussion of mutual benefits. The take-away should be a greater understanding and appreciation of our fellow Surveyors and GIS Professionals and a desire to collaborate for the betterment of geospatial technology and information.

Participants:
  • Tripp Corbin, GISP, CFM, MCP, CIT+, President, eGIS Associates, Inc., Dacula, Georgia, United States
  • Kim McDonough, GISP, Senior IT Manager, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
  • Brent Jones, PE, PLS, Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records, Esri, Vienna, Virginia – United States
  • Dave Horwood, O.L.S, Land Information Systems Architect Esri Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Speakers
avatar for Tripp Corbin, GISP

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 →
avatar for Dave Horwood

Dave Horwood

President, S.E.A. Graphics Inc.
David Martin Horwood is an Ontario Land Surveyor and President of S.E.A. Graphics Inc. specializing in software products and consulting in the areas of surveying, engineering, architecture and GIS. He is also the Land Information System Architect for Esri Canada implementing jurisdiction wide parcel fabrics and enhancing the core parcel editing capabilities of ArcGIS.
avatar for Brent Jones

Brent Jones

Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records, Esri
Brent A. Jones, PE, PLS, is the Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records at Esri where he oversees worldwide strategic industry planning, business development, and marketing activities.  He is actively involved in the modernization of land records in the United States and in international activities designing and building cadastral systems.  Based in Washington DC, he has extensive experience with cadastral and surveying systems worldwide... Read More →
avatar for Kim McDonough, GISP

Kim McDonough, GISP

GIS Coordinator, Tennessee Department of Transportation
I have been involved in GIS since my first course in Computer Cartography in 1981. I worked in the Computer Cartography Lab for the School of Forest Resources at N.C. State Univ. from 1983 until 1986. At that time, I moved back to my home town of Nashville and worked initially in design review at the Planning Department for 4 years and then back into full time GIS in 1990, where I managed the GIS until 2004. I moved to the Tennessee Department of... Read More →


Tuesday November 1, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Harbour C

10:30am

GIS and Urban Planning
GIS technology can be instrumental in assisting local governments across the globe to modernize land records, update codes, and study urban growth and development patterns. Issues such as urban sprawl, land use change, and the use of transportation/economic modeling to predict future behaviors will be presented in this session. Highlights include a variety of national and international efforts to bring the latest GIS technology and best practices to local governments.
AICP CM Approved 1.5
 
Moderator: Lynda Wayne, GISP, ASLA, Principal, GeoMaxim, LLC, Asheville, North Carolina, United States

  •  GIS Support for the Centennial, Colorado Land Development Code Rewrite
    Derek Stertz, GISP, AICP, GIS Supervisor, City of Centennial, Centennial, Colorado, United States
  • A Generalized User Interface (GUI) for the Regional Economy, Land Use and Transportation (RELU-TRAN) Model of Greater Los Angeles
    Ievgenii Kudko, PhD Candidate, Department of Economics, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York

Moderators
avatar for Lynda Wayne, GISP, ASLA

Lynda Wayne, GISP, ASLA

Principal, GeoMaxim
Lynda Wayne is Principal of GeoMaxim, a consulting practice specializing in geospatial data and metadata, data sharing policy and practices, and the facilitation of issue-based geospatial dialogs and decision-making. Ms. Wayne is the former Director of the Louisiana Geographic Information Center, the founding Chair of the GIS Certification Institute, and a long time coastal landscape ecologist active in the application of RS/GIS technologies. She... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ievgenii Kudko

Ievgenii Kudko

PhD candidate, SUNY at Buffalo
Ievgenii is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His main interest is in empirical research and discrete choice modeling in Urban Economics. Over the past three years he has been conducting research on the topics related to income and racial inequality; suburbanization and residential segregation in the U.S. housing market.
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Derek Stertz, GISP, AICP

Derek was the first GIS staff for the City of Centennial, Colorado, which was founded in 2001. Derek started in the Long Range Planning Division in 2008 and over the last 7 years has developed a program and the GIS department of 3 members. His background is in Social Science with a B.A in History and Geography from Metro State University in Denver, and an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver. He started... Read More →



Tuesday November 1, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Harbour B

10:30am

Supporting Vulnerable Populations and Mitigating Risk with Location Technology

This session will explore the use of location technology tools and services to model issues within vulnerable communities in order to mitigate risk and ensure recovery efforts, as well as how location technology can be used to reduce risk of vector borne diseases.
AICP CM Approved 1.5 

Moderator: Stephen Berry, GISP, GIS Coordinator, Clark County GIS, Winchester, Kentucky, United States

  • Where is there a Link between Small Babies and the Outdoor Environment?
    Charlene Nielsen, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta Canada 
  • Non-Traditional Data Sources Useful in Recovery Planning
    Lynn Dupont, GISP, ASLA, GIS Coordinator/Principal Planner, Regional Planning Commission for Greater New OrleansNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States
  • Zika: Location Technology to Reduce Your Risk
    Wendy Peloquin, GISP, Account Manager, Geographic Information Services, Inc. (GISinc), Jacksonville, Florida, United States

Moderators
avatar for Stephen Berry GISP

Stephen Berry GISP

GIS Coordinator, Clark County GIS
Stephen Berry, GISP, is a 1995 Graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Geography. Stephen has been a Certified GISP since 2007 and has over 20 years of work experience in the GIS Profession. He has worked with GIS in industries ranging from utilities and transportation to mining and local government planning. His current professional position is the GIS Coordinator of the Clark County Consortium for GIS in Winchester, Kentucky... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Dupont, ASLA, GISP

Lynn Dupont, ASLA, GISP

GIS Coordinator/Principal Planner, Regional Planning Commission
Since 1999 Lynn Dupont has been employed at the Regional Planning Commission of New Orleans as principal planner and GIS Manager handling enhancement projects, land use studies and data integration in the region. Her emphasis has been in working with State and Federal agencies in procuring usable data for use at the local level. She represents Planning and Development Districts on the Louisiana GIS Council and has been an active participant in... Read More →
avatar for Charlene Nielsen

Charlene Nielsen

Interdisciplinary PhD Candidate, University of Alberta
Charlene Nielsen is dedicated to defending the "health of the land" for all organisms on earth by developing Geographical Information Systems solutions through integrative collaborations. She is currently an interdisciplinary PhD candidate in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Her research brings the geographic perspective to exploring the spatial co-location of adverse birth... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Peloquin, GISP

Wendy Peloquin, GISP

Account Manager, GISinc
Wendy Peloquin, GISP is an Account Manager at GISinc supporting State and Local Governments and is based out of Jacksonville, FL. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a B.S. in Geography and a Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS).



Tuesday November 1, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Pier 2/3

10:30am

The Importance of GIS Program Review and Assessment for Successful GIS Managers

GIS managers need to continually improve the performance and effectiveness of their GIS programs. Come to this session to learn about the various methods and tools for evaluating GIS programs. Then learn about URISA’s GIS Capability Maturity Model, an online assessment tool to help managers gauge where they are today and how to plan for a more effective GIS operation in the future.

Moderator: Dianne Haley, GISP, DMH GIS Consulting, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • GIS Program Review and Assessment Techniques and Tools
    Rebecca Somers, GISP, GIS Management Consultant, Somers-St.Claire GIS Management Consultants, Fairfax, Virginia, United States
  • The GMI Road to Improved GIS Capabilities for Successful GIS Managers
    Amy Esnard, MSc, GISP, Principal, Elevon Solutions, Hood River, Oregon, United States
    Allen Ibaugh, GISP, AICP, Chief Executive Officer, Data Transfer Solutions, Orlando, Florida, United States
    Bryan Townsend, GISP, GIS Administrator, York County, York, South Carolina, United States

Moderators
avatar for Dianne Haley, GISP

Dianne Haley, GISP

CEO, DMH GIS Consulting
Dianne has worked in the field of automated mapping and GIS for 40 years. She retired in 2011 after 8 years in the position of Enterprise GIS Services Lead at what is now the Alberta Energy Regulator, where she was responsible for the implementation and coordination on an Enterprise GIS Program. Previously she worked for The City of Calgary for 21 years where she introduced GIS to the corporation and was involved in the implementation of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amy Esnard, MSc, GISP

Amy Esnard, MSc, GISP

Consultant, Elevon Solutions, LLC
Amy brings nearly two decades of professional GIS experience, primarily in State and Local Government. She has an extensive understanding of information technology and how to best organize, plan, implement and use GIS and spatial technology. In the past eight years, Amy has demonstrated proficiency in leading large organizations through strategic planning initiatives and return on investment (ROI) analyses related to the deployment and use of GIS... Read More →
avatar for Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

Allen Ibaugh, AICP, GISP

CEO, Data Transfer Solutions, Inc
Allen Ibaugh is the CEO of DTS, a technology business focused on developing and deploying GIS, Asset Management, and web-based solutions for government and private industry, particularly in the transportation marketplace. | During the past 20 years, Mr. Ibaugh has been a member of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and is the immediate past-president of the organization on the Board of Directors. URISA is a nonprofit... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Somers, GISP

Rebecca Somers, GISP

Somers-St. Claire GIS Management Consultants
Rebecca is a GIS Management Consultant specializing in GIS management and organization, program review and application of best practices, and strategy development. A GIS leader for more than 25 years, she has helped dozens of organizations successfully develop their GIS programs both as an in-house GIS manager and as a consultant. Rebecca is a prominent GIS management instructor, writer, and speaker in national and international forums. She wrote... Read More →
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Bryan Townsend, GISP

GIS Manager, York County Government, SC



Tuesday November 1, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Pier 7/8

10:30am

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab
Explore Esri software offerings and get free training at the Hands-on Learning Lab. The Learning Lab offers self-paced training sessions (approximately 45 minutes each) featuring a recorded presentation and an interactive exercise. Esri instructors are available to answer your questions.


Tuesday November 1, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Dockside 8

12:00pm

Hosted Lunch, Vendor Spark, Lunch Presentations & Roundtable Discussions
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.

Participants:

  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).

Moderators
avatar for Alex Hepp

Alex Hepp

Director, Assessment, Cyclomedia
High Resolution Street-level Imagery

Speakers
avatar for Kari Chael

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 →
avatar for Tripp Corbin, GISP

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 →
avatar for Trevis Gigliotti

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 →
avatar for Claus Rinner, PhD, GISP

Claus Rinner, PhD, GISP

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

2:00pm

Clear Weather Ahead! - Field Data Collection with GIS and the Cloud
There are many options for collecting data in the field with GIS – software, hardware, workflows, among others.  This session will discuss the opportunities and how several organizations have leveraged field data collection and the cloud effectively.
AICP CM Approved 1.5 

Moderator: Dianne Haley, GISP, DMH GIS Consulting, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • Sound the Alarms:  Web Based Mapping for Fire Prevention
    Juliana Pentikainen, GIS Technologist, City of Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
    Amanda Nichols, Public Educator, Peterborough Fire Services, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
  • Navigating the Cloud Landscape for Mobile GIS Data Collection
    Bartosz Derbis, GISP, GIS Analyst, The Regional Municipality of Niagara, Thorold, ON Canada
    John Docker, Planner, The Regional Municipality of Niagara, Thorold, Ontario, Canada
  • Automating Field Collection Workflow
    Coleman McCormick, Executive Vice President, Fulcrum, St Petersburg, Florida, United States

Moderators
avatar for Dianne Haley, GISP

Dianne Haley, GISP

CEO, DMH GIS Consulting
Dianne has worked in the field of automated mapping and GIS for 40 years. She retired in 2011 after 8 years in the position of Enterprise GIS Services Lead at what is now the Alberta Energy Regulator, where she was responsible for the implementation and coordination on an Enterprise GIS Program. Previously she worked for The City of Calgary for 21 years where she introduced GIS to the corporation and was involved in the implementation of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bartosz Derbis, GISP

Bartosz Derbis, GISP

GIS Analyst, Niagara Region
Bartosz Derbis is a GIS Analyst at the Niagara Region. He has over 15 years of experience working in municipal and provincial governments. Bartosz received his Honours BSs in geography at Trent University and post Graduate GIS certificate from Fleming College in Lindsay Ontario. Prior to working for Niagara Region, he spent 7 years working as GIS Coordinator for Agricorp, Ontario Crown Corporation building its enterprise GIS solution. Bartosz... Read More →
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John Docker

John Docker is a Planner at the Niagara Region. He has over 15 years of public and private sector experience in the GIS field. John acquired his Cartographic Specialist diploma and GIS certificate from Sir Sandford Fleming College in 2000. John has received notable recognition from the National Geographic Society and ESRI International for his cartographic work. John lives in Ridgeway, Ontario with his wife Brenda and two sons, Rylan and Jeremy.
avatar for Coleman McCormick

Coleman McCormick

Executive Vice President, Fulcrum
Coleman is the Executive VP of Fulcrum, a SaaS platform for building software solutions for GIS, field data collection, and mobile operations. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in Geography, and has spent 12 years in GIS, mapping, remote sensing, and software development. With Fulcrum, Coleman has worked with hundreds of customers around the world to help optimize their mobile workforce using a blend of technology... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Nichols

Amanda Nichols

Public Educator, Peterborough Fire Services
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Juliana Pentikainen

GIS Technologist, City of Peterborough
Juliana has almost 4 years of experience within the Geomatics/Mapping Division at the City of Peterborough. In her current role as a GIS Technologist, Juliana builds and maintains web based mapping applications using Esri and Geocortex products. Her major projects include Peterborough’s internal Infrastructure Viewer and the Fire Department’s Sound the Alarms program. Juliana also supervises the GIS maintenance of the City’s construction... Read More →



Tuesday November 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Harbour A

2:00pm

Cover your Assets

Management of assets lends itself perfectly to the geospatial world.  In this session you will learn how asset management and geospatial technologies are used for the traditional highway and storm water asset management to the more unconventional, mountain bike trails.
AICP CM Approved 1.5 

Moderator: Kim McDonough, GISP, Senior IT Manager, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Nashville, Tennessee, United States

  • Geo-Enabling Mountain Bike Trail Maintenance with VGI: GIS Applications for the Fountainhead Mountain Bike Trail
    Ruthann Ligon, Student, Pennsylvania State University, Reston, Virginia, United States
  • Utilizing ModelBuilder for a Risk-Based Approach for Stormwater Asset Management
    Tim
    Black , GIS Analyst, Arcadis US, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Filling in the Cracks: HPMS Data Population Strategies
    Daniel
    Behnke, GISP, AICP, Director of Asset Management Operations, Data Transfer Solutions, Orlando, Florida, United States

Moderators
avatar for Kim McDonough, GISP

Kim McDonough, GISP

GIS Coordinator, Tennessee Department of Transportation
I have been involved in GIS since my first course in Computer Cartography in 1981. I worked in the Computer Cartography Lab for the School of Forest Resources at N.C. State Univ. from 1983 until 1986. At that time, I moved back to my home town of Nashville and worked initially in design review at the Planning Department for 4 years and then back into full time GIS in 1990, where I managed the GIS until 2004. I moved to the Tennessee Department of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Behnke, GISP, AICP

Daniel Behnke, GISP, 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 collected and processed data for approximately 40,000 roadway miles including pavement distress, rutting, roadway geometry and right-of-way assets as well as... Read More →
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Tim Black

GIS Analyst, ARCADIS
Mr. Black is a GIS Analyst for Arcadis U.S., Inc. located in the Atlanta, Georgia office. He has over 11 years of GIS experience, focusing primarily on stormwater infrastructure asset management and analysis. He is currently completing the final requirements for a Master's Degree in GIS from Penn State University and GISP certification.
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Ruthann Ligon

Ruthann Ligon is a student at Pennsylvania State University MGIS program. Ruthann has a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Languages from Mount Holyoke College. She received her first introduction to GIS while working on an archaeological survey project in Sikyon, Greece in which ground penetrating radar was used to ascertain the layout of the ancient city. After realizing that her passion for the ancient world and languages was founded in the... Read More →



Tuesday November 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Pier 2/3

2:00pm

Disaster Protection Utilizing Emerging Technologies

Learn about utilizing the latest in GIS, GPS, UAV and 3D modeling to promote analysis and better decision making for disaster management.  This session will explore unique uses of UAV’s, 3D modeling and crowd sourced information in order to predict potential disaster situations, along with analysis of pre and post disaster sites.
AICP CM Approved 1.5 

Moderator: Irene Rubinstein, Ontario Association for Remote Sensing, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

  • Disaster Protection by Integration of USN and Spatial Information and GPS
    Sango Yeon, Professor, Semyung University, Jecheon-Si, Chungbuk-Do, South Korea
    Young-Wook Lee, President, Unicity, Wonju-si, Gangwon-Do, South Korea
  • 3D Modeling for Monitoring Disaster Sites Using UAV Imagery
    Carine Yi, Assistant Professor, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
  • Risk Analysis and Location Inference of Social Media for Detecting Flood Signs
    Hoeyun Kwon, MA, Researcher, Spatial Information Industry Promotion Institute, Goyang-si, South Korea

Moderators
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Irene Rubinstein

Ontario Association for Remote Sensing

Speakers
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Hoeyun Kwon

Researcher, Spatial Information Industry Promotion Institute
avatar for Sango Yeon

Sango Yeon

Professor, Semyung University
My major subjects are composed of 3 categories. | I have studied and research for construction engineering division for 35 years. At first, there are so many difficulty and hard obstacles to study about convergence of GIS, GPS, UAV, USN, IoT etc. | Now, Its very easy study and research, then development to application by use of many solutions. My main subjects are surveying and construction design and safety management for disaster... Read More →
avatar for Carine Yi

Carine Yi

Assistant Professor, Tohoku University
Dr. Carine J. Yi is an assistant professor at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University, Japan. She earned her masters degree in Environmental Sciences (urban planning, 1996) and Ph.D. in risk engineering (2013), both from University of Tsukuba. Since June 2013 she joined International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University as assistant professor from National Institute for... Read More →



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

2:00pm

GISP: The Road To and Through an Exam
GISCI began providing GIS professional certification in 2003 and launched the GISCI Core Technical Knowledge Exam® as an addition to the GISP certification in 2015. This session will focus on the value and growth of GIS professional certification and where GISCI and the GISP certification will go from here. Participants will learn from experts on:

Moderator: Susan Kamei, Managing Director, Spatial Sciences Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

  • To Certify or Not to Certify: Level of Acceptance by the Industry
    Tripp Corbin, GISP, CFM, MCP, CIT+, President, eGIS Associates, Inc., Dacula, Georgia, United States
  • The Development and Future of the GISCI Core Technical Knowledge Exam®
    Rebecca, Somers, GISP, GIS Management Consultant, Somers-St.Claire GIS Management Consultants, Fairfax, Virginia, United States
  • GISP: The Road To and Through an Exam
    Bill Hodge, GISP, Executive Director, GIS Certification Institute, Big Lake, Texas, United States

Moderators
avatar for Susan Kamei

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.

Speakers
avatar for Tripp Corbin, GISP

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 →
avatar for Bill Hodge GISP

Bill Hodge GISP

Executive Director, GISCI
As a non-acedemic geographer with a degree in Chemistry, a Masters in Theology, a GIS Certificate from Penn State, and being a 2018 MGIS Candidate in their online program, while holding a GISP Certification since 2010, I am interested in and intrigued by all things geospatial! | | As Executive Director of GISCI, I am now responsible for helping to determine and direct the institute's focus in its second decade of existence.
avatar for Rebecca Somers, GISP

Rebecca Somers, GISP

Somers-St. Claire GIS Management Consultants
Rebecca is a GIS Management Consultant specializing in GIS management and organization, program review and application of best practices, and strategy development. A GIS leader for more than 25 years, she has helped dozens of organizations successfully develop their GIS programs both as an in-house GIS manager and as a consultant. Rebecca is a prominent GIS management instructor, writer, and speaker in national and international forums. She wrote... Read More →



Tuesday November 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Harbour B

2:00pm

Planning for Population and Social Sustainability
The presentations in this session will focus on how GIS supports the development of socially sustainable communities by providing for affordable housing and other positive traits of a viable community.  It will also highlight how GIS can be used to map historic policies and planning processes that focus on underserved communities.

Moderator: Mark Salling, PhD, GISP, Senior Fellow, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, United States

  • The Changing Role of GIS in Addressing Housing Affordability
    Robert Kirkman, GISP,  Enterprise Services Manager, Oregon Metro, Portland, Oregon, United States
  • Opportunity Mapping
    Samir Gambhir, Senior GIS Specialist, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, University of California Berkeley, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
  • Mapping the History of Racial Exclusion in Property Ownership in the Midwest
    Bryan Preston, MS, GISP, GIS Technician, Delaware County, Muncie, Indiana, United States

Moderators
avatar for Mark Salling, PhD, GISP

Mark Salling, PhD, GISP

Research Fellow, Cleveland State University
Mark Salling is a Senior Fellow in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Kent State University, an M.A. in Geography from the University of Cincinnati, and is a certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional (GISP). Dr. Salling has published papers on redistricting and voting rights, GIS, public participation GIS, residential mobility, computer applications... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Samir Gambhir

Samir Gambhir

Samir Gambhir is the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) researcher and manager of Equity Metrics program at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (HIFIS) at University of California, Berkeley. He has more than 10 years of experience in the field of mapping, spatial analysis and web-GIS. His work experience spans across multitude of research areas such as social justice and advocacy, planning, health, and business with a focus on... Read More →
avatar for Robert Kirkman, GISP

Robert Kirkman, GISP

Enterprise Services Manager, Oregon Metro
Robert Kirkman is the Enterprise Services Manager at Oregon Metro. He directs the team that develops, manages, and delivers key Metro data through the web and mobile. Over the last 20 years, he's worked in the public, private, and research sectors, utilizing and directing different aspects of (geospatial) information systems. | | He is President of the Portland Chapter of Oregon URISA and is an incoming URISA Board member.
avatar for Bryan Preston

Bryan Preston

GIS Technician, Delaware County, Indiana
Bryan Preston has served as GIS Technician in Delaware County, Indiana since the fall of of 2013. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Grinnell College and later earned a Masters Degree in Geography/GIS from Ball State University in Muncie. His research there used GIS to examine the role of gardening in Muncie's history and present. He earned his GISP in 2015.



Tuesday November 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Harbour C

2:00pm

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab
Explore Esri software offerings and get free training at the Hands-on Learning Lab. The Learning Lab offers self-paced training sessions (approximately 45 minutes each) featuring a recorded presentation and an interactive exercise. Esri instructors are available to answer your questions.


Tuesday November 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Dockside 8

2:00pm

Geosolutions Demo: FME Data Automation Everywhere: Desktop, Server and Cloud
Consortech will walk you through the foundations of FME Desktop by creating a GIS automation workflow together.  Next, we will show you how to take that workflow to the enterprise level in FME Server and up to the clouds on FME Cloud.  Come see FME in action to understand how it works, what it can do for you, and explore the differences between FME Desktop, Server and Cloud.


Speakers
avatar for Allison Hughes

Allison Hughes

GIS Consultant, Consortech
Allison is a Consultant at Consortech Solutions inc, where she specializes in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and ETL Processes (Extract, Transform and Loading data). She has been working in the GIS profession for over 6 years and holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in GIS at Algonquin College, as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Geography (Urban Systems) from McGill University. She is an FME Certified Professional and FME Certified... Read More →


Tuesday November 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Pier 9

3:30pm

Exhibit Hall Break
Tuesday November 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Metropolitan East

4:00pm

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab
Explore Esri software offerings and get free training at the Hands-on Learning Lab. The Learning Lab offers self-paced training sessions (approximately 45 minutes each) featuring a recorded presentation and an interactive exercise. Esri instructors are available to answer your questions.


Tuesday November 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Dockside 8

4:00pm

GIS-Pro 2016: Light it up!!
Spnsored by Association of Ontario Land Surveyors
IGNITE presentations (also known as lightning talks) are limited to five minutes (20 slides auto-advanced at 15 seconds each). The best presentations are both educational and entertaining!
AICP CM Approved 1.0 
  • Size Matters - Reality Check for the New Orleans Region
    Lynn Dupont, GISP, ASLA, GIS Coordinator/Principal Planner, Regional Planning Commission for Greater New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
  • Hurdles for Turtles: Nesting Suitability of Loggerhead Sea Turtles in NC
    Alyssa Randall, MS, GIS Analyst, Planning Communities, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
  • Graduate Online Opportunities for Geospatial Leadership
    Ken Watson, Academic Programs Administrator, University of Southern California Spatial Sciences Institute, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • URISA Vanguard Cabinet
    Jennifer Dvorsky, GIS Analyst, Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States and the Vanguard Cabinet
  • Open Data
    Karen Stewart, GISP, Esri Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Metadata Relationship Advice
    Lynda Wayne, GISP, ASLA, Principal, GeoMaxim, LLC, Asheville, North Carolina, United States

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Dupont, ASLA, GISP

Lynn Dupont, ASLA, GISP

GIS Coordinator/Principal Planner, Regional Planning Commission
Since 1999 Lynn Dupont has been employed at the Regional Planning Commission of New Orleans as principal planner and GIS Manager handling enhancement projects, land use studies and data integration in the region. Her emphasis has been in working with State and Federal agencies in procuring usable data for use at the local level. She represents Planning and Development Districts on the Louisiana GIS Council and has been an active participant in... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Dvorsky

Jennifer Dvorsky

GIS Analyst, El Paso Teller 911 Authority
- Young professional in GIS | - Graduated with my masters in 2012 | - Member of URISA's Vanguard Cabinet | - GIS interests in emergency response, natural resources and conservation
avatar for Alyssa Randall

Alyssa Randall

GIS Analyst/Environmental Planner, Planning Communities, LLC
Alyssa research areas of interest include conservation GIS, environmental modeling, coastal management, geostatistics, satellite image processing and environmental impact analysis. Her strong GIS background has allowed her to work on a number of exciting projects such as modeling species, analyzing hydrologic resources, and studying the perception of sea level rise and literacy. Alyssa has completed maps and analyses for the NC Wildlife... Read More →
avatar for Karen Stewart, GISP

Karen Stewart, GISP

Industry Manager, Municipal Solutions, Esri Canada
Karen Stewart is the Municipal Solutions Industry Manager for Esri Canada. She has a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Geomatics, specializing in GIS, and has over 30 years experience in the Municipal/Utility Mapping, GIS and Public Works fields. Karen has helped numerous organizations across Canada review and improve their public works strategies, as well as enhance capital and operating planning. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the... Read More →
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Ken Watson

Academic Programs Director, University of Southern California Spatial Science Institute
Ken Watson oversees recruitment and academic advisement for the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs of the USC Spatial Sciences Institute. He received his B.S. in Communications from Boston University and an M.A. in Educational Administration from California State University Northridge.
avatar for Lynda Wayne, GISP, ASLA

Lynda Wayne, GISP, ASLA

Principal, GeoMaxim
Lynda Wayne is Principal of GeoMaxim, a consulting practice specializing in geospatial data and metadata, data sharing policy and practices, and the facilitation of issue-based geospatial dialogs and decision-making. Ms. Wayne is the former Director of the Louisiana Geographic Information Center, the founding Chair of the GIS Certification Institute, and a long time coastal landscape ecologist active in the application of RS/GIS technologies. She... Read More →



Tuesday November 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Metropolitan Centre & West

5:00pm

Exhibit Hall Networking Reception & Poster Display
Visit with the conference exhibitors during the exhibit hall networking reception and spend time discussing projects with the poster participants.

Poster Participants
  • The City of Peterborough Sidewalk Strategic Plan
    Charmalee Sandanayake, GISP, Spatial Data Analyst, City of Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
  • Environmental Data Management System for Site Remediation (Case Study)
    Anton Sizo, PhD, AScT, GISP, GIS Specialist, Saskatchewan Research Council, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Elizaveta Petelina, M.Sc., MSEM, AAg, Remediation Specialist, Saskatchewan Research Council, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • The Geology of Georgia Told Using ESRI's Story Map Journal & Gigapan Photography
    Katayoun Mobasher, GISP, Associate Professor, University of North Georgia, Suwanee, GA

Tuesday November 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Metropolitan East
 
Wednesday, November 2
 

8:00am

Awards Breakfast & URISA GISCorps Update
Meet all of the winners of 2016 URISA Awards, from Exemplary Systems in Government winners to GIS Hall of Fame inductees. 

Also hear what URISA's GISCorps has been up to. URISA’s GISCorps volunteers continue to make an impact using GIS to support projects around the world. Find out about recent missions. A program of URISA, GISCorps coordinates short term, volunteer GIS services to underprivileged communities worldwide. Services support humanitarian relief, community development, local capacity building, health and education. Since its inception in October 2003, GISCorps has deployed nearly 1,000 volunteers to nearly 200 missions in 65 countries around the globe.
Sponsored by Consortech Solutions Inc.
 


Wednesday November 2, 2016 8:00am - 10:00am
Metropolitan Centre & West

10:00am

Exhibit Hall Break
Wednesday November 2, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Metropolitan East

10:30am

URISA Professional Education Materials Committee Meeting
Meeting of the Professional Education Materials Committee from 10:30 - 11:00 AM Eastern time in Dockside 9 at the Westin Harbour Castle. 
 

Wednesday November 2, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Dockside 9

10:30am

2016 Geospatial Student Competition

URISA and the Young Professionals Vanguard Cabinet are pleased to showcase the finalists in the 2016 Geospatial Student Competition. The intent of the competition is to allow university students the opportunity to present how they are using GIS or other geospatial tools to answer questions, solve problems, display data, and contribute to academic research.

Moderator: Daniel Behnke, GISP, AICP, Director of Asset Management Operations, Data Transfer Solutions, Orlando, Florida, United States

Finalists:
  • Daniel Stephen - Oregon State University - "Automated Layout of Origin-Destination Flow Maps: U.S. County-to-county Migration 2009–2013" - Graduate Student
  • Joshua Sheldon - University of Central Arkansas- "Using New Methods: Finding Downhill Runs in Florida" - Graduate Student
  • Molly Finch - Community College of Baltimore County - "The Power of Place: Areas of Influence for Baltimore City Homicides (2010-2015)" - Second Year Student

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Behnke, GISP, AICP

Daniel Behnke, GISP, 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 collected and processed data for approximately 40,000 roadway miles including pavement distress, rutting, roadway geometry and right-of-way assets as well as... Read More →
avatar for Molly Finch

Molly Finch

Student in the Geospatial Applications Program, Community College of Baltimore County
Molly is currently a student in the Geospatial Applications Program at the Community College of Baltimore County and a professional in the environmental science and education field in Baltimore, MD. Her academic background is in Biology and Environmental Studies and she is interested in using her GIS training to pursue work in natural resource monitoring, specifically with aquatic resources, on the local and international level.
avatar for Daniel Stephen

Daniel Stephen

Oregon State University



Wednesday November 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Pier 9

10:30am

All About Those Big Data Problems

What does Geospatial Big Data mean? What are common characteristics of Geospatial Big Data problems? This session will address these and other questions with which most, if not all, GIS practitioners are routinely faced.
AICP CM Approved 1.5  

Session Moderator: Lena Gomes, GISP,  City of Hamilton, Ontario Canada 

  • Getting Data Where We Can Find It: Designing and Implementing an Enterprise GIS
    Misty Downing, GIS Analyst, San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • New Mexico State Digital Geospatial Data Clearinghouse
    Yan Trudeau, Geospatial Enterprise Consultant, Hexagon Geospatial, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • Handling Geospatial Big Data Problems
    Hassan Karimi, Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Moderators
LG

Lena Gomes, GISP

Supervisor, Spatial Solutions Services, City of Hamilton
Lena has over 20 years’ experience in the Geographic Information Systems industry. Lena has worked in both the public and private sectors, currently working for the City of Hamilton’s Corporate IT and has co-managed the development and implementation of the City’s GIS Roadmap. Lena has volunteered with URISA Ontario as Director, President and Past President from 2008-2015.

Speakers
avatar for Misty Downing

Misty Downing

GIS Analyst, San Antonio River Authority
I have a Masters in GIS/Water Resources from Texas State University and a Bachelors in Geography/Natural Resource Management from UT Austin. I have been working in GIS mapping and analysis for about 11 years. My particular areas of expertise include data management, spatial analysis and conservation- and natural resource-based activities. I am passionate about holistic watershed management and using GIS as a communication tool to promote... Read More →
avatar for Hassan Karimi

Hassan Karimi

Professor and Director of the Geoinformatics Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Hassan Karimi is a Professor and Director of the Geoinformatics Laboratory in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests include geospatial information systems, navigation, location-based services, location-aware social networking, Big Data, grid/distributed/parallel computing, mobile computing, computational geometry, and spatial databases. Dr. Karimi has published the following books: Indoor... Read More →
avatar for Yan Trudeau

Yan Trudeau

Geospatial Enterprise Consultant, Hexagon Geospatial
Yan Trudeau has worked in the IT industry for the past 18 years. He has been working at Hexagon Geospatial since 2008 acting today as a Geospatial Enterprise Consultant. A strong advocate of helping organization understanding key benefits of applying and maintaining best practices in Enterprise GIS. Yan was instrumental in a strategic and successful enterprise implementation, subject which will be presented this year at GISPro2016. His... Read More →



Wednesday November 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Harbour A

10:30am

There’s Technology in the Building - BIM and Campus GIS

Whether you are managing a facility or campus, planning new development, or want to manage your assets more efficiently, GIS is a powerful tool to increase your management efficiency.  This session will show you how to integrate GIS and BIM.
AICP CM Approved 1.5
 
Moderator: Kim McDonough, GISP, Senior IT Manager, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Nashville, Tennessee, United States 
 

  • Using GIS as a Decision Support System for King Abdulaziz University
    Abdulkader Murad, FCInstCES, Professor, King AbdulAziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Integrating GIS and BIM Technologies to Support the Planning Process in Vaughan
    Shahrzad Davoudi Strike, MUD, MCIP, RPP, LEED AP, Urban Designer, City of Vaughan, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
    Leonardo Parra, GISP, GIS Specialist, CANSEL, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Juan Carlos Molina, Senior GIS Technician, City of Vaughan, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
  • Looking Under the Covers of BIM, Integrating BIM Data into a 3D WebGL Application
    Carl Anderson, GISP, Senior Architect, Create.IO, Bradenton, Florida, United States

Moderators
avatar for Kim McDonough, GISP

Kim McDonough, GISP

GIS Coordinator, Tennessee Department of Transportation
I have been involved in GIS since my first course in Computer Cartography in 1981. I worked in the Computer Cartography Lab for the School of Forest Resources at N.C. State Univ. from 1983 until 1986. At that time, I moved back to my home town of Nashville and worked initially in design review at the Planning Department for 4 years and then back into full time GIS in 1990, where I managed the GIS until 2004. I moved to the Tennessee Department of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Carl Anderson, GISP

Carl Anderson, GISP

Senior System Architect, Create.IO
Carl is a Senior System Architect for Create.IO, a startup building an immersive real-estate research platform.  In his career he has developed geospatial systems for small and large data systems using both open source and proprietary software. Previously he worked for the U.S. Census Bureau as a geospatial data architect and Fulton County Georgia as the Assistant Dir responsible for enterprise wide Data Integration, Business Intelligence... Read More →
avatar for Shahrzad Davoudi Strike, MUD, MCIP, RPP, LEED AP

Shahrzad Davoudi Strike, MUD, MCIP, RPP, LEED AP

Urban Designer, City of Vaughan
Shahrzad Davoudi-Strike is an Intermediate Urban Designer / Planner / Project Manager with over ten years of experience. Shahrzad has been involved in a wide variety of project types, scales and scopes, ranging from site feasibility and visioning studies, to site planning and programming exercises, community engagement initiatives, as well as design development for mixed-use developments and regeneration initiatives for large re-development sites... Read More →
JC

Juan Carlos Molina

City of Vaughan
Juan Carlos Molina has more than 13 years of GIS experience managing GIS initiatives for many municipalities in Canada, and projects across Europe, Latin America, Africa. He currently coordinates the GIS activities in the planning department at the City of Vaughan. Juan Carlos experience and interests lay in the application of GIS to better inform the urban planning process, optimize the use of natural resources and support poverty reduction... Read More →
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Abdulkader Murad, Ph.D

Jeddah - Saudi Arabia, Professor
Prof. Abdulkader A. Murad is a Fallow at the Charted Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, FCInstCES. Currently, he is the GIS and IT Advisor for the Vice President for projects in king AbdulAziz University and a Professor of GIS in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at King AbdulAziz University. Previous to this, he was Vice Dean for research at the faculty of Environmental Design and the Chairman of the Department of Urban... Read More →
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Leonardo Parra, GISP

Public Works Data Specialist, Regional Municipality of Halton
Leonardo Parra, GISP engineering professional with a 20-year track record of successfully delivered projects to government agencies, utilities and Oil and Gas companies. Deeply involved in civil engineering and environmental sciences, specifically in applied Geographic Information



Wednesday November 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Pier 7/8

10:30am

URISA Chapter Advisory Board Town Hall Meeting

Members of the URISA Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) invite you to attend a town hall meeting on the current and upcoming plans to align URISA Chapter membership with membership in URISA International. This will be an interactive session with members of the CAB to describe membership consolidation options and activities, as well as provide context for the important role that chapters play in URISA's vitality and relevance. 

Panelists
Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP, GIS/Mapping Coordinator, Orleans Parish Communication District, New Orleans, Louisiana United States
Tripp Corbin, MCP, CFM, GISP, Executive Officer eGIS Associates, Inc., Dacula, Georgia United States
Cy Smith, GISP, State GIO, State of Oregon, Salem, Oregon United States
Cindy Post, GISP, City of Leduc, Alberta Canada
James Armstrong, GISP, Spatial Relationships, LLC,  Boston, Massachusett, United States


Speakers
avatar for James Armstrong

James Armstrong

Partner, Spatial-Relationships
James Armstrong is a near 30 year veteran of the GIS industry.  Having obtain his Masters Degree in GIS from  NC State in 2012,  last year he retired from public service as the Richmond County Director of GIS to open Spatial-Relationships, a GIS Consultant firm, with his wife (and former CURISA President) Kathryn Brewer. They both now reside in Boston with their two children.
avatar for Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP

Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP

GIS/Mapping Coordinator, Orleans Parish Communication District
Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP is the GIS/Mapping Coordinator for the Orleans Parish Communication District . Prior to coming to OPCD in 2002, Ms. Cargo worked for sixteen years in both public and private agencies as a Principal City Planner and GIS Project Manager. Ms. Cargo has a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans, and is a past President of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA... Read More →
avatar for Tripp Corbin, GISP

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 →
avatar for Cindy Post, GISP

Cindy Post, GISP

Geomatic Services Manager, City of Leduc
Cindy has over 20 years' professional experience in the GIS industry working with the private, pubic and academic sectors. She has spent majority of her career working within complex organizations, multi-faceted projects, diverse project teams, and political environments. Over the past decade, Cindy has worked extensively on senior management initiatives related to strategic planning, return on investment, best practices... Read More →
avatar for Cy Smith, GISP

Cy Smith, GISP

Geospatial Information Officer, State of Oregon
Cy Smith, GISP is the State GIO for Oregon. He has been the President of URISA, President of NSGIC, and Chair of the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations.



Wednesday November 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Pier 2/3

10:30am

Utilizing GIS to Respond to Disasters – Preparation, Planning and Implementation

The ability to mitigate risk in a disaster situation is based on planning.  Utilizing geospatial technologies to plan, prepare, view, and respond to a disaster is key to mitigating risk.  Attend  this session and learn how resiliency plans are put in place, how geospatial tools were utilized in both an active shooter and flood situations, as well as how geospatial tools are utilized for health and human services and emergency management agencies.
AICP CM Approved 1.5  

Moderator: Keri Brennan, GISP, The Schneider Corporation, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
  • How GeoHEALTH is Used in the Planning, Response and Recovery for Health and Human Services (HHS)
    Robert Shankman, GISP, GIS Team Lead, Department of Health & Human Services, Washington, DC, United States
  • Supporting your EOC
    Tracy McKee, GISP, GIS Director, City of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
  • The GIS Blueprint for Conducting Rapid Damage Assessments
    Cory MacVie, Fulcrum Mobile Solutions, St. Petersburg, Florida United States

Moderators
avatar for Keri Brennan, GISP

Keri Brennan, GISP

Consultant, The Schneider Corporation
Keri is a Senior GIS Consultant with the Schneider Corporation in Indianapolis, Indiana.  As a Senior GIS Consultant for the Schneider Corporation, Ms. Brennan primarily works with key clients on staff augmentation, helping these clients move their GIS to a full enterprise solution. She also is the Product Manager for IDAM – the integrated damage assessment model application which assists emergency management and assessment... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cory MacVie

Cory MacVie

Product Manager, Fulcrum Mobile Solutions
Cory serves as the Product Manager of Fulcrum, a mobile data collection platform. His love of building technology platforms that solve problems has been prevalent throughout his life. After graduate school he went to work for FEMA. While at FEMA he developed platforms that shorten response times after disasters, increased accuracy of damage assessments, and allows hurricane evacuates to see aerial imagery and the condition of homes remotely... Read More →
avatar for Tracy McKee, GISP

Tracy McKee, GISP

GIS Director, City of Charleston
Working in the field of GIS for more than 20 years, Tracy is currently the GIS Director at the City of Charleston and has been employed with the City for 16 years. Before joining the City of Charleston she worked for the Forest Resources Systems (FORS) Institute as a GIS Instructor/Analyst and at Sabine & Waters as a GIS Analyst. Tracy obtained both her BS degree in Engineering and an MS degree in Forest Resources from Clemson University.
avatar for Robert Shankman, GISP

Robert Shankman, GISP

GIS Team Lead, Health & Human Services
After graduating from Frostburg State University more than 2 decades ago with a degree in Geography/Cartography, Rob has been involved with the creation of maps and data for the DoD, to local and federal government agencies. He has also been involved in the raster to vector conversion of contour maps for the DoD, the update of the National Flood Insurance rate maps for FEMA to the update of the parcel map of Fairfax County VA. He transitioned his... Read More →



Wednesday November 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Harbour B

10:30am

Working Together: Collaborative Approach to Building Solutions
At all levels of government, collaboration between entities with similar goals can produce cost savings, participant buy-in, and more encompassing solutions. Collaboration between GIS stakeholders has the added benefit of creating data layers that, once built, can be used multiple times. Attend this session and hear about GIS collaborations at the local and regional levels of government.
AICP CM Approved 1.5 

Moderator: Adam Fox, Director, Ontario Region, Esri Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • GIS Collaboration in Local Government
    Stephen Berry, GISP, GIS Coordinator, Clark County GIS, Winchester, Kentucky, United States 
  • Collaboration Builds: Steps to Digital Drawing Uploads in York Region
    Allison Hughes, GIS Consultant, Consortech Solutions, Brossard, Quebec, Canada
    Debra Kelloway, Manager, GIS Partnerships and Special Projects, The Regional Municipality of York, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
    Greg Czajko, Systems Analyst/Project Leader (GIS), City of Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
  • 2016 ESIG Award Single Process System Category Winner
    City of Hamilton’s Spatially Indexed Engineering Records System (SPIDER)
    Gord McGuire, Manager of Geomatics & Corridor Management, and Charlie Lauricella, Senior Project Manager, for the City of Hamilton Public Works, Hamilton, Ontario

Moderators
avatar for Adam Fox

Adam Fox

Director, Ontario Region, Esri Canada
The Director of Esri Canada's Ontario Region, Adam Fox, has been creating maps ever since he learned to use a crayon. Although he doesn't get to colour in between the lines as much as he'd like anymore, he currently leads a team of 28 Sales and Professional Services staff based in Esri Canada's Toronto, London and Sudbury offices. | | Adam brings over 19 years' experience in all aspects of GIS ranging from Technical Consulting and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Greg Czajko

Greg Czajko

Systems Analyst / Project Leader (GIS), City of Vaughan
Greg has been active in the Ontario Municipal GIS environment since 2004. Prior to his current position as SA/PL (GIS) at the City of Vaughan, ON he was the GIS Coordinator at King Township, ON and a GIS Specialist at the Region of Durham, ON. His primary focus is on strategically evolving the capabilities of Enterprise GIS in the constantly changing Municipal sector. He enjoys a unique perspective gained from his IT/BA background and... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Berry GISP

Stephen Berry GISP

GIS Coordinator, Clark County GIS
Stephen Berry, GISP, is a 1995 Graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Geography. Stephen has been a Certified GISP since 2007 and has over 20 years of work experience in the GIS Profession. He has worked with GIS in industries ranging from utilities and transportation to mining and local government planning. His current professional position is the GIS Coordinator of the Clark County Consortium for GIS in Winchester, Kentucky... Read More →
avatar for Allison Hughes

Allison Hughes

GIS Consultant, Consortech
Allison is a Consultant at Consortech Solutions inc, where she specializes in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and ETL Processes (Extract, Transform and Loading data). She has been working in the GIS profession for over 6 years and holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in GIS at Algonquin College, as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Geography (Urban Systems) from McGill University. She is an FME Certified Professional and FME Certified... Read More →
avatar for Debra Kelloway

Debra Kelloway

Manager, GIS Partnerships, York Region
Debra Kelloway, Manager, GIS Partnerships and Special Projects, York Region. With 25 years of GIS experience, Deb leads a data collaboration with the Region’s local municipalities, school boards and conservation authorities . The YorkInfo Partnership promotes and delivers one source of trusted, accessible information, shares technology and expertise thereby maximizing the resources necessary for better planning and service delivery in the... Read More →
avatar for Gord McGuire  O.L.S., B.Sc.

Gord McGuire O.L.S., B.Sc.

Manager of Geomatics & Corridor Management, City of Hamilton, Public Works
For the last 20 years, Gord McGuire has worked at the City of Hamilton, most recently as the Manager of Geomatics within Public Works. He has responsibility for all survey and mapping activities, plan production and archiving, utility permitting, and streetlighting. His diverse role allows the use of many technologies including GIS, which is a key system supporting the daily workflow of the Geomatics section. Gord previously worked in the... Read More →



Wednesday November 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Harbour C

10:30am

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab
Explore Esri software offerings and get free training at the Hands-on Learning Lab. The Learning Lab offers self-paced training sessions (approximately 45 minutes each) featuring a recorded presentation and an interactive exercise. Esri instructors are available to answer your questions.


Wednesday November 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Dockside 8

12:00pm

URISA Chapter Leaders Forum
Officers from URISA chapters will meet at this time to discuss initiatives, shared resources and more. 

Wednesday November 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Pier 2/3

12:00pm

Lunch on own
Lunch is on your own today. Take advantage of hotel outlets or step outside the front door, cross the street and take your pick of cuisines!

Wednesday November 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Offsite

1:30pm

Bridging the Gap Between University and Career

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

Panelists: 

  • 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

Moderators
avatar for Clare Brown, GISP

Clare Brown, GISP

Data Manager/Webmaster, Regional Planning Commission

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Behnke, GISP, AICP

Daniel Behnke, GISP, 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 collected and processed data for approximately 40,000 roadway miles including pavement distress, rutting, roadway geometry and right-of-way assets as well as... Read More →
avatar for Kara Collier, MSES

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.
avatar for Jennifer Dvorsky

Jennifer Dvorsky

GIS Analyst, El Paso Teller 911 Authority
- Young professional in GIS | - Graduated with my masters in 2012 | - Member of URISA's Vanguard Cabinet | - GIS interests in emergency response, natural resources and conservation
avatar for Wendy Peloquin, GISP

Wendy Peloquin, GISP

Account Manager, GISinc
Wendy Peloquin, GISP is an Account Manager at GISinc supporting State and Local Governments and is based out of Jacksonville, FL. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a B.S. in Geography and a Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS).
avatar for Susie Saliola

Susie Saliola

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



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

1:30pm

Community Mapping and Public Participation

Community mapping and public participation is important for urban planning. Social media provides a platform for community participation and online mapping projects engage and excite the public about ideas for long range planning activities for communities around the world.  It is also important to understand how various techniques impact people and determine methodologies to measure the usefulness and impact of participatory tools.
AICP CM Approved 1.5 

Moderator: Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP, GIS/Mapping Coordinator, Orleans Parish Communication District, New Orleans, LA

  • A Blank Canvas: Innovating Public Participation in the Age of Social Media
    Daniel Eisenberg, Senior Planner, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Columbus, Ohio, United States 
  • Overview of Community Mapping in Public Sector Urban Planning: South Africa
    Amanda vanEeden, GIS Analyst, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Methodologies to Measure the Usefulness/Impact of Participatory Tools
    Judy Colby-George, GISP, Spatial Alternatives, Yarmouth, Maine, United States

Moderators
avatar for Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP

Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP

GIS/Mapping Coordinator, Orleans Parish Communication District
Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP is the GIS/Mapping Coordinator for the Orleans Parish Communication District . Prior to coming to OPCD in 2002, Ms. Cargo worked for sixteen years in both public and private agencies as a Principal City Planner and GIS Project Manager. Ms. Cargo has a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans, and is a past President of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Judy Colby-George, GISP

Judy Colby-George, GISP

Principal, Spatial Alternatives
Judy Colby-George formed Spatial Alternatives fifteen years ago with the goal of helping communities use GIS technology to enhance public participation in planning issues. She has extensive experience working with municipal and environmental GIS application. Judy has specialized in using GIS to communicate land use planning issues in a variety of forums. Judy co-wrote and has presented the Introduction to PPGIS workshop for URISA. Judy... Read More →
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Daniel Eisenberg

Daniel Eisenberg is a Senior Planner and GIS web applications developer at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. He has 6 years of experience in GIS, making web maps based on Esri's Javascript API, ArcGIS Online, and the Flex viewer. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning. His experience builds off a previous career as a graphic designer.



Wednesday November 2, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Harbour C

1:30pm

GIS – Making the Picture Worth A Million Words - Integrating Disparate Data to Manage Utility Infrastructure

Building new and managing the existing aging infrastructure requires integration and dissemination of many data types of data.  Attend and learn how to use all types of imagery and data to produce maps and analysis for planning, construction and regulatory compliance.
AICP CM Approved 1.5 

Moderator: Pete Croswell, PMP, GISP, Croswell-Schulte IT Consultants, Frankfort, Kentucky, United States

  • Aerial Photography for Utilities - Compelling Uses and Benefits of Imagery
    Peter White, GISP, GIS Product Manager, Pictometry, Lakeville, Minnesota, United States
  • Leveraging Modelbuilder and Python to Create Mapbooks
    Sean Tuohey, GISP, Senior GIS Analyst, HDR, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
  • Integrating CCTV with GIS - Doing More With Less
    Vince Musacchio, P.Eng, Manager, Infrustructure Programming, and Samir Patti, GISP, GIS Analyst, City of Vaughan, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

Moderators
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Pete Croswell, GISP, PMP

President and Consultant, Croswell-Schulte Information Technology Consultants
PMP, GISP, ASPRS-CMS. Croswell-Schulte IT Consultants, Frankfort, KY. Peter Croswell, GISP, PMP is an expert in information technology and GIS implementation and management with 30 years experience as a GIS practitioner, GIS program manager, and consultant. Mr. Croswell currently serves as President of Croswell-Schulte Information Technology Consultants, an independent consulting firm specializing in GIS and IT program assessment, design... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Vince Musacchio, P.Eng

Vince Musacchio, P.Eng

Manager, Infrastructure Programming, City of Vaughan
Vince is currently the Manager of Infrastructure Programing at the City of Vaughan, where he is responsible for the Capital Programming of the City's linear and vertical infrastructure and . Vince has worked in the municipal engineering and construction industry for over 15 years, for the City of Toronto, the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and lastly, Vaughan. He is a licensed professional engineer in the Province of Ontario, having obtained... Read More →
avatar for Samir Patti, CET, GISP

Samir Patti, CET, GISP

GIS Technician/Information Processor, City of Vaughan
Samir is the GIS Technician\Information Processor in the Infrastructure Delivery Department at the City of Vaughan. He is responsible for providing GIS solutions to all the departments within the Public Works Portfolio. Samir has worked in the field of GIS for over 10 years providing his services to various companies in the US, Regional Municipality of York and currently, City of Vaughan. He has Master's Degree in Geography from St. Cloud State... Read More →
avatar for Sean Tuohey, GISP

Sean Tuohey, GISP

Senior GIS Analyst, HDR
I have more than 13 years experience in GIS including geodatabase design, data collection, spatial analysis, modeling, Python scripting, map production, and QA/QC. My GIS experience covers a wide range of projects including electric transmission siting, high speed rail, wind, solar, water resources, cultural resources, and e9-1-1.
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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.



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

1:30pm

It’s All Business: Small, Medium, and Large Local Governments Create Solutions
Local governments have been providing geospatial services to constituents for generations. These communities leverage best practices and the latest technology to improve customer service, deliver data, and provide scalable analysis to customers.

Moderator: Cindy Post, GISP, City of Leduc, Alberta Canada

  • Integrating Geospatial into the Everyday at the City of Calgary
    Robert Skoye, MSc, GISP, Leader, Business Direction & Client Relations, City of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Implementing a New Enterprise-wide Web GIS Framework
    Lena Gomes, PMP, GISP, Supervisor, Spatial Solutions Services, and Burke Thompson, GISP, Systems Analyst - GIS, City of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • GIS Implementation Model for Smaller Jurisdictions - Case Study in Oregon
    Amy Esnard, MSc, GISP, Principal, Elevon Solutions, Hood River, Oregon, United States
  • The Role of Local Government in Statewide GIS
    Cy Smith, GISP, State GIO, State of Oregon, Salem, Oregon, United States

Moderators
avatar for Cindy Post, GISP

Cindy Post, GISP

Geomatic Services Manager, City of Leduc
Cindy has over 20 years' professional experience in the GIS industry working with the private, pubic and academic sectors. She has spent majority of her career working within complex organizations, multi-faceted projects, diverse project teams, and political environments. Over the past decade, Cindy has worked extensively on senior management initiatives related to strategic planning, return on investment, best practices... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amy Esnard, MSc, GISP

Amy Esnard, MSc, GISP

Consultant, Elevon Solutions, LLC
Amy brings nearly two decades of professional GIS experience, primarily in State and Local Government. She has an extensive understanding of information technology and how to best organize, plan, implement and use GIS and spatial technology. In the past eight years, Amy has demonstrated proficiency in leading large organizations through strategic planning initiatives and return on investment (ROI) analyses related to the deployment and use of GIS... Read More →
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Lena Gomes, GISP

Supervisor, Spatial Solutions Services, City of Hamilton
Lena has over 20 years’ experience in the Geographic Information Systems industry. Lena has worked in both the public and private sectors, currently working for the City of Hamilton’s Corporate IT and has co-managed the development and implementation of the City’s GIS Roadmap. Lena has volunteered with URISA Ontario as Director, President and Past President from 2008-2015.
avatar for Robert Skoye, GISP

Robert Skoye, GISP

Leader, Business Direction & Client Relations, City of Calgary
Robert (Bob) Skoye, M.Sc., is a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) with over 20 years experience and proven leadership in urban and regional Geographic Information Systems design and implementation. Since 2008, Bob has worked with the City of Calgary Geospatial Business Solutions Division to broaden and deepen knowledge and use of geospatial concepts and technology across the corporation. As Leader of Business Direction and Client... Read More →
avatar for Cy Smith, GISP

Cy Smith, GISP

Geospatial Information Officer, State of Oregon
Cy Smith, GISP is the State GIO for Oregon. He has been the President of URISA, President of NSGIC, and Chair of the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations.
avatar for Burke Thompson, GISP

Burke Thompson, GISP

Systems Analyst - GIS, City of Hamilton
I am a Systems Analyst at the City of Hamilton. I've spent the past 15 years working in GIS in the public sector, providing training, support and consulting for clients from all departments of municipal government. Recently, I have been tasked with gathering business requirements for the replacement of the City of Hamilton’s web GIS. The web GIS to be replaced had been in use as-is by internal and external users for over a decade, thereby... Read More →



Wednesday November 2, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Pier 9

1:30pm

Leveraging Open Data

Before considering the technical aspects of Open Data, you need to consider your organizational needs. For example: What is your organization’s Open Data Policy? Do you have an Open Data License? Have you identified data that you want to publish?  Do you have appropriate Metadata? What Open Data sources are already available? What will happen with the data after the download? This session will help you understand these areas of consideration and more.

Session Moderator: Susan Muleme Kasumba, Eastern Sales Manager, Airborne Imaging 

  • A (International) State and Local Government Geospatial Metadata Profile
    Lynda Wayne, GISP, ASLA, Principal, GeoMaxim, LLC, Asheville, North Carolina, United States
    Sarah Wray, GISP, CGCIO, Spatial Data Manager, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
  • 2016 ESIG Award Distinguished Single Process System: Pitkin Maps & More
    Mary Lackner, GISP, GIS Lead, Pitkin County, Aspen, Colorado
  • Leveraging Open Data with Ontario, Entrepreneurs, and GIS
    Micahel Ahn, Vice President, MapYourProperty, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Jordan Turner, MapYourProperty, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
  • Thinking Beyond the Download
    Karen Stewart, GISP, Municipal Solutions Industry Manager, Esri Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Moderators
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Susan Muleme Kasumba

Eastern Sales Manager, Airborne Imaging

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ahn

Michael Ahn

Vice President, MapYourProperty
Michael Ahn is the Executive Vice President of MapYourProperty, an Open Data and Real Estate startup in Toronto. Previously, he was Major Account Director for Thomas Reuters . MapYourProperty has advised the Ontario provincial government, York Region, and City of Toronto on open data and its uses. MapYourProperty, can pull more than 50 open datasets at once in a single hour.
avatar for Mary Lackner, GISP

Mary Lackner, GISP

Geospatial Lead, Pitkin County
Mary Lackner, GISP has worked with spatial applications and data since command line ArcINFO and is proud to have one of her maps published in the 24th ESRI Map Book. She has been working in public sector GIS and planning since 1988 and holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from UCLA. Mary is currently working as the Geospatial Lead in the Business Information and Technology Services (BITS) Department at Pitkin... Read More →
avatar for Karen Stewart, GISP

Karen Stewart, GISP

Industry Manager, Municipal Solutions, Esri Canada
Karen Stewart is the Municipal Solutions Industry Manager for Esri Canada. She has a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Geomatics, specializing in GIS, and has over 30 years experience in the Municipal/Utility Mapping, GIS and Public Works fields. Karen has helped numerous organizations across Canada review and improve their public works strategies, as well as enhance capital and operating planning. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the... Read More →
avatar for Lynda Wayne, GISP, ASLA

Lynda Wayne, GISP, ASLA

Principal, GeoMaxim
Lynda Wayne is Principal of GeoMaxim, a consulting practice specializing in geospatial data and metadata, data sharing policy and practices, and the facilitation of issue-based geospatial dialogs and decision-making. Ms. Wayne is the former Director of the Louisiana Geographic Information Center, the founding Chair of the GIS Certification Institute, and a long time coastal landscape ecologist active in the application of RS/GIS technologies. She... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Wray, CGCIO, GISP

Sarah Wray, CGCIO, GISP

Spatial Data Manager, NC Dept. of Transportation
Sarah Wray is Chair of the North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council (NCGICC) ad hoc Metadata Committee. She currently serves as the Spatial Data Manager for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.



Wednesday November 2, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Harbour B

1:30pm

Managing Large Volumes of Inventory: An Asset Management Approach

How do you manage large volumes of inventory?  This session will demonstrate how users are managing and sharing terabytes of imagery, coordinating the replacement of all of the street lights in their jurisdiction, and solutions that are designed to assist agencies move towards greater ADA compliance.
AICP CM Approved 1.5 

Moderator: John Nolte, GISP, Infrastructure Support Services Lead, City of Westminster, Lakewood, CO 

  • Leveraging Multi-year Imagery For Capital Asset Management
    Vivek Baijal, B.SC.; MBA, Senior Manager & Land Management Lead, MNP LLP, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Stephen Maclean, B.Sc, Senior Manager, MNP LLP, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • At the Speed of Light: How Hamilton Replaced 10,000 Streetlights on Time & Under Budget
    Gord McGuire, OLS, Manager of Geomatics and Corridor Management, City of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • ADA: Mapping the Path to Sidewalk and Ramp Compliance
    Daniel Behnke, AICP, GISP, Data Transfer Solutions, Orlando, Florida, United States
    Trey Fragala, AICP, PMP, Data Transfer Solutions, LLC (DTS),Orlando, Florida, United States

Moderators
avatar for John Nolte, GISP

John Nolte, GISP

Infrastructure Support Services, City of Westminster

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Behnke, GISP, AICP

Daniel Behnke, GISP, 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 collected and processed data for approximately 40,000 roadway miles including pavement distress, rutting, roadway geometry and right-of-way assets as well as... Read More →
avatar for Trey Fragala

Trey Fragala

Chief Operating Officer, Data Transfer Solutions, LLC
Trey Fragala, AICP, PMP is the Chief Operating Officer for Data Transfer Solutions, LLC (DTS). He has an excellent understanding of asset and financial management processes and software. In addition to his executive management experience, Mr. Fragala has 18 years of program management, asset management, land use and transportation planning experience spanning the public and private sectors, including site planning, transportation planning... Read More →
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Stephen Maclean, B.Sc

Stephen MacLean is a senior GIS application architect with 20 years of experience designing, developing and delivering GIS-based solutions using a range of technologies. He is currently a Senior Manager with MNP.Environment, Government and Natural Resources sectors. He is currently a Senior Manager with MNP.
avatar for Vivek Baijal, B.SC.; MBA

Vivek Baijal, B.SC.; MBA

Land Management/GIS Lead, MNP LLP
Vivek Baijal is a senior consultant with 25 years of experience envisioning and delivering GIS-based solutions to the Environment, Government and Natural Resources sectors. He is currently a Senior Manager with MNP.
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Gord McGuire O.L.S., B.Sc.

Manager of Geomatics & Corridor Management, City of Hamilton, Public Works
For the last 20 years, Gord McGuire has worked at the City of Hamilton, most recently as the Manager of Geomatics within Public Works. He has responsibility for all survey and mapping activities, plan production and archiving, utility permitting, and streetlighting. His diverse role allows the use of many technologies including GIS, which is a key system supporting the daily workflow of the Geomatics section. Gord previously worked in the... Read More →



Wednesday November 2, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Harbour A

1:30pm

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab
Explore Esri software offerings and get free training at the Hands-on Learning Lab. The Learning Lab offers self-paced training sessions (approximately 45 minutes each) featuring a recorded presentation and an interactive exercise. Esri instructors are available to answer your questions.


Wednesday November 2, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dockside 8

1:30pm

URISA Leadership Academy Committee Meeting
Authors and instructors of the URISA Leadership Academy will meet during this time to set their workplan for updating the ULA curriculum. The ULA will be presented twice in 2017 (San Diego in April and Providence in July).

Wednesday November 2, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dockside 9

3:00pm

4:00pm

Economic Development and Analysis - Web App Builders and Big Data Converge

Web app builders and big data come together to provide GIS users new capabilities for identifying trends and patterns.  Attend and learn how to simply build web apps to leverage your data and get the most out of your GIS investment.
AICP CM Approved 1.0  

Moderator: James Armstrong, AICP, GISP, Spatial Relationships, Boston, MA

  • Using ArcGIS Online Web App Builder for Economic Development
    Soham Shah, GIS Specialist, Corporation of the County of Grey, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada 
  • Re-Precincting in New England:  Where Big Data, Data Governance, and GIS Come Together to Avoid the Perfect Storm
    Stephen Sovick, GISP, President / CEO, Northeastern Geospatial Research Professionals, Inc, Duxbury, Massachusetts, United States
    Ellen West Nodwell, GISP, Vice-President Geospatial Services, IntegraShare Solutioneering Inc., The Woodlands, Texas, United States
    Gus Nodwell, CEO,  IntegraShare Solutioneering Inc., The Woodlands, Texas, United States

Speakers
avatar for Gus Nodwell

Gus Nodwell

CEO, IntegraShare
I am passionate about solving the hard real-world problems using a combination of geospatial and process management tools. I have worked in many industries and in many countries. Most recently my work had been on compliance, education research, and geospatial strategies for energy. I love the challenge of solving big problems!
avatar for Ellen West Nodwell, GISP

Ellen West Nodwell, GISP

CEO, IntegraShare Dimensions, Inc
Ellen West Nodwell, GISP, is the CEO of IntegraShare Dimensions, Inc. | | In 1981, Ellen entered the energy business, after having spent nearly a decade in state government in the State of Georgia. Today, she solves problems related to a range of issues that often have the common thread of demographics, geography, mapping, data integration, analysis, business intelligence, and governance. Over the years, her experience has ranged across... Read More →
avatar for Soham Shah

Soham Shah

GIS Specialist, County of Grey
Soham holds a Bachelors of Science degree in GIS/Geography from the University of Toronto (2011) and a GIS Applications Specialist Postgraduate Certificate from Sir Sandford Fleming College (2012) . | | He has been working as a GIS Specialist at the County of Grey for the past 3 years focusing on many projects related to economic development. His presentation at URISA will focus on a web GIS application that he has created using the ArcGIS... Read More →
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Stephen Sovick, GISP

Stephen B. Sovick is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Northeastern Geospatial Research Professionals, Inc. He has 16 years of professional experience and has dedicated his career to exploring and applying geographical principles to solve complex geospatial problems related to environmental and demographic issues, modeling, and social justice. Mr. Sovick is responsible for designing and implementing an enterprise system for... Read More →



Wednesday November 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Pier 7/8

4:00pm

Emergency Response and GIS
AICP CM Approved 1.0 

Moderator:
Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP, GIS/Mapping Coordinator, Orleans Parish Communication District, New Orleans, LA

  • Where is the Phone?
    Kira Doty, GIS Tech/Data Specialist, 911 Solutions, Inc., Aurora, Colorado, United
  • StatesPractical Applications of GIS in the PSAP
    Keri Brennan, GISP, Sr. GIS Consultant, The Schneider Corporation, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States 

Moderators
avatar for Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP

Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP

GIS/Mapping Coordinator, Orleans Parish Communication District
Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP is the GIS/Mapping Coordinator for the Orleans Parish Communication District . Prior to coming to OPCD in 2002, Ms. Cargo worked for sixteen years in both public and private agencies as a Principal City Planner and GIS Project Manager. Ms. Cargo has a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans, and is a past President of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Keri Brennan, GISP

Keri Brennan, GISP

Consultant, The Schneider Corporation
Keri is a Senior GIS Consultant with the Schneider Corporation in Indianapolis, Indiana.  As a Senior GIS Consultant for the Schneider Corporation, Ms. Brennan primarily works with key clients on staff augmentation, helping these clients move their GIS to a full enterprise solution. She also is the Product Manager for IDAM – the integrated damage assessment model application which assists emergency management and assessment... Read More →
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Kira Doty

GIS Tech/Data Specialist, 911 Solutions, Inc.
Kira Doty a senior at UCCS, and have been working for 911 Solutions for about ten years. I discovered a passion for mapping and using GIS tools to solve real world problems.



Wednesday November 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Pier 9

4:00pm

From Land to Sea

These presentations will show how GIS can be used to model and depict environmental conditions, threats and hazards, such as erosion, that affect our livable communities, not only for us humans but also our turtles.  

Moderator: Susie Saliola, GIS/Planning Technician, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nesting in NC (2005-2014)
    Alyssa Randall, MS, GIS Analyst, Planning Communities, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States 
  • Using GIS and MODIS Data to Estimate Ecological Services at a Continental Scale
    Peter Cada, GISP, GIS Managerr, Tetra Tech, Inc., Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, United States

Moderators
avatar for Susie Saliola

Susie Saliola

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

Speakers
avatar for Peter Cada, GISP

Peter Cada, GISP

GIS Manager, Tetra Tech, Inc.
Mr. Cada is an environmental scientist with over 10 years of experience in the areas of environmental and water resources analysis, watershed planning and restoration, urban stormwater and agricultural runoff management, and watershed and water quality modeling. Mr. Cada received a Certificate in Geospatial Analysis from Duke University, providing advanced skills in the use of GIS software packages to support a variety of water resource projects... Read More →
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Alyssa Randall

GIS Analyst/Environmental Planner, Planning Communities, LLC
Alyssa research areas of interest include conservation GIS, environmental modeling, coastal management, geostatistics, satellite image processing and environmental impact analysis. Her strong GIS background has allowed her to work on a number of exciting projects such as modeling species, analyzing hydrologic resources, and studying the perception of sea level rise and literacy. Alyssa has completed maps and analyses for the NC Wildlife... Read More →



Wednesday November 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Pier 2/3

4:00pm

From Street to Satellite - Leverage Your Imagery Investment

This session will present unique approaches to imagery use in your organization.  Whether your needs are asset management, real estate assessment, or emergency management, new types of imagery deliver real benefits – attend and see how.
AICP CM Approved 1.0  

Moderator: Alex Hepp, Director, Assessment, CycloMedia Technology, Inc. 

  • Exploring the Use of Oblique Imagery at Strathcona County
    Sarah McDonald, BES, MSc, GISP, GIS Project Manager, Strathcona County, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
  • Machine Learning Used to Identify Missing Assessment
    Tammy Sikma, GISP, GIS Manager, County of Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario Canada
    Bill Singleton, Vice President, Ecopia, Waterloo, Ontario Canada

Moderators
avatar for Alex Hepp

Alex Hepp

Director, Assessment, Cyclomedia
High Resolution Street-level Imagery

Speakers
avatar for Sarah McDonald, MSc, GISP

Sarah McDonald, MSc, GISP

GIS Project Manager, Strathcona County
Sarah is the GIS Project Manager for Strathcona County in Sherwood Park, Alberta. She supports the County Enterprise GIS by planning, coordinating, and implementing projects. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Geography from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Science in Geography from the University of Victoria. Sarah is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) and a member of URISA International.
avatar for Tammy Sikma, GISP

Tammy Sikma, GISP

GIS Manager, County of Peterborough
Tammy has worked in municipal GIS for 16 years. She, along with 2 full-time GIS Technologists, service the mapping needs of the County of Peterborough and its 8 local municipalities. Tammy is a graduate of the University of Guelph and Fleming College and is a member of URISA’s 10-Year Club. Her professional interests include tourism, privacy applications, data licensing, and innovative technologies.
avatar for Bill Singleton

Bill Singleton

Vice President, Ecopia Tech
Current solutions for feature extraction are slow and inaccurate. Come learn how new technology is drastically improving the process of creating vector maps from imagery so you can spend your time driving to insights, instead of painfully creating these information layers yourselves! | Interests: Computer Vision, Canada, US, Urban Development



Wednesday November 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Harbour C

4:00pm

GIS in Transit
Session Moderator: Robert Kirkman, Portland Metro, Portland, Oregon United States

  • Metrolinx Transit Accessibility/Connectivity Toolkit
    Christopher Livett, Transportation Planning Analyst, Metrolinx, Toronto, Ontario Canada  
  • Investment in Our Transit Futures
    Teresa Townsend, AICP, Planning Communities, Raleigh, North Carolina United States 


AICP CM Approved 1.0

 


Moderators
avatar for Robert Kirkman, GISP

Robert Kirkman, GISP

Enterprise Services Manager, Oregon Metro
Robert Kirkman is the Enterprise Services Manager at Oregon Metro. He directs the team that develops, manages, and delivers key Metro data through the web and mobile. Over the last 20 years, he's worked in the public, private, and research sectors, utilizing and directing different aspects of (geospatial) information systems. | | He is President of the Portland Chapter of Oregon URISA and is an incoming URISA Board member.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Livett

Chris Livett

Transportation Planning Analyst, Metrolinx
Network accessibility/connectivity measures are a relatively new approach to understanding the effectiveness of transit networks. Metrolinx has developed a TransCAD-based connectivity toolkit enabling analysis of residents’ access to transit and destinations across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. My presentation will discuss the development of the toolkit and its use in analyzing social equity, transit fare integration plans, and rapid... Read More →
avatar for Teresa Townsend

Teresa Townsend

CEO, Planning Communities
Ms. Townsend has 22 years of experience and extensive knowledge in multidisciplinary background in community, environmental and transportation planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and socio-economic and demographic analysis. She is an active leader in the integration of GIS tools in planning applications, educating policy makers and leaders and promoting planning and GIS integration across various industries. Teresa is a founding... Read More →



Wednesday November 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Harbour B

4:00pm

The Where of It All…

Location information is an expected part of today’s geographic and economic environment.  The ability to streamline address and location information is being harnessed worldwide.  This session will explore creative approaches to addressing and location information beyond what we think of in terms of traditional addressing.
AICP CM Approved 1.0 

Moderator: Josh Greenberg, GISP, Senior GIS/RS Analyst, Skagit County GIS, Mount Vernon, WA  

  • 2016 ESIG Award Enterprise System Category Winner: Think Outside the Map
    John Nerge, GISP, GIS Coordinator for the City of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
  • Streamline GIS and Location Applications
    Xinhang Shen, President, NAC Geographic Products Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
  • The World Addressed with 3 Words
    Tom Blaksley, Partnership, what3words, London, United Kingdom

 


Moderators
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Josh Greenberg, GISP

Sr. GIS/RS Analyst, Skagit County GIS
Currently, Josh Greenberg coordinates remote sensing activities and provides imagery analysis for the Skagit County GIS Dept. His background offers both ecological and technical guidance to County environmental issues such as habitat analysis, salmon restoration and long term growth models. Josh earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from the U.W. College of Forest Resources Ecosystem Science program. Josh is currently the President of WAURISA.

Speakers
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Tom Blaksley

Partnerships, what3words
Tom runs global GIS and government partnerships at what3words. what3words is a simple and communicable standard for referencing location, bridging the gap between the general public and geographic systems. | | Before joining what3words, Tom worked in asset management, political consultancy, and for the British Council. Prior to that, he read Arabic and Spanish at Cambridge University.
avatar for John Nerge, GISP

John Nerge, GISP

GIS Coordinator, City of Brooklyn Park
John Nerge, GISP is the GIS Coordinator for the City of Brooklyn Park, GIS Coordinator. Along with implementing GIS process automation using Python, he focuses on usability and human-centered design to publish engaging and intuitive public GIS apps. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, and martial arts, and cats.
avatar for Xinhang Shen

Xinhang Shen

President, NAC Geographic Products Inc.
Founder and CEO of NAC Geographic Products Inc. since 1995, inventor of Natural Area Coding System which is to unify all representations of locations and areas: addresses, postcodes, area codes, location coordinates, etc with most efficient, language independent and coverage complete codes. In the study of GPS measurement, I have found that relativity is wrong and published a paper "Challenge to the special theory of relativity" on the March 2016... Read More →



Wednesday November 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Harbour A

4:00pm

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab
Explore Esri software offerings and get free training at the Hands-on Learning Lab. The Learning Lab offers self-paced training sessions (approximately 45 minutes each) featuring a recorded presentation and an interactive exercise. Esri instructors are available to answer your questions.


Wednesday November 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Dockside 8

6:00pm

GIS-Pro 2016 Social Event at the Hockey Hall of Fame
We're going to the Hockey Hall of Fame! A very short walk to the venue from the Westin.
Heavy appetizers and soft drinks, a cash bar (they do not accept credit or debit cards; there is an ATM in the concourse), tons of displays and memorabilia to view.

Play interactive games and hang out with your fellow attendees. Whose team will be on the Stanley Cup this year? Wear your favorite team's gear!

Name badges will be checked and tickets will be collected at the entrance!
Click here for simple walking directions.  

Important Note: If there is a Game 7 in the World Series, we'll have the game on during the Social! 


Wednesday November 2, 2016 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Hockey Hall of Fame 30 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E 1X8, Canada
 
Thursday, November 3
 

7:30am

GIS-Pro Conference Committee Meeting
Conference committee members will meet to discuss feedback from the conference and start brainstorming for next year's planning, over a hosted continental breakfast.

Moderators
avatar for Alex Hepp

Alex Hepp

Director, Assessment, Cyclomedia
High Resolution Street-level Imagery
avatar for Wendy Peloquin, GISP

Wendy Peloquin, GISP

Account Manager, GISinc
Wendy Peloquin, GISP is an Account Manager at GISinc supporting State and Local Governments and is based out of Jacksonville, FL. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a B.S. in Geography and a Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS).

Thursday November 3, 2016 7:30am - 8:30am
Dockside 9

8:30am

Free Puppies and Solutions - Open Source and Commercial Software

Open source software has uses in many organizations.  This session will focus on often overlooked open source geocoding tools and developing a platform in an open source stack.  Attend and obtain skills that you can apply immediately. 

Moderator: Ashley Littell Hitt, GISP, Director, GIS Services, Connected Nation, Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States

  • Open Source Geocoding
    Sara Yurman, GISP, Principal, Spatial Focus LLC, Avondale Estates, Georgia, United States
  • Developing an Argumentation Platform in an Open Source Stack
    Justin Pierre, MSA, GIS Developer, Toronto, Ontario Canada
  • Using Open Source Python Packages for Machine Learning on Vector Geodata
    Richard Wen, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario Canada

Moderators
avatar for Ashley Littell Hitt, GISP

Ashley Littell Hitt, GISP

Director, GIS Services, Connected Nation
Ashley Hitt, GISP, is the Director of GIS Services at Connected Nation, developing methodologies for using broadband internet mapping data to provide solutions to stakeholders that impact policy, economic development, and the digital divide. She is currently on the URISA Board of Directors (Secretary), is a Past-President of the Cumberland Chapter of URISA, and was on the inaugural URISA Vanguard Cabinet - an advisory board of young GIS... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Justin Pierre, MSA

Justin Pierre, MSA

GIS Developer
Justin Pierre is a GIS Developer specializing in web mapping applications and process automation. His focus is on open data standards and open-source software with the goal of making GIS affordable and available to all organizations. He has been working in GIS systems development for 8 years in the retail, real estate and resource sectors and manages web mapping systems for enterprise clients.
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Richard Wen, BES, MSA

PhD Student, Ryerson University
Richard Wen is a PhD student in Civil Engineering, specializing in Geomatics, at Ryerson University. His research interests include machine learning, open data, and open source software development for geospatial applications. He has over 4 years of experience in developing automated code for geospatial research using various open source programming languages. He also holds a Masters of Spatial Analysis (MSA) from Ryerson University, and a... Read More →
avatar for Sara Yurman, GISP

Sara Yurman, GISP

Geodata Architects, Spatial Focus Inc
Sara is a founding partner in Spatial Focus, a GIS consultancy started in 1998. Her work with Spatial Focus has been all over the United States, with international projects in places such as Abu Dhabi, Serbia, Indonesia and Malawi. She manages Spatial Focus production staff, often using open source GIS to build master address repositories. She is a member of the Address Standard Working Group, chairing the Quality Control section of the FGDC... Read More →



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

8:30am

Mapping Your Future: Tools and Techniques for Young Professionals

This session will highlight GIS in education and careers.  It will not only discuss GIS Day can be used to increase awareness and outreach to students and teachers in K-12 classrooms, but also what attracts or inhibits newcomers to geospatial education and industry. Then learn about the GIS job market in Canada. 

Moderator: Amy Esnard, GISP, Elevon Solutions, Hood River, Oregon, United States 

  • GIS Day as an Educational Opportunity
    Marcus Harner, GISP, IT/GIS Analyst, County of Shasta, Redding, California, United States                                                        
  • Geospatial Career Pathways: Attraction in Diversity?
    Bert Veenendaal, Professor, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia 
  • Beyond the Map: The Canadian GIS Job Market
    Frank Goehner, Supervisor, Geospatial Solutions, Town of Oakville, Ontario Canada

Moderators
avatar for Amy Esnard, MSc, GISP

Amy Esnard, MSc, GISP

Consultant, Elevon Solutions, LLC
Amy brings nearly two decades of professional GIS experience, primarily in State and Local Government. She has an extensive understanding of information technology and how to best organize, plan, implement and use GIS and spatial technology. In the past eight years, Amy has demonstrated proficiency in leading large organizations through strategic planning initiatives and return on investment (ROI) analyses related to the deployment and use of GIS... Read More →

Speakers
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Frank Goehner

Supervisor, Geospatial Solutions, Town of Oakville
Frank has over 15 years’ experience in the Geographic Information Systems industry. Frank has worked in both the public and private sectors, and is currently working for the Town of Oakville as Supervisor of Geospatial Solutions. While at the Town of Oakville, he is currently the chair of the Town’s GIS Steering Committee and managing the implementation of a new GIS Strategic Plan.
avatar for Marcus Harner, GISP

Marcus Harner, GISP

GIS Analyst, Shasta County
Marcus has worked in the GIS industry for 15 years as a technician, analyst, lead analyst, DBA, developer, web designer and instructor in both private and public sectors. Currently, with Shasta County, his primary focus is web mapping application, database and schema design, geoprocessing automation, and data development.
avatar for Bert Veenendaal

Bert Veenendaal

Head, Department of Spatial Sciences, Curtin University
Bert Veenendaal is Professor in Geographic Information Science and Head of the Department of Spatial Sciences at Curtin University. Bert has been involved in higher education teaching and researching in geographic information science for more than 25 years. He was instrumental in developing the well-recognised and highly successful teaching and research programs in Geographic Information Science at Curtin University. Bert is the recipient of... Read More →



Thursday November 3, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Pier 9

8:30am

Mobile GIS

Mobile and web GIS can streamline workflows for typical day-to-day operations, but so can incorporating small Aerial Systems (sUAS) (aka drones) into data collection.  Attend this session to learn about how you can incorporate mobile and web GIS solutions into your organization’s workflow, as well as some of the common barriers to adopting and deploying sUAS.

Moderator: Tripp Corbin, GISP, eGIS Associates, Dacula, Georgia, United States 

  • Deploying Enterprise GIS Solutions - The Age of Mobile & Web GIS
    Solomon Nimako, M.Sc GIS, GISP, GIS Supervisor, City of Rancho Cucamonga, California United States
  • Field Data Collection: A Solution Using ArcGIS Collector
    Jennie Byron, GIS Analyst, Golder Associates Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • Introduction to sUASs
  • Trevis Gigliotti, Director, Principal Point Geospatial Solutions, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Moderators
avatar for Tripp Corbin, GISP

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Jennie Byron

Jennie Byron

GIS Analyst, Golder Associates Ltd.
Jennie Byron is a GIS Analyst in the Spatial Information Management Division at Golder Associates Ltd. with over 12 years of GIS, CADD, and 3D visualization experience. She has a B.Sc. in Geology and an Advanced Diploma in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She has provided GIS and CADD support and solutions on projects in the areas of geology, mineral exploration, hydrology, and environmental. Her experience has been applied to projects... Read More →
avatar for Trevis Gigliotti

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 →
avatar for Solomon Nimako

Solomon Nimako

GIS Supervisor, City of Rancho Cucamonga



Thursday November 3, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Pier 2/3

8:30am

Parcels, Parcels, Parcels

Land parcels and cadastral data is the foundation for many other geospatial data layers.  This session will discuss topics from tools that can be used to ensure accuracy, as well as lessons learned from organizations that have implemented large scale parcel mapping projects.
AICP CM Approved 1.5 

Moderator: Brent Jones, PE, PLS, Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records, Esri, Vienna, Virginia – United States

  • 2016 ESIG Award Distinguished Enterprise System: North Carolina Parcels, Integrated Cadastral Data Exchange
    Thomas W. Morgan, PLS, Land Records Manager, NC Department of the Secretary of State , Raleigh, North Carolina
    Jeffrey P. Brown, GISP, Coordination Program Manager, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Estimating Accuracy of a City Wide Parcel Fabric
    Arne Svedahl, B.Sc., Leader, Land, Asset Information & Mapping, City of Calgary, Alberta Canada
    Dave Horwood, O.L.S, Land Information Systems Architect Esri Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
  • Highlights and Lessons Learned from the ParcelMap British Columbia Project
    Wendy Amy , C.E.T., GISP, PMP, GIS Manager, MNC, Calgary, Alberta Canada
    Ellen Styner, General Manager, MNC, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 

Moderators
avatar for Brent Jones

Brent Jones

Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records, Esri
Brent A. Jones, PE, PLS, is the Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records at Esri where he oversees worldwide strategic industry planning, business development, and marketing activities.  He is actively involved in the modernization of land records in the United States and in international activities designing and building cadastral systems.  Based in Washington DC, he has extensive experience with cadastral and surveying systems worldwide... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Amy, C.E.T., GISP, PMP

Wendy Amy, C.E.T., GISP, PMP

GIS Manager, MNC Ltd.
Wendy Amy manages GIS projects and mapping programs at MNC. Over the past 17 years, she has led many large GIS mapping projects through to successful completion including: the Alberta Government’s Public Land Disposition mapping project (DIDS), Alberta’s Property Parcel (TITLES) project, Manitoba Hydro’s GIS Integrated Property Parcel Mapping project,  and  British Columbia’s Land Title and Survey Authority... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Brown, GISP

Jeff Brown, GISP

Coordination Program Manager, NC Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
Jeff Brown is the Coordination Program Manager for the North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (CGIA) in the Government Data Analytics Center in the Department of Information Technology. Since joining CGIA in 1996, has worked on a variety of GIS projects as an analyst and project manager. In addition to coordination duties related to the NC Geographic Information Coordinating Council, he manages the NC Parcels program.
avatar for Dave Horwood

Dave Horwood

President, S.E.A. Graphics Inc.
David Martin Horwood is an Ontario Land Surveyor and President of S.E.A. Graphics Inc. specializing in software products and consulting in the areas of surveying, engineering, architecture and GIS. He is also the Land Information System Architect for Esri Canada implementing jurisdiction wide parcel fabrics and enhancing the core parcel editing capabilities of ArcGIS.
avatar for Ellen Styner

Ellen Styner

General Manager, MNC
is the General Manager at MNC, for the past 19 years she has been instrumental in developing MNC into the successful company it is today. She lends her Geomatics expertise, project management, and strategic planning skills to each project that MNC undertakes to ensure the project’s success and client expectations are met. Ellen was involved in the initial efforts to develop standards for digital plan submissions in Alberta in 1998. She was... Read More →
avatar for Arne Svedahl

Arne Svedahl

Leader, Infrastructure & Information Services, City of Calgary
Enterprise GIS, BIM and Location Based Services. | | Camping, golf, hiking, traveling.



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

8:30am

The State of Our Industry - GeoAlliance Canada
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

Panelists:
  • 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

Moderators
avatar for Caitlin Blundell

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 analytical skills are combined with effective visual communication using the Adobe Creative Suite. She is passionate about geographic education, and teaches... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brad Ashley, CET

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 to network and collaborate on projects of mutual interest that will increase public awareness of the value of the geospatial information supply chain... Read More →
avatar for Michael Chan

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, skills development and commercialization. | Michael has held several senior management positions in the high tech industry over the past 15 years including Director... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Sewell

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, as well as land use analysis, geomatics capacity building initiatives and data gathering. Jeremy has been President of the Manitoba GIS User Group for the last year... Read More →


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

8:30am

Esri Hands-On Leaning Lab
Explore Esri software offerings and get free training at the Hands-on Learning Lab. The Learning Lab offers self-paced training sessions (approximately 45 minutes each) featuring a recorded presentation and an interactive exercise. Esri instructors are available to answer your questions.


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

10:30am

Closing Keynote - Leslie Woo, Metrolinx
We are pleased to welcome Leslie Woo, Chief Planning Officer of Metrolinx in Toronto as our closing keynote speaker.

Leadership that Transforms: The Next 50 Years of Sticky Issues

Leslie Woo will speak to the key issues that will shape the cities of the future and the leadership needed to creatively guide that future. She will draw from her professional and personal experiences on how strategic infrastructure planning is one of our best but riskiest future-proofing tools.

 

Moderators
avatar for Diana Rodriguez

Diana Rodriguez

GIS Specialist, CDM Smith
Diana Rodriguez graduated in the summer of 2010 from DePaul University, where she majored in Geography with a concentration in Metropolitan Development and a GIS Certificate. Ms. Rodriguez is a GIS Specialist and has been with CDM Smith for more than 6 years. As a GIS Specialist, Ms. Rodriguez has experience with FEMA map modernization and RiskMAP programs and has been involved in collection, production, and review of products and data for the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Woo

Leslie Woo

Chief Planning Officer, Metrolinx
Named the 2015 Outstanding Leader by Canada’s Women’s Infrastructure Network, Leslie Woo is Metrolinx’s Chief Planning Officer. Responsible for creating and prioritizing the delivery of The Big Move (2008), a comprehensive 25-year transportation plan for Canada’s largest urban region, a plan that has resulted in over $30 billion in public transit investments in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. She is also a... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Metropolitan Centre & West

11:30am

URISA Annual Business Meeting

URISA's Annual Business Meeting - This meeting is open to all URISA members.

Board members who have completed their terms of service will be recognized and new board members will be introduced. Hear from the Board Secretary, Ashley Hitt, who will summarize the actions taken by the Board in the past year. The Association's financial report will also be presented during  the annual business meeting. 

Celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and hear about plans for the future!

At the conclusion of this meeting, new Board members will begin their three-year terms and Tripp Corbin's presidential term will commence. 


Speakers
avatar for Carl Anderson, GISP

Carl Anderson, GISP

Senior System Architect, Create.IO
Carl is a Senior System Architect for Create.IO, a startup building an immersive real-estate research platform.  In his career he has developed geospatial systems for small and large data systems using both open source and proprietary software. Previously he worked for the U.S. Census Bureau as a geospatial data architect and Fulton County Georgia as the Assistant Dir responsible for enterprise wide Data Integration, Business Intelligence... Read More →
avatar for Tripp Corbin, GISP

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 →
avatar for Ashley Littell Hitt, GISP

Ashley Littell Hitt, GISP

Director, GIS Services, Connected Nation
Ashley Hitt, GISP, is the Director of GIS Services at Connected Nation, developing methodologies for using broadband internet mapping data to provide solutions to stakeholders that impact policy, economic development, and the digital divide. She is currently on the URISA Board of Directors (Secretary), is a Past-President of the Cumberland Chapter of URISA, and was on the inaugural URISA Vanguard Cabinet - an advisory board of young GIS... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Somers, GISP

Rebecca Somers, GISP

Somers-St. Claire GIS Management Consultants
Rebecca is a GIS Management Consultant specializing in GIS management and organization, program review and application of best practices, and strategy development. A GIS leader for more than 25 years, she has helped dozens of organizations successfully develop their GIS programs both as an in-house GIS manager and as a consultant. Rebecca is a prominent GIS management instructor, writer, and speaker in national and international forums. She wrote... Read More →


Thursday November 3, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Metropolitan Centre & West

12:00pm

URISA Board of Directors Meeting
The URISA International Board of Directors meets this afternoon to discuss the year ahead. 
Tripp Corbin begins his Presidential term and four newly-elected Board members join the Board during this meeting.

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Dockside 9

1:00pm

GeoAlliance Canada Annual General Meeting
Open to all... this will be the first AGM for GeoAlliance Canada, a national umbrella organization for the Canadian geo community.

Thursday November 3, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Pier 2/3