Creative Art/Map Competition for Nova Scotian Students

International Map Year Canada

The Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) have announced that they are hosting a Creative Map Competition for Nova Scotian Students for International Map Year.

The creative mapping GANS contest is open to students of all grades including post secondary students and is intended to help encourage young people to participate in creative cartographic activities while learning more about the geography, heritage and history of Nova Scotia.  

Creative Map Competition for Nova Scotian Students

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place entries in 7 different categories thanks to several generous sponsors including Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS), Esri Canada, Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) and Canadian Geographic.

Nova Scotian teachers/students may submit maps, on the theme “Nova Scotia – A Province Rich in Heritage”.

Categories of competition: Creative Map Competition for Nova Scotian Students

  1. Primary – Grade 2 – Creative Maps
  2. Grade 3 – Grade 6 – Creative Maps
  3. Grade 7 – Grade 9 – Creative Maps
  4. Grade 10 – Grade 12 – Creative Maps
  5. Grade 10 – Grade 12 – GIS Story Maps
  6. Post-secondary – Creative Maps
  7. Post-secondary – GIS Story Maps
Contest rules,  guidelines and more details are available from the GANS website:

Professional Geomatics Associations & Groups in Canada

Professional Geomatics Associations & Groups in Canada

[last updated Aug 2014]

After a much debated and detailed discussion on LinkedIn it was determined that many people are not aware of all the Professional Geomatics Associations that are available in Canada nor witch ones they should become part of (especially since some cost money and most can not afford to join them all).

Professional Geomatics Associations & Related Organizations in Canada

Therefore I started this new section on the web site to cover some of the organizations that I am either a member of or know about. The plan will be to cover at least one of these professional geomatics associations in more detail every month. ( if you see one that I have missed from the list, think your organization or user group should be added or have some information to add to one of these then feel free to let me know. )

Professional organizations are great ways to network and discuss GIS topics with others in the same industry.

Here is my current list of professional geomatics related organizations in Canada with links to their web sites and then links to more in depth coverage about each one as they are added monthly to the web site [you also use the groups category listing or search tools to find more information on these].

Hopefully this section of the web site will help people discover /join more professional organizations and / or locate local user groups.

Professional Geomatics Related Organizations in Canada

CAG – Canadian Association of Geographers

CIG – Canadian Institute of Geomatics

CRSS – Canadian Remote Sensing Society – currently part of CASI (Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute) but in the process of breaking off on their own
CRSS Ottawa Chapter

CCA – The Canadian Cartographic Association

GANS – The Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia – Read more information about GANS

CGU – Canadian Geophysical Union, Geodesy Section

NACIS – North American Cartographic Information Society

MGUG… – Manitoba Geomatics User Group

AGG – Alberta Geomatics Group

OARS – Ontario Remote Sensing Society

GIAC – Geomatics Industry Association of Canada (More for companies and corporations, then individuals)

Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) – Alberta Chapter – GITA is a nonprofit educational association

PSC – Professional Surveyors Canada

ACLS – Association of Canada Lands Surveyors

Professional Geomatics Related Organizations not in Canada but related or associated with the Canadian Geomatics Industry

URISA – Urban and Regional Information Systems Association

GITA – Geospatial Information & Technology Association

  • GITA Alberta Chapter

ASPRS – American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) – mostly American based

SCGIS – Society for Conservation GIS mostly US based

Geomatics Professional Networking Groups

Canadian GIS & Geomatics Group – online networking with other Canadians in Geomatics (over 1900 members)

GoGeomatics – provides several free regional chapters that at pubs monthly –

GeoGeeks Fraser Valley Group – – Read more about GeoGeeks

Vancouver GIS Users Group –

[originally published July 2010]

If you see one that I have missed from the list, think your organization or user group should be added or have some information to add to one of these then feel free to let me know.


Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table and the Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy

[This article was originally written in March 2013, so may look familiar to many, however it has been updated with new information and links, such as details about the upcoming Ottawa workshop in June]

CGCRT and the Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy

The phrase Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table (CGCRT) has been spreading throughout the Canadian geomatics community lately and appearing more and more in social media, yet I often get the feeling that not everyone really knows what the CGCRT is, or what they are about. Therefore I prepared this sort introduction with some key links and information in the hopes of helping more people learn more about the CGCRT and hopefully get involved in their initiatives.

It began as an informal gathering of various stakeholders in the Canadian geomatics that came together to discuss changes in the industry  due to improved technological, various social and market conditions and the trend of geographic information appearing more and more in everyday lives.

Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table 2The collaborative group of professionals from all fields of the geomatics sector (geospatial, geographic, location information etc.) representing private industry, academia, professional bodies, nonprofit groups and all levels of government consider the challenges that the geomatics industry may be facing in the upcoming years, propose solutions and strategies that could help guide the direction of the sector and strengthen it for the years to come.

As a support group, it is open to all geomatics professionals who are interested in furthering the future of the field for the betterment of all. A Steering Committee of volunteers from coast to coast was created in 2013 to help guide the Round Table’s initiatives and activities, and to ensure that it stays on track to reach the many goals that the group set.

One of the key concerns highlighted in 2012 was that the rapid development of online mapping applications and location based services was causing an increase in public expectations with regards to the accuracy of geospatial data and therefore a need to strengthen the essentials of the geomatics sector. It was from this that the phrase Canadian Geomatics Round Table (CGCRT) that we all have been hearing and seeing all over the web was created.

The decision to develop a strategy that reflected the general consensus on the part of participants at the 2012 meeting that the geomatics community as a whole would be well-served by a more systematic effort to articulate and promote its shared interests. This Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy is an open and collaborative effort started by the CGCRT to create a future ideal with common goals and objectives for everyone working with Canadian geographic information.

Pan-Canadian Geomatics Community Strategy Framework

The idea is to seek, identify and include an ever-widening range of stakeholders in Canada, including industry, academia, governments, non-governmental organizations, geospatial data and service companies, professional associations, individual Canadian citizens, as well as new and emerging players in the sector. Its key objectives include fostering the understanding of the use and value of geographic information to all Canadians, and to ensure that Canada has a healthy geomatics sector that is also productive, competitive and sustainable that will serve Canada well into the future.

While the Pan-Canadian Action Plan provides tactical measures to respond to issues identified by the Round Table, it has also been recognized that there was a need for a broad community strategy to overlay and bind together the tactics of the Action Plan – and to identify other priority areas for action. This will ensure the continued growth of the industry. In fact, it is hoped that it will serve as a buffer for industry professionals today as well as a guide for the practice of geomatics in the future.

The CGCRT has been working on studying the “seven strategy dimensions” used to create the Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy and drafting documents to help spur discussion with input to help the strategy development process. The group is also trying to expand and strengthen the geomatics community therefore are seeking the input of everyone involved in the geospatial sector.

The steering committee is now working on organizing the next upcoming national meeting “the Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy, Action and Implementation Planning workshop” taking place in Ottawa on June 8th and 9th. If you wish to get involved then contact the CGCRT via email ( and follow some of the links below for more CGCRT information.

More Canadian Geomatics Round Table (CGCRT) Information

The CGCRT website is

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Join the CGCRT on LinkedIn (it is a closed group but requests to join are welcomed so just click the join button above if you are not already a member)

Follow the CGCRT on Twitter

The CGCRT blog contains articles submitted from people coast to coast representing all aspects of the industry and a great place to leave your comments and feedback

Various CGCRT documents  can be found here:

For more information on the Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy see

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St. John’s Declaration (Help Improve Geographic Literacy in Canada)

Last month at the Canadian Association of Geographers conference in St.John’s, Newfoundland, a group of concerned geography educators came together to discuss deficiencies in geographic knowledge, work on a strategy and create an action plan to help geographic education in Canada. St. John’s Declaration is a document that resulted from the meeting that will be sent out to all the major educational institutes and professional organizations to seek their endorsements for the cause.

“The Canadian GIS & Geomatics website has been a long standing supporter of Geography & GIS Awareness in Canada, and in support geographic learning, teaching and research that is the foundation of the Canadian geomatics sector, supports the St. John’s Declaration for Advancing Geographic Education.”

GIS and Geomatics Jobs on LinkedIn

For years now LinkedIn has proven to be a powerful online career tool that people have been including in their job hunting arsenal of tools. Besides some the more obvious features that it provides (such as online portfolios, resumes available 24/7, job postings and recruiters) it has allowed people to network with others in the same industry much easier, often connecting with people well beyond their geographic regions.

The Canadian GIS & Geomatics group  for example has grown to over 2000 members in the past year, and contains a wide range of active geomatics people from Newfoundland to British Columbia who have a wide range of backgrounds, knowledge and experience (GIS, Cartography, Remote Sensing, LIDAR, Surveying etc.).

GeoGeeks Fraser Valley Group

Fraser Valley

The GeoGeeks Fraser Valley Group is for those interested in spatial related things and for those who are interested in sharing that passion with others through spatial technology.

“Perhaps you like to develop custom solutions and understand APIs and programming or you’re just someone who has a use for web mapping. The Fraser Valley is on the outskirts of most of the existing mapping organizations and we want to build our own community.”

There is so much that cab be learned and shared from one another: open data, open street mapping, open source software, new technology and techniques, and more. So if you are in the Fraser Valley  area then you should get together, network  and support one other!

See check out the groups meeting page for a calender of events and to get in contact with people of this group.

[image soure: GeoGeeks FV group]