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TECTERRA Board Names Jonathan Neufeld as CEO

February 14, 2017 (Calgary, Alberta)TECTERRA & geospatial software announced the appointment of Mr. Jonathan Neufeld as the Chief Executive Officer. Neufeld has been with TECTERRA since 2011 and served as interim CEO since May 2016.

“We are delighted that Jonathan has accepted the Chief Executive Officer role. Under his strategic leadership, TECTERRA will continue to extend is offerings to accelerate the commercialization of geospatial technology in a broad range of industries.” said Heather Herring, Chair of TECTERRA’s Board of Directors.

Most recently Neufeld held the role of Director of Commercialization Programs where he provided direction and leadership in the definition, execution and management of TECTERRA’s investment and support programs. Prior to this Neufeld held technical and leadership roles within geomatics firms, including domestic and international operations. Neufeld has a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Engineering both from the University of Calgary.

“TECTERRA is a unique organization with a mission to support entrepreneurs and technology focused companies improve their odds of success” said Neufeld, “I am humbled and excited for the opportunity to lead TECTERRA as we enter a new phase of support for technology driven companies who are solving complex problems across traditional and emerging market sectors.”

As the hub for geospatial technology innovation across Canada, TECTERRA offers start-ups, small, and medium size technology companies a suite of investment and support programs to help accelerate the development and commercialization of new technology.

About TECTERRA

TECTERRA is a geospatial technology innovation support centre that supports the Canadian development and commercialization of geomatics technologies. The first centre of its kind, TECTERRA works with industry, entrepreneurs, researchers, and government affiliates to enable the use of geospatial technologies in addressing local, national and global challenges. Since its inception in 2010, TECTERRA has supported 219 companies, including 91 start-ups; and has placed over 330 highly qualified professionals into jobs across Canada. Overall, the organization has generated $202 million in actual economic impact to date.

Contact: Sarah Clark Manager, Marketing and Communications TECTERRA

Canada’s first urban heat loss map of over 500,000 homes

MyHEAT Inc. launches a new way to reduce the cost of heating and cooling their homes, or commercial buildings, while also contributing to the fight against climate change. The MyHEAT platform gives the ability to visualize and compare the heat escaping from every building in a town or city, and is available free of charge.

As of today the platform is live in Calgary, Okotoks, Airdrie, Edmonton, and Sherwood Park, with over 500,000 houses profiled. Additional Alberta communities will be added over the coming months, with a planned roll out across major urban Canadian cities over the next year.

2016 Back to School Socials

2016 GoGeomatics Back to School Socials

2016 GoGeomatics Back to School Socials

Join the Geospatial Community as they come together to celebrate new-comers to the geomatics sector at the third annual Back to School Canada wide Social Event

GoGeomatics Back to School SocialsCanadianGIS.com have been involved in GoGeomatics Socials since 2010 when we helped start the first one in Ottawa, and are happy to again help support all the upcoming 2016 GoGeomatics Back to School Socials taking place in September.

GoGeomatics is inviting new and returning students to kick off the school year with other geomatics professionals at this free networking event. This is GoGeomatics way of welcoming the newest members of the Canadian geospatial community to the geomatics sector.

Everyone is welcome, from all areas of geomatics – from GIS, to remote sensing, to surveying, to cartography …  Events will be taking place in Halifax, Ottawa, Kingston, Niagara, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Nelson, Kelowna, and Vancouver – so find one near year and get out and meet someone else in the geomatics sector. Click the links above to RSVP, find out who else is  attending, see photos and comments from past events and much more.

Come share a pint with a great community, enjoy some free munchies, and have the chance to win prizes.

 

Breathtaking Aerial Views of Calgary

Breathtaking Aerial Views of Calgary Drone Footage

Breathtaking Aerial Views of Calgary (via Drone Footage)

Calgary, situated along the Bow River is a cosmopolitan city with numerous skyscrapers as this breathtaking aerial footage of Calgary captured with a UAV shows …

Check out this link for 10 more aerial views of Calgary

GIS Conference and Events in Canada

GIS Conferences and Events in Canada

[page last updated March 2016]

Attending professional GIS conferences or  geomatics related events is always a great way to stay current with what is happening in the geomatics industry and provides amble opportunity to enjoy a good time while networking and mingling with others in the geomatics sector. GIS conferences or geomatics related events - 2005 CIG Conference in Ottawa

Many professional organizations across Canada offer great geomatics related conferences and events every year, so we created the Canadian GIS Conference and Events section on CanadianGIS.com as a way to provide the geospatial community with free information about the various related conferences, events, workshops, training seminars and webinars that are being offered.

Our events section includes a variety events related to GIS, remote sensing, surveying, cartography, geography and all other geomatics disciplines (and from British Columbia to Newfoundland).

We are fortunate enough to be able to attend several GIS conference and events every year all across Canada so we also post summaries of past events (when we can) with photos for those that were not fortunate enough to attend but wanted to know how the conference or event turned out.

Listed below are some of the upcoming GIS conferences, events and webinars.  If you know of one that is not listed in our events section or are planning a geomatics related conference or event and would like to have it listed for free  and promoted out through the Canadian GIS & Geomatics networks then let us know.

[Note: This is a dynamic page that is updated regularly – so check back often]

2016 GIS Conference and EventsGIS conferences or geomatics related events

Past GIS Conference and Events

 

[This page was originally published May 2010]

Would you support a National Geospatial Student Union

Last September we were one of several sponsors who helped make the GoGeomatics Back to School Socials (which took place in numerous cities from coast to coast including Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Niagara, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver) a success.

GoGeomatics Managing Director, Jonathan Murphy had his team of group leaders ask attendees to participate in a career survey. One of the questions on the survey was “Would they support a Canadian National Geospatial Student Union if it provided opportunities such as co-operatives, job opportunities or internship positions?” (See actual questions asked here). 83% of the 200 participants responded that, they would support a Canadian National Geospatial Student Union.

Mr. Murphy told us that he added this question to his country wide survey because he feels that Canada does not have a credible organization that represents the interests of student and young professionals within the geomatics sector.

Would you support a National Geospatial Student Union?

National Geospatial Student Union - Geomatics students talkingWhen he was a student, he noticed there was a significant gap in the geospatial community, just like there is now even though there are several groups and associations that argue that they do represent Canadian geomatics students. However when you examine membership and the boards of these organizations you notice that they include members further on in there careers with different agendas.

Not only has GoGeomatics discovered that there is over whelming interest from students and young professionals to form a union that could unite students all across Canada but they have also found out that key members of industry and government, are willing to support such a group.

GoGeomatics knows that they can accomplish such a task on their own,so are seeking volunteers in the geospatial community that are interested in joining a steering committee to further explore creating such a student union. They are looking for a balanced group of people, not just students.

If you are interested in joining the steering committee or finding out what GoGeomatics thinks a Canadian National Geospatial Student Union would do the Canadian geomatics sector, then check out Mr.Murphy’s latest edition to the GoGeomatics Magazine for details.


GIS Training at Colleges and Universities

Our ever evolving Geomatics industry has lead to increased demands for specialized GIS training, and Canada has remained on top of the leading GIS education providers for many years. Here are some of the best Colleges and Universities that offer GIS related programs. This page was created on the site a number of years back to highlight some of the best Colleges and Universities in Canada that offer GIS related programs.

Houston GIS Training Company Expands to Calgary

GIS Training Company Expands to Calgary

TeachMeGIS, a Houston based GIS training company, has recently announced a decision to expand its public petroleum based GIS training classes to Calgary, Canada. This expansion has been expedited by the growing demand for geospatial skills in the industry.

Calgary and Houston are among the top oil and gas cities in the world not only as current, but also future petroleum hot spots. Rigzone.com, an online news source for the oil and gas industry, states: “The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers expects more than 5 percent of global oil production to originate in Western Canada by 2025”. Because of Calgary’s proximity to many large oil and gas plays in Canada, the implications for the city’s growth are very substantial. However, a movement towards growth and increased production indicates a need for expanded expertise – in a field that can be difficult to find training for.TeachMeGIS - GIS Training Company

Jennifer Harrison, the president and owner of TeachMeGIS believes the decision to bring petroleum-specific geospatial training to Calgary is a natural one:  “Over the years we have had a lot of students travel down to Houston from Calgary to take our classes. The feedback we have gotten after they have returned to work and had a chance to put their new skills to use has been fantastic. Although we have taught private classes in Calgary for years, it has always been a goal of ours to start offering public classes there as well. To me, there has always been a sense of camaraderie between the two cities, so it’s really exciting for us to be able to offer our public petroleum-based GIS training to the general public in our sister city of the north. “

The fact that TeachMeGIS has decided to offer training in Calgary is good news, especially for an industry where maintaining competitive position is key. Their core training, which will be available to the public, includes Fundamentals of ArcGIS for Petroleum, and Intermediate GIS Concepts for Petroleum.

Classes will begin in Calgary on December 8th of this year.

To learn more about the classes, please contact: TeachMeGIS

Michelle Tuller, Client Relations
3000 Wilcrest Suite 195, Houston TX 77042
Office: (713) 278-7883
Michelle.Tuller@TeachMeGIS.com


Historic Bird’s Eye Views of several Canadian Cities

historic aerial image  of Halifax

Canada is certainly not an old country when compared to many others like France or the UK but it has been around long enough to have some very interesting history.

Here are some historic aerial images of major cities in Canada. It is interesting when you compare some of these with modern maps and aerial images, as then you can get a real appreciation on what urban sprawl looks like and how cities develop and spread over time.

The Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) provide a service where you can obtain your own colour printed reproduction of any of the listed images below [note: the images that the links below point to are actually only thumbnails of the actual images that they repoduce]. Maps ordered are printed on acid free 70 lb paper with a size of about 55 X 70 cm. For more information about how to order historic map prints go to the ACMLA site

historic aerial image  of Ottawa 1893

 

Calgary, Alberta [1910]
Dawson City [1903]
Halifax, Nova Scotia [1879]
Hamilton, Ontario [1894]
London, Ontario [1872]
Montréal, Québec [1889]
Ottawa, Ontario [1876]
Ottawa, Ontario [1893]
Québec City, Québec [1905]
St. John’s, Newfoundland [1879]
Toronto, Ontario [1876]
Vancouver, British Columbia [1898]
Waterloo, Ontario [189?]
Winnipeg, Manitoba [1881]

Also remember to check back to the new Historic Cartography section as more content is added weekly.

 

[image source: acmla.org]

GeoAlberta – Ga3 – Geospatial: anywhere, anytime for anyone!

GeoAlberta – Ga3 – Geospatial – anywhere, anytime for anyone

Date: May 7-9, 2012GeoAlberta - Ga3 - Geospatial - anywhere, anytime for anyone
Location: Coast Plaza Hotel – Calgary, Alberta
Registration: registration@geoalberta.com or see the registration page

Details: GeoAlberta has become the Premier Geospatial Information Conference for Geomatics professionals in Western Canada. This years event titled “Ga3 – Geospatial – anywhere, anytime for anyone!” will be the 10th Anniversary and planned to reflect the new Geomatics world around us.

“Geospatial information has become part of everyday life and is a growing world wide phenomenon. No longer is Geospatial Information the preserve of highly skilled professionals, instead many people in society use it on a daily basis, sometimes unknowinly.

Real-time, interactive and mobile GPS/GIS technologies has created new real-time geographic analysis and real-time geography. Such developments have led to advances in the ways spatial information is collected, mapped and used by an expanding user community. They are now at the heart of a vast array of real-time interactive mobile computing, geolocation applications and asset management, along with wireless geographic services that are revolutionizing the role of geography and geospatial information in everyday society.

Discover how it all works together from traditional mapping and survey technology to new web technologies and smart devices. Learn from industry leaders how geospatial information is emerging, evolving and imminent in today’s society.”

The 10th GeoAlberta Conference will be titled “Geospatial – anywhere, anytime for anyone” to reflect the changes in how Geospatial Information is used and how it is available all the time. It is expected that close to 450 professionals will come together in Calgary this May to discuss Geospatial Information, celebrate and explore new opportunites. The event is made possible thanks to combined efforts of four Western Geomatics associations: the Alberta Geomatics Group, GeoEdmonton, Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) Alberta Chapter and Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Alberta Chapter.

Registration begins in February with members of the four Western Geomatics associations mentioned above able to save up to $200 if they register before the early bird deadline and speakers and presenters can save up to half of their registration fees.

They are also promoting Cartography contest where schools can submit maps that they have generated for a chance to win money. The competition is open to students or in Grade 9 thru 12. The top maps will be exhibited at the GeoAlberta conference with chances to win up to $1000.

Help celebrate GeoAlberta’s 10th Anniversary by attending or presenting at this years GeoAlberta – Geospatial Information Conference in Calgary. For more information, direct requests to info@geoalberta.com or check out the conference web site for updates.

[source: GeoAlberta.com]