The Canadian Federal Government will be hosting a student open government challenge, to help discover how students are using open data and open information …
This inaugural event will bring together senior members of the government, business executives, and thought leaders in the IT and location technology sectors in our nation’s capital.
Over the years Ottawa has evolved into a political and technological center of Canada and considered one of the best places to live in Canada.
The Carleton University BA in Geomatics exploring various applications in planning, environmental and resources management, hazard mapping, demographics, market analysis, and education. Practical experience will be gained in geomatics, cartography, remote sensing, and quantitative analysis.
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
CanadianGIS.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.
DJI Phantom Drone Ottawa Aerial Footage
Downtown Ottawa is the central area of National Capital Region and like many other down towns it is also the commercial and economic center. Situated along the Ottawa River Valley across the river from Gatineau, Ottawa is a scenic city as evident in this breathtaking aerial footage captured with a DJI Phantom Drone taken along the Ottawa River and the Ottawa Canal.
[Source: NickskibikeFilms CandianGEO.info/Ottawa-drone-aerial]
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.
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 Events
- February 2 – 3 (London, Ontario) –Turning Precision Agriculture Potential into Profit
- February 4 (Ottawa, Ontario) –PCI Geomatics User Group Meeting
- February 17 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) – MGUG 2016 Winter Workshop and AGM
- February 24 (London, Ontario) – AOLS AGM
- May 4 (Mississauga, Ontario) – URISA Ontario’s BeSpatial 2016
- May 4 to 6 (Edmonton, Alberta) – ACLS Surveyors Conference & AGM Gateway North: Traversing the currents
- May 4 to 6 (Halifax, Nova Scotia) – CAG 2016 AGM
- June 7 to 9 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) – Canadian Cartographic Association Conference
- June 7 to 9 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) – Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing
- October 19 – 20 (Montreal, Quebec) – Géomatique 2016
- October 31 – November 3 (Toronto, Ontario) – GIS-Pro 2016 URISA’s 54th Annual Conference
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Past GIS Conference and Events
[This page was originally published May 2010]
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).
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 http://www.cag-acg.ca
CIG – Canadian Institute of Geomatics http://www.cig-acsg.ca
- Calgary CIG Branch http://www.cig-acsg.ca/english/branches/calgary/index.php
- Champlain CIG Branch http://www.acsg-champlain.ca
- Montreal CIG Branch http://www.cig-acsg.ca/english/branches/montreal/index.php
- New-Brunswick CIG Branch http://www.cig-acsg.ca/english/branches/new-brunswick/index.php
- Newfoundland & Labrador CIG Branch http://cig-nl.org
- Nova-Scotia CIG Branch http://www.cig-acsg.ca/english/branches/nova-scotia/index.php
- Ottawa CIG Branch http://www.cig-acsg.ca/english/branches/ottawa/index.php
- Toronto CIG Branch http://www.cig-acsg.ca/cigtoronto/default.html
- Vancouver CIG Branch http://www.cig-acsg.ca/english/branches/vancouver/index.php
CRSS – Canadian Remote Sensing Society – http://www.casi.ca/cdn-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 http://www.casi.ca/ottawa-crss
CCA – The Canadian Cartographic Association http://www.cca-acc.org
CGU – Canadian Geophysical Union, Geodesy Section http://people.ucalgary.ca/~geodesy/
NACIS – North American Cartographic Information Society http://nacis.org
MGUG… – Manitoba Geomatics User Group http://www.mgug.ca
AGG – Alberta Geomatics Group http://www.albertageomaticsgroup.ca
OARS – Ontario Remote Sensing Society http://www.oars.on.ca/
GIAC – Geomatics Industry Association of Canada http://www.giac.ca (More for companies and corporations, then individuals)
Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) – Alberta Chapter – GITA is a nonprofit educational association
PSC – Professional Surveyors Canada http://www.psc-gpc.ca
ACLS – Association of Canada Lands Surveyors http://www.acls-aatc.ca
- Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association http://www.alsa.ab.ca
- Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors http://www.bclandsurveyors.bc.ca
- Association of Manitoba Land Surveyors http://www.amls.ca
- Association of New Brunswick Land Surveyors http://www.anbls.nb.ca
- Association of Newfoundland Land Surveyors http://www.surveyors.nf.ca
- Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors http://www.ansls.ca
- Association of Ontario Land Surveyors http://www.aols.org
- Association of PEI Land Surveyors http://apeils.ca
- Ordre des arpenteurs-géomètres du Québec http://www.oagq.qc.ca
- Saskatchewan Land Surveyors’ Association http://www.slsa.sk.ca
- Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS) http://cbeps-cceag.ca
Professional Geomatics Related Organizations not in Canada but related or associated with the Canadian Geomatics Industry
URISA – Urban and Regional Information Systems Association http://www.urisa.org
- URISA Alberta Chapter http://www.urisab.org
- URISA British Columbia Chapter http://www.urisabc.org
- URISA Ontario Chapter http://www.urisaoc.ca
GITA – Geospatial Information & Technology Association https://www.gita.org
- GITA Alberta Chapter
ASPRS – American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing http://www.asprs.org
Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) – http://www.cartogis.org/ mostly American based
SCGIS – Society for Conservation GIS http://www.scgis.org/ mostly US based
Geomatics Professional Networking Groups
Canadian GIS & Geomatics Group – http://GeomaticsGroup.ca online networking with other Canadians in Geomatics (over 1900 members)
GoGeomatics – provides several free regional chapters that at pubs monthly – GoGeomatics.ca
- GoGeomatics Calgary Group
- GoGeomatics Niagara Region Group
- GoGeomatics Halifax Group
- GoGeomatics Ottawa Group
- GoGeomatics Toronto Group
- GoGeomatics Vancouver Group
- rumors are that there could be new groups in Saskatoon, Victoria and St.Johns …
Vancouver GIS Users Group – http://www.vancouverGIS.org
[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.
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?
When 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.
The Canadian Geomatics Community Round table (CGCRT) Geomatics Strategy, Action, and Implementation Planning Workshop took place on June 9 and 10 in Ottawa. The scope of the two day CGCRT event was to provide opportunity for organizations and individuals from the geomatics industry to examine issues facing the Canadian geospatial community and to help develop a Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy that could support, strengthen and help guide the geomatics sector for years to come.
I was fortunate enough to be part of the 100 plus geomatics leaders (from academic institutions, professional associations, NGOs, government, and private industry,) from all across the country that came together for the event. A summary of the two day event is available here and more details about the Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy and the 7 dimensions that it is comprised of are available from the various documents on the CGCRT website.
Geomatics Community Strategy
Now the CGCRT finalized this Strategy based on the many discussions and consensus reached at the workshop that took place in Ottawa and working groups have been created to start moving the Strategy forward. The updated version of the Pan-Canadian Geomatics Community Strategy document that reflects the discussions and input from the June “Team Canada” Workshop that took place in Ottawa. To download the updated strategy document
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