Professional organizations are great ways to network and discuss GIS topics with others in the same industry. Here are the professional geomatics related associations, groups and organizations in Canada …
Due to the incredible success of the Canadian Geospatial Career Fair held last June at the GeoIgnite Conference in Ottawa, GoGeomatics is now bringing this format to both Toronto and Vancouver in 2020. Find out more details and how to register …
An online mapping tool of Toronto has been providing users the ability to compare locations in Toronto through various periods of time from 2013 back to 1818. Check out this neat online mapping application that helps promote historic maps of Toronto …
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.
Attending a geomatics event or professional conference is a great way to keep update about what is currently happening in the Geomatics industry and also an opportunity to have a good time while networking and mingling with others.
Many organizations across Canada offer great conferences and events, so the Conference and Events section provides free information about the various GIS related conferences, events, workshops, training and webinars that are available to or could be of related interest to other Canadians.
Some upcoming geomatics related conference and events in Canada include …
Historical Maps can be a great resource to help people learn more about certain geography at a particular point in time, help locate where our ancestors lived, or help us understand how a neighborhood or surrounding area changed over time. Because older maps were created by hand, they tend to be more artistic and visually appealing and thus can be attention grabbers.
Historical Maps have existed in libraries & various personal collections for years but thanks to advancement in digital technology and the internet, we have started to see more old maps being shared in the geospatial community.
The Historical Maps of Toronto blog created by historical maps enthusiast Nathan Ng provides simple and free access to a large selection of notable historical maps of the Toronto area that have been scanned from collections at the Toronto Library and the Toronto archives. He started the site as a way to generate more curiosity for geography, and as a way to provide an easy entry point for people to discovery and further investigate historical cartography.
Maps on the site generally have public domain status (except where otherwise noted) and can be downloaded, printed and shared.
Some of the maps in the collection include:
- 1787-1805 Plan of the Toronto Purchase
- 1788 Mann Plan of Torento Harbour with the proposed Town and part of the Settlement
- 1791 Jones An Accurate Plan of a Survey of the River Trent, North [Shore] of Lake Ontario to Toronto
- 1792 Bouchette Plan of Toronto Harbour
- 1793 Aitken Plan of York Harbour Surveyed by order of Lt. Gov. Simcoe
- 1797 Smith Plan for the enlargement of York
- 1801 Elmsley: Sketch of a Part of the Town of York
- 1802 Chewett Plan of 916 1/4 acres, in the Township of York in Upper Canada—property of the Honble. D.W. Smith
- 1811 Wilmot Plan Shewing the Survey of the land Reserved for Government Buildings, East end of the Town of York
- 1817 Smith Plan of York, U.C.
- 1818 Phillpotts Plan of York
- 1834 Chewett Plan of the City of Toronto and Liberties
- 1834 Alpheus Todd Engraved Plan of the City of Toronto
- 1836 Lynn: Plan of Building Lots in Toronto the Property of the Hon. Peter McGill
- 1837 Hawkins: Toronto Military Reserve [Feb. 1837]
- 1842 Cane Topographical Plan of the City and Liberties of Toronto
- 1870 Canadian Railway News Bird’s Eye View of Toronto
- 1876 Gascard City of Toronto Bird’s Eye View from the Northern Railway Elevator
- 1886 Wesbroom: City of Toronto [Bird’s Eye View]
- 1892 Toronto Railway Company Map Shewing Toronto Street Railway Lines
Plus many more, click here for a full list of Historical Maps of Toronto maps available
Online Toronto Historic Maps comparison tool
Are you a resident of the Greater Toronto area and want to know what your community looked like 50 years ago?
Well Nathan Ng has also taken his blog a step further by teaming up with Esri to create the Online Toronto Historic Maps comparison tool. This free web application provides people with the ability to compare different places in Toronto through time from 2013 back to 1818.
Historical paper maps from the Toronto Library and the Toronto archives were scanned, georeferenced, mosaiked and then combined so that people could compare them with one another using a simple easy to use interface that anyone could use.
Map Your Property, an Innovative Mapping Application
Map Your Property (MYP), is an all in one innovative mapping application designed for property development and real estate industry. Ideal tool for urban planners and developers, it provides instant access to planning, environmental info and zoning maps. MYP makes use of over twenty-five opendata sets, hundreds of maps and zoning information from the City of Toronto, Region of York, and Ontario Government.
Users simply enter their address into the search tool to begin and you then they are provided with different mapping layers overlayed ontop of their property, allowing you to determine its true development value. MYP is quick providing you your property details in only a few minutes thanks to powerful cloud data solutions.
MYP provides by-law zoning, floodplain, land use areas, and permitted uses using Ontario, Region, City, and Conservation Authority information.
- Municipal Official Plans
- Toronto Bylaw 569-2013
- Toronto Former By-Laws
- Toronto Secondary Plans
- Land Use & Zoning Policies
- Greenbelt Plan
- Oak Ridge Moraine Plan
- Protected Countryside
- Growth Plan
- Lake Simcoe Plan
- 1m contours
- Floodplain (coming soon)
- Top of Slope (coming soon)
- Area of Natural and Scientific Interest
- Wooded Areas
MYP currently only covers the City of Toronto and the York region but they are now working on expanding to include the entire Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Kitchener Waterloo regions. And are taking requests for other possible regions to cover.
Planning information is updated weekly directly from local sources such as the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, City of Toronto and the Region of York. For more information or to share your feedback go to MapYourProperty.com
DMTI Spatial & Intact Financial Awarded Technology of the Year Award
This week, DMTI Spatial and Intact Financial were awarded the Technology of the Year award, Insurer category, at the 6th annual Insurance Canada Technology Conference (ICTC) for their work in implementing real-time location analytics technology at Canada’s largest insurance company.
The risks presented by flood zones, elevation, or environmental factors can affect infrastructure development and insurance underwriting. To better understand these risks during the underwriting process, Intact Financial engaged DMTI Spatial to work on a solution that could easily integrate into their existing systems and processes.
Through DMTI’s location analytics tool, Intact’s 1,200 underwriters can now differentiate various risks based on the location and determine the most appropriate premiums. New quotes and active policies can, for the first time, be grouped to highlight concentration risks in a table form. Underwriters can also select a specific radius around a property to analyze. This function allows underwriters to view all properties within that radius (either active policies or new quotes being considered) in a table format.
TORONTO, March 13, 2015 – At the 6th annual Insurance Canada Technology Conference (ICTC), DMTI and Intact Financial Corporation were awarded the Technology Implementation of the Year award for their work in implementing real-time location analytics technology at Canada’s largest insurance company, resulting in a 15 per cent reduction in processing time. Judging for the ICTA is based on the positive impact that a specific technology or application of technology has had on business.
In 2014, Intact Financial tasked DMTI with building a real-time application that would integrate into the legacy underwriting systems and processes while allowing their team of underwriters to better understand the risks presented by existing and new policies during the underwriting process.
“We are honoured to be recognized as the ICTA Technology Implementation of the Year,” said Philip Kaszuba, President, DMTI Spatial. “As a leader in the insurance industry, Intact came to the project with a clear vision and a desire to leverage location to empower their underwriters with innovative analytical tools to better price and assess risks more efficiently. We’re excited by the results and strongly believe that this solution will help to meet evolving customer demands in the insurance industry.”
Leveraging DMTI’s Location Hub®, Intact implemented a mapping tool that provides a visual user interface within Intact’s underwriting systems, allowing underwriters to quickly identify risks and accelerate decision making. With this tool, underwriters can see properties on a map, street map data, existing risk layers, flood zones, elevation and proximity to water data and more.
“The entire underwriting community at Intact highly values the features associated with this new application,” said Alain Lessard, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lines, Intact Insurance. “The tool has a great visual component that makes it easier to see exactly where a risk is located and how it relates to other risks that Intact writes. We appreciate the efficiency it brings to the underwriting process, but more importantly, it helps us deliver on our promise to provide outstanding customer service and support by accelerating our decision making.”
The award-winning solution from DMTI Spatial has resulted in a 15 per cent reduction in processing time during the quoting process, making the payback period for this project six months. Contributing factors for this reduction included the ease of entering addresses as well as the reduction of errors when entering risk addresses. Further, the street map functionality quickly highlights concentration of risks in relation to environmental factors.
Intact Financial Corporation (www.intactfc.com) is the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada. The company distributes insurance under the Intact Insurance brand through a wide network of brokers, including its wholly owned subsidiary, BrokerLink, and directly to consumers through belairdirect.
About DMTI Spatial
DMTI Spatial, a member of the Neopost group, is the Canadian market leader in location based information and data quality. For almost 20 years, DMTI Spatial has been providing industry leading location economics and Master Address Management (MAM) solutions to Global 2000 companies and government agencies. DMTI Spatial is the creator of market leading CanMap® mapping solutions, Location Hub® and maintains the gold standard for GIS location-based data in Canada. DMTI Spatial is headquartered in Markham, Ontario. Learn more at www.dmtispatial.com
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.
University of Toronto GIS for Environmental Management
Programs: Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management Program
Duration: 1 year (4 courses)
Location: (Anywhere in Canada – Online Program)
GIS has become a well known method for communicating spatial information and these days we tend to see more and more geomatics based applications pop up as GIS continues to spread out into more industries. A relative new term to geomatics would be ‘Environmental GIS’; one that is often used to describe using geo-spatial methods and tools to help develop and manage environmental strategies. The University of Toronto offers a Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management program that helps students build a solid foundation of GIS and Remote Sensing concepts and theory while developing skills related to environmental management.
The one year certificate programs is comprised of two required core GIS courses and two other geomatics related courses, all offered through distance education online over the internet.
“The School of the Environment at the University of Toronto specializes in innovative, completely on-line, distance education courses and certificate programs for working professionals. Our applied and professional programs are developed in collaboration with industry experts and taught by leading industry practitioners ensuring current and leading edge knowledge and skills. Courses are developed for mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs who need to enhance their expertise, internationally educated professionals augmenting credentials for the Canadian context and recent college and university graduates seeking to advance their careers, enabling all to excel. Make informed decisions: impact your profession. “
Graduates of the Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management Program may also become eligible for the Environmental Professional in Training designation under the national certification program for Canadian environmental professionals. Certification is a highly discussed topic these days in many geomatics networks and can help establishes your professional credibility at a national level demonstrating to potential clients and employers that you have a unique combination of skills, practical knowledge, education and experience.
“Certification is crucial in the environmental sector where green-washing makes it difficult to separate the self-proclaimed experts from the real ones. It demonstrates an individual’s professionalism, commitment to the field, and desire to remain on top of current practices. It is also a measure of a professional’s competencies against verified standards, which set them apart from others in the industry.”
The program is designed for those that are new to GIS with no background knowledge of geomatics (although it never hurts to have some knowledge) so there are no prerequisites except a basic understanding of computers and Windows operating systems. In the first course students receive an introduction to digital mapping and spatial analysis techniques through GIS and then the other courses build upon that knowledge. Esri ArcGIS 10 software running on the Centre for Environment’s GIS server is provided to students so that they can access their course-work from virtually any computer with an internet connection and not need to worry about any troubles involved with installing GIS software on their own computer. The popular Esri ‘Virtual Campus’ online courses are also provided to students to use in the program.
All courses are self paced within a defined schedule led by an instructor that provides lectures and guides students through the material, assignments and training. Online courses offer flexibility and convenience for people who have started careers and families and do not have the luxury of being able to go back to school full time. This way they can study at their own pace and cut travel or relocation costs while adding geomatics skills and knowledge to their existing portfolio.
Donna Workman – firstname.lastname@example.org (416)978-7077
Web Site: http://learn.environment.utoronto.ca/home/distance-education/programs/geographical-information-systems-(gis)-for-environmental-management.aspx or see the University of Toronto See the Course Web Site for more details.
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