Professional Geomatics Associations and Groups in Canada

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 …

GIS-Pro 2016 – URISA’s 54th Annual Conference

GIS-Pro 2016URISA, in partnership with its Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia Chapters, is pleased to invite you to GIS-Pro 2016: URISA’s 54th Annual Conference. The conference will take place October 31-November 3 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, Ontario.

Michael Hughes will be the opening keynote speaker on November 1. He will discuss “The Power of Personal Contact: How to Turn 3 Minute Conversations into Powerful, Productive and Profitable Relationships”, where we’ll learn how to maximize every GIS-Pro conference contact – great advice to kick off the conference!

Breakout sessions are scheduled on November 1-3. Presentations will be delivered by more than 100 speakers. Each session is detailed: Attendance and participation at GIS-Pro 2016, earns points toward GIS Professional Certification/Renewal and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) for professional planner credit.

There are luncheon presentations and posters, a Vendor Spark session and Lightning talks. Networking events from a Young Professionals’ Meetup to the Conference Social Event at the Hockey Hall of Fame will provide ample opportunities to expand your professional connections. The annual URISA awards breakfast will honor GIS Hall of Fame inductees, Exemplary Systems in Government winners and volunteer superstars.  Companies in the exhibit hall will demonstrate their solutions and Esri’s Hands-On Learning Lab will provide self-directed training tutorials.

The conference will wrap up on Thursday morning with Leslie Woo, Chief Planning Officer of Metrolinx, who will speak to the key issues that will shape the cities of the future and the leadership needed to creatively guide that future. Her closing comments will be followed by URISA’s Annual Business Meeting and the first Annual General Meeting of GeoAlliance Canada.

Calling all Students! URISA’s Vanguard Cabinet is inviting participation in the GIS-Pro 2016 Student Competition and has opportunities to attend the conference for free as a student volunteer. Details are online and the deadline is September 30.

Hope to see you in Toronto!

For complete details, including exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, visit today!

Be Spatial’13 – URISA Ontario

Be Spatial’13 – URISA Ontario

Date: Tuesday May 6-7, 2013Be Spatial'13 - URISA Ontario
Location: Stoney Creek (Hamilton), Ontario
Venue: Grand Olympia


If you are in Ontario then you will want to make plans to attend one of the largest information packed geo-spatial events in Southern Ontario on May 6 and 7. The URISA Ontario chapter will be hosting their 2013 AGM & annual ‘Be Spatial’ event at the Grand Olympia, in Stoney Creek (Hamilton)on May 7 with a preconference workshop on May 6.

The ‘Be Spatial’ event is a great way to spend the day with colleagues and networking with others who also work with spatial data, applications and geo-solutions in Ontario.

Who Should Attend Be Spatial?
Managers – Knowing what technologies are coming, how to use them in an enterprise approach, and what strategies your counterparts in other organizations are adopting is crucial to keeping up with GIS products and services, and understanding how to effectively deploy spatial solutions. ‘Be Spatial’ offers an opportunity to talk directly with your colleagues about their wins and pains, which in turn allows you to streamline your own implementation processes.

GIS Practitioners Understanding when, where and how to effectively utilize spatial solutions and tools, and learning from the successful examples of other organizations is an ideal way to develop and nurture your own skills and knowledge. Reading about a solution in an e-magazine only goes part way; talking to the colleague who implemented a solution allows you to ask the questions that will draw the complete the picture. ‘Be Spatial’ gives you that access, allowing you to meet and discuss ideas with colleagues from across Ontario.

Be Spatial'13 - URISA Ontario

The special preconference GISP certification workshop is free of charge for people who register before April 19, 2013. It is designed to assist those professional that are interested in applying for GISP certification or renewing their existing certification. Topics include why why you would want to your GISP, what it takes to become a GISP as well as tips for putting together a successful application package.

It will also be a good opportunity to learn about upcoming changes to the process and requirements and have a chance to work together with someone who has already gone through the GISP process. If you plan on attending this no charge event then remember to bring all documentation that you have to the workshop for review during the one-on-one session.

Be Spatial’13 will also include an Exhibitor Program, Solutions Sessions, Marketplace Exposition, Project Showcase and the MApps (Maps and Application) Gallery. There will also be plenty of awards and prizes to give away with an Early Bird Prize, Great Door Prizes, Exhibitor Sponsored Prizes and the Best GIS Challange Awards (to recognize members for their contributions to the geospatia industry and the community at large).

Registration for ‘Be Spatial’13’ is now open and can be done URISA Ontario website through the following link
For more information and updates on URISA Ontario’s ‘Be Spatial’13’ event then refer to the event website:

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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: 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 or check out the conference web site for updates.