Visualizing a Resilient Future

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November 25 & 26, 2020

Virtual Workshops & Conference

The Canadian Institute of Geomatics - Newfoundland and Labrador Branch is pleased to announce Geomatics Atlantic 2020. From emergency preparedness to healthy ecosystems and from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to citizen science, geomatics is playing an increasingly important role in visualizing our world and building a road map towards a resilient future.

In keeping with the times, GA2020 will be a virtual event with authors given the opportunity to present their research from the comfort of their offices or homes. Without the travel requirement, GA2020 will afford an equal opportunity for attendance from across Canada.


Due to the online nature of this event, we have been able to provide registration at a reduced cost, providing attendees with virtual networking and professional development at a significant value. Visit our Registration page for more information on pricing.

We look forward to seeing you virtually at this exciting event!



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Workshops & Conference Agenda (pdf, 570 KB)

Last updated November 23




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Are you interested in becoming a sponsor of Geomatics Atlantic 2020? The conference has a variety of options to choose from on sponsorship with a plethora of benefits, depending on the desired sponsorship level. Entry level sponsorship is $500 for Bronze; Silver, Gold and Platinum levels are also available. Full details can be found in the Call for Sponsors here (pdf, 565 KB).



Healy Hamilton - Chief Scientist, NatureServe
(Arlington, VA)


Title: Map of Biodiversity Importance – A Collaborative Effort to Identify the Places Most Important for Conserving at-risk Species


Through a landmark collaboration, NatureServe has released a portfolio of maps that identify areas critical to sustaining our nation's rich biodiversity. With support from Esri, The Nature Conservancy, and Microsoft's AI for Earth program, NatureServe and their network of natural heritage programs created a comprehensive set of habitat models for over 2,200 at-risk species in the contiguous United States, including those ranked as Globally Critically Imperiled (G1) or Globally Imperiled (G2), or those listed as full species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Analyzed in conjunction with protected areas boundaries, these data support mapping areas of high biodiversity importance—an invaluable input to guide effective conservation decision-making.

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Nora Young - Journalist and Author
(Toronto, Ontario)

Title: The Data Boom - How the Explosion of Data is Driving our Technological Future


Nora Young is the host and the creator of Spark, CBC’s national radio show and podcast about technology and culture. She was the founding host of the CBC Radio arts and pop culture magazine, Definitely not the Opera

As a broadcaster, author, and speaker, Nora explores how new technology impacts both the broader society, as well as our individual lives, and how we, in turn, shape our technologies.


Her book, The Virtual Self, on the explosion of data about our behaviours, opinions, and actions, is published by McClelland and Stewart. She is an avid hobby podcaster and radio fan, though her favourite technology is her bicycle.

Joel Cumming - Chief Technology Officer, Skywatch
(Waterloo, Ontario)


Title: No Humans in the Loop - How Machine to Machine Processing is Revolutionizing Remote Sensing and Geomatics


Earth observation has come a long way. We've gone from the days of imagery delivered via mail on 9 track tapes to near-real capture, processing, and delivery of billions of pixels of data. The industry that used to require a large number of skilled analysts to interpret satellite imagery is now seeing algorithms replacing eyeball and machine learning uncovering patterns never before predicted.  In this keynote, we'll dive into the trend of machine-to-machine processing in Earth observation, the benefits of aggregation and normalization, and the impact on the Earth observation industry as a whole.

Éric Loubier - Director General,
Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation


Opening Address 


For the last 20 years, Eric has worked for the federal government, as project manager, program manager, Director, and now Director General of the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation. Eric has also worked as Director of the Science Policy and Partnership Division of the Science and Technology Branch of Agriculture and AgriFood Canada (AAFC). 

Before joining the public service, he worked for a consulting firm in the field of land management and as a sub-contractor for the Canadian Space Agency. As such, Eric has significant experience in providing corporate leadership in planning, developing and implementing complex national geomatics and earth observation programs and strategies.




Emergency Preparedness, Response and Geomatics

We’ve gathered a digital "toolmaker", an emergency management "broker" and a sophisticated but practical frontline user to share their emergency management experiences with emerging technology. Whether it’s creating COVID-19 dashboards on the fly, integrating new spatial data tools into ongoing operations, or finding the right balance where the proverbial "rubber meets the road" for first responders, availing of the power of spatial data, digital mapping and information management brings opportunities and challenges. 


Kathleen Parewick

Community Collaboration and Development, Municipalities Newfoundland & Labrador

Kathleen is a community planner and facilitator who supports MNL’s extensive sector advocacy, policy and practice-related efforts through research, content development, outreach and education activities for the organization’s 275 member municipalities. While her involvement with the Geomatics Atlantic network began in connection with the municipal asset management (BAM! NL) program she has been leading since 2016, she looks forward to spatial data capture and usage playing an even bigger role in local governance across the province. 

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Robert Harris

Geomatics Manager, 9-1-1 Bureau, New Brunswick Department of Public Safety

Robert has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Geography and Atlantic Canada Studies) from Saint Mary’s University and an Advanced Diploma in GIS from NSCC-COGS. In addition to his 9-1-1 Bureau duties, he serves as the Chair of the New Brunswick Branch of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics, and Chair of the New Brunswick GeoOperations Community of Practice working group.

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Chris North

Director of Technology Adoption,

Esri Canada

With over 20 years of experience in geomatics, Chris is an accomplished GIS professional who brings an in-depth understanding of enterprise GIS and technology trends to the company. He has a Master's degree in GIS from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and an undergraduate degree in geography from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Chris is also a graduate of the Cartography Program at Sir Sandford Fleming College, Ontario. He is the recipient of several industry awards and continues to be involved with many industry groups.

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Vince MacKenzie

Fire Chief, Grand Falls-Windsor Fire Department; Director, Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs Executive Board; and 2nd Vice-President, Maritime Fire Chiefs' Association

Vince is a fire services advocate, commentator (@FirechiefVince), instructor, columnist and speaker on leadership, the administration of composite and volunteer fire departments and the importance of social media and emergency management (SMEM) in small community contexts. 
Vince has been a member of his central Newfoundland municipality’s fire department since 1983. He also serves as his town’s Emergency Management Coordinator. In addition to his current executive roles on both the national and Atlantic region Fire Chiefs’ associations, he sits as Vice-Chair of the provincial NL911 Board of Directors. He’s a five-term past-President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services and has been an enthusiastic participant in the international Canada-US Enhanced (CAUSE III and IV) resiliency exercises exploring existing and emerging interoperable technologies.



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