GeoAlberta 2017

Calgary AB

Mar 21 - 22, 2017

A 4-minute walk from the Arts Commons and connected to the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, this polished high-rise hotel is also 5.8 km from shopping at the Chinook Centre.

Refined rooms (some with city views) feature free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, as well as coffeemakers and ergonomic work space. Club-level rooms add lounge access with breakfast, snacks, drinks and personal concierge service. There's 24/7 in-room dining.

An indoor pool and a 24-hour exercise room provide city views, as does a rooftop sundeck. There's a spa, an upscale restaurant and a cocktail lounge, plus a business center and 33,000 sq ft of event space.

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Brandt Denham, GISP

GIS Coordinator, Capital Region Board

Bio: Brandt has successfully implemented GIS solutions at both provincial and municipal levels of government. When Brandt joined the Capital Region Board in 2014 he accepted his biggest challenge yet, to implement a GIS solution for a region of 24 municipalities. Innovation, integration and visualization are three of his favorite words.

Chris Madland

Air Quality Scientist, Golder Associates

Bio: Mr. Madland has worked as an air quality scientist in the Calgary office since 2000. He received an Environmental Planning Technology Diploma from Selkirk College in 1999 and a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from Royal Roads University (Victoria, BC) in 2000. Chris has been involved in a wide range of projects in western and northern Canada, the Pacific Northwest United States and internationally. He has a range of experience in ambient monitoring programs including siting, permitting, installation, maintenance and reporting for the mining, manufacturing, oil and gas and the utilities sectors. He has contributed to the emissions profile development for many of the EIAs that have been produced by Golder Associates since 2000 and has coordinated the air quality component of several regulatory applications. Mr. Madland’s specialty is ambient air quality and meteorological monitoring program development, operation and management.

Dianne Haley

CEO, DMH GIS Consulting

Bio: Dianne has worked in the field of automated mapping and GIS for 40 years. She retired in 2011 after 8 years in the position of Enterprise GIS Services Lead at what is now the Alberta Energy Regulator, where she was responsible for the implementation and coordination on an Enterprise GIS Program. Previously she worked for The City of Calgary for 21 years where she introduced GIS to the corporation and was involved in the implementation of the enterprise GIS environment. Dianne has served on the URISA Alberta and URISA International Board of Directors in several roles including President. She has – and continues to be – involved with numerous URISA International committees, including the GISCorps Core Committee.

Don Kitchener

Information Technologist, the MD of Willow Creek

Bio: Don Kitchener is a full time employee of the MD of Willow Creek in their mapping and IT area. Don has been working with mapping data for over 30 years and started his training in 3d mapping, photogrammetry and surveying 40 years ago. Technology has radically changed in that time but the underlying principals stay the same. Don's wealth of experience in mapping and 3d modelling was an asset in developing the efficient process used in this project.

Kevin Seel

Project Manager & Business Analyst, Golder Associates Ltd.

Bio: Kevin Seel has over 25 years of GIS modelling and environmental consulting experience focusing on major infrastructure routing, and siting for heavy industrial facilities. He has applied these skills on projects in a wide variety of industries including oil and gas, power, transportation, manufacturing, mining, retail, real estate, public safety and national defense. Recently he has been involved in development optimization studies for several unconventional oil and gas plays in Canada and the USA, an ongoing long-length pipeline and high voltage transmission projects. Prior to joining Golder Associates, Kevin was a business management consultant and private sector entrepreneur and business owner. As such, he brings a real-world, practical business perspective to environmental and GIS problem solving. This unique perspective and approach to providing business driven solutions has successfully provided Golder’s clients with robust, scientifically defensible solutions that have saved our clients time, potential risk and over $2 billion dollars in total. Kevin holds M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees in physical geography from the University of Calgary specializing in spatial and dynamic systems modelling.

Faye Wyatt

GIS/Remote Sensing Specialist, Fiera Biological Consulting

Bio: Faye joined the Fiera Biological Consulting team as a GIS/ Remote Sensing Specialist in March 2014. She completed her PhD in Glaciology at the University of Alberta where she used GIS and remote sensing to study glaciers in the Canadian Arctic. Currently Faye is exploring using new and emerging techniques in GIS and Remote Sensing to answer a broad range of environmental monitoring questions.

Hudson Foley

VP Regulatory & Business Development, Maskwa Environmental Consulting Ltd.

Bio: Hudson Foley has over 25 years of experience in multiple fields within the energy and natural resource sectors. Hudson is Metis and spent the first part of his career in the forest industry, leading the timber management planning and execution of large-scale harvesting and road construction operations, as well as the associated activities that included field layout & data collection, field program design & execution, aboriginal engagement, public consultation, access planning and road construction, environmental assessments, agency consultation and acquiring necessary government approvals and permits. In 2002, Hudson transitioned to the utility sector, taking on a senior role in ATCO Electrics Forest Operations group in Alberta, where he led and supported vegetation management programs, wildfire hazard reduction planning initiatives and various corporate policy developments for the company. In 2007, Hudson then assumed senior leadership roles within AltaLink Management Ltd., where he led and oversaw the planning and approvals for major electrical transmission projects across the province, working with and leading multi-disciplinary project teams and leading the development of corporate policy and positions, with a particular focus on the assessment of regulatory risk in relation to siting of new facilities. This included leading and coordinating siting methodology development & implementation, leading large project and field teams, large-scale field data collection programs related to verifying desktop data as well as standing as a witness and panel chair in numerous proceedings. In 2013, Hudson founded Maskwa Environmental Consulting Ltd., which primarily focuses on providing support to industrial proponents in siting proposed developments, obtaining regulatory approvals for their projects and providing additional support during construction.

Joseph Hlady

President, Infrastructure Mapping and Autonomy

Bio: Joseph Hlady has been involved in the geomatics industry for his entire career. With 15+ years of global experience helping EPC and service companies develop and commercialize geomatics services, technology and solutions. He has experience with nearly every facet of geomatics technology and recently Joseph has grown his consulting business to include investment in and supporting the commercialization of start-ups in the geomatics industry. He is currently the Head of Sales, Engineering, Environment and Infrastructure for Civil Maps; an artificial intelligence company focused on LiDAR processing for the autonomous vehicle and engineering industries.

Josh Goertzen

Senior Product Manager, IHS Markit

Bio: Josh Goertzen is a Senior Product Manager at IHS Markit handling spatial information and map services globally. He has over 16 years of experience working with spatial data as an analyst, developer and manager of a wide-range of data types used in the energy industry. His education includes a BSc in Geography and he is a certified GIS professional with the GISCI.

Judy Forest

Instructor - Business Analysis Citation Course, University of Alberta - Facility of Extension

Bio: Judy Forest is an experienced business and systems consultant, project manager and development team manager specializing in requirements analysis and management, project management and database modeling with over 25 years of industry experience. Judy is also an exceptional instructor and teaches Business Analysis, Project Management, ITIL and Microsoft courses in SQL Server and Application Architecture and Design through various training organizations including the University of Alberta, Facility of Extension.

Kern Ranjitsingh

GIS Consultant, Esri Canada

Bio: Kern is qualified in Geomatics Engineering, and has certificates in various Esri instructor led courses. He has around a decade of GIS project management/implementation and GIS administration experience. His experience ranges from Electrical distribution to Forestry to Emergency Response GIS as well as integrating GIS with other disciplines. He was a critical part of a team that won an Esri Inc. SAG award for one of the best GIS implementations in 2010. Kern is currently a GIS Consultant with Esri Canada where his accrued experience and skills are used for project consultation/implementations and Esri promotions such as at MGUG, GeoAlberta and Esri Canada conferences.

Lesley MacKenzie

GIS Applications Specialist, Solutions Consortech inc.

Bio: Lesley MacKenzie graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. She is passionate about geomatics and has been working in the field for over 14 years. Her main focus is leveraging ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) with the context of data workflow and process optimization. At Consortech, Lesley provides consulting, training and solution design services on various GIS and IT platforms including Safe Software’s FME Desktop and FME Server. Her motivation lies in helping her customers develop automated data workflow processes so they can focus on the fun stuff, real GIS work! Lesley was one of the first specialist in North America to obtain Safe Software’s FME Certified Trainer and FME Certified Professional certifications.

Marie-Louise Vieira

Assistant Director Land Titles (North), Service Alberta

Bio: Marie has over 20 years of experience in operations management in both the private and public sector, the past 14 with Land Titles operations in Alberta and Nova Scotia. She is currently the business lead on the project modernizing Alberta’s Land Titles system. Her past roles include Projects Coordinator with the Registry 2000 project and lead on Nova Scotia’s eLand Registry implementation, Operations Manager for Service Nova Scotia’s 18 Land Registry Offices, and Director of Land Administration for the Department of Natural Resources in NS. Marie holds a B.Comm from Dalhousie University, Halifax NS.

Ozzie Sawicki

Principal, Pozitive Results Sport Strategies, Inc.

Bio: Ozzie is a technology specialist in data mapping systems with over 30 years of academic and industry involvement, including senior instructional roles at the University of Calgary, SAIT Polytechnic and Mount Royal University and experience in the resource, space and defence, and technology sectors. An international leader in sport as a coach, builder and team leader, Ozzie continues to explore the impact of sport excellence and evidence-based solutions to all facets of multiple industries, including geomatics.

Rene Fournier

Founder, Farcast Inc.

Bio: Creator of GPS Police's vehicle fleet tracking software stack (, and

Richard Bennett

Geomatics Manager, City of Lloydminster

Bio: Richard joined the City of Lloydminster in 2008 as Geomatics Coordinator. Since 2008 titles, departments, and leadership has changed without diminishing the need for good GIS data. Richard has helped create the Geomatics Strategic Plan in 2011 and then updated the plan in 2015. Richard has a Bachelor of Science from U of L and a GIS Diploma from Olds College.

Sam Knight

Product Manager, Blue Marble Geographics

Bio: Knight leads Desktop Software Product Management for Blue Marble Geographics. A former employee of The State of Maine Department of Transportation, and graduate of Clarkson University Knight brings applied GIS experience to the software management team. Responsible for developing and leading Blue Marble’s successful applied geodesy training program, Knight has trained thousands of GIS professionals on Geodetics and GIS analysis at some of the world's leading GIS and Geomatics support departments.

Teri Anderson

Lead, GIS and Geomatics, ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd

Bio: As lead of ISL Engineering GIS group, Teri is responsible for developing and implementing technical standards and direct supervision of GIS operations in addition to providing high end technical expertise. Teri is directly involved in the development of GIS operations and promotion of appropriate technologies, programs, and subsequent integration of related technical processes. This expertise and experience is used to improve productivity, reduce project costs, and improve data utilization for owner's and engineers alike. Teri brings over 9 years of experience in managing, producing and analyzing digital mapping and custom GIS productions, as well as developing and refining GNSS software.

Verda Kocabas

Academic Chair, SAIT Polytechnic

Bio: Dr. Verda Kocabas is Academic Chair at SAIT Polytechnic in the Bachelor of Applied Technology - GIS and Geomatics Engineering Technology programs. She was born and raised in Turkey where she has finished her Masters Degree in GIS and Remote Sensing while working at the Satellite Ground Receiving Station. She came to Canada 11 years ago to pursue her PhD in GIS at Simon Fraser University, Department of Geography. She has worked in the private industry as a Research Scientist, Project Manager, Production Manager and Senior Operations Manager before joining to SAIT.

Vincenzo Aliberti

Senior Consultant, Veris Inc. (A Gevity Company)

Bio: Vincenzo (Vince) Aliberti, Ph.D. is Senior Consultant and Business Strategist Veris Inc. with over 20 years of experience in corporate strategy, organizational effectiveness and project management. Vince has a strong ability to create, communicate and lead a call to action. He is a results-oriented professional who embraces change and thrives on challenges! Vince is the author of three books: Canadian Domestic & International Mergers and Acquisitions, Achieve Your Greatness and 4 Truths. An accomplished public speaker having delivered keynote speeches at a variety of conferences, he holds a Ph.D. in Economic Geography from Western University specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions and Foreign Direct Investment.

Wendy Amy

GIS Manager/Project Manager, MNC Ltd.

Bio: Wendy Amy manages GIS projects and mapping programs at MNC. Over the past 17 years, she has led many large GIS mapping projects through to successful completion including: the Alberta Governments Public Land Disposition mapping project (DIDS), Alberta's Property Parcel (TITLES) project, Manitoba Hydro's GIS Integrated Property Parcel Mapping project, and British Columbia's Land Title and Survey Authority (LTSA) ParcelMap BC. These projects included managing teams of professional engineers, technicians, developers and subject matter experts. As Project Manager, Wendy builds solid project team relationships and delivers to the project commitments.

William Tober

GIS Analyst, MNC

Bio: William Tober has spent 8 years with MNC focusing on GIS and CAD data preparation and conversion. He is adept at developing processes or tools to automate workflows, provide real-time quality control, and publish or deliver large datasets. He is well experienced in various settings and capacities of managing large or complex datasets within GIS projects and proficient at client support by efficiently tracking and troubleshooting problems related to data or services.

Tom Davis

Assistant Deputy Minister Corporate Services Division, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta

Bio: Before joining the Government of Alberta in 2006, Tom served with the Canadian Forces for 24 years in a variety of capacities. His time with the Canadian Forces shaped his perspectives on leadership allowing him to practice, observe, teach and assess leadership in action. During his time with the Government of Alberta, Tom served as the Director of the Cumulative Effects Management System Transformation Team (a team challenged with leading the change initiatives within the Department of Environment and Parks during its shift to being able to understand and collaboratively manage the cumulative effects of our collective activity in the province), the Director of the Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Support and Emergency Response Team (ASERT), and has been the Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Services Division since 2012. Tom holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (Digital Signal Processing and Material Science) from the Royal Military College of Canada. Tom enjoys supporting minor hockey in the community through coaching and volunteering in other capacities.

Brad Danielson

Fiera Biological

Bio: Brad is the team lead of the Fiera Biological Research and Development program, and specializes in the use of UAV systems for environmental monitoring applications. Brad gained his PhD from the University of Alberta, and recently completed a post-doctoral program in the University of Alberta Center for Earth Observation Sciences where he explored the use of UAV systems in boreal and tropical forestry

Dan Shannon


Bio: Dan is the Executive Director of the PMO for AGSI, one of Canada’s premier providers of strategic technology and information solutions. Dan entered the GIS field with a background in Survey and Drafting. He managed GIS departments and projects during his tenure with TELUS Communications and TELUS Geomatics. Dan is a Past President of the Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA), a past president of British Columbia’s Integrated Cadastral Information (ICI) Society, and a former member of NAIT's Geomatics Advisory Committee

Dennis Chao

Alberta Geological Survey

Bio: Dennis is a GISP and has over 25 years experience in geospatial analysis and modelling, and remote sensing. He is an author and co-author of many publications and is currently managing the Earth Observation program at the Alberta Geological Survey.

Ellen Styner


Bio: Ellen is the General Manager at MNC. Her Geomatics expertise, project management and strategic planning skills over the past 19 years have been applied to every project to ensure the project’s success and client expectations are met. For the Parcel Map BC project , Ellen managed the field tie collection program working with our survey crew on the ground in BC.

Erkand Imeri


Bio: Professor of Informatics and Software Developer focusing on Java Technologies, Front end and Back end JavaScript Development, as well as Geographical Information Systems.

Matt Wirzba


Bio: Matt Wirzba has been working with Planet since 2009, after graduating from both the Lethbridge College and then the University of Lethbridge with a diploma in Environmental Assessment and Restoration and a Degree in Environmental Science. Starting in the technical side of imagery processing and moving onto the business side, Matt has seen firsthand in just 8 years how the market has exponentially grown from relying on just a few primary sensors, to a market that is now constantly changing and growing at never seen before levels.

Tammy Pham


Bio: Tammy Pham is a Senior Business Analyst for Pacific GeoTech Systems (PGTS). Tammy was responsible for the definition and development of the business process requirements for the PGTS implementation of the new end-to-end permitting system at the Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) of British Columbia that was successfully deployed in July 2016. She is currently overseeing the development of a similar system for mining permitting in Ontario.

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