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EXECUTIVES

Rodolphe Devillers, President


Rodolphe Devillers is Professor of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he leads for over 10 years the Marine Geomatics Research Lab, a team exploring the use of GIS and spatial analysis for improving our understanding of the marine environment. Some of his research looks at the use of spatial statistical methods for marine environmental modelling, the improvement of geovisualization tools for supporting maritime decision-making and the mapping of marine benthic habitats using echosounders. Devillers has broad research interests in the field of GIS and underwater remote sensing. He is Associate editor of several academic journals, including the CIG journal Geomatica. Devillers is on the board of Directors of several Canadian organizations and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

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G. Brent Hall PhD, Vice-president


Dr. G. Brent Hall is currently Director of Education and Research at Esri Canada Limited. He has held this position since January, 2012. Prior to that he was Full Professor and Dean of the National School of Surveying at the University of Otago in New Zealand from September 2007. Before relocating to New Zealand in 2007 he was Full Professor and Associate Dean Computing in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, where, following his hire in 1987, he initiated the universities leading program in Geomatics in 1992 and the Diploma of Excellence in GIS in 2000. Dr. Hall graduated with a PhD in Geography from McMaster University in 1980 and between then and his appointment at Waterloo he worked at the University of Guelph (1980-82), the University of Auckland (New Zealand - 1982 - 1985 and Wilfrid Laurier University (1985-1987). His earlier degrees were respectively at McMaster (MA-1977) and Otago, New Zealand (BA Hons-1975).


During his appointment at Waterloo his undergraduate and graduate teaching and research work focused on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis. He was recipient of a University of Waterloo Distinguished Teacher award in 2004 and was recipient of the Canadian Association of Geographers Outstanding Teacher Award in 2005. He is also a recipient of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association Horwood Critique Prize (1995), and held the Belle Van Zyland Visiting Chair in GIS at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in 1992.


Dr. Hall is an inactive Member of the Canadian Association of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner in Canada, and an active Member of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors.

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Gilles J. Champoux, Treasurer


Mr. Champoux is a graduate of the first Survey School at Algonquin College and has worked for survey firms in the private sector before joining the federal government. He has gained extensive knowledge in photogrammetry, aerial photography, orthophoto mapping, and geophysical, control, topographic, construction, and engineering surveys.


An honours economic geography graduate from Ottawa University (Bachelor of Arts & SciencesundefinedCum Laude), Mr. Champoux is a member of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics, former Treasurer on the Board of Executive of the Real Property Institute of Canada, and the departmental delegate on the Geographical Names Board of Canada, Co-Chairing a Working Group and member of three other working groups and has represented Canada at two UN meetings (Vienna and New York) of geographical experts and member of three UN Divisions. He has recently completed a Certificate of Achievement in Leadership at the Canadian Management Centre.


Mr. Champoux joined the Federal Public Service in 1982 with the Department of National Defence where he became the Survey Plan Examiner and in late 1984, Head of Surveys & Property Plans. Since then he has held a variety of progressively more responsible administrative positions including the Acting/Director of Property Information & Legal Surveys and later, Acting/Director Aboriginal Claims & Property Information. In 1998, he became the departmental Program ManagerundefinedZonings for the zoning of military airfields, military communication facilities, ammunition storage facilities and wind turbines on military radars. Mr. Champoux was the departmental representative for Canada on the 3D Noise Model for the Joint Strike Force International Noise Working Group and part of the departmental team on the Radio Advisory Board of Canada. He has been a member of the USA/Canada Bird Strike Committee and the NATO Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society and its five Sub-Committees dealing with impacts of noise on health, wildlife, domestic animals, humans and structures, etc.


Since September 2005 to April 1, 2010, he was the departmental representative on several Aboriginal Land Claims files including Land Use Planning and Land Management Regime for the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut files, Mr. Champoux has been the departmental Senior Advisor for Aboriginal Affairs under the Director of Realty Facilities Management group and was the departmental representative on the federal Interdepartmental Working Group on Consultation and Accommodation. In 2010, he returned to his substantive position as the Program Manager- Zonings and is now located under the Directorate of Portfolio Planning.


Mr. Champoux’s volunteer activities have included Secretary/Treasurer and President Circle K (University of Ottawa), Member of Treasury Board Advisory Committee on Real Property, Member of Treasury Board Real Property Management Information System Sub-Committee, Member of Executive Committee for Annual Conference on Real Property, coach of Gloucester Hornets soccer team; goalie coach, assistant coach and Treasurer of Vanier Minor Hockey Association, Alternate Chair and Interlock Coordinator for District 6 for Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association, and President/Owner of the East Ottawa Thunder Junior “C” Hockey Club with two back-to-back Eastern Ontario Junior “C” Hockey League championships (2006-2007 and 2007-2008). Currently a member of le Club Optimiste de Vanier, Inc. and served on the Board as Director and Vice-President (2009-2013).

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Alex Giannelia, Immediate Past-President


Alex Giannelia is the president of THE AIRBORNE SENSING CORPORATION, a Toronto-based company specializing in airborne data acquisition since 1981. ASC has completed projects from Ecuador to the Arctic and from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

Prior to his founding of ASC, Mr. Giannelia worked at the Ontario Centre for Remote Sensing as an airborne research technologist developing and applying photographic and radar-based remote sensing systems for the Ministry of Natural Resources of Ontario. Mr. Giannelia has a degree in photography from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University) and has presented papers to various conferences in Canada, the US and Central America on topics of airborne data acquisition methodologies.

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COUNCILLORS

BRANCH CHAIR


Sébastien Giroux, Champlain

M. Sébastien Giroux détient un baccalauréat en géomatique (option génie), obtenu à l’Université Laval, en 1999. Depuis la fin de ses études, il possède toutes ses années d’expérience comme conseiller géomatique dans le domaine des technologies de l’information.


Au cours de ces années, M. Giroux a acquis une solide expertise en programmation de systèmes géomatiques d’envergure, principalement les systèmes cadastraux.


Au cours des dernières années, son emploi du temps a été partagé à titre d’architecte organique, d’analyste fonctionnel et de programmeur, concrètement dans des unités de traitement très complexe et de noyau.


Dès le départ, pour le consortium BGJLR, fournisseur de données pour la Réforme cadastrale,  son esprit de synthèse et sa capacité d’analyse ont également été mis à contribution afin de développer l’infrastructure nécessaire pour la réalisation de mandats de la Rénovation cadastrale.


Depuis 2005, M. Giroux travail chez Fujitsu. Dans le cadre de son plus long mandat au ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune, M. Giroux a fait preuve d’une grande polyvalence quant aux différentes technologies géomatiques qui a apporté beaucoup de souplesse à l’équipe de développement lors de l’entretien et de l’amélioration des systèmes de la Réforme cadastrale et d’EDIT.


Plus récemment, M. Giroux a été conseillé sur différents domaines d’affaires, soit le domaine des élections, du transport public, des affaires autochtone et de la gestion des mines. Certains de ses travaux se sont réalisés à distance et ont mis en pratique son leadership et sa façon d’échanger.


De plus, M. Giroux a eu l’opportunité de participer au développement intégral du Système d’enregistrement de la propriété immobilière du Honduras. Ce projet lui a demandé beaucoup de détermination et lui a permis de développer grandement son autonomie.


Enfin, M. Giroux est reconnu par ses pairs pour sa polyvalence, sa grande autonomie, son éthique, la qualité de son travail ainsi que sa capacité à assurer le suivi de dossiers complexes et importants.


En 2013, il devient membre du bureau de direction de la section Champlain et s’implique dans plusieurs activités comme le GéoGolf, la Soirée Champlain et le concours de cartographie pour les élèves du secondaire de la province de Québec.  En 2014, il a été membre organisateur et trésorier du geocongres2014.ca.  Plus de 1000 participants, ce fut un congrès international, formateur, rassembleur, festif et d’une très grande réussite.  M. Giroux est actuellement le Président de la direction de la section Champlain depuis 2015.
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Brenda Tapp, Montreal

Diplômée en urbanisme et en systèmes d’information géographique à l’Université du Québec à Montréal, elle a rejoint l’équipe d’AECOM en septembre 2005 à titre de Spécialiste en géomatique et Chargée de projet. Elle a également un certificat en Relations publiques de l’Université de Montréal. Elle a développé depuis quelques années une expertise en systèmes d’information géographique, en gestion de projet, en gestion des infrastructures, en communication et en urbanisme, nécessitant une approche multidisciplinaire et impliquant des sources de données et innovations technologiques diverses. Elle a également travaillé chez CAE à titre de conceptrice de base de données visuelle pour les simulateurs de vol pendant 5 ans. Elle a une grande expérience en géomatique autant au niveau national qu’internationale, principalement en Afrique où elle a effectué plusieurs missions sur place.

En 2007, elle devient membre du bureau de direction de la section de Montréal de l’Association Canadienne des Sciences Géomatiques. Elle est actuellement la Présidente de cette section depuis 2014.
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Desmond Power, Newfoundland & Labrador


Desmond Power is Vice President of Remote Sensing at C-CORE and he manages a group of 30 individuals with expertise on geomatics, radar systems, earth observation and GIS. This groups represents one of the largest private sector organizations performing research and development in Canada on earth observation and geomatics. Desmond has 26 years of professional experience, having started with C-CORE (St. John’s, NL) in 1991. In the first seven years of his career, he primarily worked on high frequency over the horizon radar. In 1998, he started work on microwave radar systems and satellite synthetic aperture radar. He has since branched out into work on earth observation (electro-optical and SAR) and geomatics, with a strong focus on research and applications development. The research performed by Desmond’s group includes iceberg and vessel detection, SAR-based winds, EO water quality and river ice monitoring, ice charting and sea ice thickness measurement, satellite and ground-based interferometric SAR (for ground deformation monitoring), vehicle detection and monitoring, wetlands monitoring and oil slick detection. To date, his group has completed several hundred individual projects on various applications of remote sensing and geomatics. In addition to Desmond’s work with CIG, he is a member at large of the executive of Canadian Remote Sensing Society, a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a P.Eng registered with Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador. Desmond holds a Bachelor and Master of Engineering Degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland.


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John Donner, Ottawa


John Donner, PEng., is an employee of Natural Resources Canada working at the Centre for Topographic Information in Ottawa as a project manager. He is a graduate of the Geodetic Sciences program (1979) Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, and a graduate of the Surveying Engineering program (1984) at the University of New Brunswick. John has been a member of both the Toronto and Ottawa Branches of CIG and has been on the Ottawa Branch Executive since 1990. He is currently the Chair of the Ottawa Branch and was previously the Chair of the Branch from 1994 to 1997.

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Robert Harris, New Brunswick


Robert obtained a BA in Geography and Atlantic Canada Studies from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax in 2009. He completed his advanced diploma in GIS and finished valedictorian of his graduating class at NSCC – Centre of Geographic Sciences in 2010. Upon graduation he was hired as a geomatics analyst in the NB 911 bureau for the Department of Public Safety for the Government of New Brunswick. In 2012 he became the acting manager of the 911 Bureau’s geomatics unit. His unit oversees all geomatics services for the Department of Justice and Public Safety including maintaining the provincial e-911 database, civic addressing, and emergency mapping services for 911 answering point, Emergency Measures, and others. As well he is part of a team that is creating and maintaining an authoritative road network for the province of New Brunswick.

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Tim Webster, Nova Scotia


Tim Webster has been a Research Scientist and founding member with the Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG) at the Nova Scotia Community College since 2000. Specific areas of research include lidar and other high resolution remote sensing & GIS techniques for mapping, monitoring and modeling processes in the coastal zone, including flood risk and erosion. In 2013 as the Principal Investigator, NSCC won a major grant “Advanced Mapping and Monitoring within the Coastal Zone to support Sustainable Harvesting and Coastal Development” to acquire a new topo-bathymetric lidar sensor (http://nsccnow.ca/research-project-to-unearth-mysteries-off-ns-shores). He is the 2010 recipient of the “Gulf of Maine Council Visionary Award” in recognition of the long-standing dedication and leadership in the development and application of remote sensing technologies to increase our knowledge and improved management in the Bay of Fundy / Gulf of Maine. In 2008 he and fellow AGRG members were awarded the NSCC “Team Work Excellence Award”. In 2002 he and fellow scientists working on climate change risk assessment in Prince Edward Island were awarded the “Science Award in Leadership in Sustainable Development” in recognition of outstanding contribution to advancing and communicating science in support of sustainable development in Canada. He obtained his PhD from Dalhousie University in 2006 in Earth Science, an MSc Acadia in 1996 in Geology, a Remote Sensing Advanced Diploma from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS), now part of NSCC in 1988, and BSc double majoring in Geology and Physics from the University of New Brunswick 1987. He has worked in the private sector for a GIS software developer in Ottawa in the late 80s before becoming a faculty member in Remote Sensing & GIS at COGS in 1991. He continues to consult privately and supervises a limited number of courses and students at COGS and co-supervises graduate students in the Acadia University-NSCC joint MSc program in Applied Geomatics. He has published over 20 peer reviewed papers and has presented at hundreds of events (http://agrg.cogs.nscc.ca/tim_webster). He is currently the Chair of the Nova Scotia Branch of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics.

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Sunil Bisnath, Toronto


Sunil Bisnath is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering at York University in Toronto, Canada. His research interests include geodesy and precise GNSS positioning and navigation. He holds an Honours B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Surveying Science from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.



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TECHNICAL CHAIR

Roger Wheate, Cartography & CNC ICA


Roger Wheate is an Associate Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, and has been the GIS coordinator there since UNBC was opened in 1994, having moved from the University of Calgary. He has a Masters degree in Cartography from Queen's University (Kingston, ON) and a Ph.D in remote sensing from St. Andrews University, Scotland. His teaching and research integrate the use of Cartography, GIS and remote sensing. This has focused since 2000 on glacier mapping and updating from satellite imagery and DEMs, as well as the mapping of alpine environments. These interests coincide with those of the Mountain Cartography commission of the International Cartographic Association, and he is hosting their April 2014 workshop in Banff, AB. He is a past-president of the Canadian Cartographic Association, and currently co-editor of the journal Cartographica.

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Costas Armenakis, Photogrammetry


Costas Armenakis (Dipl Ing, MScE, PhD) is an Associate Professor of the Geomatics Engineering program, Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, York University. Prior joining York University he was a Research Scientist with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). His research interests are in the areas of photogrammetric engineering and remote sensing mapping including robotic mapping using cost-effective unmanned vehicle systems, 3D mapping and tracking using image-sequences, 3D modelling using optical and lidar data and the integration of GIS and remote sensing methods and data for risk assessment and emergency response. He is an ISPRS Fellow and has served as President of the ISPRS Technical Commission IV on Digital Mapping and GeoDatabases (2000-2004). Currently he is Co-Chair of the ISPRS ICWG I/Vb Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS): Sensors and Applications. He is a Professional Engineer registered in the Province of Ontario and member of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) and the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).

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Jean-Noël Lechasseur, Chair, Awards Committee


Jean-Noël Lechasseur is inactive Quebec Land Surveyor in Banff, Alberta and active for various professional associations in Canada since 1999.

He graduated in survey from Laval University, Quebec, in 1976 and received his right to practice land survey from the Order of Quebec Lands Surveyors the same year. In 1981, he obtained his Canada Lands Surveyors commission. He continued his studies and graduated in 1986 with a master’s degree in business specializing in finance, at HEC, University of Montreal.

Like many of his classmates, Jean-Noël worked as a trainee for Beliveau-Couture Lands Surveyor, from 1971 to 1976, and then was responsible for topographical field surveys from 1976 to 1981. In 1975, he was a part time teacher for the cartography department of Limoilou CEGEP in Quebec. In 1981, he joined Gendron Lefebvre Inc., as assistant director of the geomatics department later the same year, became director of this department until 1992. From June 1992 to 1999, following a restructuring and amalgamation with the firm Tecsult, he has been working as assistant director, projects manager at the national and international levels.

To summarize his para-professional activities during his career, Jean-Noël has been: president of the Publication Committee of the Order of Quebec Lands Surveyors (1978-1982); president of the Cartographic Surveys Industry Council in Quebec (1983); president of the Technician and Technologist Committee of CIG (1985); president of the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors (1988-1990); member of the Board of Examiners for Canada Lands Surveyors (1991- 1997 and 1999 – 2016); member of David Thompson Awards Committee for Canada Lands Surveyors (2010–today); president of the Publication Committee of CIG (1995); co-chair of Geomatics Canada Scholarship Program Committee (1999-2008); co-chair and chair of Hans Klinkenberg Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee for CIG (1999-today); chair of Geomatica Award Committee (2017); member of CIG (1976-today), member of CIG Montreal Branch (1981- today), chair of the Branch (1983) and president of CIG (1996-1997).

Involved in a field that fascinates him, Jean-Noël pursues his goals with enthusiasm. He has been commended for good judgment in planning and for his sense of organization. Finally he is concerned about continuing education and thrives for self-improvement through new challenges like photography and video editing on DVD, downhill skiing and golf.

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Izaak de Rijcke , Editor, Geomatica


Izaak has managed two busy careersundefinedone as a land surveyor in Ontario, the other as lawyer. After graduating with a science degree from the University of Toronto in surveying in 1976, he went on to article and received his OLS commission in 1978. Law school followed with a LL.B. from University of Windsor and a call to the bar in 1983. Since then he has been in private practice under various arrangements with professional colleagues. He has written extensively in periodicals, journals and has been a contributor to books on legal aspects of surveying. The readership has included both the surveying and legal professions. He has been editor and a regular contributor to the Geomatics and the Law section of Geomatica for the last several years. Teaching land surveyors in survey law subjects has been a significant contribution in the past and more recently Izaak has been a key developer of on-line survey law courses offered through the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors and specially tailored for foreign qualified professionals. Similarly, Izaak has been a contributor to continuing education events for lawyers in real property law sponsored by the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Bar Association. Clients have included government, municipalities and conservation authorities.


Being an avid reader and believing in lifelong learning, Izaak recently undertook a graduate program through Osgoode Hall Law School’s “part time intensive” LL.M. program in Real Property Law. He graduated in early 2011 and immediately undertook another projectundefinedrenovating commercial space for expanded office facilities in Guelph which he calls home. The space is configured for internet based learning and has state-of-the-art resources for this as a continuing activity in the future. In 2011 he became a Certified Specialist (Real Estate Law) by The Law Society of Upper Canada.


Time is still found for hobbies, including drawing and painting. Likewise, photography and travel are regular enjoyments, as are cross-country skiing and canoeing. Izaak is proud of his two adult children; Lauren, a core French teacher and Adrian, a journeyman chef.

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Mir Abolfazl Mostafavi , Editor, Geomatica


Dr. Mir Abolfazl Mostafavi is a full professor at the Department of Geomatics Sciences, Université Laval. He is currently a member of the Centre for Research in Geomatics (www.crg.ulaval.ca ) and has acted as the Scientific Director of the centre for six years (2010–2016).  In his research activities, Professor Mostafavi is mainly focused on geographic information systems, dynamic multidimensional GIS, Spatial modeling, geosimulation, spatial ontologies and semantic interoperability, sensor networks for smart mobility and smart environments.

Since 2009, Prof. Mostafavi has been part of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS) (http://www.cirris.ulaval.ca/fr ), allowing him to open a new horizon in innovative multidisciplinary research activities involving geospatial technologies to assist people with disabilities (PWD) and elderly people in their daily activities, and hence to contribute to improving their quality of life and social participation. He currently conducts research on issues related to the mobility of people with disabilities for MobiliSIG (http://mobilisig.scg.ulaval.ca/), urban accessibility and smart inclusive cities.

In 2013 and following the end of the GEOIDE Network, Prof. Mostafavi led a team of more than 30 researchers from 11 universities across Québec and Canada to establish the Convergence Network on Geospatial Intelligence for Innovation (www.convergence.ulaval.ca). The Network, which is funded by the Government of Québec (Programme d’appui aux réseaux d’innovation de FRQNR), aims at facilitating collaborations and partnerships among academia, industry and government to undertake research and innovation in the field of geomatics and to accelerate knowledge transfer to potential users. In addition to the researchers, more than 22 provincial ministries and agencies, as well as several federal agencies and private companies, are members of the network.

Among his contributions to several international organizations in geomatics, Professor Mostafavi has been actively involved in the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) since 2004. He is currently co-chair of the international working group on Semantic Interoperability and Ontology for Geospatial Information within the ISPRS commission IV (WG IV/2).


Ahmed Shaker AbdElrahman, Chair, CNC- ISPRS


Dr. Ahmed Shaker is an associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. He received his BSc and MSc degrees from Cairo University in 1993 and 1998, respectively, and his PhD degree from the Department of Land Surveying and GeoInformatics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, in 2004. Dr. Shaker has international work experience in Canada, Spain, Hong Kong, Egypt and Kuwait. His research interests cover the fields of LiDAR data processing, satellite sensor modelling, image segmentation and classification, and 3-D modelling. Dr. Shaker has more than 80 publications in international journals and conferences.


Dr. Shaker is the recipient of the National Science Progress Award in Surveying and Mapping from the Chinese National Congress in 2005, Marie Curie Incoming International Fellowship in 2006, Faculty Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award, 2011, the Bronze Medal Award from the Canadian Remote Sensing Society in 2011, and Dean’s Teaching Award in 2015. Dr. Shaker’s students have received more than 20 best paper, poster and presentation awards in different national and international events during the last seven years.


Dr. Shaker is an active member of several scientific national and international organizations. He has served as an executive member (Director) of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society (CRSS) since 2014. He is the Toronto branch Co-Chair of CIG (Canadian Institute of Geomatics). Dr. Shaker is currently the Vice-President of the ISPRS Commission III (Remote Sensing) – 2016–2020.


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Carolyn Goodfellow, Certification


Carolyn Goodfellow has worked over 31 years in remote sensing applications, geomatics technology transfer programs in Canada and abroad, land and water information systems and management of remote sensing science programs. Her interest in geomatics began at the University of Waterloo where she completed a degree in mathematics and environmental sciences. From 2008-2012 she headed the Environmental Monitoring and Emergency Management Section at the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, and then retired in 2013. The previous three years were spent at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as manager of federal partnerships and collaboration for the National Land and Water Information Service. For several years, she developed and managed industry-government technology transfer and training projects, e.g., GlobeSAR-2 in Latin America, adaptation of the Canadian satellite crop condition monitoring system for operation in Poland and transfer of Canadian survey/mapping/GIS technologies for new land management systems in Russia.

Since 1996, Carolyn has been a member of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics. She chairs the CIG Certification Committee for Geomatics specialists, those individuals who have demonstrated professional integrity and competence in one of six geomatics fields. She is also a long-time member of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society.

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Dr. Francis Roy, Chair, CNC- FIG


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