-- Main.TrevorTaylor - 20 Jun 2018

Canada Forum Meeting (Soft-Launch)

Fort Collins, Colorado and On-line

June 7th, 2018, 1200-1300

Draft Notes


In person
  • CRIM (Tom Landry)
  • Pyxis Global Grid Systems (Perry Peterson)
  • IDON (Doug O’Brien))
  • Ecere (Jerome Jacovella-St-Louis)
  • Teledyne Caris (Andy) Esri Canada (Gordon Plunkett)
  • Newfoundview (Robert Thomas )
  • Compusult (Barry O’Rourke)
  • NRCan (Cameron Wilson and Peter Rushford)
  • Various OGC reps
  • CAE, (David Graham )
  • NOAA office of coast survey, ( Meredith Westington)
  • Geosciences Australia, (Matthew Purss)
  • Alberta Geospatial Centre , (Jordon Erker)
  • Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, (Bradford Dean)
  • UNB, (Emmanuel Stefanakis )
  • NRCan, (Eric Wright )
  • Presagis, (Hermann Brassard)
  • Compusult (Mark Lawrence, Jason Macdonald)
  • PCI Geomatics ,(Steven Keens)
  • NRCan (Yanmei Wu )
Main themes of the forum
  • To support the creation of a platform for Canadian organizations
  • To meet and make progress on Canadian issues

1) Recruit active co-chairs

Confirmed and elected volunteers for co-chairs/other volunteer positions
  • Tom Landry (CRIM).
  • Aurelian Constaninescu (CAE)
  • Bradford Dean (other volunteer position) GIS manager Mohawk Council of Kahnawake ope
  • Cameron Wilson (NRCan)
** Andy Hoggarth ( Teledyne CARIS), Considering volunteering for chair. TBC

Discussion of Focal areas

- Formal Forum Launch ( Face to Face) scheduled to coincide with existing events

Options discussed;
  • CCOG -(Oct) Gordon pointed out the CCOG is a somewhat closed environment
  • Two or three coast launch:
  • Geomatics Atlantic - Nov 14-16
  • Geomatics Alberta - Oct 29-31
  • The North ?
- Consensus for quarterly meetings (3 remote, 1 in person ?)

- Focus on outcomes/Value for each sector (e.g. indigenous, Academia, private sector, govt)

- The intent is to figure out what is relevant to each member and how to collaborate for efficiency to lead to a multiplier effect for greater success.

- Work plan need to be issue-based and relevant to current issues/requirements

- Google Drive agreed upon tool for collaboration

Research/Gov’t Sector Ideas

- Tom: Floods and climate seasons, Smart Cities challenge (runoff in urban areas)

Private Sector Ideas
  • Export aspect - capability demonstrators
  • Creation of a cloud-based business.
  • Innovation for export. Brand ourselves. If we work together, may affect business plans.
- Build interesting stories around smart cities, AI, etc.

- If we could identify the challenges and opportunities within Canada and then the export potential. And plan activities accordingly

University Sector Ideas

- Capacity building materials with universities and smaller communities.


- Canadian General Standards Board process broken ( Doug( and ISO TC211, the Canada Forum could act as representatives to fix the problem

Next Step (s) :

Schedule Co-chair kick-off meeting (Taylor).
Topic revision: r1 - 20 Jun 2018, TrevorTaylor
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