The Speakers

Abraham Poorazizi

He is an award-winning geospatial solutions architect and developer with several years of experience in academia and industry. He is passionate about building user-friendly and interactive (geo)web applications using free and open-source software and open data.

Alex Jackson

Allen Ibaugh

Allen Ibaugh is the CEO of DTS, a technology business focused on developing and deploying GIS, Asset Management, and web-based solutions for government and private industry, particularly in the transportation market place. He has been a member of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) for more than 20 years and is a Past President of the organization. He is on the GISCorps Core Committee, is a certified workshop instructor, and has served on numerous URISA conference committees over the years.

Allen Ibaugh

Allen Ibaugh is the CEO of DTS, a technology business focused on developing and deploying GIS, Asset management and web-based solutions for government and private industry, particularly in the transportation marketplace. He has been a member of URISA International for more than 20 years and is the Past President of the organization. He is on the GISCorps Core Committee, is a URISA Certified Workshop instructor and has served on numerous URISA Conference Committees over the years.

Bryce Surina

Bryce has worked within Municipal Government for the last 17 years. He has volunteered as a Board Member and Chair for AMDSP since 2011. The MD of Taber in which he works, fully supports his role and the direction of the Partnership in Alberta. He continues to take part in partnerships such as AMDSP as they provide a unique opportunity to not only share data but share experiences with others in the Industry and learn from each other. In working on development and using many applications he quickly realized the true value of authoritative and accurate data packages used in successful applications.

Charlene Nielsen

Charlene Nielsen has 19+ years of experience in Geographical Information Systems (and other spatial-related sciences) in research and education. She is an interdisciplinary PhD candidate in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. Her current research and collaborations explore the spatial and spatiotemporal relationships in children’s health and the environment.

Chiadih Chang

Chiadih Chang has been working for Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) since 2004. Currently, he is the Manager of the Modelling Integration Team. Chiadih is a Professional Engineer (P Eng.) and a GIS Professional (GISP). He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Calgary in 1992. Prior to joining Alberta Government, Chiadih worked as a hydrologist for Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for 10 years and Environment Canada for 2 years. Over past 25 years, Chiadih always maintains his passion to develop GIS-enabled decision support tools by integrating geospatial technologies with environmental models.

Chris Corbett

Chris Corbett has over 17 years of geomatics experience. His strong technical understanding of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) principles and theories, data management techniques, data analysis, and global positioning systems, provides him with a diverse background in the field of geomatics. He has provided consultation expertise to many organizations on a wide range of Geospatial projects where he was responsible for the design & implementation of custom Applications that help streamline everyday processing tasks. Currently as Director of Geospatial Solutions, Chris is responsible for overseeing the growth and strategic direction of all Geospatial tools and technologies.

Dale Lutz

Dale Lutz is a Co-Founder and Vice President of Development at Safe Software. With his background as a Computer Science Honors graduate and a Masters recipient with specialty in Usability for Software Technology from the University of Alberta, Dale uses his 20 years’ experience in software to guide core development of FME and its integration into key GIS applications. He is an active presenter at conferences internationally, sharing his expertise for making data accessible to those who need to use it.



Dan Wismer

Dan started his journey in GIS at the University of Ottawa, while during the summer months worked as a forest firefighter in north western Ontario. He later completed a Masters of GIS at the University of Calgary and got his first start in the industry as a GIS intern in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Dan then found his path taking him to Hinton where he currently works as a GIS Analyst at fRI Research. At work he enjoys building GIS tools in R, python and the web stack and off work can be found doing some sport-related activity.

Daniel Haight

Daniel Haight is the President and co-founder of Darkhorse Analytics. He is a Certified Analytics Professional and an award-winning lecturer at the University of Alberta School of Business.

His work has spanned healthcare, energy, marketing, professional sports, and transportation.

He started his career at Mercer Management Consulting in Toronto advising senior management and jet-setting around the continent. Subsequently, he nearly made millions of dollars in a small Internet startup. Instead, he enjoyed the magnificent failure of the dotcom bust.

Dan challenges audiences to fully integrate analytics into their organizations. He teaches Analytics for Managers to EMBAs and executives, and Quantitative Consulting to undergraduates and MBAs at the University of Alberta. In 2006, he received the Undergraduate Teaching Award from the Alberta School of Business.He’s spoken at numerous societies, clubs, companies, and government organizations as well as national and international conferences including: The Cloud Factory, CORS, INFORMS, the Western Canada Cyber Summit, the Chain of Survival conference, PMINAC, SCOPE, Energize, the Rocky Mountain Business Seminar, Analytics Big Data and the Cloud, Taming of the Queue, EMS Planners, and the Metro Fire Planners Conference.

David Monahgan

As Business Development and Industry Consultant, Mr. Monaghan covers the Federal, Provincial and local Government customers across Canada for the Geospatial market.  He plays a key role in helping the Hexagon sales team on strategic initiatives and partnerships.  He has been with Hexagon for over 21 years in various roles that have provided him with the experience that allows him to understand and reconcile customer business needs with Intergraph technology solutions.

Dianne Haley

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 the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board (now Alberta Energy Regulator), where she was responsible for the implementation and coordination of an Enterprise GIS Program. Previously she worked for The City of Calgary for twenty-one years, where she introduced GIS to the corporation and was involved in the implementation of two enterprise GIS environments throughout the corporation.

Dianne has served on the URISA Alberta Executive in numerous positions since it inception in 1988. She has served on the URISA Board of Directors as a Board member, Board Secretary and Board President.

Dmitri Bagh

Dmitri has worked as Safe Software’s Scenario Creation and Testing Analyst since January 2005. An FME expert, his role is to research and develop new ways that FME can be implemented to improve processes in different industries. Dmitri graduated witha M.Sc. in Geography from the Saint Petersburg State University.

Erin Huang

Erin Huang is the Traffic Safety Spatial Analyst at Business Integration, Parks and Roads Services, City of Edmonton. She got her Master’s degree from the University of Alberta, and has years of experience in GIS, Business Intelligence and data analysis with the City of Edmonton. Her work includes using GIS and Business Intelligence to conduct data analysis to support decision making and in response to internal and external requests.

Evan DeLancey

Evan is a spatial data scientist with the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute. He is working on projects involving wetland mapping using machine learning (Hird et al., 2017), dynamic surface water mapping with Synthetic Aperture Radar (DeLancey et al., 2018), and historical time series analysis of lakes and harvest areas using Landsat 5, 7, and 8 data. Evan has a Masters of Science with a specialization in hyperspectral remote sensing of forest biodiversity.

Geoff Zeiss

Geoff tracks the contribution of geospatial technology to the digitization of construction, operation and maintenance of energy, building and transportation infrastructure. For over ten years Geoff was responsible for thought leadership, evangelization, and industry messaging for the utility industry program at Autodesk. In recognition of his efforts to increase the awareness of geospatial data and technologies in utilities and construction, Geoff received the Geospatial Ambassador Award at Geospatial World Forum 2014. He has actively supported open standards and is a director of the Open Geospatial Consortium.

Gido Langen

Gido Langen started using GIS in 1987. Since then, he has employed the technology in utility management, municipal applications and the natural resource domain. Along the way, Gido has also taught GIS classes at levels ranging from University to vocational institutions including many private organizations. He is always curious to hear about new GIS applications.

Hodan Jama

Hodan Jama is a GIS Technician working with Edmonton Public Schools. Her GIS experiences involves working for the City of Calgary and the Canadian Environmental Assesment Agency. She has a diploma in GIS & Urban Planning from Fanshawe College, London. Hodan is also currently pursuing a BGIS from SAIT, Calgary. She finds her current role combines her interests in education, transportation, and new technology.

Isabelle Beaudin

Isabelle Beaudin is a Geospatial Analyst with the Office of Statistics and Information (OSI) as part of the Government of Alberta and has a degree in physical geography and a MSc. in remote sensing. She joined the realm of GIS for social sciences when she joined Statistics Canada in 2015 and later OSI in 2017.

Janet Khuu

Janet has been with Silvacom since 2015, working with GIS since 2012, and was a web developer prior to all that. She has a BSc in IT from Simon Fraser University and a GIS Advanced Diploma from BCIT. She enjoys the interdisciplinary approach and skills required when working in geographic information systems. She seeks challenging technical problems to solve with elegant solutions using geospatial methods and tools with the goal of affecting multifaceted change.

Janna Fung

Janna holds a Bsc. in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Calgary and is a GIS Systems Analyst at EPCOR. She enjoys working on software development, design, and support for the GIS and CAD applications used at EPCOR across various business units in Water D&T, Power D&T, Drainage, Technologies and Natural Gas. Janna has previously worked at Lockheed Martin CDL Systems where she received awards for her contributions to the UAS industry, the Mobile Multi-Sensor Systems Research Team in the department of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary, and Axia.

Jeff Hatzel

Jeff Hatzel is an Applications Specialist at Blue Marble Geographics. He provides training, technical support, and leads demos and talks at industry events. Prior to joining Blue Marble in 2016, Hatzel earned his M.Sc. in GIS at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has experience teaching at the university level and a background studying GIS theory, along with utilizing GIS applications across a variety of real-world settings.

Jessica Hogan

Jessica is a registered paediatric intensive care flight nurse who has worked at the Stollery Childrens hospital since 2009. Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Jessica has worked in international development since her undergraduate years and has returned to Kenya each year since 2010 to work on various initiatives with Innovative Canadians for Change. Her passion focuses largely on pediatrics and on equitable access to emergent health care in rural and isolated communities. In focusing her research efforts on trauma care reform in East Africa, Jessica is pursuing her Masters of Science in Surgery at the University of Alberta

John Statham

John is a Geospatial professional with over 19 years of experience, as gained through several private industry and now public facing roles. He has won several international awards for his work over the years, loves camping, and is the proud father of two beautiful young daughters.

Jonathan Neufeld

Jonathan Neufeld is a relationship-based leader, employing big picture thinking and a proven ability to translate ideas into action. He is a veteran of the geospatial industry, including leading teams to deliver results – whether they are delivering programs to support SME technology development projects or collecting airborne data internationally. As a leader he believes in the power of constructive disagreement, of fostering an open positive environment, and of trusting the team to do what they need to do while verifying that it’s done correctly. Jonathan joined TECTERRA in 2011 as the Technical Manager and in 2013 he took on the role of Director of Commercialization Programs. In 2016 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer by the TECTERRA Board of Directors. he has received a B.Sc in Geomatics Engineering, from the University of Calgary, and an MBA through the Haskayne School of Business.

Joseph Hlady

Josh Goertzen

Josh Goertzen manages spatial information and map service products globally for IHS Markit. He has over 18 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.

Kacey Terry

Khalid Mehmood

Khalid is the IT team Leader at EQUS REA LTD., the largest member-owned utility in Canada. Khalid graduated from SAIT, Alberta in 2008 earning a degree of Bachelor in Applied Technology (GIS). Later on, Khalid completed his Master’s program in Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) from the University of Calgary in 2014. Khalid has 10+ years’ experience in electric utility industry with EQUS. During his tenure, Khalid oversaw Geographic Information System (GIS) and helped the organization improving its efficiencies and enhancing member service experience using GIS. Khalid also led several successful technology projects at EQUS ranging from servers to mapping, engineering solutions, and member engagement app. Khalid also worked with the leadership team at EQUS in developing strategic priorities for the new and existing technologies and developed EQUS multi year technology plan to implement these technologies. Currently, Khalid holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from Project Management Institute, USA and Geographic Information System Professional credential (GISP) from GISCI, USA.

Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor works as the Sr Regulatory Advisor Spatial Data Analytics at FortisAlberta, a Canada electrical distribution utility. She holds a Bachelor of Arts – Geography from the University of British Columbia.

Marc Curtis

Marc is an Environmental Engineering Technologist (Honours Graduate), with broad knowledge of geospatial products and services. During his 25 years in the geomatics industry, Marc has held the positions of GIS Analyst, GIS and Data Sales Manager, Reseller Account Manager, Geospatial Business Manager for CAD products, Senior Account Representative and currently Sales Director with Angus Geosolutions Inc. (AGSI). Marc’s achievements include Canada Scholar designated by Government of Canada for Studies in Science, Engineering and Technology, Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA) Past President and Executive Board member and part time professor for the Georgian College Geomatics Program.

Mike Alfawicki

Mike has worked in the GIS industry for over 20 years and has spent years supporting The City of Calgary’s extensive GIS technology framework. He spends much of his time nowadays developing an engaged community of practice, gaining an understanding of client business needs and developing learning resources for GIS users.

Mitchell Orchard

Mitchell first developed a love for GIS during his tenure at the University of Alberta, receiving a BSc in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences along the way.

Nigel Forster

Nigel has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Calgary and a Master’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan. While with the City of Medicine Hat his roles have included Superintendent GIS (2002-2012) and Superintendent Application Services (2012-2018) and now Geospatial Solutions Superintendent. In 2018 the decision was made to consolidate corporate GIS, and to develop a GIS team to relaunch the technology as a shared corporate service. Today’s presentation is a look at the (baby) steps Medicine Hat has taken on the road to GIS governance and the development of data standards.

Ozzie Sawicki

Ozzie is a technology specialist in data mapping systems with over 30 years of academic and industry involvement, and 29 years of coaching experience working with both Paralympic and able-bodied athletes. Ozzie is the Principal-Owner of Pozitive Results Sport Strategies Inc., Chief Executive Officer of AMPED2Play Inc., and Principal – Managing Partner of PeekImage Inc./LLC. His corporate interests are focused on a variety of project and leadership roles both in Canada and internationally, of which the application of play strategies, technology solutions and evidence-based data strategies in sport, recreation and a series of additional corporate sectors remain key areas of activity.

Rick Maclise

Rick is an Electrical Engineering Technologist and has worked with three electric utility companies since 1986 starting as a Powerline Technician. Rick joined EQUS in 2008 as the Planning and Design Manager then transitioned to the Standards Manager in 2013, overseeing safety, engineering and the IT group. His team of 11 looks after EQUS’ construction standards, fleet standards, IT standards, safety program, safety code inspections, internal audits, system planning, micro-generation and many of the annual capital projects. With Rick’s technical background he is able to provide the expertise to some of the larger and more complex projects that EQUS is involved in.

Ron Cook

Ron Cook is the Geospatial and Planning Services Coordinator for the Urban Analysis section of the City Planning Branch. He is responsible for developing methodologies to create consistent, accurate content to inform decision making as it relates to the Land Development Process. Ron leads Planning, Cartography and Bylaw Teams consisting of twelve staff that generates products for City Council, Subdivision Authority, Planning Coordination and other stakeholders. Ron is a Geospatial Sherpa. Prior to joining the City of Edmonton this year, he managed a successful Geospatial Consultancy for 15+ years with a passion and drive for excellence. His clients included the University of Alberta, Alberta Municipal Affairs, Syncrude Canada, and the City of Edmonton. While consulting at the City of Edmonton Ron promoted the value, services and programs involving Geospatial information management and analysis to various internal business units while managing GeoEdmonton. These units included; IT – Corporate Geospatial Strategy, Office of Traffic Safety, and Elections and Census. Ron has been an advisor to the Capital Region Board GIS Committee and was a Steering Committee member for the GeoAlberta conference between 2006 and 2011. Ron holds an Engineering Design and Draft Diploma from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and a Bachelor’s degree with Specialization in Geography from the University of Alberta. He contributes to advancing the education of students interested Geospatial Technologies at NAIT by teaching a variety of GIS concept and technology courses for the last 25 years. In his spare time, he enjoys a couple of hours of data mining finishing off with making an impressive Choropleth map in 3D.

Sam Knight

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.

Sarah Khan

Currently completing her practicum for the Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems (BGIS) program at SAIT, Sarah Khan worked for the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) at the University of Alberta on her capstone project. Fascinated by the critical role machine learning and data science can have in spatial problem solving, she is in current pursuit of the HarvardX Data Science program. Evan DeLancey, MSc., a GIS land use analyst at the ABMI and co-author of the previously cited Hird et. al (2017) article, supervised the capstone project and provided the foundations of the machine-learning framework.

Sarah Stewart

Sarah Cameron works as a Supervisor, Data Integrity & GIS at FortisAlberta, a Canadian electrical distribution utility, operating in Alberta. Sarah is passionate about GIS and leading her team in the development of creative business solutions. She holds a Bachelor of Science – Honors Computer Science.

Scott Humphrey

First, introduced to GIS on an archaeological dig in Italy over four seasons. Scott was EPSB’s first dedicated GIS staff member and has helped develop EPSBs geospatial program over the last three years

Shannon Qualie

Shannon is a GIS Specialist with over ten years of experience in GIS. She holds a bachelor degree in science from the University of Alberta and a Civil Engineering Technology diploma from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Shannon regularly conducts complex data management, analysis, infrastructure modeling and spatial analysis using a variety of software including Esri ArcGIS Suite, Water CAD and PCSWIMM. Her analysis skills have been instrumental to various Alberta municipalities’ understanding of their assets and their asset management processes.

Shawn Kanungo

Shawn Kanungo is a strategist who operates at the intersection of creativity, business and technology. He has been recognized nationally and globally for his work in the innovation space after 12 years working at Deloitte. Shawn’s mandate at the firm was to help corporate executives to better understand and plan for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation.

Now, as General Partner of Queen & Rook Capital, he is focused on helping private and public sector organizations adopt new technologies and business models for the digital age.

Shawn has been recognized as Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, and in 2018, he was named one of Inc’s 100 Most Innovative Leadership Speakers. He has been featured in Forbes, The Globe & Mail, The Guardian, CBC and CTV.

Steve Dowding

Steven Pawley

Steven is a geologist and spatial modelling specialist, educated in the UK with a PhD from the University of London. Since working at the Alberta Geological Survey for the past 9 years, Steven has continued to work on various geological mapping and modelling projects, and particularly focusses on the application of machine learning models to surface and sub-surface geological datasets.

Ting Wei

Ting Wei has been a GIS Analyst at the Office of Statistics and Information (OSI) within the Government of Alberta since September 2015. Her work is focused on providing GIS support in socio-economic data analysis. Her duties include data management, spatial analysis, mapping and GIS consulting. Before joining the Government of Alberta, she worked as a GIS Analyst at The Spatial Initiative, University of Saskatchewan, and also at the Economics and Statistics Division, Nova Scotia Finance and Treasury Board.

Will Cadell

Will Cadell is the founder and CEO of Sparkgeo, a geospatial partner for some of the biggest brands in technology. Since starting Sparkgeo, he has been helping startups, large enterprises, and non-profits make the most of location and geospatial technology. With an academic background in Engineering and Remote Sensing, Will has worked in the government science, municipal, resources and technology sectors turning data into value. At Sparkgeo, Will leads a distributed team of geospatial experts, solving interesting problems at web scale and providing geospatial advice to unicorn Startups and Fortune 500 companies alike. His team at Sparkgeo built Maptiks, the first web map usage technology. Maptiks is helping to change the way modern web maps are built by putting users in the drivers seat. Will is the Chair of Innovation Central Society, a non-profit focused on supporting technology entrepreneurs in Northern British Columbia by providing business programming and co-working space.

William Tober

William Tober has spent 9 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 datasets. He is well experienced with managing large or complex datasets within GIS projects and proficient at client support by efficiently tracking and troubleshooting problems related to data or services.

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