The Speakers

Alex Miller

Alex Onojeghuo

Alex is a geospatial data scientist with over 15 years’ experience developing remote sensing and GIS solutions for diverse environmental applications. His years of practical experience servicing clients in government, industry, and academia has equipped him with insights as to how geospatial products can be translated to assist in decision making, policy implementation, and planning related activities.

Allen Yip

Alyson Birce

This team has recently presented a pilot of this project at the Esri User Conference in Calgary. Our team consists of Alyson Birce, Sydney Thomson, and Allen Yip, who are near completion of the Bachelor of Applied GIS program at SAIT. Allen has led an asset management capstone working with Fortis Alberta. Sydney Thomson is experienced with GIS dashboard, innovating new functionality in the field of emergency management. Alyson has developed custom python tools that incorporate the Network Analyst extension in unconventional ways.

Amr Shalkamy

Amr is a Ph.D. Candidate and is working as a Research Assistant at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Alberta. His research is focused on technology-driven road design and safety. Amr won several awards including the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) traffic safety award, Memorial and Traffic Safety Scholarship from the City of Edmonton’s Office of Traffic Safety, URISA Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship and many others. He also co-authored many publications that are published in top-cited journals. Before joining the U of A, he worked as a transportation engineer for four years with a leading engineering consultant in the Middle east. Amr’s main goal is to save lives of people who die on roads every day.

Andrew Wolff

Worked with Strathcona County for 17 years

Bhanu Vedula

This is Bhanu Vedula , I’m a GIS developer with the City of Airdrie .I hold Bachelor in Applied Technology GIS from SAIT and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from India. My job focus is to leverage my programming and geographical background to support decision-making, with a focus to implement innovative IT solutions that enhance customer satisfaction and drive business growth

Bob Hoffos

Bob Hoffos is GIS Analyst and technology instructor with the Olds College Land Reclamation and Surface Land Management Programs at Olds College located in Olds, Alberta, Canada. Bob has over 25 years experience working with information management systems, spatial data, and environmental and agricultural assessment.

Brad Ashley

Brad Ashley is the Sales Support Manager at SOLV3D in Calgary. He has worked on several large infrastructure and engineering projects throughout Canada and brings his insight into the challenges of managing the data for these projects. In his spare time, Brad is the President of the Alberta Society of Surveying and Mapping Technology (ASSMT) and the Co-Chair of the FOSS4G 2020 conference being held in Calgary.

Bryce Surina

Bryce is the manager of IT and GIS for the MD of Taber and Don is has the same role at the MD of Willow Creek. Both are on the board of directors for the Alberta Municipal Data Sharing Partnership (AMDSP) and have worked closely with over half of the municipalities in the province that currently participate in the partnership. Working with Alberta municipalities has been an enriching experience for both presenters and they enjoy engaging with their municipal counterparts to both aid and learn from the creative people in this sector of the industry.

Dan Wismer

Dan has worked for fRI Research for over 3 years now and is keen on developing GIS tools for applied habitat conservation. Previous fRI projects completed include building the caribou web tools, an R shiny application and extending grizzly bear arcpy tools. When not learning new techniques in GIS, Dan enjoys playing basketball and mountain biking.

Dmitri Bagh

Dmitri Bagh has worked as Safe Software’s Scenario Creation Analyst since 2005. As a technology expert, Dmitri researches and develops new ways to improve data manipulation processes for a wide variety of industries. He graduated with a Masters of Science in Geography from the Saint Petersburg State University in 1993.

Don Kitchener

Bryce is the manager of IT and GIS for the MD of Taber and Don is has the same role at the MD of Willow Creek. Both are on the board of directors for the Alberta Municipal Data Sharing Partnership (AMDSP) and have worked closely with over half of the municipalities in the province that currently participate in the partnership. Working with Alberta municipalities has been an enriching experience for both presenters and they enjoy engaging with their municipal counterparts to both aid and learn from the creative people in this sector of the industry.

Dr. Jody Carrington

Dr. Jody Carrington is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent most of her career working with children and families who have experienced trauma. Growing up on a farm in rural Alberta, Canada, and after 13 years (!) of post-secondary education, she took her first job on the Mental Health Inpatient Units of the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.

It was during those 10 years that she learned the most about kids, families, relationships, and the vital importance of connection. Today, she is back living in a rural setting, managing a private practice, raising a family, speaking around the country about relationships, connection and her new book, “Kids These Days”.

Jody passionately believes in the power of the relationship with the people we love, lead, and teach. Her favourite thing on the planet to do is to speak with educators – they have the power to change the trajectory of a life every single day. It’s time, she believes, that we need to start focusing less on kids these days, and more on those of you who hold them every day.

Dr. Joy Agnew

Director of Applied Research at Olds College and holds a PhD in Ag/Bio Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. Joy manages the Olds College research portfolio including crops, livestock, turfgrass, and environment as well as the newly formed smart agriculture research program.

Erik Holmlund

Erik Holmlund is the Executive Director of Alberta Data Partnerships (ADP), a not for profit, public-private partnership created to provide long-term management of comprehensive digital data sets for our stakeholders, and now more broadly focuses on connecting data creators with data users. Prior to his role at ADP, Erik held a corporate development role with a web/mobile startup, and various roles at Focus Corporation in geomatics and information technology in Alberta, and land acquisition/resettlement in Chad and Papua New Guinea.

George Gaeke

George Gaeke is a geospatial technologies instructor with over 25 years of experience. He received his RPAS Pilot Certification and has been exploring the many opportunities to apply aerial mapping.

Grant Howard

Manitoba born; graduated 2-year GIS Tech diploma in 2008 before heading up to Yellowknife to work in the mining industry; back to school in 2010 to earn Geography degree; then headed North again to Flin Flon, MB before heading west to Alberta where I worked with AEMA and now working for Strathcona County.

Jason Suwala

Mr. Suwala has worked both internationally and in Canada on projects that utilize information and communication technologies that better the environment and people’s welfare. He has over 19 years of experience with user-centred design, project management, database design, website technical and usability design, system integration, and information system development. Mr. Suwala has managed a wide variety of projects, including the design and implementation of environmental data management systems, creating systems that integrate satellite earth observation datasets, conducting knowledge management assessments, implementing systems to assist with the management of transboundary water management organizations, and creating systems that facilitate community communications (community informatics). Clients have included the European and Canadian Space Agencies, major oil and gas companies, international development agencies, and First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations.

Joann Fox

Joann joined the Edmonton Police Service in 2007 as a Spatial Analyst within the Intelligence Analysis Unit. In 2012, Joann entered a more strategic role as Methods Analyst within Business Performance Section where she worked to develop new division and district boundaries as the EPS prepared to move from five to six divisions. More recently, Joann became the GIS Program Manager and is focused on creating an Enterprise GIS governance framework and organizational strategy to support multiple initiatives including the development of the Operations and Intelligence Command Center (OICC) spatial applications

Jonathan Neufeld, TECTERRA

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.

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.

He is a father of three young children; an avid hiker, climber, and cyclist; and is passionate and unwaveringly optimistic about where technology will take us into the future.

Jonathon McIntyre

Jonathon has been working with GIS and web based mapping systems since the start of his career. This experience allows him to leverage best practices and focus on driving the technology, data and processes forward to benefit clients.

Josh Wolf

Kacey Terry

Kacey Terry has been with Milsoft since 2009. He started his career at Milsoft in GIS Support and is now Director of Support. Prior to joining Milsoft, Kacey was at Comanche Electric Coop where he worked with GIS, Engineering, Staking, and Scada systems. Growing up his family was in the retail clothing business for over 50 years. He is a 2003 graduate of Sul Ross State University with degrees in Natural Resource Management and Agri-Business. He has been married to his wife Brandi for seven years and has a five-year-old daughter, Hadley. In his spare time, Kacey enjoys hunting, fishing, golf and rodeo.

Kristen Milburn

Kristen has been working at the County of Grande Prairie as a GIS Analyst for the past eight years. One of the things she loves most about the job is getting to work with various departments at the municipality and learn what other people do. Kristen has been working with the County of Grande Prairie’s Agriculture Department since 2012 assisting them with their wish list to work towards digital transformation.

Lesley MacKenzie

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.

Matthew Kallumadil

Mathew joined the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton after a successful career as a nano-physicist in the UK and Japan. In his role as the Manager of Technology & Innovation, he is responsible to support the RAE’s members navigate through transformations in the real estate industry, where technology disruptors and new business models challenge the status quo.

Matthew Lewin

Matthew Lewin is Director of Management Consulting at Esri Canada. As Director, he is responsible for the delivery of strategic planning services to organizations across Canada. Matthew is a seasoned business and technology strategist, with over 20 years in technical and consulting roles in the geospatial and IT industry.

Matthew Rieck

Matt Rieck is a technical trainer for EagleView. Matt trains customers virtually, but he truly loves to be on the road in North America sharing his love for technology with customers by explaining it in simple and relatable terms. EagleView is a world leader in aerial imagery and data analytics. When he can, Matt enjoys traveling to destinations where he doesn’t speak the local language because it ratchets up the thrill of adventure. His most recent venture was to Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia.


Nicholas Ranicar

Nic has been working in GIS and with FME for over 20 years and holds all three available FME certifications

Nigel Forster

Nigel attained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Calgary (Geography & Archaeology) and a Master of Science degree (Geography) from the University of Saskatchewan. He has worked professionally in the Geomatics field for the last 25 years, and has fulfilled several management roles with the City of Medicine Hat, most recently as their Geospatial Services Superintendent.


Rob McCulley

Rob has a BSc in Geography from the University of Calgary, and has been working at the County of Vermilion in GIS for more than 15 years

Roger Grant

Roger Grant is a corporate storyteller and veteran brand builder for tech & B2B companies. Roger makes breakthrough technologies clear and approachable. He has an uncanny knack for making complex ideas easy to understand and tech products easier to buy. The President and Chief Brand Strategist of Identicor Marketing, Roger crafts captivating Brand Names and compelling Brand Stories for companies in dozens of market segments. Roger is an accomplished and engaging professional speaker. He has given keynote presentations to a wide range of association and corporate audiences. His presentation style is entertaining, thought-provoking and interactive. Every presentation is filled with novel insight and audience fun.

Safe Software

Sarah McDonald

Sarah McDonald is the Manager of IT Projects and Innovation for the City of St. Albert. She leads the Corporate GIS and Open Data Programs for the City. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Geography from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Science in Geography from the University of Victoria. Sarah is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) and a member of URISA

Stuart Ellis-Myers

Sydney Thomson

Tyler Pubben

Graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Calgary in 2010 and followed up with a Masters of GIS from Vancouver Island University in 2017. During my undergraduate studies I worked as a geospatial technician at the Geological Survey of Canada. After graduation I began work as a wellsite geologist for a small consulting firm in Calgary and have worked across Alberta and Saskatchewan for a wide range of clients. Since taking over operations of the company I had been subcontracting through in January 2018 I have since spent significant resources implementing geospatial technologies into our workflow.

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