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MApps Award -  Best Challenge Award - Bursaries

Past Winners

Ontario GIS Hall of Fame Award

The GIS Hall of Fame award was established to recognize and honor the most esteemed leaders of the geospatial community. To be considered for the GIS Hall of Fame, an individual’s or an organization’s record of contribution to the advancement of the industry demonstrates creative thinking and actions, vision and innovation, inspiring leadership, perseverance, and community mindedness. Individuals or organizations whose pioneering work has moved the geospatial industry in a better, stronger direction.

2017 - Sandra Crutcher


2013 - Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

GIS Leadership Award

Presented to members who have demonstrated exemplary leadership to Ontario's Geospatial community including creativity, innovation, and dedicated support of programs. The recipient should be a member of URISA Ontario for enough years to show a pattern of leadership. Typically the recipient will have been responsible for new programs or activities, or significantly enhanced an existing activity or program, so that it takes URISA Ontario in a new direction and/or enhances our standing in the professional community.

2018 - Andrew Lyszkiewicz
2017 - Alex Miller
2016 - Al Little
2012 - Teranet (Andy Mackie)
2011 - Land Information Ontario (Raphael Sussman)
2008 - Sandra Crutcher
2005 - GeoSmart (Derek Landry)
2004 - Susan Chase
Exemplary Service Award

An occasional award given for long-term service to URISA Ontario and the profession. This is the ultimate award for service and leadership to URISA Ontario and within the geospatial industry. Awardees will have demonstrated significant contributions to both URISA Ontario and the geospatial technologies industry. 

2019 - John Houweling

2017 - Lou Milrad

2012 - Catherine Baldelli

2011 - Ron Jaros
2008 - Al Little
2005 - Sandra Crutcher
1998 - Jury Konga
1996 & 1998 - Sandra Crutcher

Best Public Sector GIS

2019 Gold Award: York Region: YorkInfo Partnership

Silver Award: Toronto Police Services: TPS Public Safety Data Portal

Bronze Award: City of Brampton: Location Intelligence & Data Visualization Review

2018 Gold Award: Town of East Gwillimbury: Use of GIS technology to help visualize, monitor and report on new development.

Silver Award: Town of Orangeville: new GIS section

Bronze Award: City of Brampton: GeoHUB for Open Data, Citizen Engagement and Transparency

2017 Gold Award: County of Simcoe

2016 Gold Award: City of Guelph
Silver Award: Haldimand County

2015 Award: Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

2014 Gold Award: County of Frontenac

Silver Award: Region of Waterloo

2013 Gold Award (Tie): Cities of Hamilton and Peterborough

2012 Gold Award: Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

2011 Gold Award: Ontario Realty Corporate for Ontario GeoPortal

Silver Award: City of Niagara Falls for Implementing Enterprise GIS

2010 Gold Award: Municipality of Leamington

Innovation in GIS

2019 Gold Award: Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines: Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS)

Silver Award: County of Lennox and Addington: WORKS (Work Order Record Keeping System

Bronze Award: eleven-x: Digital Fredericton

2018 Gold Award: City of Sault Ste. Marie:   Automation of notification to customers for planned and unplanned water and electric events

Silver Award: City of Cambridge: Online tools to track discarded injection drug debris for rapid response for public safety

2017 Gold Award: Town of Oakville: Integration of GIS and JDE Asset Registry

Silver Award: City of Kitchener: New process for determining reconstruction and rehabiliatation priority scores of sanitary and storm infrastructure

Bronze Award: The Ontario Ministry of Energy: Integration of dynamic maps and business intelligence tools to empower policy advisors

2016 Gold Award: Ryerson University

Silver Award: Region of Durham

Bronze Award: City of Barrie & City of Vaughan

2015 Award: Town of Oakville

2014 Gold Award: City of Kitchener

Silver Award: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Bronze Award: Region of York

2013 Gold Award: Region of York

Silver Award: Niagara Region

Bronze Award: GoGeomatics Canada

2012 Gold Award: Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

Silver Award: City of Vaughan

2011 Gold Award: County of Peterborough for Trip-Click.com

Silver Award: Region of Durham for Walking Network Database

2010 Gold Award: Ministry of Economic Development and Trade 

Best Web GIS

2019 Gold Award:  City of Hamilton: Child Youth Health Atlas

Silver Award: Town of Orangeville: Heritage Orangeville

2018 Gold Award: Oak Ridges Moraine Groundwater Program: Public Mapping Portal

Silver Award: SPPB, LRC, and UTRCA: Source Protection Online Atlas

Bronze Award: MNRF: Fish ON-Line

2017 Gold Award: Trent Conservation Coalition: Interactive Map of the TCCR, Find Your Drinking Water System

Silver Award: City of Mississauga: Planning Information Hub

Bronze Award: Grand River Conservation Authority: GRCA Web Map

2016 Gold Award: Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry

Silver Award: City of Guelph

Bronze Award: Veridian Connections

2015 Award: Halton Region

2014 Gold Award: Region of Waterloo

Silver Award: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

2013 Gold Award: Region of York

Silver Award:  County of Simcoe

Bronze Award: Conservation Ontario

2012 Gold Award: City of Cornwall

Silver Award: County of Lambton

Bronze Award: Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority

2011 Gold Award: Region of Niagara for Niagara Connect

2010 Gold Award: Town  of Oakville 

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        Best Challenge Awards

MApps (Maps and Apps) Award

Student Bursary

People's Choice MApps Award 

2019 Best App: City of Kitchener - Kitchener's Speed Zone Analysis Best Map: Town of Newmarket - Central York Fire Services - 2018 In Review

2018 Best App: Town of Newmarket - Locate My Plow Best Map: City of Kitchener - Growth Management Plan

2017 Best App: City of Kitchener -Kitchener's Citizen Science Project Best Map: Toronto Fire Services - Residential Building Construction Dates

2016 Best App: Town of Newmarket-Playground & Park Improvement Best Map: Ryerson University - 3D Printed Geographies

2015 Best App: Devin Tu - MapYourProperty  Best Map: Region of Halton - Boardroom Map

2014 Best App: City of Windsor - Cultural Mapping Project Best Map: County of Hastings – Limerick Township Historic Map

2013 Best App: City of Vaughan - Vaughan Viewer Best Map: North Hamilton - Child Blood Lead Study

2012 Best App: City of Kitchener - Urban Tree Life Best Map: Town of Newmarket - Trails Map 

Link to MApps (Maps and Apps) Award page

Student Bursary Award

2019 - Devon Kleinjan, Guelph University

2018 - Nebyu Woldeyohanes, Nipissing University

2017 - Kyle Wittmaier, Nipissing University

2016 - Sean Nash, Ryerson University

2015 - Moeen Butt, Western University

2014 - Nafisa Kassam, Fanshawe College

2013 - Matthew Adams, McMaster University 

2012 - Sandra Murillo, Fanshawe College

2011 - Sarah Thompson, University of Waterloo

Link to student Bursary Page

30 Year Members - Diamond Jubilee Club

Jerry Crawford, True North Digital Mapping

John Houweling, York Region

Andy Mackie, Teranet Inc.

25 Year Members - Silver Jubilee Club

Garry T. Hunter, Hunter and Associates

Dave Salter, Niagara Region

URISA International Chapter Award

URISA Ontario Wins 2011 Chapter of the Year Award from URISA International!

Each year, URISA recognizes an outstanding Chapter that has sponsored particularly effective activities or has otherwise excelled in serving its membership.

 Outstanding Chapter Award criteria include:
• Innovation
• Outreach
• Education
• Community Impact

The 2011 award marks the third year that URISA Ontario has won Chapter of the year (also won chapter of the year in 2003, and 1996).

    • URISA International Chapter of the Year 2003 Award
    • URISA International Chapter of the Year 1996 Award

    URISA Ontario Service Awards

    2019 - Dianne Adams (2017-19

    2019 - Jasna Filipovic (2012-19)

    2019 - Jeremy Luymes (2015-19)

    2019 - Scott Barbacki (2017-19)

    2015 - Lena Gomes (2008-15)

    2013 - Susan Port: (2006-2013)
    2013 - Chris Wilkinson: (2006-2013)
    2012 - Dianne Adams: (2008-2012)
    2012 - Melanie Wawryk (2008-2012)
    2001 - Antoni Wisnioski
    2001 - Patrick McDade

    President Lena Gomes accepting the Chapter of the year award from Cy Smith.

    President Lena Gomes accepting the Chapter of the year award from Cy Smith, 2011 URISA International president. at URISA International's annual general meeting.

    Current & Past Presidents of the Ontario Association

    Susan Muleme Kasumba (Current)

    Catherine Fitzgerald (Immediate Past President)

    Al Little

    Lena Gomes

    Catherine Baldelli

    Tim Hu

    Nigel Roberts

    Ron Jaros

    Donna Edwards

    Jury Konga

    Sandra Crutcher

    Lou Milrad

    John Houweling

    George Lysenko

    Past URISA presidents

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