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    • KEYNOTE - KPMG/Environics - Casey Price and Eugene Chan; Big data & GIS: Collision or Collaboration?

    • Confederation College - Raquel Glavish and Marcello Pettenuzzo; Selecting Locations for Pedestrian Crosswalks for the City of Thunder Bay 

    • First Base Solutions / JD Barnes - Joseph Ababio; Data Capture from the Ground to the Sky: Revolutionizing Land Surveying with Aerial Advancements and the Future Frontiers in Geospatial Intelligence

    • CRIBE - Sarah Benčić; GIS for NetZero Solutions in Our Changing Reality. 

    • CE Strategies - Rylie Nellis and Ericka James; Emergency Management Shifting to a Digital Environment

    • Airborne Imaging - Susan Muleme Kasumba; MNRF GeoHUB LiDAR Review; data to manage chaos

    • Multiple Speed Networking Events throughout the day

Presenter Abstracts


 KPMG/Environics - Casey Price & Eugene Chan:  Big data & GIS: Collision or Collaboration?

    Our exciting Keynote Address from Casey Price  at Environics and Eugene Chan from KPMG, will conceptualize how the GIS community is using hyper scalers to access datasets that are petabytes in size to make informed decisions when it comes to emergency response efforts, digital twins, tourism and economic development. Geospatial experts are being tasked with solving larger and larger challenges as decision makers and the general populace at large realize how many decisions are actually location based.  In the last five years mobile data has begun to become integrated into geospatial solutions with the hopes of adding an element of temporally based, observed human behaviour to GIS based platforms in an effort to answer an even greater number of questions.  

    Session Presenter Abstracts

    Confederation College - Raquel Glavish, Professor and Marcello Pettenuzzo, Student: Selecting Locations for Pedestrian Crosswalks for the City of Thunder Bay

    The City of Thunder Bay received funding towards implementing 12 new pedestrian crosswalks (PXO) to improve access to public transportation and active transportation within City limits. In the summer of 2023, 4 locations were selected and constructed. The decision of where to place these PXO’s was influenced by public recommendation and proximity to current public transportation. For the remaining 8 locations, a team from the City’s engineering department partnered with an Applied Research Team from Confederation College to determine a series of appropriate metrics to implement the remaining PXO’s to support a wider range of community members who would benefit from the addition of PXO’s. Forestry students, Marcello Pettenuzzo & Tristian Sault, utilized ArcGIS mapping capabilities and open source data to propose the optimal locations that align with the City of Thunder Bay’s strategic goals. The results finalized into a visual hierarchical map and database creating a model of best fit for these proposed PXO locations based on relevant stats and data, as well as community values considerations. 
      J.D. Barnes - Thunder Bay, Joseph Ababio, Project Supervisor: Data Capture from the Ground to the Sky: Revolutionizing Land Surveying with Aerial Advancements and the Future Frontiers in Geospatial Intelligence". 
          The profession of land surveying has undergone significant evolution over the millennium, marked by continuous advancements in techniques and technologies. These advancements have improved the quality of data captured, through enhancements in the accuracy and precision of instruments, as well as in the mathematical formulas and modules used for computing and correcting observed data.

            Aerial data capture and image intelligence began in Canada in the early 1900s, but was initially limited to large-budget projects, predominantly for government agencies. Fast forward a century to the early 2000s, and we witnessed the proliferation of advanced aerial data capture tools, notably Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), becoming accessible to the public. This development introduced a new paradigm and expanded the toolkit available for land surveyors in data capture.

            My presentation will explore the journey from the 1990s that led to this proliferation in the early 2000s. It will examine how RPAS are transforming land surveyors' workflows and consider the future of the technology and software used for processing RPAS-captured data. The advancements in data capture technologies and techniques available to surveyors today are growing at an exponential rate compared to just a decade ago. While this is exciting, it also poses questions on how we can harness these benefits for our businesses, fully understand the limitations, and address the ethical concerns that arise. 

            CRIBE - Sarah Benčić, GIS for NetZero Solutions in Our Changing Reality
               Sarah is a multi-disciplinary GIS and environmental professional with a great eye for cartography, design, and compelling analysis, and years of experience in the Silviculture, Forestry, and Energy sectors. Sarah is passionate about working with our Next for partners to configure new tools and datasets that support geospatial decision-making with our partners in Ontario and around the world. Sarah loves the Thunder Bay region and is very excited to see positive change and growth in the space of bio-economy.
                • Showcasing how CRIBE is using data to drive regional economic development in Ontario. We have been and continue to share & collaborate with municipal economic developers to showcase the opportunity for investment in Northwestern Ontario.  We have been developing free & open tools on our platform to highlight economic opportunity using spatial data from the province & our partners. These tools are hosted on our forest EDGE platform & are openly available to the public. Along with the work we do within our network to encourage innovation across the bio economy we are working hard to do business to business matching and investment attraction support for communities. Bio Economy is a growing opportunity for investment as much of provincial & federal policy is encouraging a Net Zero approach for businesses. This drive can be of massive benefit to Northwestern Ontario & we are using spatial data to showcase that!”
                CE Strategies - Rylie Nellis and Ericka James; Emergency Management Shifting to a Digital Environment
                  Rylie Nellis & Ericka James will be discussing how emergency management has shifted to a predominantly digital environment; 911 calls are routed through GIS systems, community infrastructure is mapped with GPS units onto GIS software, and data is stored online rather than in a filing cabinet. While the dynamic field of geospatial science is ever-changing, even seasoned experts are constantly adapting to emerging technologies, and it has become increasingly important to ensure that this powerful tool remains accessible to all users who need it. With endless use cases, communities can use GIS to increase their resilience against flood and fire by proactively mapping areas at risk, consolidate existing infrastructure and asset information into one database, and improve emergency response times by bringing address information to digital platforms. CE Strategies works with communities throughout northern Ontario and Manitoba to implement GIS solutions into emergency management and future community planning, while bringing hard-copy datasets and ground truthed information online, and in doing so, focusing on ensuring accessibility of data and ease of use in an inherently complicated and hardware-dependent environment. Airborne Imaging - Susan Muleme Kasumba; MNRF GeoHUB LiDAR Review; data to manage chaos 

                  The Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has been the warehouse of mapping data for the province for decades. In 2017, they started the largest ever LiDAR acquisition project for the province. Over 35,000 square kilometers was acquired. In 2022, a four year project was started with the goal of over 60,000 square kilometers to be acquired. Year 3 spring acquisition has just been completed. All of this data is available for free under the Ontario Elevation Mapping Program. The presentation will discuss LiDAR has been acquired, the specifications and the deliverables. Susan will also share the proposed future locations of acquisitions, under the four year program. Finally, Susan will demonstrate how to access the data on the GeoHub website.

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