2018-19 GANS Board of Directors & Working Group Chairs


Candace MacDonald, President 

Candace has been part of NSCC Applied Geomatics Research Group's Coastal Research Team since graduating from COGS in 2010 with an Advanced Diploma in Remote Sensing. She is an expert in complex raster and spatial GIS analysis, and uses the remotely acquired data she and other members of the Coastal Research Team collect using a wide range of high-tech equipment such as a shallow water bathymetric lidar system, a 3D mobile mapping lidar unit, a multibeam echosounder, and several drones for multispectral aerial photography. She is an expert in the construction of maps and other visual products, and regularly presents project results at well-known conferences around Atlantic Canada.

Candace was one of the first young professionals represented in the GANS 'Geography Helped Me Get Where I am Now' Poster series. Click here to find out how Geography helped Candace get where she is today ...


Ted MacKinnon, Past President & Chair of Communications 

Ted MacKinnon - GANS Board Director

Ted works with Natural Resources Canada as the Senior Geomatics Technologist for the Survey General Branch's Atlantic Regional Office in Amherst. He has been working in the geomatics industry for over 20 years and has a diverse background in various disciplines including GIS, Cartography, LIDAR, Remote Sensing and GPS Surveying. 

Ted graduated from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) with advanced diplomas in both Remote Sensing and Applied Geomatics Research and with a B.Sc. in Geology from Acadia University. Ted has been accredited with GISP status from the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) as well as Geomatics Specialist in Remote Sensing certification from the Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG), and is a Fellow with the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

In 2004 he created GISjobs.ca to help make it easier for the geospatial community to find jobs in the Canadian gematics sector and shortly later started CanadianGIS.com; an online geographic resource site that provides people with information about various aspects of the Canadian Geomatics industry. The success of the sites has been contributed to being well connected with the Canadian Geomatics community through social networking and various memberships with other professional organizations. Ted first became a member of GANS in 2004 after receiving one of the Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia Awards at COGS and has been working with the GANS Board for six years.

Dennis KingstonBoard Director

Dennis W. Kingston joined the NSCC in 1995 as Faculty member in the Geomatics Department.  

Currently, Dennis is the Academic Chair at the Centre of Geographic Sciences.  Programs under his management include Geomatics related disciplines, Information Technology and Energy Sustainability. 

Dennis graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering. Before joining the college, he worked in various locations around the world supporting energy exploration for various companies.

Dennis worked for Chevron Corporation of San Francisco, California. Based in Houston, his position as a Navigation and Surveying Specialist required him to travel worldwide in support of various projects for Chevron. 

Dennis’ background in energy exploration and development along with ongoing developmental work at COGS provides a unique perspective on the work that GANS does to sustain and enhance the geospatial sector in Atlantic Canada. 

Simeon Roberts, Board Director

Simeon grew up in England and studied geography at Middlesex University in London. He moved to Canada in 1981 and attended McMaster University in Hamilton where he continued his graduate studies researching agricultural land use change and industrial restructuring. He landed in Nova Scotia in 1986 and took up a position lecturing Canadian geography, marketing, regional economic analysis and GIS at Saint Mary’s University. 

Since then he has co-authored the first digital atlas produced in North America, been Academic Chair at COGS in Lawrencetown and held senior positions in the private sector with engineering and IT companies. He recently led a Business Retention and Expansion – BRE program in Hants County and was Project Coordinator for the Employer of Choice Pilot Initiative (EOCPI). He also coaches CEO’s and has been an export mentor. 

Simeon has worked extensively in the international market, has published widely and presented at many conferences. He has worked with a number of non-profit groups and recently completed studies on the life sciences, IT and geomatics sectors in our region. All of these focused on human resource and skills challenges. Simeon currently provides management consulting services to clients throughout Nova Scotia.

Jonathan Murphy, Board Director

Jonathan is a COGS GIS graduate (2003), a University of Calgary Alumnus (98), Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and among the most well-connected, knowledgeable and active professionals in the Canadian geomatics industry. 

Since founding GoGeomatics Canada in 2011 he has been a tireless promoter of the Canadian geomatics sector both at home and around the world. His work starting the GoGeomatics Meetup Groups across Canada has showcased the best of Canada’s geospatial community. These monthly socials are the largest networking opportunities for geomatics professionals in Canada (with social groups in 15 Canadian cities and over 3,700 members).

He has helped countless professionals push their careers to the next level by providing opportunities to volunteer, publish work, and connect with the top employers. Through Jonathan’s efforts the GoGeomatics Magazine has become the go-to resource for the Canadian geospatial sector both in Canada and abroad. Organizations looking to hire talent or get their brand in front of the Canadian geomatics sector turn to GoGeomatics for help. He has spoken at national conferences on issues related to employment and leadership in the sector, given over 50 geospatial career seminars from coast to coast, and continues to organize hundreds of geospatial events each year for the benefit of the community. He has worked with and continues to work with clients such as The United Nations, NRCan, DFO, and dozens of small, medium and large geomatics companies in Canada and around the world. Jonathan’s work as a mentor, organizer, marketer, communications specialist and consultant in the Canadian geospatial sector is evidence of his leadership and numerous contributions to the industry.


Harold MacNeil, Board Director

Paul ShaffelburgBoard Director

Cameron RobertsonBoard Director










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