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GANS Newsletter – Winter 2019

01 Mar 2019 11:54 AM | Anonymous

We hope you are looking forward to both spring and attending the April 23rd Annual General meeting


  Annual General Meeting

  Board Update /   New Hires

  Geography Teacher of the Month

  Call for New Board Members

  COGS  / AGRG Conference

  Award of Distinction

  Upcoming Events

plus more ...

Since our last newsletter, GANS has been busy undergoing some administrative changes. Candace MacDonald, stepped up into fill the role of GANS President, and, we have hired two part time staff members. More on the topic of personnel changes, we are on the lookout for new board members. Below we have all the information you need in order to make a nomination.

This season has also been pretty busy for GANS an exciting one for our members. 

The Board would like to thank Jackie and all the volunteers that worked together to host Geomatics Atlantic last Fall. The conference that was attended by more then 200 geospatial professionals helped indicate that geomatics is still growing strong in Atlantic Canada.

John Trites, a former GANS Vice President, was selected as Canadian Geographic's Geography teacher of the month.

The Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) and the Applied Geomatics Research Group hosted another successful winter workshop, and Robert Maher provides a great wrap up update on it.

Finally, we have opened nominations for the GANS Award of Distinction, which is presented to an individual or organization who has made an extraordinary contribution to the geomatics sector in Nova Scotia.

We hope to provide many more updates for you as 2019 continues!


The GANS Board of Directors




 Please join the Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) and friends for the GANS Annual General Meeting, April 23 at the Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Road. 

  • April 23rd,  2019
  • 4PM - 6PM
  • Halifax Central Library, BMO Community Room (2nd floor)
  • Includes coffee, tea & snacks
  • Open to all GANS members and the broader geospatial community

There is no fees for this event, however we ask that you please register to save your spot.

More details on this event will be added to the events page once available... 


On behalf of the GANS Board of Directors, we would like to announce that Candace MacDonald from the NSCC Applied Geomatics Research Group has stepped up to fill the recently vacant position of 2018-19 GANS President. 

Candace has been part of AGRG's Coastal Research Team since graduating from COGS in 2010 with an Advanced Diploma in Remote Sensing. 

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

GANS welcomes Harrison Ellisas the new Administrative Coordinator – Communications. Harrison is a recent BC transplant now living in Halifax. 

He has a background in non-profit communications and development, and has worked primarily with social service organizations. 

He holds a Master’s Degree in International Public Policy from Wilfrid Laurier University and is looking forward to advancing the geomatics and geospatial industries in Nova Scotia. 

When not working, he spends his time reading at the central library, running through point pleasant park, and cleaning up after his cat. 

GANS also welcomes Bridget Ajayias an Administrative Support coordinator for Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia. Technologically savvy and an early adopter, she brings to the team a wealth of experience in customer service, accounting and administrative support. 

She works as a customer service representative for Teleperformance Canada. Prior to that, she worked as an Accountant/Administrative support for Chrisma Day care in Nigeria. 

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, specialized in Finance both from Nigeria.

John Trites, Vice President of GANS from 2016 to 2018, recently was selected as Canadian Geographic's Geography teacher of the month
Nova Scotia teacher with a passion for human geography helps shape the next generation of educators John Trites , the former Atlantic representative for the Canadian Geographic Education executive committee, honed his craft as a geography teacher at Horton High School in Wolfville, N.S. 

After 33 years in the public school system, Trites moved on to a different role, mentoring the next generation of educators. For about a decade now, he has been teaching geography methods to pre-service teachers at Acadia University. 

Trites has also been teaching educators about advanced placement human geography, a subject close to his heart, for the College Board of the United States. 

In 2000, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society recognized Trites’ lifelong commitment to geography education with the Geographic Literacy Award.

Remember to renew your GANS Membership ...

It is time to renew your memberships and sponsorships if you have not done so already.

If you have any questions or need an invoice created then let us know.

GANS is looking for members to join the Board of Directors and Working Groups

GANS Board of Directors is composed of members from various backgrounds (Government, Academia & Industry) dedicated to help the organization be the leading voice for geomatics sector in Nova Scotia. 

Serving on the Association's Board of Directors is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about Nova Scotia's geospatial community. 

We Need Your help! GANS is looking for members to join the Board of Directors as well as the various GANS Working Groups.

Click here for more info on GANS Working Groups


Sensors High and Low: Measuring the Reality of our World

An update from Robert Maher

The Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) hosted its third annual winter conference at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Lawrencetown from January 22nd - 24th. 

There were  over twenty presentations that could be divided into four main components: 

• Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG) 
• Applied Oceans Research 
• International Technology companies 
• Nova Scotia / Maritime based businesses 

Read the rest of the article here!



We are pleased to announce that nominations for the GANS Dave Keefe Award of Distinction is now open.

This award is presented by the Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia to an individual or an organization having made an extraordinary contribution to the geomatics sector in Nova Scotia.

Help us recognize these special individuals and organizations by nominating a member of the geomatics community who has significantly influenced our sector.

  • Nomination forms are available on the GANS website - download here.
  • Nominations close April 1st 2019
  • Selection will be determined by the GANS Board of Directors
  • Directors will not be permitted to vote for their own employees, organization, or client should they be nominated.
  • The Award will be presented at the 2019 GANS Annual General Meeting

Past GANS Award of Distinction Winners

2018 -Ted MacKinnon, Geomatics Specialist with Natural Resources Canada

2017 - Dr. Tim Webster, research Scientist with the Applied Geomatics Research Group

2016 - James Boxall, Sessional Instructor with Dalhousie University

2015 - Dr. Jason Bond, Coordinate Control Officer, Internal Services (Province of Nova Scotia) [Note: now with  Natural Resources Canada]

Upcoming Geospatial Related Events

Check out Some of the Other Information  available from our Website

Geomatics related news and information  -
Did you know that any GANS member or sponsor can post news here? you simply need to login to the GANS site ... 

Upcoming Geospatial Related Events  -
The events page includes geospatial related events (both GANS and others), if you know of events that we are missing that you think others could benefit from, then let us know and we will add them to the calendar ...

Geospatial Jobs in Nova Scotia  - Did you know that any GANS member or sponsor can post jobs here (for free)? you simply need to login to the GANS site ... and we also maintain a list of employment resources to help students and those looking for the next move in their career.

GANS Members & Sponsors only section A section containing info related to membership and sponsorship, GANS Board of Directors, and working groups. Did you know that there is also a members directory in this section, accessible to all members?

Seeking Geospatial Specialists  - You may be aware of the GANS Geographic Education Poster Series but did you know that we are working on more posters and are looking for more candidates ti feature ...

Nova Scotia Geospatial Data Resources  - Know of any data sets that we should add here? If so let us know ...

GANS Mentorship Program  -

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