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  • 07 Aug 2018 3:49 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    We are partnering with the Licensed Professional Planner Association of Nova Scotia (LPPANS) for a Pre-Note/Keynote with world renowned atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe to speak about cross-sectoral approaches to dealing with climate change.Katharine Hayhoe Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech

    It will be November 2nd at 10 am in the Dalhousie School of Architecture and Planning Auditorium (next to the Halifax Central Library). WHERE: November 2nd at 10 am @ Dalhousie School

    Katharine Hayhoe is the Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech. Her research focuses on high-resolution climate projections to evaluate the future impacts of climate change on human society and the natural environment. She has published over 125 peer-reviewed articles and served as lead author on key reports for the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Academy of Sciences.

  • 30 Jul 2018 9:26 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)
    Summer is in full swing. Hopefully you have taken advantage of it and managed to enjoy lots of field work and vacation time during this nice weather!

    Since the AGM on May 25th at the Halifax Central Library, the GANS Board has been busy working together behind the scenes, creating ways to better serve members and further promoting the geomatics sector.

    As always we are standing on the shoulders of the giants who have already contributed so much.

    There are some significant considerations pending some GANS decisions that the Board feels deserves wider input on, as well as provides some great opportunities for you to become more involved in helping to promoting the geomatics sector. To that end, we have created a short 2 min survey that we would like to ask you to fill out at this link:

    Also we would appreciate it if you could please forward the survey to any of your friends and colleagues within the geospatial community that may not be on the GANS email list. We know that Nova Scotia has a large geospatial community, and we want to bring them all together from all sectors that practice geomatics. 

    Below you will find some details about upcoming events, recent events and other GANS news, and as always, if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback then we would love to hear from you. 

    Click here to continue reading the GANS 2018 Summer Newsletter

  • 23 Jul 2018 8:45 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    The conference committee is pleased to announce that Karl Kenny, CEO Kraken Robotics will provide a keynote presentation on November 14th.

    Karl Kenny - CEO Kraken Robotics

    This years conference includes several topics on innovation and overcoming complex problems in marine data collection and will feature keynote Karl Kenny, CEO Kraken Robotics.

    Karl Kenny, CEo of Kraken Robotics has over 30 years of technical and executive experience in communications, electronic navigation systems, and digital imaging.

    Kraken Robotics is a marine technology company, founded in 2012, that is dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems. The company is headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland with offices in Nova Scotia (at COVE); Germany; and the US.

    Karl was twice named as a Top 50 CEO by Atlantic Business magazine. He was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame in May, 2012. Karl also serves as an entrepreneur mentor at Memorial University’s Genesis Centre.


  • 17 Jul 2018 3:43 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    The Geomatics Atlantic conference committee are pleased to announce that Doug Wallace, Scientific Director MEOPAR will provide a keynote presentation on November 15th.

    Doug Wallace - Scientific Director MEOPAR

    This years conference includes several topics on innovation and overcoming complex problems in marine data collection and will feature keynote Doug Wallace, Scientific Director MEOPAR.

    MEOPAR (Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network) is an independent not-for-profit, that funds research, trains students, mobilizes knowledge and communicates results for marine risk and resilience; tackling marine challenges and opportunities for the benefit of the Canadian economy and society. Dr. Wallace, Scientific Director with MEOPAR is a world leader in developing new technologies to measure changes in the world’s oceans.


  • 01 Jun 2018 3:30 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Ted MacKinnon was awarded the 2018 David Keefe Award of Distinction for his continuous support of promoting geomatics. This year, at the GANS AGM, he was surprised to find out that he was nominated and delighted to receive the honor.

    Ted has been actively helping to promote the Geomatics sector here in Nova Scotia as well as all across Canada for more then 15 years. He actively volunteers in several professional organizations at a multitude of levels including GANS, (where he has served as President for 2 years and on the Board of Directors for the past 5 years), the Canadian Institute of Geomatics, Canadian Cartographic Association, Canadian Remote Sensing Society, and the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

    Ted has built a solid online presence with over 50 thousand followers on Twitter, facebook and LinkedIn, that he uses to help reach the broader geospatial community, to share information about Canadian issues such as geography education, open data, events, jobs and much more.

    Congratulations Ted and thanks for all you do to promote the Canadian Geomatics Sector

  • 10 Apr 2018 10:26 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Once a matter of debate, we know today the Earth is not flat. But the satellite imagery we’re most familiar with — taken straight down––flattens and obscures the visual cues we get from perspective, making the imagery appear like maps, not photos ... material from @planetlabs tweet

  • 26 Mar 2018 2:57 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Land and Sea episode featuring NSCC / AGRG

    Tune into CBC's Land and Sea on April 1 at 11:30 a.m for an episode featuring NSCC / AGRG research and how they use geomatics for ocean science. After that date, it will be made available the CBC website for streaming ... 

  • 12 Mar 2018 2:24 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    “Oh the Places You will go!” Part 2: Continuing the “COGServation“

    Peggy March - March 10, 2018

    Everything is connected to everything else!

    I recently wrote an article on Ken Bragg of Safe Software & in the course of our conversation when Ken said he had attended COGS, I asked if he knew Dave MacLean. It turns out that he graduated before Dave started teaching, but that he had heard of him.

    For years, I have interacted with geospatialists in education, government, and industry from across Canada and from around the world at conferences, meetings, and on social media. A good number of them knew about (or asked if I knew) Dave MacLean at COGS, so it was natural to infer that Dave and COGS are synonymous ...

    As with all COGS’ faculty, Dave is well-revered in geomatics and education circles in Nova Scotia, and all have had the privilege to influence a great number of students. Those graduates have gone on to wonderful, fulfilling careers.

    In time, I met Jon Murphy from Ottawa of GoGeomatics through the Royal Canadian Geographical Society of which we are both Fellows. Jon later connected me with Ted MacKinnon. Sure enough, Jon and Ted had gone to COGS. They both knew Dave MacLean too, through COGS and GANS. Turns out that Ted and Dave are both Fellows, too. More connections!

    As an educator, one of my favourite quotes is, “A teacher affects the future.” Therefore, I could only conclude that Dave, as an instructor and role model, has been influential in mentoring countless students, leaving a valued legacy to his profession.

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  • 28 Feb 2018 2:40 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Early last year the Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) Executive Director role became vacant . The GANS Board of Directors after several

     challenges and distractions over the past year, are delighted to announce the selection of Daniel Bryce as GANS new Administrative Coordinator.

    Daniel has worked with non-profits, professional associations, and political organizations for over a decade, as a volunteer, director, founder and employee. 

    He has organized numerous events from lunch & learns, to art & music festivals, to election campaigns. He hopes the experience he brings will help GANS promote the geomatics sector throughout the province.

    With a Master's in Planning from Dalhousie University and a certificate in GIS from the University of the Fraser Valley, Daniel also knows the importance of displaying and analyzing data spatially for successful planning.

    He has Planning and GIS experience in Western Kenya, Northern Alberta, Coastal Tanzania, British Columbia, and the Maritimes, Daniel has mapped and analysed information for the benefit of various government, private sector, academic and not-for-profit projects.

    In Halifax, Daniel has taught Introductory Geography at Dalhouise University and worked on projects for the Province of Nova Scotia, CBCL, Upland Urban Planning and Design Studio, Urban Perspectives Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning and TEAL Architects on topics related to lidar data collection, spatial data management, park master plans, subdivision development, active transportation, coastal climate change adaptation, social vulnerability and open space planning.

    As administrative Coordinator, Daniel will support GANS in achieving its mission and objectives through program development and administration duties. So please join us in welcoming Daniel to the GANS Board.

  • 04 Feb 2018 1:24 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    A new on-line tool will make it easier for people to find information on doing business in the Strait region. On January 22, the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network (ESREN) celebrated the launch of their Economic Development Investment Mapper (EDIM). 

    ESREN’s new database allows users to access this information on-line in one place. The program also includes other information that would be pertinent to industry, such as forestry and agricultural data, and information on transportation. Users can view the information in a user-friendly map format.

    ESREN has worked with Bluejack Consulting Inc. to develop the database. Chris Turner, president and co-owner of Bluejack Consulting says the program is best described as an interactive Web map viewer for investors. He said that providing accessible data is crucial to demonstrating the Strait area is open for business.

    “It will be there for the public to use and I think you will find that there will be more than just investors using it,” said Turner. “We’ve developed a user guide as well that is going to be online with the system that explains exactly how to use the tool.”

    The investment database can be accessed by the public free of charge at:

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