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  • 07 Oct 2016 8:11 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Many questions related to issues in Nova Scotia such as climate, poverty, disease, migration, water, energy, and biodiversity all demand geographical analysis. Geographical information has significant impact on all of us: it helps generate economic benefit, influences government policy, delivery of services, and improves our overall quality of life.

    The study of geography helps young people develop the knowledge and understanding to become better informed citizens and providing them with the skills to pursue a range of careers. However contrary to what many people believe learning geography related skills is not limited to K-12 education programs since most of us retain more information through hands on opportunities.

    Geocaching is a modern day treasure hunt that utilizes maps and a GPS (or a smart phone) to help people locate items left by others at designated locations. Last May GANS held a geo related scavenger hunt event at the Museum of Natural History. 

    The event provided a hands on opportunity to learn geography while using geographic applications (via smart phone or tablet) to create ArcGIS online maps. 


    Join GANS at the Canadian Museum of Immigration on Pier 21

    This month we would like you to join us at the Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax to learn about Canadian Immigration Heritage and what it was like for people arriving in Canada to make it their new home.

    Open to non-members as well so tell your neighbor's and friends! 

    The event includes a tour of the exhibits, the movie 'In Canada' and a geo-scavenger hunt. Kids will get an introduction to geomatics by entering their geo-hunt results onto an ArcGIS Online web map using a smart phone or tablet. 

    Whether you are a parent, grandparent or a kid-at-heart, GANS invites you to join us for a fun-filled afternoon October 16th! 

    If you do not have children of your own, then you can still join us, come help influence the younger generation with your geographic knowledge or learn about Canadian Immigration Heritage at the Pier 21 museum.

    • 12:45 Arrive at the museum and come check in at classroom, where you can leave your coats, etc.;
    • 1:00-1:30 30-minute tour of the museum exhibits.
    • 1:30 - 2:30 Explore the museum with your family as you hunt for the solutions to clues. Pop back to the classroom to enter your results on the map;
    • 2:30 Return to the auditorium to see the digital world tour created from our hunt results;
    • 3:00+ Enjoy the museum – the movie In Canada is included in your admission.

    To register for this event please contact [email protected] to reserve your spot

    The registration fee is free for Adults & children are only $8

    The fee includes admission to the museum for the day, so you can explore at leisure and take in some of the museum’s regularly scheduled events.

  • 03 Oct 2016 8:38 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Image result for Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth ObservationGeoConnections is focusing funding towards projects that address the following themes:

    • Innovative adoption and further development of CGDI in Canada’s urban environments (also known as Smart Cities); and
    • Innovative adoption and further integration of sensor data with the CGDI in Canada’s Arctic (also known as Sensor Web or Internet of Things).

    Interested proponents are invited to submit an expression of interest letter to GeoConnections no later than October 14, 2016.

    Please visit this web page to download the Invitation for Projects documentation.

    GeoConnections would appreciate if you could share this information with your stakeholders.

    GeoConnections | GéoConnexions

    Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation | Centre canadien de cartographie et d’observation de la Terre

    Natural Resources Canada | Ressources naturelles Canada

    560 Rochester Street | 560 rue Rochester

    Ottawa (Ontario) Canada K1A 0E4

    [email protected]

  • 26 Aug 2016 8:55 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    On behalf of the Nova Scotia geomatics community, GANS would like to congratulate Jeff McKenna (a GANS corporate sponsor, former GANS VP and board member) on his recent international recognition.

    Jeff, a proud member of the Nova Scotia geospatial community was honored to receive the 2016 Sol Katz OSGeo Award during the FOSS4G-2016 conference in Bonn, Germany, in front of 900 attendees (including the head of Google Maps, the head of Esri dev and education, and the whos-who of GEO). 

    The award is presented in recognition of Jeff's deep passion for FOSS4G and relentless effort to promote OSGeo Foundation around the world. He has been involved in OSGeo since the foundation was formed in 2006. 

    "Today, it isn't about one company or one standard or one software for geomatics, it is about being open and sharing.  Finally, the world gets it. " (Jeff McKenna, Gateway Geomatics).

  • 09 Aug 2016 9:38 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Call for Proposals: Monitoring Technologies for the Resource Sector $50K in matching funds available to help commercialize innovative remote sensing technologies.

    Since 2012 LOOKNorth has invested over $2.2 million and supported 24 Technology Validation Projects with 34 partners across Canada, leveraging more than $5 million in cash and in-kind support from industry and from other funding bodies. We are now soliciting proposals from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), researchers and academics based in Canada, for projects that promote commercialization of remote sensing and in-situ monitoring technologies that support sustainable development of Canada’s natural resource sector and are of high priority for industry end users.  

    The full proposal document, which outlines eligibility criteria, the evaluation and approval process and the priority development areas for end users, can be downloaded at

    To be considered for funding approval at the October 2016 quarterly meeting of the LOOKNorth Board Committee, full proposals must be received by 6 September 2016. Contact LOOKNorth Program Director Neil Cater (709.864.7808 / [email protected]) for more information or to discuss a potential project.

  • 15 Jul 2016 10:55 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Anyone can now explore Canada’s remote Sable Island, thanks to Google

    Parts of Sable island, the crescent-shaped island located about 290 km southeast of Halifax, can now be seen on Google Street View.

    With just a few clicks, curious people can explore the inaccessible island’s windswept sand dunes and vast coastline.

    HALIFAX—Whether they’re at a desk or on the couch, anyone with an interest in visiting the windswept dunes of Nova Scotia’s remote Sable Island can now do so without getting sand in their shoes. 

    Parts of the crescent-shaped island, situated roughly 290 kilometres southeast of Halifax, can now be seen on Google Street View. 

    From Google Maps, one click triggers a dizzying switch from the generic blue and green shapes of the map to crisp, 360-degree photographic images. Dozens of seals can be seen lounging in the white sand and blue surf on the expansive shoreline, and horses nibble on sparse grass among the shifting sand dunes.

    Click here to continue reading ... 

  • 08 Jun 2016 8:33 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Nova Scotia’s popular Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program is back on!

    The 2016-2017 Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program is now open for submissions. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 8, 2016, at 5:00 pm AST.

    The Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program is intended to help small and medium-sized businesses become more productive and innovative while building stronger linkages between businesses and Nova Scotia universities and colleges.

    The productivity and innovation voucher is a credit note. Vouchers are valid until March 31, 2017.

    • Tier 1: Vouchers of up to $15,000 for eligible businesses that have not previously been awarded a voucher, or are applying with a new project.
    • Tier 2: Vouchers of up to $25,000 for eligible businesses to build on work done through a previously awarded Tier 1 voucher.


    • Past Tier 1 voucher recipients are eligible to apply for a second Tier 1 voucher. The second Tier 1 voucher application must be for a different project than the previously awarded Tier 1 voucher.
    • The applicant is a registered Nova Scotia business. Businesses operating in Nova Scotia must register with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies (RJSC). Details are available from Service Nova Scotia. Successful applicants will be issued vouchers using the same name as the one used in their RJSC registration.
    • The majority of the company’s workforce currently resides in Nova Scotia.
    • The company has fewer than 100 employees at the time of application.
    • A company may have only one active voucher at a time.
    • The vouchers are non-transferable or assignable, and shall be void if reproduced, transferred or assigned.
    • Vouchers can only be used to obtain services from eligible service providers. Companies are asked to select a provider and service that best fits their needs. Applicants must discuss their project with an eligible service provider and lead researcher prior to submitting an application.
    • Prior to work being undertaken and by November 1, 2017, the service provider will submit for Innovacorp’s approval a project contract that provides preliminary details on the type of service and service costs associated with each voucher project.

    To Apply

    The 2016-2017 Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program is open for submissions. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 8, 2016, at 5:00 pm AST

    For More details and to apply click

  • 27 May 2016 4:37 PM | Anonymous

    Following the 2016 Annual General Meeting, it is with great enthusiasm that we introduce Ted MacKinnon as the new President of GANS.  

    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 18 years and has a diverse background in various disciplines including GIS, Cartography, LIDAR, Remote Sensing and GPS Surveying. He 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 Geographical Society.

    In 2004 he created to help make it easier for the geospatial community to find jobs in the Canadian gematics sector and then shortly later started; an online geospatial resource site that provides people with information on the Canadian geomatics sector. 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 the Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia Award at COGS. 

    In his remarks at the AGM, Ted expressed that one of his goals this year will be to increase the engagement of the GANS membership at our professional and social events. 

    Please drop a line to Ted and congratulate him and offer your support to him as he takes on this exciting new volunteer role on behalf of our community.     

  • 25 May 2016 11:59 AM | Anonymous

    To all GANS Members:

    On Thursday, May 26th, I will be stepping down as your President of GANS, during the association's Annual General Meeting. It has been an incredibly exciting year for me, meeting and representing the interests of geomatics professionals and the geo-community from around Nova Scotia and beyond.

    I am grateful for the efforts and energy provided by the GANS Board of Directors and members of the Working Groups during the past year, as well as the individual members who stepped up to assist when called upon. Together we have accomplshed much.  Thank you one and all.  I would also like to recognize and thank David Keefe, Executive Director of GANS, for his leadership in support of the association.

    I look forward to staying involved with GANS, and in touch with the members, through my new position with GeoAlliance Canada. GANS is one of the founding members of GeoAlliance Canada, the organization I now represent as Executive Director (part-time) for Eastern Canada.

    If you are interested in learning more about participating in GANS, or GeoAlliance, please attend the AGM on Thursday at 1:00 pm at the Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Road contact me. 

    Thank you.


    Novellus Management Consulting

  • 19 May 2016 8:40 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Hugh MacKay, Managing Partner of Novellus Management Consulting and president of GANS has recently been hired as the Executive Director - Eastern Canada for GeoAlliance Canada. 

    GeoAlliance Canada is a new umbrella organization created to help unite the energy and resources of existing geospatial business, non-profit, education and government organizations. GANS is a GeoAlliance founding member and has been involved in promoting geomatics in Canada for over 25 years. For more information on GeoAlliance Canada see



  • 16 May 2016 11:43 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Various Lidar mapping data in Nova Scotia is now available under an open license via Nova Scotia's Open Data Portal

    Lidar (Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging) is described as an optical remote sensing technology which measures properties of scattered light and/or information of a distant target. 

    It combines laser, GPS and inertial navigation systems to produce highly accurate topographic maps with accuracy within a few centimetres.

    Lidar data is utilized in various ways including Coastal Flood Mapping, Geological mapping, Transportation, Forestry and Archaeology.  Lidar, an extremely accurate mapping tool, enables better decision making for Nova Scotians.

    Click here to learn more about the Nova Scotia LIDAR data that you can download for free as well as the other 300 collections of data covering business and the economy, communities and social services, nature and environment and government. 

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