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  • 16 Jul 2015 2:11 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)
    Congratulations to Alexandra Baird Allen, GANS Board Member and Senior Manager of Turner Drake & Partners' Economic Intelligence Unit.

    Alex has been recently awarded the designation "Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors" (MRICS). Alex has led the implementation of GIS and data mining as an extension of Turner Drake's skills base; utilizing GIS to marry demographic, income and expense data with real estate databases to advise clients on the impact of changing demographics o their real estate portfolios. 

  • 09 Jun 2015 9:13 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Thursday, 9 July 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Bridgetown, NS

    Seven speakers. 

    Seven very different, next-generation thinkers and doers who work, live and play in the Annapolis Valley region will gather to inform, inspire, motivate and entertain us. They have projects, dreams, successes and challenges -- stories worth sharing. Listen to our next-generation thinkers and doers and engage in lively discussions.

    • Jennifer D'Aubin (Bridgetown, Community Supporter and Activist)
      “Barn Raising: Think BIG”

    • Susan Barker (Annapolis Royal, former B&B operator)
      “Did You Say One Night?”

    • John Saunders(Aylesford, UAV 'drone' photographer)
      “UAVs: From Afghanistan to Annapolis”

    • Bill Crossman (Centrelea, Renewable Energy Scientist)
      “Opportunities in Renewable Energy”

    • Edward Wedler (Greenwood, wannabe Stand-Up Comedian)
      Tours for Nerds: Building a Creative Nova Scotia Economy

    • Frank Forrestall (Middleton, Animator and Visual Effects Artist)
      “Digital Rural Transitions”

    • Caleb Miles (Bridgetown, Musician)
      “What am I doing here?”

    Link to the program:

    Link to register:

  • 15 May 2015 12:23 PM | Lucie Kendell

    Have you heard?  Geomatics Atlantic 2015 will be hosted AS PART OF the 9th Symposium of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), being held this year in Halifax, from October 5 – 9, 2015.  The best part is that Active GANS Members receive significant conference registration discounts - apply for GANS Membership today!

    As a GANS member, you will save $220 on early bird conference registration and $230 on regular conference registration.  Additional discounts are available for students.  Please visit the Digital Earth website for additional information and to register.  Geomatics Atlantic 2015 details will be available soon.

  • 15 May 2015 12:21 PM | Lucie Kendell

    GANS is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2015 GANS Award of Distinction are 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 - Forms available here.
    • Nominations close Friday May 29th 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
    • 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 2015 GANS Annual General Meeting in June
  • 15 May 2015 12:18 PM | Lucie Kendell

    Over the years it has been recognized that there is a need for the Canadian Geomatics Sector to evolve beyond the focus of capturing data and delivering basic products, and to start being recognized for expertise in helping a geospatial community make more effective use of geospatial data and related applications.

    Earlier this year, GANS introduced a mentorship program to help support this initiative.  To find out more and to get involved, check out the details at

  • 27 Feb 2015 8:45 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

  • 23 Feb 2015 12:47 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Are you a Nova Scotia high school graduate? 

    Have been working in the geospatial industry for 10 years or less? 

    Are you willing to help GANS promote the geomatics industry?

    If you answered yes to any of those questions then GANS encourages you to please consider helping us with a new project that we are about to launch, that aims to promote both high school geography and our industry, ultimately resulting in more students pursuing geo-spatial studies and careers after they leave high school. 

      Click here for full details ...

  • 20 Feb 2015 11:55 AM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)
    OCEANS-NS in partnership with the International Ocean Institute - Canada (IOI-Canada), Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE), Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism (ERDT), Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD), and the Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS) are conducting a project on ocean and coastal related careers and associated post-secondary pathways that are available in Nova Scotia.

    A specific focus of their project is with informing youth (ages 15-30) about career opportunities in the oceans sector and they are interested in peoples views on best practices in attracting, retaining and training/building capacity in the oceans sector.

    They are conducting an online survey (available until midnight on March 1st) and are hoping that the Nova Scotia Geomatics community could help them out by either participating in the survey or forwarding this message along to others in their target audience that could. 


  • 24 Dec 2014 8:00 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)
    The Municipality of Kings is one of the fastest growing regions in Nova Scotia. It has a unique blend of urban and rural communities and offers a wonderful quality of life to its residents. Planning Services requires an experienced GIS (Planning) Technician to provide GIS and related technical support to its service area and the Municipality.

    For more details see

  • 27 Sep 2014 7:36 PM | Ted MacKinnon (Administrator)

    Economic and Rural Development and Tourism

    September 17, 2014 1:33 PM

    NOTE: A list of participating post-secondary institutions follows this release. 

    Government is accepting applications from small businesses for the Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program. 

    The program helps small businesses develop a new product or service, and get it closer to market, by giving them access to advice and support from experts at universities and colleges in Nova Scotia. 

    "The provincial voucher program inspires joint efforts between industry and their post-secondary partners," said Wayne St-Amour, Nova Scotia Community College's executive director of innovation and entrepreneurship and dean of applied research. "The program enables us to support projects in the community with our collective expertise in innovative and problem-solving technologies. 

    "We get to play a part in helping businesses take an idea off the ground and launch it into a commercial application."

    More than 240 businesses have received vouchers since the program started in 2008, including 51 last year. 

    One of the businesses that received a voucher last year is Scotia Weather Services Inc. of Dartmouth. 

    "We're constantly looking for new methods and technology to enhance how we present weather information to our clients," said Malcolm MacLeod, president of Scotia Weather Services. "The voucher allowed us to have a person at NSCC with extensive experience in geographic information systems evaluate the capability of a software package to develop new products for our clients to use in making weather-sensitive decisions. 

    "We determined this software can help us enhance our products. This work will help us build on our weather service business." 

    The program offers two types of vouchers. 

    The tier-one vouchers provide up to $15,000 for expert services and advice in areas such as applied research, field testing, prototyping, engineering services, product design and feasibility studies. 

    The tier-two vouchers offer up to $25,000 to businesses that have received vouchers in the past, allowing them to build on the work they did with the first project. 

    "Finding ways to connect small businesses with the wealth of expertise available at our universities and colleges will help make them more competitive and profitable," said Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. "Through this program, small businesses are able to get advice and support from experts so they can move their innovative ideas forward." 

    To be eligible, businesses must be registered to operate in Nova Scotia and have less than 100 employees when they apply. Businesses can get more information and application forms at .

    Applications for first-tier vouchers are due by Oct. 10. The deadline for the second-tier is Oct. 17. 


         Government is accepting applications from small businesses 

    for the Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program.

         Two types of vouchers are offered through the program. The 

    first-tier provides up to 15-thousand dollars for services and 

    advice from universities and colleges in areas such as applied 

    research, field testing, prototyping, engineering services, 

    product design and feasibility studies. 

         The second-tier offers up to 25-thousand dollars to 

    businesses that have received vouchers in the past, allowing 

    them to build on the work they did with the first project. 

    Businesses can get more information and application forms 

    on the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism 


         Applications for first-tier vouchers are due by October 

    10th. The deadline for the second tier is October 17th.


    Media Contact: Sarah Levy MacLeod
                    Cell: 902-478-4904
                    E-mail: [email protected]

    The participating universities and colleges are: 
    -- Acadia University
    -- Cape Breton University
    -- Dalhousie University, including the former Nova Scotia Agricultural College 
    -- Mount Saint Vincent University
    -- Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
    -- Nova Scotia Community College
    -- Saint Mary's University
    -- St. Francis Xavier University
    -- Université Sainte-Anne

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