This year’s AGM was held in Halifax at the Nova Scotia Art Gallery and included a presentation about business development & an interactive workshop dealing with the CGCRT Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy. We also realize that not everyone was able to attend so we have included a summary of the event.
Eric Melanson summarized the year’s events and accomplishments of the Association, highlighted several key points that GANS intends to focus on during the upcoming year, and also extended many thanks to all the great volunteers that help run the Association. Maureen Hudson provided everyone with a summary on the Association’s finances during the past year.
Five GANS Directors have fulfilled their two year tenures providing several opportunities to join the GANS Board of Directors. John Trites, Dennis Kingston (COGS - NSCC), Hugh MacKay (Novellus Management Consultancy), Tim Dine (SEG Consulting), Charlie Walls (Dalhousie University) were all unanimously approved as new members of the GANS Board of Directors. Eric Melanson (Esri Canada) was re-elected as GANS President and Ted MacKinnon (Natural Resources Canada) was elected as Vice President.
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive, by working to help develop and diversify local economies, and championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada.
Connor Smithers-Mapp from ACOA provided an overview on the Business Development Program and how ACOA is further strengthening Nova Scotia’s economy helping the private sector through collaboration and interest free unsecured loans.
Dave Keefe (GANS Executive Director) will be following up with Connor again in the near future to see how ACOA and GANS can work together to further help out the Geomatics Industry in Nova Scotia.
Next week in Ottawa the Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table (CGCRT); an open and collaborative group, made up of representatives from industry, academia, professional associations, NGOs and governments are organizing a national strategy, action and implementation planning workshop aimed to help them meet their goals of: reaching community consensus on a Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy; engaging the community in action planning; and strengthening the Canadian geomatics sector.
The CGCRT invited people to come to Ottawa to participate in the event, GANS will be well represented by James Boxall, Fred Hutchinson (also representing the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors) and Ted MacKinnon.
Therefore to coincide with this CGCRT National event, GANS invited James Boxall, Co-Chair of the CGCRT to facilitate an interactive workshop at the AGM to ensure that the Nova Scotia geomatics community was well represented and included in the Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy. James provided a brief overview of the seven main components of the strategy that he represented in his honey-comb diagram. Then members split up into several working groups (one for each aspect of the strategy) to discuss ideas and suggestions to help formulate strategies.
This workshop was similar to the one that James facilitated at the 2013 AGM where each group presented quick overviews of what they discussed and proposed. James gathered notes and information from each group and will be compiling them into a report that will be presented to the CGCRT steering committee in Ottawa on behalf of GANS. Those who were not able to participate can still have their input included, simply contact James, Fred, or Ted or contact the CGCRT through their web site.
On behalf of GANS, we would also like to extend thanks the event working group for putting on another great event and we look forward to your participation at upcoming GANS activities.
More photos of the event are available on the GANS FaceBook page and the presentations and documents from the 2014 AGM, ACOA presentation & CGCRT Workshop will be made available in the GANS members section.