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  • 27 Jul 2015 10:36 AM | Hugh MacKay

    In 2015, GANS introduced its Award of Distinction to honour an individual or an organization having made an extraordinary contribution to the geomatics sector in Nova Scotia.  The inaugural Award was presented at the GANS Annual General Meeting, in June 2015, to Dr. Jason Bond, Coordinate Control Officer, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

    Dr. Bond was nominated for the award by the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors (ANSLS). The GANS Board of Directors voted unanimously in favour of accepting the nomination and approving the selection of Dr. Bond as the award winner.

    The nomination read, in part, “Dr. Bond has been the driving force behind the design, installation and completion of the Nova Scotia Active Control System (NSACS). The NSACS is an important step for the Province to have taken toward our geospatial future and puts Nova Scotia at the forefront of GNSS technology and Provincial coordinate referencing systems.

    This achievement demonstrates his innovation in that he planned and led the process to install active GNSS base stations across Nova Scotia that will enable the geomatics community to prosper for years to come. Moreover, this advancement has led to real time corrections to GNSS observations being available to user groups, including the ASNSLS and other user groups across the province.

    Dr. Bond personally drafted business cases, held working group meetings, consulted industry and stakeholders. He acquired the necessary funding to create the NSACS while overseeing its design and implementation.

    Dr. Bond deserves this distinct recognition for his achievements in regard to the NSACS as he has clearly positioned the Province of Nova Scotia and our geomatics sector for an extremely bright future.”

    On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire membership if GANS, it is pleasure to recognize and congratulate Jason for winning the 2015 Award of Distinction!


  • 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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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

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