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Professional Geomatics Associations & Groups in Canada

By T_mackinnon @tedmackinnon

After a much debated and detailed discussion on LinkedIn it was determined that many people are not aware of all the professional geomatics associations that are available in Canada nor witch ones they should become part of (especially since some cost money and most can not afford to join them all).

Professional Geomatics Related Organizations in Canada

Therefore I started this new section on the web site to cover some of the organizations that I am either a member of or know about. The plan will be to cover at least one of these professional geomatics associations in more detail every month. ( if you see one that I have missed from the list, think your organization or user group should be added or have some information to add to one of these then feel free to let me know. )

Professional organizations are great ways to network and discuss GIS topics with others in the same industry.

Here is my current list of professional geomatics related organizations in Canada with links to their web sites and then links to more in depth coverage about each one as they are added monthly to the web site [you also use the groups category listing or search tools to find more information on these].

Hopefully this section of the web site will help people discover /join more professional organizations and / or locate local user groups.

Professional Geomatics Related Organizations in Canada

CAG – Canadian Association of Geographers

CIG – Canadian Institute of Geomatics

  • Calgary CIG Branch
  • Champlain CIG Branch
  • Montreal CIG Branch
  • New-Brunswick CIG Branch
  • Newfoundland & Labrador CIG Branch
  • Nova-Scotia CIG Branch
  • Ottawa CIG Branch
  • Toronto CIG Branch
  • Vancouver CIG  Branch

CRSS – Canadian Remote Sensing Society – currently part of CASI (Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute) but in the process of breaking off on their own
CRSS Ottawa Chapter

CCA – The Canadian Cartographic Association

GANS – The Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia - Read more information about GANS

CGU – Canadian Geophysical Union, Geodesy Section

MGUG… – Manitoba Geomatics User Group

AGG – Alberta Geomatics Group

OARS – Ontario Remote Sensing Society

GIAC – Geomatics Industry Association of Canada (More for companies and corporations, then individuals)

PSC – Professional Surveyors Canada

ACLS – Association of Canada Lands Surveyors

Professional Geomatics Related Organizations not in Canada but related or associated with the Canadian Geomatics Industry

URISA – Urban and Regional Information Systems Association

  • URISA Alberta Chapter
  • URISA Ontario Chapter

GITA – Geospatial Information & Technology Association

  • GITA Alberta Chapter

ASPRS – American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) - mostly American based

SCGIS – Society for Conservation GIS mostly US based

Geomatics Professional Networking Groups

Canadian GIS & Geomatics Group - online networking with other Canadians in Geomatics

GoGeomatics – provides several free regional chapters that at pubs monthly

  • GoGeomatics Toronto Group
  • GoGeomatics Ottawa Group
  • GoGeomatics Niagara Region Group

GeoGeeks Fraser Valley Group – - Read more about GeoGeeks

[last updated June 2012]

If you see one that I have missed from the list, think your organization or user group should be added or have some information to add to one of these then feel free to let me know.

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