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MGUG Fall Conference 2014


MGUG’s 2014 Fall Conference is scheduled for October 1, 2014 at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre. We are pleased to announce that TECTERRA have sponsored Dr. Joseph Berry as our keynote speaker for the conference.

MGUG is a group of geomatics professionals and interested individuals using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for spatial data management, analysis and visualization. Formed to facilitate communication between people working in all areas of GIS, MGUG has a membership that exceeds 600.

Our 2014 Fall Conference builds on the success of past events with an anticipated audience of over 300 delegates from diverse backgrounds including private industry, consulting companies, universities, resource development companies, government, non-government agencies and others.

The MGUG Fall Conference provides a forum for provincial, national and international speakers to discuss a variety of topics related to GIS and geomatics and for vendors to promote their services at an Exhibitor Tradeshow.


Visit the Conference Main Page: MGUG Fall Conference 2014
Register Now: Eventbrite Registration Page
Download Agenda: MGUG Fall Conference Agenda 2014



Pre-conference evening Mixer/Ice-Breaker:

On the day prior to the conference, MGUG will organize an informal evening pre-mixer reception in the lounge at the Victoria Inn Hotel. Please join us and come stand on the ‘Canada from Space’ giant floor map!

Pre-conference evening Mixer/Ice-Breaker is Tuesday, September 30th , 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm and situated within the Hotel Lounge


Joseph Berry

Future Directions of Map Analysis and GIS Modelling & GIS in Natural Resources and Agriculture

Most of GIS’s recent growth has been in its capabilities as a “technical tool” for corralling vast amounts of spatial data and providing near instantaneous access to remote sensing images, GPS navigation, interactive maps, asset management records, geo-queries and awesome displays. However, GIS as an “analytical tool” hasn’t experienced the same meteoric rise— in fact it might be argued that the analytic side of GIS has somewhat stalled over the last decade. But the future of GIS is moving from a “down the hall and to the right” specialist’s role providing mapped data, to a broader and more active role providing spatial information through map analysis and modeling that directly interacts with research, policy formation, planning and management decisions. The shifting emphasis from data–centric tools for mensuration (Where is What) to application-specific constructs of prescriptive mapping (Why, So What and What If) infuses consideration of geographic patterns and relationships within problem-solving contexts. To be effective, this analytical paradigm shift requires a comprehensive framework for map analysis concepts and procedures as direct spatial extensions of traditional mathematics and statistics thereby enabling individuals with minimal or no GIS background to develop spatial reasoning skills—thinking with maps. This presentation assesses the circumstances, driving forces, potential and future directions of map analysis and modeling.

-Opening Keynote Handout

-Closing Keynote Handout

Michael Luchia

The Role of GIS Technology in Resolving the 2013 Calgary Flood
The 2013 Alberta Floods were one of the costliest disasters in Canadian history. Thousands of individuals were mobilized for the response efforts, and GIS technology was a critical tool in resolving the disaster. The function of GIS started with preparedness, as the availability of pre-existing flood plain modeling and evacuation polygons provided the intelligence necessary for the initial response operations of evacuation of protecting critical infrastructure. GIS technology continued to be an invaluable tool for both communication and analytics, from providing a platform for structural assessment data to communicating with the public and completing post-event analytics, our GIS applications have now evolved further and will continue to be an invaluable tool for emergency management in Calgary.

Shari Decter Hirst

Brandon Mayor Shari Decter Hirst was elected in the fall of 2010 and has inspired Brandon’s senior leadership team to strengthen its commitment to efficiency, public service, transparency, accountability, and consultation, all of which have been embedded in the systems and processes within City Hall.

Brandon Mayor Decter Hirst is involved in the following committees, boards and community organizations: Audit & Finance Committee (Chair), Brandon & Area Planning District Board, Brandon Downtown Development Corporation and Personnel Committee(Chair)


Canada From Space Giant Floor Map

The "Canada from Space" floor map will be presented in the upcoming MGUG fall conference on October 1st.
The map is comprised of images taken by Canada’s RADARSAT-2 satellite.

"Canada from Space" is comprised of images taken by Canada’s RADARSAT-2 and is the first of its kind. Explore how Earth observation satellites monitor Canada and can be used to protect and prepare Canadians.

Please click here for additional information.




Conference Registration Information:

Conference registration fees will be kept to a minimum and all registration fees are non-refundable but are transferable to another participant for this event:

• 75$ - Early Bird Admission (by September 8th)
• 90$ - Regular Admission
• 40$ - Student Admission (student ID required)

And will cover:
• Attendance for All Sessions
• Continental Breakfast
• Hot Lunch
• Refreshments & Breaks
• Exhibition/Trade Show Admission
• Entertainment & Free Wi-Fi
• Chances to Win Conference Prizes
• Pre-conference mixer


MGUG Award Nominations:

MGUG is now accepting nominations for the 2014 MGUG Award. This Award is intended to recognize an individual, group or organization that has made a significant contribution to the Manitoba Geomatics community. For additional information and to submit your nomination, please click here.

MGUG poster award winners will also be presented at the fall conference.



Hotel Information:

If you or your team require accommodation for the event, the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre will offer discounted room rates of $115.00 plus taxes. Please contact the main desk at (204) 786-4801 and make mention you are attending the MGUG 2014 Fall Conference. Conference Code is 603973.

The Victoria Inn Hotel & Conference Centre is located within minutes of the James A. Richardson International Airport and while staying with the hotel guests enjoy Wi-Fi internet access, 24hr complimentary airport shuttle and complimentary parking.


Sponsorship Information:

Sponsorships are critical for a successful conference.  If your organization is interested in sponsoring the MGUG 2014 Fall Conference, please download the Sponsorship Package below.

 Sponsorship benefits can include:

• Display of your logo for one year on the MGUG website as an Association Sponsor.
• Display of your banner and logo at the Conference, on PowerPoint screen images and in the Conference Program;
• Distinct display of your logo within the Conference Section of our website;
• Recognition as a Conference Sponsor during the event;
• Complimentary exhibitor booth display.


Please click the link below for more detailed information about sponsorship at the MGUG Fall Conference 2014:

 MGUG 2014 Fall Conference Sponsors Exhibitor Information



 What to Expect:


CBC Radio One 89.3FM interviewed Esri's Alex Miller about some of the uses of Geographic Information Systems and the 2013 MGUG Fall Conference. Listen below for this interesting discussion.

Geomatics Canada has put together great videos to summarize the activities at the 2012 and 2013 MGUG Fall Conferences.

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