OGC Canada Forum

Event details

Date & time:

June 17, 2024 11:00 am — June 18, 2024 3:00 pm


Centre Mont-Royal, Montreal

The OGC Canada Forum is back! Scheduled as part of the 129th OGC Member Meeting in Montreal, join us in person or remotely to contribute to the Canadian Geospatial Community. All Canadian organizations and those operating in Canada are welcome to participate, whether members or non-members of OGC. Canada Forum sessions will be held on June 17 and 18, 2024.

The Forum aims to boost collaboration among stakeholders to address Canada’s geospatial needs by focusing on capacity building, innovation, standards and economic growth. Attendees can expect discussions on current and future geospatial issues potentially affecting the overall community and assisting in planning ways to overcome issues.

The meeting will be held at the Centre Mont-Royal in Montreal. Virtual participation will be offered via GoToMeeting. Registration is open now. For any inquiries, please contact us at membership@ogc.org.

Preliminary Agenda:

Eastern TimeMonday, June 17Speakers
11:00 – 11:30Opening and the Forum Overview
An overview of the 2024 Canada Forum agenda and then delve into the history, progress, future priorities of the forum, and key issues that are important for the Canadian community moving forward.
Cameron Wilson, Project Manager, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
11:30 –
National Geospatial Strategy in a Time of Rapid Change and Growing Challenges Panel
This panel will explore how national geospatial strategies and spatial data infrastructure needs to mature and evolve to ensure that geospatial data and information in Canada continues to drive economic growth across sectors, provide vital insights to respond to challenges (e.g., emergencies, climate change) and inform policy priorities. With massive research and industry driven technological change, and social imperatives (e.g., Indigenous data sovereignty), how do we grow a rich collaborative environment to evolve Canada’s SDI? What are the roles/contributions of the range of partners that comprise Canada’s spatial data infrastructure? What are the prospects for SDI modernization? Panelists will be asked to provide their perspectives on the many opportunities and challenges on the horizon.
Eric Loubier, Director General – Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
Bradford Dean, GIS Manager – Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
Linda van den Brink, Geo-Information Standardization Advisor, Geonovum
12:30 – 13:30Networking Luncheon
Eastern TimeTuesday, June 18Speakers
11:00 – 11:30Do Standards Organizations Help the Industry Respond to Global Challenges Debate
This debate will explore the role of standards organization in helping the industry address global challenges. Debaters will discuss the value that standards organizations bring to the industry, including what is working well and what could be improved upon. Climate indicators will also be a key focus of the debate as they explore how standards organizations can help address environmental issues.
Scott Simmons, Chief Standards Officer – OGC

Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist – Google
Steve Liang, Founder and CTO – SensorUP
Gordon Plunkett, Director, Spatial Data Infrastructure – Esri Canada
11:30 –
The Transformative Role of Industry in National Geospatial Strategy and Spatial Sata Infrastructure Panel
In this panel, speakers will provide perspectives on the transformative role of industry in contributing to and leading technological advancement of geospatial data, geospatial information management, GeoAI, analytics, and related services, and discuss how the private sector is leveraging and contributing to Canada’s spatial data infrastructure to support public and private sector missions and civil society needs. The panel will also explore how the industry can better enable SDI by fostering innovation, promoting data interoperability, and building partnerships across different sectors.
Andy Hoggarth, Vice President, Teledyne Geospatial
Dean Hintz, Senior Analyst – Safe Software
Tom Landry, Business Analyst Specialist – Intact
Tom Kralidis, Senior Geospatial Architect – Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
12:30 – 13:30Networking Luncheon
13:30 –
Coming Back Together in Partnership and Closing
The discussion will focus on “Coming Back Together in Partnership,” addressing key points from the read-ahead survey and crafting an action plan for the year ahead.
Trevor Taylor, Senior Director – OGC
Ryan Ahola, Environmental Scientist – Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)


Canada Forum, Climate Resilience, Disaster Resilience, GeoAI, OGC Standards, Spatial Data Infrastructure

Sign up today

Receive the latest news on OGC.

© 2024 Open Geospatial Consortium. All Rights Reserved.

Become a memberBecome a member