Congratulations on another successful SKI conference and our student award winners

Congratulations on another successful SKI conference! The student awards this year went to:

First place: Blake Walker (SFU): Painting the Town Red: Graffiti and Violent Injury in Vancouver, British Columbia ($1000)

Second place: Lauren Arnold (USask): Sample Analysis of a Population Survey for the ‘Public Attitudes towards Nuclear Issues in Saskatchewan’ Study ($500 + ArcGIS license from ESRI Canada)

Haven't settled on a hashtag yet

It's either #ski2015 (which also may attract lots of crazy snowboarders) or #skic2015.

See you tonight at the ice breaker!


Student Awards at SKI

The Convergence Network will give out two awards for best students presentations during SKI 2015. The mission of Convergence Network is to facilitate collaboration and partnership among academia, industry and government sectors to stimulate research and innovation activities in GISciences and to accelerate knowledge transfer to potential users.

The snow portion of the conference

Committee member, Steve Liang is ever helpful where it concerns the skiing portion of SKI Canada. From Steve:

Here is a useful tip for saving money. For experienced skiers or boarders, you can save money by purchasing discounted lift tickets in local Costcos (map). If you pick up your car at the airport, you will see the NW Costco on your way driving to Banff (if you take Stoney Trail). And it is a good idea to stop by and pick up cheaper lift tickets. For beginners, you will not require regular lift tickets. You can buy lessons at the ski resort of your choice. And the lessons normally include equipment rentals. Nearby ski resorts are:

1. Sunshine Village (27 minutes drive) 

2. Lake Louise (41 minutes drive) 

3. Nakiska (51 minutes drive) 

4. Norquay (very small, 5 minutes drive) 

And please come to Thursday night's mixer. Be social, find a carpool, and enjoy the powder next day. BTW, it's snowing in Calgary at the moment. Next week's weather forecast shows snowing and good temperature.

Preliminary Program is now online

The preliminary program is now online. Please take a look.


Our new 2015 keynote speaker

Thanks to Brian Klinkenberg, who has agreed to be our keynote speaker for 2015.

Brian is well-known to SKI. He has participated in the community from its early days. He is one of Canada's foremost GIScientists. He received an M.Sc. in biogeography and a Ph.D. in GIS and Landform analysis from UWO. He began his university career at the University of Toronto, obtaining a B.Sc. in Survey Science. A former professional land surveyor, Brian is now a Professor in the Department of Geography at UBC (Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis). He pesently supervises eight graduate students who work with GIS, remote sensing, data visualization, spatial modeling, open data and eDemocracy. Over the years he has been president of the Canadian Cartographic Association (1997/98) and editor of Cartographica (1999-2004), and a plenary speaker at the AAG (2005). Brian's research has a particular focus on spatial analysis and GIS as applied to biogeography and medical geography.

Brian's recent research and graduate students' work focuses on VGI (e.g., public participation and the geoweb, and digital identity authentication) and endangered species (e.g., geospatial analysis of African elephant movement).His best-known VGI initiatives include the development of two significant biogeographic atlases—E-Flora BC and E-Fauna BC. These citizen science initiatives involve over 1,000 volunteers, who submit geo-referenced data related to species' occurrences, and who provide the scientific expertise behind the sites.

His research in medical geography includes studies on the spatial distribution and biogeography of pathogenic species (e.g., Cryptococcus gattii, West Nile Virus, and Lyme Disease), with recent initiatives in public health.

His research on endangered species (Species At Risk) includes status assessment (for the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada), predictive mapping, and recovery planning.

With over 100 publications, Brian's work crosses the breadth of GIScience. We are lucky to have him in Canada and at SKI 2015.

Our keynote speaker

Unfortunately Monica Wachowicz has a family situation and is unable to attend. We wish her the best of luck. Stay tuned for our brand new keynote!


We're 3 weeks away

And we're beginning to upload the program. Stay tuned!


Announcing our keynote's keynote

We're excited to announce details of our keynote speaker Monica Wachowicz, Cisco Chair in Big Data Analytics, Cartographica Editor-in-Chief, and head of the People in Motion Lab, University of New Brunswick. Dr. Wachowicz will be presenting



Despite the long history of mapmaking and the diversity of scholarly and scientific practices, maps are experiencing something of a renaissance in terms of usage. Technology is enabling ubiquitous instant information production, access and visualization of large volumes and variety of data at a global scale as never seen before. Yet we do not know how people will interact with this emerging data-driven world and what will be its impact on the foundations of mapping theories in order to sustain the growing power of maps as organizational tools, modes of analysis, and persuasive visual images. How will current mapping research and practices fit into this new data-driven world? Are we witnessing an enormous paradigm shift in mapmaking?

Last day to get rooms at the conference rate

We'll be at the Banff Park Lodge / Bow View Lodge / Homestead Inn. We still have a block of rooms at both the Banff Park Lodge and at Bow View Lodge. The block will be held until end of today. I'm pretty sure there are plenty of rooms still available. BUT.. please reserve ASAP because our conference is scheduled alongside the Alberta Games.


To reserve, call 1-800-661-9266.


See you there!


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