Canada Forum on Geospatial Standards

Tuesday, 10 September, 2019 - 10:15
Tuesday, 10 September, 2019 - 14:30
Event Description: 

Canada: a world leader in standards-based geospatial innovation,
driving social and economic development for all in a fast-changing world

What Should the Canadian Geospatial Community do Next?

Canada has historically been a world leader in standards-based geospatial technologies that
support the ability to find, access, analyze, share, and re-use geospatial data and information.
Collaboration between government, the private sector, academia and research, with a strong
focus on international partners and export markets, has remained at the core of Canada’s
geospatial ecosystem and underscored the value of standards-based technologies. Canadian
organizations now provide technology, expertise, policy guidance and more to assist in
developing geospatial capacity in Canada and throughout the world.

The world is on the cusp of a geospatial revolution, with rapid
changes in the rate of collection and availability of location data
from traditional and emerging sources. This is occurring at a
crucial time, with the number and intensity of issues related to
climate change on the rise. Canada is already witnessing
climate-related impacts to its lands, coasts, oceans, and Arctic
territories – impacts that will only continue to increase and
further challenge Canada’s economy, its ability to build and
maintain sustainable communities, and the safety of its citizens.

The OGC Canada Forum on Geospatial Standards aims to bring together diverse geospatial
stakeholders to identify requirements for all aspects of geospatial data and information (e.g.
sharing, capacity building, innovation, outreach, business development). A volunteer effort
comprising Indigenous, government, private, academic, and research representatives, the
Forum strives to reinvigorate Canadian collaboration within an increasingly challenging and
competitive world. In consultation with the Canadian community, areas of interest have been
identified, including the Arctic; coasts and oceans; natural disasters; smart and resilient
communities; and others. At the core is a need to focus on innovation and to harness the
expertise of the community for the common benefit of Canada and the world.

The Canada Forum will meet to discuss options for a work plan with the goal of presenting a
progress update in June 2020, at the planned Montreal OGC meetings. All interested
representatives from Canadian organisations are invited to attend the Banff meeting, either in
person or remotely. More information is available at We hope to see you there!


The Banff Centre
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive 
Banff, Alberta T1L 1H5 

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