URISA is pleased to announce the completion of the Sixth Caribbean GIS Conference which took place November 12-16, 2012 at the Hilton Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The conference, by all accounts, was a resounding success and attendees are looking forward to connecting in the coming months for additional educational programs leading up to the next URISA Caribbean GIS Conference.
What you missed: Onsite Conference Program - Download PDF
The conference began with training courses and workshops. The conference included important keynote speeches, dozens of concurrent sessions on valuable topics, valuable time with exhibitors, and a high-level meeting focused on geospatial information management in the Caribbean. The first ever Ignite session was also presented during the conference, which will certainly be a conference mainstay in the future. Of course, there was also informal time to strengthen professional connections and friendships!
Thank you to all of the speakers who shared information and ideas, to the exhibitors and sponsors who supported the conference, and to the delegates who brought their interests and varied perspectives to the conference ... combining to make the conference a valuable experience for all!
The Honorable Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, welcomes delegates to the conference. Pictured with Valrie Grant, Conference Chair and Nadine Brown, Program Chair.
URISA's Immediate Past President, Greg Babinski, taught the GIS Program Management workshop, presented two papers and welcomed attendees on behalf of URISA.
Vanessa Lawrence, Director General and Chief Executive of the Ordnance Survey, greets delegates and makes introductory remarks via skype prior to her keynote address.
Conference Chair and URISA Caribbean Chapter President Valrie Grant, GISP facilitates a high level geospatial information management meeting. Stay tuned for information about the resolutions adopted during this ground-breaking meeting.
Mr. E.G. Hunter, CEO of the National Works Agency, addresses the conference on the topic of how expanding an entity's GIS creates major organizational challenges and financial opportunities.
A number of individuals and accomplishments were recognized during the First Caribbean GIS Awards Ceremony.
Sudesh Botha and Alan Mills accepted a Special Service Award on behalf of MapAction for outstanding contribution in emergency response in the Caribbean.
Dr. Earl Edwards accepted the Award for Excellence in Geospatial Application Development.
Roshaun Clarke accepts the Caribbean GIS Visionary Award on behalf of his father, Silburn Clarke (President of Spatial Innovision) from Cecille Blake, former National GIS Coordinator for Jamaica.
A number of additional individuals were also recognized including all of the former URISA Caribbean GIS Conference Chairs, whose efforts since 2001 have strengthened the Caribbean GIS Community.
We Remember Long-Time URISA Caribbean Conference
Edsel Daniel, PhD, GISP
Special appreciation to Alan Mills, who paid a tribute to Edsel's memory at the conference. It was a perfect tribute!
The exhibition is an important part of the URISA Caribbean GIS Conference. We thank our generous sponsors and exhibitors, without whom the conference could not take place.
Program and Exhibitor Directory/Contact Information: Onsite Conference Program - Download PDF
Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa
Montego Bay, Jamaica
2012 Conference Chair - Valrie Grant, GISP, GeoTechVision Enterprises
2012 Program Chair - Nadine Brown, Planning Institute of Jamaica
Program Committee Members:
Barbados - Craig Batstone - GeoOrbis
Canada - Tony Sani – Sani International
Grenada - Shawn Charles - Grenada Electricity Services
Guyana - Vijay Datadin - CaribbeanGIS.com
Saint Lucia - Laurena Primus - CARILEC
St Kitts - Edsel Daniel, PhD, GISP, Byrne Spatial Consulting
United Kingdom - Alan Mills - Alan Mills Consulting
US Virgin Islands -Theresa Parris - Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Without the volunteer members of the Conference Committee, there would be no conference.
We thank them for their amazing efforts!
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