Public invited to GIS Day, November 17
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Public invited to GIS Day, November 17

Educational event features exhibits and experts from the GIS and Geography fields

November 10, 2010 — Curious about GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and the career paths it has to offer? Wednesday November 17, 2010 is GIS Day and staff from the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, Algoma University and Sault College will be holding an exhibition for the public and students. The event will showcase how local professionals are using GIS in their work and will also highlight career paths that are available in the field.

GIS Day is held as part of the National Geographic Society’s Geography Awareness Week, which has taken place every year since 1987. In 2009, local GIS Day events were held in approximately 80 participating countries.

The public exhibition will take place in the hallway outside the Great West Life Amphitheatre at Algoma University from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Confirmed exhibitors include the Ontario Forestry Research Institute, CFS Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, Sault College and Algoma University, with additional displays from the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Geoconnections/NRCan, GeoBase, GeoGratis and the National Atlas of Canada.

Paul Beach is the GIS Program Manager at the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre’s Community Geomatics Centre.

“For a mid-sized city, Sault Ste. Marie has tremendous GIS resources and expertise available locally at a number of organizations. The GIS Day exhibition provides an excellent opportunity for students and the public to come and learn about the projects that are underway and how they will benefit our community,” says Beach.

In addition to the public exhibition, many local high school geography classes will also be attending events at Algoma University as part of GIS Day. Planned activities for students include: a hands-on outdoor demonstration of how Global Positioning Systems (GPS) devices work; an indoor GIS lab and the opportunity to talk to GIS and geography professionals. High school students will also be able to enter several contests to win prizes provided by ESRI, the world’s largest vendor of GIS software.

Kristen Hoffman is a Health GIS Analyst with the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre’s Community Geomatics Centre and one of the lead organizers of the exhibition.

“We hope that the exhibition will increase awareness and stimulate interest in both GIS and geography-related careers,” says Hoffman. “We feel that it is important to provide a venue for students and visitors to meet and talk with local professionals and to learn about the opportunities that the field has to offer.”

For more information on the local GIS Day exhibition taking place this November 17, please contact Kristen Hoffman at Email Contact.

To learn more about the history of GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week, please visit:

About Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre was founded in 1999 and serves as a catalyst for growth in the IT, science and knowledge based sectors in the Algoma District. In 2009, they integrated with science enterprise Algoma (seA) and Upper Lakes Environmental Research Network (ULERN) to combine resources and accomplish their mutual goals of enhanced innovation capacity for both the IT and science sectors. The Innovation Centre works closely with community partners to enhance and improve science and IT sector opportunities.

The Innovation Centre is focused on four core areas: operating a business incubator to encourage the establishment and growth of business start-ups; providing support services to the SME (Small to Medium Enterprise) IT and science community; supporting the establishment and enhancement of advanced research projects in the region and undertaking strategic market development projects such as the highly successful GIS project.

The Innovation Centre operates an award-winning GIS department that has been recognized internationally for its unique community information utility model and advanced work in the health and human services sector.


Jonathan Coulman
Marketing and Communications Manager
Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
1520 Queen St. E., Rm. NW307
Sault Ste. Marie , ON P6A 2G4
705-942-7927, Ext. 3122
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Mike Ward, BA
Communications Assistant
Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
1520 Queen Street East , NW307
Sault Ste. Marie , ON , P6A 2G4
Tel. 705.942-7927 ext. 3132
Fax. 705.942.6169
E-mail: Email Contact
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