Local High School Students Participate in National GIS Day Activities

November 15, 2006 -- The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) is hosting an exciting day of activities in conjunction with national “GIS Day” activities. The media is invited to come out to cover this innovative event that will include over 180 local high school and post-secondary students.

When: Wednesday, November 15th
Where: Algoma University College, ICT Building
Time

  • Morning Session: 9 am - 11:30 pm
  • Afternoon Session: 12 noon - 2:30 pm

    There will be approximately 120 high school students participating in the morning session and 70 in the afternoon session. The media is invited to join either session to take photos, video and conduct interviews.

    GIS Day 2006 takes place on Wednesday, November 15, 2006, during the National Geographic Society’s Geography Awareness Week, November 12-18, 2006. GIS Day celebrations educate millions of children and adults in more than 90 countries on the benefits of geography and the role GIS plays in its support of geography.

    The goal is to make people aware of the substantial contributions that GIS technology is making in their community everyday, during the eighth annual worldwide GIS Day™. GIS Day is a global event where thousands of users of geographic information system (GIS) technology open their doors to schools, businesses, and the general public to showcase real-world applications of this exciting technology.

    “The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre is pleased to host this event and involve local high school students and post-secondary students to raise the awareness of GIS technologies,” said Paul Beach, GIS Program Manager, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre. “GIS technology has a wide variety of applications that provide tangible benefits to communities, industry and government organizations and we will demonstrate this to the students through interactive and informative presentations.”

    About Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

    The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre was founded in 1999 as a catalyst for economic development activities in the IT and knowledge based sectors in the Algoma District. It works closely with community partners to enhance and improve IT sector opportunities.

    The Innovation Centre is focused on three core areas: the operation of a business incubator to encourage the establishment and growth of technology start-ups; the provision of support services to the SME (Small to Medium Enterprise) IT community and the development of strategic markets such as the highly successful GIS project. The Innovation Centre has developed and implemented an award-winning GIS product, which serves a number of municipal customers and is responsible for the growth of private sector GIS firms in the Algoma District.

    Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
    1520 Queen Street East, NW 307
    Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2G4
    Telephone: 705-942-7927
    http://www.ssmic.com

    For More Information Contact:

    Tom Vair
    Executive Director
    Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
    705-942-7927 ext.3152
    Email Contact



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