2017 Fall Conference

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2017 Fall Conference

October 23

Join us at the Manitoba Museum on October 23rd, 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba for our annual conference.

Nominations for MGUG Award 2017 accepted at info@mgug.ca

Interested in sponsoring or having an exhibitor’s booth? contact us at info@mgug.ca or check out our Sponsorship Information

Hotel Information

Coming in from out of town?  We have you covered with two different hotels!

Rate is only available until rooms sell out, don’t wait to book your room!

Mere Hotel $139 (main floor) $149 (upper floor)  please quote 309014

Fairmont Hotel Starting at $159 please quote GISU1017

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Keynote speakers:


Bern Szukalski

Chief Technology Advocate and Product Strategist, Esri






Jill Heinerth

Royal Canadian Geographic Society,


Mapping the Labyrinth

Exploration cave diver Jill Heinerth will share a dramatic multimedia talk about her experiences mapping underwater caves. As a member of the US Deep Caving Team, she was a part of the historic project in the late 1990s that made the first accurate 3D map of a cave system that was also linked to surface topography. She’ll share more recent efforts in 3D, VR, AR and AI robotic cave mapping that is destined for future work in outer space.


Featured Speakers:


UAV rules and regulations in Canada

Sterling Cripps, Canadian Unmanned



“Where are the Bears?

Developing the Polar Bear Tracker Map

Alysa McCall and Darcy Hastings

Polar Bear International



The Italian Winnipeg Job: Unravelling Winnipeg’s Traffic Snarls in the Winnipeg Transportation Hub.

Jonathan Foord, Signals Asset Engineer, City of Winnipeg


Hyperspectral remote sensing of Mars – next generation rovers

Dr. Edward Cloutis, University of Winnipeg

In 2020, at least 3 rovers are planned to launch to explore the surface of Mars. These rovers will have unique capabilities compared to previous rovers. This talk will discuss their instrument suites, focusing on their optical spectroscopic instrument suites and describe how these instruments will contribute to the search for signs of life, past or present, on Mars.

Drone DIY

Shawn Cruise

Thinking about getting a drone but not sure which is right for you?  Have you considered building one yourself?  Come and find out how to make your own multirotor.  Learn about frames, batteries, motors, electronic speed controllers, propellers, flight controllers, radio RX/TX, cameras, LEDs, GPS, FPV and other components.  Find out about the assembly, configuration and software required to make it fly.

Indigenous Mapping

Steven DeRoy, Firelight Group


Deep Learning for Satellite Image Classification

Dr. Christopher Henry, Department of Applied Computer Science, the University of Winnipeg

Dr. Christopher Storie, Department of Geography, the University of Winnipeg


Geoprocessing climate data for ecological analysis

Susan Witherly, Ducks Unlimited.

Climate is an important influence on population trends for a number of species, including breeding waterfowl. In an effort to most accurately account for the effects of climate on waterfowl, we compare waterfowl population models using different seasonal classifications of local climate data.

Climate data generated by NRCan (1980 – 2010) were used to generate seasonal summaries for study sites in the Boreal Plains ecozone of northern Alberta. We used generalized linear mixed models fit to breeding waterfowl pair counts with seasonal climate data summarized by annual (one), two, four, and five seasonal classifications. The ground nesting guild top model used a five season classification and the top models for cavity and overwater nesting guilds used a four season classification.

Our results indicate that how local climate data is summarized should be considered if used in predictive models, but consideration to seasonal classification is less warranted if used in explanatory or qualitative models. This presentation will focus on geoprocessing climate data over a large spatial and temporal scales using python and customized database tools.


GIS Analysis for FireSmart planning

Sean Frey

Geomatics coordinator for Parks Canada and Acting Fire Chief for a rural municipality describes using free and open source tools (EOS Landviewer, QGIS) to assess wildfire risk for communities living in a wildland urban interface to aid in FireSmart program implementation.



Registration now open!


Manitoba Museum
190 Rupert Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0N2 Canada
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