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GOVERNANCE

EXECUTIVE

PRESIDENT


Dr Jonathan Li


Dr. Jonathan Li is a Professor of Geomatics at the Department of Geography and Environmental Management and cross-appointed at the Department of Systems Design EngineeringUniversity of Waterloo. He holds a PhD degree in geomatics engineering from the University of Cape Town in 2000. Prior to moving to Canada, he had international work experience in China, Germany, and South Africa. He is a founding member of the Waterloo Climate Institute, and Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute, and founding director of Geospatial Sensing and Data Intelligence Lab, University of Waterloo.

Dr. Li’s sustained research is devoted to geospatial mapping and urban remote sensing using earth observation images and LiDAR point clouds with significant impact in geomatics industry. He has supervised over 100 PhD, MSc and Honours theses to completion. Dr. Li has co-authored over 350 research papers published in prestigious IEEE, ISPRS, Elsevier journals in remote sensing with higher Google Scholar citations and Scopus citations.

He joined the Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) in 2001 and served as Vice President of CIG (2020-2021), President-elect (2021-2023). He was elected President at the 116th AGM of CIG in November 2023. His services to CIG also include the Secretary of Toronto Branch (2004-2011), Canada’s National Committee for ISPRS (2002-2018), Certification Committee (2020-2022), and Associate Editor of GEOMATICA in remote sensing (2007-2022).

In addition, he has been serving ISPRS Working Group chair/co-chair since 2004 and ICA Commission chair/vice chair (2008-2023). Dr. Li is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Dr. Li is recipient of over 20 prestigious awards from the international and national organizations in Canada, USA, China, and UK, including the Outstanding Achievement in Mobile Mapping Technology Awards (2019), the ISPRS Samuel Gamble Award (2020), and CIG Geomatica Award (2021). He is the elected Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (2021), Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (2022), Fellow of IEEE (2022), and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada Academy of Science (2023).

PRESIDENT-ELECT


Dr Yang Gao



Dr. Yang Gao is currently a Professor in Department of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary (UC). Prior to joining UC as an Assistant Professor in 1998, his career comprised periods in government and industry sectors, including Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) where he was a NSERC post-doc fellow and Pulsearch Navigation Systems Inc. and Position Inc where he held positions of Research Scientist, Manager of GPS R&D and Manager of Asia-Pacific.
Dr. Gao’s research interests focus on the theoretical and practical aspects in global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and integration with other enabling sensors. He is an author of over 350 technical publications and has a sustained record of success in project leadership with funding sponsored by government and private industries. He has advised and mentored more than 100 HQPs (50+ PhD/MSc students, 20+ visiting PhD students, 20+ PDF and visiting scholars) as well as numerous undergraduate students. He is very active in technology transfer whose research results have been transferred to GNSS receiver manufacturers, system integrators and service providers, with direct impact on product development.

Dr. Gao has provided many years of distinguished service to international society and professional community such as International Association of Geodesy (IAG), US Institute of Navigation (ION), International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). He has served as Editor/Associate Editor for a number of international journals including IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Journal of Geodesy, Sensors, Journal of Geodesy and Geoinformation Science, Journal of Geodesy and Geodynamics, etc.

Dr. Gao’s academic and leadership contributions have been recognized by major national and international awards. He received the prestigious Thurlow Award from the ION for significant and sustained contributions and leadership in the development and application of Precise Point Positioning (PPP) and high-precision GNSS technology. He received the Research Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta for conducting innovative research in engineering that has been successfully applied to improve economic and social well-being. He also received Intermap Award from the Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG). He is a Fellow of both ION and IAG.

VICE-PRESIDENT


Dr Naser El-Sheimy



Dr. Naser El-Sheimy is Professor and former Head of the Department of Geomatics Engineering, the University of Calgary. He holds a Tier-I Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Geomatics Multi-sensor Systems. He is a Killam Professor, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC), and a Fellow of the US Institute of Navigation (FION).

Dr. El-Sheimy is a leading authority in Geomatics multi-sensor systems and their applications in mapping and navigation systems. His research acumen is typified by the NSERC DAS Award (2 times), the ASTech award in Science and Technology and over 30 research awards from national and international bodies. He was founder and scientific director of TECTERRA CECR NCE and the founder of three spin-off companies.  He has published 2 books, 500 papers, 4 software and holds 9 patents. He has received many teaching awards and has supervised 150 graduate students/PDFs that have obtained positions in industry, academia, and government. Dr. El-Sheimy has held many leadership positions, large-scale grants, and lead multi-PI programs.



PAST-PRESIDENT


Dr Mir-Abolfazl Mostafavi


Dr. Mir Abolfazl Mostafavi is a full professor at the Department of Geomatics Sciences, Université Laval. He is the editor in chief of the Journal of Geomatica published by the Canadian science publishing (CSP) and which is dedicated to the dissemination of information on the latest scientific and technical advances in the field of geomatics sciences.

He is currently a member of the Centre for Research in Geospatial Data and Intelligence (CRDIG) and has acted as the Scientific Director of the centre for six years (2010–2016).  In his research activities, Professor Mostafavi innovative research activities on geographic information systems (GIS), dynamic multidimensional GIS, spatial modelling, geosimulation, spatial ontologies and semantic interoperability, sensor networks for smart mobility and smart environments.

Since 2009, Prof. Mostafavi has joined the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS) allowing him to open a new horizon in innovative multidisciplinary research activities involving geospatial technologies to assist people with disabilities (PWD) and elderly people in their daily activities, and hence to contribute to improving their mobility, social participation and quality of life. Since early 2020 and,iIn collaboration with several researchers in CRDIG and CIRRIS, he has established his new research Lab “ Mobility Sensing Lab”  where he works with his team on Mobile assistive technologies, wayfinding, personalized navigation technologies by putting emphasize on  characterization of human-environment interactions and the development of a new generation of “platial information sciences and systems”. MobiliSIG is an example of multidisciplinary projects led by Dr. Mostafavi since 2014.

In 2013 and following the end of the GEOIDE Network, Prof. Mostafavi led a team of more than 30 researchers from 11 universities across Québec and Canada to establish the Convergence Network on Geospatial Intelligence for Innovation (CONVERGENCE NETWORK).The network, which is funded by the Government of Québec (Programme d’appui aux réseaux d’innovation de FRQ-NT (2013-2019), aimed at facilitating collaborations and partnerships between academia, industry and government to undertake research and innovation in the field of geomatics and to accelerate knowledge transfer to potential users. In addition to the researchers, more than 22 provincial ministries and agencies, as well as several federal agencies and private companies, were members of the network.

He joined the Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) in 2004 and has been serving on the Canada’s National Committee for ISPRS since 2006. He was elected Vice President of CIG in October 2019 and as the President Elect of CIG in October 2020. He served as President of CIG from October 2021 until November 2023.

Among his contributions to several international organizations in geomatics, Professor Mostafavi has been actively involved in the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) since 2004. He is currently co-chair of the international working group on Semantic Interoperability and Ontology for Geospatial Information within the ISPRS commission IV (WG IV/2).

TREASURER


Dr Azadeh Koohzare


With a track record of managing and overseeing 200+ geospatial projects during her 20+ years career, Dr. Koohzare brings unparalleled expertise in geospatial projects and LiDAR/airphoto surveys. As a division manager at McElhanney Ltd., she is a performance-driven leader who has successfully managed cross-functional teams. Her portfolio includes multi-year LiDAR and airphoto survey across Canada. Outside Canada, Azadeh is recognized for her work in South America, Africa, Middle East, and Southeast Asia. In addition to her tangible project successes, Azadeh’s innovative solutions developed for the industry has been presented and published in many journals and peered reviewed conferences

Branch Chairs

NEWFOUNDLAND
AND LABRADOR


Desmond Power

Desmond Power is Vice President of Remote Sensing at C-CORE and he manages a group of 50 individuals with expertise on geomatics, radar systems, earth observation and GIS. This groups represents one of the largest private sector organizations performing research and development in Canada on earth observation and geomatics. Desmond has over 30 years of professional experience, having started with C-CORE (St. John’s, NL) in 1991. In the first seven years of his career, he primarily worked on high frequency over the horizon radar. In 1998, he started work on microwave radar systems and satellite synthetic aperture radar. He has since branched out into work on earth observation (electro-optical and SAR) and geomatics, with a strong focus on research and applications development. The research performed by Desmond’s group includes iceberg and vessel detection, SAR-based winds, EO water quality and river ice monitoring, ice charting and sea ice thickness measurement, satellite and ground-based interferometric SAR (for ground deformation monitoring), vehicle detection and monitoring, wetlands monitoring and oil slick detection. To date, his group has completed several hundred individual projects on various applications of remote sensing and geomatics. In addition to Desmond’s work with CIG, he is an member at large of the executive of Canadian Remote Sensing Society, a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a P.Eng registered with Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador. Desmond holds a Bachelor and Master of Engineering Degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

NEW BRUNSWICK


Katie Le Blanc

CHAMPLAIN


Tommy St-Denis

My name is Tommy, I have a bachelor's degree in Geomatics, and I work for Geolocation in Quebec city as a production manager for the surveying and geomatics unit. I am also the president of the Champlain branch of the CIG. Outside of work, my interests are very diverse, particularly in sports and outdoor activities like skiing, fishing and running.

Montreal


Martin Carpentier


Martin, a seasoned strategist and administrator, thrived in politics for two decades, including as Director of Operations for the Quebec Premier. He founded and managed his event production company and consultancy services. Over the past decade, he honed expertise in smart cities and innovative technologies, notably as a business development director for SMEs. Martin's passion for emerging technologies is matched by his extensive network.

OTTAWA


John Donner

John Donner, PEng., is an employee of Natural Resources Canada working at the Centre for Topographic Information in Ottawa as a project manager. He is a graduate of the Geodetic Sciences program (1979) Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, and a graduate of the Surveying Engineering program (1984) at the University of New Brunswick. John has been a member of both the Toronto and Ottawa Branches of CIG and has been on the Ottawa Branch Executive since 1990. He is currently the Chair of the Ottawa Branch and was previously the Chair of the Branch from 1994 to 1997.

TORONTO


Gunho Sohn

BRITISH COLUMBIA


Vacant

WATERLOO & SOUTHERN ONTARIO


Mike Xin



STUDENT


Lanying Wang

Lanying Wang is a PhD Candidate of remote sensing at the Department of Geography and Environment Management, University of Waterloo. She received the B.Sc and M.Sc in Geomatics from the Tianjin Normal University, China, and the University of the Waterloo, Canada, respectively. She worked with the Geomatics R&D industry for more than 7 years. In addition, she has served as a chair/co-chair of IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) since 2020. Her current research interests include developing software and cloud-based applications of LiDAR point cloud and earth observation imagery by using deep learning techniques.

OVERSEAS


Dr Saeid Pirasteh

Saeid Pirasteh collected 24 years of experience in research, development, teaching, administration, management, leadership, social engagement, and supervision at various universities and industries in various countries. His research interests include Geospatial Data Science & GeoAI, Remote Sensing Computer Vision (satellite, drone, LiDAR) and data processing, GIS and Geospatial Information analysis and modelling and developing algorithms for their novel applications in hazards & disasters beyond

Technical Councillors & Committees

PHOTOGRAMMETRY


Costas Armenakis
Costas Armenakis (Dipl Ing, MScE, PhD) is an Associate Professor of the Geomatics Engineering program, Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, York University. Prior joining York University he was a Research Scientist with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). His research interests are in the areas of photogrammetric engineering and remote sensing mapping including robotic mapping using cost-effective unmanned vehicle systems, 3D mapping and tracking using image-sequences, 3D modelling using optical and lidar data and the integration of GIS and remote sensing methods and data for risk assessment and emergency response. He is an ISPRS Fellow and has served as President of the ISPRS Technical Commission IV on Digital Mapping and GeoDatabases (2000-2004). Currently he is Co-Chair of the ISPRS ICWG I/Vb Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS): Sensors and Applications. He is a Professional Engineer registered in the Province of Ontario and member of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) and the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).

CARTOGRAPHY & CNC ICA


Dr Julia Siemer
Dr. Julia Siemer is an Associate Professor of Cartography and Geographic Information Science with the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Before joining the University of Regina, she has held positions as cartographer in publishing houses in Germany and Switzerland and has been the map editor and chief cartographer of the GIS-based Demographic Atlas of Albania, a research project in the scope of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe by the German Exchange Service (DAAD). She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in cartography, GIS, and geography at University of Regina, University of Potsdam and University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Germany. Dr. Siemer has been the president of the Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA) from 2016 to 2018. Her current research interests include cartographic visualization of population distribution and their characteristics, spatial analysis and visualization of food accessibility, atlas cartography, and thematic mapping techniques.

AWARDS COMMITTEE


Jean-Noël Lechasseur
Jean-Noël Lechasseur is a Quebec Land Surveyor (inactive) in Banff, Alberta, and active for various professional associations in Canada since 1999. He graduated in surveying from Laval University, Quebec, in 1976 and received his right to practice land survey from the Order of Quebec Lands Surveyors the same year. In 1981, he obtained his Canada Lands Surveyors commission. He continued his studies and graduated in 1986 with a master’s degree in business, specializing in finance, at HEC, University of Montreal. Like many of his classmates, Jean-Noël worked as a trainee for Beliveau-Couture Lands Surveyor, from 1971 to 1976, and then was responsible for topographical field surveys from 1976 to 1981. In 1975, he was a part-time teacher for the cartography department of Limoilou CEGEP in Quebec. In 1981, he joined Gendron Lefebvre Inc., as assistant director of the geomatics department, and, later the same year, became director of this department until 1992. From June 1992 to 1999, following a restructuring and amalgamation with the firm Tecsult, he worked as assistant director, projects manager at the national and international levels. To summarize his para-professional activities during his career, Jean-Noël has been president of the Publication Committee of the Order of Quebec Lands Surveyors (1978–1982); president of the Cartographic Surveys Industry Council in Quebec (1983); president of the Technician and Technologist Committee of CIG (1985); president of the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors (1988–1990); member of the Board of Examiners for Canada Lands Surveyors (1991–1997 and 1999–2016); president of the Publication Committee of CIG (1995); co-chair of Geomatics Canada Scholarship Program Committee (1999–2008); co-chair of Hans Klinkenberg Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee for CIG (1999–today); chair of Geomatica Award (2017–today); member of David Thompson Awards Committee for Canada Lands Surveyors (2010–today); member of CIG (1976–today), member of CIG Montreal Branch (1981–today), chair of the Branch (1983) and president of CIG (1996–1997). Involved in a field that fascinates him, Jean-Noël pursues his goals with enthusiasm. He has been commended for his good judgment in planning and for his sense of organization. He is concerned about continuing education and thrives for self-improvement through new challenges like photography and video editing on DVD, downhill skiing and golf.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE


Dr Mir Abolfazl Mostafavi



CNC-FIG


Dr. Francis Roy

CERTIFICATION


Yaïves Ferland

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE


Dr Yang Gao

PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE


Dr Yuhong He



GEODESY

Dr Jianguo Wang
Dr.-Ing. Jianguo Wang is a Professor of Geomatics Science and Engineering at the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering of Lassonde School of Engineering, York University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer at PEO in Ontario and also entitled to Fellow of Canada Engineers (FEC). He received his Dr.-Ing. in Surveying Engineering from the Universität der Bundeswehr München in 1997. Prior to this, he obtained his B.Eng. and M. Eng. in Surveying Engineering from WTUSM (Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping, merged with Wuhan University in 2000) in 1980s. He had more than 40 years academic and industry work experience in China, Germany, and Canada. He was assistant lecturer, lecturer at WTUSM from 1982 to 1992 and was employed at Applanix from 1999 to 2006 as Navigation Engineer. In 2006, he moved to York University. Dr.-Ing. Wang’s research is devoted to the modern Direct-Georeferencing Technology (i.e., multisensor-integrated kinematic positioning and navigation). He has been supervising or co-supervising PhD, MSc and Honours theses in Geomatics. He has co-authored over 65 peer reviewed journal papers and book chapters, 20 conference papers, and co-authored textbooks: Foundation of Geodesy and Engineering Surveying, and led the English edition of the textbook of Error Theory and Foundation of Surveying Adjustment. Since his tenure at York University, he has been teaching more than 12 different subjects including (undergraduate) Fundamentals of Surveying, Field Surveys, Geodetic Concepts, Geodetic Surveys, Advanced Field Surveys, Adjustment Calculus, Analysis of Overdetermined Systems, GNSS, Global Geophysics and Geodesy, Hydrography, (graduate) Advanced Optimization Methods and Applications, and Advanced Satellite Positioning etc. He also co-chaired the 7th CPGPS Forum on Multisensor Integrated Positioning and Navigation in 2015. In addition, he was a member of the editorial Board of Journal of Global Positioning Systems and has been serving as Editor-In-Chief of Journal of Global Positioning Systems since 2020. He joined the Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) in 2010 and chaired the Local Organizing Committee of the Joint 2013 CIG Annual Conference & the 2013 International Conference on Earth Observation for Global Changes, and served the Organizing Committee of Joint 2007 CIG & ISPRS Conference on Geomatics for Disaster and Risk Management. He also served as a member of Task Force for Major Syllabus Review of Canadian Council of Land Surveys in the late 2000s and a member of the CBEPS TOLD AEP (Academic Exemption Process) Committee from 2019 to 2022. Besides, he has been serving as a member of PEO Experience Requirements Committee since 2009.

CADASTRE

Dr Daniel Roberge

HYDROSPATIAL

Dr Denis Hains

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