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GIS Day @ KPU 2017

KPU GIS Day keynote presentation by Anders Hopperstead, Premises GIS Analyst – BC Ministry of Agriculture

GIS Day @ KPU 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kwantlen Library and the Department of Geography and the Environment were proud to present the second annual GIS Day @ KPU event on November 15, 2017. GIS Day is an annual worldwide celebration for users of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.

GIS Day began with a keynote presentation by Anders Hopperstead, Premises GIS Analyst – BC Ministry of Agriculture. Anders’s insightful presentation highlighted some recent key projects including livestock traceability during the BC wildfire season. Anders also offered helpful advice and tips to students interested in pursuing a career in GIS.

GIS Day @ KPU also featured KPU Faculty Lightning Talks presentations from Wallapak Polasub (Institute for Sustainable Food Systems), Stephen Peplow (School of Business), and Jordana Norgaard (Criminology), highlighting the innovative uses of GIS technology across KPU. The Lighting Talks were followed by a Meet and Greet networking session where KPU faculty, staff, and students with an interest in GIS had the opportunity to share ideas.

GIS Day concluded with a Humanitarian Mapathon workshop presented by Mungandi Nasitwitwi (Geography). In this hands-on workshop, participants used Open Street Map software and the power of collective mapping to help map and label vulnerable communities affected by disasters.

GIS Day @ KPU 2017 was an amazing success, and we look forward to hosting additional events on GIS Day in the future.






12:30pm - 2:00pm

GIS Day Presentations

Guest Speaker: Anders Hopperstead, Premises Identification GIS Analyst - BC Ministry of Agriculture

KPU Faculty Lightning Talks:
Wallapak Polasub - Institute for Sustainable Food Systems
Stephen Peplow - School of Business
Jordana Norgaard - Criminology

Surrey Campus Cedar Boardroom Room 2110

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Meet-and-Greet (Light refreshments provided by Library)

Surrey Campus Cedar Boardroom Room 2110


2:30pm - 4:00pm

Workshop - KPU Geography Humanitarian Mapathon

Presenter: Mundandi Nasitwitwi (KPU Geography)

As disasters rage across the globe, many vulnerable communities cannot be reached by first responders due to lack of maps. You can help close this gap by participating in the humanitarian mapathon to be hosted by KPU’s Department of Geography and the Environment on World GIS Day. In 1.5 hours, you will learn amazing mapping skills and will immediately create maps that will facilitate decision making for humanitarian aid in developing countries. What is more, you will be equipped to continue volunteering on your own, and possibly recruit others to map with you.

A2070 (Library Computer Lab)