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Building your Geospatial Team: How GIS Departments are Evolving to Meet Today's Organizational Needs





Air Date: February 21, 2019 at 1pm - 2pm EST (LIVE)

Other Sessions: February 28, 2019 at 1pm - 2pm EST (Recording), March 21, 2019 at 1pm - 2pm EST


Geospatial programs are evolving in public sector organizations across North America. What was once considered a "map-making" department, GIS teams are increasingly responsible for providing management with accurate data to inform decision-making, improving corporate communications through dynamic visual resources, and enabling other departments to better understand the impact of their services or operations through geospatial systems. 

Through the Geospatial Maturity Index (GMI), PSD gathered data and insights from more than 146 public sector organizations on their GIS program structure, processes, challenges and achievements. In 2018, PSD published the inaugural GMI Report, naming Canada's Top 25 GIS programs. In this first GMI webinar of 2019, PSD will present more detailed findings from the Readiness Section of the GMI survey, exploring trends and best practices in the development of Geospatial teams and programs. Three panelists from organizations with outstanding achievements in the Readiness category will present their approach to GIS program development and how they have succeeded in building geospatial maturity within and around their departments. 
  • Alison Gaiser, Program Manager, Applications Management Branch of Information Technology, City of Ottawa
  • Adam Chadwick, GIS Manager, City of Kamloops 
  • Ian Williams, Manager of Analytics & Innovation, Toronto Police Service
What will you learn?
  • How are GIS programs structured in the public sector (centralized, decentralized or hybrid)?
  • What governance frameworks and policies can help achieve the objectives of today's GIS programs? 
  • What levels and forms of funding are supporting GIS programs across Canada? 
  • How can HR departments support GIS programs in identifying and fillings skills gaps? 
  • What strategies are leading GIS programs employing to monitor KPIs and benchmark performance?