National Surveyors’ Conference 2017
Conférence Nationale des arpenteurs-géomètres 2017
Tuesday February 28, 2017
9:00 AM 5:00 PM ACLS Business Meeting
6:00 PM 8:00 PM Council Roast Dinner (Open to Senate, Past Presidents & their Spouses)

On Tuesday evening all of the AOLS, ACLS and OAGQ Council and accompanying persons are hosting a dinner for their senate and accompanying persons.  The “Senate” is composed of all past presidents of each association.

This year for the first time Presidents and Past Presidents of all of the other Canadian Surveying Associations are welcome to participate by paying the cost of the dinner.

The evening will include some tall tales, limericks about those completing their Council term, casual conversation and possibly a dram or two!  Dress for the evening will be business casual.

8:00 PM Midnight Meet & Greet for all members

Come to meet friends and colleagues from across the country!

National Surveyors’ Conference 2017
Conférence Nationale des arpenteurs-géomètres 2017
Wednesday March 1, 2017
8:00 AM Exhibits open
9:00 AM 9:30 AM OPENING CEREMONIES
9:30 AM 10:00 AM Our Reason for Being

This rousing presentation celebrates Canadian surveying and surveyors in the context of the country's 150th birthday. Our proud profession has helped shape the foundations of every significant political and industrial development in Canada's history. We are a story of maps, travel, communication, technology and adventure... and, above all, of people; a tale in which the wilderness outliers of the past meet the impassioned young surveyors of tomorrow.

10:00 AM 10:30 AM Coffee Break
10:30 AM 11:30 AM Contribution of Surveyors to the Development of Canada

Land surveying matters to Canada.  The Royal Proclamation of 1763 set out the relationship between surveying, Indigenous peoples and the Crown; the Durham Report of1839 observed that surveys provide "security of property in land."  Surveying - whether individuals, infrastructure, innovation, ideas, ideals or imagination - has shaped and continues to shape Canada. To wit, negotiating the Quebec-New York boundary (1760s); building inter-provincial railways and inventing time-zones (1870s); irrigating and retaining watercourses in the public interest (1890s); defining land use planning as a discipline (1910s); using bornage/Boundaries Act to resolve boundary disputes (1950s); establishing land entitlement and claim parcels (1970s); using field-notes as evidence of ecosystems (since 1790s); and reconciling all Canadians with the land over the next generation.

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11:30 AM 1:00 PM Lunch with Exhibitors

Take a walk through our Exhibition Hall and have lunch with our exhibitors who will be displaying the newest technology and ideas!

1:00 PM 2:00 PM Hydrography, Underwater Archaeology & Collaboration = Success‎!

Although this is not their primary role and raison d’être, hydrographic surveyors are no strangers to locating shipwrecks in the due course of conducting surveys for safety and efficiency of navigation, nautical charting and seabed mapping.  Likewise, Archaeologists are no strangers to imaging the seabed when conducting surveys to locate artefacts. Indeed, each use similar tools for different mandates and objectives and so it would be somewhat more than just coincidence the two disciplines might benefit one another through collaborative actions, particularly where the proposed survey area was extensive and complex logistical challenges were to be overcome.

Such collaboration, between Parks Canada, Underwater Archaeology Service (UAS) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Science - Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) was conceived, developed and executed over the past decade, resulting in over 1500 square kilometres of modern hydrographic surveys and seabed mapping which ultimately lead to the discovery of HMS Erebus in September, 2014.  The context of past and modern expeditions to locate the wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror will be presented along with the role of hydrographic surveying in its relevance to underwater archaeology.

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2:00 PM 3:00 PM Keynote Speaker - Natalie Panek - Revolutionizing Women in Technology

Natalie’s experience as a woman working in a non-traditional field and a male-dominated industry offers a unique perspective on revolutionizing women in technology. Degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering, a career in the aerospace industry, and working at NASA provided Natalie with an opportunity to change the perception of women in STEM and encourage the next generation of women to embrace challenging and innovating careers that can positively shape our future. She works passionately for a different future and forges ahead to blaze a new trail and empower women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In this talk, Natalie shares her experiences and what is possible for women in STEM fields and how we can motivate young women to embrace technology.

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3:00 PM 3:30 PM Coffee Break
3:30 PM 5:00 PM Liability Insurance Adventures & How to Protect Your Business

There are many commonalities among Surveyors across Canada, and unfortunately, making professional errors are one of them.  This presentation will review the insurance loss history of surveyors in Ontario, Quebec and Nationally.  It will discuss common surveyor errors in Ontario and Quebec, examine real life claim scenarios, and outline the financial impact on the surveyor & the client.  This highly entertaining presentation is a “must see” as you will gain valuable insight on typical surveyor errors and more importantly, how to avoid making them yourself!

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5:00 PM 6:00 PM Veterans’ Reception (Open to Veterans (25+ years) and their Spouses Only)
6:00 PM 8:00 PM Veterans’ Dinner (Open to Veterans (25+ years) and their Spouses Only)

This year the historical AOLS Veterans’ Celebration Dinner is being expanded to include members from the three organizations hosting the National Surveyors Conference.

ALL AOLS, ACLS and OAGQ members who have had their commission for 25 years or more are invited along with their accompanying person to a celebratory dinner and program.

Come and join your colleagues for dinner prior to attending the Welcoming Party.   Dress for the evening will be business casual.

7:30 PM 11:00 PM Welcoming Party

Mingle with Conference attendees and exhibitor and take part in fundraising activities for the educational foundations of ACLS, OAGQ and AOLS! Exhibitors will also have prizes available.

Thursday March 2, 2017

National Surveyors’ Conference 2017
Conférence Nationale des arpenteurs-géomètres 2017
7:00 AM 8:30 AM Women Surveyors Breakfast

This breakfast is open to all women in surveying and will be held in the Shaw Center.

8:30 AM 10:00 AM Overcoming Tragedy: a Surveyor's Response to Fort McMurray and Lac Megantic

When a disaster occurs, we think of the victims, their families, their friends. Television, the Internet and newspapers make us realise, by powerful images, the magnitude of the disaster. The media also shows us all the front-line workers that take charge of the emergency to save and protect lives. Firefighters, police officers and ambulance attendants play very significant roles.

Over the course of weeks, months and years, homes, businesses and infrastructure are gradually re-established through the expertise of health, engineering and law professionals.

What about the land surveyors? How do these men and women intervene in the re-construction work? Is their expertise sought and if so, in what context?

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10:00 AM 10:30 AM Coffee Break
10:30 AM 11:30 AM The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and Canada's Submission

Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in 2003 and is obligated to delineate its extended continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. In 2013 a partial submission was filed with the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf for the Atlantic Ocean which defined the extended continental shelf off Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, encompassing a total area of 1.2 million square kilometers of ocean bottom.  Future international recognition of this new boundary will give Canada jurisdiction over the living and non-living resources on and below the seafloor.  At the time of the Atlantic submission Canada indicated that a future filing for the Arctic Ocean would be forthcoming.  Between 2007 and 2016 mapping the seafloor in the ice-covered Arctic Ocean was conducted, presenting unique logistical, operational and technical challenges involving the use of ice camps, autonomous underwater vehicles and heavy duty icebreakers.   The practical aspects of conducting scientific surveys in this remote, harsh and geologically complex environmental setting will be discussed, some exciting preliminary findings will be shared, and the next steps in delineating Canada’s last international boundary will be presented.

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11:30 AM 12:00 PM Break with Exhibitors
12:00 PM 2:00 PM Convocation Lunch & Address

New Commissions from all three Associations will be presented as well as the David Thompson National Geomatics Award, Tim Koepke Award, and others.

2:00 PM 3:15 PM The French Surveyors' Portal GeoFoncier 

Launched in July 2010, the GeoFoncier portal is supported by the Ordre des Géomètres-Experts. It is presented as the single window for geographic information in France. It is the first National Infrastructure of Spatial Data (IDS) set up by a liberal profession in France.

The GeoFoncier portal makes it possible to consult the database of all the land interventions carried out by surveyors since 1997. GeoFoncier offers for example the possibility of knowing whether a land has been the subject of a boundary by a géomètre-expert.

Thanks to numerous partnerships with various public players, the GeoFoncier portal allows to co-visualize a large number of large-scale geographical data such as aerial photographs, parcel plans or environmental protection zoning.

In constant evolution, the GeoFoncier portal is also the support of the Référentiel Foncier Unifié (RFU) launched in 2010 whose aim is to centralize all the land limits established by surveyors-experts.

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3:15 PM 4:15 PM Is security of tenure really a universal right?

Property right is a human right recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights since 1948. Land tenure security is also one of the sustainable development goals adopted by the United Nations in September 2015. However, based on some estimates, more than three-quarters of humanity is still deprived of such security of tenure. Can we still talk about a universal right? Why is it so difficult to achieve?

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4:15 PM 4:30 PM CLOSING CEREMONIES
4:30 PM 5:00 PM Break with Exhibitors
6:45 PM 7:45 PM Hockey Night in Ottawa

This year’s friendly hockey game will be played on Thursday night from 6:45 to 7:45 at the Richcraft Sensplex Centre at 813 Shefford Road. Pat Hills has arranged for a bus to take all participants to the rink and back. The bus will leave at 6:15 – meeting place to follow. To all of our QLS and CLS friends, we hope that you will join us in this friendly game of shinny. This will be the 12th annual hockey game at the AGM. Most players wear full equipment but helmet and gloves are mandatory. Special jerseys are being made for this commemorative game! Contact Pat if you have any questions. pat.hills@cansel.ca 416-805-1596

6:00 PM 7:00 PM Presidents' Reception

Enjoy the fabulous view of Ottawa from the fourth floor of the Shaw Center!

7:00 PM Midnight Presidents' Gala - Dinner and Show featuring “REPLAY” a 60’s Invasion show

Join us for spectacular food and prepare for the British Invasion! A musical show showcasing music and dancing from the 60s will be presented by REPLAY

Friday March 3, 2017

National Surveyors’ Conference 2017
Conférence Nationale des arpenteurs-géomètres 2017
 8:00 AM  12:00 PM ACLS Technical Session:  Indigenous People Advancing through Collaboration and Capacity Building Shaw Centre.  Open to All!

Summary of program:

  • Wikwemikong Capacity Building Project
  • A Land Use Planning Initiative for Indigenous Lands
  • The Value of Integrated Land Management – A Demonstration
  • About Surveys on First Nation Reserve Lands” – An information package for First Nation Land Managers and Canada Lands Surveyors
  • Identification and Demonstration of Key Cost Drivers in Conducting Parcel Boundary Surveys on Indigenous Lands  (Study Results)
9:00 AM 12:00 PM OAGQ speed networking session

Open to all participants of the National Surveyors Conference, this 3-hour session is open to business people who wish to present their professional services to other survey or geomatic firms  with a place of business in Quebec, Ontario or elsewhere in Canada. No need to register. Be present at 9 am with your enthusiasm and promotional materials.

 9:00 AM  12:00 PM AOLS Business Meeting - Reports and Open Forum

Agenda:

President’s Report – Murray Purcell
Financial Update – Dan Dzaldov
Surveyor General’s Report – Susan MacGregor
Executive Director’s Report – Blain Martin
Constitutional Challenge Report - Eric Ansell
Ontario Digital Cadastral Update – Brian Maloney
New Videos This Year – Chris Fox and Chris Oyler
Professional Surveyors Canada Update – Wilson Phillips
AGM 2017 Report – Ed Herweyer
AGM 2018 Welcome – Al Heywood

COFFEE 10:30 TO 11:00

OPEN FORUM – 11:00 AM to Noon

 

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