2013-2014 GANS Board of Directors

Eric Melanson, President

Eric Melanson, GANS President

Eric is currently a Regional Director for ESRI Canada Limited, with responsibility for leading the sale and support of ESRI based technology solutions in the Atlantic region.

A graduate of Acadia with a B.Sc. majoring in Biology and Geology, he also holds a Diploma from the Centre of Geographic Sciences and a Certificate in Management from the Canadian Institute of Management. He has been working as a professional in the geomatics industry for over 20 years and has been proudly helping to build and support the geomatics industry in Atlantic Canada for most of it.

Lucie Kendell, Vice President, Chair of Membership Working Group

Lucie Kendell, Vice President and Chair of Membership Working Group

Lucie is currently an Engineering Information Technician with Halifax Water where her responsibilities include updating of the water, waste water, and storm water infrastructure within the corporate GIS, designing map products for internal departments, and compilation of data requests for external clients.

Prior to Halifax Water, she worked for seven years in the private sector; initially as an offshore navigator at Canadian Seabed Research Limited with specific experience in ice scour mapping and database development for northern environments, and then as a GIS Specialist with Jacques Whitford / Stantec Limited.

Lucie is a graduate of the Marine Geomatics Advanced Diploma program (2002) at the Centre of Geographic Sciences and has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography and Canadian Studies (2001) from Mount Allison University.

David MacLean, Past President, Secretary

David MacLean, GANS Past President and Secretary

Dave is currently a GIS Faculty member instructing at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS - Nova Scotia Community College) primarily in the Advanced Geographic Sciences programme.

Before 2001, he worked in private industry and government at Industrial Forestry Service Ltd - Spatial Mapping Ltd. in Prince George, BC; at the Centre of GIS in Doha, Qatar; and at J.D. Irving, Limited (Woodlands Division) in Saint John, NB. He has a Scientific Computer Programming Diploma from COGS (then NSLSI), a B.Eng. (Mech.) from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, and a B.Sc. (Math) from Acadia University. His interests include large-database management, programming, data presentation and promotion of Geomatics technologies.

Maureen Hudson, Treasurer

Maureen Hudson, GANS Treasurer

Maureen Hudsonis a GIS Officer with Nova Scotia’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR). Prior to this, she spent some time with Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) where she elevated the presence of GIS  by increasing awareness of the benefits of GIS in business processes and decision support.

A Geography graduate from Saint Mary’s University, she was Class President her graduating year, and continued on to COGS where she earned two advanced diplomas in Remote Sensing, and Applied Geomatics Research.

Maureen has worked as a Remote Sensing Specialist with the College of the North Atlantic’s (CONA) Geospatial Research Facility in Cornerbrook, NL.She set her sights on NRCan’s Earth Observation for Sustainable Development with the Canadian Forest Service (CFS), and had a brief stop in Ottawa with XWave Solutions as a Remote Sensing / GIS Technician on her way out west where she worked as a GIS Technician with the City of Kamloops, BC.

Gerard D. Eddy, Director , GANS Web Master

Gerard D. Eddy, Director and GANs Web Master Gerard is a Sr. GIS Specialist with Service Nova Scotia Municipal Relations. He obtained a B.Sc. in Geology from Acadia University and is a graduate of COGS (NSCC) with GIS and Remote Sensing. Working in private industry, Gerard has used location based information to explore for minerals in South America, Indonesia, Labrador, and Nova Scotia.

He worked on in-situ bitumen extraction in Alberta’s tar sands, and as second geologist on directional wells for conventional oil exploration. Since joining the province, his main focus has been with parcel fabric mapping, database design, GIS systems, and data integration. Skills and experience he used while working on a Marine Oily Waste Screening Tool and Environmental Assessment Screening Application for NSE.

Recently, Gerard worked with the school board to develop an innovative Inquiry Based Learning  module entitled "Gold Rush Then-Now".The module spans wide curriculum outcomes and uses GIS technology at the Middle School level. Gerard is a member of the GANS education Working Group, and Web Master.

Simeon Roberts, Director

Simeon Roberts, DirectorSimeon grew up in England and studied geography at Middlesex University in London. He moved to Canada in 1981 and attended McMaster University in Hamilton where he continued his graduate studies researching agricultural land use change and industrial restructuring.

Simeon landed in Nova Scotia in 1986 and took up a position lecturing Canadian geography, marketing, regional economic analysis and GIS at Saint Mary’s University. Since then he has co-authored the first digital atlas produced in North America, been Academic Chair at COGS in Lawrencetown and held senior positions in the private sector with engineering and IT companies.

He recently led a Business Retention and Expansion / BRE program in Hants County and was Project Coordinator for the Employer of Choice Pilot Initiative (EOCPI). He also coaches CEO’s and has been an export mentor.

Simeon has worked extensively in the international market, has published widely and presented at many conferences. He has worked with a number of non-profit groups and recently completed studies on the life sciences, IT and geomatics sectors in our region. All of these focused on human resource and skills challenges. Simeon currently provides management consulting services to clients throughout Nova Scotia.

Ted MacKinnon, Director, Chair of Communications Working Group

Ted MacKinnon, Director and Chair of Communications Working Group

Ted is currently working with Natural Resources Canada as the Senior Geomatics Technologist for the Atlantic Regional Office in Amherst. He has been working in the geomatics industry for over 15 years and has a diverse background in various disciplines including GIS, Cartography, LIDAR, Remote Sensing and GPS Surveying. He graduated from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) with advanced diplomas in both Remote Sensing and Applied Geomatics Research and with a B.Sc. in Geology from Acadia University.

In 2004 he created the GISjobs.ca web site to help make it easier for people to find Canadian jobs and then shortly later started CanadianGIS.com; an online resource that provides people with information on the Canadian Geomatics industry. The success of the sites has been contributed to being well connected with the Canadian Geomatics community through social networking and various memberships with other professional organizations. Ted first became a member of GANS in 2004 after receiving the Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia Award at COGS.

James Boxall,Director, Chair of Education Working Group

James Boxall, Director and Chair of Education Working Group

James is the Director of the Dalhousie GISciences Centre. James, who was previously a Board member and President of GANS, currently serves as the co-chair of the Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table and sits on the review board for several journals as well as committees for numerous associations. He is a Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and was awarded RCGS Geographic Literacy Award in 2012.

In 2013, he helped organize the meeting that led to the Declaration Advancing Geographic Education for Canadians which has been endorsed by the RCGS and several other national and regional groups including GANS. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the International Network for Learning and Teaching Geography in Higher Education. In his spare time, James continues to work towards improving his understanding of the spatial distribution of a little white ball hit with a stick and piece of metal on large grass fields.

David Keefe, GANS Executive Director

David Keefe, GANS Executive Director

David has been our Executive Director since December 2010 and manages the day to day operations of the association.

Prior to his appointment, David worked in the private sector for 1.5 years and prior to that was employed for 40+ years in the public sector which included program coordinator with the GeoNova Secretariat. In 2000 David was awarded an Honorary Diploma from the Board of Governors of the Nova Scotia Community College.

Doug Foster, Director

Doug Foster
Doug Foster is Professional Planner with with extensive experience in designing and building GIS data sets. Doug is a user and champion of Geomatics analysis in planning.


GANS would like to thanks the following Corporate Sponsors:

  • AG Research
  • AGRG - Applied Geomatics Research Group
  • Atlantic Air Survey Ltd.
  • Canadian GIS & Geomatics
  • CBCL - Consulting Engineers
  • COGS - Centre of Geographic Sciences
  • Dalhousie University
  • Esri Canada
  • Gateway Geomatics
  • Geonet Technologies Inc.
  • Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Halifax Water
  • Interpretation Resources
  • Novellus Management Consultancy
  • SEG Consulting
  • Service Nova Scotia & Municipal Relations

Also check out the Corporate Sponsor Page or the Map of Corporate Sponsors


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