Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS)

2014-2015 GANS Board of Directors

Eric Melanson, GANS President

Eric Melanson,President

Eric is the 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.

Ted MacKinnon, Vice President & Director and Chair of Communications Working Group

Ted MacKinnon,Vice President and Chair of Communications Working Group

Ted is works with Natural Resources Canada as the Senior Geomatics Technologist for the Survey General Branch's 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 web site to help make it easier for people to find Canadian jobs and then shortly later started; 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.

Maureen Hudson, GANS Treasurer

Maureen Hudson,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.

Simeon Roberts, Director

Simeon Roberts, Board Director

Simeon 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.

Hugh MacKay, Board Director 

Hugh is a graduate of Dalhousie University and holds a Certificate in Remote Sensing from the Nova Scotia Land Survey Institute (NSLSI - COGS) He has 30 years of experience in geospatial project management, technology transfer, business development, channel management and direct sales roles, including 25 years specific to European markets. Hugh held progressively senior European sales management positions with Intermap between 1996 and 2011, establishing Intermap’s first European sales team with offices in Munich, Toulouse, Madrid, London, Prague and Bratislava. Hugh also managed Intermap’s European business partner network with 27 partner firms in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal,Italy, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Poland.

Since 2014, Hugh has been a Senior Partner of SEG Consulting Inc., a geospatial technologies and business intelligence consultancy. Hugh is responsible for SEG business development, as well as being a member of the SEG Executive Team.

John Trites, Board Director 

John has recently retired from 33 years of teaching high school geography. While working as a teacher he worked on numerous curriculum development initiatives of the N.S. Department of Education and with The College Board on the development of the Advanced Placement Human Geography course. 

He presently teaches geography part-time for the Acadia University School of Education and works part-time with The College Board in the U.S. and Canada, as a consultant for the AP Human Geography course. John is also serving his second term as the Atlantic representative on the executive of Canadian Geographic Education.

John's geography background is from Mount Allison University and University of Waterloo. His education background is from Acadia and Mount St. Vincent Universities.

Timothy Dine, Board Director

Tim has been professionally involved with GIS in Atlantic Canada since 2002. A graduate from the COGS Cartography program, he is now a GIS Specialist and Architect with SEG Consulting. 

Tim has spent his career to date in GIS Consulting and the Electric Utility Industry working on the full range of projects up to award winning system implementations. Tim is new to the GANS Board and is looking forward to aiding in the progress of Geomatics in Nova Scotia.

David Keefe, GANS Executive Director

David Keefe,GANS Executive Director 

David has been the Executive Director of GANS 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.

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