Welcome to URISA Alberta
The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association
URISA Alberta Chapter Goals
- Promote the development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related Information Systems within Alberta;
- Represent the users of GIS among:
- Governments and agencies;
- Provincial, national and international associations;
- Professional orders;
- Public service companies;
- Universities and colleges;
- Exchange knowledge and expertise to enhance the development of GIS;
- Promote the development and publication of standards and methodologies;
- Enhance research and development in GIS and related Information Systems.
URISA International – OneURISA Survey
Dear URISA Alberta Member:
For more than 15 years, URISA International and its Chapters have agreed that a unified membership would be in the best interest of all URISA members. The current model of separate membership has not been serving our members or the profession well. It causes confusion for the members as to which organization they are a member and dilutes the power of the combined membership of Chapters and the International organization to influence policy or support program to benefit the GIS profession and GIS professionals. Four and a half years ago, the URISA International Board asked the Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) to review the current membership model and to develop a recommendation to create a new unified membership model which we now call OneURISA.
Based on the review and recommendation of the CAB and the OneURISA working group, the URISA International Board of Directors approved a blueprint to move toward a unified membership model. Under this unified model members of Chapters will enjoy the benefits of International Membership and the International members that currently are not supporting Chapters will start to do so.
I am writing now to ask for your assistance to help URISA understand how the OneURISA model can best serve your needs. We have initiated a survey to better understand the benefits and value you currently receive from your Chapter membership and the value of potential benefits from a unified membership model.
I encourage you to complete the on-line survey at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/oneurisa
Your opinion is critical to our ability to continue to best serve URISA members and the GIS profession.
This survey will be open until Friday, September 15 so please provide your input soon. A report on the results of the survey will be presented at the upcoming GIS-Pro conference in Jacksonville (23-26 October). A summary of the results will be provided to the Chapter Presidents for distribution to Chapter members and published in the URISA newsletter.
Thank you for taking time to help URISA improve our service to you. If you have any questions about the new OneURISA initiative or URISA in general, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five Days of Targeted GIS Leadership Training…
Taught by GIS Leaders
Respected business consultant and author Peter Drucker (1909-2005) once stated that
“management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
Learn from the best minds in GIS and take your skills to the next level by attending the URISA Leadership Academy (ULA) (or demonstrate your support for the emerging GIS leaders on your staff and support their attendance!).
The five-day professional development program, the only leadership training of its type, is tailored to those faced with the unique challenges of GIS leadership and management and who want to make an impact leveraging the power of GIS. The ULA is suited to all experience levels and work situations, from government and nonprofit to the private sector and academia.
Attendance is limited to facilitate networking and discussion. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis… so don’t delay. (Note that team, GISP and member discounts are available.)
ULA graduates have overwhelmingly offered their support for the program and encourage your participation:
“I felt that the ULA truly authenticated the change in mentality from being a general worker to a true geospatial professional, or leader. It really boosted a change in attitude for me.” – Craig Barraclough, GISP, Park County (CO) GIS (ULA 2008 – Chicago, Illinois)
“For me, the URISA Leadership Academy (ULA) really brought to the forefront the need for, and importance of, a champion for geospatial technologies in almost any organization. The experienced instructors really demonstrated how to be that champion, with the steps for success, and the pitfalls along the way. From the excellent team-building exercises, to the “elevator” speeches, the ULA showed that the only place in line for geospatial professionals is the front.” – Jamie Leitch, GISP, City of Welland, Ontario (ULA 2012 – Savannah, Georgia)
“I would highly recommend the ULA event; it helped to broaden my organizational awareness and perspective regarding leadership roles within a GIS context… After almost a year I still find myself referencing the material and my course notes. The ULA team-based exercises allowed participants to learn from each other, to analyze their own issues and challenges, and to thoroughly explore leadership strategies throughout the five day event.” – Laura Holmes B.Sc., GISP, GIS Lead – Associate, TERA Environmental Consultants, Calgary, Alberta (ULA 2012 – Savannah, Georgia)
Come to the ULA to Develop Strong GIS Leadership Skills – Learn key GIS leadership and management techniques; discuss successful team development, organizational capacity building, program investment and justification; learn strategies for addressing GIS politics, change management, situation assessment, and problem solving. Courses are taught by proven leaders in the profession.
For complete ULA details, registration and sponsorship information, visit http://www.urisa.org
and click on the Events menu.