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;
    • Consultants;
    • Corporations.
  • 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.


Congratulations Dianne!

Our very own Dianne Haley has won the prestigious Horwood Distinguished Service Award from URISA at the GISPro Conference 2017 in Toronto. This is an ultimate award given for long-term service to URISA and the profession. It is named after founding member and first URISA President, Edgar Horwood who was an early pioneer in the field of information systems for local government. Past recipients include Jack Dangermond (founder of ESRI Canada) and Barry Wellar (Emeritus Professor, University of Ottawa).

Dianne has been a member of URISA for more than 30 years and was elected as President in 2005. She is also a contributing member in many of its committees such as GIS-PRO, GIS-Corp, GIS Management Institute (GMI), and GISP. Dianne is one of the URISA Alberta founding members and has held many different executive positions including Vice President South, President and currently Publicity. She is also a founding member of the GeoAlberta Conference, and part of the organizing and steering committee.
Her other awards include

  • 1999 – Service Award (URISA International) for her faithful service to URISA and its programs or committees and her willingness to take on challenges without regard to the potential for recognition.
  • 2007 – Leadership Award (URISA International) for her exemplary leadership to URISA, creativity, innovation, and dedicated support of URISA program.
  • 2012 – Outstanding Service and Contribution Award (GeoAlberta) for her tiredness effort, contribution, and achievement in promoting geospatial technology and industry in Alberta.
  • 2015 – Barbara Hirsch Special Service Award (URISA International) for her work on the Core Documents Committee

Dianne has a Master of GIS degree from University of Calgary. She has spent 21 years applying GIS at the City of Calgary and close to 10 years as GIS Coordinator with the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), currently known as Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).


 Five Days of Targeted GIS Leadership Training…

Taught by GIS Leaders

URISA is pleased to announce the 2017 URISA Leadership Academy,

April 3-7, 2017, San Diego, California

July 24-28, Providence, Rhode Island

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 SkillsLearn 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, visithttp://www.urisa.org

and click on the Events menu.


Upcoming Events Alberta

GeoAlberta 2017


Hyatt Regency Calgary

March 21 & 22



GIS Courses being offered ONLINE by NAIT Computer Training Centre: Click here for a complete course list.

Upcoming Events Canada

GIS-Pro 2016: URISA's 54nd Annual Conference for GIS Professionals

Oct 31-Nov 3
Toronto, Ontario

Upcoming Events International

URISA International


GIS-Pro 2016: URISA's 54nd Annual Conference for GIS Professionals

Oct 31-Nov 3
Toronto, Ontario


URISA Leadership Academy


April 3-7, 2017
San Diego, California


July 24-28, 2017
Providence, Rhode Island


URISA Alberta Partners