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.

 Five Days of Targeted GIS Leadership Training…

Taught by GIS Leaders

December 3-7, 2018 in Austin, Texas

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 GIS Leadership Academy (GLA) (formerly known as 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 GLA 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.)

GLA 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 GLA 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 GLA details, registration and sponsorship information, visit http://www.urisa.org

and click on the Learn menu.

Barry Wellar, from Ottawa Ontario, Appointed to the Order of Canada

Barry Wellar was appointed to the Order of Canada on June 29, 2018.  The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.  It is one of the nation’s highest civilian honours.

Barry was recognized “For his extensive contributions to the development and advancement of the field of geographic information systems in Canada.”

Barry Wellar is a leader in the field of geographic information science. Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa, he has been a strong advocate for the field’s recognition as a legitimate domain of scientific inquiry as well as a fundamental research tool.  He was a pioneer in the use of GIS applications to help the public sector handle planning issues at all levels of government, particularly within the urban context.  His leadership within the field, both in academia and industry, is extensive and lauded.


Upcoming Events Alberta


GeoAlberta 2018


Oct 29-31, 2018
Edmonton, Alberta

Stay tuned for further details


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

Upcoming Events Canada

Esri Canada instructor-led certified training

Professional Specialization Certificate Program in Population Health Data Analysis (PHDA)

Upcoming Events International

URISA International

GIS-Pro 2018: URISA's 56th Annual Conference for GIS Professionals

October 9-12, 2018
Palm Springs, California

URISA Leadership Academy

December 3-7 in Austin, Texas

GISCorps Video Released


URISA Alberta Partners