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

April 9-13, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio

July 23-27, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah

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, visit http://www.urisa.org

and click on the Events menu.

Data Management Conference – Canada (Calgary) April 20-22, 2018

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Friday, 20 April 2018 at 8:00 AM
– to –
Sunday, 22 April 2018 at 6:00 PM (MDT)

Hotel Alma
169 University Gate Northwest
Calgary, AB T2N 4V8

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Data Management Conference – Canada’s Second Annual Calgary Conference will take place April 20-22, 2018 at the University of Calgary Campus.

This year’s theme: Complex Data, AI and Machine Learning.

This is the not to be missed Conference in Calgary, with presentations from respected International Thought Leaders!

REGISTER HERE – Limited Seats left at the Early Bird Pricing!

This conference again brings internationally recognized experts in the field of Data to Calgary.

Confiirmed speakers include:

David Marco,  known as the world’s foremost authority on metadata management is one of “Chicago’s top 40 under 40” and a DAMA Data Management Hall of Fame member, elected in 2008

Bill Inmon, generally recognized as the father of data warehousing and one of the top 10 most influential people in the first 40 years of the computer industry.  Bill is the author of over 70 books.

Composed of two days of conference tracks plus one day of hands-on workshop (please bring your laptop), the conference will be a valuable source for vendor-agnostic, education-oriented subject matter and networking opportunities.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about successful data strategies and key industry trends from thought-leaders from the US and across Canada.
  • Understand new ideas, trends and strategies and network with peers and industry leaders at this one-stop-shop conference.
  • Participate in hands-on workshops that will help you develop knowledge and professional skills in big data, data management and business analytics.

The City of Calgary has a rich entrepreneurial culture and is at a pivotal phase in its economic growth, and we believe that we are entering a phase of rapid data-driven diversification in Alberta.

A key objective of this effort was to make the content in the conference as accessible as possible.  To this end, we have special rates for local University, technical school and college Alumni, paid members of Professional Associations, and University of Calgary Faculty and staff.  Register now – there are still a limited number of Early Bird seats available.

Further, recognizing that there are a large number of out of work professionals in our space, we have also arranged for them a special price and preferred pricing for the workshops to make this accessible and enhance our colleague’s marketability in their job search.



Upcoming Events Alberta

Data Management Conference - Canada (Calgary) April 20-22, 2018

April 20-22, 2018
Hotel Alma
Calgary, 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

April 9-13, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio

July 23-27, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah

GISCorps Video Released


URISA Alberta Partners