About Us

URISA Alberta Chapter

URISA Alberta was formed in 1988 as a provincial chapter of URISA International, one of the longest-running Information Systems organizations in the world. The Alberta Chapter is separate from the international organization and has its own membership and fees.

URISA Alberta members represent many areas within the ever-expanding Information Systems (IS) field. Members represent provincial and municipal governments, the private sector (large and small businesses) and academia.

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.

URISA International

URISA began in the U.S. in 1963. It is a non-profit organization focused on Technology education and issues, most recently focusing on all aspects of the geospatial industry. There are over 3000 members internationally with sister organizations in Asia, Australia and Europe. There are 24 Regional Chapters, primary in U.S. and Canada.

The Executive

Executive officers are elected and normally serve a two-year term. Along with the President, URISA Alberta has two Vice Presidents (VP North and VP South), who participate in any conference planning activities, a Program Chair who coordinates and delivers the yearly program, a Publicity Chair who is responsible for advertising and promoting the chapter, a Treasurer and a Secretary. URISA Alberta also has a Member-at-Large and an Academic Liaison to assist with chapter activities and outreach.

Your URISA Alberta Executive

PositionNameEmail
Past PresidentStacey Corbettpast-president@urisab.org
PresidentNicole Gaskellpresident@urisab.org
Vice President (N)Khalid Mehmoodvpnorth@urisab.org
Vice President (S)Vacantvpsouth@urisab.org
ProgramKristen Milburnprogram@urisab.org
Publicity
(Webmaster)
Dianne Haleypublicity@urisab.org
SecretaryDennis Chaosecretary@urisab.org
TreasurerCarl Stewarttreasurer@urisab.org
Member at LargeTeresa ChungMemberatLarge@urisab.org
Academic LiaisonCharlene NielsenacademicLiaison@urisab.org

 

Our History

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-Corps, GIS Management Institute (GMI), URISA Leadership Academy, and Exemplary Systems in Government. Dianne is one of the URISA Alberta founding members and has held many different executive positions including Treasurer, 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.
  • 2010 – Outstanding Service and Contribution Award (GeoAlberta) for her tireless 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 Huddersfield, UK. She spent 21 years applying GIS at The City of Calgary and close to 9 years as GIS Coordinator with the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), currently known as Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).

URISA Alberta Service Awards

Randy Williamson is the first recipient of a URISA Alberta Service Award. Randy received his award in 2014  for his many years of service on the URISA Alberta Executive. Presenting the award is Past President Cindy Post.

The table below contains the complete history of the Presidents of the Alberta Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association.

YearPresidentOrganizationYearPresidentOrganization
1986/88Leslie J. CookeForestry Lands & Wildlife1988/89John HarrowerForestry Lands & Wildlife
1989/90Don EvansThe City of Calgary1990/91(W.M.) Liam BarryAlberta Dept. of Energy
1991/92Dr. Ian CrainUniversity of Calgary1992/93James B.K. GuthrieCity of Edmonton
1993/94Pat McIlhargyAlberta Agriculture1994/95Nancye PatenaudeAlberta Registries
1995/96Dianne HaleyThe The City of Calgary1996/97Dave DayThe City of Calgary
1997/98David DubauskasStrathcona County1998/99Dianne HaleyThe City of Calgary
1999/00Dianne HaleyThe City of Calgary2000/01Audrey StammThe City of Calgary
2001/02Brent GannonTelus2002/03Mark SombachESRI Canada
2003/04Randy WilliamsonStrathcona County2004/05Randy WilliamsonStrathcona County
2005/06Cindy PostGISMo Solutions Ltd.2006/07Nigel ForsterCity of Medicine Hat
2007/08Nigel ForsterCity of Medicine Hat2008/09Gido LangenNat’l Resources Canada
2009/10Richard AndrewsCity of Medicine Hat2010/11Cindy PostUniversity of Alberta
2011/12Cindy PostUniversity of Alberta2012/13Randy WilliamsonCity of Edmonton
2013/14Randy WilliamsonCity of Edmonton2014/15Bruce McBrideThe City of Calgary
2015/16Bruce McBrideThe City of Calgary 2016/17 Bruce McBrideThe City of Calgary
2017/18Sylvia LeongEnmax2018/19Cindy PostCity of Leduc
2019/20Stacey CorbettEPCOR2020/21Stacey CorbettEPCOR
2021/22Nicole GaskellEPCOR2022/23  
2021/22  2022/23  
PresidentNicole Gaskell EPCORPresident                            
VP NorthKhalid MehmoodEQUSVP North  
VP South  VP South  
SecretaryDennis ChaoAB Geological SurveySecretary  
TreasurerCarl StewartCity of Fort SaskatchewanTreasurer  
Publicity ChairDianne HaleyHaley-Comben Services IncPublicity Chair  
ProgramKristen MilburnCounty of Grande PrairieProgram  
Academic LiaisonCharlene NeilsenUniversity of AlbertaAcademic Liaison  
Member at LargeTeresa ChungSpencer EnvironmentalMember at Large  
Past PresidentStacy CorbettEPCORPast President                                           
2019/20  2020/21  
PresidentStacy CorbettEPCORPresidentStacy Corbett EPCOR
VP NorthNicole Gaskell EPCORVP NorthKhalid MehmoodEQUS
VP South  VP SouthNicole GaskellEPCOR
SecretaryDennis ChaoAB Geological SurveySecretaryDennis Chao AB Geological Survey
TreasurerCarl StewartCity of Fort SaskatchewanTreasurerCarl Stewart City of Fort Saskatchewan
Publicity ChairDianne HaleyHaley-Comben Services IncPublicity ChairDianne Haley Haley-Comben Services Inc
ProgramKristen MilburnCounty of Grande PrairieProgramKristen Milburn County of Grande Prairie
Academic LiaisonCharlene NeilsenUniversity of AlbertaAcademic LiaisonCharlene Neilsen University of Alberta
Member at LargeTeresa ChungSpencer EnvironmentalMember at LargeTeresa Chung Spencer Environmental
Past PresidentCindy PostCity of LeducPast PresidentCindy PostCity of Leduc
2017/18  2018/19  
PresidentSylvia LeongENMAXPresidentCindy PostCity of Leduc
VP NorthStacy CorbettParkland CountyVP NorthStacy CorbettParkland County
VP SouthRobert (Bob) Skoye VP SouthRobert (Bob) Skoye 
SecretaryDennis ChaoAB Geological SurveySecretaryDennis ChaoAB Geological Survey
TreasurerCarl StewartCity of Fort SaskatchewanTreasurerCarl StewartCity of Fort Saskatchewan
Publicity ChairDianne HaleyHaley-Comben Services IncPublicity ChairDianne HaleyHaley-Comben Services Inc
ProgramChaka Zinyemba Alberta Emergency Management AgencyProgramKristen MilburnCounty of Grande Prairie
Academic LiaisonCharlene NeilsenUniversity of AlbertaAcademic LiaisonCharlene NeilsenUniversity of Alberta
Member at LargeTeresa ChungSpencer EnvironmentalMember at LargeTeresa ChungSpencer Environmental
Past PresidentCindy PostCity of LeducPast PresidentCindy PostCity of Leduc
2015/16   2016/17  
PresidentBruce McBrideThe City of CalgaryPresident Bruce McBrideThe City of Calgary
VP Northvacant VP North vacant 
VP SouthMike LeaskTerra Nova GIS ConsultingVP SouthSylvia LeongENMAX
SecretaryDennis ChaoAB Geological SurveySecretaryDennis ChaoAB Geological Survey
TreasurerCarl StewartCity of Fort SaskatchewanTreasurerCarl StewartCity of Fort Saskatchewan
Publicity ChairDianne HaleyDMH GIS ConsultingPublicity ChairDianne HaleyDMH GIS Consulting
ProgramTeresa ChungSpencer EnvironmentalProgramTeresa ChungSpencer Environmental
Academic LiaisonCharlene NeilsenUniversity of AlbertaAcademic LiaisonCharlene NeilsenUniversity of Alberta
Member at LargeChaka ZinyembaAlberta Emergency Management AgencyMember at LargeChaka ZinyembaAlberta Emergency Management Agency
Past PresidentCindy PostCity of LeducPast PresidentCindy PostCity of Leduc
2013/14  2014/15  
PresidentCindy PostUniversity of AlbertaPresidentBruce McBrideThe City of Calgary
VP-NorthMike LeaskAssociated EngineeringVP-NorthMike LeaskMRF Geosystems Corp
VP-SouthBruce McBrideThe City of CalgaryVP-SouthOPEN TO NOMINATIONS 
SecretaryDennis ChaoAB Geological SurveySecretaryDennis ChaoAB Geological Survey
TreasurerCarl StewartCity of Ft. SaskatchewanTreasurerCarl StewartCity of Ft. Saskatchewan
Publicity ChairDianne HaleyDMH GIS ConsultingPublicity ChairDianne HaleyDMH GIS Consulting
Program ChairTeresa ChungSpencer EnvironmentalProgram ChairTeresa ChungSpencer Environmental
Academic LiaisonCharlene NielsenUniversity of AlbertaAcademic LiaisonCharlene NielsenUniversity of Alberta
Member at LargeAniekan AkpanekongThe City of CalgaryMember at LargeAniekan AkpanekongThe City of Calgary
Past-PresidentCindy PostUniversity of AlbertaPast-PresidentCindy PostUniversity of Alberta
2011/12  2012/13  
PresidentCindy PostUniversity of AlbertaPresidentRandy WilliamsonCity of Edmonton
VP-NorthRandy WilliamsonCity of EdmontonVP-NorthVacant 
VP-SouthVacant VP-SouthBruce McBrideThe City of Calgary
SecretaryDennis ChaoAB Geological SurveySecretaryDennis ChaoAB Geological Survey
TreasurerCarl StewartCity of Ft. SaskatchewanTreasurerCarl StewartCity of Ft. Saskatchewan
Publicity ChairDianne HaleyDMH GIS ConsultingPublicity ChairDianne HaleyDMH GIS Consulting
Program ChairRichard GoreckiConsultantProgram ChairTeresa ChungSpencer Environmental
Academic LiaisonColin LynchSAIT PolytechnicAcademic LiaisonCharlene NielsenUniversity of Alberta
Member at LargeWendy AmyMartin Newby ConsultingMember at LargeWendy AmyMartin Newby Consulting
Past-PresidentCindy PostUniversity of AlbertaPast-PresidentCindy PostUniversity of Alberta
2009/10  2010/11  
PresidentRichard AndrewsCity of Medicine HatPresidentCindy PostUniversity of Alberta
VP-NorthCindy PostUniversity of AlbertaVP-NorthRandy WilliamsonCity of Edmonton
VP-SouthBruce McBrideThe City of CalgaryVP-SouthVacant 
SecretaryDennis ChaoAB Geological SurveySecretaryDennis ChaoAB Geological Survey
TreasurerRandy WilliamsonCity of EdmontonTreasurerCarl StewartCity of Ft. Saskatchewan
Publicity ChairDianne HaleyDMH GIS ConsultingPublicity ChairDianne HaleyDMH GIS Consulting
Program ChairVacant Program ChairVacant 
Academic LiaisonColin LynchSAIT PolytechnicAcademic LiaisonColin LynchSAIT Polytechnic
Member at LargeBob HoffosOlds CollegeMember at LargeWendy AmyMartin Newby Consulting Ltd.
Past-PresidentGido LangenNatural Resources CanadaPast-PresidentRichard AndrewsCity of Medicine Hat
2007/08  2008/09  
PresidentCindy PostGISMo Solutions Ltd.PresidentGido LangenNatural Resources Canada
VP-SouthRichard AndrewsCity of Medicine HatVP-NorthCindy PostUniversity of Alberta
VP-NorthGido LangenTimberlandVP-SouthRichard AndrewsCity of Medicine Hat
SecretaryDennis ChaoAB Geological SurveySecretaryDennis ChaoAB Geological Survey
TreasurerRandy WilliamsonCity of EdmontonTreasurerRandy WilliamsonCity of Edmonton
Publicity ChairDianne HaleyERCB. BIS-ISSPublicity ChairDianne HaleyERCB. BIS-ISS
Program ChairBruce McBrideThe City of CalgaryProgram ChairBruce McBrideThe City of Calgary
Academic LiaisonEmily HerdUniversity of AlbertaAcademic LiaisonColin LynchSAIT Polytechnic
Member at LargeGido LangenTimberlandMember at LargeBob HoffosOlds College
Past-PresidentNigel ForsterCity of Medicine HatPast-PresidentCindy PostUniversity of Alberta
2005/06  2006/07  
PresidentCindy PostGISMo Solutions Ltd.PresidentNigel ForsterCity of Medicine Hat
VP-SouthNigel ForsterCity of Medicine HatVP-NorthStuart GerberESRI Canada
VP-NorthStuart GerberESRI CanadaVP-NorthGido LangenTimberland
VP-NorthGido LangenTimberlandVP-SouthRichard AndrewsCity of Medicine Hat
SecretaryDennis ChaoAB Geological SurveySecretaryDennis ChaoAB Geological Survey
TreasurerRandy WilliamsonStrathcona CountyTreasurerRandy WilliamsonStrathcona County
Publicity ChairAudrey StammThe City of CalgaryPublicity ChairDianne HaleyERCB. BIS-ISS
Program ChairAnn HollifieldSierra SystemsProgram ChairAnn HollifieldSierra Systems
Academic LiaisonNot Filled Academic LiaisonEmily HerdUniversity of Alberta
Member at LargeGido LangenTimberlandMember at LargeGido LangenTimberland
Past-PresidentRandy WilliamsonStrathcona CountyPast-PresidentCindy PostGISMo Solutions Ltd.
2003/04  2004/05  
PresidentRandy WilliamsonStrathcona CountyPresidentRandy WilliamsonStrathcona County
VP-SouthJean Francois DionneTown of BanffVP-NorthCindy PostGISMo Solutions Ltd.
VP-NorthCindy PostGISMo Solutions Ltd.VP-SouthNigel ForsterCity of Medicine Hat
SecretaryDennis ChaoAB Geological SurveySecretaryDennis ChaoAB Geological Survey
TreasurerNathan OgdenCounty of 40 MileTreasurerNathan OgdenCounty of 40 Mile
Program ChairAnn HollifieldSierra SystemsPublicity ChairAudrey StammThe City of Calgary
Publicity ChairAudrey StammThe City of CalgaryProgram ChairAnn HollifieldSierra Systems
Past-PresidentMark SombachESRI CanadaAcademic LiaisonNot Filled 
   Member at LargeNot Filled 
   Past-PresidentMark SombachESRI Canada
2001/02  2002/03  
PresidentBrent GannonTelusPresidentMark SombachESRI Canada
VP-SouthMark SombachESRI CanadaVP-NorthRandy WilliamsonCity of Leduc
VP-NorthRandy WilliamsonCity of LeducVP-SouthJohanna Kortenschyl-AllanMD of Rockyview
SecretaryJohanna Kortenschyl-AllanMD of RockyviewSecretaryDean PickeringESRI Canada
TreasurerDerek Webber
Nathan Ogden
Tow County of 40 Mile n of BrooksTreasurerNathan OgdenCounty of 40 Mile
Program ChairBob ParkinsonAgriculture Canada (PFRA)Program ChairAnn HollifieldSierra Systems
Publicity ChairKaren LauritsenCity of Grande PrairiePublicity ChairKaren LauritsenCity of Grande Prairie
Past-PresidentAudrey StammThe City of CalgaryPast-PresidentBrent GannonTelus
1999/00  2000/01  
PresidentKaren LauritsenCity of Grande PrairiePresidentAudrey StammThe City of Calgary
VP-NorthBrent GannonTelusVP-NorthBrent GannonTelus
VP-SouthAudrey StammThe City of CalgaryVP-SouthReg LetourneauSAIT Polytechnic
SecretaryMike HorsfalWorklplace Wisdom Inc.SecretaryJulie WadiaThe City of Calgary
TreasurerDarren YoungCity of Medicine HatTreasurerNathan OgdenCounty of 40 Mile
Program ChairRob ThomasTelus GeomaticsProgram ChairBob ParkinsonAgriculture Canada (PFRA)
Publicity ChairDave DayThe City of CalgaryPublicity ChairBob HoffosApplied Geoprocessing Inc.
Past-PresidentDianne HaleyThe City of CalgaryPast-PresidentKaren LauritsenCity of Grande Prairie
1997/98  1998/99  
PresidentDavid DubauskasStrathcona CountyPresidentDianne HaleyThe City of Calgary
VP-NorthKaren LauritsenCity of Grande PrairieVP-NorthKaren LauritsenCity of Grande Prairie
VP-SouthDianne HaleyThe City of CalgaryVP-SouthAudrey StammThe City of Calgary
SecretaryTony WoodsCity of Red DeerSecretaryRon CookTelus Geomatics
TreasurerRoger GauvinItres Research Ltd.TreasurerDarren YoungCity of Medicine Hat
Program ChairVacant Program ChairVacant 
Publicity ChairDave DayThe City of CalgaryPublicity ChairDavid DubauskasStrathcona County
Past-PresidentDave DayThe City of CalgaryPast-PresidentDavid DubauskasStrathcona County
1995/96  1996/97  
PresidentDianne HaleyThe City of CalgaryPresidentDave DayThe City of Calgary
VP-NorthDuane KotunTelusVP-NorthDavid DubauskasStrathcona County
VP-SouthDave DayThe City of CalgaryVP-SouthDianne HaleyThe City of Calgary
SecretaryTony WoodsCity of Red DeerSecretaryTony WoodsCity of Red Deer
TreasurerVincent DelongeNova CorporationTreasurerRoger GauvinItres Research Ltd.
Program ChairVacant Program ChairVacant 
Publicity ChairDenis Johnson9510 – 100A St,Publicity ChairDuane KotunTelus
Past-PresidentNancye PatenaudeAlberta RegistriesPast-PresidentDianne HaleyThe City of Calgary
1993/94  1994/95  
PresidentPat McIlhargyAlberta AgriculturePresidentNancye PatenaudeAlberta Registries
VP-NorthNancye PatenaudeAlberta RegistriesVP-NorthDenis JohnsonUniversity of Alberta
VP-SouthDianne HaleyThe City of CalgaryVP-SouthDianne HaleyThe City of Calgary
SecretaryWanda AllisonThe City of CalgarySecretaryWanda AllisonThe City of Calgary
TreasurerLaraine LawsonAlberta 1 CallTreasurerVincent DelongeNova Corporation
Program ChairLinda HawrelkoLand Information AlbertaProgram ChairLinda HawrelkoLand Information Alberta
Publicity ChairVincent DelongeNova CorporationPublicity ChairSteve (S.E.) TaylorCanadian Geomatic Solutions
Past-PresidentJames B.K. GuthrieCity of EdmontonPast-PresidentPat McIlhargy
1991/92  1992/93  
PresidentDr. Ian CrainUniversity of CalgaryPresidentJames B.K. GuthrieCity of Edmonton
VP-NorthJames B.K. GuthrieCity of EdmontonVP-NorthNancye PatenaudeAlberta Registries
VP-SouthPat McIlhargyAlberta AgricultureVP-SouthPat McIlhargyAlberta Agriculture
SecretaryTim TothAB Forestry Lands & WildlifeSecretaryClaudia KreplinThe City of Calgary
TreasurerDianne HaleyThe City of CalgaryTreasurerDianne HaleyThe City of Calgary
Program ChairBrian GreggGellman Hayward & PartnersProgram ChairVacant 
Publicity ChairGail SokolanCalgary Regional PlanningPublicity ChairVincent DelongeNova Corporation
Past-President(W.M.) Liam BarryAB Dept. of EnergyPast-PresidentDr. Ian Crain
1989/90  1990/91  
PresidentDon EvansThe City of CalgaryPresident(W.M.) Liam BarryAB Dept. of Energy
VP-North(W.M.) Liam BarryAB Dept. of EnergyVP-NorthJames B.K. GuthrieCity of Edmonton
VP-SouthDr. Walter JamiesonUniversity of CalgaryVP-SouthDr. Ian CrainUniversity of Calgary
SecretaryGail SokolanCalgary Regional PlanningSecretaryGail SokolanCalgary Regional Planning
TreasurerDianne HaleyThe City of CalgaryTreasurerDianne HaleyThe City of Calgary
Program ChairDr. Ian CrainUniversity of CalgaryProgram ChairPat McIlhargyAlberta Agriculture
Past-PresidentJohn HarrowerAB Forestry Lands & WildlifePast-PresidentDon Evans
1986/88  1988/89  
PresidentLeslie J. CookeAB Forestry Lands & WildlifePresidentJohn HarrowerAB Forestry Lands & Wildlife
Vice-PresidentJohn HarrowerAB Forestry Lands & WildlifeVP-NorthR.G. MadziyaEdmonton Metro Planning
SecretaryDennis ThompsonAB Forestry Lands & WildlifeVP-SouthDon EvansThe City of Calgary
TreasurerHarvey PopikCity of EdmontonSecretaryNeville FergusonAB Forestry Lands & Wildlife
ChairmanPat DrakeThe City of CalgaryTreasurerHarvey PopikCity of Edmonton
Vice-ChairmanR.G. MadziyaEdmonton Metro PlanningProgram ChairDennis ThompsonAB Forestry Lands & Wildlife
   Past-PresidentLeslie J. Cooke