URISA Alberta Chapter
URISA Alberta Bylaws (Updated March 2009)
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 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.
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.
In the commitment to providing an avenue for the exchange of knowledge and expertise in the field of GIS in Alberta, URISA Alberta aims to host geospatial-related events, normally based in Edmonton and Calgary. We are also investigating alternative methods of delivering educational information. We invite local and regional GIS users/managers/organizations to present their work and/or methodologies to other local GIS professionals, providing a networking opportunity for both the presenter and the attendees. Past presenters have been professional representatives in government, industry and academia.
We cordially invite you to present in a future URISA Alberta event! Depending of the delivery mechanism of the event, volunteer presenters will present a 45 minute session at an agreed upon time. This event could be a luncheon, in which case a meal would be served. There will be 5 minutes available at the end of the presentation for questions and answers. Travel costs (if any) may be partially reimbursed to the presenter by URISA Alberta, on a case-by-case basis.
More details on luncheon events:
Previous luncheon venues in Edmonton: University of Alberta; Royal Glenora Club, etc.
Previous luncheon venue in Calgary: Danish Canadian Club, etc.
URISA Alberta will be responsible for arranging: event attendance registration (pre- and on-site), event advertisement, venue booking, hot lunch catering, speaker introduction and presentation moderation. Such associated costs will all be covered by URISA Alberta. All venues are internet-ready, with projector/screen and speaker podium; laptop use on-site may be arranged where needed.
If you are interested in becoming a presenter, please feel free to contact Kristen, URISA Alberta Program Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.