URISA Alberta History

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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    
President Nicole Gaskell  EPCOR President                              
VP North Khalid Mehmood EQUS VP North    
VP South     VP South    
Secretary Dennis Chao AB Geological Survey Secretary    
Treasurer Carl Stewart City of Fort Saskatchewan Treasurer    
Publicity Chair Dianne Haley Haley-Comben Services Inc Publicity Chair    
Program Kristen Milburn County of Grande Prairie Program    
Academic Liaison Charlene Nielsen University of Alberta Academic Liaison    
Member at Large Teresa Chung Spencer Environmental Member at Large    
Past President Stacy Corbett EPCOR Past President                                             
2019/20     2020/21    
President Stacy Corbett EPCOR President Stacy Corbett  EPCOR
VP North Nicole Gaskell  EPCOR VP North Khalid Mehmood EQUS
VP South     VP South Nicole Gaskell EPCOR
Secretary Dennis Chao AB Geological Survey Secretary Dennis Chao  AB Geological Survey
Treasurer Carl Stewart City of Fort Saskatchewan Treasurer Carl Stewart  City of Fort Saskatchewan
Publicity Chair Dianne Haley Haley-Comben Services Inc Publicity Chair Dianne Haley  Haley-Comben Services Inc
Program Kristen Milburn County of Grande Prairie Program Kristen Milburn  County of Grande Prairie
Academic Liaison Charlene Nielsen University of Alberta Academic Liaison Charlene Nielsen  University of Alberta
Member at Large Teresa Chung Spencer Environmental Member at Large Teresa Chung  Spencer Environmental
Past President Cindy Post City of Leduc Past President Cindy Post City of Leduc
2017/18     2018/19    
President Sylvia Leong ENMAX President Cindy Post City of Leduc
VP North Stacy Corbett Parkland County VP North Stacy Corbett Parkland County
VP South Robert (Bob) Skoye   VP South Robert (Bob) Skoye  
Secretary Dennis Chao AB Geological Survey Secretary Dennis Chao AB Geological Survey
Treasurer Carl Stewart City of Fort Saskatchewan Treasurer Carl Stewart City of Fort Saskatchewan
Publicity Chair Dianne Haley Haley-Comben Services Inc Publicity Chair Dianne Haley Haley-Comben Services Inc
Program Chaka Zinyemba Alberta Emergency Management Agency Program Kristen Milburn County of Grande Prairie
Academic Liaison Charlene Nielsen University of Alberta Academic Liaison Charlene Nielsen University of Alberta
Member at Large Teresa Chung Spencer Environmental Member at Large Teresa Chung Spencer Environmental
Past President Cindy Post City of Leduc Past President Cindy Post City of Leduc
2015/16      2016/17    
President Bruce McBride The City of Calgary President  Bruce McBride The City of Calgary
VP North vacant   VP North  vacant  
VP South Mike Leask Terra Nova GIS Consulting VP South Sylvia Leong ENMAX
Secretary Dennis Chao AB Geological Survey Secretary Dennis Chao AB Geological Survey
Treasurer Carl Stewart City of Fort Saskatchewan Treasurer Carl Stewart City of Fort Saskatchewan
Publicity Chair Dianne Haley DMH GIS Consulting Publicity Chair Dianne Haley DMH GIS Consulting
Program Teresa Chung Spencer Environmental Program Teresa Chung Spencer Environmental
Academic Liaison Charlene Nielsen University of Alberta Academic Liaison Charlene Nielsen University of Alberta
Member at Large Chaka Zinyemba Alberta Emergency Management Agency Member at Large Chaka Zinyemba Alberta Emergency Management Agency
Past President Cindy Post City of Leduc Past President Cindy Post City 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