Event Details

In Mid-June, the British Columbia Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA BC) will host a one day seminar entitled:

Engage: Make It So With GIS in Community Engagement

Date: June 15, 2017
Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown 1128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

From private companies to municipal and national governments, from parents to stakeholders and citizens there is an ever-increasing demand for public engagement and transparency. People want meaningful consultation and input, accountability for leaders and easy access to services and information. A thoughtful engagement process can inform and inspire the community. It can consult and collaborate with the public, increase accountability, support economic development and provide better services and information.

Advances in GIS and related technologies have enabled organizations to engage stakeholders in a way never before possible. Problem identification and reporting through crowd sourcing and social media; public consultations and feedback using GIS visualization and 3D; service delivery such as permits, licensing and recreation registration and information dissemination through open data, api's, community portals and web mapping applications are just a few examples of rapidly advancing engagement technologies.





  • Ottawa: How Minecraft Increased Community Engagement in City Planning
    Presented by Eric Storie, City of Ottawa and Aaron Koning, Safe Software
  • The Dawn of a New Age of GeoPortals
    Presented by Ben Arril, GeoBC
  • Community Engagement Practices in our Web and Digital Space
    Presented by Kelly Zazzara, City of Surrey
  • Taking A New Road: Developing A Smart North East False Creek 3D Model
    Presented by Dan Campbell, City of Vancouver
  • eGovernment as a Platform
    Presented by Shane Barnaby, Township of Langley
  • Community Engagement at Nootka Elementary
    Presented by Joe Drechsler, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants
  • Hack Our City: A Catalyst for Public Engagement
    Presented by Becky Finley, City of New Westminster
  • Toronto Police Service Public Safety Data Portal
    Presented by Debbie Verduga, Toronto Police Service

Check back later for more information such as abstracts, agenda, newsletter, sponsors and more.

Come join us on June 15th!


Speaker Biographies, Abstracts, and Presentations

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Event Sponsors

About Safe Software
About FME


Cansel Company Profile

Geospatial Solutions
Autodesk Corporate Overview

URISA BC thanks the SPONSORS and PRESENTERS for making this event possible.


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Cancellation Policy

URISA BC recognizes that on occasion plans change and individuals registered for our events may not be able to attend. However because URISA BC must make financial commitments prior to the event for meals and space, we have a cancellation policy. All registrants for an event who do not cancel at least one week prior to the event will be expected to pay their registration fee in full whether they attend the event or not. This policy applies regardless of when the registration on our site takes place. To cancel your registration, you must send an email to registration@urisabc.org. We will respond to your email indicating whether your cancellation has occurred by the cancellation deadline and whether fees are still payable. URISA BC appreciates your understanding.