We asked leaders in the Canadian geospatial community what GeoAlliance Canada membership would mean to them. Representatives from education, non-profit associations and the private sector gave their thoughts on how a national umbrella organization might help them thrive, what projects they’d like it to take on, and who else they think should become a member.

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Niem Hyunh, Association of American Geographers

Apr 17, 2015

What are some of the issues you currently face that you believe a national umbrella organization would help address? Can you identify your top priority?

  1. Coordinate and help network different levels of activities (e.g., research, outreach, collaboration with various industries) across Canada
  2. Act as the hub for interested partners to engage in discussions and planning
  3. Be an authoritative voice to negotiate for geography education in all arena e.g., teaching/education
  4. Be current with new findings, data source etc so that the public can come to for current information related to geography.


How would you rate your current success in collaborating with like-minded organizations across the country? Do you think GeoAlliance membership would help facilitate better communication and collaboration?

I am new to the Canadian city I’m living in. If I were looking for a geography group to join or participate in, I don’t know of a general website where I can look at. So, I see the GeoAlliance as a way to promote the members, connect to public, and further partnerships between organizations.


What is one project you'd like to see undertaken in GeoAlliance Canada’s first year?

Identify and map organizations with similar interests in geography but who may be different in structure (e.g., private corporate, non-profit, government etc) to leverage on existing projects to build platforms/partnerships.


Name one group (apart from your own) that you'd like to see become a GeoAlliance Canada member. Why them?

Any professional group that has overlapping interests to geography e.g., Canadian Association of Geographers, Canadian Institute of Planning, David Suzuki Foundation, local OpenStreetMap chapters across the country. By working with groups with similar but different (but not exactly the same) interests will allow for cross-pollination and extending partnerships outside of a small geography community.


Would your organization be willing to partner with GeoAlliance Canada and/or other organizations to achieve specific goals requiring additional resources/funding?

I am happy to share information with the decision makers of AAG to explore opportunities.


Niem Tu Huynh is a Research Fellow with the Association of American Geographers and a Career Advisor at McGill University.


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