Awareness of Geomatics in the younger generation especially. Our top priority is to have younger generation to understand Geomatics career path and explore what Geomatics can offer to them.
SAIT has been collaborating with AGG, ALSA and others for Geomatcis awareness events. However, these organizations are Alberta-based and it would be a great opportunity to partner with other groups which are not only Alberta based. GeoAlliance membership could help facilitate these partnerships especially introducing organizations to each other and involving all for the same event.
A Nationwide Geomatics Event or series of events to get people familiar with Geomatics and provide opportunities to show them what are the post-secondary education options in Canada for Geomatics career.
Any groups and post-secondary education institutions related to Geomatics should be part of the alliance. That will benefit everyone. We can use this opportunity to join our forces to create awareness of Geomatics.
Partnering with other organizations makes events more powerful and strong. Also, it helps sharing resources, costs, sharing funding for the common goal.
Dr. Verda Kocabas is Academic Chair at SAIT Polytechnic in the Bachelor of Applied Technology - GIS and Geomatics Engineering Technology programs. She was born and raised in Turkey where she has finished her Master’s Degree in GIS and Remote Sensing while working at the Satellite Ground Receiving Station. She came to Canada 11 years ago to pursue her PhD in GIS at Simon Fraser University, Department of Geography. She has worked in the private industry as a Research Scientist, Project Manager, Production Manager and Senior Operations Manager before joining to SAIT.