Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has spent much of the past decade working with the geomatics community in Canada to develop a broader picture of the Industry in Canada, resulting in a new economic value study and support of a new National Geomatics Leadership group.
The Canadian Geomatics Environmental Scan and Value Study, recently released by NRCan, highlights the enormous value geomatics and geospatial technologies bring to the Canadian economy (in the neighbourhood of $20.7B annually).
The Summary Report includes highlights of two Findings Reports that make up The Canadian Geomatics Environmental Scan and Value Study:
• The Canadian Geomatics Environmental Scan Findings Report is an independent assessment of the sector, the key players, and its operating context.
• The Value Study Findings Report is a detailed analysis of the economic and non-economic benefits associated with the use of geospatial technologies and services. It defines, for the first time, the overall economic gains to the Canadian economy associated with the use of geospatial information.
Together, these reports represent the most comprehensive assessment of geomatics and geospatial information in Canada to date. They provide a profile of the geomatics sector in Canada; domestic and global trends (market, technology, social, economic, open data) involving geospatial information and Canada’s position relative to those trends; the significance and value of the geomatics sector and geospatial information to Canadian society and the economy; and, the traditional and changing roles of government, industry and academia in producing and using geospatial data and information as new opportunities emerge, driven by global trends and new players in the market.
To assist with the growth and support of this growing geospatial industry, NRCan has supported the creation of GeoAlliance Canada to look after the communication and actions of the 2014 Strategy and Action Plan. In April, the leaders of the community came together in Ottawa to discuss this proposal and came to a unanimous decision to move forward with this group.
MMM Group will play a leadership role in this new organization with Brad Ashley, Technical Coordinator, Geomatics, as the Interim Chair of the newly minted group. Brad’s contributions will continue to help to shape the industry as it positions itself for the future.