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May 25 to May 27, 2021

Geospatial technology has continually advanced over the past several years and high quality multi-dimensional mapping is now available to a much broader audience. There is growing interest in LiDAR technology for mapping natural disasters, forestry, flood mapping, and much more, Join us for a 3 day online conference where we explore LiDAR and other mapping techniques.

Connecting the Dots for
Multi-Dimensional Mapping

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Conference Schedule

Conference Presenters


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The Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA)

The CCA is a non-profit association created to promote the disciplines and professions of cartography and Geographic Information Science in Canada. Our broad membership represents academia, all levels of Government and private industry, and includes fellow cartographers from coast to coast, and Internationally.

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The CCA plays a leading role in the world of cartography through involvement with the International Cartographic Association (ICA). The Canadian National Committee (CNC) , chaired by a CCA nominee, is responsible for coordinating Canadian participation in the ICA, and has such specific responsibilities as appointing representatives to commissions and committees, preparing a biannual cartography exhibit, publishing a biannual national report on Canadian cartography, and facilitating the submission of technical papers for presentations at ICA events.

We host annual meetings, provide networking opportunities, create a variety of publications to promote geography awareness and map making, and help improve the use of cartographic materials through education.

If you are a cartographer, or are passionate about mapping, geography, and data visualization then we encourage you to join the Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA).

The mission of the Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA) is to promote the disciplines and professions of cartography and Geographic Information Science. 

2021 CCA Conference – Connecting the Dots for Multi-Dimensional Mapping

Join us May 25th, 26th, and 27th for the Annual CCA Conference (hosted as an online event due to COVID-19). This year’s theme, “Connecting the Dots for Multi-Dimensional Mapping,” aims to bring together the geospatial community from across the country and beyond.

Conference Keynote Presenters

Dr. Tim Webster's research focuses on mapping and modeling processes of coastal zones

Dr. Tim Webster

His research focus is mapping and modeling processes in the coastal zone.

In 2017 he was presented with the Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia Award of Distinction, in 2010 the Gulf of Maine Council Visionary Award. He obtained his PhD from Dalhousie University in 2006, MSc from Acadia University in 1996, an Advanced Diploma in Remote Sensing in 1988, and a BSc in 1987.

His group has focused on research utilizing an airborne topo-bathymetric lidar sensors where they visualize 3-D data in virtual reality and mixed reality systems to aid in a better understanding of the data and environment.

You can find out more about his research work with the Applied Geomatics Research Group

Anita GraserAnita Graser is a researcher, open source GIS developer, and author

Anita Graser is a researcher, open source GIS developer, and author.

She works at the Austrian Institute of Technology in Vienna, teaches Python for QGIS at UNIGIS Salzburg and serves on the QGIS project steering committee. She has published several books about QGIS, including “Learning QGIS” and “QGIS Map Design”. Her latest project is MovingPandas, a Python library for analyzing movement data.

You can find out more about her work on and follow her on Twitter @underdarkGIS.

Dr. Steve Liang

Steve Liang is a researcher, teacher and entrepreneur. Steve is the founder and CTO of SensorUp, offering a NATO-award winning Geospatial IoT cloud platform that interconnects the world’s IoT data empowering the connected workers of the future to apply intelligent automation for productivity, safety, quality, and job satisfaction.Dr. Steve Liang

Dr. Liang is a global influencer on the Internet of Things, and he is the working group chair of several international standard working groups of the Open Geospatial Consortium and UN’s ITU-T. Additionally, he is a professor and research chair at the University of Calgary, director of the GeoSensorWeb Laboratory, and a lab scientist of the Creative Destruction Lab.

Steve was recently named the Rogers IoT Research Chair, a five-year research chair position sponsored by Rogers Communications. A recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Liang has received Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40, Killam Emerging Research Leader Award, and more.

Presentation Abstracts

Presentation topics include an update on the national Elevation Strategy, mapping the pandemic, creating shaded relief models, flood modelling with LiDAR data, the growth of Fantasy Maps, challenges in mapping information with and about Indigenous Peoples and communities, and the increased use of remote sensing technology in Canada.

Presentation abstracts are available here:

The 3 day conference will be a gathering of geospatial practitioners, educators, and researchers from the public and private sectors, universities and the community at large. We welcome anyone with an interest in maps. Registration are being kept low to encourage participation from as wide an audience as possible. Registration to attend all 3 days is only $20 for general audience ($10 for students). Attendees can also opt to become a CCA at a reduced rate for the remainder of the year, as part of the conference registration. General information about membership:

We are organizing an online map gallery including entries from this year’s student mapping competitions, and much more.

We hope you can join us and , and participate in this year’s online conference as we explore LiDAR and other mapping techniques.

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