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Canadian Geospatial Briefing Jan 24th: 1. Mapping Canada’s World Juniors teams; 2. Ecopia AI awarded contract to support rural broadband mapping; 3. Map project will publish energy efficiency ratings; 4. Study on cross-border drones for trade; 5. Prashant Shukle elected Vice Chair of OGC Board

Mapping Canada’s World Juniors teams

A new interactive map tracks the hometowns of Team Canada players since the World Juniors was first held in 1974. Players have come from 372 cities and communities in all provinces and territories.

Image source: ctvnews.ca

Read more and try the interactive on CTV News here


Ecopia AI awarded contract to support rural broadband mapping

Ecopia AI was awarded a contract by the Government of Canada to provide mapping data for the deployment of high-speed internet across rural Canada. Ecopia will use its AI-based mapping systems to mine geospatial datasets to identify potential broadband locations.

Image source: ecopiatech.com

Read the announcement here


Map project will publish energy efficiency ratings

A new pilot project will rate the energy efficiency of every single-family home in Calgary and Edmonton. The project will build on the City of Edmonton’s home energy map. The aim is to combat climate change by encouraging energy upgrades.

Read more on CBC News here


Study on cross-border drones for trade 

Michigan and Ontario are conducting a feasibility study to explore whether drones can be used in cross-border trade. Potential applications include just-in-time delivery and medical transport. Issues to work out include safety concerns, how to operate the drones beyond line of sight, and customs inspection.

Image source: cbc.ca

Read more on CBC News here


Prashant Shukle elected Vice Chair of OGC Board

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has elected Prashant Shukle as its new Vice Chair. Prashant is currently the Chief Strategy and Operating Officer of KorrAI. His experience includes over thirty years in the Canadian federal public service, including acting as Director-General of the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation. 

Image source: OGC

Read the announcement here

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