About Deanna Sokoloski

Deanna's passion for the outdoors led her to complete a degree from the University of Ottawa with a BA Honours Major in Geography, Minor in Geomatics and Spatial Analysis. While working for GoGeomatics Canada, she decided to attend Algonquin College for a postgraduate certificate in GIS, to further her technical skills.

Posts by Deanna Sokoloski

The end is near, and that realization is beginning to creep up as fast as a debris flow.  For those who haven't been keeping up-to-date with my entries, I'm an Algonquin College student completing my postgraduate degree in Geographical Information Studies during an 11-month intensive program. The courses that I am currently mandatorily enrolled in are: Remote Sensing II GIS Project Web GIS Applications GIS Customization II The most interesting, personally, is the Web GIS Applications course. From what I've learnt outside of school, this form of geomatics is where the industry is taking us. Additionally, I am working on my...
Tweet tweet here we come..again! At GoGeomatics Canada, we love social media, and love to tweet to our followers. Of course you already follow our @GoGeomatics twitter to keep informed on all of our webmagazine article publications, upcoming events and interesting geomatics news. We are now proud to present @GoGeomaticsPost - the difference you ask? @GoGeomaticsPost will be used solely for posting Canadian jobs and events. All of the jobs and events from our homepage job board will be tweeted out once per week, until the expiry date. This is a fantastic reminder for when jobs expire, as the last post we do for them is a day or two before...
Posted on May 23, 2013
I had the opportunity to attend URISA Ontario’s (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) Be Spatial ’13 event held in Hamilton on May 7, 2013. The ‘Google Geospatial Solutions – More Than Just Maps’ presentation at the conference was of particular interest to me. The seminar speakers were from First Base Solutions, Google's first geospatial partner in Canada based out of Markham, Ontario, accompanied by a Google representative. The presentation aimed to provide insight into the variety of Google geospatial products, and how each product could be implemented within government departments to improve efficiency and...
Posted on April 24, 2013
April 21, 2013 Two semesters done ..almost. Five more exams to write in a five-day period, and then I’ll have completed two of three semesters. This semester I have studied the following courses: Analytical GIS Database Design and Management Introduction to Remote Sensing GIS Customization GIS Applications and Modelling Cartographic Design and Visualization In first semester, we began at the basics and progressed rapidly throughout the fall. During winter, we picked up where we left off with no hesitation, and have been going full-steam ever since. You may notice that I am starting to refer to the work ‘we’ did, and...
Posted on March 27, 2013
We would like to introduce an industry professional, Marie-Josee Proulx. She is currently the CEO of Intelli3 in Quebec. GoGeomatics Canada: Welcome Marie-Josée. Could you begin by telling us how you entered the industry? Where did you receive your formal education? Marie-Josee Proulx: I was first interested in working outdoors in land surveying but quickly redirected my interest in the domain combining Information technology and spatial information. I then studied at Laval University in geomatic sciences where I obtained a Bachelor degree. After a student trainee program at the City of Sherbrooke, my interest for GIS grew. This...
Amy Mui was not always in the geomatics industry. Beginning in wildlife biology, she now is a PhD candidate with the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. Read our interview with her to learn about how she uses high-resolution multispectral satellite imagery to identify and map threatened turtle species habitat - synchronizing her initial  for wildlife, and her new found passion for remote sensing. GoGeomatics Canada: What led you to a career in remote sensing? Amy Mui: Well I would have to say that I did not follow a very typical nor straight line path to get to where I am today. Rather than build upon an early decision...
Historically, jobs in GIS were few and women in these roles were even fewer. While there are a growing number of women entering the industry, they are still a minority.   As recent graduates, two of my fellow graduates and I share our experience as being women in the GIS profession. Colleen is an environmental scientist at a private engineering firm. She is one of two women in her department of six.  Amelia, a GIS technician for Agriculture Canada, is one of two in a department of 14.  As for myself, I’m the sole GIS technician at Environment Canada for my project, but I am not alone—the head of GIS technical support and many...
We are privileged to present Glenor Pitters to our readers, the co-founder of DMTI Spatial. We will be speaking with her about DMTI and being a female in the industry. GoGeomatics Canada: Glenor, welcome to GoGeomatics and thank you for taking the time to speak with us. I understand that prior to your current career, you practiced law. Can you give us some background as to how and why you changed careers? Glenor Pitters: Certainly. Prior to getting in to the Geomatics business I practiced commercial litigation in Toronto.  While it was an interesting career, I found I was not fulfilled as a lawyer.  Though I was interested in the...
We are very fortunate and pleased to announce Marie C. Robidoux, CLS, LLM and share her insights with you, our readers. She was the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors' (ACLS) first female president and holds multiple degrees in formal education. GoGeomatics Canada: Thank you for taking the time to discuss your career and prior role as the President of the ACLS. We would like to start by asking you a little about your background so the GoGeomatics community can get to know you better. Where are you from and where did you receive your formal education? Marie Robidoux: I am from Shawinigan and spent most of my youth in Shawinigan and...
GoGeomatics Canada is pleased to announce our second annual segment in honour of International Women's Day on March 8, 2013. For the entire month of March, we will be publishing articles and interviews on our webmagazine with women in geomatics. In our 2012 Canadian Women in Geomatics segment, both Melanie Tranter and Stephanie Murphy spearheaded the idea and produced some very insightful interviews with women in the industry. Some of our females this year include young professionals emerging onto the job market, first female presidents of large organizations, entrepreneurs, leaders in the industry and trailblazers. Celebrate these leading...
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