About Jon Murphy

Jonathan Murphy is the Founder and Managing Director of GoGeomatics Canada, the most popular communications hub for the Canadian geomatics sector. He has created Canada’s largest geomatics networking group, with the goal of strengthening and empowering our geospatial community. Jon has had broad range of global experience in marketing and sales for geospatial businesses across a number of sectors and regions globally. He holds a bachelor's degree in Archaeology from the University of Calgary and advanced diplomas in GIS and geomatics from COGS. He is a volunteer with St John Ambulance and is a member of the Ottawa Search and Rescue (SAR). Jon is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Posts by Jon Murphy

Posted on August 17, 2017
Join the Canadian geospatial community as we welcome new and returning students to our sector.  This year we are proud to announce that 12 groups are hosting Back to School Events.  We hope that  you, your company or organisation can join us at these fun free networking events. Click the Meetup Info links below for detailed information about your local event. Last year over 400 people participated in the socials. These are the most popular networking events in Canada for our sector. We get together for drinks and conversation and build a stronger geomatics sector one connection at a time. It's the role of good and effective...
Posted on July 27, 2017
I don't go to many conferences during the year, but the June 2017 Earth Observation (EO) Summit in Montreal is one I'm glad I attended. This was a special geomatics event that brought together practitioners, stakeholders, and students on the campus of the L'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). GoGeomatics went to cover the event and we will have a full article detailing some of the presenters and talks shortly.  In the mean time I've put together a photo gallery of the conference and some quotes from the participants. "One of the conference highlights was getting to see and hear about the work of the newest generation of...
Posted on July 18, 2017
It's been a while since I wrote an article about finding work in GIS and geomatics,  so I thought I’d take some time and put pen to paper. As a career coach for GIS and geomatics one of the first questions I get from job seekers is: How do I find GIS or survey work? The most common method to obtain employment the world over is by applying to advertised positions. This is also true for GIS jobs in Canada. It's an effective way to find work because you know there is a job available and that the company is hiring for it. The down side is that everybody else who is looking for a geospatial job is doing the same thing, so the...
Posted on July 10, 2017
GoGeomatics Canada is attending the Esri Canada GIS in Education and Research Conference in Toronto.  This event only happen once every two years and it's the 3rd time it's been staged. This event is unique in the Canadian geospatial community because it provides a low-cost opportunity to learn by attending hands-on workshops given by Esri staff, as well as interesting papers sessions. GIS in Education and Research Conference Toronto, Ontario October 11, 2017 (Wednesday) 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM 7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, Ont GoGeomatics Career Workshop for Students Jonathan Murphy, Managing Director of GoGeomatics Canada, will...
Posted on June 30, 2017
GoGeomatics Canada is thrilled to announce the 4th annual series of coast-to-coast Back to School Socials (BTSS) taking place this September. For the past four years it has been the generous support of the Canadian geospatial community that has allowed us to host these events. Our September events kick off the social season for what has quickly become Canada's largest and most popular geospatial networking group.  It is where we come together as a sector and welcome new and returning students to the fold. This year will be the most special of all our events, as we are celebrating 150 years of Canada together. Last year we broke our...
A team of really intelligent squirrels and I have been working on the new GoGeomatics magazine. I'm taking a break from the work, and the squirrels, to get nostalgic about how GoGeomatics Canada got to where we are. What is GoGeomatics today? We have 12 GoGeomatics networking groups and have hosted 300+ networking events. On the magazine we are close to publishing our one thousandth Canadian geomatics article.  We've worked with over a hundred Canadian geomatics organizations posting their jobs, news and events. Our Canadian Spatial Times newsletter has over 7,000 subscribers. The annual Back to School Socials are now on their fourth...
Posted on April 20, 2017
GoGeomatics has swept aside the curtain to reveal Masroor Hussain, Senior Scientist and Software Developer at PCI Geomatics, as the mystery guest speaker for the April 25th GoGeomatics social in Ottawa. For weeks we at GoGeomatics have teased the 400 or so participants of our Ottawa Meetup group with the nature of our guest speaker and the topic. It's been a lot of fun as we received quite a few emails asking who the guest speaker would and some crazy guesses.  You would be surprised how many of our participants are interested in local companies as well as projects the Federal goverment has going on in Ottawa. We are pleased to...
Posted on March 24, 2017
GoGeomatics is excited to introduce the Thunder Bay GoGeomatics group as the newest grass roots effort by local geospatial professionals, students, and organizations to get together and network in Canada. Over the last 7 years the GoGeomatics community has evolved from a website, along with a nucleus of groups, to a network of professionals across the country. We are lucky to have two excellent new group leaders in Thunder Bay.  Below, Krista Bullock and Jason Freeburn, describe the geomatics community in Thunder Bay and why they wanted to start a GoGeomatics group.  Thunder Bay Geospatial Community by Krista Bullock & Jason...
GoGeomatics Canada has built a thriving geospatial community by creating networking opportunities for our participants. We achieve this by holding free informal monthly networking events at pubs across Canada. You can join us at any of these cities: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, Kingston, London, Niagara, Ottawa, Peterborough and Area, Toronto and Vancouver. These monthly socials are free and open to everyone from all areas of geomatics – business owners, professionals, students, and job seekers. We discuss geospatial related topics such as jobs, careers, technologies, remote sensing, surveying, and...
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