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 October 10, 2017
Perhaps the most effective means for strengthening and empowering Canada's geomatics sector is communicating our value and purpose to Canadians. For the rest of 2017 and over the course of the next year, I will be writing about some really interesting and important Canadian geomatics stories. These articles will explore work that is being done by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and more specifically the Center for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO). Starting in October, GoGeomatics Canada will publish one or two articles on data, projects, people, issues and goals of the CCMEO each month.  I feel really lucky to be able to...
We have just completed our fourth annual Back to School Socials across Canada and our community continues to grow and thrive.  I was fortunate to have visited 7 of the 12 events this year.  I'm always impressed by the caliber of the leadership in our groups as well as the enthusiasm of the participants.  These events are where we welcome new and returning students as well as grads to our sector.  Next year will be a special occasion as we mark the 5th anniversary of these events from coast to coast. We will also be welcoming new groups in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick to the family this month. If you are interested in supporting the...
Esri Canada is an active supporter of GoGeomatics Canada and our grass roots efforts to bring the sector together.  Esri is sponsoring 12 Back to School Socials this September and inviting you to attend. These events help mark the the start of the school year; it's where we welcome new and returning students to the sector. The goal is to have students and grads mix and network with professionals and companies who attend to get a feel for our industry. This  strengthens and empowers our sector. List of 2017 Back to School Socials you can attend In a first for the GoGeomatics community - last year in Toronto, Alex Miller...
Posted on August 24, 2017
When applying for a geospatial position, your cover letter provides the perfect opportunity to really make sense of your skills and experience, and to relate them to the job you are applying for. Keep your cover letter concise and to about a page in length. You should submit a cover letter every time you hand in a résumé, unless there is no chance to. A cover letter is your opportunity to really sell yourself to the employer. Consider the cover letter and the resume as your first assignment with the prospective employer. That means it needs to be flawless. If you a newcomer to Canada or a new graduate, the cover letter and resume...
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...
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