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URISA Annual Conference.GIS-Pro 2016 in Toronto

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Join your community for a powerful, collective exchange of knowledge at this year’s October 31-November 3, 2016 Westin Harbour Castle- Toronto, Ontario

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When Oct 31, 2016 09:30 AM to
Nov 03, 2016 09:30 AM
Where Toronto, Canada
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GIS-Pro 2016 in Toronto…

Join your community for a powerful, collective exchange of knowledge at this year’s URISA Annual Conference.

October 31-November 3, 2016

Westin Harbour Castle- Toronto, Ontario

Detailed Conference Agenda

Start your conference with in-depth preconference training. One workshop is included with full registration (normally an additional $200US fee).

  • Emergency Preparedness for GIS
  • GIS Capability Maturity Model
  • An Overview of Open Source GIS Software
  • Asset Management: Planning, Strategy and Implementation
  • GIS Program Management
  • GIS Supporting Community Resiliency
  • Cybersecurity Awareness for GIS Professionals
  • GISP Exam Preparation Workshop

Take advantage of foundational, applied, and strategic level learning presented by more than 100 of your peers speaking on topics including:

  • GIS and Urban Planning
  • Supporting Vulnerable Populations and Mitigating Risk
  • Disaster Protection Utilizing Emerging Technologies
  • Leverage Your Imagery Investment
  • Field Data Collection with GIS and the Cloud
  • Planning for Population and Social Sustainability
  • Utilizing GIS to Respond to Disasters – Preparation, Planning and Implementation
  • BIM and Campus GIS
  • Collaborative Approach to Building Solutions
  • Managing Large Volumes of Inventory: An Asset Management Approach
  • Community Mapping and Public Participation
  • Leveraging Open Data
  • Mapping Your Future: Tools and Techniques for Young Professionals
  • The Public Eye: Ensuring we have the Right Policies and Programs for a Connected World
  • The State of Our Industry - GeoAlliance Canada

Innovative education formats like Ignite talks, town halls, panels and small-group luncheon discussions are mixed with the traditional presentation style.

GIS-Pro 2016 conference sponsors and exhibitors have the solutions to accommodate your budgets and resources. Bring your wish list to Toronto!

Of course there are plenty of networking opportunities to connect with your peers outside of the meeting rooms, with fun evening events including team geocaching, Halloween parties, and the GIS-Pro 2016 conference social event at the Hockey Hall of Fame!

Canada: Where the U.S. Dollar Stretches Further

In addition to the easy transportation, amazing hospitality and perfect conference venues, our organization will benefit from a strong US dollar, maximizing the conference budget. The Canadian dollar continues to hover around 75 cents to the U.S. dollar, another compelling reason for US members to join us in Toronto and enjoy the roughly 25 percent discount your U.S. dollars will secure. Canadian attendees won’t be faced with inflated U.S. travel and hotel costs, and we’ll all support the Canadian economy!

Getting to Toronto is a breeze. Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is convenient from almost anywhere. And we’re organizing a great deal for discounted tickets on the UPExpress train from Pearson to Union Station which is just a couple of blocks from the Westin Harbour Castle. Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ) is a smaller airport a short ferry ride from the Westin. You can even walk, ride a bike or take a shuttle! Both Air Canada and Porter airlines fly in/out of Billy Bishop.


  • United States Citizens: Remember you need a valid passport to enter Canada! Don't wait until the last minute.
  • Non-US citizens coming to GIS-Pro in Toronto will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). The policy goes into effect on September 29.


    Getting around Toronto is a piece of cake! Ample public transit, a bicycle friendly and extremely walkable city!

    Conference Venue:  The venue for GIS-Pro 2016 in Toronto is the Westin Harbour Castle and it is perfect. Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, the hotel is steps from recreation, sports arenas, shopping, restaurants, and an abundance of attractions.

    The conference negotiated a $199 CDN (currently $155 US) room rate for conference attendees. The group rate available until September 29, 2016 and is subject to availability.

    Know? URISA emanated from a conference held on August 28, 1963 on the campus of the University of Southern California, organized by Edgar Horwood and attended by 48 people to trade information on developments in regional information systems. This was billed as the ‘First Annual Conference on Urban Planning Information Systems and Programs.’ Additional annual conferences were held from 1964 through 1966 in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Berkeley. At the 1966 Berkeley Conference, attendees approved a Constitution establishing the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). If our math is correct… 2016 is URISA’s 50th anniversary!

    REGISTER BY AUGUST 1 for substantial discounts!

    For all of the conference details, including information on sponsorship opportunities and exhibits visit

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