The DNA of geospatial technology is changing.

The landscape of geospatial technology is changing; geospatial elements are being integrated into new technologies, supercharging the power of new-found data. The geospatial sector is evolving into an advanced industry with a brilliant future. Location data is bringing new context to businesses looking to understand how to solve problems in different ways and become more resilient. We are moving into a time where geospatial professionals and technologists are evolving as quickly as the sector is to meet new demands. Our industry is reforming with the fusing of historic geospatial technologies with new technologies and practices to create a new future for our sector, and countless others.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Hotel Check-in

Once you arrive in Banff, you’ll be able to check into your hotel room at the Rimrock Resort Hotel from 4:00 PM.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Welcome Drinks

Pick up your badge and join us in the Wildrose Function room for welcome drinks.

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM


Join your peers for breakfast and networking in the dining room.

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM

Welcome Remarks

The conference kicks off with welcoming remarks and an introduction to the 2022 theme, Recombination.

Jonathan Neufeld


9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Keynote: Rockets Are Cool, Solving Problems is Cooler

The past 20 years of commercial remote sensing have been all about solving one problem: mapping. We’ve got it down to a science–the roads, buildings, forests, and bodies of water are mapped regularly all over the world in increasingly high fidelity. Mapping makes sense in a data-constrained world – you may only update your map once a year or once a decade. But as the cost of satellite data begins to come down, and accessibility trends up, the new era of monitoring is emerging. The question is: who is going to step up to lead us into that new era?

Joe Morrison

VP of Commercial Projects,

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Coffee Break

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Geospatial Tech: An Industry Evolving

Our industry is transforming with the fusing of historic geospatial technologies with new technologies and practices to create a new future for our sector, and countless others. Geospatial often runs in the background, but the awareness is growing as location data becomes more prevalent in decision making. The panelists will explore how they’re taking geospatial to the next level solve the new age of problems.

Dr. Lynn Moorman
Professor, Earth and Environmental Science,
Mount Royal University

Dr. Xin Wang
Professor of Geomatics, University of Calgary

Mike Allan
President & CEO, Routeique

David Choi
Product Manager,

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Autonomy: The new Aerospace Sector

From drones to electric air taxis and commercial airliners, the next 100 years of aerospace will be defined through the adoption of autonomous systems to power safe, scalable flight. In this session, Pegasus CEO Cole Rosentreter will unpack the complex landscape of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), and explore how geospatial technologies are core to solving the safety barriers to commercialization.

Cole Rosentreter

CEO and Founder,
Pegasus Imagery

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lunch & Networking

Join attendees in the Dining Room for lunch and networking.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

The New Era of Space Technology: The Quest of What Now and What’s Next?

Space technology is booming and the lower cost to access space is driving new change. During this panel, we’ll uncover market demands that weren’t there before, how the variety of space systems and their data work together, and what new markets are growing outside of military and national intelligence.

Stephen Achal
Founder & CEO,
4pi Lab

Callie Lissinna
Co-Founder & COO, Wyvern Space

Jonathan Dyer
CEO, Muon Space

Andrea Krupa
President, PhotoSat

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Harnessing Geomatics and New Technologies to Drive ESG Performance

ESG is one of the hottest business topics around the world and is fast becoming the lens though which stakeholders—from investors to employees to community members—make decisions about the trustworthiness and integrity of a brand. The good news is that through their geomatics initiatives and promising new technologies, companies have the foundation for ESG success. In this session, attendees will learn how geomatics can be a powerful tool for operationalizing environmental, social and governance objectives. By harnessing geomatics capabilities and new technologies to minimize their environmental footprint, keep people healthy and safe, and enhance quality and efficiency, companies can demonstrate both enhanced business and social performance—in line with rising corporate social responsibility expectations.

Brendon Cook

Chief Partnership Officer & Co-Founder,
Blackline Safety

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Coffee Break

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Debate: Is the metaverse truly the future?

Perspectives from opposing sides of the conversation will debate if the virtual world will impact humankind, to what capacity, and how geospatial will play a role in its outcome. The debates at NORTH51 are designed to foster our thinking, while providing a fun forum to explore the different sides of the conversation.

Jon Neufeld

Mike McCready
VR/AR Instructor, Lethbridge College

Brian Moynihan
Aviation Manager, OGL Engineering

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM


Chris Morton

AeroLab Tech

6:15 PM

Social Event Shuttle Departure

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

NORTH51 Social Summit at the Bison Restaurant

We’re taking the party to the heart of Banff for an evening of networking, music, and local farm-to-table fare.

Friday, May 6, 2022

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM


Join your peers for breakfast and networking in the Rimrock Resort Hotel Dining Room.

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM

Day One Recap & Opening Remarks

Jonathan Neufeld


8:45 AM – 9:15 PM

Applying AI Technologies to Empower Communities

Departments and divisions within cities around the world conduct siloed daily road surveys and right-of-way inspections with dedicated vehicles travelling millions of kilometres a year. Estimated municipal green house gas emissions is 150,000 metric tonnes annually in North America alone. In this session, IRIS CEO Emil Sylvester Ramos will be sharing how they have turned single use municipal fleets such as buses, waste trucks and snow plows into dual service data collection systems replacing dedicated patrols and surveys while providing frequent, timely and cost effective pavement and roadway data collection unlike anything offered in the marketplace today.

Emil Sylvester Ramos

CEO and Co-Founder,

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM

The State of Cloud-Native Geospatial

The last several years have seen an advancement of technologies and standards to create scalable, repeatable, and automatic geospatial workflows. Spatio-Temporal Asset Catalogs (STAC), cloud-native data formats (COG, Zarr, COPC), Analysis Ready Data, and open-source projects such as XArray, Dask, and OpenDataCube combine to provide interoperable end to end tools for finding, accessing, and scaling of geospatial data.

Matthew Hanson

Geospatial Engineering Lead,
Element 84

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM

Coffee Break

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

The Geospatial Response to Climate Change

Climate change is the existential threat of our time and geospatial technology is uniquely positioned to assist in all aspects of monitoring, mitigating, and responding. The experts on this panel will explore the actions we can take to reduce the impacts, how geospatial will evolve in response to the growing attention to climate change, and how it will be enabled to benefit the most affected populations.

Sandy Kennedy
VP, Innovation

Stephane Germain
President, GHGsat

Joan Vlasschaert
Remote Sensing Analyst,
CNOOC International

Dr. Rachel Engstrand
Carbon Scientist,

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Earth Observation for Forest, Deforestation and Carbon Monitoring

During this session we will discuss Earth Observation data role for decision making. This discussion will address the main points of Earth Observation to monitor forest, deforestation and carbon, but with a deep look at the importance of local communities in the role of monitoring forest, deforestation and carbon.

Dr. Flávia de Souza Mendes

Remote Sensing and GIS Analyst,
Remote Sensing Solutions GmbH

12:00 PM

Closing Remarks

The conference closes with closing remarks for Jon Neufeld.

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