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NG9-1-1 Townhall

  • May 04, 2021
  • 1:35 PM - 4:00 PM
  • BeSpatial'21 Virtual - ZOOM


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NG9-1-1 Townhall

3 Municipalities with Esri Canada share their experiences.

You may have heard that Next Generation 9-1-1 will introduce significant enhancements for your city’s public safety operations, but are you aware of the role you will play in its success? A common misconception is that NG9-1-1 will only affect the work of emergency departments; however, this CRTC mandated initiative will have far reaching impacts on many municipal departments. The countdown to NG9-1-1 full implementation is already underway - Make sure your team is ready! 

In this townhall, three municipalities: City of Guelph, City of Kingston and  Government of Yukon  will discuss the findings from their respective NG9-1-1 readiness studies will take a deeper look at how Next Generation 9-1-1 extends past emergency services and how it impacts other municipal departments and stakeholders. We will highlight the commonly occurring obstacles for governments in getting ready for NG9-1-1 and what can be done to overcome these barriers. 

Key Points for Discussion

1. Explore what the NG9-1-1 changes will mean for city departments like Planning, Public works, and Finance. 

2. See examples of Canadian municipalities preparing for NG9-1-1 and some of their lessons learned. 

3. Learn how you can prepare your departments now to avoid common obstacles and make your city’s NG9-1-1 transition a success.

Moderator: Alex Brossault, Program Manager, GIS and Data, City of Guelph

is an experienced GIS professional with more than 26 years of experience focusing on GIS in local, regional and provincial government in public safety, public works, transportation, planning, land information, forestry and field data collection systems. Alex successfully develops GIS implementation plans and effectively executes GIS implementation strategies. Alex is a gradute of Sir Sanford Fleming College.

Panelist: Mike Bartholomew, GIS Analyst, City of Guelph

Mike Bartholomew has been working in the municipal and private GIS field for 30 years. For the last 18 years he has been employed with the City of Guelph’s GIS team. Where one of his key responsibilities is the administration of property and address information. Throughout his municipal career he has supported various Fire Services needs through data provision, acquisition, and system/user support and business process analysis. Through his passion for GIS and eagerness to share his knowledge and experience Mike has had the opportunity to travel to the eastern Africa countries of Mozambique and Tanzania as technical lead in the design, develop and implement GIS systems. He has currently began adding Cyber Security to his portfolio after realizing the disparity between traditional IT security roles and future security needs within the industry.

Panelist: Phil Healey, Manager, Enterprise GIS Services, City of Kingston

Phil Healey is the Enterprise GIS Services Manager at the City of Kingston. Throughout his career, he has provided data and geospatial support for the Kingston community and surrounding regions. He has extensive knowledge and experience in the use and application of geospatial data and technologies to assist in the integration of GIS within infrastructure planning, design, and construction projects. In his role, Phil handles a broad spectrum of requests from the community and has had an instrumental role in the planning and development of Kingston's municipal road and addressing systems, as well as the implementation of the municipality's enhanced 911 system. With a background in planning and urban design, Phil embraces the challenge of producing smart and sustainable solutions to advance the City of Kingston into a spatially enabled environment, including advanced mapping, data analytics, and customer services.

Panelist: Niki Parry, Manager, Geomatics Yukon & eServices Portfolio Manager, Yukon Territory

Niki Parry is the Manager of the Geomatics Yukon unit at the Government of Yukon where she leads the team responsible for the government’s spatial data infrastructure, system integration, and GIS departmental support. She has been working as a GIS professional in the Yukon for more than 22 years with the territorial government, federal government and private sector.  Niki has an undergraduate degree in Geography from UBC and a post graduate GIS diploma from BCIT.

Panelist: David Hamilton, Industry Manager, Public Safety, Esri Canada

David Hamilton is the Public Safety Industry Manager for Esri Canada. His efforts are focused on advising customers how to use GIS technology to improve all areas of public safety, specifically (NG)9-1-1, law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, emergency management, and search and rescue. Prior to joining Esri Canada in 2010, David managed the GIS for E-Comm 9-1-1 in Vancouver for 10 years, and worked for the RCMP at the Integrated Security Unit for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games where he managed their Common Operating Picture.

The Townhall event is hosted by BeSpatial'21.

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