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BeAdaptive - virtual event - Seneca Polytechnic Newnham Campus

  • February 27, 2024
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


  • Qualifies for GISP credits

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Here's the main session presenters; more exciting speakers to be announced very soon!

Digitizing data, reducing risk

The Community Risk Assessment compliance date for all municipalities in Ontario is fast approaching – July 2024. Georgina Fire & Rescue Services would like to share an option that could help support you in creating a CRA. Built on the ARCGis and ESRI platforms – this option provides you with the ability to use your data to create target messaging that speaks to real time risks. This presentation is an opportunity for Georgina Fire & Rescue Services to showcase their CRA and provide you with another option for future development. 


Lorianne Zwicker is a Deputy Fire Chief with Georgina Fire & Rescue Services. Developed the first LIVE DATA Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan in Ontario. She was previously with Barrie Fire & Emergency Service as Chief Fire Prevention Officer and Lead on the Crew Assessments for Risk Reduction and with Toronto Fire Services as Captain in Training with the creation of the Operations Based Re-Inspection Program. Zwicker is a professor at Seneca College and an OFC Adjunct Instructor holding CMMIII designation with enhancements in Fire Prevention Professional and Fire Services Professional.

How a GIS and Data Management Team Supports Core Engineering Services

GM BluePlan / GEI is a dynamic and full service Engineering company, serving clients Nationally with a focus in Southern Ontario. Taking projects from concept, to design / built, to end of life management are core services. To accomplish this, GM BluePlan / GEI has a dedicated GIS and Data Management group that uses not only traditional methods and applications such as ESRI, Autodesk and Microsoft SQL Server, but also uses open-source applications including QGIS, SAGA-GIS and SQLite.

This presentation will review some of these tools, and provide case studies showing how they may be used in practical Engineering projects. Topics will include Asset and Environmental Management, Hydraulic Modelling and automated field data collection. Examples such as LiDAR and Drone information collection as well as 3D modeling and analyses will also be discussed.


James Burn first attended Brock University where he graduated with a B.Sc. in Environmental Geology, and later attended Niagara College, receiving a post graduate certificate in GIS and Geospatial Management.

James is an information management and GIS professional, specializing in data collection, spatial analyses, review and reporting. With more than 24 years of experience, he has worked in the engineering field in both public and private sectors with clients across Canada. As the GIS and Information Management Lead at GM BluePlan Engineering, James supports a diverse range of engineering disciplines including Civil, Structural, Infrastructure Planning, Hydraulic Modeling and Asset Management as well as environmental activities with strengths in spatial analysis, data management and presentation and ETL.

James is both a Licensed and Certified Engineering Technologist in geomatics as recognized by the PEO and OACETT respectively and also a Member of the Institute of Engineering Technology in the UK and a certified GISP. He is also a certified Environmental Professional with ECOCanada as well as PACP certified with NASSCO.

Panel Discussion: Unlocking the Power of Geospatial: Navigating Multidisciplinary, Collaborative, and Flexible Frontiers in Today's Workforce

Explore how the field of GIS is dynamic, multidisciplinary, collaborative, and flexible in today’s workforce.


The discussion will delve into how geospatial tools and methodologies intersect with various fields, fostering collaboration and adaptability in a rapidly evolving technological landscape. We will focus on the robust nature of GIS and how these skills provide marketability in today’s workforce.

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