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The Ontario Association of Remote Sensing (O.A.R.S) has, since 1972, served to educate, communicate, and facilitate on a wide variety of remote sensing and geomatics topics. The membership is composed of small business, industrial, and educational members providing for an insightful exchange of ideas.


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OARS Celabrates 40 years!

This will be OARS 40th year! If you have any ideas about how we should mark this milestone please contact OARS.


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Thank you to our recent speaker Ian Lumb for giving us such a good overview of HPC Cloud Computing. A copy of his slides can be found here

Events of Interest to Members

The following events may be of interest to members:


OARS Technical Talk January 19, 2016, 6:30 pm Hello World to Web Server in about an Hour
Jim Freemantle our Technical Programme Director will give a demonstration of the power of the Arduino Microcontroller for simple and complex sensor and communication projects. This talk will be of interest to experimenters, makers and anyone who would agree that if you can blink an LED you can move the world.
When: January 19, 2016 6:30 pm
Where: Ryerson University, Civil Engineering Building, Room MON316 , 341 Church Street, Toronto, Canada

Canadian Smallsat Symposium, February 2-3, 2016 Toronto
The Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) is organizing its first Canadian SmallSat Symposium building on the heritage of similar events held in Canada over the years. We anticipate the Symposium will attract upwards of a 150 people from industry, government, university, the investment community and others interested in this growing segment of the space market.
When: February 2, 2016 7:30 am - February 3, 2016 8:00 pm
Where: Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre , 45 The Esplanade, Toronto, Canada

GIS-Pro 2016: URISA Annual Conference, October 31-November 3, 2016 Toronto
Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)is pleased to announce GIS-Pro 2016 in Toronto, Ontario! The conference will take place October 31-November 3, 2016 at the Westin Harbour Castle. Abstract submission due March 1, 2016.
When: October 31, 2016 7:30 am - November 3, 2016 8:00 pm
Where: Westin Harbour Castle Hotel , 1 Harbour Square, Toronto, Canada

Call for papers 2016 CSCE Annual Conference June 1-4, 2016 London, Ontario

London, Ontario is hosting the 2016 CSCE Annual conference, which includes the 5th International Natural Disaster Mitigation Specialty Conference, on June 1st to 4th, 2016. link here

Dr. Ahmed Shaker AbdElrahman is Chairing a session about "Geomatics application for natural disaster mitigation " within the Natural Disaster Mitigation Specialty Conference. All papers submitted to the conference will be peer reviewed and permanently archived by the Western Libraries. The deadline for abstract submission is Dec 14.

Ottawa GoGeomatics Social Wednesday Dec 16, 2015 6:00 pm - Ottawa, Ontario
The Ottawa GoGeomatics Group meets each month to talk about jobs and business opportunities in Ottawa. As well we all just love to talk surveying, GIS and remote sensing. It's a informal get together where we have a pint and and network. Let us know you're attending on our Ottawa Meetup Group!
When: Dec 16, 2015 6:00 pm
Where: James Street Pub, 390 Bank Street, Ottawa, Canada


Toronto GoGeomatics Social November 6, 2015 6:30 pm - Toronto, Ontario
Join GoGeomatics Canada for our Monthly Social! You will meet professionals, entrepreneurs, professors, recruiters, and students at this event. We love to talk GIS, remote sensing, and surveying.Socials are always fun and free. So stop by for a pint and a chat. Feel free to bring friends and colleagues
When: November 6, 2015 6:30 pm
Where: Fox and Fiddle Pub, 280 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Canada

Niagara GoGeomatics Social Dec 19, 2015 6:30 pm - St. Catharines, Ontario
Join GoGeomatics Canada for our Monthly Social! You will meet professionals, entrepreneurs, professors, recruiters, and students at this event. We love to talk GIS, remote sensing, and surveying.Socials are always fun and free. So stop by for a pint and a chat. Feel free to bring friends and colleagues
When: Dec 19, 2015 6:30 pm
Where: Fresco's Restaurant and Bar, 100 Fourth Ave, St. Catharines, Canada

New !!! Kingston GoGeomatics Social November 25, 2015 6:45 pm - Kingston, Ontario
Join GoGeomatics Canada for our Monthly Social! You will meet professionals, entrepreneurs, professors, recruiters, and students at this event. We love to talk GIS, remote sensing, and surveying.Socials are always fun and free. So stop by for a pint and a chat. Feel free to bring friends and colleagues
When: November 25, 2015 6:45 pm
Where: Tir Nan Og, 200 Ontario Street, Kingston, Canada


News of Interest to Members

The following news items may be of interest to members:


Lassonde School of Engineering, York University, receives gift of $500,000 from PCI Geomatics to support global R&D

On November 24, 2015, The Lassonde School of Engineering at York University received a gift of $500,000 from PCI Geomatics to support joint research and development projects at York U and PCI, including a series of online workshops bringing together PCI’s Global Education Alliance. An international symposium is planned in the future to be hosted at Lassonde.

A new annual Dr Robert Moses Lectureship series will also be created. For further information please see the announcement at the Lassonde Web site.


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Digitalglobe Webinars

Digitalglobe provides webinars that may be of interest, visit their website here.

University of Toronto, Centre for Environment Seminars and Events

For more information about events at U of T that my be of interest to members please follow the links below

Distinguished Lecturer Series
Memorial Lectures
Environment Seminar Series

CASI Toronto Branch - Technical Meetings & Events

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