The Canadian Plains Research Center (CPRC) was recently presented with an Award of Excellence at ESRI Canada’s Regional User Conference in Regina. Alex Miller, President of ESRI Canada, presented the award to Dr. David Gauthier, the representative of the University of Regina and the Canadian Plains Research Center (CPRC). Dr. Gauthier started the GIS research program at the University of Regina in July 1985, and has since been an active researcher utilizing ESRI products. This award is presented to Dr. Gauthier and the CPRC for their pioneering work in the Saskatchewan GIS industry. The CPRC has contributed to innovative and socially relevant projects both in Saskatchewan and internationally by providing expertise and resources in GIS. Their work on GIS projects has contributed greatly to a better public understanding of the state of the environment and how steps can be made to support environmental sustainability.
The CPRC undertakes research and land resource information analysis projects for federal and provincial resource agencies, funding agencies and for private-sector firms. Clients benefit from the GIS Division’s state-of-the-art technology, including the most sophisticated computer hardware and software for geographical applications. These projects have a vast differentiation of focus, yet all are critical to enhancing the understanding of the Canadian plains ecology. The CPRC’s GIS services have been applied to nearly every industry, but primarily in agriculture, urban and rural land use, utilities, transportation, forestry, hydrology, parks, wildlife management, and exploration for minerals, oil and gas. The Canadian Plains Research Center (CPRC) was established in 1973 as an interdisciplinary regional research centre.