Angela Desserre of the City of Thunder Bay, was presented with an Award of Excellence at ESRI Canada’s annual ESRI Regional User Conference in Sudbury. Alex Miller, President of ESRI Canada, the GIS provider in Canada, presented the Award in recognition of the City’s successful implementation of an enterprise GIS. The City’s GIS is incorporated into a wide range of municipal services including fire, police, transportation and public works, telephone, and engineering. More than 100 GIS professionals were on hand for the presentation, which was one of the highlights of the conference. The City began implementing GIS in 1997 and ESRI’s technology is now used throughout the organization. City staff in their daily operations in departments including engineering, roads, sewer/water, parks, planning, telephone, building, fire, police, and ambulance is utilizing the ArcGIS desktop suite of products. The City’s ArcSDE-based enterprise spatial database has become a vital centralized data source (i.e.: base maps) for many departments in the City. The City implemented a mobile GIS with ArcPad and GPS to manage City street signs. The City is also in the process of integrating with Thunder Bay Telephone GIS and Hydro GIS. Their ArcIMS-based web GIS provides information about the City’s services online (i.e.: planning and building permits, parks and tourism, and election information) and significantly benefits users in the local community. The City of Thunder Bay is Ontario’s tenth largest city, one of Canada’s largest ports, and a national centre for the forestry and transportation industries. It has a metro population of more than 120,000 and services a regional area with a population of more than 260,000. ESRI Canada presents Awards of Excellence annually to organizations or individuals across the country for their outstanding achievement in the application of GIS technology.
Established in 1984, ESRI Canada is a Canadian owned company specializing in GIS products and services. ESRI Canada distributes the GIS software products including ArcGIS desktop (ArcInfo, ArcEditor, and ArcView); and ArcGIS servers (ArcIMS and ArcSDE). Additional GIS software products include ArcView GIS, ArcPad, MapObjects, and ArcLogistics Route. ESRI Canada also provides professional services including consulting, training, and enterprise GIS implementation. ESRI Canada has ten regional offices across the country, with headquarters in Toronto, Ontario.