US: DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies company, has announced two leadership appointments to the newly formed World Geospatial Industry Council ( WGIC), formed during the 8th session of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management ( UN-GGIM) held on August 2, 2018. WGIC is comprised of 21 geospatial thought leaders advocating for the adoption of geospatial technologies and strengthening its contribution in the world economy. DigitalGlobe’s President Dan Jablonsky serves as a patron of this organization. In addition, WGIC elected DigitalGlobe’s Senior Vice President Amy Minnick to serve in the role of President of the Council.
WGIC will focus on facilitating the exchange of knowledge amongst geospatial industry leaders with the goal of educating both public- and private-sector organizations about the true potential for geospatial technologies to solve problems for businesses and governments alike, from monitoring commercial assets to eradicating diseases such as polio. WGIC will also raise awareness among public officials, multi-lateral agencies, and other government agencies to the importance of reduced regulatory constraints on private sector participation in the geospatial industry and promoting the benefits of the commercialization of geospatial information.
“I’m proud to support the creation of WGIC to advocate for the geospatial industry as a whole and help grow the adoption of our collective capabilities,” said Jablonsky. “At DigitalGlobe, we have leveraged geospatial technologies to help our customers make decisions with confidence for the past 25 years, and we look forward to leveraging the united power of WGIC to further accelerate adoption of geospatial technologies.”
“WGIC brings the industry together united in one goal: to raise awareness around geospatial technologies and its impact on our planet,” said Minnick. “I am honored to be selected to lead this council in its efforts to educate, innovate and influence policy to enable the accessibility of geospatial data and technologies across the globe and ultimately to Build a Better World.”