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Ontario Ministry and Educator Receive Awards of Excellence

The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) and Joseph Maurice, Central Algoma Secondary School, were each presented with an Award of Excellence at ESRI Canada’s annual ESRI Regional User Conference in Sault Ste. Marie.

Alex Miller, President and Erin D’Alessandro, K-12 Industry Manager, ESRI Canada, the leading geographic information systems (GIS) provider in Canada, recognized the recipients for their leadership and innovative use of GIS. More than 150 GIS professionals were on hand for the presentation, which was a highlight of the conference.

CLAIMaps system is an enterprise-wide spatial database application that manages the status of land within Ontario. It provides fast and accurate access to information about claims, alienations, and dispositions for the entire province. CLAIMaps is built with leading edge technology, ESRI’s ArcIMS 3.1 and ArcSDE 8, and Oracle 8.1.

CLAIMaps operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, providing thousands of maps per month to clients across the world, which is an incredible accomplishment. CLAIMaps significantly benefits users throughout the mining industry.

Every day 800 to 1000 map images are generated and served. The MNDM’s main client group remains the mining industry in Ontario, however, they have found that CLAIMaps is proving invaluable to many disciplines including biology, forestry, ecotourism, land planning, and land management.

Joseph Maurice, Central Algoma Secondary School, Desbarats, Ontario: Joseph Maurice is being recognized for his outstanding contribution to providing GIS educational opportunities, and raising the awareness of GIS in education. A prime example of his dedication was his lead role working on a number of Ministry of Education initiatives involving geography. This includes writing the grade 11 GIS exemplar project for Geographics; creating a resource database for grade 11 Geographics; reviewing the grade 12 Geomatics course profile; and leading a Summer Institute in the new geography curriculum last year in London. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Maurice is the Regional Councilor for Northeastern Ontario for the Ontario Association for Geographic and Environmental Education (OAGEE).