The 2015-2016 CRSS-SCT Executive was elected at the CRSS-SCT Annual General Meeting (AGM) held June 11, 2015 at the 36th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing in St. John’s, NL.

  • Gordon Staples, President
  • Gordon Staples received the M.Sc. degree in ocean physics and the B.Sc. degree in honours physics from the University of British Columbia.  He joined MDA in 1993 and is currently Senior Analyst/Project Manager for the Geospatial Group.  In this role, he oversees the geospatial services group, manages research projects, develops and delivers radar training, and is active in business development.  He has extensive experience in radar polarimetry and the development of radar applications.  Gordon has over 80 technical publications and reports, and has delivered over 100 technical presentations and training sessions.

    Gordon was the Program Manager for the RADARSAT-2 Science and Operational Applications Research Program.  He was the one of the Guest Editors for the Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing special issue on RADARSAT-2 and for the special issue on the RADARSAT-2 SOAR program. He was the Exhibits Chair for the IGARSS’14 and the Finance Chair for the 2015 Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing.  He served on the Canadian National Committee of the International Radio Science Union (1999-2007) and is a member of the IEEE and the CRSS.

  • Dr. Brigitte Leblon is professor of remote sensing at the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada. She holds an Agricultural Engineer degree from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and a PhD in remote sensing of the École Supérieure Agronomique de Montpellier (France). She has engaged in geoinformatics and remote sensing research for more than twenty five years and has published over 150 refereed publications. Dr. Leblon pioneered the development of online courses in geoinformatics, and her courses attract students from across Canada and around the world. Dr. Leblon’s research focuses on remote sensing of forest and grassland fire dangers, of wetlands, of surficial materials and of wood properties. She is associate editor of IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing and of the Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, and has served as guest editor for several international journals.

  • Joe Piwowar, University of Regina, Treasurer
  • Joe Piwowar earned his PhD from the University of Waterloo in 1996. He is currently an Associate Dean and the Director of The Environmental Research Response and Applications (TERRA) Lab at the University of Regina. He held an NSERC Canada Research Chair in Geomatics and Sustainability at the University of Regina from 2007-2016.

    Dr. Piwowar’s research is focussed on the extraction of change information from long time series of remote sensing images. In 1995, he published one of the first papers that introduced the concept of hypertemporal image analysis. Since then, he has been a pioneer in the development of the temporal mixture analysis technique and the application of principal components analysis to image sequences. Using these analysis strategies, he has studied the impacts of climate change on Arctic sea ice and on the native grasslands of the northern Great Plains of North America.

    Dr. Piwowar was on the organizing committees for IGARSS 2002 (Toronto) and IGARSS 2014 (Québec), and was the General Conference Chair for the 31st Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing. He has served as a Guest Editor for special issues of the Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing and the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS).

    He has been the CRSS-SCT treasurer since 2010.

  • Raymond Jahncke, Nova Scotia, Secretary
  • Raymond is an experienced Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst.  His work focuses on facilitating and managing the use and integration of spatial analysis, remote sensing, geospatial data, and the associated methodologies into his client’s projects.

    Raymond holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Lakehead University, and an advanced Diploma in Geographic Information Systems from the Centre of Geographic Sciences. Raymond has also just graduated with a Master of Environmental Studies degree from Dalhousie University where he completed a thesis on mapping wetlands using multi-beam RADARSAT-2 polarimetric SAR, optical satellite imagery, and elevation data.

  • Nicholas Coops, UBC, CJRS Editor-in-Chief
  • Nicholas Coops received his B.App. Sc. Cartography degree and then his PhD from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Coops then joined the Australian federal research agency, CSIRO in 1994, originally in the Division of Wildlife and Ecology in Canberra, and then the Division of Forestry in Melbourne. After 10 years at CSIRO Dr. Coops took a position as a faculty member at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada in 2004 and is the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Remote Sensing. Dr. Coops research covers the application of remote sensing technology to forested and vegetation applications from space borne to hand held. He has written more than 300 refereed papers and is the editor in chief of the Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing.

  • Cristina Surdu, University of Waterloo,  Student Director
  • Cristina is a postdoctoral research fellow within the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes at European Space Agency (ESA) in Rome, Italy. Her work focuses on developing an improved understanding of the dynamic response of Arctic lakes and their ice cover to climate change using remote sensing (synthetic aperture radar in particular), numerical modelling techniques and field-based observations. She holds a PhD degree in geography and environmental management from University of Waterloo, Canada. Her work on Arctic lake ice earned her several prestigious science awards, including the QEII Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology and the QEII for Cryospheric Research, as well as international recognition, her published papers being referenced in top journals. She is currently working on several Arctic projects in collaboration with worldwide international universities and agencies, mainly focusing on freshwater monitoring. She can be reached at cristina.surdu@esa.int or on Twitter at @csurdu_UW.

  • Martin Bergeron, Canadian Space Agency, Director
  • Martin Bergeron has acted as a Remote-Sensing Analyst within the Optical sensors group at the Canadian Space Agency since 2000. He has been involved in the CSA hyperspectral concept studies from his arrival until 2007. He has since been seconded to positions such as Manager, EO Technologies in 2008 and Program Lead, Atmospheric and Solar Terrestrial Sciences in 2009 and 2010, and as Head, Collaborative research from 2011 to 2012. Now Senior Programs Officer, Planning since 2013, he is leading a Coastal and inland waters hyperspectral imager project. Martin Bergeron holds a Ph.D. in remote-sensing (atmospheric radiative transfer) from the Université de Sherbrooke

  • Bill Jefferies, LOOKNorth, Director
  • William Jefferies is an independent consultant with 35+ years experience in managing the development and delivery of operational Remote Sensing solutions to commercial, government and defence users in over 35 countries worldwide. Mr. Jefferies has worked with a wide variety of operational earth observation systems, including radar, optical, laser, thermal, magnetic, gravity and electro-magnetic sensors from airborne and spaceborne platforms. He began his career in 1980 using airborne radar and lasers to support operations in the Canadian and US Arctic. He spent several years living and working in SE Asia as a regional manager overseeing airborne radar and geophysics mapping programs. In 1994 he joined RADARSAT International (later MDA Geospatial Services), serving as Director of Operations, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technical Officer, and was directly involved in the planning, development and operations of both RADARSAT 1 and 2. As Director of Operations, he oversaw all satellite production and developed value added information services. As Chief Technical Officer he was responsible for recommending and developing new data and information products and services for an international client base. From 2013 through 2016 he was the Executive Director of LOOKNorth, a Canadian National Centre of Excellence that identifies, evaluates, manages and accelerates the development of remote sensing technologies that support sustainable natural resource development. During this time he worked with over 20 small Canadian companies to develop and commercialize new and innovative technologies in earth observation. Mr. Jefferies holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of Toronto, specializing in Remote Sensing.
  • Tom Lukowski, Director
  • Tom Lukowski holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Engineering Physics from McMaster University and an M.S. from the University of Rochester. He worked at the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (1983–2005), specializing in satellite systems and operations and in microwave remote sensing, then at Defence Research and Development Canada (2005–2014) in radar imaging. Active in the national and international remote sensing community, he has served on technical program / scientific and organizational committees for a number of symposia and workshops. Tom was a technical program co-chair of the 2002 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) / 24th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing (CSRS) and IGARSS 2004, and served on the local organizing committee for IGARSS 2014 / 35th CSRS. He chaired the Ottawa chapter of CRSS (1997-2004). He is currently a remote sensing consultant.

  • Desmond Power, C-CORE, St. John's, Director
  • Desmond Power is Vice President, Remote Sensing at C-CORE and is based in St. John’s. He is a graduate of Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (1991) and has Master of Engineering (electrical – 1994) in radar systems. Desmond has experience with synthetic aperture radar, optical remote sensing, deformation mapping with interferometry, high frequency (HF), ultra-high frequency (UHF) and microwave radar design, radar performance measurement, and radio frequency design. He has experience in the application of radar polarimetry and electromagnetic backscatter at microwave frequencies. In addition to his membership with CRSS, Desmond is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Canadian Institute of Geomatics.

  • Ahmed Shaker, Ryerson University, Toronto, Director
  • Dr. Ahmed Shaker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Shaker has international work experience in Canada, Spain, Hong Kong, Egypt, and Kuwait. His research interests cover the fields of LiDAR data processing, satellite sensor modelling, image segmentation and classification, and 3-D modeling. Dr. Shaker has more than 80 publications in international journals and conferences.
    Dr. Shaker is the recipient of the National Science Progress Award in Surveying and Mapping from the Chinese National Congress in 2005, Marie Curie Incoming International Fellowship in 2006, Faculty Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award, 2011, the Bronze Medal Award from the Canadian Remote Sensing Society in 2011, and Dean’s Teaching Award in 2015. Dr. Shaker is serving in different capacities number of national and international organizations such as CIG and ISPRS. He services as an Executive member of the CRSS-SCT since 2014.

  • Ed Cloutis, University of Winnipeg, Director
  • Dr. Edward Cloutis is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg. He is founding director of the University’s Centre for Forest Interdisciplinary Research (C-FIR), and the Planetary Spectrophotometer Facility (PSF). He has been involved in hyperspectral remote sensing for over 20 years, focusing on applications to planetary surface mapping and environmental monitoring. He has authored over 120 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. His work in this area was recognized in 2002 with the naming of asteroid (6081) Cloutis by the International Astronomical Union. He was a recipient of the University of Winnipeg’s Erica and Arnold Rogers Award in Research and Scholarship in 2002.

  • Bahram Salehi, C-CORE and Memorial University, Newfoundland, Director
  • Dr. Salehi received his PhD in Remote Sensing Engineering from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in 2012. He is currently a senior remote sensing engineer with C-CORE and a cross-appointed professor to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University. Prior to his current position Dr. Salehi was a NSERC post-doctoral visiting fellow in Canadian Government Laboratories at Earth Observation, Science and Technology Branch of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada in Ottawa. Dr. Salehi has over 13 years of academic and industrial R&D experience in remote sensing, geomatics, and photogrammetry with specialisation in very high resolution optical, hyperspectral, and polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data algorithm and application development. Dr. Salehi is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed journal papers, book chapters, and refereed conference papers. He is a guest editor for the Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, a new editorial board member of Journal of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering and has served as the reviewer for more than 20 journals and conference proceedings.

  • Frank Zhang, Selkirk College, British Columbia, Director
  • Dr. Kongwen (Frank) Zhang is a tenured lecturer of remote sensing at the School of Environment and Geomatics, Selkirk College, and the remote sensing lead of the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre (Castlegar, BC, Canada). He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. Degrees in remote sensing and a B.A.Sc. in Geomatics Engineering from York University (Toronto, ON, Canada) in 2014, 2008 and 2005 respectively. He also holds adjunct professorships at the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan, China) and Eastern China Institute of Technology (Nanchang, China). He is the Chair of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society Kootenay Chapter. He has been involving in geomatics and remote sensing research and teaching over 12 years and has authored or contributed to over 30 published publications. His research interest is primarily in hyperspectral and very high spatial resolution imagery analysis for resource management and sustainable forest and urban development, particularly via new platforms such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). He is also a reviewer of several journals, including Forest, Remote Sensing, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, and Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing.

Past Executive

2014-2015 Executive

The 2014-2015 CRSS-SCT Executive was elected at the CRSS-SCT Annual General Meeting (AGM) held July 18, 2014 at the 35th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing in Québec City, QC.

President: Anne Smith, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge

Vice President: Gordon Staples, MDA Vancouver

Past President: Monique Bernier, INRS-Québec

Treasurer: Joe Piwowar, University of Regina

Secretary: Brigitte Leblon, University of New Brunswick

CJRS Editor-in-Chief: Nicholas Coops, UBC

Student Director: Cristina Surdu, University of Waterloo

Director: Martin Bergeron, Canadian Space Agency

Director: Andrew Davidson, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Director: Bill Jefferies, LOOKNorth

Director: Tom Lukowski, DRDC (ret.)

Director: Ahmed Shaker, Ryerson University, Toronto

Director: Raymond Soffer, NRC

2013-2014 Executive

The 2013-2014 CRSS-SCT Executive was elected at the CRSS-SCT Annual General Meeting (AGM) held August 28 2013 at the 34th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing in Victoria BC.

President: Monique Bernier, INRS-Québec

Vice President: Anne Smith, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Past President: Derek Peddle, University of Lethbridge

Secretary-Treasurer: Joe Piwowar, University of Regina

CJRS Editor-in-Chief: Nicholas Coops, UBC

Student Member: Jurjen van der Sluijs, U.Lethbridge / Yellowknife NWT

Director: Bill Jefferies, LOOKNorth

Director: Brigitte Leblon, University of New Brunswick

Director: Martin Bergeron, Canadian Space Agency

Director: Ahmed Shaker, Ryerson University, Toronto

Director: Andrew Davidson, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Director: Gordon Staples, MDA Vancouver