Earth Observation Summit 2017


Rached Boussema, Professeur (École Nationale d’ingénieurs de Tunis)

Presentation: Keynote panel on Societal benefits of Earth Observation
Room: Amphithéatre
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 09:00 AM DST

Born in 1953, Mohamed Rached Boussema is Professor at the University of Tunis El Manar – National School of Tunis (ENIT) since 1999. After obtaining the Bachelor degree in Mathematics in 1978, he passed the examination for Ecole Nationale des Sciences Géographiques (ENSG) study in Paris (France), where he received an engineering degree and doctor engineer degree, in 1979 and 1981, respectively, both in Geodetic sciences. Meanwhile, he received a Master degree in Mathematical Statistics from the Pierre and Marie Curie University in 1980. After his return to Tunisia in 1981, he obtained a teaching researcher position at ENIT. In 1994, he obtained his Ph.D. at the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis.
In 1990, he created the Laboratory for Remote Sensing and GIS (LTSIRS) at ENIT. His main research activities are in the field of geomatics. He is specialized in remote sensing and GIS. His research focuses on remote sensing image processing and analysis and their applications to the environment and natural resources issues. He has led numerous internationally funded research projects (PCRD-EC, Canadian IDRC, AUF, …). He is a member of the editorial team of the international journal “TELEDETECTION”. He has supervised more than thirty PhD and master dissertations. He has published over than 180 journal and conference papers.

Chris Dodd, Director Business Development (Airbus Defence and Space Canada)

Presentation: Commercialization: Recent Experience, Lessons Learned and Plans for the Future
Room: Amphithéatre
Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 12:30 PM DST

Chris was born in Ottawa but considers himself a Nova Scotian because he resided in Halifax during his formative years. He graduated from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax in 1980 (BA in Political Science) and the University of Ottawa in 1987 (MBA). Chris served as a soldier and an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces for 14 years. He finished his military service as an intelligence officer at National Defence Headquarters where he was responsible for analysing the strength and capabilities of the Army of the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War era. After leaving the military and completing his MBA Chris moved into the private sector. During his career in industry Chris has worked for leading international defence and aerospace companies including COM DEV International, General Dynamics, Motorola, and Thales. He joined Airbus in early-2015 where he is responsible for Space sector business development activities in the Canadian government and commercial markets. Chris has over 20-years of experience working in Canada’s space sector.

Mike Flannigan, Professor (U. Alberta)

Presentation:  Satellite remote-sensing information: Challenges and Opportunities for Canadian Fire Management Agencies
Room: Amphithéatre
Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017, 5:00 PM EST

Mike Flannigan is a professor with the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta and the director of the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science (a three way partnership with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Natural Resources Canada and the University of Alberta). He received his BSc (Physics) from the University of Manitoba, his MSc (Atmospheric Science) from Colorado State University and his PhD (Plant Sciences) from Cambridge University. Dr. Flannigan’s primary research interests include fire and weather/climate interactions including the potential impact of climatic change, lightning-ignited forest fires and landscape fire modelling. He has been studying fire for over 35 years and has published over 200 papers. Dr. Flannigan was the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Wildland Fire (2002-2008) and has taken on leadership roles with the US National Assessment on Global Change, IGBP Fire Fast Track Initiative and Global Change Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE) efforts on the global impacts of fire.

William Gadoury, Student (Académie Antoine Manseau)

Presentation:  À la recherche d’une cité maya perdue KAAK CHI
Room: Canadian Space Agency
Date: Monday, June 19, 2017, 10:45 AM DST

     Born in 2000, William Gadoury is currently completing his secondary studies at the Antoine-Manseau Academy in Joliette (Canada). In 2013, William, passionate about the Mayan civilization, had the innovative idea of comparing the position of the ancient Mayan cities with the positions of the stars in the constellations.
In 2014, William presented his research at the pan-Quebec science fair. He was presented an award to participate in the IGARSS 2014 international symposium in Quebec City.
With the collaboration of the Canadian Space Agency by acquiring radar imagery from its research site and using satellite imagery on the web, William discovered clues to an unknown Mayan city he had Presented in 2015 to INAH archaeologists at the Mayan Museum in Cancun, Mexico.
In addition to presenting his research at the pan-Canadian science fairs in 2016, he was a guest speaker at the Ciudad De Las Ideas in Puebla, Mexico, and at the Maya Meetings 2017 in Austin, Texas (USA).
Recently, he presented his posters at the AAQ Colloquium to archaeologists in Quebec. In addition to participating actively in the 2017 Earth Observation Symposium, he will, in August this year, present his discoveries at the MILSET International Science Fair in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Finally, William is in the process of organizing an expedition on the site of his research in 2018 to the lost Mayan city he calls KAAK CHI.

Mélanie Goodchild, Senior Indigenous Research Fellow (Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience)

Presentation: Anishinaabe Gikendaasowin: Indigenous knowledge systems, place, language and culture
Room: Agora
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 12:30 PM DST

Melanie Goodchild, moose clan, is a member of the Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation in northern Ontario. She earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Lakehead University and is currently completing her PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability at the School of Environment, Sustainability and Resources (SERS) at the University of Waterloo. She is the Senior Indigenous Research Fellow at the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) and was a 2015/16 Fellow with the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Foundation Fellows Program, a global executive leadership program sponsored by Harvard Business School and INSEAD: The Business School for World. Melanie is the former Senior Counsel, Indigenous Relations at national office of the Canadian Red Cross. She is the founding CEO of a brand new “think and do tank” focusing on Indigenous Social Innovation, called the Turtle Island Institute, headquartered at the rare Charitable Trust Reserve in Cambridge, ON. Melanie is an Advisor for various social innovation projects sponsored by the JW McConnell Family Foundation, the Trudeau Foundation and the Jays Care Foundation and she is a core team member of the Equinox Awareness Alliance, a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples working on an Indigenous Peoples public awareness campaign with Postmedia in 2017. Melanie is a proud member of the Iron Butt Association (IBA) riding her Harley-Davidson 1000 miles in 24 hours.

David Grimes, Assistant Deputy Minister (Meteorological Services Canada) and President (World Meteorological Organization)

Presentation:  Societal Benefits of Earth Observation: Perspectives from Environment and Climate Change Canada
Room: Amphithéatre
Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 10:00 AM DST

David Grimes has been Assistant Deputy Minister and head of Environment Canada’s Meteorological Service of Canada since July 2006. He has been Canada’s Permanent Representative with World Meteorological Organization since December 2006.

David was re-elected President of the WMO by the Seventeenth World Meteorological Congress in 2015 for another four-year term. He has more than 25 years of experience working with WMO initiatives and programmes.

He has over 40 years of scientific, operations, research and management experience at Environment Canada. His experience also includes a significant number of challenging positions and assignments over the years, ranging from weather forecast operations to science policy. He occupied the positions of Director General with the Meteorological Service of Canada for 15 years.

David has extensive educational experience in the domains of science and management (MBA level). He holds a Bachelor of Science in physics, mathematics and meteorology. He has also been trained and carried out the responsibilities as an operational meteorologist.

Éric Laliberté, Director General, Space Utilization (Canadian Space Agency)

Presentation:  Welcome address
Room: Amphithéatre
Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 09:20 AM DST

Presentation:  The RADARSAT Constellation: Changing how we look at Canada and the world /La constellation RADARSAT: Un regard différent sur le Canada et le monde
Room: Amphithéatre
Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 11:55 AM DST

Eric Laliberté is Director General, Space Utilization for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). In this position, he is accountable for the overall planning, direction and general management of the Space Utilization Branch of the CSA, whose mandate is the end-to-end implementation of the Earth Observation, Satellite Communications and Space environment elements of the Canadian Space Program.

Mr. Laliberté joined the CSA in 2001 where he held various positions the most recent being Director of Space Exploration Projects and Director General of Space Science and Technology.

Eric holds a Masters in Engineering Management from the University of Sherbrooke and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with an automation specialty as well as a minor in administration from McGill University. He served 12 years as an Aerospace Engineering Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force before joining the Canadian Space Agency. He was part of the Air Reserve for 10 years where he assumed the responsibilities of Quality Manager and of 438 Squadron’s Aircraft Maintenance Flight

Thuy Le Toan, Senior Researcher, Head of the Biomass team (Centre d’Etudes Spatiales de la Biosphère)

Presentation:  The BIOMASS mission: quantifying biomass for global carbon assessment
Room: Amphithéatre
Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2017, 11:00 AM DST

Thuy Le Toan holds a PhD in atomic and nuclear physics from the Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France. She has been the Head of the Remote Sensing research team in the Centre d’Etudes Spatiales des Rayonnements and since 1995 at the Centre d’Etudes Spatiales de la Biosphère (CESBIO),Toulouse, France.

Her research activity has been in the area of remote sensing for land applications, and her specialisation is on radar remote sensing for agriculture and forest monitoring. She is proposer and co-leader of the next ESA Earth Explorer satellite mission BIOMASS, selected for launch in 2021. She has been a Project Coordinator and PI of several satellite research projects. She has also been member of science teams and review panels for E.U., ESA, NASA, JAXA and national organisations on the use of SAR in monitoring land surfaces.

Geneviève Marquis, Chief, Geophysics and Geospatial Analysis (Natural Resources Canada)

Presentation:  Keynote panel on Societal benefits of Earth Observation
Room: Amphithéatre
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 09:00 AM DST

Geneviève Marquis complète actuellement son doctorat en gestion à l’université du Québec en Outaouais.  Elle détient un M.Sc en Sciences de l’environnement et un M.Sc en Gestion.  Elle est la Chef de la Géophysique aéorportée et de l’Analyse géospatiale à Ressources naturelles Canada.

Son domaine de recherche est l’innovation dans les projets d’analyse géospatiale.  Elle modélise certains des éléments clés qui mènent à produits innovants.  Ceci inclut les données participatives, le savoir traditionnel, ainsi que les nouveaux senseurs qui sont des éléments clés de cette innovation.  Elle a dirigé des équipes cartographiques pour la collectivité fédérale au courant de sa carrière, d’abord au Service hydrographique du Canada, puis au Centre canadien de télédétection, et aujourd’hui à la Commission géologique du Canada.

Nicholas Ogden, Senior research scientist and Director of Public Health Risk Sciences division within the National Microbiology Laboratory (Public Health Agency of Canada)

Presentation:  Contribution of Earth Observation to Public Health Practices
Room: Amphithéatre
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 5:00 PM DST

Dr. Nick Ogden is a UK-trained veterinarian (University of Liverpool, 1983). After 10 years of mixed clinical practice, he then completed a doctorate in Lyme disease ecology at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford in 1996. During the six years he spent as a lecturer at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, he continued his research into the ecology and epidemiology of tick-borne diseases of public health importance in Europe and those of importance to livestock production in Africa. In 2002 he moved to Canada, where he continued research on the ecology of Lyme disease and other zoonoses and climate change as a research scientist at the Public Health Agency of Canada. As interim Director of the Environmental Issues Division of the Public Health Agency of Canada he directed a program on climate change and vector and water-borne disease risks, and community adaptation to these risks. As Director of the Zoonoses Division he directed programs on national coordination, surveillance and prevention of zoonoses including Lyme disease and West Nile virus. He is now a senior research scientist and Director of Public Health Risk Sciences division within the National Microbiology Laboratory of the Public Health Agency of Canada focusing on the ecology, epidemiology and genetic diversity of vectors and zoonotic and vector-borne micro-organisms, assessing impacts of climate change and developing tools for public health adaptation in the field of zoonoses.

Steven Ramage, Senior External Relations Manager (GEO Secretariat)

Presentation: Earth observations for a sustainable future
Room: Amphithéatre
Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017, 08:30 AM DST

Steven Ramage heads external relations for the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO). During his career Steven has successfully completed a management buyout for 1Spatial, created and managed a government consulting business for Ordnance Survey and was on the Board and subsequently director of strategy for what3words. More recently he worked for the UN-GGIM Secretariat in New York before joining GEO.

He’s a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Future Cities, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and a SASNet Fellow at the Urban Big Data Centre at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Steven works internationally with many of the GEO government members and participating organizations, such as ESA, CSA, JAXA, NASA and various UN agencies, including the World Bank, UNITAR, UNISDR, UNOOSA and WMO. He also chairs the GEO Commercial Sector Sub Group of the Executive Committee and is a member of the Global Advisory Council for the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). He is @steven_ramage on Twitter and an open networker on LinkedIn

Michael Rast, Head of Science Strategy (European Space Agency)

Presentation:  ESA program and activities in Earth Observation
Room: Amphithéatre
Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 09:30 AM DST

Head of the Science Strategy, Coordination and Planning Office in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes, European Space Agency

Following his studies in Geology and geo-scientific remote sensing at the University of Munich, Germany, Michael Rast has joined the European Space Agency ESA in 1985. He was mainly involved in establishing science and mission requirements for Earth observation satellite sensors, such as MERIS on Envisat. His research interests in the past were, following a research year at NASA’s JPL, mainly in the area of imaging spectroscopy for terrestrial ecosystems. He obtained a doctorate in Geology at the University of Munich in 1992. Between 1993 and 2005 he was heading the Land/Surfaces Unit at ESA’s Mission Science Division at ESTEC, the Netherlands, prior to his secondment to the GEO Secretariat in Geneva as Senior Programme Officer in 2006. From 2008 to 2011 he headed the Programme Planning Office in the Directorate Earth Observation Programmes at ESA-ESRIN in Frascati, Italy and is currently Head of the Science Strategy, Coordination and Planning Office. He holds a professorship and a teaching affiliation for terrestrial remote sensing at the Department for Geography of the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.

Stephane Roche, Professeur titulaire (U. Laval)

Presentation: Keynote panel on Societal benefits of Earth Observation
Room: Amphithéatre
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 09:00 AM DST

Presentation: Smart Cities
Room: Agora
Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017, 09:10 AM DST

Ingénieur et géographe, je suis professeur titulaire de sciences géomatiques à l’Université Laval (Québec) depuis 2003. J’assume également la fonction de vice-doyen à la recherche et aux études de la Faculté de foresterie, de géographie et de géomatique. J’enseigne les SIG et l’analyse spatiale aux trois cycles, ainsi que des séminaires gradués sur la Société de l’information géographique et sur la qualité des données géospatiales. Je m’intéresse aujourd’hui principalement au rôle joué par la géolocalisation sociale, les données ouvertes et le crowdsourcing (externalisation ouverte) dans la mise en opération du concept de ville et de territoire intelligent. Je suis impliqué dans le développement d’un laboratoire vivant centré les nouvelles formes de spatialité numériques et l’engagement citoyen.

Jonathon Ross, Director, National EO Planning and International Relations (Geoscience Australia)

Presentation:  Digital Earth Australia and the Open Data Cube – Embedding EO into government business
Room: Amphithéatre
Date: Thrusday, June 22, 2017, 12:30 AM DST

Jonathon Ross is Director of National Earth Observation Planning and International Relations in Geoscience Australia’s Earth and Marine Observation Branch.  Jonathon is also the current Executive Officer for the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites.  Jonathon is responsible for coordinating GA’s relationships with its space agency partners, and participation in the Committee on Earth observation Satellites.  Jonathon also develops national strategies and plans for Australia’s access to, and exploitation of, satellite data.  Jonathon’s technical background is in computer science.

Bob Ryerson, President (Kim Geomatics Corporation)

Presentation: Chair, Keynote panel on Societal benefits of Earth Observation
Room: Amphithéatre
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 1:30 PM DST

Dr. Bob Ryerson has held positions in remote sensing and geospatial in government ranging from Senior Environmental Scientist to Director General. In the private sector from 1996 to 2002 and from 2005 to the present he has been Vice-President and President of several companies. He has worked as a consultant in some forty countries on everything from program evaluation in earth observation to geospatial and remote sensing data policy and industrial development. He has served as a member of ESA’s EO Program Management Board, attended the EO Summit called by President Bush, and was involved in the establishment of GEO. He has served as a consultant to some of the most important aerospace companies in the world, to agencies of the UN including the FAO and UNDP, World Bank, and numerous government agencies worldwide. He has been elected to serve on the boards of scientific organizations in Canada (Canadian Remote Sensing Society Chair) and the USA (ASPRS), as well as on the boards of a number of companies and a national industry association. He has also been an adjunct professor in Canada, the USA, India and Australia. He has been an award-winning scientist, is a Certified Mapping Scientist, Fellow of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and the 2012 winner of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society’s Gold Medal “for pioneering contributions and leadership” in the field. Some of his work in applying remote sensing to agriculture has been on display in the Canada’s National Science Museum. He has written and/or presented over 185 papers and books in his area of expertise involving remote sensing applied to agriculture, environmental studies, and the like. Over 20 of these have been key-note papers at major international conferences in North America, Asia, and Europe. One of the books is the highly and widely acclaimed “Why ‘Where’ Matters” co-authored with his colleague Dr. Stan Aronoff.

Carl D. Shapiro, Director of the Science and Decisions Center (United States Geological Survey)

Presentation: Earth Observation, Societal Benefits, and Public and Private Opportunities: A Perspective from the U.S. Geological Survey
Room: Amphithéatre
Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 5:00 PM DST

Presentation: Keynote panel on Societal benefits of Earth Observation
Room: Amphithéatre
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 09:00 AM DST

Carl Shapiro has been an economist at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for over 35 years and is currently Director of the USGS Science and Decisions Center (SDC), and Senior Economist, Energy and Minerals, and Environmental Health. In this capacity, Carl leads SDC’s interdisciplinary efforts to increase the use and value of scientific information through research and application in five science areas: (1) ecosystem services; (2) decision science; (3) resilience and sustainability; (4) participatory science and innovation; and (5) natural resource economics. Previously, Carl was the Principal Economist in the USGS Office of the Director and Senior Advisor to the Director, where he initiated, led, and participated in interdisciplinary studies addressing science, practice, and management issues. Carl is a co-founder of “A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES)” and chaired the first two ACES conferences. He was a lead author of the Department of the Interior’s Adaptive Management Technical Guide which provides a framework for consistent use of adaptive decision making for DOI natural resource management. Carl has received the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Meritorious Service and Superior Service Awards.

Carl is an adjunct Professor of Economics in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC, where he has taught graduate courses in economics and public management for over 20 years. Carl has received the American University Outstanding Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty, as well as the Outstanding Teaching Award in the School of Public Affairs. Carl has a B.A. in Government from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the Center for the Study of Public Choice at George Mason University.

Ridha Touzi, Research Scientist (Natural Resources Canada)

Presentation:  The Convair-580: Our source of Inspiration for the Influence of the Design, Calibration and Advanced Applications of Polarimetric Satellite SAR
Room: Amphithéatre
Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 11:30 AM DST

Ridha Touzi (M’90–SM’11–F’15) received the Ingénieur degree from l’École Nationale de l’Aviation Civile and the M.S. degree from l’École Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace, Toulouse (France), in 1983 and 1984, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree and le diplôme de l’Habilitation à diriger des recherches from l’Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France) in 1988 and 1996, respectively. From 1988 to 1990, he was Research Scientist at the Centre d’Étude Spatiale des Rayonnements (CESR, Toulouse). From 1990 to 1992, he was with the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS) in Ottawa as a Canadian Government Laboratory Visiting Fellow. He was professor at the Royal Military College of St-Jean, Québec, Canada, from 1992 to 1994. In 1994, he joined CCRS as a research scientist. His research interests include many aspects of SAR image processing, polarimetry, interferometry, airborne and spaceborne SAR calibration.

Dr. Touzi is the recipient of the 1999 Geoscience and Remote Sensing Transactions Prize Paper Award for the study on the “Coherence Estimation for SAR imagery”. He received the Natural Resources Canada 2004 award for significant contribution to the promotion of polarimetry in Canada, and to the preparation of RADARSAT-2 mission. He is also the recipient of the 2013 Earth Science Sector Award for the significant contribution to the design and calibration of the Canadian satellite SAR missions (Radarsat-2 and the RCM), and the calibration of polarimetric ALOS-PALSAR. Recently, Dr. Touzi was awarded with the prestigious IEEE Fellow “for contributions to design and calibration of polarimetric synthetic aperature radar.”

Martin Wooster, Professor (King’s College London)

Presentation:  Deriving Fire Emitted Carbon & Smoke Emissions from Satellite Fire Radiative Power Observations
Room: SH-3620
Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2017, 1:00 PM DST

Professor Martin Wooster is Chair of Earth Observation (EO) Science at King’s College London, and a Divisional Director of the UK’s NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO). Prior to joining King’s, he worked at IBM and was a scientist working for the UK’s overseas aid programme. His work has a strong science focus on regional and global biomass burning, and he has led the King’s ‘Wildfire Research Team’ ( since its inception in 2002, publishing around 90 journal papers and being currently responsible for two operational satellite EO products related to biomass burning, derived from Meteosat SEVIRI and Sentinel-3 SLSTR. His team collaborated with five European institutions to develop the real-time ‘fire emissions component’ of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service. He is co-Chair of the International Fire Implementation Team of GOFC-GOLD, and in 2011 was awarded the Royal Geographical Societies Cuthbert Peak Award.

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Canadian Remote Sensing Society
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)