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Hosted by: Kevin Jones | @krbjones
Produced by: Mauro Scatozza | @mauroscatozza
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Welcome to the Northern View Podcast, dedicated to the Earth Observation and Space industry, where we talk with the people behind it, and the innovation that drives us all forward.
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In this episode, we speak with David Harper, Director General of Monitoring and Data Services Directorate, within the Meteorological Service of Canada (referred to as MSC), a branch within Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). David’s group is responsible for the data collection and management pipeline that feeds into the MSC weather forecasting operations. David has served as Canada’s principal to the Group on Earth Observation (GEO), and most recently led Canada’s delegation to the GEO Ministerial Summit, held in Canberra, Australia.
In this episode, we speak with Eric Laliberté, Director General Space Utilization at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Given that Eric and the host are both francophone, a short portion of the interview was held in French followed by a brief translation. Eric’s passion for the aerospace industry comes through in this conversation, where we discuss the latest Canadian Earth Observation Mission (RADARSAT Constellation Mission) and the important role the CSA plays in moving Canada’s space industry forward. We also talk about Eric’s role with the international organizations including the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) as well as the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS).Links related to this episode:Canada’s space strategy (published in March 2019):http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/pdf/eng/publications/space-strategy-for-canada.pdf National Forum on Earth Observation (consultation held in November 2018)https://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/events/2018/national-forum-on-earth-observation-from-space.aspRADARSAT Constellation Missionhttps://asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/satellites/radarsat/default.asp
In this episode, we speak with Chris Hopkinson, Research Chair and Professor of Geography at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta. Chris is the general conference chair for the 41st annual Canadian remote sensing symposium, which is being held online as an e-conference due to the current pandemic. Chris has a background in engineering and geography, with research interests in mountain hydrology and water resources.Links related to this episode: 41st Canadian Remote Sensing Symposium Website: https://crss-sct.ca/conferences/csrs-2020/ Chris Hopkinson Bio and University Related Links: http://scholar.ulethbridge.ca/hopkinson/home ResearchGate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chris_Hopkinson2 
In this episode, we speak with Nadine Alameh, CEO of the OGC. We discuss key trends in Earth Observation, and the important role standards play to maximize the adoption of this incredible technology. Nadine’s extensive expertise in geospatial, and her passion for the industry comes across in this engaging conversation. The OGC is an international consortium of more than 501 businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities driven to make geospatial (location) information and services FAIR - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.  Links related to this episode:Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) https://www.ogc.org/event Canada Forum at the OGC: https://www.ogc.org/ogc/regions/CanadaForum  GeoSpatial resources for COVID-19: https://www.ogc.org/resources-for-COVID-19-from-ogc  
In this episode we speak with Prashant Shukle, who as a Director General within Natural Resources Canada, led a business transformation to create the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO). We also discuss Prashant’s leadership role in developing the Canadian Geomatics Study, which highlights the value of the Geospatial industry to Canada’s economy. As trained economist, Prashant brings a unique perspective to the Canadian earth observation industry and has played a key role in shaping its development and growth over the last several years. He currently serves as the President of the Global Geospatial Group, which brings together some former heads of national mapping agencies.Links related to this episode:Canadian Geomatics Environmental Scan and Value Studyhttps://www.nrcan.gc.ca/science-data/science-research/earth-sciences/geomatics/canadas-spatial-data-infrastruct/canadian-geomatics-study/11027Prashant Shukle Professional Profile (LinkedIn)https://www.linkedin.com/in/prashant-shukle-5199b41/
In this episode we provide an update on the latest Canadian Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mission, RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM). We also talk about graduate studies in Canada with our guest, Griffin Williams who recently completed his studies and earned his Master’s degree from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.Links related to this episode:RCM declared operational: https://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/satellites/radarsat/data-serve-canadians.aspEarth Observation Data Management System (EODMS): https://www.eodms-sgdot.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca/sp-pe.html
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