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WORKSHOP: UAV & UAS in Natural Resources Sectors

NOTE: This opportunity has expired or is an event which has already taken place.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA), in partnership with the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF), Resource Innovations Inc., ACAP Humber Arm, and the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade, is presenting a workshop on February 24th on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Unmanned Aerial Systems in the Natural Resources Sectors.

Themes for the workshop include the application of these technologies as they relate to: forestry; agriculture; energy; oceans; wildlife management / ecology; environmental Monitoring; and GIS applications.

Click here to view the agenda for the event or view it interactively below.


Date: February 24, 2017
Time: 09h00 – 16h45
Location: Corner Brook Civic Centre, Corner Book NL
Cost: $25


Spaces are limited. Click here to register online.


Adrian Ricketts
Mapping and UAS Division Manager, Resource Innovations Inc.
Presentation Title: Using UAV Data for Decision Making; Processing and Integration into Geographic Information Systems

Adrian Ricketts is the Mapping and UAS Division manager at Resource Innovations Inc. With a background in Natural Resource and Geomatics disciplines, Adrian holds a diverse capacity in the academic studies of Geographic Information Systems and forest management.

Adrian has extensive experience in the field of Geomatics and Forest Management through his years of working within the Natural Resources fields and his diverse experience range from
geophysical planning and UAS operation within the Oil & Gas industry in Western Canada to advanced technology development and transfer for terrestrial based resources during several years of
employment within the College of the North Atlantic, Newfoundland and Labrador’s public college. Adrian has also developed diverse experience in technology deployment methodologies through collaborative partnerships with Memorial University, Marine Institute and ACAP Humber Arm to name a few. Via Adrian’s career within the Oil & Gas sector, he has gained further experience developing and deploying advanced geomatics technologies within geophysical applications for entities such as Apache Canada, Husky Canada and Cenovus Energy.

At Resource Innovations Inc., Adrian manages all things technical. From hardware and software integration, database administration and web based GIS application development to Unmanned Aerial Systems operation and deployment, it is Adrian’s priority to ensure your data is managed efficiently and effectively, so you can focus on the decisions that matter the most to you.

Stephen Rowe
Senior Technology Manager and Senior Project Manager, SEM Ltd.
Presentation Title: UAVs in Wildlife and Environmental Monitoring

Stephen Rowe is the Senior Technology Manager and Senior Project Manager with SEM Ltd. based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography in 1998, he has gained over 18 years of experience as an environmental consultant with a focus on GIS, Remote Sensing and Information Management. Aside from working for SEM, Mr. Rowe has a diverse background as a GIS and Information Management professional including working for a GIS consulting company, Parks Canada, Provincial Parks and Natural Areas, a seismic surveying company and an environmental/engineering consulting firm.

Mr. Rowe has involved himself in various GIS, information management and application development assignments including land cover classification using satellite imagery, linear corridor utility and pipeline projects, transportation projects, wetland and watershed studies, marine GIS and environmental effects monitoring, biophysical assessments, and a broad range of wildlife/resource management projects. Stephen is also an experienced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilot and trained in the deployment of both fixed wing and rotary systems.

Norm Lamothe
Head – UAS Agriculture, Deveron UAS
Presentation Title: Beyond the “WOW” Factor – UAVs in the Agricultural Industry

Norm Lamothe is the Co-founder of Deveron UAS, a drone data service company focused on agriculture. Norm is leading Deveron’s growth as it builds North America’s largest constellation of drones to bring a scalable solution to near, real-time, on-demand field level data collection. Working with Deveron allows farming’s most important leaders to focus on delivering insight from data rather than collecting it. Norm spent his early career in aviation and now manages his family’s 500 acre farm in eastern Ontario.

Chris LeGrow
President & Chief UAV Pilot, CloudBreaker
Presentation Title: TENTATIVE – UAV use in GIS / Mapping

Chris LeGrow is an airline pilot with 15 years of experience in a variety of aviation fields including offshore surveillance, pilot training, and commercial airline operations. He is a skilled pilot of fixed-wing and multi-rotor aircrafts, knowledgeable in UAV systems and their components as well as their regulatory frameworks. Chris has developed flight procedures and protocols to ensure CloudBreaker UAV operations are certified, safe, and reliable. CloudBreaker is a Transport Canada-certified professional operator of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that offers aerial photography, videography, and inspections as well as commercial consulting services. Our low-altitude data-collection systems provide high-resolution aerial imagery and data for a variety of applications.

Denis Cormier
Research Manager Supply Chain Analytics, FPInnovations
Presentation Title: Taming Drones for Forestry

Denis is a forest engineer with a master degree in forestry (silviculture) from Laval University (1987). He has worked in the forest operations division of FPInnovations for 29 years, specializing in silvicultural and biomass operations and the development of decision-support tools for the Canadian forest industry. Since 2013, he is also responsible for establishing a new field of research related to unmanned aerial system applications for forest operations. Last April, he was appointed research manager for FPI Supply Chain Analytics program which includes the Remote Sensing and the Modeling and Decision Support groups.

Sean Greene
Forest Engineer, Forest Service of Newfoundland and Labrador
Presentation Title: Operational UAV Applications for the NL Forest Service

Sean has worked as a Forest Engineer with the NL Forest Service since 2010 and is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) and Professional Engineer (PEng) in NL. Sean graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a degree in Forest Engineering in 2003 and attained an Advanced Diploma in GIS from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS/NSCC) in 2007. Sean has gained a variety of experience in the forestry and geomatics fields over the past 15 years. This includes working as a tree planter for JD Irving in NB, an engineer for Western Forest Products on Vancouver Island, a GPS/GIS trainer and consultant in Atlantic Canada, and a GIS Specialist with Parks and Natural Areas in NL.

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