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After four successful years, NORTH51 changes ownership for the fifth annual edition on May 10-12, 2023, at the Rimrock Resort in Banff.


NORTH51 was launched in 2018 with a focus on technology breakthroughs in the field of geomatics. Held February 8-9, 2018, at the Banff Centre, this intimate and exclusive event featured technology-focused business leaders who shared their experience with industrial R&D breakthroughs, and presentations from academics on where the future of geomatics is heading. The inaugural event included 65 handpicked leaders from Alberta and across Canada.

Building on the success of the first event, TECTERRA hosted three more editions of the conference, with the most recent on May 4-6, 2022, at the Rimrock Resort in Banff. The conference gathered 106 attendees and featured 10 sponsors and remains the most anticipated geospatial conference in the industry.

TECTERRA’s focus on curating the audience for the inaugural editions built a reputation in the geospatial industry that goes unmatched. In an effort to continue fostering conversation and connections around the technologies that bring geospatial to life, TECTERRA is passing the torch to new organizers so the event can continue to provide benefits to the industry. NORTH51 is now organized by an industry-led group of companies who work at the forefront of geospatial technology every day – GNO-SYS and Sparkgeo.

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The fifth annual NORTH51 Conference takes place at the Rimrock Resort in Banff on May 10-12, 2023, and features keynotes, presentations, panels, and invaluable networking opportunities. The speakers and presenters at NORTH51 bring a unique and wide-ranging perspective as their share emerging ideas, technology breakthroughs, and their predictions about where the future will take us. Attracting over 100 leaders from across Canada, the USA, and internationally NORTH51 attendees sit at the intersection of high technology knowledge and high strategic knowledge. This mix of attendees leads to engaging conversations and networking opportunities.

The 2023 theme Alchemy speaks to the ongoing growth of geospatial data and the myriad of systems that collect, create, and generate spatial data every day. With the exponential growth of data, geospatial is uniquely positioned to create value from this firehose to help answer the critical business and social questions that arise. Speakers will address topics on spatial finance, environmental management, augmented reality, and the impacts and challenges of geospatial in a world affected by climate change.

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