The 2023 theme Alchemy speaks to the ongoing growth of geospatial data and the myriad 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 and 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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Hotel Check-in

Once you arrive in Banff, you’ll be able to check into your hotel room at the Rimrock Resort Hotel from 4:00 PM.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Welcome Drinks

Pick up your badge and join us in the Wildrose Function room for welcome drinks.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM


Join your peers for breakfast and networking.

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM

Welcome Remarks from the Co-Chairs

The conference kicks off with welcoming remarks from the Co-Chairs and an introduction to the 2023 theme, Alchemy.

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Keynote: Augmented Reality

Janine Yoong

Geospatial Advisor

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Coffee Break

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Panel – Augmented Reality

From urban design to planning for natural disasters, augmented reality (AR) technology lays digital information on whatever you’re looking at through your phone’s camera. As its use grows, so does the utilization of location data. During this panel, we’ll learn how AR is affecting the geospatial industry and how companies are using it to provide value for their projects.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lunch & Networking

Join attendees for lunch and networking.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Panel – What does Modern Open Source look like?

Geospatial data in many parts of the world has historically been expensive or not available, but this has changed in the last several years. Open data supports global collaboration by allowing some of the most progressive minds in tech to work together and craft solutions – the potential benefits for every industry are massive. During this panel, we’ll discover what modern open source looks like from panellists who live it every day.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM


2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Coffee Break

Join your peers for coffee and networking.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM


A N51 attendee favourite is the annual debate. They’re designed to foster our thinking, while providing a fun forum to explore the different sides of the conversation.

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Keynote: SAR Analytics

Shay Strong

Vice President, Analytics

6:15 PM

Social Event Shuttle Departure

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

NORTH51 Social Summit at the Bison Restaurant

We’re taking the party to the heart of Banff for an evening of networking and local farm-to-table fare.

Friday, May 12, 2022

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM


Join your peers for breakfast and networking.

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Panel – Big Data in Action

With the exponential growth of data, geospatial is uniquely positioned to create value from this firehose. There is undoubtedly an enormous amount of data being produced every second, but how are geospatial companies able to extract value from the tremendous amounts of data available? During this panel, speakers will share their experiences.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Coffee Break

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM


11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Keynote: Geospatial and its Role in Addressing the Biodiversity Crisis

David J. Patterson

Nature & Geospatial ESG Specialist

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