Executive Structure

Lead Scientific Organization

The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE)

Founded in Beijing in 2006, the ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organization, principally for promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth.

Lead Academic Institution

Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada

Founded in 1802, Saint Mary’s University offers undergraduate and selected graduate programs within faculties of Arts, Science, and Business, to over 7,000 students. The university has a strong commitment to environmental education and research, focused within the School of the Environment.

Honorary Conference Chairperson

John McLaughlin, Professor and President Emeritus,
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada

At UNB Dr. McLaughlin introduced and developed the first land administration program to be taught at a North American university, and the first program in land information management to be taught anywhere in the world. He has worked extensively overseas on the development of property systems with the World Bank, UNDP, and other international agencies. He has authored or co-authored more than two hundred publications, including Land Information Management, Land Administration, and Geospatial Data Infrastructure, published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. McLaughlin has served on the editorial boards of many journals, including the Journal of Surveying Engineering, Geomatica, Geo-Information Systems, Online GIS, and the International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation.

He has received numerous awards, including the Earle J. Fennell Award of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, and the Champlain Award, the highest award of the Canadian surveying profession. He is a member of both the Order of Canada and the Order of New Brunswick.

Conference Executive Committee

Hugh Millward (Chairperson)
Professor, Dept. of Geography & Environmental Studies, Saint Mary’s University
Lynn Buckley
CEO, Agenda Managers Inc.
Jennifer Grek-Martin
Instructor, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University
Danika van Proosdij
Professor, Geography, Saint Mary’s University

Conference Management Services

Agenda Managers Inc., Halifax