Delegate program

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Wednesday, May 1 – Friday, May 3, 2019

Hotel Halifax + The Barrington Hotel
1990 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS, B3J 1P2

Historic Gateway to Canada

April 30, Tuesday

07:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Registration desk opens

May 1, Wednesday


Please note that no breakfast will be served to delegates and guests
07:00 AM
Registration desk opens
08:00 AM – 08:45 AM
Opening Ceremonies
09:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Workshop: Responding to Change – The Evolving Boundaries of Practice: Building a Land Management
Community for Canada

A full day workshop on the status and future of Cadastral Systems in Canada. The workshop will present a snapshot of the current and potential impact of changes in technology, society and governance on cadastral systems across Canada and will compare the Canadian situation to recent strategic initiatives in Cadastral reform proposed in Australia and New Zealand. A key goal of the workshop is to open a national and pan-community dialogue leading to the articulation of a strategic vision for the management and delivery of the next
generation cadastral systems to Canadians.

Welcome – Why this workshop and why now? Peter Sullivan, CLS, ALS (ret.)
Canadian National Scan – Jean Gagnon, CLS, NBLS, P. Eng., Surveyor General, NRCan
International Scan – Daniel Roberge, a.-g.
Drivers of Change I – Technology – Jason Bond, Jordan Litke, and Erik Holmlund
Drivers of Change II – Society & The Profession – Hal Janes, CLS, ALS (ret.)
Drivers of Change III – Governance & Policy – Peter Sullivan CLS, ALS (ret.)


12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Lunch with Keynote speaker (Dan Conlin on the Mysteries of Oak Island)
Dan Conlin is a historian and Curator at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. He is in charge of the museum’s temporary and travelling exhibitions. He has worked in museums for over 20 years with a background in transportation history. Dan has written
exhibits, articles and books on topics as diverse as Titanic, the refugee ship St. Louis, pirates and LGBT sailors.
01:00 PM – 01:30 PM
Meeting Room set-up for afternoon sessions
01:35 PM – 04:30 PM



Workshop: Responding to Change – The Evolving Boundaries of Practice (Continued)
NOTE: Maximum number of participants for this session is 60. To attend this session, delegates will be asked to register on site before lunch.

Summary of the Morning session- Izaak de Rijcke

Breakout Sessions:
Session I – Technology
Session II – Society and the Profession
Session III – Governance & Policy
Finishing with a Summation of Key Themes & Next Steps, Hal Janes

OPTION 2- Seminars

  • Field notes- Beyond the Little Yellow Pages: With the next generation’s reluctance to write by hand, and the many digital options for data collection, the format of field records is evolving dramatically. Showcasing how surveyors are recording their data in unique and modern ways, how field equipment can be used to create field notes without pencils, and what is being taught to technical survey students, while following best practices for recording, storing, and retrieving field data.
  • Update on Survey Standards- Avoiding Critical Issues on Survey Plans:
    Andrew Brebner, CLS, Surveyor General Branch, NRCan Reviews of CLS plan submissions by the Survey Regulations & Standards Unit of Surveyor General Branch (SGB) are based on a 28 point critical review checklist. These are items deemed as essential in ensuring that the document is complete and ready for use in future land transactions. This session will give the surveyor a greater insight into what SGB requires in a plan submission
    before it is considered ready for approval for the Surveyor General and subsequent recording in the Canada Lands Surveys Records.
  • SGB’s CLEVER application:Anna Ross, CLS will give some info on use of CLEVER for spatial files
07:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Ice breaker & Silent AuctionEntertainment by the Eastern Eagle Drummers and
Dancers. Please note that CDs will be available for purchase at the Ice
09:30 PM – Midnight
Hospitality Suite

May 2, Thursday


Please note that no breakfast will be served to delegates and guests
Registration desk opens
09:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Seminar on data security & virtual offices by Tarek Habib, KPMG
12:00 PM – 01:30 PM
Lunch with presentations of new commissions, the David Thompson Awards and Champlain Awards
01:30 PM – 04:30 PM
ACLS Business Meeting + PSC Business Meeting
06:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Evening at Keith Brewery
09:00 PM – Midnight
Hospitality Suite

May 3, Friday


Please note that no breakfast will be served to delegates and guests
08:30 AM – 12:00 PM
ACLS Business Meeting