FIG Commission 7
October 7 & 8
Parallel Activities
October 8
Technology Showcase
October 8, 9 & 10
October 9 & 10
Plenary Sessions
October 9 & 10

Plenary sessions of GeoConference 2014


October 9 & 10, 2014 – Palais Montcalm – Raoul-Jobin Room

Some conferences will be presented in French (*) – Simultaneous interpretation available.
Ms. Françoise Guenette, journalist and animator, will moderate the plenary sessions.

9 a.m. GeoConference 2014 Opening Ceremony

  • Pierre Arcand, Minister, Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles du Québec and Surveyor general of the province of Québec, Canada
  • Co-chairs of GeoConference : Annick Jaton, Daniel Roberge and Pierre Tessier, Canada
9:15 a.m. Session 1: Smart cities and spatially enabled societies
9:15 a.m. Designing smart city in the spatially enabled age

  • Carlo Ratti, Professor and Chair of the SENSEable City Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
    Communication presented by Anthony Vanky, Researcher at the SENSEable City Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
9:45 a.m. Authorative geospatial informaton: underpinning the strategic goals of

  • Vanessa Lawrence, Secretary General of Ordnance Survey International, Co-Chair of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management Initiative (UN-GGIM) and Patron of MapAction, United Kingdom
10:15 a.m. Break in the exhibition halls
10:45 a.m. Montréal: a smart city*

  • Harout Chitilian, Vice-President of the Executive Committee, in charge of Administrative Reform, Smart City and Information Technology, City of Montreal, Canada
11:10 a.m. Spatially enabled society, a vision of the future*

  • Stéphane Roche, Professor and Vice-Dean for research and education, Faculté de Foresterie, de géographie et de géomatique, Université Laval, Canada
11:35 a.m. Infrastructure information mobility: Industry trends and advanced

  • Alain Lapierre, Vice-President of software development, Bentley Systems Inc., Canada
  • François Valois, Director of product management, geospatial, civil & mines, Bentley Systems Inc., Canada
11:55 a.m. Round Table: Smart cities and spatially enabled societies
12:30 p.m. Lunch at the Palais Montcalm
Exhibition and Technology showcases
2 p.m. Session 2: Land Management
2 p.m. 200 years of cadastre, but what will it mean to the millennial generation?

2:25 p.m. The territory of Québec: A living environment where opportunity abounds *

  • Mario Gosselin, Associate Deputy Minister, Territory, ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles, Québec, Canada
    Communication presented by Mario Perron, Director, direction générale de  l’information géographique, ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources
    naturelles, Québec, Canada
2:45 p.m. Beyond Cadastre 2014*

Co-authors of Cadastre 2014, a FIG Publication translated in 20 languages

3:05 p.m. Cadastre and land management in Greece

  • Chryssy Potsiou, President elect, International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and professeur, Technical University of Athens, Greece
3:30 p.m. Break in the exhibition halls
4:00 p.m. The Canadian Geospatial Strategy*

  • Peter Sullivan, Surveyor General of Canada Lands, Natural Resources Canada, Canada
    Communication presented by Jean Gagnon, Deputy Surveyor General, Natural Resources Canada, Canada
4:20 p.m. Land rights infrastructures and sustainable development*

  • Daniel Roberge, Chair of FIG Commission 7, Senior Land Administration Specialist, World Bank, Romania and co-president of GeoConference 2014, Canada
4:45 – 5:15 p.m. Round table: Land management
9 a.m. Session 3: Climate Change and Disaster Management
9 a.m. Land information in Haiti: major impediment to reconstruction after the
earthquake of

  • Edmond Mulet, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations, and former Head of UN Mission for stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Guatemala
9:30 a.m. Building Information Modeling (BIM) to support the post-earthquake
reconstruction process in New Zealand*

9:50 a.m. Geocollaboration in disaster management: the curent situation and future
prospects – the case of the rail tragedy in Lac-Mégantic*

  • Éric Houde, Director of operations, Direction générale de la sécurité civile et de la sécurité incendie, ministère de la Sécurité publique, Québec, Canada
10:15 a.m. Break in the exhibition halls
10:45 a.m. Land administration, natural disaster and climate change

  • David Mitchell, Professor of cadastral surveying and land development, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
  • Jaap Zevenbergen, Professor and Director of the chair of land administration and management at the University of Twente, ITC, The Netherlands

Co-Chairs, FIG Commission 7 Working Group on Land Administration, Disaster
Management and Climate Change

11:15 a.m. The Portal of the coast and the sea, a tool for risk management*

  • François Mazuyer, President of the Ordre des géomètres experts de France and President of the Fédération des géomètres francophones, France
11:35 a.m. Round table: Climate change and disaster management
12 a.m. Lunch at the Palais Montcalm
Exhibition and Technology showcases
1:30 p.m. Session 4: Improvement of the quality of living (Pro Poor)
1:30 p.m. Global Cadastration

  • Christiaan Lemmen, Consultant for Kadaster International, Assistant Professor at ITC – University of Twente, Director of the International Office of Cadastre and Land Records (OICRF) and Chair of FIG Commission 7 Pro-Poor Working Group, The Netherlands
1:55 p.m. Using innovative land tools to improving the quality of living

2:20 p.m. Decentralization of land management and improving the quality of living:
communal land services in Burundi*

  • Claire Galpin, Land Surveyor, land policy and land registration systems specialist, President of Surveyors without Borders and Vice-chair – Administration and Communications for FIG Commission 7, Frane
  • René Claude Niyonkuru, Legal Expert on governance and development issues, Association for Peace and Human Rights (PADH), Burundi
2:40 p.m. Plateau State, Nigeria: A streamlined land administration approach to
increase access for a secure property registration for Nigerian states*

3:00 p.m. Break in the exhibition halls
3:30 p.m. GeoConference 2014 musical surprise
3:40 p.m. Mapping the unmappable: community based land information for remote
indigeneous people in Colombia 

  • Daniel Paez, Professor, Universidat de los Andes, Colombia
4:00 p.m. Land Reform to improve land governance and the governance of natural resources*

  • Robert Mbwinga, Minister, Department of Land Administration, Democratic Republic of Congo
4:20 p.m. Round table: Improvement of the quality of living
4:50- 5 p.m. GeoConference 2014 closing ceremony