Conference Speakers

Majed Salama Almehmadi
University of Southampton
Majed Salama Almehmadi is a faculty member at the Department of Hydrographic Survey at the Faculty of Maritime Studies at King Abdulaziz University. Majed received an M.Eng degree in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering (ocean mapping option) from the University of New Brunswick and a B.Sc. in Marine Physics from King Abdulaziz University. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Marine Geology and Geophysics within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.
Brian Calder
CCOM/JHC University of New Hampshire
Dr. Brian Calder is an Associate Research Professor and Associate Director at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and NOAA/UNH Joint Hydrographic Center at the University of New Hampshire, which he joined as a founding member in 2000. His research interests include bathymetric data processing for hydrography, uncertainty estimation, portrayal, and management, and novel data processing methods and hardware.
Bruce Calderbank
Hydrographic Survey Consultants Intl.
Bruce Calderbank is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), a CLS and a Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) in Alberta. He has carried out consulting assignments as the Client Navigation Representative for over 30 companies, while supervising a variety of contractors over a period of 38 years. Past legal consultancy assignments have included providing two Expert Opinion Reports, and delineated an international offshore boundary. He has written many technical articles but one of his main accomplishments was being the main co-author and editor in chief of the paralegal text, “Canada’s Offshore: Jurisdiction, Rights, and Management”.
Ian Church
University of New Brunswick
Dr. Ian Church is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering at the University of New Brunswick, where he leads the Ocean Mapping Group. Prior to starting at UNB in 2016, he was an Assistant Professor with the Hydrographic Science Research Center at the University of Southern Mississippi. His current research interested include hydrodynamic numerical ocean modelling, marine habitat mapping, acoustic water column interpretation, and processing crowdsourced bathymetry data.
Jose Cordero
Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping / UNH
Jose Cordero graduated from the Spanish Naval Academy in 2001, completing in 2006 his OHI CAT-A surveyor degree in the Spanish Hydrographic Institute. Since then, he has been mapping aboard different hydrographic and oceanographic ships, surveying blue and shallow waters. He also completed the circumnavigation scientific expedition “Malaspina 2010” aboard the research vessel Hesperides to gauge the impact of global change on the ocean. Currently he is a M.S. student in Ocean Engineering/Ocean Mapping at CCOM-UNH.
Roger Cote
Canadian Hydrographic Service
I'm an hydrographer serving Canadians for 32 year in the Canadian Hydrographic Service and responsible for the acquisition and the management of all bathymetric and hydrographic data in the Québec region. I'm greatly interested in the development in implementation of new tools and processes that will change the way hydrography is done in the era of technologies and partnership, and make Canadian water the safest in the world for the benefit of mariners and the environment.
Karen Cove
Teledyne CARIS
Karen Cove is a professional engineer and the Product Manager for the Bathy DataBASE suite of software applications at CARIS. She earned her BSc. Eng. (2003) and MSc. Eng. (2005) in the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics at the University of New Brunswick, Canada.
Viktor Feygels
Teledyne Optech, Inc.
Dr. Viktor Feygels received his M.S. degree in quantum electronics from St. Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics & Optics (SPUITMO) and a Ph.D. degree in quantum electronics & oceanography from SPUITMO, in 1970, and 1991. He immigrated to USA in 1997 and worked as a consultant to EG&G, NASA and Optech Inc. and in 2004 took a position as a senior scientist (chief scientist starting 2011) with Optech.. He is the author of more than 70 scientific papers and hold 10 patents. His current research interests are: lidar bathymetry, lidar measurements of the water properties, lidar system optimization.
Burns Foster
Teledyne CARIS
Burns Foster is the Product Manager for CARIS HIPS and SIPS. Burns has worked for Teledyne CARIS since 2008, originally providing support and training for processing-related products. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree (Geomatics) from the University of New Brunswick.
Martin Gingras
Surveyor General Branch
I graduated from Laval University in 1995.I am married with 2 children. I am a Quebec land surveyor and a Canada land surveyor. I am with surveyor General Branch since 1997.
Barry Gough
Victoria-born Barry Gough is a prize-winning authority of world maritime history. His lifelong mission has been to embrace the rich history of Canadian seas, lakes and rivers as a means of revealing unique features of Canada's past and, in addition, disclosing its international importance. Author of numerous acclaimed histories of Pacific waters, of Great Lakes naval history, and of Northwest Passage attempts, he is besides official historian of Canada's famed tribal class destroyer HMCS Haida: he wrote the book that saved the ship, now lying in Hamilton, Ontario. He studied Imperial and Naval History at Kings College London University, and was awarded the PhD and DLit degrees for significant contributions to learning. He is a Past President of the Canadian Nautical Research Society and is on the Editorial Board of its journal The Northern Mariner. His book Pax Britannica: Ruling the Waves and Keeping the Peace before Armageddon (Palgrave Macmillan 2014) won the coveted British Maritime Foundations Mountbatten Prize. His acclaimed biographies of two fur traders and commercial strategists --Sir Alexander and Peter Pond -- opened new vistas in Northwest Company history. He takes particular pride in his artfully crafted published tale of Juan de Fuca, George Vancouver and Alcala Galiano, which appeared as Juan de Fuca's Strait: Voyages in the Waterway of Forgotten Dreams (Harbour Publishing, 2012/pb 2013) His classic British Columbia maritime study is The Royal Navy and the Northwest Coast of North America, 1810-1914 (UBC Press, 1971) which, after a complete overhaul, was published as Britannia's Navy on the West Coast, 1812-1914 (Heritage House, 2016). He has lectured extensively ashore and afloat, and is Professor Emeritus of History, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. He resides in Victoria. An ally of marine artists, hydrographers, anthropologists, and students of cross-cultural encounters he is known for his story-telling capacities and the authenticity of his research. He is Hon. President, British Columbia Historical Federation.
Anand Hiroji
Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center, University of New Hampshire
Anand Hiroji has a Ph.D. in ocean mapping from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. His research interest is in reducing ambiguities in seafloor classification from multibeam backscatter data. Mr. Hiroji holds MEng (Geodesy and Geomatics, 2011 UNB), BEng (Civil, 2005 India) degrees and extensive offshore survey work experience.
Matus Hodul
University of Ottawa / CHS
I began research in remote sensing at Simon Fraser University in B.C. studying urban microclimates during my undergraduate degree. In 2016, I began my M.Sc. in Satellite Derived Bathymetry in uOttawa, researching methods to derive bathymetry without the need for in-situ training data. Concurrently, I began working for CHS as a remote sensing specialist, developing and improving SDB methods for applications in charting of the Canadian Arctic.
Chris Howlett
TCarta Marine
Chris Howlett is an experienced hydrographic expert with over 30 years' experience at the UK Hydrographic Office including nine as Head of their Bathymetric QA/QC section. He now works for TCarta Marine who produce Satellite Derived Bathymetry products on a world wide basis.
John Hughes Clarke
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Marlene Jeffries
Canadian Hydrographic Service
Marlene leads the Operational Oceanography team with Canadian Hydrographic Service Pacific Region to deliver on Ocean Protection Plan objectives. She holds an Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Simon Fraser University and a Masters of Science degree in Physical Oceanography from the University of Washington. She also holds a Post-graduate Certificate in GIS from Penn State University and is PMI-certified project manager.
Jose M'Bala
Natural Resources Canada
Dr. José M'Bala graduated in Geography from the University of Ottawa, after a Master's Degree in Land use planning and regional development from the Université Laval. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Land Surveying as an Ingénieur Technicien Géomètre-Tographe from the Institut du Bâtiment et des Travaux Publics, Kinshasa, DR Congo. He is a Canada Lands Surveyor (CLS), and works for the Surveyor General (NRCan) in Ottawa, as a Geomatics policy and planning advisor.
Louis Maltais
Canadian Hydrographic Service
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Damian Manda
LT Damian Manda is currently serving as the Operations Officer on NOAA Ship Fairweather, where he directs hydrographic survey operations and data processing. His academic background includes a Master's Degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, where he developed algorithms for the integration of autonomous surface vehicles into surveying, and a Bachelors in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado.
Patrick McNeill
J. Patrick McNeill is an undergraduate research assistant with the Ocean Mapping Group at the University of New Brunswick. He is currently completing his final year of a bachelors of engineering in the department of Geodesy & Geomatics Engineering.
David Neff
eTrac Inc.
David Neff began his career in the marine construction industry in 2003. He was quickly drawn to the field of Hydrography and has focused his career on learning the trade. He is focused on developing and implementing efficient hydrographic technologies to increase quality, timeliness, and effectiveness of marine survey products.
Thomas Newman
TerraSond Limited
Hydrographer and Surveyor since 1983. BS in Surveying and Mapping. MBA.
Uchenna Nwankwo
University of Southern Mississippi
A Physical Oceanographic PhD student of the University of Southern Mississippi
Harold Elliot Orlinsky
General Manager
Christopher Parrish
Oregon State University
Dr. Christopher Parrish is an Associate Professor of Geomatics and the Eric H.I. and Janice Hoffman Faculty Scholar in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. His research focuses on full-waveform lidar, topographic-bathymetric lidar, hyperspectral imagery, uncertainty modeling, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for coastal applications. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Geospatial Information Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.S. in Civil and Coastal Engineering with an emphasis in Geomatics from the University of Florida, and a B.S. in Physics from Bates College.
Stephen Parsons
Canadain Hydrographic Service
Stephen Parsons has worked for the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) for 25 years, currently as an Engineering Projects Supervisor. He is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick where he obtained his B.ScE and M.Sc.E. from the department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Nova Scotia. His past interests and research have involved early seamless vertical datum model developments and using GPS and GNSS for the measurements of tide in Canada. Over the last 7 year he has been increasingly involved as CHS Technical Authority on bathymetric Lidar/MBES projects..
Terje Haga Pedersen
Kongsberg Maritime
Master Degree in Engineering Cybernetics from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, worked with The Norwegian Mapping Authority for five years before joining Kongsberg Maritime, Subsea Division in 1996. Has since worked with developing software for acquisition and processing of sonar data, mainly multibeam echosounders.
Eric Peterson
Founder & President
Tula Foundation / Hakai Institute
Eric originally trained as a scientist (Biology PhD), but his main career was spent as a technology entrepreneur, most notably as the founder and president of Mitra, which in the 90's helped create and implement international standards for medical imaging. Upon the sale of Mitra in 2002, Eric created the B.C. based Tula Foundation, which for the last decade has had the Hakai Institute as one of its core programs.
Rebecca Quintal
Ms. Quintal is currently the Hydrographic Survey & Data Solutions Manager for the Maritime Systems Division of Leidos, with experience in hydrographic survey, marine geology, geographic information systems, and design of fiber optic cable routes. Ms. Quintal recently led an Internal Research and Development effort in preparation for an autonomous bathymetric survey as part of the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX 2017). She received a B.S. in geology from Wright State University, an M.S. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, an MBA from the University of Rhode Island, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Sam Reed
Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping / University of New Hampshire
Sam graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2015 with his BS in Electrical Engineering. Currently he is working on his MS in Electrical Engineering at University of New Hampshire. For his Masters research, Sam is working on nautical chart aware autonomous surface vehicles for the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping.
John Riding
Marico Marine NZ Ltd
John Riding, founder and senior partner at MARICO Marine, a Southampton based firm specialising in practical management of marine risk. 12 years at sea, Masters Degree qualified. He had a key role at the UK MCA, developing IMO's risk-based approach to regulation (Formal Safety Assessment), preceded by years of casualty investigation. He applies risk based technology solutions to marine systems worldwide and is behind the development of the recent Hydrographic Risk Methodology, endorsed by the IHO. MARICO has over 22 years' experience working with Governments, port and harbour authorities and port companies worldwide. John's currently based in Marico’s NZ office.
Val Schmidt
Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, University of New Hampshire
Val completed his Master’s Degree in Ocean Engineering from the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire in 2008. His thesis involved development of an underwater acoustic positioning system for whales that had been tagged with an acoustic recording sensor package. Val continues to direct research and engineering involving autonomous surface and underwater vehicles, sensor development, and sonar signal processing within the Center.
Nicolas Seube
Nicolas SEUBE graduated in 1992 from Paris University in 1992 with a PhD in applied mathematics. He was Professor and coordinator of the French category A program in Ocean Mapping at the ENSTA Bretagne (France) from 1994 to 2004. Since 2014 he acts as the scientific director of the CIDCO in Rimouski, Qc, Canada. His present research interest includes mobile mapping systems advanced calibration and error analysis, survey data error detection and estimation for both LiDAR and multibeam system.
Yun-ta Teng
Naval Meteorological and Oceanographic Offic
I serve in Navy for 16 years. The most interesting area is subsea survey.
Jean-Claude Tétreault
Executive Director/Registrar
Association of Canada Lands Surveyors
Jean-Claude is the Executive Director, Registrar and Secretary Treasurer of the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors since 1999 and Registrar for Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS) since 2006. Registered as a arpenteur-géomètre (Québec Land Surveyor) in 1982 and Canada Lands Surveyor in 1994. He obtained his Masters Degree in Business Administration in 2002. Before occupying his present positions, J.C. practiced as a land surveyor in the private industry for 16 years. He received Recognition Awards from Natural Resources Canada in 2011 and in 2017 for his contribution to modernizing the Canada Lands Surveys System.
Paul Turner
I've worked with NOAA's Office of Coast Survey since 2003 as cartographer, physical scientist, management analyst and tech. advisor focusing on ocean mapping and multi-mission/multi-purpose focused projects.
Tim Webster
Applied Geomatics Research Group, Nova Scotia Community College
Tim is a research scientist with the Applied Geomatics Research Group at Nova Scotia Community College. He has been with the college for 25 years, with over 15 as a research scientist. His research focus is mapping and modeling processes in the coastal zone. In 2017 he received the Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia Award of Distinction, in 2010 the Gulf of Maine Council Visionary Award. He obtained his PhD from Dalhousie University in 2006, MSc from Acadia in 1996, an Advanced Diploma in Remote Sensing from the College of Geographic Sciences in 1988, BSc from UNB in 1987.
Meredith Westington
NOAA/Office of Coast Survey
Ms. Westington has worked for NOAA's Office of Coast Survey (OCS) since 1999. During her tenure, she has worked on a diverse set of issues ranging from establishing the U.S. digital maritime limits and boundaries, expanding and improving NOAA’s Historical Map and Chart Collection, and data management to support coastal and marine nowcast/forecast modeling. Prior to joining OCS, she worked offshore and maintained the navigation equipment and related data collection for seismic survey operations. She has a B.S. degree in geology from Virginia Tech and an M.S. degree in GIS management from Salisbury University.
Neil Weston
Dr. Neil Weston has worked for NOAA for 26+ years and is currently the Technical Director for the Office of Coast Survey, NOAA. He is responsible for overseeing the scientific research and technological operations of the agency and is currently developing a science portfolio that focuses on hydrographic surveying technologies, remote sensing, Earth observing systems, and global integration. He enjoys working on significant challenges and collaborating with colleagues on Federal, national and international levels.  Neil also holds positions as a Science/Technical Advisor for the U.S. State Department and the United Nations. He received his doctorate in physics and biomedical engineering.
Matthew Wilson
Matthew Wilson is a Marketing and Sales Manager for Quality Positioning Services (QPS). He received an MS degree in Ocean Mapping (UNH, USA) in 2012, and an MBA degree (Penn State, USA) in 2016. Previously, he was a NOAA Physical Scientist, and prior to that a U.S. Navy Officer.
Eric Younkin
Eric Younkin is a physical scientist with the Office of Coast Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He works at the Hydrographic Systems and Technology Branch in Silver Spring, MD, and is responsible for the development, testing and support of new hydrographic technology for NOAA field units and offices. Eric has a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology from Western Carolina University and has worked with NOAA since 2010, including 6 years as a NOAA commissioned officer.