E.A. (Ed) Kennedy

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Ed Kennedy, ALS
Known for Alberta's 7th Director of Surveys, 1982-1987

Ed Kennedy was born in Truro, Nova Scotia in 1950 and graduated from Hants East Rural High in 1968 and then with a B.Sc. in Survey Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 1973.

From 1973 to 1975, he worked for the Surveys & Mapping Branch of Energy Mines & Resources in Ottawa before joining Stewart, Weir & Company in Edmonton and articling to Charlie Weir. He left Stewart Weir in 1977 to join the Mapping Branch of the Alberta Bureau of Surveying & Mapping and complete his articles under Wally Youngs.

On September 19, 1979, he was commissioned as an Alberta Land Surveyor. In 1976, he had been commissioned as a Canada Lands Surveyor.

In 1982, he was appointed Alberta’s seventh Director of Surveys, a position he held until 1987, when he was appointed to the position of Assistant Deputy Minister, Land Information Services. He returned to Ottawa to become president of the Geomatics Industry Association of Canada (GIAC). GIAC's mission is to “facilitate networking amongst member organizations and disseminate information on opportunities, stakeholder involvement, procedures and policies of interest to its members.”

In 2003, Ed Kennedy became the Managing Director of a new export marketing organization, the Canadian GeoProject Centre (CGC), which GIAC created in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Marine Communications. CGPC is an export business network hub that was established to seek and secure large spatial data infrastructure and spatial information application projects worldwide.