Amelia Cooper,

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Amelia Cooper,

GIS Specialist

  • Classification: Associate
  • Discipline: Geomatics Technology

Career Experience

I began my career as a Geographer and Geomatics Technician at Simon Fraser University as a Marine Life Research Assistant. In this role, I assisted with the classification and mapping of different types of sea vegetation around Tofino.

Why I Became A Technology Professional

  • I became a Geomatics Technician because of my interests in mapping just about anything through GIS and Remote Sensing, particularly issues involving the environment. I discovered that this was an area of Geography I wanted to study in part because of the research opportunities in my employment program at the Neil Squire Society. One day, I hope to map volcanic landscapes in Hawaii using geomatics technology.

Career Highlights

  • Worked as a Human Resources Coordinator at BC Partners in Workforce Innovation, an organization that assists people with disabilities in attaining careers in different fields.
  • Met Rick Hansen and Walgreens CEO Randy Lewis through business conferences
  • Assisted in mapping sea vegetation along the coast of Tofino through using remote sensing and GIS software.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Currently, I volunteer as a Nature Guide for the City of Surrey, informing locals of the important urban wildlife in Surrey Parks. I have assisted in planning events and opportunities for geography students through the Geography Student Union at Simon Fraser University. Lastly, I assisted individuals in the Neil Squire program through public speaking, representation and training of Dragon Naturally Speaking.