Ray Jahncke, a Forest Inventory Data Analyst by day and Director with the Canadian Remote Sensing Society by night. While attending Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing in Quebec City in 2022, Ray thought Halifax would be a natural fit to host the event and took action to bring it to our city in June, 2024.
Ray landed himself on the local organizing committee for the event as well. Having never planned on a symposium before, Ray leaned on support from his colleagues and Discover Halifax to put the event together.
WHY HE DID IT
The Symposium aligned to the work that Ray was doing here in Halifax. “The Province of Nova Scotia has a lot going for it with the science of remote sensing and it’s growing exponentially. There’s a lot of opportunities in this field,” said Ray. “Halifax is home to some top remote sensing research.”
He also saw the City of Halifax is, on its own, a draw. “Halifax has grown a lot, it’s a beautiful city… We have a lot going on here and I really think it is a great place to visit and to host events,” said Ray.
Ray saying, “it was a good experience” and that he was happy that he did it, is enough for us, but the numbers are also compelling. The Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing is set to bring 200 remote sensing professionals to Halifax in 2024 andhundreds of thousands of dollars in economic impact.