Eric Loubier, Director, NRCAN

Mr. Loubier has bachelor degree in Geography, a master degree in Public Administration and more than 20 years of experience in various fields of geomatics, especially in mapping and remote sensing.

For the last 15 years, Mr. Loubier worked for the federal government, for NRCan as project manager, program manager and now as the director for the Canadian Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO).

The GeoBase division is part of CCMEO and has the mandate to provide geospatial information and knowledge for the country. Traditionally, this group has been responsible to produce and disseminate the digital topographic coverage of Canada but it is today also heavily involved in the establishment of a ‘’one stop shop’’ of open geospatial data for the federal government, called the Federal Geospatial Platform.

Mr. Loubier is also actively involved in the NRCan lead national GeoBase initiative whereby the Federal and Provincial/Territorial governments have agreed to work together ensure the availability of quality digital base maps over all of Canada in the short and long run. As such, he also participates to the Canadian Council On Geomatics (CCOG) to which the GeoBase Steering Committee reports to.

Finally Mr. Loubier is also involved in CCMEO’s renewal process, leading the Branch redesign of its mapping processes in order to take advantages technological changes in the field of geomatics (Open Data, Web 2.0 …).