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Inventing the First GIS

Dr. Roger Tomlinson Awarded an Order of Canada

Dr. Roger Tomlinson has been awarded an Order of Canada for his great contributions associated with inventing the first GIS in the world. He is a visionary geographer who Dr. Roger Tomlinsonconceived and developed GIS for use by the Canada Land Inventory. Recognized as the "father of GIS," he pioneered its use worldwide to collect, manage, and manipulate geographical data, changing the face of geography as a discipline.

His work established Canada's reputation for excellence in the emerging and continually expanding field of geospatial analysis. Governments and scientists around the world have turned to him to better understand our environment and changing patterns of land use and to better manage urban development and our precious natural resources.

Dr. Roger F. Tomlinson is president of Tomlinson Associates Ltd., Consulting Geographers, 17 Kippewa Dr., Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 3G3 Canada. For more information, call 613-324-1001.

The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement and service in various fields of human endeavor. Appointments are made on the recommendation of an Advisory Council, chaired by the Chief Justice of Canada. For more information about the Order of Canada, visit

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