December 12, 2022 -- Toronto -- Ecopia AI (Ecopia) is pleased to announce that Dan Ross, former Geographic Information Officer (GIO) for the State of Minnesota, will be supporting the team as a strategic advisor. Ross brings his deep knowledge of public sector geospatial data applications to Ecopia to better enable our government clients with cutting-edge solutions to some of the world’s most complex challenges.
With over 28 years of experience with geographic information systems (GIS), Ross has held many strategic positions within government geospatial offices. Starting as a GIS intern for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, he worked his way up to become GIS supervisor before spending 14 years in leadership positions for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Ross served as GIO for the State of Minnesota from 2013-2022, as well as Director of the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office and Ex Officio of the Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council.
Outside of Minnesota state service, Ross has held leadership positions within several national, state, and local GIS organizations. From 2018-2019, he served as president of the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), and again in 2022 as Interim Executive Director. Ross also worked as the Chief Business Technology Officer for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Board of Water and Soil Resources, and the Health Licensing Boards.
“The Ecopia team has long admired the contributions Dan Ross has made to GIS in the public sector, and is thrilled to have him on board as we continue to innovate and develop geospatial solutions for our customers in the government,” said Brandon Palin, Senior Director of Public Sector and International Development at Ecopia.
“Ecopia is transforming the GIS industry for governments, and I’m excited to be a part of it all,” added Ross. “There is so much potential for GIS data in the public sector, and I am looking forward to helping Ecopia enable governments with solutions for pressing challenges such as climate change, transportation safety, and equitable access to location intelligence.”
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