Countdown to the Mapping Leaders Forum

We look forward to gathering in person again at our Mapping Leaders Forum in Denver, Colorado on June 23!

Our event theme “Transformations in the Industry” will illustrate recent trends and challenges in mapping since the arrival of COVID-19, and look ahead to new advances and opportunities in mapping, publishing, and technology. We’ll conclude with a member workshop on Geo Ethics that will contribute to the current discussions and initiatives among several global organizations.

Start the forum off with our Happy Hour the night before (June 22) — an opportunity for you to casually get together with other attendees before the main event the next day.

Our agenda consists of four sessions:

Session 1 | 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Transformative Influences on the Industry

  • Marcia FettigVice President at Frederic Printing
  • Dave McIlhaggaFounder & CEO at MapSherpa
  • Richard SerbyOwner at GeoSearch, Inc.
  • Dan Ortiz (moderator), Vice President at National Geographic Maps

Session 2 | 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM
Transformation in Action

  • Neil AllenDirector of Cartography at Benchmark Maps
  • Andrew StauffertopoBuilder Project Manager at U.S. Geological Survey
  • Tristan LyttleSenior Product Manager at Avenza Maps (co-presenting)
  • Rebecca WeberE-commerce Coordinator at Avenza Maps (co-presenting)
  • Aileen Buckley (moderator), Research Cartographer & Sr. Product Engineer at Esri

Session 3 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Transformation in Business

  • Thierry Jaccoud, Former CEO at GeoJunxion
  • Mani SinghCEO at NextByte Technologies
  • Dave Knipfer (moderator), President/Owner at Mapping Specialists

Session 4 | 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Geo Ethics Collaborative Workshop

This session will include roundtable discussions with our attendees.

  • Mark Cygan (moderator), Director of National Mapping & Statistic Solutions at Esri

Click here to learn more about our speakers.

Welcome New Members

David Chandler Company, Inc. was founded in 1976 in Pomona, California, with the goal to produce and market innovative observational astronomy aids and educational materials for amateur astronomers and students of all levels. We proudly publish the finest, easiest to use planispheres of the highest intellectual and technical integrity which is the hallmark of our products.

Today, David Chandler Company, Inc. is a woman-owned Colorado-based small business with customers all over the world. We strive to produce all of our products in the United States and all of our charts, books, and games are proudly printed and assembled in the USA. Our distribution is from the Denver, Colorado area which helps us ensure quick delivery anywhere in the world.

Colleges and universities comprise our largest market due to the technical accuracy of our products and because the design of our planisphere is unique in its ability to eliminate distortion. National parks, museums, planetariums and observatories make up another large share of our market because our products are so easy for beginners to use. In addition to North American distribution, our products are distributed to schools, museums, national parks and retail venues in Australia, South America and Europe. The planispheres are available in English, Spanish and Japanese with latitude editions for locations around the globe.

Visit their website at

Dennis Maps Ltd is the leading map printer in the UK, producing more than 2 million maps and charts every year. We offer a wide range of map printing services to a variety of clients, from large organizations to small businesses and individuals. We work with both the private and government sectors and are proud to be the trusted print partner of Ordnance Survey, the national mapping agency of Great Britain.

Operating from our dedicated map printing facility we offer comprehensive pre-press services, and large format print solutions using both litho and digital wide-format print technologies together with specialized map folding and map finishing techniques.

Our expert team will be able to advise on all aspects of both map printing and map finishing to help you find the perfect solution for your map printing project.

Visit their website at

Member News

When Eric Riback was a sales executive at National Geographic Maps in Denver, he hatched what he thought was a simple idea: buy a small publishing company, let it run almost on auto-pilot, and collect a steady income. It would function, he figured, like a reliable annuity.

“Basically, we bought the company to fulfill a dream for something to do on the side,” says Riback, 69. “There was no thought that somehow this is how we would make a living.”

That was 14 years ago.

Continue reading this article featuring IMIA member, Bella Terra, here.

Photo by Emily Sachar/The Red Hook Daily Catch

Stanfords Map of the Month for June 2022

NEW Earth Map by IMIA Member CartDeco

The Earth Map – this visually stunning wall map is both educational and decorative and ideal for any home, office or classroom.

Five years in the making this map contains meticulous up-to-date details, highlighting physical features, populated places and population density of countries as well as useful time zones.

Learn, reconnect, and discover the latest advances in geographic information system (GIS) technology when the Esri User Conference (July 11-15) returns to San Diego. Join thousands of users from around the globe and discover how they’re leveraging GIS capabilities to solve problems, create shared understanding, and map common ground.                                              

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EuroCarto 2022 (September 19-21) will consist of a three-day program with speaker presentations and an accompanying poster exhibition of accepted submissions.

We aim to bring together Cartographers and those working in related disciplines to offer a platform of discussion, exchange and stimulation of research and joined projects.

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AutoCarto 2022 (November 2-4, 2022) brings attention to ethical responsibilities we face in all aspects of our discipline with conversations on the power of maps and the critical need for integrity, inclusion, and empathy in cartography and GIScience. This event is in-person and virtual.

Submissions on topics from all areas of cartographic and geographic information science are welcome.

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