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I am Evan Sepa.
GIS Professional and
advocate of awesome.

About

More About Me

I'm pretty awesome, and super humble about it.

Play Hard

Photo of me skydivingI love getting outdoors and being active. I'm really into board sports like skateboarding, snowboarding, and wakeboarding. Also, I enjoy extreme activities like skydiving, bungee jumping, white water rafting, and whatever gets the adrenaline going. As often as I can, I spend time with my friends and family.

Work Hard

Photo of me showcasing my work at a GIS conferenceI have an aptitude for applying my diverse techincal competencies when providing solutions for organizations. GIS and Web based solutions have been my primary career focus. I seek out opportunities to provide effective web/GIS/webGIS applications for people, which has endless future potential. I feel lucky to have found a career in something that I thoroughly enjoy.

Live Happy

photo of me bungee jumpingI am always looking to gain wisdom by learning about and exploring new opportunities. This includes physically taking part in new adventures and doing new things, volunteering my time to diversify my experiences, taking part in hackathons and contests, regularly watching TED talks, and following new technologies and trends.

Ya I got skills, what ya gonna do about it...

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    Complete GIS Solutions
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    Data Collection Solutions (Mobile,Drone)
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    Targeted End User GIS Tools
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    All-round ESRI Sourcerer
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    Web Developer
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    Open Initiatives (Open Data, Open Source)
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    Training others to work "smarter"
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    Making changes and disrupting
My Favorite Software and Tools

ESRI ArcGIS [Server, Desktop, Pro, Online, Collector, Survey123, Workforce], Geocortex, Voyager, FME Desktop and Server, SQL Server, Coding [html, css, js, php and mysql, using free templates and snippets :P], Ushahidi, Highcharts, GitHub, Sublime, Inkscape...

Personal Skills

Problem Solving, Innovative, Personable, Holistic Thinking, Creative, Motivating, Forward Thinking, Adaptable, Community Building... and pushing us all to be better, because not enough of us are.

My Work Related Experience.
I work smart and hard...

May 2016 - Present

Town of Orangeville

GIS Tech

I decided to come to Orangeville so that I can make significant changes to the productivity of town operations and the increase public access to functional informational tools. I feel I am best suited to this scenario as I can have a big influence and impact on all levels of operations, and provide excellent resources for the Town's staff, residents and visitors.

November 2014 - May 2016

York Region

GIS Technologist

York Region was a great place to develop a number of my skills. Having a large group of GIS colleagues with diverse skillsets is an amazing asset. I developed and implemented many large enterprise tools, and worked on large projects spanning many departments. Overall, my experiences here gave me more clarity in what I desire, and more confidence in tackling new challenges.

November 2013

Toronto Plaques Map

Volunteer Work

I created a custom google web map that shows historical plaques around Toronto. This web map was made for Alan Brown's Toronto Historical Plaques website. Visit the Toronto Plaques Map

September 2013

Rideau Canal Historical and Informational Website

Volunteer Work

I created a simple AGOL web app that shows the Rideau Canal Lockstations. This web map was made for Ken Watson's Rideau Canal website. Visit the Rideau Canal Photo Tour App and the similar Rideau Canal Lockstation Tour App

August 2013

Historical Society of Ottawa

Volunteer Work

I created a simple AGOL web app that shows the museums across Ottawa. This web map was made for the Historical Society of Ottawa's website. Visit the Museums in Ottawa App

January 2009 - November 2014

Township of North Frontenac

IT Tech / GIS Coordinator

My time spent here gave me some of the most beneficial experiences of my career. Fresh out of university, I came into a municipality that previously had no GIS development. As the sole resident expert I was able to develop the GIS foundations with little to no restrictions, expectations or pressure. My wonderful time here came to an end mainly because of my distance from family and friends. However, after 6 years in this position I significantly impacted not only North Frontenac's operations, but we also raised expectations; For example, we passed Open Government policies and launched an Open Data site in 2014, and moved from hardcopy to electronic council agendas in 2011. While trival for larger cities, this was non-existant in rural municipalities in the area and I had to push through resistance from the status-quo. Also, I gained significant confidence in my abilities and judgement.

What People Say.

Nothing like an positive unsolicited comment to keep your head up.

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format_quoteI love the cemetery feature… I have been working on my family tree off and on for years and that feature is amazing!

— Public Individual Regarding the Cemetery Viewer
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format_quoteHi Evan - the new webpage is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! North Frontenac has finally arrived in the new era, I love it!! . . . Great job Evan, the webpage sure has matured since you've been here.

— North Frontenac Township Staff Regarding NorthFrontenac.com
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format_quoteThanks to Evan for the excellent information regarding the upcoming eletions. The information provided is clear, concise and contains links to other sites should additional information be required. Good for us!

— North Frontenac Deputy Mayor '06-'10 Regarding NorthFrontenac.com
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format_quoteEvan, Was checking links on our website and came across the new and vastly improved N. Frontenac site. What a great resource ! Congratulations to you and the N. Frontenac council for using technology to improve communication with constituents. . . Keep up the great work. Your constituents are being VERY well served.

— Lake Association Regarding NorthFrontenac.com
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format_quoteHi Evan - you should be VERY proud. The website is amazing. We actually have a website to be proud of ourselves…

— North Frontenac Township Staff Regarding NorthFrontenac.com
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format_quoteWhile speaking with [A woman locating an ancestor of hers], she advised the Township's webpage is one of the best she has ever seen and the easiest to navigate through to find information. This woman advised she has been on hundreds and hundreds of webpages in her genealogy search over the years and found our webpage one of the best. She advised to tell whoever is responsible for the webpage to keep up the great work.

— North Frontenac Visitor Regarding NorthFrontenac.com
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format_quoteI own a cottage on Canonto Lake. I love your new website. It's well organized and features all the beauty and things I love about North Frontenac. I especially like the weather and fire ban info on the main page. . . Good work.

— North Frontenac Resident Regarding NorthFrontenac.com
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format_quoteThanks Evan. You're worth your weight in gold! ... Once again, you are worth your weight in gold. Much appreciated Evan.
*That's about 3.5 to 4 million USD if you are wondering.

— North Frontenac Township Staff Regarding prompt action, results, and high quality of work.
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format_quoteI wanted to extend my thanks and appreciation to the Township for allowing small businesses the opportunity to access computer training with Evan Sepa. I had the privilege of having Evan provide three days of computer training at our Lodge and it was an invaluable experience. Evan always came prepared, was very patient and thoughtful, and he always followed through with any commitment he made, in particular, the step by step list he did for me on Excel. It was also a great convenience to have Evan come onsite. For me, it was wonderful to have the training done on my own computer and in my own workspace. Often, as the day went on, questions popped up on a 'number of little things' more specific to my work and needs which I believe would not have happened in another setting. It was a great experience.

— North Frontenac Business Owner Regarding on-site personalized training
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format_quoteJust wanted to say Thank You to the Township for initiating the Computer and Internet Training Program with Evan Sepa. He was most informative and helpful in showing me solutions to my problems and how to use other programs. It was most helpful and enjoyable Thanks again.

— North Frontenac Business Owner Regarding on-site personalized training
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format_quoteWOW! WOW! WOW! This is an excellent initiative and you should be commended for doing this. Keep up the great work!

— North Frontenac Township Staff Regarding north frontenac park lands campsite maps
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format_quoteThat is amazing. I think it will make life much easier for all, especially with the distance thing [Canoe Route Measuring Tool]. Many people call and want to know the distance from the launch to their campsite. The features you have included are fantastic. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this.

— North Frontenac Township Staff Regarding north frontenac park lands campsite maps
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format_quote...Thank you, thank you. Tell Evan it's the best formatted e-agenda I have ever received. Do you mind if I get some other municipalities to call Evan to tell them how to put it together. I think it would be good for their members of Council as well. And at only 9 meg's it's an easy file to download.

— Local Newspaper Regarding council e-agendas
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format_quoteWow - that's so awesome! If I ever have any other customers looking for something like this are you willing / able to be contracted out?

— Reservation System Provider Regarding custom web development
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format_quote...[Township Resident] added that the booklet was "absolutely fantastic" and that he wanted to obtain several copies to send to Americans. Kudos to you!!!

— North Frontenac Mayor '06-'10 Regarding a municipal brochure
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format_quote...I will take please in showing it to relatives and friends in the GTA. Regards.

— North Frontenac Resident Regarding a municipal brochure
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format_quote...[Person's name] lives in Lanark and is very happy with the green brochure you had made up. [They] would like to know where you had it made, how much it cost, etc.. as [they would] like to provide the information to Council in Lanark so they'll consider one similar in nature.

— North Frontenac Township Staff Regarding a municipal brochure
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Sent to me - "Evan, thanks you for your efforts and excellent customer service. Much Appreciated."

Sent to my Director - "I just wanted to let you know that Evan has been so helpful with getting my group up and running with ArcGIS Online. We have had some kinks getting the [Web Map] up and running but whenever we ran into an issue Evan has been on it right away."

— York Region Staff Regarding a collaborative AGOL project

Projects

See My Latest Projects.

I make some pretty cool stuff... I think.

Planning Information Portal

Web GIS

I put together a planning based web application using ESRI's Web App Builder, and some simple supporting html pages. This means you can get ample information right from the map, and then click on links that bring you to an webpage with more comprehensive information. This is a great application that can be repeated for any town/city big or small. Contact me if your interested in setting this up for your organization.

Planning Information Portal (PIP)

Bin They Go

Web Development

I created a waste sorting web app for the Guelph Hackathon using their open data. This allows users to type in an item and see which bin it belong in. The best part is the ease in which any staff can make updates to the list of items. Contact me if your interested in setting this up for your organization.

Bin They Go Guelph's Version - "Sort Right"

North Frontenac Open Data

Web Development

In the Township of North Frontenac we were quick to adopt many modern online practices, including this open data implentation thanks to ESRI's easy to setup Open Data Site. As a result of our ArcGIS Online implementation, I was asked to speak at the ESRI User Conference in Ottawa.

North Frontenac Open Data

Bridges Across America - 1st Place URISA Map Contest

Cartography

I won 1st place with this submission to the 2014 Map Contest held by the GISCI. I used a retro palette in this unique design of a 11x17 hardcopy map of the 2013 National Bridge Inventory, complete with charts and fun facts.

URISA Contest Page

North Frontenac Website

Web Development

I created and maintained 2 versions of the North Frontenac Municipal Website including the latest released 2013. This modern accessible website has a responsive design, searchable file archives, and interactive visualizations for exceptional service to the public. An emphasis on maps is planned with the integration of ArcGIS Online for Organizations. I believe this site is exceptional in providing public information in an attractive interface. Read more about the website's history.

North Frontenac Website

Rideau Lockstations

Web GIS

This volunteer project for Rideau-Info.com complimented existing information by showcasing the Rideau Lockstations along the Rideau Canal in an interactive web map application.

Rideau Lockstations List Rideau Lockstations Map Tour

Roger Tomlinson Tribute

Web GIS

Roger F. Tomlinson, OC (17 November 1933 – 9 February 2014) was an English geographer and the primary originator of modern computerized geographic information systems (GIS), and has been acknowledged as the 'father of GIS' - Wikipedia. This web mapping application utilizing ESRI story map templates presents a visual biography. This was a modest submission for the ESRI Storytelling with Maps contest.

Roger Tomlinson Web Map

Toronto Plaques

Web GIS

This volunteer project for the TorontoPlaques.com website presents the database of 800+ plaques located around Toronto in an interactive web map application. I originally created a map with search and filters, it has since been simplified to a basic google map.

Original Map (Retired) Toronto Plaques Map

NF Park Lands Campsite Viewer

Web GIS

The North Frontenac Park Lands Online Campsite Map has been well recieved by campers in the program. This online web map allows campers to browse campsites and boat launches, and measure an approximate canoe route to get an idea of travel distances. All of the mapping references on the NFPL website come with a video tutorial to help less experienced users better utilize them.

NF Park Lands Campsite Viewer

North Frontenac Wall Map

Cartography

I have produced two large Wall Maps available to the public. These 36''x44'' wall maps contain significant data including points of interest, campsites, fish stocking information, and land classes. The 2 variations of this map include a 'lots and concessions' and 'topographic' base. This is the first detailed and publicly available map from the municipality.

ATV Route Map

Cartography

Guided by local experts, I traversed the 114km route via ATV collecting data and photos. Using ArcMap to create a spatially accurate map, and further enhancing the design with Adobe Illustrator, this stunning 11''x17'' map has the highest quality and value to trail go-ers. The front of the map has turn-by-turn coordinates and markers, with ample data about the route available. The back of the map includes photos, locations in various coordinate systems, and an elevation profile of the entire route.

Statistics Canada Maps

Web GIS

Using 2011 census data I created two web maps with population and dwellings data for the Township of North Frontenac and surrounding regions. One map shows population and population growth and density. The other shows total dwellings and relative seasonal residency in a side-by-side map.

Population App Dwelling App

Council Agenda Process

Process Improvement

Observing that significant improvements could me made to the Council Agenda process, I strongly promoted that the Township go digital. Training staff with Adobe Acrobat software, and working closely with the Clerk's department to refine the process, we were successful in implementing E-Agendas. This improved the Township's methods of creation, organization, and distribution of Council Agendas and Minutes. The tens of thousands of pages that were consumed at Council Meetings each year were replaced with digital documents and laptops. Our resulting product had a positive impact on the area, and proved to be a model for surrounding municipalities. This process was replicated for all committees and task forces, and searchable archives of them all are now available at NorthFrontenac.com.

NF Council Agendas

Building Data Vizualizations

Data Visualization

Observing that significant improvements could me made to the Council Agenda process, I strongly promoted that the Township go digital. Training staff with Adobe Acrobat software, and working closely with the Clerk's department to refine the process, we were successful in implementing E-Agendas. This improved the Township's methods of creation, organization, and distribution of Council Agendas and Minutes. The tens of thousands of pages that were consumed at Council Meetings each year were replaced with digital documents and laptops. Our resulting product had a positive impact on the area, and proved to be a model for surrounding municipalities. This process was replicated for all committees and task forces, and searchable archives of them all are now available at NorthFrontenac.com.

Building Data Visualizations

Frontenac Maps Website

Web Development

In my position at the Township of North Frontenac, a lower tier of the County of Frontenac, I offered my coding skills and proposed a new website for the County's online mapping site. In collaboration with the County I created this public facing site which offers a number of GIS assets.

Frontenac Maps Website

Highlights

Honours and Awards.

It's not bragging if you can back it up. - M. Ali

June 2018

ESRI App of the Month Award

I put together a planning based web application using ESRI's Web App Builder, and some simple supporting html pages. This means you can get ample information right from the map, and then click on links that bring you to an html page with more comprehensive information. This is a great application that can be repeated for any town/city big or small. Contact me if your interested in setting this up for your organization.

Open the Planning Information Portal
May 2018

URISA Best Public Sector GIS

At the Town of Orangeville we recieved recognition for the rapid development and implementation of GIS with the Best Public Sector GIS - silver award. We have made significant improvements to a number of processes and greatly increased the access to data and information with GIS in just two years.

URISA Awards
March, 2015

Bin They Go - Guelph Open Data Hackathon

I submitted the "Bin They Go" app using the City of Guelph's waste/recycling information available through the Open Data site. I was very proud of this application because it is a complete solution that makes it simple for staff to update and maintain. This is important for uptake, and its proven effectiveness is that the City decided to implement this solution for regular use. Contact me if your interested in setting this up for your organization.

Open "Bin They Go" Open Guelph's Version - "Sort Right"
October, 2014

ESRI UC Ottawa - A Municipal AGOL Organization Implementation

Being an early adopter of the ArcGIS Online platform at the Town of North Frontenac, I was able to make strides while larger organizations were slower to the game. As a result, I was asked to speak at the ESRI User Conference in Ottawa to showcase the many applications that we had deployed to improve municipal and public resources, including a campsite map with integrated booking, municipal cemetery web maps with info and photos, and many other reference maps, like a digital 10 year road plan, all of which were exceptional resources to have at that time.

UC Agenda
April, 2014

URISA Showcase and Award for Best Public Sector GIS

I put some work on display at the URISA Conference in Guelph. I showcased GIS in a Town of <2000 people. Also, because I was already deep into online GIS I worked together with Kevin Farrell, at the County of Frontenac, on a number of initiatives that led to the County winning the URISA Gold Award in Best Public Sector GIS.

Frontenac News Article
March, 2014

GISCI Map Contest - 1st Place

I won first prize in the 2014 GISCI Map Contest! I had an interest in putting some real time/effort into an aesthetically pleasing map, and this map contest was a great opportunity for that. I put a lot of time in and aquired a lot new knowledge about what goes into making a great map. Maybe even better than the award was besting the amazing Jonah Adkins (just this once), who is a fantasitc GIS practitioner and someone I regularly look up to in creating the awesome.

GISCI Map Contest Site Bridges Across America Map

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