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David Sampson

Personal Profile


I find it interesting to look back to our previous employment history. My dad used to always tell me when I was getting frustrated at people or situations at a particular job to "rember this as something not to do when you are in your ideal job in the future". This still sticks with me, even with the fun and exciting jobs I continue to find.

I have also always like the philosophy of "find something you enjoy doing and get someone to pay you for it". This has happened a number of times and keep me motivated for the next opportunity


David Sampson is currently employed with the Federal Government of Canada as a Technology Analyst in the field of Geomatics.



Dave Sampson is a wilderness traveler and experiential educator turned desk-jockey and Open Source GIS Geek.

Starting as a camper with Scouts Canada, Dave transitioned into leadership roles throughout his youth. Dave retired from the vocation of professional camp councelor and wilderness guide after 10 summer seasons traveling the wilds of Ontario's back country.

Dave started leading trips in Eastern Ontario, migrating to the Algonquin region and finally ending in the reaches of Northern Ontario.

Dave holds a Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation Parks and Tourism, a Bachelor of Arts in Geography with a minor in Occupational ethics as well as a certificate in Tourism Resource Management from Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Ontario.

He has always blended his intrigue of the scientific process with his love for the natural world. Early influences such as John Muir impacted his understanding of his surroundings. This often resulted in combining philosophy with science to gain a greater understanding of the world

He was first introduced to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) through a provincial pilot project while attending Confederation High School in Ottawa, Dave is now an active member in the Free and Open Source Software for Geomatics (FOSS4G) community. As a co-founder of the Ottawa Chapter of the Open Geospatial Foundation, he has been active in many FOSS4G projects over the years.

Dave is an advocate of open source technology and a supporter of sustainable open source projects. Where feasible, Dave helps advise management at NRCAN how to implement and develop open source solutions that can help save time, money and increase productivity. The use of Free and Open Sourtce Software within the federal government has become increasingly possible with the Treasury Boards position on Open Source (currently being updated).

Dave is quite excited about the adoption of open source throughout his evolving career and sees many opportunities to act as a resource, subject matter expert and advisor in this field.

Dave often reminisces on his time living on lakes and in forests.

While considering his role as a public servant, his future ambitions include project management, a stint in policy (NRCAN's Science Policy Integration Branch?) and always looking for opportunities as an intrapreneur within the Government of Canada.

Outside of work Dave Other interests include anything outdoors in the fresh air. If he could, Dave would move his office to a picnic table under a tree. In the winter, Telemark Skiing occupies the majority of Dave's time. He co-founded Freeheelers United, a Telemark ski school servicing the National Capital region. With interruptions to skate, shovel and play in snow forts. Once the snow melts, out come a plethora of other toys like bikes, canoes, tents and backpacks.

Throughout all seasons a camera can be found not too far away from Dave's side. Although he focuses mainly on Nature and Landscape, with the advent of digital photography Dave has experimented with many other genres such as people, architecture and abstract, as he continues to develop his own style and tastes. Check out his online photo album at Photo.net