Our Mission

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The Canadian Research and Mapping Association (CRMA) is a not-for-profit organization specializing in digital preservation, collection management systems, and mapping military history.

For the past three years our team has been using GIS to build groundbreaking content that is changing how the public interacts with history. Starting with our innovative Project'44, the entire history of the Canadian Army in North-West Europe was captured on an easy to use web map, combining digitized war diaries form Library Archives Canada.

Since our inception we have worked with museums across Canada, helping to streamline digitization efforts and make archival collections public through online collection management systems.

Our Projects


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PROJECT'44 THE ROAD TO LIBERATION

The Road to Liberation is an online web map which combines, Aerial imagery, war diaries, authentic maps allowing users explore the Normandy campaign like never before.

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WWII DIARY DIGITIZATION PROJECT

Beginning in 2019 this project was developed under a collaboration between the Library and Archives Canada, and the Canadian Research and Mapping Association.

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VEDAY75 - NORMANDY TO NETHERLANDS

VEDay75 focuses on the stories of three iconic Canadians who fought in the Netherlands, and brings together the experiences of six other Canadians as they fought through six key cities on Canadas “Road to Liberation” in the Second World War.

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IWO JIMA DEFENSE OVERLAY

Focusing on this iconic battle of the pacific theater explore the island through observation and fields of fire, cover and concealment analysis.

Our Expertise

Leverage 5+ mapping layers that include over 60,000 points of data covering unit positions in the European Theatre of Operations, as well as other comprehensive geospatial data derived from sourced archival documents.

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Data Services

Stream our latest content directly into your own applications and workflow with our robust web services and data stores.

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Applications

Creation of custom developed map applications that visualize map data, providing your business with accurate and engaging content.

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Collection Management Systems

Keep track of archival collections with a flexible system that allows your users to quickly understand vital information on your collection.

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UXO Research

From maps, war records, defensive positions and aerial photography, our extensive data will provide insight for many European UXO site surveys.

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Digitization Services

Cartographic collections can present challenging digitization scenarios, a tailored made solution is an great way to increase accessibility of your maps.

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Research Services

With access to an extensive collection of documents like military personnel records, war diaries, maps and photographs we can provide answers to the questions you have.

The Team

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NATHAN KEHLER ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Nathan is the Executive Director of the Canadian Research and Mapping Association and one of the creators of Project'44: The Road to Liberation. Nathan is a veteran of the Canadian Forces, having served in both Afghanistan and Latvia. His expertise is in web mapping and data management, and his passion lies in showing the history of where.


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DREW HANNEN ASSOCIATION VICE-PRESIDENT

Drew is the Co-founder and Vice-President of the Canadian Research and Mapping Association (CRMA), He specializes in digital preservation, collection management systems, and mapping the history of where. Through this work, he has developed a keen interest in understanding people's connection with the land and the role contemporary and archival maps play.


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DANIEL MODEN RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

With an academic background in historical and educational studies, Dan specializes in the research of historical documents and multimedia teaching techniques. His passion for teaching led him to the CRMA, as he aims to pass the knowledge, experience and lessons learned from Canadian military history onto the next generation of students.


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BRADLEY ST CROIX RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Brad St.Croix is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Ottawa, and holds a BA and MA from the University of Western Ontario. Brad is a frequent presenter of Canadian Military History and has presented many conference papers on the subject. With a passion for history, Brad worked as a research assistant at the Canadian War Museum while working on his thesis.


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ADAM STEEL GIS ANALYST

Adam is an expert in the world of GIS and has an advanced diploma in Geomatics from Algonquin College. With over 10 years of experience in the Canadian Forces, Adam has supported both Land and Air operations across the globe, with key decision-makers relying upon his GIS advice.

THE BOARD

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MARK GASPAROTTO

Mark leverages his strategic and tactical leadership approach to help private and public-sector organizations increase their members' leadership and resilience, strengthen their teams, enhance their organizational culture, and expand their influence. An accomplished TEC Canada speaker, Mark combines rich personal experience with applicable theories and current trends to deliver practical, achievable outcomes, whatever the leadership challenge.


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GEOFF OSBORNE

Geoff has played a pivotal role at NRStor, having joined the company when it was founded in 2012. He is primarily focused on identifying business development opportunities, overseeing project management & operations, securing investment, and strategic planning. Geoff has led several major utility infrastructure initiatives and has extensive experience working on battery, flywheel, compressed air energy storage (CAES) and renewable energy projects.


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DAVID O'MALLEY

Dave is a graduate of the Carleton University School of Architecture and Urbanism. He instead started Aerographics even before completing his degree. He has nearly 50 years of experience as an illustrator and over 40 as a graphic designer. Self-taught in the techniques of graphic design, book design, creative writing and business development, Dave comes from an era when the tools of the trade were actual knives, pens and air brushes.


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DR. MARC MILNER

An author of several acclaimed, award winning scholarly monographs, Marc has also written a truly impressive number of popular books and articles that have almost single-handedly elevated the quality of Canadian naval military historiography. These publications reveal Dr. Milner's rare skill to reach and educate the wider audience while at the same time maintaining high scholarly standards.


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PATRON.
BRIGADIER-GENERAL S.M. IRWIN CD (RETD)

Canadian Military Engineer Colonels Commandant

Testimonials

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Don CooperPresident

Juno Beach Centre Association

"The Juno Beach Centre Association is excited to partner with the Canadian Research and Mapping Association on VEDay75 - Normandy to Netherlands," "This project, with its focus on telling stories and connecting today's youth with yesterday's heroes, forms an integral part of the JBCA's V-E Day educational offerings. This is an excellent opportunity for youth across the country to engage with the magnificent Project'44 web map curated by the CRMA, and builds upon our successful 'Juno75' collaboration with Defining Moments Canada in 2019."

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Janet WalkerPresident & CEO

Canada's History

"We were honoured to recognize your project through this year's shortlist and to share your innovative work with others across Canada. The judges were impressed by the quality of your submission and the great work that has been accomplished through your project. Project'44 is doing extensive work to make accessible an important part of Canada's military history. Through your website and map, you are sharing archival research and findings with audiences across the country in a way that is engaging and interactive"

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Norman CharbonneauDeputy Librarian and Archivist

Library and Archives Canada

"Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to support the Canadian Research and Mapping Association's (CRMA) work in commemorating the Second World War.

CRMA's work to develop in-depth web maps covering the Victory campaign of 1944 and 1945 will assist in honouring the courage and sacrifices of members of the First Canadian Army."

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Ottawa, Ontario
Montreal, Quebec

INFO@CRMA-ACRC.CA

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