Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards

By on 1 June, 2022

Amelia Davies, recipient of the 2021 SSSI President’s Award.

The winners of the individual and industry 2021 Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEAs) were announced last week at the Locate22 conference in Canberra.

The APSEAs are awarded each year by the SSSI and SIBA|GITA in recognition of excellence and achievement across a range of activity categories.

In addition to the winners listed below, three other special awards were announced: the SSSI President’s Award to Amelia Davies and the Eminence Award to Greg Scott, and the SIBA|GITA Chairman’s Award to Maurits van der Vlugt.

As well, a new award was announced, to commence this coming year. In honour of Bruce Thompson, who passed away last year, the Bruce Thompson Award will recognise an individual who demonstrates innovation, enthusiasm and commitment that has led to a positive impact on the spatial sector and industry.

Nominations are now open for the 2022 APSEAss — for details, visit

Individual Awards

Professional of the Year (Winner): Kellie Dean (Vic)

Professional of the Year (Highly Commended): Stuart Caie (NZ)

Future Leader of the Year Award: Jennifer Brindle (SA)

Diversity & Inclusion Award: Andrew Dowding (WA)

Educational Development Award: Zahra Gharineiat (Qld)

Postgraduate Student Award: Amelie Jeanneau (SA)

Undergraduate Student Award: Pearl Ontse (WA)

Vocational Education Training Award: Jason Hanckel (NSW)

President’s Award: Amelia Davies

Eminence Award: Greg Scott

Industry Awards

Workforce Development & Inclusion Award plus JK Barrie Award: Winyama and NGIS

Environment & Sustainability Award: Australian Institute of Marine Science, QUT (Queensland University of Technology), Accenture Australia, Palau International Coral Reef Centre, Wildlife Conservation Society Fiji, Marine Ecology Consulting and The University of the South Pacific

Spatial Enablement Award: Stantec and Tauranga City Council

Technical Excellence Award: Critchlow Geospatial

Innovation Award – Small Business: Fox and Associates

Innovation Award – Medium to Large Business: NSW Department of Customer Service

Award for International Partnership: NGIS

Community Impact Award: WA Department of Health

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