ICI Society Operations Team

Steve Mark, BA, ADipl T (GIS), GISP

Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations at ICI Society, Steve is fortunate to lead this innovative non-profit organization that facilitates the sharing of geo-spatial data from Local Governments, Utility companies, Provincial Ministries, First Nation Bands and the private sector within BC.

Steve is responsible for ensuring the Operations Team carries out the day to day activities in support of the Strategic Plan that has been set up by the Board. The role he plays at ICI Society is to bring together individuals from the diverse member segment and collaborate and facilitate new ideas that revolve around the sharing of geo-spatial data.

Though ICI Society is central in the sharing of geospatial data within BC, it is the fostering of strong relationships and trust among our membership that he feels has proven to be the true value. Membership outreach and support is definitely the highlight of his role at ICI Society.

He holds a BA in Geography form the University of Victoria and an Advanced Diploma in GIS from the College of New Caledonia.

When not chained to his desk Steve enjoys family time, skateboarding, biking, standup paddle boarding and the odd game of pickleball.

Eden McDonald-Yale, MSc

Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator

Eden is involved in outreach & engagement with all our valued Society members, supporting the Society’s service offerings and geo-spatial data products.

Eden is passionate about community-based strategies to building and maintaining vibrant, healthy, and inclusive communities. She holds a MSc Urban and Regional Planning and a BA Human Geography from the University of Alberta, and has diverse professional experience in research and communications, GIS and mapping, and community development.

Outside of work, she enjoys playing guitar, making pottery, bike riding, and hanging out with her cats.

Brian Leung, CTech Geomatics Technology

Systems Administrator

Brian came to the Society in Sept 2019 as the Systems Administrator. His role at the Society is to keep the IT infrastructure running to support member’s services. He also explores new technologies and services that will benefit the ICI Society and makes sure the systems adhere to current IT Standards.

Brian joined the Society with 25 years experience working for BC local government, specifically in GIS, Engineering infrastructure, and IT services.

Brian holds a diploma from Thompson Rivers University in Computer Aided Drafting & Design and a UNiGIS diploma from Simon Fraser University.

In his spare time, Brian he enjoys traveling, studying wine, martial arts and cycling.

Darren Smylie, BSc

GIS Technology Administrator

Darren is the GIS Technology Administrator. He is managing our current GeoShare data exchange infrastructure.

Darren holds a BSc. in Geomatics and Biology from the University of Victoria as well as a certificate in Python Programming from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

He has worked for municipal governments and private organizations primarily in GIS roles. He has worked and lived across Alberta, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories. Automating tasks using FME and Python is a professional interest.

In his off time, you can find him in the woods, on a beach, or composing music.

Mike Wardell

System Engineer

As the System Engineer, Mike’s experience developing Cadastral Data Management Systems and Spatial Data Warehouses within the Provincial Government has allowed him to take on a leading role in the development and implementation of many of the Society’s service offerings.

Having attended its inaugural meeting, Mike’s relationship with the Society has spanned decades. Being able to work with Society Members and the Operations Staff has been a very rewarding experience.

Outside of the office, Mike can be found fishing and hiking around Vancouver Island and various other destinations in B.C.

Karen Braun

Administration Coordinator

Karen supports the Board of Directors and the Director of Operations. As well, she is responsible for records management for the Society and the assignment of member credentials.

“On a personal note, I’ve driven on the Autobahn, I’m a mediocre chess player, and I’m terrified of spiders and they seem to know it as they seek me out at every opportunity. As well, I love a good laugh and I’m fortunate enough to work with such good natured, amazing people who afford me that luxury on a regular basis.”

Steve Mark, BA, ADipl T (GIS), GISP

Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations at ICI Society, Steve is fortunate to lead this innovative non-profit organization that facilitates the sharing of geo-spatial data from Local Governments, Utility companies, Provincial Ministries, First Nation Bands and the private sector within BC.

Steve is responsible for ensuring the Operations Team carries out the day to day activities in support of the Strategic Plan that has been set up by the Board. The role he plays at ICI Society is to bring together individuals from the diverse member segment and collaborate and facilitate new ideas that revolve around the sharing of geo-spatial data.

Though ICI Society is central in the sharing of geospatial data within BC, it is the fostering of strong relationships and trust among our membership that he feels has proven to be the true value. Membership outreach and support is definitely the highlight of his role at ICI Society.

He holds a BA in Geography form the University of Victoria and an Advanced Diploma in GIS from the College of New Caledonia.

When not chained to his desk Steve enjoys family time, skateboarding, biking, standup paddle boarding and the odd game of pickleball.

Eden McDonald-Yale, MSc

Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator

Eden is involved in outreach & engagement with all our valued Society members, supporting the Society’s service offerings and geo-spatial data products.

Eden is passionate about community-based strategies to building and maintaining vibrant, healthy, and inclusive communities. She holds a MSc Urban and Regional Planning and a BA Human Geography from the University of Alberta, and has diverse professional experience in research and communications, GIS and mapping, and community development.

Outside of work, she enjoys playing guitar, making pottery, bike riding, and hanging out with her cats.

Brian Leung, CTech Geomatics Technology

Systems Administrator

Brian came to the Society in Sept 2019 as the Systems Administrator. His role at the Society is to keep the IT infrastructure running to support member’s services. He also explores new technologies and services that will benefit the ICI Society and makes sure the systems adhere to current IT Standards.

Brian joined the Society with 25 years experience working for BC local government, specifically in GIS, Engineering infrastructure, and IT services.

Brian holds a diploma from Thompson Rivers University in Computer Aided Drafting & Design and a UNiGIS diploma from Simon Fraser University.

In his spare time, Brian he enjoys traveling, studying wine, martial arts and cycling.

Darren Smylie, BSc

GIS Technology Administrator

Darren is the GIS Technology Administrator. He is managing our current GeoShare data exchange infrastructure.

Darren holds a BSc. in Geomatics and Biology from the University of Victoria as well as a certificate in Python Programming from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

He has worked for municipal governments and private organizations primarily in GIS roles. He has worked and lived across Alberta, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories. Automating tasks using FME and Python is a professional interest.

In his off time, you can find him in the woods, on a beach, or composing music.

Mike Wardell

System Engineer

As the System Engineer, Mike’s experience developing Cadastral Data Management Systems and Spatial Data Warehouses within the Provincial Government has allowed him to take on a leading role in the development and implementation of many of the Society’s service offerings.

Having attended its inaugural meeting, Mike’s relationship with the Society has spanned decades. Being able to work with Society Members and the Operations Staff has been a very rewarding experience.

Outside of the office, Mike can be found fishing and hiking around Vancouver Island and various other destinations in B.C.

Karen Braun

Administration Coordinator

Karen supports the Board of Directors and the Director of Operations. As well, she is responsible for records management for the Society and the assignment of member credentials.

“On a personal note, I’ve driven on the Autobahn, I’m a mediocre chess player, and I’m terrified of spiders and they seem to know it as they seek me out at every opportunity. As well, I love a good laugh and I’m fortunate enough to work with such good natured, amazing people who afford me that luxury on a regular basis.”