JOINT COMMISSION WORKING GROUP ON
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New Editors of the Newsletter: Eleni Tziortzioti
(Greece), Angela Kesiena Etuonovbe (Nigeria), Marie Robidoux (Canada)
Tania Marynowich: Young Lady Canadian Surveyor,
first aboriginal woman in Canada to obtain a Canada Lands Surveyor
Commission 1 Working Group - Students and
Young Professionals - Chair Cecilia Lindén
European Institute for Gender Equality to be
set up in Vilnius - Women’s rights/Equal opportunities - 14-12-2006
by Gabriele Dasse
New Editors of the Newsletter: Eleni
Tziortzioti (Greece), Angela Kesiena Etuonovbe (Nigeria), Marie Robidoux
Gabriele Dasse left the FIG activities after nine successful
years, most of them involving with Working Group for Under Representing
All of us have to give our many thanks to Gabriele, for her excellent
work during those years, and ask her to support us for the future.
The responsibility (editing) of the Newsletter is now on the hands of
following three ladies:
- Eleni Tziortzioti, Greece
- Angela Kesiena Etuonovbe, Nigeria
- Marie Robidoux, Canada
We appreciate the response of Gabriele Dasse, Pat Morton and Cecilia
Lindin. We would like also to ask for the help of the rest of you, for
articles, and new ideas.
Eleni Tziortzioti, Greece
Mrs Eleni Tzortzioti graduated from the Faculty of Rural Surveying
Engineering, from the Polytechnic School of Aristotle University of
Thessalonica in 1990.
She currently works as advisor to the Deputy Minister of the
She is a member of EMDYDAS Delegation (Union of the Greek engineers
occupied by the Public Sector), and she is a member the Board of the
Hellenic Association of Rural & Surveying Engineer (HARSE) for the last
10 years. Since 1997 she corresponds to the FIG activities as representative of
HARSE and TCG and since 2001 she is delegate in FIG Commission 7.
In her private life she is married to Fotis Dellaportas, a Civil
Engineer, and they have a daughter born in 2000.
Angela Kesiena Etuonovbe, Nigeria
Mrs. Angela Kesiena Etuonovbe has a B.Sc.(Hons) degree in Surveying,
Geodesy & Photogrammetry from the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus.
She is a Registered Surveyor and the first female Surveyor in Private
Practice in Delta State, with over fourteen years of experience in the
practice of Surveying, Engineering and Mapping. She also has a Masters
in Business Administration (MBA). And currently undergoing an Msc.
Course in Project Management. Angela resides in Warri, Delta State Nigeria. She is the Principal
Consultant, AnGene Surveys and Consultants, a private firm in Warri.
She is also a Consultant to the Federal and Delta State Government of
Nigeria, and to several Dredging Companies in Nigeria.
She is a prolific writer, a Lady of the Knights of Saint Mulumba
Nigeria, Member of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, the
indefatigable Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Institution of
Surveyors - Delta State Branch, and the Coordinator, Women – In -
Surveying for Edo and Delta States.
Over the period, she had successfully executed a research work on ROAD
CONSTRUCTION IN NIGERIA – DEFECTS AND SOLUTIONS. And she is currently on
a research on lasting SOLUTIONS TO EROSION PROBLEMS IN
DELTA STATE NIGERIA.
From her school days, she has always been an icon to female Surveying
Students and has been championing the course of Gender inequality in the
Survey Profession in Nigeria.
She presented two papers “Under Represented Group – Projecting the Image
of the Nigeria Female Surveyor” and “Administering Marine Spaces: The
Problem of Coastal Erosion In Nigeria – A case study of Forcados South
Point, Delta State” at the XXIII International FIG Congress at Holiday
Inn, Munich, Germany.
She had authored eight informative, educative exciting and highly
spiritual books currently on the Bookshelves. Over 5000 copies of God the Father Loves You Personally
have been printed in the
past two years and distributed freely to prisons, hospitals,
communities, youths, schools and the needy.
She is excited at challenges the Survey challenges not an exception.
Marie Robidoux, Canada
Marie Robidoux graduated from Université Laval, Quebec (law); Northern Alberta
Institute of Technology, Edmonton (survey technology) and Robert Kennedy
University, Switzerland (Master of Laws). She received her Canada Lands
Surveyor commission in 1993.
Marie resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and works in the private
sector for Challenger Geomatics Ltd. as Northern and Aboriginal Projects
Manager & Land Specialist focusing on aboriginal land management &
administration; Traditional Knowledge & GIS; Intellectual Property
issues related to geospatial data and mapping; legal surveys; and
various land issues related to the resource sector.
She currently is the Vice-President of the Canada Lands Surveyors
Association and director of the Canadian Council of Lands Surveyors. She
is also a board member of the Canadian Board of Examiners for
Professional Surveyors and an examiner.
Young Lady Canadian Surveyor, first aboriginal woman in Canada to obtain
a Canada Lands Surveyor commission
Tania Marynowich is a Canada Lands Surveyor (CLS) working for Government
Canada in the Canada Centre for Cadastral Management (3CM) in Edmonton,
Alberta. She graduated with honours from the Northern Alberta Institute
of Technology (NAIT) in 1998 and began working towards her surveying
commission the following year. In 2004, Tania received her surveying
commission and license to practice and became the first female
aboriginal CLS in Canada.
Tania has been working with 3CM since 1998 and has had a few different
job postings over the past 9 years. She started her career in the
Cadastral Unit reviewing survey plans and other survey related
documentation and advanced to reviewing historical documentation
relating to jurisdictional boundaries of Canada Lands. She eventually
transferred to the Yellowknife office of 3CM where she was involved with
the aboriginal land claim negotiations in the Northwest Territories. In
2003 Tania transferred back the Edmonton office of 3CM where she is now
involved in First Nations Land Management.
Through the First Nations Land Management (FNLM) program, 3CM is
responsible for preparing land descriptions for the lands that will be
under the management and administration of a First Nation. The FNLM
program helps a First Nation take over land management responsibilities
of their Reserve lands that were previously administered by the
Government of Canada.
As a result of working with 3CM, Tania has been lucky enough to have had
the opportunity to travel across most of Canada from the Arctic Ocean to
Canada’s international boundary with the U.S.A. Tania has worked on
projects dealing with jurisdictional boundaries, establishing GPS
control on Reserves and National Parks, natural boundary
investigations/claims, and the surveying of land claim parcels.
Tania is the chair of the Aboriginal Liaison Committee for the
Association of Canada Lands Surveyors and is currently working towards
obtaining her Alberta land surveying commission.
Commission 1, Working Group - Students and Young
Chair Cecilia Lindén
About Working Group 1.4 - Students and Young Professionals
This working group has started in order to highlight difficulties that
students and young professionals may face when they enter working life
after their studies. FIG is an excellent ground for contacts and it’s a
pity that so few students are able to participate at Working Weeks.
Therefore there will be meetings organized at Working Weeks with the
goal to create a contact point between older and younger surveyors.
The target groups of this working group are Master- and PhD students,
young professionals and commission delegates.
Chair Person of this Group is Ms Cecilia Lindén.
24 years old, Sweden.
Student at the Royal Institute
of Technology of Stockholm
(2003 -), masters program of Surveying
In Stockholm she has been a board member of the Swedish Association
of Chartered Surveyors during two years.
She also has been active in the local student organization where she has
done one year in the board as responsible for public relations and
information. For the FIG WW 2008 in Stockholm she is the students’
representative in the local organizational committee.
Thanks to this she was at the WW in Cairo 2005 and in Munich last year.
For the future she hopes that this working group can create an exchange
between older and younger professionals, but above all help young
professionals out to working life.
European Institute for Gender Equality to be set up
Women’s rights/Equal opportunities - 14-12-2006
By Gabriele Dasse
The European Parliament took a step forward to promote equal
opportunities between men and women. It adopted a second-reading report,
based on an agreement with the Council and the Commission, which will
enable the new European Institute for Gender Equality to start work in
Objectives and location
The Institute's objective is to contribute to and strengthen the
promotion of gender equality, including gender mainstreaming in all
Community policies and the resulting national policies, and the fight
against discrimination based on sex, and to raise EU citizens' awareness
of gender equality.
It will have a staff of 15 persons in 2007 (30 in 2013) and an annual
budget of approximately €7.5 million (proposed budget for the period
2007-2013: €52.5 million). Following a Council decision of 1 December
2006, the Institute will be based in Vilnius (Lithuania).
The co-rapporteurs, Lissy Gröner (PSE, DE) and Amalia Sartori
IT), welcomed the agreement. It takes into account tasks the Parliament
called for in first reading such as to centre the Institutes activities
on analysis and makes sure the Institute can be operational as soon as
possible and in any event no later than twelve months after the entry
into force of the Regulation.
Restricted Management Board
The Parliament in its first reading opted for a restricted Management
Board to ensure an effective Institute. The agreement reached ensures a
medium sized Board (18 representatives appointed by the Council plus 1
Member appointed by the Commission.
The agreement also takes on board the Parliament's demand to replace
the Bureau by an "Experts' Forum" with members from competent bodies
specialised in gender equality issues. Its main task will be to support
the Director in the planning of the Institute's activities. Finally, the
Parliament wants the nomination procedure of the Director to be open and
transparent and to involve the Parliament.
Editors: Eleni Tziortzioti (Greece), Angela
Kesiena Etuonovbe (Nigeria), Marie Robidoux (Canada)
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