Defining Remoteness & Measuring Access to Services

CWMA Special Presentation & Discussion

Defining Remoteness:
A data based approach
to the geographic
accessibility conversation

This event is sponsored by CWMA's preferred A/V supplier:


Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | Noon to 1:30 PM, PST


Defining Remoteness and Measuring Access to solid waste services is an important topic across the province and to all those who manage solid waste.
The growth of open geospatial data and tools provides new opportunities to map accessibility to services for rural and remote communities.  
Following a presentation on the first set of nation-wide proximity measures by the team at Statistics Canada, we will discuss and apply aspects of the model to the current situation for recycling and waste management in BC. 

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There is no cost for this event, thanks to our generous sponsor


Virtual Doors Open at 11:45 AM for visiting and a/v tech check.
12:00 PM — Welcome Everyone
12:10 PM — Presentations
12:50 PM — Q&A / Moderated Discussion 


CWMA uses the Zoom Platform for events. 
Dial-in option is available but participants must confirm the dial-in phone number to be admitted to the event. 

Our Presenters


Alessandro Alasia

Assistant Director, Statistics Canada

Alessandro Alasia is Assistant Director at the Centre for Special Business Projects (CSBP), Statistics Canada. He joined this agency in 2007, to work with the Rural Research Group of the Agriculture Division, and moved to the Centre in 2012, where he has led and contributed to numerous innovative data development and research projects aimed to improve local statistics. Alessandro graduated in Economics from the University of Torino (Italy), earned a MSc from the School of Specialization in Agriculture Economics and Business of the Catholic University (Italy), and a PhD in Agricultural Economics with specialization in Rural Studies from the University of Guelph.


Nick Newstead

Economist, Statistics Canada

Nick Newstead is an economist at Statistics Canada’s Data Exploration and Integration Lab (DEIL). His work at DEIL focuses on geographic measures of remoteness and proximity to services. Nick’s most recent project is the Real-time Local Business Conditions Index. He obtained a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Mathematics from Simon Fraser University.