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Denis Hains

President & CEO

Founder, President & CEO ofH2i (

- Affiliate Research Scientist with the “University of New Hampshire – Centre for Coastal & Ocean Mapping(UNH-CCOM)”(;

- Vice President of the Board of Directors of the CIDCO (Interdisciplinary Centre for Ocean Mapping Development –;

- Representative of the “United States Canada Hydrographic Commission (USCHC)” on the International Hydrographic Review (IHR) Editorial Board, of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) – (;

- Member of “The Nippon Foundation – GEBCO Seabed 2030 - Strategic Advisory Group” + Ocean Frontier Mapping Committee External Advisor (;

- Member of the Quebec Land Surveyor Modernization Committee;

- Member of the Hydrographic Professional Accreditation Scheme (HPAS) Panel of the International Federation of Hydrographic Society (IFHS)

Denis holds a Bachelor in Geodetic Sciences from Laval University; he is a Québec Land Surveyor. He worked 35 years in the Public Service of Canada, 20 years with Fisheries and Oceans Canada for the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), including 2 years for the Canadian Coast Guard; plus 15 years with Natural Resources Canada, primarily as National Director of the Canadian Geodetic Survey. He retired in 2018 as Director General CHS & Hydrographer General of Canada, in Ottawa, Canada. He is still very active internationally as an Hydrospatial advocate via the company H2i.