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VanSUG - Vancouver SAS Users group

Come out and join us for our semi-annual meeting. Learn all kinds of tips and tricks!  Meetings are always free to attend.

Our next meeting will be held Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 from 9:00am - 3:00pm. A detailed agenda can be found below and you may register here.

Wednesday November 27th, 2013, 9:00a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Gordon & Leslie Diamond Family Theatre
BC Cancer Agency Research Centre
675 West 10th Ave.
Vancouver, BC
(Map Location HERE)


VanSUG Main Session

8:30am -- 9:00am: Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:00am -- 9:20am: Intro/SAS Update (Matt Malczewski, SAS Canada)

9:20am -- 9:50am: Geographical Maps Using SAS/Graph (Colleen McGahan, BC Cancer Agency)

9:30am -- 10:05am - Competing Risk Analysis SAS vs. R (Lovedeep Gondara, BC Cancer Agency)

10:05am -- 10:40am - Networking Break

10:40am -- 11:10am -- What High Performance Means to Me Today & Tomorrow (Tim Trussell, SAS Canada) 

11:10am -- 11:30am - Pretty as a Picture: Formatting in ODS PDF & PROC REPORT (Brooke Kinniburgh, Perinatal Services BC)

11:30am - 11.50am: Tips to adding Efficiency to SAS Programming (Guillaume Colley, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/Aids)

11:50am -- 12:00pm: Prize Draw & Closing Remarks

12:10pm -- 1:00pm: NOTE: Lunch will no longer be provided between the Main and BA Sessions.

VanSUG Business Analytics Session

12:45pm -- 1:00pm -- Registration

1:00pm -- 1:30pm: SAS & the Elephant (Tim Trussell, SAS Canada)

1:30pm - 1:50pm: Calculating Drive Times Between Injury & Hospital in SCI Using Google Maps (Jayson Shurgold, Rick Hansen Institute) 

1:50pm -2:15pm: Networking Break

2:15pm -2:35pm: BC Hydro Topology Mapping Using SAS OR (Jing Dong, BC Hydro)

2:35pm -2:50pm: BA-Related Cool Tips & Tricks (Rob Wilson, SAS Canada)

2:50pm - 3:00pm Prizes & Closing Remarks

We strongly recommend joining the  SAS Canada Community .  Here, you'll be able to connect with SAS Canada staff and SAS experts who are happy to come together to discuss SAS-related topics.  You'll find Canadian-centric content here which isn't available anywhere else: join us today!

Do you have a profile on LinkedIn? If so, search the 'groups' function to locate Canadian SAS user groups, including the VanSUG Users Group. Why join? For professional networking, SAS related discussions and event notifications, and to become more involved with your local SAS user community.

Get involved…

We are always looking for User presentations for upcoming User Group meetings, whether it is a quick 5 minute tip or a full 30-45 minute presentation. This is an excellent opportunity to not only share your knowledge and your experience with your peers, but also get feedback and ideas on the work that you are doing with SAS. If you are interested in contributing, please contact one of our executive team members or Matt Malczewski, Canadian SAS User Group Program Manager.

The Executive Team is excited to continue with new issues of the newsletter: you'll find the latest issue here. Again, feedback is very positive. Some of you have already volunteered to make a contribution to future issues, so thank you. We continue to welcome and need your support. If you have any ideas or want to contribute to our newsletter, please forward your suggestions to our email address:

Meet Our Executive Team

President – Colleen McGahan (Main Session Lead)

Vice-president – Scott Albrechtsen (BA Session Lead)

Newsletter - Nate Derby

Main Session Evaluation Forms – Nuria Chapinal

BA Session Evaluation Forms – Jane Dong

Facilities Coordinator – Mei Chong

Communications Lead (incl. gmail and website) – Suzanne Humphreys

General member – Julia Zhu

To learn more information about our Executive team Roles and Responsibilities, please click here.

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Check out SAS training courses and schedules held in Vancouver.

For directions to the B.C. Cancer Agency Research Centre where VanSUG meetings are usually held, please  CLICK HERE!  

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