GIS & Database Manager Dave Mancini, coordinator of the Geographic Information System (GIS) department at Backroad Mapbooks, is no stranger to the world of mapping. Responsible for overseeing the data creation of the mapping department, Dave is heralded by his colleagues as a “Postgres wizard.” As the in-house developer of the new BRMB Navigator App, he has witnessed his team’s hard work pay off. Having grown up on the North Shore with those majestic mountains in his own backyard, Dave appreciates what a good product can do for the outdoor recreationist. In the winter, you can find this mapper snowboarding BC’s slopes. When the snow melts, Dave hits the trails for hiking, biking and camping adventures. Favourite ice cream flavour? Anything chocolate. What got you into a mapping/GIS career? I always had an interest for the outdoors and camping. I did a geography degree at UBC and also completed an Advanced Diploma in GIS at BCIT. Favourite outdoor activity? Camping (all year), snowboarding (winter), hiking and biking (spring to fall). What’s the best part about working at BRMB? We have some of the coolest outdoor recreation maps I’ve ever seen. What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? I’ve tried some unique types of sushi and shellfish around Vancouver. Backcountry camping trip or five-star luxury resort? I’ll take one of each please! What’s the best day of the week and why? The weekend, because I can get out and play in the backcountry. Name a movie you have watched more than three times. The Goonies. Name a movie you have watched more than three times. The Goonies. Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars. Where is your top vacation destination? Southeast Asia. What is your favourite BRMB product and why? The BC & Alberta Backroad GPS Maps because I can explore the two closest provinces with confidence.