Esri Canada, in partnership with the University of Toronto, held the 5th biennial GIS in Education and Research Conference at Hart House on March 1, 2023.  The conference featured research paper presentations from higher education and hands-on workshops run by Esri Canada staff, with a keynote presentation from Dr. Trisalyn Nelson, Professor, Department Chair, and Jack and Laura Dangermond Chair of Geography at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB).

The 6th biennial GIS in Education and Research Conference will be held in the Fall of 2025. Please check back here for updates.

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2023 Agenda

TimePaper SessionsWorkshops
7:30 – 12:30 Registration and Check-In
8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 – 8:50 Welcome
8:50 – 10:35 Concurrent Paper Sessions and WorkshopsPublic Health and Vulnerable Populations
Transportation Analysis
Urban Planning and Design
Disturbances and Natural Disasters
Demographic Analysis and Data Privacy
HED: Using the ArcGIS Maps SDK to Create Real-World Experiences in Unity
K12: Back to Basics with MapViewer: Creating Maps with Authoritative Data
Montre-moi tes données!
School Board Administration: Modernizing Your GIS
10:35 – 10:50 Break
10:50 – 12:35 Concurrent Paper Sessions and WorkshopsSmart Cities
Parks and Outdoor Recreation
Hydrology and Flood Risk
Remote Sensing and Data Acquisition
HED: Bringing GIS Analysis to Life Using Python Notebooks
3D GIS Approaches to City-Building (Offering 1)
K12: Making Sense of the World Through Data
Comment transformer ses questions en données cartographiées ?
12:35 – 13:35 Lunch
13:35 – 14:35 Keynote Presentation
The Digital Twin: Untangling Spatial Pattern and Process

14:35 – 14:45 Break
14:45 – 16:30 Concurrent Paper Sessions and WorkshopsTransportation Equity
Teaching with GIS and Geomatics
HED: 3D GIS Approaches to City-Building (Offering 2)
Designing User Interfaces for Esri’s Experience Builder
Applied Deep Learning in ArcGIS Pro & Python
K12: Taking Story Maps to the Next Level
Aller encore plus loin avec ses cartes narratives
School Board Administration: How School Boards use GIS for planning
16:30 – 18:00 Q&AVirtual session with Dr. Trisalyn Nelson

More information about the workshops are available on the Higher Education Workshops and K-12 Workshops pages. Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Spaces are limited.

Call for Papers

The 5th biennial conference was held on March 1, 2023. Check back here for updates on the 2025 GIS in Education and Research Conference.

Why Attend?

This low-cost conference offers opportunities for GIS educators/researchers and student researchers in Canada to come together, share experiences, and learn from each other in an organized forum. Its goals are to:

Provide educators with an opportunity to interact and network with other members of the GIS education community.

Provide students with an opportunity to learn by attending hands-on workshops, sharing new ideas, and collaborating with researchers and their peers on new initiatives.

Build a stronger Canadian GIS education and research community.

Previous Conferences