One of the goals of the conference is to provide students with an opportunity to learn by attending workshops. The 2020 conference will include workshops on both days as well as demo sessions and opportunities to ask Esri Canada staff questions about the latest ArcGIS apps.

Day 1 | Day 2 | Indigenous GIS Workshop

Day 1 – Hands-on Workshops

There are a limited number of spaces available in each workshop. Pre-registration for Day 1 workshops is required through the online conference registration form. The workshop facilitators will contact all registered participants prior to the conference to let them know about any technical requirements.

Applied Deep Learning in ArcGIS Pro & Python

Dr. Tassos Dardas

In narrow artificial intelligence, deep learning (DL) is a specialized subset of machine learning that “emulates” the way humans learn on a daily basis. What you will learn in this workshop is how to: a) clone your ArcGIS Pro Python environment, install, and script in Jupyter Notebooks; b) identify what tools exist for implementing DL in ArcGIS Pro and Python, and; c) use one of the DL methods, Single Shot Detector (SSD). Available in the ArcGIS API for Python, SSD is a DL method to detect specific objects in high resolution satellite imagery / live cameras. Additionally, Keras/TensorFlow will be used to create customized SSD models and be implemented in ArcGIS Pro.

Capacity: 16

Animating CityEngine Models with the Unity Game Engine

Michael Luubert

This workshop will demonstrate how to import a procedurally generated CityEngine model into the Unity game engine for further visualization and simulation. The sample model we will use is the futuristic city from the 2017 Education and Research Conference’s CityEngine workshop. Once the model is imported into Unity, participants will learn how to apply lighting to the scene, add animated vehicles between buildings, and control the movement of the viewing camera to create an interactive fly through.

Capacity: 30

Enhancing Geostatistical Analyses with the R-ArcGIS Bridge

Dr. Mike Leahy

This workshop will introduce the R-bridge for ArcGIS, a tool that enables you to integrate the advanced data science and statistical capabilities of the open source R project with the geospatial analysis and visualization capabilities of the ArcGIS platform. The learning outcomes of this workshop are to achieve a basic understanding of writing programs in the R statistical environment, how to read, write, and use ArcGIS vector and raster geospatial datasets for analysis in R scripts, and how to integrate R analysis tools seamlessly within geoprocessing workflows and visualize analysis outputs in ArcGIS Pro.

Capacity: 30

Building Android Apps for Smartphones and Tablets

Dr. Hossein Hosseini

The ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android allows you to build interactive smartphone and tablet mapping applications quickly and easily. This workshop teaches you how to build your own mapping applications in Android Studio using the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android.

Capacity: 30

Bringing GIS Analysis to Life Using Python Notebooks

Dr. Mike Leahy

This workshop will introduce how to use Python Notebooks, a tool that has become vital to the Python and Data Science communities, to enhance your workflows for GIS data management, analysis, and visualization. The learning outcome of this workshop is to gain an understanding of the basics for working with Python Notebooks to describe/document workflows, execute Python code, and visualize data and analysis outputs, with a focus on integrating with more advanced geospatial capabilities of ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online via arcpy and arcgis Python modules.

Capacity: 30

Designing Urban Futures

David Kossowsky

ArcGIS Urban is Esri’s newest solution to assist in 3D urban planning and public engagement. This interactive workshop will focus on urban design and visualization using ArcGIS Urban and CityEngine. Attendees will learn about and test out various ways to implement and create design parameters, visual indicators and zoning guidelines in the ArcGIS Urban environment. Workflows between CityEngine and ArcGIS Urban will also be demonstrated to explain how building features can be updated, and additional building details can be added to urban scenarios.

Capacity: 30

Designing User Interfaces for Geospatial Applications

Jonathan Van Dusen

Providing user-friendly interfaces in your applications is crucial for increasing task completion and user satisfaction. This can be particularly important for geospatial applications, as these may include a high degree of complexity or may be used by the public or non-GIS professionals. This workshop will discuss the factors involved in designing highly usable interfaces, as well as how these relate specifically to geospatial applications. You will learn how to create interface wireframes and prototypes as part of a design process, as well as how to test these with users to determine an interface’s effectiveness prior to implementation.

Capacity: 14

Day 1 – Demo Sessions

Applying Data Science Tools in ArcGIS Insights

Dr. Tasos Dardas

ArcGIS Insights is a data analytics and visualization application used to customize data science with spatial and non-spatial data. What you will learn from this workshop are the following characteristics: a) become more familiar with ArcGIS Insights; b) how to clone R and Python kernels in the same Anaconda environment; c) how to integrate both kernels in ArcGIS Insights; d) parallel processing data in Python, and; e) how to perform some data science in Python, R, and Python + R (piping) in ArcGIS Insights.

Day 2 – Hands-on Workshops

Workshop participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome to participate; however, priority will be given to K-12 teachers in certain workshops.

Getting Started with ArcGIS Online

Lindsey Ginou, Toronto District School Board

Open to all. Attend this session to learn the basics of ArcGIS Online and find out how you can get started with free resources available at your fingertips!

This session is suitable for both beginners and advanced users of ArcGIS.


  • Bring your own device: Chromebook, laptop or tablet. Chrome Internet browser is recommended.
  • ArcGIS Online account. K-12 teachers and administrators: request an account at

Toronto Police Services

Debbie Verduga and Gaya Ganesan, Toronto Police Service

Open to K-12 Teachers. Discover the Toronto Police Services (TPS) Public Safety Portal that is available to the public. Learn how you can access free TPS data in ArcGIS Online.

The Toronto Police Service promotes the use of crime and traffic open data through academic engagement at all levels of education. The service’s Public Safety Data Portal is a great resource for a wide range of users including students, teachers, researchers, media and all members of the public for accessing public safety information. Users can download open datasets for analysis related to crimes and traffic collisions, visualize information though interactive dashboards and view web-mapping applications.

This session is suitable for both beginners and advanced users of ArcGIS.


  • Bring your own device: Chromebook, laptop or tablet. Chrome Internet browser is recommended.
  • ArcGIS Online account. K-12 teachers and administrators: request an account at

Treaty by Canoe

Kelly Pineault, Programs Manager at The Canadian Canoe Museum

Open to K-12 Teachers. Experience “Treaty by Canoe”, an educational program created by the Canadian Canoe Museum for students grade 9+. The complete program is experienced at the museum location and interacts with the museum galleries.

Through a story map, you will journey through the traditional territory of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation of the Mushkegowuk and Anishinaabe Peoples of Northern Ontario, travelled in 1905 by the Commissioners and the Indigenous crew in the making of Treaty no. 9.

Gain an understanding of the vastness of the territory, the inseparable relationship of Indigenous peoples’ to the land, the challenges of the journey, and the skill of the Indigenous crew who guided the delegation. In addition to a virtual experience, you will participate in hands on activities:  birch bark canoe repair, portaging, hunting and fishing rights, customs of the land, and treaty signing.


  • There will be tablets available to share during the session, or you may bring your own device: Chromebook, laptop or tablet.

Visualize Your Data with Story Maps and Operation Dashboards

Jasmine Sohal, Technical Solutions Specialist Esri Canada

Open to all. Story Maps are an engaging storytelling tool that incorporates the use of maps, text, photographs and other media. Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS uses charts, gauges, maps, and other visual elements to reflect the status and performance of people, services, and events in real-time. In this workshop, we will share how you can engage and inspire your students using the ArcGIS StoryMaps builder and Operations Dashboard to visualize and share your data. Follow along as we outline the flexible storytelling options, the built-in express maps, create a dynamic dashboard, and explore the pre-designed themes that you can apply to your story and data.

This session is suitable for both beginners and advanced users of ArcGIS.


  • Bring your own device: Chromebook, laptop or tablet. Chrome Internet browser is recommended.
  • ArcGIS Online account. K-12 teachers and administrators: request an account at

Using Survey123 to Support a School-Wide Initiative

Anthony Cushman, Rolph Road Elementary School, TDSB

Open to all. Survey123 is a great tool to engage students in learning and data collection and analysis.  Discover how a grade 3 teacher used it in a school-wide project to teach math and social studies in an authentic way. The project is in support of a new Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) initiative at the school in 2019/2020. The findings of the study will contribute to a deeper understanding of how play is connected to the health and wellbeing of children. In this session, teachers will learn how to create their first survey.

This session is suitable for both beginners and advanced users of ArcGIS.


  • Bring your own device: Chromebook, laptop or tablet. Chrome Internet browser is recommended.
  • ArcGIS Online account. K-12 teachers and administrators: request an account at

Making water visible and valued using the Peel Water Story

Catherine Hobbis, Region of Peel

Open to K-12 Teachers. This session will give an overview into the Region of Peel’s online Peel Water Story, developed by the outreach and education team. The multiple online modules bring real data to life using interactive maps, videos and images with an overall purpose of connecting students to their water sources and infrastructure. Participants will learn about the collaborative process to create these story maps and how they are used by teachers to support curriculum expectations for grades 5-12.

This session is suitable for both beginners and advanced users of ArcGIS.


  • Bring your own device: Chromebook, laptop or tablet. Chrome Internet browser is recommended.

Maximum City

Josh Fullan, Director Maximum City

Open to K-12 Teachers. Learn more about Maximum City’s YouthScore. The YouthScore is a survey, observation, and data collection tool using Esri software that assesses the youth-friendliness of urban places based on criteria developed by youth and experts. This session will offer participants a hands-on demonstration of the YouthScore tool, including data collection and analysis, spatial and story mapping, and curriculum links.

This session is suitable for beginners.


  • There will be tablets available to share during the session. Or bring your own device: Chromebook, laptop or tablet with Chrome internet browser and tablet or smartphone with Survey123 for ArcGIS.
  • ArcGIS Online account. K-12 teachers and administrators: request an account at

Explore Earth through the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World

Joseph J. Kerski, PhD GISP, Esri USA Education Manager and University of Denver GIS Instructor

Open to all. ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World is a rich, growing collection of valuable geographic data from organizations around the globe.  Discover Living Atlas content (including population, climate, health, and other SDG themes), connect Living Atlas maps and layers to the subjects that you teach, and join data to the Atlas to create new information in this lively and engaging workshop.

This session is suitable for both beginners and advanced users of ArcGIS.


  • Bring your own device: Chromebook, laptop or tablet. Chrome Internet browser is recommended.
  • ArcGIS Online account. K-12 teachers and administrators: request an account at

Day 2 – Guest Presentations

GIS in Action

Open to K-12 Teachers. Attend this session to find out how teachers are using GIS to engage students in hands-on learning.

Engaging Secondary Students with Spatial Community Based Projects

Cory Munro, Saugeen District Secondary School, Bluewater District School Board

Students become engaged when they collect and analyze data for projects that produce meaningful results. This session will briefly highlight the work of several student and class projects at the local and international level. Forming community partnerships in recent years has provided excellent opportunities for students to build their spatial analysis skills using ArcMap, ArcGIS Online, Survey123, Story Maps, and Collector for ArcGIS. Projects to be highlighted include mapping safe routes to school based on local infrastructure and student surveys, tracking school graduates and their post-secondary destinations, fire safety in Saugeen Shores, and more.

GIS Adventures at Strathroy District Collegiate Institute

Danny Kajan, Strathroy District Collegiate Institute, Thames Valley District School Board

Find out how Strathroy District Collegiate students are using GIS in the SHSM Environment course and for the CGO 4M – Geomatics: Geotechnologies in Action course.

Brampton Open Data – Connecting Staff & Students

Adam Commeford and Melissa Allin, City of Brampton

Open to K-12 Teachers. The City of Brampton built a hub for the City’s Open Data and made it available to Staff, Citizens, Businesses and Students. The Brampton Geohub has made discovering and using the City’s data more purposeful and accessible, fostering innovation everywhere; especially within the classroom. Students have been able to leverage the Geohub and Esri technology to transform the way they analyze regional data and develop solutions to local problems, all from the comfort of their own classrooms. The GIS Staff at the City of Brampton have completed over 20 classroom visits through the Esri Canada’s GIS Ambassador Program, hosted several student Hackathons and have provided Open Data for both the Peel Regional Skills Competition and the Ontario Skills Competition. Learn how the Geohub has helped to connect City Staff with the educators and students of the City of Brampton.

Indigenous Resources for K-12 Education

Angela Alexander, K-12 Education Resource Developer, Esri Canada

Open to K-12 Teachers. Attend this session to learn about the ArcGIS Online resources you can use to support the teaching of Indigenous studies in K-12 education. Explore the collection of lessons, activities, data, web maps and story maps that are available to you.

Day 2 – Indigenous GIS Workshops

Managing Spatial Data and Creating Maps in ArcGIS Pro

Jonathan Van Dusen, Esri Canada

In this tutorial, you’ll learn about different types of spatial data and how to discover, save, and manage these data using geodatabases in ArcGIS Pro. You’ll also learn all about the ArcGIS Pro user interface. This is a good session for users who are migrating from ArcMap and those who are new to creating spatial databases. This is a great opportunity to learn the same mapping application used widely in industry, academic research, and the public sector.

Create and use interactive surveys. It’s as easy as ‘Survey123’

Steve DeRoy, The Firelight Group

When you need a way to ask questions of community members, collect answers, and make use this information to inform decisions, Survey123 is the tool for you. The app is designed for people without GIS expertise to create and distribute interactive surveys just nothing more than a Web browser. With Survey123 you can also track the status of projects, perform resource inventories, and other applications. Learn how to create your own surveys, gather information, and watch as the results are updated on a map in ArcGIS Online.

Share community knowledge with Story Maps

Susie Saliola, Esri Canada

If a map could tell a story, what would it say? ArcGIS StoryMaps allows you to combine maps, text, videos, sound, and photos into a narrative. You can share results of a community project, showcase traditional knowledge and oral histories, and many more types of stories. A story map is an excellent way to engage and communicate with your community, administration, and decision makers. It is also a good way to educate all people about life and issues that may exist in your community. Learn how to build your own story maps in this session.