The GIS Centres of Excellence initiative is aimed at encouraging innovation in GIS research and promoting teaching excellence in spatial data management and analysis in higher education across Canada.

A New Initiative

Esri Canada, the leading provider of geographic information system (GIS) solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of its GIS Centres of Excellence initiative which is aimed at encouraging innovation in GIS research and promoting teaching excellence in spatial data management and analysis in higher education across Canada. Initially, there will be Centres at the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, McMaster University and the University of Waterloo in Ontario, McGill University in Quebec, and a joint centre between Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia Community College, Centre of Geographic Sciences in Nova Scotia. Over the next three years, Centres will be opened in the Prairie provinces, followed by additional Centres in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.

Objectives


Esri GIS Platform

To promote the use of the Esri GIS platform as an environment for advanced spatial analysis and modelling


Body of Knowledge

To promote the creation of a body of knowledge surrounding custom software application development, especially on the Web and on mobile computing platforms


Communication

To promote communication about GIS education and course options, student availability, and employment opportunities within and beyond the network membership


Collaboration

To increase collaboration among participating campuses in departments such as geography, applied sciences, geomatics and other branches of engineering, information technology, and social sciences


Area of Expertise

To ensure that students, scientists, and faculty affiliated with the ECCE have the ability to apply their area of expertise in customizing the Esri platform


Research Funding

To foster collaborative research grant funding opportunities between participating campuses and Esri Canada


Spotlights


Resources


Esri Communities

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