Esri Canada, in partnership with the University of Toronto, will once again be hosting the GIS in Education and Research Conference at Hart House.  The 5th biennial conference will be held on March 1, 2023.

We are very pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Dr. Trisalyn Nelson, Professor, Department Chair and Jack and Laura Dangermond Chair of Geography at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). If you are unable to attend the conference in person, there is a virtual option for the keynote presentation. There is no fee to attend the keynote presentation virtually but registration is required.

To receive any important announcements leading up to the conference, send an email to k12@esri.ca to be added to our mailing list.

Register Online

Registration fee: In person – $35

Virtual (keynote presentation only) – $ 0

Workshops: In person only. Pre-registration is required through the online registration form.

Deadline: Online registration will remain open until we reach capacity.


View list of authors and paper titles

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
K12: Back to Basics with MapViewer: Creating Maps with Authoritative Data
Montre-moi tes données !
School Board Administration: Modernizing Your GIS
HED: Using the ArcGIS Maps SDK to Create Real-World Experiences in Unity
From Map to App: Storytelling with ArcGIS Dashboards and ArcGIS StoryMaps
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
K12: Making Sense of the World Through Data
Comment transformer ses questions en données cartographiées ?
HED: Bringing GIS Analysis to Life Using Python Notebooks
3D GIS Approaches to City-Building (Offering 1)
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
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
HED: 3D GIS Approaches to City-Building (Offering 2)
Designing User Interfaces for Esri’s Experience Builder
Applied Deep Learning in ArcGIS Pro & Python

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

Why Attend?

This low-cost conference offers opportunities for GIS educators, researchers and post-secondary students 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 educators with an opportunity to learn by attending hands-on workshops, sharing new ideas, and collaborating with their peers on new initiatives.

Build a stronger Canadian GIS education and research community.