The goal of the Geographic Information Centre (GIC) is to actively support the teaching, learning and research activities of McGill University in the areas of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS).

   It is our pleasure to welcome you to the new 2016-2017 academic year. We start our fourth year highly motivated and excited about continuing our support of different projects, providing an excellent space for students to work in GIS and RS and developing new collaborations.  We are an ESRI Centre for Excellence (ECCE), together with other five universities in Canada: University of Victoria, University of Waterloo, McMaster University, Simon Fraser University, and Dalhousie University. This distinction provides students and Faculty with opportunities such as participation in ESRI Webinars and training, facilitated access to support with ESRI tools like Story Maps and ESRI conference participation.

    As part of our training objectives, this year we will have free drop-in workshops on Fridays (2-3 hours) with topics covering basic mapping, Python, and RS for beginners, among others. We will continue working closely with McGill Libraries in order to guide GIS and RS data requests that commonly come to our front desk service.

   Please keep visiting us at for GIS news and events carried out by the Centre, such as GIS Day (November 16, 2016), courses and others.

Opening Hours

Please check the GIC’s opening hours for the summer 2017 on the left of this page. During opening hours we are glad to support for your GIS and remote sensing needs. We highly recommend users to make an appointment through for specific projects (M.Sc or PhD) since we might not have the time to deal with “urgent” requests on a walk-in basis. Front desk people in the GIC don’t answer or solve assignment questions from students. For help with GIS/RS courses students should address their questions to the TA or course professor.

Outside opening hours, it is possible to request after-hour access for members of the McGill community in need of the facility (specifically for GIS and RS work) by emailing us at Students need a request from a faculty member on their behalf. The GIC can rescind this access at any time if deemed necessary.

On weekends, the Burnside Hall is closed to the public, but it is accessible to the McGill community with a valid McGill id card that has been programmed for after hours access.

 The GIC team

 Tim Elrick – GIC Director

Dr. rer. nat. Free University of Berlin. Germany. Geography. Advisor: Dr. Hermann Kreuzmann 

M.A. University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Germany. Geography. Minor in Business Administration und Economics.

Contact him by phone at 514-398-6052 or send an e-mail to tim . elrick @

Ruilan Shi – Chief GIS technician

ruilanwebpicMaster of Urban Planning (MUP) – McGill University -School of Urban Planning. Advisors: Jeanne Mary Wolfe and David Brown. Thesis Title : Spatial Analysis of Urbanization in Greater Montreal.

Bachelor of Economics – Renmin University, China. Advisor: Zhenyuan ZhengThese title: Development of Cultivated Land in China, Past, Current and Future.

Area of expertise: Provide support for GIS courses in Geography Department; maintain McGill University campus site license of ESRI GIS software; provide technical help for the students on using ArcGIS in McGill community; make professional maps.

Contact her by phone at 514-398-7438 or email her at

Technical Assistant