GIS day

A big ‘thank you’ to all presenters, helpers and participants of our GIS day on Nov 15! Please find the results of our ESRI Survey123 field note taking exercise here.


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), Remote Sensing (RS) and geospatial data science.

   It is our pleasure to welcome you to the new 2017-2018 academic year. We start our fifth 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.

    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 in ArcGIS and QGIS, Python and R, 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 15, 2017), courses and others.

Opening Hours

Please check the GIC’s current opening hours on the right 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 do not 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 the Director. Students need backing 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 in September 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 Kreutzmann 

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

NN – Research Assistant

The position will be posted soon. Stay tuned!

Front Desk Students

Our Front Desk is currently staffed Mondays to Fridays from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m., 12 to 2 p.m. and from 4:45 to 8 p.m. (Mondays even to 9 p.m.).

Brian Toy Erica Skye Schaaf Hannah Ker
Sally Maxwell Matthew Poole Noé Schultz