on Wednesday, November 14, 1 p.m. onwards

Our GIS day this year will revolve around Space and Place.
Stop by and learn about Geographic Information and Geospatial Data Science!
Keynote speech by Prof. Grant McKenzie at 1 p.m., BH511 on “Space, Place and the Fourth Paradigm of Science”
Further talks by ESRI, Statistics Canada, LocalLogic and our former grad students, Chris Liang and Noé Schultz (schedule see below). We will also have a mapathon by OMG McGill!
We will have the students’ GIS works session (McGill students, please send your GIS related poster or presentation to by Nov, 9 and have the chance to win a price!), free coffee and, of course, the Wine & Cheese reception.
GIS Day schedule:
1:00 p.m. Prof. Grant McKenzie, new faculty member at Geography, McGill
2:00 p.m. Chris Liang and Noé Schultz: Mapping Accessiblity, Health and Wellness
2:30 p.m. Frederic Blouin-Michaud, ESRI: What’s next in GIS?
3:00 p.m. Gabriel Damant-Sirois, LocalLogic: Adding value to place searches
3:30 p.m. Jean le Moullec, Statistics Canada: Statistics Canada and the Building Canada 2020
4:00 p.m. Open Mapping Group (OMG McGill): Mapathon
5:00 p.m. Open Wine & Cheese reception
around 5:45 pm. GIS students’ awards for posters and presentations

UPCOMING RATHLYN LECTURE IN DISABILITY STUDIES: ‘Crip Technoscience: Disabled People as Makers and Knowers’ by Prof. Aimi Hamraie, Vanderbilt

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When: November 19, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Where: Redpath Library Building, Research Commons (Room A)

For more information or questions on accessibility needs, please contact:


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 2018-2019 academic year. We start the new 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.

Opening Hours

Please check the GIC’s current opening hours on the right of this page. During opening hours we are glad to support you in your geographic information related 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 helpers 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 instructor.

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, 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

Jeffery Sauer – Research Assistant

B.A. McGill University, Geography.

M.Sc. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Epidemiology.

Contact him by phone at 514-398-7438 or send an e-mail to jeffery. sauer


Front Desk Students

Our Front Desk is there for you Mondays to Fridays between 8:30 and 10:15 a.m., 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. and 4:45 and 9:00 p.m. These are our front desk helpers this year:

Béatrice Libchaber

Jennifer Combs

Jeremy Steele

Luci Lu

Rudy Quinn

Sophie Gelinas Gagné