McMaster University ESRI Development Centre

McMaster University ESRI Development Centre

McMaster University ESRI Development Centre

Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Program(s): Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Geography Degree with GIS Minor
Prerequisites: High School

Info:  The School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster has established a long history of teaching and research ESRI products. In 2008 McMaster became the first University in Canada that was designated an ESRI Development Centre(EDC).

The Graduate Diplomas and the GIS Certificate Programs are no longer being offered by the School of Geography & Earth
Sciences at McMaster University but they still offer GIS as a minor to either of their Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Geography Degrees. The minor in Geographic Information Systems allows students to study a combination of GIS and spatial analysis courses that are coupled with their Earth Science Degrees providing them an added edge over similar programs that are not fortunate enough to have an ESRI Development Centre at their school.

The McMaster GIS program emphasizes the development of a strong working knowledge of current ESRI GIS software and builds real world expertise and skills using state of the art desktop GIS tools and analysis for a wide variety of multi disciplinary applications.

Contact Info

1280 Main Street West
School of Geography and Earth Sciences
General Science Building Room 205
Hamilton, Ontario
L8S 4K1
(905)525-9140 ext. 20118

See the GIS Course page  for more details.

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Historic Bird’s Eye Views of several Canadian Cities

historic aerial image  of Halifax

Canada is certainly not an old country when compared to many others like France or the UK but it has been around long enough to have some very interesting history.

Here are some historic aerial images of major cities in Canada. It is interesting when you compare some of these with modern maps and aerial images, as then you can get a real appreciation on what urban sprawl looks like and how cities develop and spread over time.

The Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) provide a service where you can obtain your own colour printed reproduction of any of the listed images below [note: the images that the links below point to are actually only thumbnails of the actual images that they repoduce]. Maps ordered are printed on acid free 70 lb paper with a size of about 55 X 70 cm. For more information about how to order historic map prints go to the ACMLA site

historic aerial image  of Ottawa 1893


Calgary, Alberta [1910] Dawson City [1903] Halifax, Nova Scotia [1879] Hamilton, Ontario [1894] London, Ontario [1872] Montréal, Québec [1889] Ottawa, Ontario [1876] Ottawa, Ontario [1893] Québec City, Québec [1905] St. John’s, Newfoundland [1879] Toronto, Ontario [1876] Vancouver, British Columbia [1898] Waterloo, Ontario [189?] Winnipeg, Manitoba [1881]

Also remember to check back to the new Historic Cartography section as more content is added weekly.


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Be Spatial’13 – URISA Ontario

Be Spatial’13 – URISA Ontario

Date: Tuesday May 6-7, 2013Be Spatial'13 - URISA Ontario
Location: Stoney Creek (Hamilton), Ontario
Venue: Grand Olympia


If you are in Ontario then you will want to make plans to attend one of the largest information packed geo-spatial events in Southern Ontario on May 6 and 7. The URISA Ontario chapter will be hosting their 2013 AGM & annual ‘Be Spatial’ event at the Grand Olympia, in Stoney Creek (Hamilton)on May 7 with a preconference workshop on May 6.

The ‘Be Spatial’ event is a great way to spend the day with colleagues and networking with others who also work with spatial data, applications and geo-solutions in Ontario.

Who Should Attend Be Spatial?
Managers – Knowing what technologies are coming, how to use them in an enterprise approach, and what strategies your counterparts in other organizations are adopting is crucial to keeping up with GIS products and services, and understanding how to effectively deploy spatial solutions. ‘Be Spatial’ offers an opportunity to talk directly with your colleagues about their wins and pains, which in turn allows you to streamline your own implementation processes.

GIS Practitioners Understanding when, where and how to effectively utilize spatial solutions and tools, and learning from the successful examples of other organizations is an ideal way to develop and nurture your own skills and knowledge. Reading about a solution in an e-magazine only goes part way; talking to the colleague who implemented a solution allows you to ask the questions that will draw the complete the picture. ‘Be Spatial’ gives you that access, allowing you to meet and discuss ideas with colleagues from across Ontario.

Be Spatial'13 - URISA Ontario

The special preconference GISP certification workshop is free of charge for people who register before April 19, 2013. It is designed to assist those professional that are interested in applying for GISP certification or renewing their existing certification. Topics include why why you would want to your GISP, what it takes to become a GISP as well as tips for putting together a successful application package.

It will also be a good opportunity to learn about upcoming changes to the process and requirements and have a chance to work together with someone who has already gone through the GISP process. If you plan on attending this no charge event then remember to bring all documentation that you have to the workshop for review during the one-on-one session.

Be Spatial’13 will also include an Exhibitor Program, Solutions Sessions, Marketplace Exposition, Project Showcase and the MApps (Maps and Application) Gallery. There will also be plenty of awards and prizes to give away with an Early Bird Prize, Great Door Prizes, Exhibitor Sponsored Prizes and the Best GIS Challange Awards (to recognize members for their contributions to the geospatia industry and the community at large).

Registration for ‘Be Spatial’13’ is now open and can be done URISA Ontario website through the following link
For more information and updates on URISA Ontario’s ‘Be Spatial’13’ event then refer to the event website:

[images provied by URISA Ontario chapter]


GIS & Planning at Mohawk College

The two year Urban and Regional Planning Technician diploma with specializations in GIS at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario provides a chance to learn land use urban planning principles, planning laws, as well as the process and documentation necessary to create active and sustainable communities.