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Tune in for inspiring stories from thought leaders and GIS users across business, government and education in Canada. Get practical tips for applying geospatial thinking to tackle challenges -- from simple ones encountered in everyday life to the most complex issues our world faces today.

Tune in for inspiring stories from thought leaders and GIS users across business, government and education in Canada. Get practical tips for applying geospatial thinking to tackle challenges -- from simple ones encountered in everyday life to the most complex issues our world faces today.

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Canada

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Tune in for inspiring stories from thought leaders and GIS users across business, government and education in Canada. Get practical tips for applying geospatial thinking to tackle challenges -- from simple ones encountered in everyday life to the most complex issues our world faces today.

Language:

English


Episodes

Global Collaboration Beyond COVID-19

9/23/2021
Dr. Este Geraghty is the chief medical officer and health solutions director at Esri. In Season 1, Episode 1 of the Geographical Thinking Podcast, she shared her insights about what a geo-enabled public health system might look like. Now, in Episode 2, she continues her conversation with Guan by exploring the implications of geo-enabled public health systems. Could this approach teach us how to address bigger challenges within health systems, as well as other global issues like social equity...

Duration:00:18:42

A Geo-enabled Public Health System

9/9/2021
Welcome back to Season 2 of the Geographical Thinking Podcast! Our first guest of the season is Dr. Este Geraghty, chief medical officer and health solutions director at Esri and former deputy director of the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics with the California Department of Public Health. Having spent many years working at the intersection of public health and GIS—a space now changed forever by the spread of COVID-19—Este shares her insights about what a geo-enabled public...

Duration:00:23:13

Advice to young GISers

8/12/2021
We have a Young Professional Network (YPN) for those starting out in this business. It encourages discussion amongst young professionals on how to grow their careers. We are running a 3 part summer series to share a YNP round table discussion. This is the first episode of our summer series. Four experienced GIS professionals are answering questions from our young professionals. The question is - what they know now that they wish they’d known earlier in their GIS career and how might it have...

Duration:00:20:30

Imagining the Industry's Future

7/29/2021
We have a Young Professional Network (YPN) for those starting out in this business. It encourages discussion amongst young professionals on how to grow careers. We are running a 3 part summer series to share conversations in a YNP round table discussion. This episode is part 2 of our summer series, with four experienced GIS professionals answering questions from our YPN. They wanted to know what would be the best geospatial technology investment for organizations and businesses post...

Duration:00:17:50

Things They Wish They Knew Earlier

7/15/2021
We have a Young Professional Network (YPN) for those starting out in this business. It encourages discussion amongst young professionals on how to grow their careers. We are running a 3 part summer series to share a YNP round table discussion. This is the first episode of our summer series. Four experienced GIS professionals are answering questions from our young professionals. The question is - what they know now that they wish they’d known earlier in their GIS career and how might it have...

Duration:00:21:51

Real Fake News, Eh!

7/1/2021
Geographical Thinking Caps, our funcast podcast, is back! To celebrate Canada Day, Mark Ho welcomes Dan Mallett and Susie Saliola of Esri Canada to uncover the truths and lies of Canadian geography. From largest islands to bathtub racing, you'll learn more about your country with fun conversation along the way. Bring the sunscreen and wave the maple leaf – it’s time to battle for geo-glory! https://resources.esri.ca/geographical-thinking-podcast/season-1-episode-15-real-fake-news-eh

Duration:00:33:54

Making Geography Fun at Home for Children

6/24/2021
Spatial literacy doesn’t need to be hard and complex as it sounds. Two parents made it into a fun family activity with their two boys mapping out their Disney World Trip before COVID-19. Guan talked to Colleen Raymond and Mike Gregotski, both long time GIS professionals, about how they are engaging their small children in geography projects and impressing their sons’ friends! Looking for ideas to engage your little ones at home? This episode is for you. Resources: Podcast...

Duration:00:27:53

Student's GIS Work Wowed Judges

6/10/2021
Skills Ontario runs a contest for high school students to practice their spatial analysis skills with the hope that they may use it professionally. Join Guan's conversation with one of the winners - Jaden Noronha, a Grade 12 student who one judges described as doing ‘amazing work’ and the teacher supporting him - Joey Raso from Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Dufferin Peel. Resources mentioned in the...

Duration:00:16:46

A Game Changer of Searching for Missing Children

5/27/2021
Every year more than 40,000 children go missing in Canada. Less than one per cent are broadcast through AMBER Alerts due to its specific criteria and high threshold. With GIS and technology, Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) created a search network connecting police and the community in real-time when kids go missing. Amanda Pick, CEO of MCSC talks to Guan about the mobile app MCSC rescu (rescu.mcsc.ca) and its story in bringing home two missing children.

Duration:00:20:09

Explaining GIS to Others

5/13/2021
When they hear “oh so you make maps”, many GIS professionals just quietly agree, though they know it’s not close to describing what they do or explaining the ‘Science of Where’. It is a problem if your upper management also thinks you just make maps. That misperception can stall your career. Explaining the many rewards of using GIS software – without having the non GIS person run from the room – is tricky. That’s why Guan asked two experts in that field to help. Matt Lewin is Director of...

Duration:00:28:18

A Family Doctor's GIS Story

4/29/2021
Some patients travel more than two hours to spend 15 minutes with their family doctors. That’s not unusual in Nova Scotia. How can geospatial technology help people get easier access to medical care? In this episode, Guan talks to Ajantha Jayabarathan, also known as Dr. AJ, a family doctor practicing in Halifax. She shares her stories and vision for how GIS can underpin a more accessible, efficient and inclusive health care system.

Duration:00:35:57

The Âhkameyihtamowin Project

4/15/2021
It shouldn’t be hard to find information on Indigenous role models or community successes. How about a vast number of them? Denali YoungWolfe, a PhD researcher at the University of British Columbia, collects Indigenous success stories across Turtle Island and maps them to show their presence, abundance and diversity. In this episode, she talks to Guan about her story “We Rise: The Âhkameyihtamowin Project: Mapping Indigenous Assurgency Across Turtle Island” and the reasons why mapping...

Duration:00:24:58

How Safe Is Your Community?

3/25/2021
If you could visualize the location of all crimes in your region, would you do anything differently to stay safe or make it safer for others? Debbie Verduga from the Toronto Police Service (TPS) talks to Guan about TPS’s Public Safety Data Portal, its evolution and impact, and Debbie’s own personal GIS journey to becoming a senior crime analyst.

Duration:00:25:30

Choose to Challenge

3/11/2021
Caroline Arnouk, founder and CEO of OPA Technologies, decided to challenge the status quo of traffic closure planning while working for the City of Montréal. The civil engineer founded OPA Technologies six years ago to help cities minimize the effects of traffic obstructions using GIS. Caroline speaks to Guan about how to sell to the public sector, the benefits of circulating business ideas and the evolution of her company during COVID-19.

Duration:00:25:30

The Future of GIS Professionals

2/25/2021
What will the role of GIS be in the future? And what will this mean for GIS professionals? Guan chats with Chris North, director of technology adoption at Esri Canada, about the shift he is seeing in the geospatial business and the opportunities this transformation can bring. Chris shares his views on how the industry is evolving from specialization to mainstream, why organizations need to bring geography back into GIS and what impact these trends will have on the GIS community and beyond.

Duration:00:33:18

Making Poverty Visible for all

2/12/2021
Centraide of Greater Montréal and United Way Greater Toronto released a special edition of their Radar—an innovative mapping tool—in response to increased community needs and an influx of emergency funding during COVID-19. The Radar geospatial tool profiles poverty in Canadian communities and helps local United Way organizations prioritize resource allocation. Listen to Guan's conversation with two executive leaders from the United Way and learn how this GIS-enabled project is helping to...

Duration:00:25:40

The (Re)Creation of a Caring Community

1/22/2021
Twelve years ago, Dovercourt Recreation Association decided to try something new by mapping the community they serve. What the maps revealed validated their assumptions and provided them with the confidence to take on new challenges. Join Guan and her co-host Emilie Rabeau for an inspiring conversation with John Rapp, the Executive Director of the Dovercourt Recreation Association. John shares what he learned from that first mapping exercise and tells us why it was worth doing it all over...

Duration:00:22:41

Geographical Thinking Caps: Ho Ho High Low

12/18/2020
Geography is fun! In that spirit, Mark Ho hosts the first edition of Geographical Thinking Caps – our trivia-based funcast podcast. Join Erica Corbett and Jonathan Nowlan from Esri Canada as they share their geographical journeys and answer holiday-themed questions. Play along and find out who wins the ultimate prize – geo-glory!

Duration:00:30:26

Time for Deep Learning with GeoAI

12/4/2020
How can Artificial Intelligence (AI) be applied to geospatial problem solving? Enter GeoAI. Join Guan as she dives into the power of GeoAI with Esri Canada’s Higher Education Developer Tasos Dardas. Tasos shares his thoughts on how we’re just at the tip of the iceberg in applying GeoAI and explores its exciting possibilities.

Duration:00:20:30

How Getting from A to B is Changing

11/17/2020
The pandemic has drastically changed personal vehicle use, public transit ridership and the role of curbside spaces in our cities. Join Guan Yue in our inaugural episode as she explores these trends with Esri Canada’s Transportation Industry Manager Arif Rafiq. Arif presents an energetic view that will leave you thinking about how transportation planning will evolve during and after the pandemic.

Duration:00:24:38