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In the News



Getting Focused: New Web Mapping Approach Points City of Coquitlam Towards Greater Productivity
Roadrunner, Fall 2016

Discover how the City of Coquitlam moved away from a one-map-fits-all approach to developing more focused GIS apps that deliver better services to stakeholders.

STARS Air Ambulance awarded for use of navigation technology
By Dave Lazzarino, Edmonton Journal, September 20, 2016

Esri Canada acknowledged STARS’s innovative use of GIS in reducing response times to emergencies with an award of excellence.

Marketing Fire Safety
By John Kobarda & Paul Voegtle, Fire Fighting in Canada, August 29, 2016

Read about how London Fire uses Esri demographic data, maps and analysis to reduce residential fires.

Climate Watch Shorts: How the urban heat island effect makes record-setting heat worse
Video by Sat Nandlall, TVO, August 4, 2016

Dense metropolitan areas can be as much as 3C hotter than rural areas because of the amount of buildings, asphalt, people and cars. This phenomenon is called the urban heat island effect. But there are ways to combat the effect. Green roofs, such as the one at Esri Canada’s headquarters, replace hot black shingles with cool plants, creating green space and alleviating one factor that contributes to the heat in the city.

Raise the Roof
By Jason McBride, On the UP, Summer 2016

When Alex Miller, the president and founder of geographic information systems specialist Esri Canada, decided to install a green roof on his building, he hoped its grasses, shrubs and trees would create a comfortable and picturesque environment in which his employees could relax and gather. 

Streamlining Operations with Software
By Francois Gilbert, Senior Water Resources Engineer for Hydro-Québec,  Hydro Review, June 2016

By creating a new suite of analytical software, Canadian utility Hydro-Québec was able to build a system better suited to managing its dozens of reservoirs while more accurately balancing water resources and power generation.

Wayward Son
By Adam Carter, CBC News, June 17, 2016

This article includes an Esri web map that shows locations of significant events in the Tim Bosma case.   

Interactive map: See exactly where the Manitoba fires are located
Winnipeg Free Press, May 9, 2016

While wildfires in the Whiteshell threaten more cottages and force evacuations, this map shows where the active fires are located, according to Government of Manitoba data. The data is collected through various sources including field crews who suppress the fires, MODIS satellite and hand-rendered maps.

Fort McMurray Wildfires Public Information App
May 5, 2016

Esri Canada has released a web app that shows current wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and related geotagged social media content, traffic and weather information. The app was used by the following news outlets to complement their news coverage of the wildfires:

2016 Branham300 Report, April 20, 2016

The Branham300 is the definitive listing of the key players in Canada's information and communication technology industry. For their 2016 report, the Branham Group collaborated with Esri Canada to deliver the information via an interactive app.

Saskatchewan Election 2016: Brad Wall says win will protect province's interests
Huffington Post Canada, April 5, 2016

See how an ArcGIS-based election results app developed by Esri Canada complemented Huffington Post's news coverage of the recent provincial elections in Saskatchewan.

At the speed of light
By Gord McGuire, Manager of Geomatics & Corridor Management, City of Hamilton, ReNew Canada, March 11, 2016

Read about how the City of Hamilton replaced 10,000 streetlights with LEDs on time and under budget--with the help of mapping technology.

Map explores the stories of Canadian women heroines
By Alexandra Pope, Canadian Geographic, March 8

Using their ArcGIS platform, Esri Canada has created an interactive story map highlighting the journeys and accomplishments of Canadian heroines in honour of International Women's Day.
'One Day I Will': International Women's Day celebrates past, aspires to future

By Marlene Leung, CTV News, March 8

To mark International Women's Day, Esri Canada released an interactive map showcasing the achievements of Canadian heroines.




2015 Archives

When the lights go out: How to use Web maps for outage communications
By Brian Bell, Esri Canada’s Utilities Industry Manager, Electricity Today, December 2015

When an outage occurs, utilities must move beyond solely restoring service; providing status updates to customers through the channels and devices they use in their daily lives is equally essential. By establishing a framework for proactive outage communications, utilities will be able to effectively communicate with customers before, during and after power outages and ultimately enhance customer service, improve operational transparency, and provide significantly improved value to their shareholders and customers.

Transforming the real estate industry and valuation using technology / Transformer le secteur et l’ évaluation des biens immobiliers avec la technologie
By Michael Lomax, Esri Canada Director, Assessment, Canadian Property Valuation, Vol. 59 2015

The real estate industry, especially the valuation side, is about location, location, location. How many times have we heard that term expressed in our day-to-day work within the industry? However, the significant reality with the statement is that, although we know it is true, we have not really used systems, technologies and workflows that are ‘influenced’ by geography (location).

Mapping the way to smarter communities
By Karen Stewart, Esri Canada Industry Manager, Municipal Solutions, Municipal World, December 2015

Every community, whether urban or rural, can become a smart com­munity. Opening up data to the pub­lic is a good first step to achieving this goal. Instead of working harder, municipalities can work smarter by using existing GIS technology to re­lease data.

At the Speed of Light
By Gord McGuire, Manager of Geomatics & Corridor Management, City of Hamilton, ReNew Canada, March/April 2016

Read about how the City of Hamilton replaced 10,000 streetlights with LEDs on time and under budget—with the help of mapping technology.

Upload: Mapping my future through geography
By Cameron Lacelle, Port Colborne High School student, St. Catharines Standard, November 30, 2015

Cameron Lacelle is a Grade 11 student from Port Colborne High School in the Niagara Region. In this article, he shares how his geography class has provided him with inspiration and learning opportunities to better map out his future.

100 Years of In Flanders Fields Map Journal
November 2015

History goes high-tech with the launch of 100 Years of In Flanders Fields Map Journal, an ArcGIS Online-based, multimedia experience developed by the City of Guelph’s Information Technology Services in partnership with Guelph Museums. Launched in September 2015, the map journal uses interactive, content-rich maps to trace John McCrae’s life and the experiences that led to his writing of In Flanders Fields 100 years ago.

The map has been featured in the Remembrance Day coverage of the following news outlets:

Parks Canada CIO maps out the agency’s long-term data management strategy
By Shane Schick, CanadianCIO, October 29, 2015

By this time of year, going to one of Canada’s countless parks is an exercise in admiring the beauty of leaves scattering everywhere, but behind the scenes at Parks Canada, the real beauty is in how data is being more effectively brought together to map out its diverse terrain.

City of Waterloo Codefest a hit for the community
Exchange Morning Post, October 29, 2015

With just 36 hours to create a functioning mobile application and only three minutes to present their product, three teams were selected as the winners of Waterloo Codefest. City Tracker took the second place prize of $1,000. The app was built on ArcGIS mapping and visualization technology that is also used by the City of Waterloo to store and serve up its open data.

Mapping in the dark with Énergie NB Power
By Kathleen Davis, Intelligent Utility, October 22, 2015

Énergie NB Power, formerly New Brunswick Power, was formed by the provincial legislature in 1920 but actually traces its roots back to the early 1880s when the first power companies began selling electricity in Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton. But being an old-school powerhouse hasn’t kept the company from upgrading for the modern energy consumer. The Canadian utility has recently revamped its Web site with more consumer-oriented, real-time information. Ian Eagles, GIS specialist, systems support, shares more about the interactive power outage map that has recently been added to the site.

How has Canada voted in the federal elections since 2000?
October 15, 2015

Esri Canada’s federal election results map has been featured in several news outlets:

Turn the lights back on with GIS and operations dashboards
By Brian Bell, Utility Industry Manager, Esri Canada, The Distributor, Fall 2015

Distribution utilities can never guarantee uninterrupted power. A heavy storm, a fallen branch, a car accident or even scheduled maintenance can easily down electric lines. While disruptions are inevitable, what sets an agile and leading utility apart from the rest is its ability to quickly restore service and minimize outages, improving overall reliability.

Best Cloud Solution at CDN Channel Elite Awards 2015
Computer Dealer News, September 15, 2015

At the 2015 CDN Channel Elite Awards, Esri Canada repeated as Gold Winners in Best Cloud Solution for its ArcGIS Online solution that creates a framework for proactive outage communications.

Esri Startup Antris Launches Lone-Worker Safety Solution
Safety Online, September 14, 2015

Antris, one of the first Canadian companies to join the Esri Startup Program, has launched AntrisPRO, a cloud application that helps organizations increase the safety of travelling, work-alone and at-risk employees.

B.C. wildfires: Testalinden Creek evacuation alert expanded near Oliver
CBC News, August 27, 2015

This news story includes an interactive map based on ArcGIS Online that displays wildfire locations in South Okanagan-Similkameen in BC.

Grand Pré company’s maps travel the world
By Wendy Elliott, The King’s County Register, August 25, 2015

Three of Lost Art Cartography's maps have been chosen by Esri to be featured in its annual map book. The map book recognizes important and innovative accomplishments of GIS users around the world.

Canada Day Map: Interactive map of Canada’s Nation Builders
GIS User, July 1, 2015

Just in time for Canada Day, Esri Canada created a Canada’s Nation Builders interactive map – an interactive visual means to exploring some of the key figures in Canadian history.

2015 Alberta Election Results App
Global News, May 6, 2015

Global News featured the Alberta Election Results app developed by Esri Canada in their elections coverage site.

Nepal Earthquake Map
CTV News Montréal, April 28, 2015

CTV News Montréal included an Esri Public Information Map to its online Nepal earthquake coverage.

Instagram images can now assist Calgary Emergency Management Agency response
By Robson Fletcher, Metro, April 27, 2015

The Calgary Emergency Management Agency has upgraded the software it uses to create real-time operating maps of disaster areas to integrate posts from the popular photo-sharing app Instagram. The city’s emergency mapping software – recognized in early 2013 for being among the best in the world – already integrates real-time information on pertinent things like the location of fire trucks, police helicopters, active road closures, and combines that with live video from traffic cameras or other city-controlled CCTV feeds.

Students team up to study Lake Winnipeg watershed (mentions Collector for ArcGIS)
Brandon Sun, April 10, 2015

Read about how students from Brandon, Manitoba and North Dakota used the Collector for ArcGIS app to collect data from water samples along the Lake Winnipeg watershed. The workshop is part of the OPEN Water planning project, which plans to combine aboriginal teachings, classroom study, field and geospatial technology to gain insight into how people, the land and water are connected.

U. of Waterloo team creates winning transit routing app
METRO Magazine (US), April 6, 2015

A team from the University of Waterloo won the Esri Canada GIS Centers of Excellence in Higher Education App Challenge. The three students developed PredictION, a transit modeling and routing application that helps citizens to visualize, analyze, and compare routes and service areas between existing and proposed transit systems.

Forensics class in demand here and abroad
By Shawn Conner, The Vancouver Sun, January 3, 2015

Learn about how Ryan Prox, a special constable with the Vancouver Police Department and adjunct professor, uses ArcGIS in teaching his course in forensic analysis at Simon Fraser University. His course gives students hands-on experience in data analysis and helps law enforcement industry practitioners move from reactive to proactive, intelligence-led policing.

2014 Archives

Assessing Condos Using 3D GIS
By Amrit Brar, BC Assessment, Canadian Property Valuation, 2014

Geographic Information Systems(GIS) play a crucial role in producing independent, uniform and efficient property assessments. BC Assessment (BCA) has recently completed an initiative to take GIS to a whole new level by executing an innovative pilot project to explore the feasibility of adopting 3D GIS for assessing condo units in downtown Vancouver. This is the first time in the world that an  assessment organization has used 3D GIS technology for the purpose of property assessments.

University Perspective – Esri Canada Centres of Excellence
By GoGeomatics Canada, August 25, 2014

At six schools across Canada, geography programs are preparing to integrate a brand new collaboration into their programs – the Esri Canada Centres of Excellence (ECCE).

Dr. Brent Hall Talks to GoGeomatics about Esri Canada Centres of Excellence
By GoGeomatics Canada, August 11, 2014

GoGeomatics recently published a press release on the launch of the Esri Canada GIS Centres of Excellence in Higher Education. To get a better understanding of these new programs, we caught up with Dr. Brent Hall, Director of Education and Research at Esri Canada.

Q&A: Esri Canada’s GIS Centres of Excellence Initiative
By Adena Schutzberg, Directions Magazine, August 5, 2014

Last week Esri Canada announced the first of its GIS Centres of Excellence (press release). Here is a bit more detail on the initiative.

City of Peterborough Increases Efficiencies and Reduces Spending with GIS Solutions
By Mike MacLean, Geomatics/Mapping Manager, City of Peterborough, Municipal Monitor Magazine, July 2014

ArcGIS has enabled Peterborough to easily integrate data from numerous sources and efficiently create Web and mobile apps to support many staff and realize cost savings. 

3D Vision: BC Assessment’s Cool New Tools
By Elizabeth Wilson,, June 2, 2014 

BC Assessment is going high-tech. See how it's using sophisticated new 3D analysis technology that allows appraisers to pay a virtual visit to a property without leaving their desks.

Geospatial information: Changing the way we conduct operations
By Chris Thatcher, Vanguard Canada, February/March 2014

If C4ISR is at the heart of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) joint agenda, then geospatial data is the  essential element that underlies the data of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. In recent years, geospatial analysis has transitioned from a specialist trade to a forces-wide capability that will only grow as demand for information rises with the introduction of new battle management systems and data distribution solutions.

Following the Fire: How a small B.C. community keeps its residents safe
By Linda Johnson, Canadian Security Magazine, January/February 2014

Read about how the Regional District of Central Okanagan used Esri's cloud GIS platform to efficiently disseminate emergency evacuation notices to residents during the 2012 Peachland wildfires in British Columbia.

Travel back in time with a bird’s-eye view of Toronto through the years
By Jessica Smith Cross, Metro, February 19, 2014

A new, free online map of Toronto lets users search for a location and then scroll through history to see a bird’s-eye view of how the city has changed over time. The Toronto Historic Maps tool was built when local historical maps enthusiast Nathan Ng teamed up with Chris Olsen, a tech support employee at Esri, a California company that makes mapping software.

Interview: BC Assessment Uses 3D GIS Modeling For Determining Building Valuations
By Jeff Thurston, 3D Visualization Magazine, February 4, 2014

Large cities like Vancouver are beginning to deploy 3D modeling and analytics for building valuation assessments. This new approach offers many insights and advantages for understanding building value that were previously difficult to obtain. Jeff Thurston interviewed Jason Grant and Hart Mauritz of BC Assessement and Michael Lomax of Esri Canada to learn about this new 3D-based approach and how the project is proceeding.

Lay of the land: the role of geospatial data in mining
By Chris Lo, Mining Technology, February 4, 2014

Geospatial data is the bedrock of mining, and GIS are making this data clearer and more detailed. Esri Canada President Alex Miller and Esri Mining Specialist Willy Lynch give an extensive overview of the evolution and benefits of this technology in the mining industry.

Mineral Exploration
By Paul Moore, International Mining, February 3, 2014

Making the best use of available data through better modelling and interpretation, combined with new technology to shed light on deeper ore bodies are key factors in the current challenging mineral exploration market. This article features several mining companies that use technology to improve mineral exploration success. Read about how Barrick Gold implemented ArcGIS Online and created the Barrick Online Mapping Portal to make information flow and their operations more efficient.

Map Monday: How open data is revolutionizing online maps
By Kathleen Clark, Canadian Geographic, February 3, 2014

After working three summers on Halifax's Harbour Hopper, Jeremy Tupper from Dalhousie University could probably give you a city tour in his sleep. Fortunately he won't have to because there is a Web app for that. And he made it. Read about Historic HaliTour, his Web app built with and hosted on ArcGIS Online, which was selected as one of the winning apps in Esri Canada’s Maps in Apps Challenge at the recent Apps4Halifax contest.

Halifax Announces Winners of City's Open Data App Challenge
TechVibes, January 22, 2014

Esri Canada and Halifax have announced the winners of the Maps in Apps Challenges at Apps4Halifax, the regional municipalities first open data app development contest. The contest, open to both startups and students, required participants to develop apps that would improve Halifax residents’ lives using Esri’s cloud-based ArcGIS Online technology and content, and the city’s open data.

Recognition, far and wide
By Bob Snowden, St. Michaels University School Blog, January 10, 2014

The St. Michaels University School’s Geography Department has been awarded a grant of Esri technology and training under the Esri Canada GIS in Education Grant program. The grant will help teachers to easily apply GIS to enhance learning in the classroom.

Online map nets national recognition for St. Albert
By Victoria Paterson, St. Albert Gazette, January 4, 2014

Read about the City of St. Albert's Art in Public Places app. The app, which uses ArcGIS Online, is one of 15 maps and apps featured in Esri Canada's 2014 calendar.

Cloud mapping brings government services down to earth
By George Kouroupis, Esri Canada Technology & Solutions Director, Municipal World, January 2014

Explore how Nova Scotia improves health services delivery and engages citizens in conservation efforts through Web maps.