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Dr Gilliland gives keynote on "Community Geography"

Monday, April 28, 2014

Dr Jason Gilliland gave the keynote address entitled "Lessons of a Community Geographer: GIS Collaborations for Creating Healthy and Vibrant Communities" at the 2014 BeSpatial conference in Guelph, Ontario.  BeSpatial is the annual conference of URISA Ontario. URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) is the premiere non-profit organization for the use and integration of spatial information technologies to solve challenges in government agencies and improve the quality of life in urban and regional environments. In his presentation Dr. Gilliland spoke about some of the outcomes, challenges, and opportunities of being a “community geographer” through his experiences working with municipalities, public health professionals, and neighbourhood groups across Ontario. He highlighted some recent examples of cross-sector collaborations where he, his HEALabmembers, and his undergraduate classes used GIS  in projects with various knowledge users to promote active transportation, local food access, children’s health and well-being, and neighbourhood economic development.