Esri Canada Centre of Excellence (ECCE) in GIS


Through a partnership with Esri Canada, Dalhousie University hosts an Esri Canada Centre of Excellence in GIS. Dalhousie has earned this designation because we promote teaching excellence in GIS, encourage GIS innovation and facilitate increased collaboration between faculty and students.

App Challenge

The ECCE App Challenge is a coding or storymap app competition held by Esri Canada to help promote innovation and creativity within the Centres of Excellence. Go to the App Challenge website for the Challenge Guidelines. For 2021, we recommend forming a team of 3 students. All Dalhousie graduate and undergraduate students are eligible. To register for the App Challenge, send an email to James Boxall <>. This competition runs for one week, starting on Friday, Feb 28, at 5pm and running to the following Friday at 5pm, March 5. The app you develop must use open data. You must register in advance and the App Challenge Prize for the winning team is $1500.

Scholarship & Award

The Esri Canada GIS scholarship program enables each university to select award recipients during the Winter Term, on an annual basis. The prize package includes software, training, books and $500. Dal application packages are due by 8pm on April 11, 2021. Students are also eligible to compete for the International Esri Young Scholars Award. If you follow the international Guidelines for Posters and Guidelines for Reports - the same poster and report can be submitted to both competitions. The Esri Young Scholars Award application package deadline is at 5pm, April 23, 2021.

Our ECCE Director is Dr. Chris Greene, from the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.

From a software perspective, GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems. Esri Canada is a Canadian-owned company that uses ArcGIS software products to provide enterprise GIS solutions.

Up to six of our students can become ECCE associates, which entitles them to attend conferences and development workshops. They form a network with other GIS-minded students across Canada.

The ECCE designation is held by ten other institutions: UNB, NSCC Centre of Geographic Sciences, Carleton, Waterloo, McMaster, York, Western, Calgary, Simon Fraser, and Toronto.


Read the ECCE blog to see what new and exciting things are happening in the geospatial and academic communities across Canada.

GIS Centre

The GIS Centre is located on the 5th floor of the Killam Library. To find it, go through Special Collections and proceed toward the northwest corner of the Killam Library.