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Esri Canada Centre of Excellence (ECCE) in GIS

Our ECCE is coordinated by Dr. Claudio Aporta, from the Marine Affairs Program.

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.

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 nine other institutions: UNB, COGS, McGill, Carleton, Waterloo, McMaster, York, Simon Fraser, and Victoria.


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

App Challenge

The ECCE App Challenge is a coding 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, How to Register, and Prizes. Teams from Dal are students currently enrolled in BIOL/ENVS/ERTH/GEOG/SCIE 4850.

Scholarships & Awards

The Esri Canada GIS scholarship program enables each ECCE to select award recipients during the Winter Term, on an annual basis. Dal application packages are due on March 17 and the International package is due on April 7, 2017. If you follow the international Guidelines for Posters and Guidelines for Summary Reports - the same files can be submitted to both competitions.

GIS Centre

Need help or assistance? Visit the GIS Centre located on the 5th floor of the Killam Library. To find it, go through Special Collections and into the northwest corner of the Killam Library.