SKI Canada 2023

February 16-19 | Banff, AB

The 8th Conference on Spatial Knowledge and Information (SKI) Canada brings together researchers of geographic information science (and systems), spatial data science, and the geoweb who live and work in Canada.

Sponsored by


January 16   We are happy to announce that John Pomeroy, Distinguished Professor in the Dept of Geography & Planning at the University of Saskatchewan will provide the keynote presentation at SKI this year. More info here.

January 9   We would like to thank ESRI Canada for signing on as our platinum sponsor this year. ESRI is running its own GIS in Education and Research Conference this year in March.

December 7   We have booked space at the Banff Ave Brewing Co. for our Thursday evening (Feb 16) social. More details to follow.

November 7   Short paper and abstract deadline extended to November 21 (End of day AOE).

Conference Program

The full two day program is listed below. Note that there is an ice-breaker event on Thursday evening (February 16) at Banff Ave Brewing Co.

Friday, February 17

Welcome, opening remarks, and introductions.

Papers to be announced.

Coffee & tea available

Papers to be announced.

Buffet dinner & Keynote presentation

Papers to be announced.

Coffee & tea available

Presentations to be announced.

Saturday, February 18

Welcome back, annoucements, information on proceedings.

Papers to be announced.

Coffee & tea available

Papers to be announced.

Buffet dinner & photo gallery slide show.

Papers to be announced.

Coffee & tea available

Presentations to be announced.

Papers to be announced.


GIScience for Observing and Predicting Snow and Glacier Hydrology in the Canadian Rockies

John Pomeroy, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, UNESCO Chair in Mountain Water Sustainability and Distinguished Professor, in the Dept of Geography & Planning and Director of the Centre for Hydrology, Coldwater Laboratory and Global Water Futures program, University of Saskatchewan, Canmore, AB.

Abstract: GIS plays a central role in our attempts to better observe, understand, and predict the complex snow and ice hydrological systems of the Canadian Rockies. Here, intense spatial variability due to topography, vegetation, geology, development and climate governs hydrological processes in the headwater basins of the triple continental divide from whence the Columbia, Saskatchewan and Mackenzie rivers drain to separate oceans. GIS science is key to observing hydrology of this region, through detailed mapping by UAV of glacier surfaces and extent, snow depth, vegetation structure, surface temperature, water levels and topography. Spatial measurement campaigns using UAV-LiDAR and multispectral imagery has been used to track glacier retreat, snow redistribution by wind in the alpine environment, the interception of snow by forest canopies and the influence of slope/aspect, elevation, vegetation and wind exposure on snowmelt rates in the spring. Spatially distributed models have been developed using GIS to define spatial units for mass and energy balance calculations called "hydrological response units" and using triangular irregular networks (TINs) over adaptive meshes defined from topography, vegetation and hydrography. These models have greater computational efficiency and parsimonious parameterisation needs due to the inherent classification of landscape compared to regular gridded models. Application of these models to determine the impacts of climate change on the hydrology of the Canadian Rockies and to forecast snow accumulation and melt at high resolution over vast areas are shown.

Accepted Abstracts

13 abstracts were accepted for presentation at the conference.

Accepted Short Papers

24 short papers were accepted for publication in the conference proceedings and presentation at the conference.

Call for Papers

The 8th Conference on Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada will be held February 16-19, 2023 in Banff, Alberta.

Spatial Knowledge and Information (SKI) Canada brings together researchers of geographic information science (and systems), spatial data science, and the geoweb who live and work in Canada. We invite submissions as short papers and abstracts for peer-review and publication.

The SKI conference mixes the practical and the theoretical. Come share your experiences in using GIS in academia in Canada and around the world. Learn from other researchers and students of GIS on best practices and ways of accommodating different domains of knowledge. We invite submissions on a range of topics including (but not limited to):

  • GIScience
  • Spatial Data Science
  • Geomatics and geomatics engineering
  • Remote Sensing
  • Participatory GIS
  • GIS in health and epidemiology
  • GIS in transportation
  • GIS in hydrology
  • Geoprivacy
  • Planning Support Systems and landuse planning
  • Digital Earth and the Geospatial Web 2.0 (geoweb) (e.g., Google Earth, Virtual Earth, Google Maps) Research
  • Neogeography, Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and crowdsourcing
  • Geovisualization and cybercartography
  • Business geographics
  • Spatial statistics
  • Location based services
  • GIS and spatial modeling in the Earth Sciences
  • Urban simulation and modelling
  • Computer dimensions of GIS (e.g., data modelling)
  • Big Data, machine learning, Geo AI
  • Smart Cities & Artificial Intelligence

Who should attend?

Students of all levels (undergraduate, masters, and PhD) and professors who identify as GIScientists, Spatial Data Scientists, Geomatics Researchers or GIS Applications users from across Canada. We are particularly interested in students attending the conference so please share this CfP within your departments.

How to participate

Submit a short paper for peer review

Short papers can be up to 2000 words in length and a maximum of 10 pages (including figures and references). Each short paper will be reviewed by the Program Committee and feedback will be provided to the authors. Accepted short papers will be published in the SKI conference proceedings via Open Science Framework (OSF). In addition to gaining experience with the review process, students should be aware that the proceedings are given a persistent identifier (DOI) and indexed, which may be useful for their CV.
Download the short paper template here

Submit an abstract

For students who have been registered in their programs for less than six months (as of the deadline of abstract submission), we invite submission of a short abstract (200-300 words). Short abstracts will not be included in proceedings but are an opportunity to discuss and receive feedback from your peers. Short abstracts should include the research context, goal, methods, anticipated results, and expected impacts. Short abstract submissions must be accompanied by an email or letter from the student’s supervisor indicating they have reviewed and approved the submission and confirmation that the student has been in their program of study for less than six months. If new students have sufficient results, a comprehensive literature review or a well-developed methodology, we encourage them to submit to the paper stream.
Download the abstract template here

Faculty research synopsis

Faculty are welcome to submit Extended Abstracts and be allocated the same 10-minute presentation slot as other presenters, these abstracts should focus on a specific research project or topic. Alternatively, faculty can email and request to give a 2-minute research synopsis/elevator pitch covering the general range of research they conduct. Additionally, faculty can submit a 300 word summary of their research program which will be posted on the conference website, but will not be part of the peer-reviewed proceedings. Submit synopsis here


The full conference event will be held from Thursday February 16 to Sunday, February 19, 2023. The conference begins with an icebreaker and social on Thursday night, with paper presentations commencing Friday February 17 and continuing Saturday February 18. Further details will be posted soon.

The submission deadline for short papers and abstracts is November 21st 14th, 2022 (End of day AOE).

Conference Structure

The conference will be structured as a series of plenary sessions, and hosted by a moderator. Conference sessions will be designed around a rapid-communication format successfully used in medicine, neuroscience, and other disciplines. Each presentation will be 10-minutes with a short shared opportunity for public questions. Additionally, each evening of the conference will also include a reception offering ample time for interaction and discussion. In addition to the research presentations we will have a keynote address during the dinner hour of the first evening.

Conference Location

This year's conference on Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada will be held at the Banff Park Lodge.

Important Dates

Conference dates: February 16-19

Submission deadline: November 14 November 21 (End of day AOE)

Paper notifications: December 16 December 20

Camera-ready (revised based on reviews) version due: January 6 January 16

Submit paper or abstract here


We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support.

Platinum Sponsor

Student paper award sponsors


This year's conference on Spatial Knowledge and Information Canada will be held at the Banff Park Lodge.


The Banff Park Lodge is located in Banff, Alberta and is roughly 1.5 hours from the Calgary International Airport. From the airport, the best option for getting to Banff is via shuttle. There are a few options including the Banff Airporter and the Brewster Express.

Top things to do in (and around) Banff

Social Events

On Thursday evening (February 16), we will kick off the conference with a Meet & Greet at Banff Ave Brewing Company. This is a great opportunity to meet other participants in a casual environment and set the tone for the days to come. Details to follow.


Registration includes two dinners and coffee breaks during the conference.

Important: Even if you do not register until the last minute, please book your hotel room at the Banff Park Lodge as soon as possible as we have a limited block of rooms reserved (and special rate) for this conference. Book at or call 403-762-4433 and mention SKI2023.

Early bird (Register by January 6)

  • Students: $200
  • Postdocs: $300
  • Faculty & others: $450

Regular (Register by January 27)

  • Students: $250
  • Postdocs: $350
  • Faculty & others: $500

Register here

Organizing Committee

General Chairs

Renée Sieber, McGill University
Scott Bell, University of Saskatchewan

Program Chairs

Grant McKenzie, McGill University
Victoria Fast, University of Calgary
Ehab Diab, University of Saskatchewan

Local Arrangements

Steve Liang, University of Calgary
Sayeh Bayat, University of Calgary
Ian Parfitt, Selkirk College

Program Committee

Luke Bergmann, University of British Columbia
Mathieu Bourbonnais, University of British Columbia
Ryan Burns, University of Calgary
Dongmei Chen, Queens University
Jonathan Cinnamon, University of British Columbia
Jon Corbett, University of British Columbia
Suzana Dragicevic, Simon Fraser University
Tim Elrick, McGill University
Steven Farber, University of Toronto
Daniel Fuller, University of Saskatchewan
Emily Grisé, University of Alberta
Xulin Guo, University of Saskatchewan
Peter Johnson, University of Waterloo
Brian Klinkenberg, University of British Columbia
Jed Long, Western University
Kevin Manaugh, McGill University
Mir Abolfazi Mostafavi, Laval University
Liliana Perez, University of Montreal
Tarmo Remmel, York University
Claus Rinner, Toronto Metropolitan University
Steven Roberts, Wilfrid Laurier University
Stephane Roche, Laval University
Dipto Sarkar, Carlton University
Michael Sawada, University of Ottawa
Raja Sengupta, McGill University
Nadine Schuurman, Simon Fraser University
Lindsey Smith, University of Toronto
Emmanuel Stefanakis, University of Calgary
Jue Wang, University of Toronto
David Wachsmuth, McGill University
Michael Widener, University of Toronto