GIS & Data Analyst | Greater Toronto Area
GIS & Data Analyst
Greater Toronto Area
I was born and raised just outside of Liverpool, United Kingdom. In 2010, I moved to Toronto on a temporary work permit and spent 6 months exploring the city and meeting some great people. Long story short, I wanted to make the switch permanent. It took a few years but I was finally able to move back in July 2013, and in 2016 I obtained my Permanent Residency!
I enrolled in the Applied Digital Geography and GIS Certificate at Ryerson University in Toronto in February 2016 while still working in my previous career as a Sr. Data Analyst in the offshore oil and gas industry. Despite enjoying this role, the 3-week rotation schedule no longer met my current needs. I had the opportunity to switch careers when I was able to land my first GIS-specific job in June 2017, an internship at a media marketing company in Brampton. This led to an opportunity to fulfill the role of GIS Technician at Metrolinx, which led me to my latest position as GIS Technologist at the Regional Municipality of York, where I assist the DAVS team in supporting the Region with all of their data and GIS needs.
I have had a keen interest in GIS ever since my first introduction at Liverpool John Moores University but my passion for maps goes back to my childhood when I would often spend countless hours scrutinizing the world atlas and my illuminated globe that I inherited from my older brother.
Ryerson University (Toronto, ON. Apr 2016 - Apr 2018)
Liverpool John Moores University (Liverpool, UK. Sep 2006 - Jul 2009)
Metrolinx (Loughran Mapping Solutions) (Toronto, ON. Feb 2018 - May 2019)
Hired to support the team in designing, building, and testing organization data model, while also helping to enable business users. Other duties include:
Targeo, TC Transcontinental (Brampton, ON. Sep 2017 - Jan 2018)
Awarded contract extension following successful completion of summer internship. In addition to internship duties:
Targeo, TC Transcontinental (Brampton, ON. Jun 2017 - Aug 2017)
Joined the GIS marketing team to assist on project to standardize database and associated spatial data.
After the winter 2018 semester, I graduated with a certificate in 'Applied Digital Geography and GIS' from Ryerson University. The certificate consisted of six courses and is designed for professionals currently practising or anticipating careers in digital geography and geographic information systems (GIS).
The first four courses of the certificate were taken online using the distance option available to continuing education students. The courses really helped to build upon the skills that I acquired at LJMU, while also introducing newer concepts and technologies. The final two courses were taken in the classroom.
The table below displays my course choices and results:
|Course||Letter Grade||Grade Point Average|
|Spatial Databases and Digital Cartography||A+||4.33|
|Digital Geography and Spatial Analysis||A||4.00|
|Electives: Group A|
|Digital Geography Applications in Community & Social Services||A+||4.33|
|Electives: Group B|
|Customizing GIS Software: Applications Programming||A||4.00|
|Advanced Course: First Level|
|Spatial Statistical Methods||A+||4.33|
Using SQLite, a relational database management system, it is possible to create, read, update, or delete data. The following example code is used to create two tables called 'NFL Teams' and 'NFL Stadiums'. Then using a select statement with a join clause, the two tables can be joined using a common attribute, which in this case is the 'NFL ID'.
This code can be tested at SQLFiddle. Below is a screenshot of the result: