About us

The Spatial Initiative is a unit within the Office of the Vice-President Research (OVPR) to support Geographic Information Systems (GIS) related to research, training, and engagement with and for the campus community and local, regional, and provincial partners. For further information, please see The Spatial Initiative Brochure.

label Mission Statement

  •  To help support and encourage the incorporation of geographic information, spatial thinking, spatial analysis, and spatial communication in the research agenda of the University of Saskatchewan;

  •  To provide GIS-related training and education for students, faculty, and staff from a variety of disciplines;

  •  To acquire, enhance, maintain, and disseminate digital spatial databases;

  •  To research and develop GIS-related tools and technologies.


label Operating Team

The team includes key members of The Spatial Initiative, the University Library, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and faculty communities.

  • Scott Bell, Ph.D.

              Academic and Scientific Director, The Spatial Initiative
              Professor, Department of Geography and Planning

              email  scott.bell@usask.ca

  • Weiping (Winston) Zeng, Ph.D.

              Associate Director and GIS Analyst, The Spatial Initiative
              Professional Affiliate, Department of Geography and Planning
              Laboratory Manager, Spatial Analysis For Innovation in Health Research (SAFIHR), SSRL

               email  winston.zeng@usask.ca

  • Ian MacPhedran, Ph.D., P.Eng.

             Software and Licensing Specialist, The Spatial Initiative
             Research Analyst, Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

             email  ian.macphedran@usask.ca

  • Rob Alary

    Data & GIS Library Services

             email  rwa128@mail.usask.ca

  • Matthew Li

    Assistant GIS Research Manager and GIS developer, The Spatial Initiative

    email mel044@mail.usask.ca

  • Xiaojing Lu

           Assistant GIS Research Manager and GIS Analyst, The Spatial Initiative

           email  xil242@mail.usask.ca

  • Ha Thuan, Ph.D.

           GIS Analyst, The Spatial Initiative

           email  havanthuan@gmail.com

  • Tayyab Shah, Ph.D.

           GIS Analyst, The Spatial Initiative

           email  tis607@mail.usask.ca

  • Xiaolei Yu

           GIS Analyst, The Spatial Initiative

           email  Yux051@mail.usask.ca

  • Jingting Lei

           GIS Analyst, The Spatial Initiative

           email  jil469@mail.usask.ca

  • Wei Liu

           GIS Analyst, The Spatial Initiative

           email  liv.liu@usask.ca

  • Tuhin Paul, Ph.D.

           GIS developer and web programmer, The Spatial Initiative

           email  tuhin.paul@usask.ca

  • Sihua Ma

           GIS developer and web programmer, The Spatial Initiative

           email  sim850@mail.usask.ca

  • Shuo Yuan

           GIS developer and web programmer, The Spatial Initiative

           email  shy844@mail.usask.ca

 For further contact information, please see Contact us.