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GIS Analyst (Co-op)


  • Posted on: June 9, 2024

Communitech helps founders start, grow and succeed

At Communitech, we’re all about the “F” word. Founders.

We were built by tech founders who saw the need for a community of support to help ensure the future prosperity of Canada. No other innovation hub can say that, which is pretty cool.

Established in 1997, our mission has been our guide ever since. We’re here to support the founder at every stage of their journey, providing accelerated opportunities to access talent, capital and sales.

As Canada’s tech supercharger, we help founders:

  • Hire and retain the smartest, brightest and most experienced people

  • Access growth financing at every stage

  • Sell to the biggest customers at home and around the world

  • Connect the right people at the right time – peers who have been there before, coaches who can guide them through the difficult spots and partners from all over Canada

We’re looking to grow our team with passionate people – people who believe in our mission and who are willing to do what it takes to help our founders succeed. If you like to work collaboratively, get s#!t done and be a champion for Canadian tech, we want to hear from you. Wonder what it’s like to work at Communitech? Learn more at https://www.communitech.ca/corporate-stuff/careers/

Communitech is a hybrid organization headquartered in downtown Kitchener, Ontario. In-person connection is important to us, so we get together regularly for special events, collaboration days and team socials, and we ask our team members to work onsite from our Kitchener facility 2 days/week, every Tuesday being our team-wide in person collaboration day. We are a flexible, people first environment and want to allow our people to make decisions and choices about where they work to support work life balance within clear guidelines.

Reporting to the Strategic Initiative team you will help Communitech by providing support to a variety of programs. You will expand the utility and data sets available on OpenHDMaps, a geospatial high definition mapping platform that combines and hosts disparate data sets from participating organizations, using the expertise of all members to build an ecosystem that supports innovation around autonomous vehicle application, smart cities and more.

What you’ll be doing:

Strategic Initiative Team: Support the OpenHDmaps platform by finding and integrating geospatial data, increasing its value to users across the mobility space.

  • Research use cases for the OpenHDMaps platform in automotive, transportation, smart cities, infrastructure as well as new novel sectors such as augmented/virtual reality.

  • Identify sources of open geospatial data that would be of value to users of the OpenHDMaps platform.

  • Use standard open source geospatial tools (e.g. QGIS) to collect, aggregate, clean the identified open data sets.

  • Build new tools using Python in GIS databases as required.

  • Work with various partners and users to integrate geospatial data onto the platform.

  • Support others SI programs when needed

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Knowledge of open geospatial tools used to analyze/visualize data sets in various vector and raster formats (e.g. Shapefile, JSON, LiDAR, OpenStreetMap)

  • Understanding of High Definition mapping, autonomous vehicle or other transportation related technologies would be beneficial.

  • Interest in or experience with entrepreneurship and/or with technology startups is an asset

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills with strict attention to detail

  • Analytically minded for deep discussions on business needs

  • Strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with client companies and other 3rd parties are a must

  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations

  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects impacting a variety of internal and external stakeholders

To Apply

Please apply online along with your resume and cover letter.

We thank all applicants in advance; however only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications will be kept confidential. Communitech is a diverse and inclusive environment and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including aboriginal persons, francophones, members of sexual minority groups, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women. We will provide any requested accommodation to candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.

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