About Me


IMG_3144 edited 300dpiDon Boyes, Ph.D., FRCGS
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Room 5011, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street
Dept. of Geography and Planning
University of Toronto


I specialize in teaching the theory and application of geographic information systems (GIS) to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Toronto.  I currently teach five different GIS courses that draw students from a wide variety of disciplines. As an associate professor in the teaching stream, I am a full-time, permanent faculty member specializing in teaching.  I am a recipient of the Award for Excellence in Teaching Geography from the Canadian Association of Geographers, the University of Toronto President’s Teaching Award, the Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award, the APUS-SAC Undergraduate Teaching Award, and multiple recipient of the Dean’s Excellence Award. I have a strong interest in teaching and learning with technology and associated pedagogical development, and I sit on several related committees at the university.

Our department is one of the oldest and largest geography departments in North America, with over 2,500 undergraduate and 200 graduate students enrolled in geography courses each term on the downtown (St. George) campus.  The University of Toronto is Canada’s largest university, with over 75,000 students enrolled across three campuses.

I have written for the Esri GIS Education Community Blog and V1 Magazine (now Sensors & Systems).  I have been interviewed by the Toronto Star (Map publishers facing a rough road, Aug. 19, 2011), the Globe and Mail (Mapping out the future of maps, January 26, 2002), the National Post (Fountain of Youth Found: Magician, January 20, 2007), and TVOntario for the program More to Life (Back to Class: Geography Education, May 6, 2004) regarding digital mapping and the role of technology in geography.  I contributed a custom-made map of Canada for the documentary Let’s All Hate Toronto which premiered at the Hot Docs film festival, April, 2007.  My efforts to design my curriculum using the Geospatial Technology Competency Model were featured in a case study on the U.S. Department of Labor website.

At various points in my life I have lived in Ottawa, Saskatoon, Kingston, London (Ontario), Inuvik, and Toronto.

Prior to my current academic position, I worked as a freelance GIS consultant for several years, mainly in the Northwest Territories, but I also had some clients in Nunavut and here in Toronto.

Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographical Society

Canadian Association of Geographers
Canadian Council for Geographic Education
Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education