Nov 2020 • Dr. Jason Gilliland gave an invited talk on “The public realm during COVID-19: Exploring Canadian responses & next steps” at an international symposium entitled 2020: A Year without Public Space sponsored by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

Oct 2020 • Dr. Jason Gilliland was invited by the Mayor of the City of London to serve on the London Community Recovery Network. He is serving as a member of the priority action table focused on Strengthening London’s Downtown and Core Area.

Oct 2020 • Dr. Jason Gilliland spoke about the importance of evidence while serving as an expert panelist on the subject of ‘Influencing Municipal Policy’ for the annual Place Matters Conference, sponsored by the Urban League of London, City of London, and others.

June 2020 • Dr. Jason Gilliland served as an expert panelist for an online event entitled Imagining Public Spaces: How to Design Safe Communities in a COVID-19 World sponsored by the Coady International Institute, St. Francis University.

May 2020 • Spatialists is collaborating on FRESHER (Food Retail Environment Study for Health & Economic Resiliency) a study of the effects of COVID-19 on the retail food industry. The evidence we gather from this study will be useful for policymakers to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on the sector and provide evidence that can be used to create support programs and policies that will aid in the recovery of the industry.

Aug 2020 • Dr. Jason Gilliland was named the Children’s Health Foundation 2019 Children’s Health Research Institute “Scientist of the Year”.

Dec 2019 • Spatialists is collaborating on a project for Southwestern Public Health that is using Geographic Information Science for planning.

Dec 2019 • Spatialists collaborated on a GIS training workshop for public health epidemiologists.

Dec 2019 • Spatialists is undertaking background research to help develop a good school food project with the Ontario Student Nutrition Program in Southwest Ontario Region.

Oct 2019 • Spatialists is working with the Oxford Park Community of London, Ontario on community engagement, participatory planning and data collection exercises around the issue of streetscape redesign.

Oct 2019 • We recently completed our annual evaluation of Growing Chefs! Ontario programs.

Sept 2019 • Spatialists recently completed and presented our report on Evidence Based Approaches for Increasing Healthy Dietary Behaviour in Children in London, Ontario to the Healthy Eating Healthy Physical Activity working group of London’s Child & Youth Network.

July 2019 • Jason Gilliland was in Auckland, New Zealand to meet with architects and planners from Auckland, Hong Kong, and Sydney to discuss international collaborations and deliver an invited address on place-based collaborations for healthy cities to the University of Auckland.

May 2019 • Jason Gilliland was in Toronto, Ontario to give the keynote address on building capacity for child health through community collaboration at the GeoHealth conference at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

April 2019 • Jason Gilliland was in Niagara Falls, Ontario to give an invited address about smartphone apps for changing health at the Canadian Nutrition Society.  

April 2019 • Jason Gilliland was in Los Angeles, California to speak about youth participation in city building to an audience of urban researchers and practitioners at the Urban Affairs Association.

Feb 2019 • Spatialists recently completed an evidence summary in support of building a healthy built environments challenge for Canada for the Public Health Agency of Canada.