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Ryerson Open House

Saturday, March 30, 2019

This is an event you won't want to miss! Visit Ryerson's distinctly urban campus for the chance to tour our campus and facilities, chat with professors, current students and more! See for yourself what makes Ryerson Canada's leading university for innovation and career relevant learning.

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Chair's Welcome Message

Dr. Marco Fiola, Chair


Welcome to the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Ryerson University. We are located in the downtown core of Toronto, one of the World’s most diverse cities. Please explore our knowledgeable people, broad range of programs of study, and exciting research activities.

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies has been at the forefront of Ryerson’s development from a technical training institute to a comprehensive public university. Our BA in Geographic Analysis was the first stand-alone degree granted at the university, starting as a BAA in Applied Geography in the early 1970s. Our MSA in Spatial Analysis was the first Department-based graduate degree offered by Ryerson,... [Read more]

News & Announcements

Professor Larry Fullerton, CFA (1946-2019)

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our friend and colleague Larry Fullerton (BA, MA, York University), on Thursday April 18, at his home in Toronto, after a valiant battle with illness, surrounded by his loved ones. During this difficult time, we keep in our thoughts Professor Fullerton’s wife Anna Wycher, as well as his daughter Rhian and his extended family.

Born on December 22, 1946 in Willowdale, Professor Fullerton started at Ryerson University (Ryerson Polytechnic Institute at that time) after a job interview that, he recalled, involved little more than a vigorous chat over a cup of coffee. Over the years, he taught a diverse range of courses, but was happiest with those that were related to tourism and recreation studies.  Outside the classroom, service to Ryerson included his position for many years as coach of the women’s badminton team.

A retired member of the Canadian Forces with 44 years of service, Professor Fullerton was able to combine two of his passions, geography and battlefields, in research projects that involved putting his knowledge of geolocation to use in researching the background of all infantry members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF).  Few of us were given the opportunity to witness his talents as a musician, but he was a gifted and well respected bag-piper and percussionist. Widely recognized for his role as the long-time drum-major with the 48th Highlanders of Canada, he held the rank of Master Warrant Officer.  Over many years, he contributed to the evolution of the Canadian National Exhibition in his capacity as a programmer for and director of numerous musical productions.  Larry’s commitment to community was further evident in the generous support he lent to Variety Village which works with young people who experience disabilities and developmental barriers.

For his many accomplishments and honour, Larry was awarded Commemorative Medals for the Silver and Golden Jubilees of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.

Professor Fullerton was highly appreciated by colleagues at Ryerson and beyond for his true collegiality, for his capacity always to derive enjoyment from circumstance and for a well-developed and often self-deprecating sense of humour.  Larry often mused that on his first day of teaching in 1969 he was prevented, because of his youthful appearance, from using an elevator that at the time was reserved for faculty alone.

Celebration of life ceremony will be held on June 1 with details to follow.



March 30th, 2019

Ryerson Open House

Come join the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the Ryerson Open House!  Faculty members and current students will be present to provide more information about our Environment & Urban Sustainability (EUS) and Geographic Analysis (GA) programs.  We have an exciting line up of activities which includes our EUS program session (POD 372 from 11-12), a GA GIS demonstration session (POD 348 from 11-12 or 12-1) and of course our Faculty of Arts University Fair (SLC 5th floor from 9-3).

We look forward to meeting you!

Register now -Spring 2019 Open House


March 29th, 2019  

Human Environment Interactions in a Changing World Event

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies will be hosting three experts with wide-ranging perspectives on the ways in which human-environment interactions are changing within contemporary urban environments.  The speakers’ interests range from a focus on the impacts of unfolding transportation and land-use developments, to the socio-ecological impacts of modern agricultural systems, urban forests and greenspace.  These issues will be explored by way of a panel discussion and question period. Refreshments and networking to follow. All are welcome!

March 29th,Ted Rogers School of Management Building TRS 3-109 from  2:00-4:30pm. Register on this link


Dr. Steven Farber, Department of Human Geography, University of Toronto Scarborough

Dr. Marney Isaac, Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough

Dr. Tenley Conway, Department of Geography, University of Toronto Mississauga


March 6th, 2019

Retail Panel: GIS & Retail Analytics in Retail and Marketing

This Retail Panel features discussions by professionals and former graduates from the Geographic Analysis program. The focus of the discussion is around the role of GIS and data analytics in retail and marketing. Open to anyone interested in location-based intelligence and spatial analysis in business and other real-world applications.  

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