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Jennifer Johnston

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Jennifer Johnston, GIS-Cartographic Specialist, BA with Honours

jjohnston02@hotmail.com

Ph: 905-475-8498

Mobile: 647-878-8430

 

Objective

            I am a certified GIS-Cartographic Specialist from Fleming College and a Geography and Fine Arts Graduate from Bishop’s University.  I have experience in cartography, GIS, remote sensing, database management, and graphic design. 

I have experience in creating custom maps for various clients, being responsible for the cartographic design, other graphic work (i.e. advertisements and web design), GIS analysis, and data management.

I can work under pressure and meet tight deadlines, without sacrificing quality.  I am able to present spatial data in the form of a digital map, graphic, or chart in a clear and intuitive manner in order to conveying the proposed message effectively.  I am diligent about accuracy and attention to detail, and I work well both individually and as part of a team.

 

Computer Skills

 

•           Adobe Illustrator CS6, MAPublisher, Photoshop, Freehand, Corel Draw

•           ESRI’s ArcView, ArcCatalog, ArcInfo, ArcMap

•           AutoCAD, AutoCAD MAP, CAD Pulisher

•           Photomodeler

•           PCI Geomaticia Orthoengine and Focus, eCognition

•           HTML, XML, JavaScript, Microsoft Visual Basic, ColdFusion, Oracle10g

•           MapGuide, MAPServer, ArcIMS, Manifold

•           Macromedia Dreamweaver and Flash

•           Trimble GPS, OziExplorer

•           Microsoft Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint

 

Education

 

Foundation Studio Art Course, Specialising in Painting

Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Melbourne Australia

 

Post-Graduate GIS-Cartographic Specialist degree

Sir Sandford Fleming College, Lindsay Ontario

 

BA with honours in Geography and Fine Arts

Bishop’s University, Lennoxville Quebec

 

Monash University, Melbourne Australia and the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), Toronto Canada

Environmental Science and Artist Studio classes as part of my degree at      Bishop’s University

            •           Honours thesis on “Perceptions of Safety in Kensington Market, Toronto”

•           Independent research paper on “Sustainability of the Tourist Industry in Byron Bay, Australia”

•           Weather data collection and field research for Dr. Nigel Tapper, Monash University.

 

Awards and Events

 

• Backer of Seattle Doomsday Map by Tony Dowler, a beautiful hand-painted full-colour road map which comes in a foldable travel version and wall map version, February 15 2013

• Agile Project Management training, Aconex, Bangalore India, November 5 2012

• AutoCAD Map skills refresher 1 day training, August 2011

• Geomatics Canada Interview, “Canadian Cartographer in Australia”, June 21 2011.  http://gogeomatics.info/?p=246    

• International Map Trade Association (Asia Pacific) Conference and Trade Show, June 2010.

• Natural Resources Canada, Earth Science Sector “Special Achievement Award for Special Purpose Mapping”, December 2009.

• Adobe Illustrator professional training course March 2009.

 

Freelance Work

 

Sabey & Associates (July 2013 – December 2013)

• updating and creating new maps for the 2014 – 9th edition of Victorian Bike Paths & Rail Trails Guide

Lonely Planet Publications (August 2010 – April 2010)

• in-house cartographic and GIS services updating maps for the City Guide publications

GPSat Systems Ltd (July 2010 – April 2010)

• 3D modeling of mining machinery and terrain to be inputted into a real-time visual display

Hema Maps (July 2010 – August 2010)

• cartographic services updating New Zealand city maps and North and South Island wall maps

The Wilderness Society Victoria (July 2010)

• in-house GIS assistance and providing staff with Arc Map training

• after hours GIS assistance (March 2013)

 

Work Experience

 

Cartographer, Lonely Planet Publications (April 18, 2010 – February 2014)

            •           Prepare maps of various types, sizes and styles for print

            •           Create maps from basedata, apply new styles

•          Update existing maps with reference to author’s notes, new data, and new style specs

•           Coordinate mapping projects, and manage assisting freelancers

•           Work with editors, authors, and other cartographers

•           Meet deadlines

•           Work with editors, authors, and other cartographers

•           Data and file management

•           Attend training sessions

 

Senior Cartographer (April 2013 – Current)

This role is a self-managing role, combining the tasks of a cartographer with the following additional responsibilities:

•           Ensure mapping requirements are delivered to schedule, from the budget stage through to the end of production

                        •           Prepare map briefs and map data

•           Direct and support authors/content providers before and during their research

•           Juggle project priorities ensuring deadlines are met, and to manage communication and updates with multiple stakeholder

•           Deliver current projects to schedule and budget

 

Special Project Mapping, BBC – Lonely Planet Magazine (February 2013 – Current)

•           Create basemaps to be used in magazine created by the BBC and Lonely Planet

                        •           Conform to specifications and deadlines

                        •           Respond as needed by the BBC

 

Work Experience, Cartographic Operations and Product Development (Jan 30, 2012 – April 30, 2012 & December 16, 2012 – April 2, 2013)

                        •           Create style files and map borders for a new product series

                        •           Orthorectify imagery

                        •           Create zoom-able map tiles

•           Manage, upload, and maintain geographic data and databases

•           Google align geographic data layers

 

Seconded Role, Pre-production Cartography Support

(May 18, 2012 –December 16)

•           Act as a subject matter expert, point of contact, and trainer to assist the new Indian team both locally in India and remotely from Australia.

•           Traveled to Bangalore India for 2 months to work towards building up the teams skills towards being self-sufficient (meaning that they deliver maps that are acceptable by Lonely Planet standard) and a follow up 2 week support visit.

•           Trouble shooting problems with Bling (custom mapping software).

•           Have a high attention to detail, checking each map made by the Indian team and signing them off based on acceptance criteria.

•           Liaise with Genesys (Indian Preliminary Mapping Partner), responding to questions, deliver style and process training sessions, and developing an open working relationship.

•           Create a clear, concise and thorough mapping manual to be used by the Indian team.

 

The City of Port Phillip (May 12, 2010 – June 3, 2010)

            •           Filling in for an employee away on sick leave

•          Respond to map requests, creating maps which meet the clients’ needs and are in accordance with Data Standards

•           Edit and create data as required for use in the GIS

•           Act as a contact point for GIS users to assist in solving problems and   general use of the system

 

Tryon  Professional Land Surveyors (September 2009 – May 2010)

            •           Maintain and update data (keep client project databases, download

                        government files monthly and replace outdated data from GeoData BC

                        and OGC)

            •          Develop mapping style

            •           Create, manage, update and maintain mapping products

•           Mapping includes wall maps and project specific maps to support Tryon’s land surveying operations and client requests, as well as other special requests

            •           Communicate with Land Surveyors to meet deadlines

•           Creative freedom to make a quality product that is visually appealing for use in sales and marketing

•           Working remotely

 

Explore Australia, Hardie Grant Publishing (March 24 – May 7, 2010)

            •          In-house contractor

            •           Update, resize, and scale existing maps

•           Text placement and smoothing

 

The Atlas of Canada (September 2008 – September 2009)

•           Designing high quality paper and digital maps, with strong attention to             detail and devising ways of display spatial data in an eye catching manner

•           Prepare maps for print, digital, and online publication

•           Graphics and logo designs

•           Work as part of a team on specific projects within the Federal Government

•           An active member within planning and presentation committees

 

Avenza Systems Inc. (Co-op term, January 2008 to August 2008)

•           Working as part of a team of 3 to develop the latest version of MAPublisher 8.0 (prior to its release) by applying it to a real life project with 4 deliverables for the purpose of being displayed at the ESRI trade show in October 2008:

1.         detailed and eye catching wall map

2.         digital interactive flash map

3.         website

4.         project report

 

Nova Group, English Teacher in Japan (2006-2007)

•           Teaching students of various levels and of all ages, altering lessons to suit   their needs and interests

•           Lesson planning, grading, and completing progress reports to ensure comprehension and development

•           Preparing special events and group discussion topics

 

Green Earth Organics, Office assistant and deliveries (2006)

•           Enter orders and customer information into the computer and updating the database

•           Keep track of the company’s finances

•           Establish a logical delivery route while fitting in new drop offs

•           Load truck and deliver orders on time

 

Pubic Outreach, Charitable fundraiser and Data Entry (2006, and August 2007)

•           Representing reputable charities such as the Hospital for Sick Children, Amnesty International, and Doctors without Borders.

•           Confirming donor information and method of payment

•           Entering and updating donor information in the database, administrative tasks and filing

•           Provide up-to-date information and answers to general inquiries

 

The Canadian Urban Institute, Research Assistant and Data Entry (May 2005-2006)

            •           Gathering information and statistics relating to various research projects

            •           Assist in compiling data and information into a clear and organized report

•           Complete a summary of the information gathered complete with works cited in proper format

            •           Assist in events (manning booths, set-up, company representation)

 

Interests

Travel, maps, languages and all things related

Cartographic, urban, and environmental design

Community and social concerns, particularly issues related to how people are affected by the places in which they live

Art (history, painting, drawing, urban design, architecture) and working with various materials making my own paint and preparing my own surfaces

Sports (running, swimming, and windsurfing)

 

Canadian, Australian, British Citizenship

Valid Drivers license

 

References and samples of my work can be made available upon request


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