The Human Library

human library


In honour of Geography Awareness Week (GeoWeek) we are inviting you to participate in a Human Library.

Here's how it works: we have three human books available. You, the reader, can "borrow" a book for a 20-minute conversation.

Have a look at our human books below, and sign up to have a conversation with an expert in the field of geography! It's an opportunity to get to know the stories behind the choices, careers and defining moments that helped shape each of our experts.

Please share your experiences using the hashtag #HumanLibrary

Meet three of our experts

Andrew Moore

Project Lead, Federal Geospatial Platform (FGP)

Andrew Moore


Have you ever wondered about the delivery of open geospatial data?

Andrew has worked with Agriculture Canada and the Geological Survey of Canada in Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) as a GIS specialist and in the development of a geoscience information management infrastructure.  

He was Head of Scientific and Technical Publishing Services in the Earth Sciences Sector of NRCan, participated in the establishment of better IM procedures and is now contributing to the delivery of open geospatial data.

Andrew spent over 20 years in the Canadian Forces Reserves as an infantry soldier (Black Watch, Royal Highlanders of Canada) and as piper (Black Watch and Royal Canadian Air Force).


Caroline Cloutier

Director, Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure Division

Caroline Cloutier

Want to learn about the continuum of “satellites to handheld devices”?

Caroline Cloutier has been developing the Natural Resources Canada’s ground station segment, comprising three satellite station facilities located in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Gatineau, Quebec and Inuvik, Northwest Territories, and delivering the longstanding GeoConnections program and the Geographical Names Board of Canada Secretariat.  Particularly, Ms. Cloutier is developing the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility as a hub for geospatial activity, a world class multi technology site and a driver for sustainable economic development in Canada’s arctic. 


Mike Major

Project Manager, GeoBase

Mike Major

Have you ever wondered about all the data layers that are required to build a map?

Mike has spent his entire 29-year professional career at Natural Resources Canada’s Sherbrooke, Quebec office. Working mostly in data acquisition projects, he currently manages the National Road Network project, the National Railway Network Project and the National Hydro Network Project – all of which were initiated through the GeoBase division of Canada’s Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation.

He has also been involved in geomatics knowledge and technology transfer projects in both Mexico and Tunisia.