Kirby Calvert

Team Lead

Kirby received his PhD in Geography from Queen's University in 2013 and began his academic career at the Pennsylvania State University, where he worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, serving as Faculty Affiliate with the Penn State Institutes of Energy and Environment and as Director of the Penn State Lab for Analysis of Culture and Environment.

In 2015 he returned to Canada, joining the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics at the University of Guelph where he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2019. During this time, he established an award-winning research program focused on enhancing decision-support for local sustainability initiatives.

He co-founded, and served as the Academic Director of, the Community Energy Knowledge and Action Partnership (CEKAP); a national partnership of universities and non-academic partners that facilitated research and knowledge diffusion around best practices related to community energy planning and implementation.

In recognition of the impact of his research, he received an Early Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario in 2018, and a Research Excellence Award from the University of Guelph in 2019.

Rebecca Jahns

Coordinator of Collaborative Mapping and Stakeholder Engagement

Rebecca received her master’s degree from the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph in 2019 where she developed novel methods for inclusive spatial planning, building core concepts and techniques in participatory mapping, which are integrated into Co-Mapping's processes today.

Before co-founding Co-Mapping, Rebecca served as a research associate at the University of Guelph, coordinating a large externally funded project that involved mapping and engagement in five municipalities across Canada. She received a Certificate in Public Participation from the International Association of Public Participation and is currently working toward becoming a fully Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3).

Philip Teri

Coordinator of Community Mapping and Spatial Analysis

Phil received his master’s degree from the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph.

During his time as a graduate student he developed novel methods for renewable energy resource assessments. This work became the basis of an academic publication .

From 2019-2020, Phil served as a research assistant at the University of Guelph, providing technical support on large projects. Phil has experience developing cartographic models in ArcGIS and other open-source GIS, as well as experience developing interactive web maps.

In his role as Coordinator of Community Mapping and Spatial Analysis, Phil chooses technologies and designs workflows for data processing that fit the research and mapping needs of our clients.