GIS Specialist

Andreas Korsos

Andreas Korsos is the Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist for Ember Archaeology. He joined the Ember team in 2021 to continue his career and merge his two passions: mapping and the history of western Canada. Not only has Andreas worked in the private sector, but he has also aided several non-profit and government agencies. His extensive knowledge of geographic systems, his industry experience and his love of history make him a valuable addition to the Ember team.

Andreas was raised in south central British Columbia and has always had an intimate connection with his environment and the Indigenous community he grew up with. He travelled to Ontario to attend the School of Natural Resources at Sir Sandford Fleming College (now Fleming College) and graduated from their Cartography program. After one year of work experience in Ontario, he made his way home to western Canada. In Alberta, Andreas spent most of his career in the Natural Resources sector as a GIS Analyst and has performed work with respect to pre-project analysis, current project activity and post project reclamation. He has been fortunate to witness the transformation of mapping from the traditional manual methods to the computerized systems we utilize today.

Outside his regular job, Andreas has worked with National Geographic, NASA, The British Broadcasting Corporation, The US Public Broadcasting Corporation and has volunteered for various not for profit organizations. He is passionate about GIS and mapping and has been able to combine his career with his lifelong interest in the exploration of western Canada.

Through early journals and publications, he has created numerous spatial datasets built around the life experiences and travels of historic figures, trade posts and fort locations, and European and Ingenious geographic names. Some of these spatial datasets have found their way into various publications and productions. Andreas is responsible for the renaming of Mount David in Banff National Park to Mount David Thompson, which was approved in 2006 by the Geographic Names Board of Canada and Alberta Heritage. He is also a keen proponent of naming geographic features with their Indigenous names learned from traditional oral history or recorded in early journals.

When not at work, Andreas enjoys bird watching, fishing, hiking, camping and writing. He is currently authoring a book regarding David Thompson and the International Boundary Survey of 1817-1828, which followed the War of 1812.