A Spatial Perspective

Chantal Hansen, MGIS

Chantal Hansen, MGIS


With 15 years’ experience in the field of Health and Human Services, Chantal’s work involves consultation on collection, interpretation, and visualization of data to inform policy decisions and program evolution. Chantal has contributed her technical expertise to the analysis of databases in child health, income inequality and living wages, homelessness, domestic violence, food insecurity, and social well-being projects. She has provided recommendations and guidance concerning technology change management, online database governance and implementation, privacy regulation and practices, data analyses, and geo-spatial techniques for various national and international projects.

Chantal’s special interest is Geography: understanding where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time. She utilizes Geographic Information Science (GIS) technology, as its spatial focus embraces the idea of interconnectedness.

Geo-Lens Inc.

Geo-Lens was founded in 2007 and is a registered small business providing data consulting services to public and private clients in Canada. Geo-Lens is a mission-driven organization, focused on maximizing data use for evidence-based decision-making. Staff have a passion for data visualization and hope to galvanize non-profit organizations in the social service sector to use GIS applications and innovations with their current databases.

Geo-Lens serves a growing number of social purpose organizations. Clients include Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine (Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Community Health Sciences), Discovery House, HIV Community Link, Turner Strategies, Calgary Homeless Foundation, Alpha House’s DOAP Team, Distress Centre Calgary, Canadian Patient Safety Institute, and The Canadian Foundation for the Americas.

Geo-Lens is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, and in the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.