About

Connectivity in remote, rural, and Indigenous communities in Canada and around the world has led to a digital divide where millions lack access to online resources and the digital economy due to insufficient or non-existent infrastructure.

To address this issue, we are investigating the use of the RightMesh wireless mobile mesh technology which can be accessed by local users to share information in the absence of cellular and internet infrastructure.

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The Digital Divide

In 2016, the Government of Canada declared access to broadband internet a fundamental right for all citizens. Despite this declaration, roughly 18% of the population in Canada has limited connectivity and many communities are entirely without cellular access. This is particularly true in Inuit Nunangat, where bandwidth is limited, internet connection is at times sporadic, competition between Internet service providers is scarce, and investment in infrastructure is currently lacking.

These limitations mean that Northern communities are not granted equal access to online resources, are excluded from contributing to and competing in the Canadian economy in an equitable manner and are not provided an equal voice that is essential for active participation in a democratic society.

At a local level, this also means that communities have fewer tools at their disposal for establishing effective communications pathways. This affects the ability for communities to easily collect and disseminate information necessary for self-determination, to manage and mitigate safety challenges and public health risks, and to understand and promote community vitality and wellness.

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Research Positions

The Mobile Mesh Technology For Improved Connectivity In Canada research program is a five-year, interdisciplinary research program that includes Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers from the University of Guelph, Left, Inuit Nunangat, and beyond.

We are actively recruiting Postdoctoral, PhD, MSc, and undergraduate research assistant positions for this research program. If you are interested in joining the research team, please review the relevant positions by clicking the appropriate buttons below before contacting Dr. Gillis. Undergraduate students interested in joining the team should review the MSc and PhD positions, and indicate which of these are of most interest.

GRADUATE POSITIONS

POST GRADUATE POSITIONS

While we are not actively recruiting for all of the positions listed here, we will accept applications for any of these positions. However, given the timeline of the research program, some of these positions may not be available for an immediate start date.

For more information, see the following links:

Eligible candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Research Team

Current Research Team

Dr. Daniel Gillis
Project Lead
Associate Professor
School of Computer Science
University of Gueph

Dr. Jason Ernst
Project Lead
Chief Technology Officer
RightMesh

Charlie Flowers
Community Research Lead
Rigolet

Inez Shiwak
Community Research Lead
Rigolet

Michele Wood
Research Associate
Health Researcher/Evaluator
Nunatsiavut Government

Nic Durish
Graduate Research Assistant/Mitacs Intern
Master’s Student
School of Computer Science
University of Guelph

Frazer Seymour
Research Associate
Mesh Engineering Lead
RightMesh

Keefer Rourke
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Undergraduate Student
School of Computer Science
University of Guelph

Marshall Asch
Research Assistant/Mitacs Intern
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant
Master’s Student
School of Computer Science
University of Guelph

Previous Members

Xuan Luo
Former Research Assistant/Mitacs Intern
Master’s Student
Electrical & Computing Engineering
University of British Columbia

Patrick Houlding
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant
Former Undergraduate Student
School of Computer Science
University of Guelph

Joshua Samuels Undergraduate Research Assistant
Undergraduate Student
School of Computer Science
University of Guelph

Jacob Knarr
Former Undergraduate Research Assistant
Undergraduate Student
School of Computer Science
University of Guelph