Charmaine Bonifacio

Modeller | Data Analyst | MSC


I code, run models, make maps, design and setup websites.

I am a life-long learner and self-taught when it comes to programming languages, which include R, Python, C#, FORTRAN, SQL, Shell scripting, VB.Net and VBA to name a few. While in university, I created and published The Canadian Climate Scraping Tool (CCDST) to help helping researchers collect data from Environment Canada in a more efficient manner. I've been creating simple tools used to automate procedures, which means more efficient data processing and analysis, while reducing errors.

Currently: Modelling and Data Analyst for Government of Alberta (GOA), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. I currently work with irrigation, flow measurement, climate, crop, spatial, land use, and other data used in irrigation demand modelling using Irrigation Demand Model (IDM3), ArcGIS, SQL Server Management, DDIT and Water Information Systems by Kisters (WISKI). I maintain and integrate database with automated tools, scripts and applications that allows faster, more efficient data manipulation, analysis and interpretation. I lead the project to re-brand the 2018 Alberta Irrigation Information using R to utilise beautiful graphics.I also utilized R in reporting the analysis and data visualisation of 27 reservoirs within the South Saskatchewan River Basin in Alberta. I also developed an SQL Query Extractor application based in C# that is integrated with SQL Server Management application. I worked as a Modeller and GIS Analyst for MacDonald Hydrology Consulting Ltd using Raven and OSTRICH for hydrological modelling and utilising R data analysis and visualization.

Creating maps is a creative outlet. I have been creating maps for various publications, including theses and journal articles. For a sample, please check out 2018 Alberta Irrigation Information, Amber Zary, MA, Aimee Benoit, MA, Dr. Tom Johnston, and Dr. Geoffrey Hale.

With my involvement with various volunteer organizations, I've been fortunate enough to work on various projects, manage websites and social media platforms. For instance, I’ve mapped where the recipient schools in the Philippines for ReadWorld Foundation, managed data and used data analytics visualisation for District 42 Toastmasters and Coulee Commentators , designed and created Lethbridge International Film Festival websites, the ReadWorld Foundation. and Dr. Glenda Bonifacio's academic website.

For a list of projects, please check my Github page.


Hello, I'm Charmaine Bonifacio. I love to learn. I'm a self-taught coder. I love data, maps and volunteering.

I completed my Master of Science degree in Geography under Dr. Stefan Kienzle and his Hydrology/GIS/Modelling lab team at the University of Lethbridge in 2016. My research interest focused on modelling the impact of climate change in the Oldman Reservoir Watershed by coupling an agro-hydrological model with regional climate change scenarios. In addition, I focused on the rigorous testing of the Agricultural Research Catchments Unit (ACRU) model using the Klemeš hierarchical testing scheme for hydrological models. For a copy of my thesis, please check the University of Lethbridge institutional repository.

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Geography with a concentration in Geographical Information Science (GIS) at the University of Lethbridge in 2013. I also completed a two-year Cooperative Education as part of my undergraduate degree with the Calgary Airport Authority. As part of a course project, I was able to develop and publish The Canadian Climate Data Scraping Tool (CCDST) with Dr. Chris Hugenholtz and Dr. Stefan Kienzle. Please check Academia.Edu or Research Gate for a copy of the journal article and the tool. During my time at the University of Lethbridge, I have had the priviledge of being an ABBY-NET summer school student in 2013 (Kananaskis, Alberta) and 2014 (Bavaria, Germany).

I've recently been exploring MOOCS to supplement my learning and development, focusing on database development, mastering R and Python, data analytics and visualisation, working towards Data Science. I’m also working on upgrading my GIS knowledge by learning from ESRI Training free MOOCs, learning more about ArcGIS Pro, and ArcGIS Online.

I lived in New South Wales, Australia and the Greater Toronto Area along with my family after emigrating from the Philippines in 2000. My family moved to southern Alberta in 2005, and we have called it home ever since. I currently live and work in Lethbridge, Alberta. Since 2012, I have been actively involved in various student and community organizations around campus and the community in Lethbridge. Thank you.

For a detailed list of experiences, please kindly check out my LinkedIn page.

Check out my latest Harrison Assessment outcome.


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