Whitebox Geospatial Inc

Our Story


About the company

Whitebox Geospatial Inc. is built around the open-source software, WhiteboxTools developed by Dr. John Lindsay at the University of Guelph. The company was a 2020-21 participant in the Accelerator Guelph Program, a research commercialization  program supported by the University of Guelph.

WhiteboxTools has always been, and will always be, committed to developing open-source code. However, in order to sustain and better innovate WhiteboxTools we have decided to create additional avenues of support. Read our open-letter to the WhiteboxTools community. 

Our team

John Lindsay Co-Founder Whitebox Geospatial Inc

John Lindsay, PhD


John holds a Masters (2000) and PhD (2005) from the University of Western Ontario and is currently a professor of Geography at the University of Guelph, Canada. He has previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Manchester, UK. His research focuses on geomorphometry, spatial hydrology, LiDAR data processing, and open-source software development. Over the past 20 years, John has developed several open-source geomatics packages, including the Terrain Analysis System (TAS, 2001-2008), Whitebox GAT (2009-2017), and WhiteboxTools (2017-present). John continues to conduct research and develop software with the help of his graduate students within the Geomorphometry and Hydrogeomatics Research Group at Guelph.
Anthony Francioni Co-Founder Whitebox Geospatial Inc

Anthony Francioni, MSc


Anthony obtained his MSc degree from the University of Guelph in 2019. His research focused on preserving microtopographic drainage feature in fine resolution LiDAR DEMs. Anthony’s research interests focus on geomorphometry, spatial hydrology and terrain analysis. Since graduation, Anthony has been a research associate within the Geomorphometry and Hydrogematics Research Group at the University of Guelph. Anthony’s recent research focuses on using machine learning techniques to predict soil organic carbon and yield from multiscale topographic attributes.