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    • June 06, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Webinar


    Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2023, Noon to 2:00 PM


    Workshop will be led by Greg Babinski

    Greg Babinski is a GIS management consultant and founder of GIS Management Consulting Services LLC, located in the greater Seattle area.

    He holds an MA in geography from Wayne State University. Greg is a GISP – Certified GIS Professional.

    Greg is Past-President of URISA and founder and Past-Chair of URISA’s GIS Management Institute. In 2005 he founded The Summit – the Washington State GIS Newsletter. In 2019 Greg was awarded an Ethical GEO Fellowship by the American Geographical Society. In addition to GIS consulting, he is a GIS researcher, author, and instructor. He has spoken about GIS management across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Greg has taught GIS for Public Policy as an instructor with the University of Washington Evans Graduate School of Public Administration.


    This workshop introduces the Locus Charter developed by EthicalGEO and the Benchmark Initiative. In early 2023 URISA (USA) joined many other organizations in endorsing the Locus Charter. The GIS Code of Ethics obligates GIS professionals to standards of practice related to society as a whole and to individuals within society. Since the GIS Code of Ethics was published, there has been an explosion of data available for GIS organizations and geospatial professionals. The potential for harm to society and individuals in society has resulted in far-reaching proposals for regulation in many countries.

    URISA (USA) members and GISPs may not be aware that they are obligated to actively abide by the GIS Code of Ethics. This workshop introduces how the principles outlined in the Locus Charter can be used to formulate ethical data collection, stewardship, and analysis practices and use cases. The workshop advocates for companies, government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profits to join the Locus Charter Community.

    Hopefully GIS professionals will advocate for the adoption of the Locus Charter, not just for GIS, but for the entire body of corporate data within their organization.


    GIS professionals interested in ethical practices related to spatial data management and use.

    Agenda and Topics Covered

    • Introduction and grounding exercise
    • GIS code of ethics and moral imperative
    • Ethical obligations to society and to individuals in society
    • Development of the Locus Charter
    • The 10 guiding principles
    • Emerging Locus Charter Use Cases
    • Beyond spatial data
    • Call to action
    • Open discussion

    Interested in offering a Webinar?  Contact Programs for details.

    • June 29, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Queen's University Donald Gordon Hotel and Conference Centre, Kingston, ON

    You are invited to the BeSpatial 'In Person' Eastern Regional - 'Learn what I Learned' Event on June 29, 2023.

    This is an excellent opportunity to connect to GIS professionals in Ontario, in person, and learn how people are utilizing GIS at their organizations to support Municipalities.

    Keynote: "Thoughts On Adding Geo-Records To The Pilot Study On Best Practices For Citizen Access To Public Records." Dr. Barry Wellar

    We are excited to announce Dr. Barry Wellar. C.M., GISP, Past President, URISA.org (1978), Professor Emeritus, University Of Ottawa, President, Information Research Board, as our Keynote for the event.

    Dr. Barry Wellar graduated from Queen’s University and Northwestern University (MS, PhD). He is President, Information Research Board; Professor Emeritus, University of Ottawa; Distinguished (ret.) Research Fellow, Transport Action Canada; Research Advisor Emeritus, Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods; and Distinguished Research Scientist, Lab for Applied Geomatics and GIS Science, University of Ottawa. Dr. Wellar is a retired Member, Canadian Institute of Planners, and a Geographic Information Systems Professional. Dr. Wellar’s association appointments include former director and past president (1978) of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, former director, Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day, Canadian Association of Geographers, and former chair, Applied Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers. Received honors include the Horwood Award (URISA), the Anderson Medal of Honor in Applied Geography (AAG), the Service to Government Award (CAG), Citation for Achievement in Geography (Canada House of Commons), the Ullman Award in Transportation Geography, (AAG), the Award of Merit (National Association of Towns and Townships), Lifetime Achievement Award, Ontario Professional Planners Institute, induction into the GIS Hall of Fame, and appointment to the Order of Canada.

    Event Schedule

    9:00am – 9:30am – Continental Breakfast, Networking  –  Welcome and Opening Remarks

    9:30am – 10:15am – Municipal Data Models Presentation

    NG9-1-1 Data and the Municipal Enterprise

    Marc Curtis, AGSI will present about NG9-1-1 Data and the Municipal Enterprise, a Common Data Model. He will provide background information to help you understand what it means, its requirements, components and benefits to the community. He will share his insights on the existing and new NG911 systems, public safety access points, real time data, obstacles and best practices associated with municipal data preparation.

    10:15am – 11:30pm – Municipal Data Analytics Presentation

    Casey Price, Senior Vice President Of Sales at Environics Analytics and Paul Voegtle, GeoAnalytics Advocate at Esri Canada will present about how Data Analytics and ArcGIS Community Analyst can be utilized to support Municipalities

    11:30am - 12:15pm Keynote: "Thoughts On Adding Geo-Records To The Pilot Study On Best Practices For Citizen Access To Public Records." Dr. Barry Wellar 

    Participate in a Discussion: Are GEO-Records the key to better citizen access to public records? Based on what they represent , there are reasons to say YES. Learn more by reviewing the Keynote Presentation and plan to come to Kingston on June 29, 2023 to discuss further.

    12:15pm – 1:00pm Lunch, Networking

    1:00pm – 2:30pm – Municipal GIS Leader 'Learn What I Learned' Panel Discussion. 

    Gain insight into best practices and learn what Municipal GIS Leaders have learned. We are pleased to have the following Municipal GIS Leader Panelists,
    • Nicole Schleifer, Geomatics/Mapping Manager at City of Peterborough
    • Rob Halko, Information Management Lead at Town of East Gwillimbury
    • Jordan Rogers, Manager, Enterprise GIS, Information Systems & Technology at City of Kingston
    • Randal Rodger, Program Manager, Geospatial Analytics, Technology & Solutions at City of Ottawa
    • Adam Commeford, Team Lead, Location Intelligence & Data Visualization, Digital Innovation & Information Technology at City of Brampton
    The Panelists will discuss the variety of Municipal GIS Service Delivery Platforms that their GIS teams maintain, internally and externally, as well as, GIS related initiatives and innovations that are happening in their Municipalities.

    2:30pm – 3:00pm – Afternoon Tea and Closing Remarks

    Need a Room?

    The Donald Gordon Hotel & Conference Center has allocated a block of rooms at a discounted rate, of  $175/per night that includes free parking, WIFI and a hot breakfast, , to accommodate attendees who wish to stay overnight.  In order to receive this rate you will need to contact the hotel directly at 613-533-2221 and book the Accommodation with the front desk using the group number #73039.


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May 02, 2023 BeSpatial'23 BeCreative
April 18, 2023 GIS Capability Maturity Model
March 30, 2023 City of Mississauga Migrates to the ArcGIS Pro Parcel Fabric
March 27, 2023 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Working with APIs in GIS
March 17, 2023 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's MApps Contest
February 16, 2023 BeSpatial February Webinar: A Cloud Based Data Library for Managing Municipal Survey and Asset Applications
January 26, 2023 BeSpatial January Webinar: Region of Peel: Census Information Hub
January 17, 2023 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Introduction to FME in GIS
December 08, 2022 BeSpatial December Webinar: ClickUp - A Project Management Tool
December 07, 2022 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Open Source GIS with Cliff Patterson
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November 03, 2022 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's GISP Exam 101
October 26, 2022 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Professional Development and Advancing Your Career
October 19, 2022 BeSpatial October Webinar: Hamilton's Enterprise GIS Roadmap: How to Measure Progress and Report Successes
September 28, 2022 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Back to School Social & Mentorship Launch
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May 04, 2022 Workshop: Application Integration in a SAAS context using FME
May 03, 2022 BeSpatial'22 BeConnected
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February 17, 2022 BeSpatial Webinar: VertiGIS (Geocortex) Studio for Forestry & Extractive Industries
November 17, 2021 BeSpatial Webinar: Open Data: Driving Economic Development
October 28, 2021 BeSpatial Webinar: Using High-Resolution Imagery and AI-led Vector Creation to Transform Municipal Data Procurement
October 07, 2021 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network presents – GIS Trivia Day!
September 29, 2021 BeSpatial Webinar: Work Task and Infrastructure Projects completed with Go360 Dispatch and CrewOps powered by Location Warehouse and municipal data
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May 20, 2021 BeSpatial Webinar: Source Water Protection Program
May 05, 2021 Build your own Esri Operations Dashboard using open data and FME
May 04, 2021 NG9-1-1 Townhall
May 04, 2021 BeSpatial'21 Going Virtual
March 22, 2021 BeSpatial YPN’s Talk to a Geospatial Hiring Manager
December 17, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: Alternative Data Collection and Surveillance using Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems
December 14, 2020 BeSpatial YPN December Virtual Social - Ask me anything!
December 07, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: Visualizing Urban Density
October 20, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: NextGen 9-1-1 and GIS
October 14, 2020 BeSpatial Northern Region Webinar: Spatial Data to Drive Value Chain Development: Economic Fibre Supply Model Case Study
September 23, 2020 BeSpatial: A Special Virtual Program Event with AGM meeting
September 21, 2020 BeSpatial Young Professional Network Fall Social
August 25, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: Enabling better interoperability with road condition reporting
June 23, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: Taking the Plunge into Open Source GIS
June 03, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: Clarity from Chaos: Maps and Apps that Drive Decisions
May 12, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar - Preparing and Validating your data for Next Gen 9-1-1 standards using FME
May 05, 2020 BeSpatial: COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall
April 23, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar - Enforcing Cannabis Ordinance Using Satellite Imagery
February 26, 2020 Esri Canada GIS Partner's Session for BeSpatial's Western Region
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December 04, 2019 BeSpatial Webinar - Peer Success Stories: Unlocking the Secrets of Maturity-Driven Strategy
October 29, 2019 Utilities and Municipal Assets
October 22, 2019 BeSpatial Webinar: It’s All About the Data – York Region’s Analytics Journey
September 25, 2019 BeSpatial Webinar: The Next Generation of Growth Forecasts: A Data Science Approach
May 02, 2019 FME Workshop - server technology - PM session
May 02, 2019 Intro to FME Workshop - AM session
May 02, 2019 BeSmart _Executive Forum!
May 01, 2019 BeSpatial'19 - Day 1 or 2 Full Days!
February 20, 2019 BeHealthy Event
February 14, 2019 BeEmployed Webinar
December 06, 2018 LiDAR 301 - How do I do it? Software Applications
September 18, 2018 LiDAR for Dummies Webinar: Published LiDAR Specifications and How To Use Them
June 28, 2018 Implementation of an Enterprise-wide Common Street Address Database
May 03, 2018 Preparing your Data for Smart Cities using FME 2018
May 01, 2018 LiDAR 201 - Applications of LiDAR Data
April 25, 2018 Northern Ontario GIS Users Event
November 08, 2017 Learn What I Learned
September 22, 2017 22nd Annual Geodetic Picnic
September 22, 2017 2017 Open and Smart Communities Forum
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October 31, 2016 GIS-Pro 2016
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