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    • July 24, 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • EventBrite External Virtual Event

    GIS Managers Open Forum

    Note: This is an  EVENTBRITE virtual event. BeSpatial is not accepting registrations for this event. To complete the registration, Please CLICK on the button below: 

    Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2024 - 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

    This forum will be led by Greg Babinski, GIS Management Consulting Services.

    This free online open forum is an opportunity for GIS leaders to meet, share, and discuss issues and opportunities for those responsible for GIS operations and management.

    GIS management is one of the most challenging responsibilities for any agency or company that utilizes geospatial technology. Effective geospatial management is a key factor for achieving maximum effectiveness and optimum ROI from an agency's investment.

    GIS management can also be a highly rewarding career. Professional GIS managers need a venue to share issues, problems, best practices, resources, and emerging trends.

    This free one-hour online event will include the following agenda:

    • Introductions

    • Spotlight on a new GIS management resource

    • Open discussion of GIS-management related issues

    • Upcoming events


    Current GIS managers, supervisors, and coordinators, and those who aspire to a successful career in GIS management.

    Advance registration is required.

    For more information, contact Greg Babinski at greg@gismcs.com 

    Note: Interested in future events from this organizer. Please checkout upcoming events listed at the registration site above for your perusal and interest.

    Registered attendees will receive Zoom meeting credentials before the event.


    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. 

    In his spare time Greg likes "...hiking steep, narrow and dangerous trails that lead high above the clouds to awesome views".

    Interested in offering a Webinar?  Contact Clifford for details.

    • July 31, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual (Microsoft Teams)

    BeSpatial's Young Professional Network presents

    Esri User Conference Recap

    July 31, 12:00pm

    Discover the latest insights and trends from Esri's User Conference, and gain valuable knowledge that could benefit your work and projects. 

    Don't miss this opportunity to learn and get inspired by the latest developments in our field. Whether you're considering attending the UC in the future or just curious about what it has to offer, this presentation is for you!

    Host: Owen Andrews-Simons

    • October 02, 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Donald Gordon Hotel and Conference Centre, 421 Union Street West, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6. For reservations: 1-866-455-2655

    Unlock the power of Geospatial Insights & Geoenablement

    Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2024

    - 8:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Place: Donald Gordon Hotel and Conference Centre, 421 Union Street West, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6.

    For hotel reservations: 1-866-455-2655

    Click here for Program and Presenter Information

    Are you looking to harness the power of geospatial data to transform your industry? Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to the world of GIS, join us for an enlightening and engaging conference focused on Geoenablement and Geospatial Literacy.

    This one-day event is designed for professionals from all industries who seek to leverage geospatial insights to drive innovation, improve decision-making, and enhance operational efficiency. You don't need to be a GIS expert to benefit - this conference is for anyone interested in the transformative potential of geospatial data.

    Preliminary Presenters


    Chris North - 43 North GIS Consulting Inc.

    Chris North is a senior strategist with over 30 years of experience in the GIS industry. Chris is an accomplished GIS advocate who brings an in-depth understanding of enterprise GIS and technology trends, and what these mean for GIS and GIS professionals. He has a master's degree in GIS from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and an undergraduate degree in geography from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Chris is also a graduate of the Cartography Program at Sir Sandford Fleming College, Ontario. He is the recipient of several industry awards and continues to be involved with many industry groups.

    Chris's keynote address promises to be an insightful and inspiring exploration of the  multifaceted identity crisis faced by GIS professionals today and will explore strategies GIS professionals can use to adapt, innovate, and redefine their professional identity in a landscape that increasingly demands cross-disciplinary expertise.

    Stephen Fai - Director/Professor, Carleton University Immersive Media Studio - CIMS Lab

    Stephen is a Director and Professor of the CIMS Lab (Carleton Immersive Media Studio) 

    In this presentation Stephen will explore the implications benefits and challenges of implementing a national digital twin strategy in Canada 

    Josh Blanchard - Senior GIS Analyst, City of Kingston

    Josh is a Senior GIS Analyst with the City of Kingston.

    Josh will present the transformative role into location intelligence in enhancing situational awareness for city fleet management and emergency operations. Josh will delve into how location intelligence leveraged by geospatial data, mapping and insights provided real-time insights into the whereabouts and status of city fleet assets. This enabled city managers to make informed decisions, optimize routes adn improve response times during the City's Eclipse Viewing Event.

    City of Ottawa

    Saeid Emamgholian - GIS Director, LandLogic,  AECO Innovation Lab

    Saeid is the GIS Director at AECO Innovation Lab and a highly accomplished Geomatics Ph.D. graduate from Université Laval, with over 7 years of experience in the field. Prior to joining AECO, he made significant contributions to developing innovative solutions for 3D spatial data analysis and management. During his doctoral studies, he proposed a conceptual framework for modeling land-use regulations as city objects and detecting spatio-semantic conflicts among them, particularly those with 3D components. His proof of concept (POC) on automating the development approval process raised significant interest. Saeid also worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Research in Geospatial Data and Intelligence (CRDIG) at Université Laval, where he focused on developing digital twins for urban applications such as energy and mobility.

    As GIS Director at AECO, Saeid leads the implementation of GIS solutions for planning applications and oversees AECO’s research program on "AI Enabled Digital Twins for Automating Regulatory Systems Within the Built Environment".

    Tiffany Chisholm, GIS Analyst, Esri Canada 

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    This presentation delves into the integration of BIM and GIS technologies with industry-leading platforms from Esri and Autodesk. We will explore the compatibility of Esri and Autodesk platforms, demonstrating how GIS data enhances BIM models. By examining practical workflows for data interoperability, such as real-time field data collection and validation with Esri's Collector and Survey123 apps, we will demonstrate how this integration improves project visualization, analysis, and decision making.

    The presentation will also include real-world case studies that demonstrate how successful BIM-GIS-CAD integration projects improve construction planning, asset management, and facility operations. We will go over best practices for data exchange, synchronization, and version control, emphasizing the significance of data consistency and compatibility across platforms. By leveraging the combined power of the Esri and Autodesk platforms, AEC professionals can effectively bridge the gap between field data collection and drafting, driving innovation and efficiency in the built environment.

    buildingSmart Canada

    Interested in offering a Webinar?  Contact Wendy for details.

Past events

June 20, 2024 Using GIS for Equitable and Sustainable Development
June 19, 2024 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network presents Working with ArcGIS Field Maps and Arcade
June 04, 2024 Addressing Chaos: How GeoSpatial Manages our Changing Reality
May 01, 2024 BeSpatial'24 BePrepared
April 16, 2024 ROW Risk Mitigation - Understanding the Provenance and Nuances of Boundary Data
April 10, 2024 The Location Equation for Smarter IoT
March 27, 2024 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network presents Have your Survey123 and PDF Form Too!
March 26, 2024 Guelph’s Long and Winding Road to NG9-1-1 GIS Readiness
March 19, 2024 Coast to Coast with EagleView
March 05, 2024 Report Maps Making Themselves: Report Mapping Modernization Project
February 27, 2024 BeAdaptive - virtual event - Seneca Polytechnic Newnham Campus
February 21, 2024 GIS Management: Geospatial Business Management Challenges
February 15, 2024 Making Tracks: Sharing the Progress of Road Operations Across the Town of East Gwillimbury
February 07, 2024 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Drones in Canada
January 30, 2024 Creating lasting geospatial partnerships
January 17, 2024 GIS Management Academy™ - GIS Code of Ethics for GIS Professionals
December 20, 2023 BeSpatial Ontario - Geoliday Trivia
December 14, 2023 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network presents – GIS Holiday Trivia!
November 28, 2023 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's GISP Exam 101
November 09, 2023 More than the Numbers - ForestEDGE: a first in-kind geospatial platform
November 02, 2023 GIS Management Academy™ - GIS Equity and Social Justice
October 30, 2023 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network's Mentorship Program
October 26, 2023 The City of Welland CCTV Inspection and Rehabilitation Program Development
October 24, 2023 Leveraging Geospatial Data for Health and the Environment
October 17, 2023 Automating Land Planning Applications using ArcGIS Pro
September 21, 2023 GIS Management Academy™ - Introduction to the Locus Charter for GIS Projects, Programs, and Professionals
September 19, 2023 GIS and Digital Water: Transforming the Global Water Industry,
September 12, 2023 Canadian Open Data Society & LinkDigital Present an Open Data Revolution
June 29, 2023 'Learn what I Learned' - A BeSpatial Eastern Regional Event
June 06, 2023 GIS Management Academy™ - Introduction to the Locus Charter for GIS Projects, Programs, and Professionals
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
November 23, 2022 BeSpatial November Webinar: How the Broadband One Window Online Map Based Platform...
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
September 22, 2022 BeSpatial September Webinar: Addressing the Housing Affordability Crisis with Geospatial Data
June 09, 2022 BeSpatial Webinar: Federal Airborne LiDAR data acquisition Guideline and the USGS LiDAR Base Specification
May 04, 2022 Workshop: Application Integration in a SAAS context using FME
May 03, 2022 BeSpatial'22 BeConnected
April 07, 2022 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network presents – GISP Exam 101
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
June 17, 2021 BeSpatial’s Young Professional Network presents – GISP Exam 101
June 02, 2021 BeSpatial Webinar: 6 Steps to a Better Business
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
February 20, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar - Mobile LiDAR Surveying For Municipal Infrastructure Asset Management Applications
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
September 19, 2017 Back to School - LiDAR 101
May 04, 2017 FME and Asset Management Workshop
May 03, 2017 BeSpatial 2017
October 31, 2016 GIS-Pro 2016
May 05, 2016 BIM Workshop by Consortech
May 04, 2016 BeSpatial 2016
April 28, 2016 Peterborough Leverages Ecopia's Visual Recognition Solution for HQ Property Vector Map
April 14, 2016 Introduction to sUAS
October 20, 2015 Asset Management

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