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  • May 06, 2019 5:06 PM | Anonymous

    Ian Williams, Manager of the Business Intelligence and Analytics unit, Toronto Police Services shares success stories on enhanced solutions utilizing its enterprise GIS. Presentations by Jan Kestle, President, Environics; Ed Rubinstein, Director, University Health Network and Dr. Tracey Lauriault, Carleton University add their perspectives to this popular session.

  • May 06, 2019 3:03 PM | Anonymous

    Visualizing SMART Transportation Planning: Transforming Data & Evidence into a Compelling Narrative...Nicholas Day, Director (A), Regional Planning, Metrolinx BeSpatial'19 presentations will soon be available for viewing in the Member's area.

  • May 06, 2019 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    GeoIgnite is the new national conference for geospatial and Big Data in Ottawa June 18th & 19th! This event will give attendees updates on the latest technology, digital solutions, and innovation. Bringing together government, business, and innovators, GeoIgnite 2019 will showcase “geo” products, services, and ideas.

    Workshops include Open Source Geospatial tools and a PCI User group.  There is also a co-located career event for students, graduates and job seekers.  http://locationtechjobs.com

    Gathering together international thought leaders and decision makers, GeoIgnite is empowering business executives to connect and collaborate with the next generation of disruptive technology.

    Early Bird Tickets close on May 15th.

    BeSpatial / urisa ontario members enjoy a 10% off the early bird rate. Register at the following link: http://www.geoignite.ca/

  • April 30, 2019 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    BeSpatial/ BeSmart'19 Executive Forum 

    Join the discussion on May 2


    2:00 PM - 5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenges                                      Alan Mitchell, former Executive Director, Global Cities, KPMG;  Laura Bradley, General Manager, YorkNet; DrPatricia McCarney, President and CEO of the World Council on City Data (WCCD) and is a professor of Political Science and the Director of the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto and Dr. Tracey Lauriault, Assistant Professor, Carleton University;

    The Geospatial and Information Community's Annual event

    BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact

    Join the 2 Day Event Wednesday, May 01 and Thursday May 02, 2019

    @ The Bayview Club, Thornhill, ON

    RegisterBeSpatial'19 - Register for 1 or both days! 

    RegisterBeSpatial / BeSmart Executive Forum on May 2 only

    RegisterIntro to FME workshop on May 2 AM
    RegisterFME server technology on May 2 PM

  • April 16, 2019 6:58 PM | Anonymous

     Sponsor Keynote: Thoughts on Navigating the Open Source and Commercial Software Ecosystem

    Chris North, Director, Technology Adoption, Esri Canada

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    There have long been two business models that organizations can use to obtain software – buy commercial-off-the-shelf software or build your own.  Many years ago, those who built their own software began sharing it, and this has evolved into today’s Open Source business model. Both the Open Source model and the Commercial model offer different options, different trade-offs and different means for organizations to get access to the tools they need to get their work done and solve the challenges they face. Yet, all too often the choice of technology is made by looking overly simplistically at only one consideration.  Open Source components (and Commercial solutions for that matter) should not be selected blindly because they’re “cheaper”, but because they offer compelling advantages in terms of interoperability and flexibility. Esri, like many software vendors, not only leverages many Open Source components within their product offerings, but also contributes over 30 projects back to the Open Source community. This talk will explore some thoughts and considerations on the many ways organizations can leverage the best of Open Source components and the best of Commercial solutions for the technology advantages they provide. Open Source and Commercial software can be used together to build the best possible solutions, and here’s the road map.

  • April 16, 2019 4:33 PM | Anonymous

    Consortech offers unique solutions that help organizations link GIS data with corporate applications through the use of a neutral ETL technology.  As a Platinum partner for Safe Software, our certified FME professionals create intelligent connections between systems, databases and business groups.

    Register Introduction to FME

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    The Geospatial and Information Community's Annual event

    BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact

    Join the 2 Day Event Wednesday, May 01 and Thursday May 02, 2019

    @ The Bayview Club, Thornhill, ON

    RegisterBeSpatial'19 - Register for 1 or both days! 

  • April 16, 2019 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    The BeSpatial'19 exhibit is sold out! We appreciate the support of our community, industry, education and affiliates partners.

    Visit our Showcase profiles at  Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Already registered? For an online experience that you can share with your fellow attendees up until and at the event, please take a minute to create an account in Sched and select your sessions for the 2 day event:  Sched application

    The Geospatial and Information Community's Annual event

    BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact

    Join the 2 Day Event Wednesday, May 01 and Thursday May 02, 2019

    @ The Bayview Club, Thornhill, ON

    RegisterBeSpatial'19 - Register for 1 or both days! 

    RegisterBeSpatial / BeSmart Executive Forum on May 2 only

    RegisterIntro to FME workshop on May 2 AM
    RegisterFME server technology on May 2 PM
  • April 16, 2019 10:07 AM | Anonymous

    The Geospatial and Information Community's Annual event

    BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact

    Join the 2 Day Event Wednesday, May 01 and Thursday May 02, 2019

    @ The Bayview Club, Thornhill, ON

    Check here for the  Program Highlights

    RegisterBeSpatial'19 - Register for 1 (May 1) or both days!

    RegisterBeSmart'19 Executive Program - May 2 only
  • April 15, 2019 6:08 PM | Anonymous

    4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities

    View: BeSpatial/ BeSmart'19 Executive Forum 

    Join the discussion on May 2

    Concerns over access to broadband are similar those associated with access to basic electricity service in the early 20th century.  The service is increasingly fundamental to participation in modern economic life but can be expensive and/or unavailable in rural areas. P3 models can be used to help bridge service gaps but are, in Canada, typically focused more on traditional “hard” infrastructure such as roads, hospitals and transit. 

    P3 models can be used to help bridge service gaps but are, in Canada, typically focused more on traditional “hard” infrastructure such as roads, hospitals and transit.  Using P3 models for telecommunications will likely require new approaches, with more thought needed on the implications of technology evolution, appropriate sharing of revenue risks, and differences in the pool of potential business partners.

    1:00 PM - 4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities
    Panelists: David FellCEO, EORN (Eastern Ontario Regional Network) Jonathan M. Erling, P.Eng., Executive Director, Global Infrastructure Advisory, KPMG LLP; Mark Bain, Head of Torys’ Public-Private Partnerships practice, and co-head of the firm’s Infrastructure and Energy practice.

    The Geospatial and Information Community's Annual event

    BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact

    Join the 2 Day Event Wednesday, May 01 and Thursday May 02, 2019

    @ The Bayview Club, Thornhill, ON

    RegisterBeSpatial'19 - Register for 1 or both days! 

    RegisterBeSpatial / BeSmart Executive Forum on May 2 only

    RegisterIntro to FME workshop on May 2 AM
    RegisterFME server technology on May 2 PM
  • April 15, 2019 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

    View: BeSpatial/ BeSmart'19 Executive Forum 

    Join the discussion on May 2

    Successful future cities will combine a profound commitment to design and values driven solutions. These must combine qualitative tools that engage and mobilize residents and the many other stakeholders in our urban world, and quantitative methods. Data is a critical resource as we manage the complexity of cities. Urban informatics should support the many players in urban planning and service delivery, and allow meaningful responses to possible scenarios. Data tools are equally important for residents and visitors.

    Data driven design can be applied to every urban challenge. For example, research shows that cultural activities create cohesion, enhance quality of life, reduce isolation and crime, and support retention of families and individuals. For these reasons, successful cities plan and evaluate distributed cultural offerings and expanded public realms by gathering intelligence about diverse communities’ needs, finding means to embed culture and cultural producers in neighbourhoods, and connect transportation planning to cultural hubs. In other data-driven studies, student post-secondary engagement and success has been correlated with access to transportation as well as affordable housing. While these are intuitive relationships, data provides the hard facts to support effective planning and service delivery for commuter student populations.

    3:30 PM - 6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future                                               

    Panelists: Andrea McKinney, Chief Digital Officer, City of Hamilton; Campbell Patterson, Founding Partner, CPL Communications; Chris Moore, CIO, Toronto Region CA; Dan Mathers, President & CEO, eleven-x and Dr. Sara Diamond, President & Vice Chancellor, OCAD University.  Moderator: Alan Mitchell, former Executive Director, Global Cities, KPMG. 

    The Geospatial and Information Community's Annual event

    BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact

    Join the 2 Day Event Wednesday, May 01 and Thursday May 02, 2019

    @ The Bayview Club, Thornhill, ON

    RegisterBeSpatial'19 - Register for 1 or both days! 

    RegisterBeSpatial / BeSmart Executive Forum on May 2 only

    RegisterIntro to FME workshop on May 2 AM
    RegisterFME server technology on May 2 PM
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