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  • November 30, 2022 10:34 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    AI, AI, AI ... it's pervasive in both activities and policy challenges.  It impact all sectors of the economy and is of particular concern to the public sector.

    Date: December 6, 2022 Time: 1:00-2:00pm

    Join our two experts Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy and Eric Ward, Assistant Commissioner, Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioners Office for a dynamic review of the current status of AI practices and where it may be headed (Note Bill C-27 AI & Data Act may or may not be passed into legislation by the time of this webinar).

    For details and registration

  • November 16, 2022 12:01 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    BeSpatial'23 Annual Program event, Executive presentations and EXPO to be held May 2-3, 2023. BeSpatial’23 is virtual! 

    The Theme is BeCreative

    “Creativity is intelligence having fun”
    “Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way”
    ​​ “Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought”

    Day 1 – Geospatial Creativity in Real Places 
    Day 2 – Creative Ways to Tackle Business Problems with Geospatial Data and Technology

    Be Spatial is inviting you to present at its 36th AGM (Annual General Meeting), program event and EXPO. The primary presenters for each session are offered one complimentary registration.

    Your Intent to Present must be  emailed to Wendy and intents will be received up until - February 11 , 2023 at midnight .

    February 14, 2023 midnight is the deadline for abstract submission(s) - all abstracts to be considered must be  submitted online 

    Topics include but are not limited to:

    • Geospatial applications use of spatial and not spatial data
    • Extracting value from data through increased access and legal compliance.
    • Business applications using Open Data.
    • 5G and IoT.
    • Data access technologies and business growth.
    • Ideas for eliminating the geospatial divide through cooperation and collaboration.
    • Multi stake-holder cooperation models.
    • Challenges and opportunities in public-private partnerships.
    • How to improve executive understanding of the business value of geospatial? What works and what doesn’t?
    • How to address geospatial illiteracy in a business environment?
    • How to prepare for the next wave of geospatial technologies?
    • How prepare for a new type of jobs which will require new skills and a high degree of adaptability.
    Contact Wendy by email asap with your Intention to present.

    Abstract Submission - Please complete the online form.

    Note: abstracts will be posted online in the program highlights area as approved.  

    The preliminary agenda with designated speakers and presentation times will be posted post February 28.

  • October 31, 2022 3:34 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

     Now accepting proposals for Winter/Spring 2023. Contact Programs

    We are on break from our webinar series over the summer months, but we are already planning and scheduling some great webinars in Fall 2022 and Winter 2023.  Here's a sneak peek:

    • October 19 - Matt Pietryszyn / Paul Giroux - Hamilton's Enterprise GIS Roadmap: How to Measure Progress and Report Successes.
    • November - Kris Philpott - How the Broadband One Window online map based platform will be leveraging spatial data to support the Province of Ontario's Accelerated High Speed Internet Program.

    Some of these webinars may sound familiar to BeSpatial'22 attendees and you would be right! These amazing presenters from BeSpatial'22 have agreed to provide a more detailed presentation from their BeSpatial event session.  Stay tuned for more information and registration details!

  • October 01, 2022 11:51 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

      BeSpatial Ontario is seeking one or preferably two Northern Section representatives. This volunteer Board position(s) is responsible for promoting BeSpatial to potential new members and organizations within Northern Ontario, liaising and representing the organization to existing members, and developing content in the form of webinars or seminars that is relevant to the regional membership. The position and related activities should align with our strategic objectives of...

    • Proactively encouraging individuals and organizations to participate and volunteer in the geospatial and information community
    • Deliver networking opportunities, programs and services contributing to geospatial and information community growth, enhanced productivity and innovation.
    • Engage community participation in actively sharing their geospatial and information knowledge and leadership.
    • Advocate for standards that will influence the geospatial and information community.
    • Recognize and reward excellence and innovation within the geospatial and information community.

    Due to the size of the Northern Section in Ontario, it would be preferable to have the duties split between 2 co-leads, one based in the Eastern half and one based in northwestern Ontario. The position(s) will be supported by the BeSpatial Board of Directors. Other duties would also include assisting with the planning, organizing and staging of our annual AGM, attending monthly Board meetings to report on activities and issues within the Northern Section.

    If this volunteer position is of interest, please reach out to president@bespatialontario.ca
  • October 01, 2022 7:14 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Open to municipal, provincial public servants as well. 

    Note: Are you a public servant in Canada but not a *federal* public servant? No worries, the Digital Academy has got you covered! Provincial, municipal, and "other sector" public servants (health, education, infrastructure, etc.) can sign up using their work email at https://lnkd.in/eqCPV-jK 

    There is a lot of talk about "being digital" in the Canadian public sector, these days. But how does one "become digital"? 

    In today's digital-by-default work environment, knowing how to apply a digital mindset is a highly sought skill.

    The Canada School of Public Service's Digital Academy is here to help you acquire this skill by offering "How to Be Digital in the Canadian Public Service," a 6-week, online, self-paced microcourse that explores what digital looks like in the Canadian government context and examines digital concepts such as agile and human-centred design.

    Canadian federal public servants can sign up at the School's online learning platform at https://lnkd.in/eWztFbhb

    Happy learning!

    This course was promoted by Phil Gratton on LinkedIn

  • September 29, 2022 2:39 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Message from the President

    In June 2021, the Federal Government of Canada passed Bill C-5 naming September 30 as a federal statutory holiday in observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. As we approach the first anniversary of that inaugural day of observance, I felt it would be fitting to share some thoughts.

    The day honours the children who never returned home, and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. As a community of Geospatial Professionals serving both the Public and Private sectors throughout Ontario, we felt it appropriate to show our support.

    We are certainly encouraged by events of the past year, including the creation of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, as well as the historic visit by Pope Francis to begin the journey of healing, understanding and reconciliation.

    September 30 is also Orange Shirt Day, which is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community intergenerational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”. With that in mind, I dug out out some t-shirts we had printed a few years back. The words that were printed on the front certainly seem appropriate, in the sense that we must all continue to inform ourselves with respect to the history of the residential school system and the impacts it has had, to be inspired by the strength of the survivors and their families, to be involved in the act of reconciliation, and to recognize that yes, every child does matter.

    On Friday, September 30th, I will be wearing this Orange t-shirt, and I encourage all of our members to observe this important day in their own way.

    Peter Hettstedt
    President, BeSpatial Ontario

  • August 19, 2022 1:02 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    I am excited to join BeSpatial in the event management role and am looking forward to serve in this position. I have a passion for GIS, Data and Technology. In my ongoing role with the City of Vaughan and in my work there over the past 15 years, I have had the opportunity to contribute on multiple projects with the focus on helping staff be successful and have fun in their work.

    My background includes B.Sc. Major in GIS from the University of Toronto and Post graduate Diploma in IT from Sheridan College.  Experience with GIS, Data Management, Project Management and Asset Management.  I also have A/V experience working as a volunteer.

  • August 01, 2022 1:08 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    An international celebration of GIS technology

    This year GIS Day takes place on Wednesday, November 16. You can participate by hosting a GIS Day event to help others learn about geography and the real-world applications of GIS that are making a difference in our society and the world. It’s a chance for you to share your accomplishments and inspire others to discover and use GIS.

  • May 06, 2022 12:00 PM | Hanna Sjostrom, GISP (Administrator)

    Best Public Sector GIS

    2022 Gold Award: City of Hamilton

    Innovation in GIS

    2022 Gold Award: Region of Peel

    Best Web GIS

    2022 Gold Award: Town of Milton

    Visit the Awards Page for more results announced at BeSpatial'21

  • May 06, 2022 11:58 AM | Hanna Sjostrom, GISP (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022 People's Choice MApps Award:

    Best App: City of Mississauga - eParks Interactive Map Viewer Application

    Best Map: Shahzaib Saleem - City of Rotterdam Thematic Map

    For more details, visit MApps Award

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