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  • July 05, 2019 4:58 PM | Anonymous

    Des Plaines, IL (July 5, 2019)  URISA is pleased to announce that Barry Wellar, C.M., GISP will provide the closing remarks at the GIS Leadership Academy (GLA) in Toronto (August 19-23, 2019). 

    On March 14, 2019, former URISA President (1978) and Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa, Barry Wellar was inducted into the Order of Canada by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. 

    Governor General Payette remarked:

    "Barry Wellar is a trailblazer in the field of geographic information science (GIS). Professor emeritus at the University of Ottawa, he has been a strong advocate for the field’s recognition as a legitimate domain of scientific inquiry as well as a fundamental research tool. He pioneered the use of GIS applications in public-sector planning at all levels of government, particularly within the urban context. His leadership within the field, both in academia and industry, is extensive and lauded."

    In 2011, Barry was inducted into the URISA GIS Hall of Fame.  His contributions as a leader in the field are abundant and we are honored to have his participation at the GIS Leadership Academy in August. 

    The URISA GIS Leadership Academy has enjoyed steady and enthusiastic participation since it was first presented in 2007. Since then, more than 800 GIS professionals have attended the specialized five-day GIS leadership and management training program that focuses on:

    • GIS leadership and management techniques
    • GIS Strategic planning
    • Successful team development
    • Organizational capacity building and sustainability strategies (ROI, innovative funding ideas)
    • Program investment and justification
    • Change management
    • Situation assessment and organizational performance evaluation
    • Ethics and professional challenges
    • Problem solving

    The Academy is taught by GIS leaders (all are GISPs and accomplished in the field). Each GLA includes numerous interactive exercises, team-building tools, and opportunities to delve into topics in a way you cannot do at a large conference. Attendance is limited in size to encourage such interaction with each event capped at about 50 participants.

    For more information, including registration and a detailed agenda, click here

    Mark Your Calendar:

    URISA GIS Leadership Academy - August 19-23, 2019 - Toronto, Ontario Canada

    GIS-Pro 2019 – September 28-October 2, 2019 – New Orleans, Louisiana

  • July 02, 2019 5:33 PM | Anonymous

    Five Days of Targeted GIS Leadership Training...Taught by GIS Leaders

    Reserve your seat , visit: urisa.org

    Venue: Hyatt Regency Toronto (370 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1J9, Canada

  • July 02, 2019 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    We'd like to hear from you!

    BeSpatial / urisa ontario is currently scheduling a series of Webinars to be held starting in the Fall 2019 and running through 2020. The webinar content is to be public sector and/or industry recognized and non-corporate aligned.

    If you have an presentation that would appeal to our geospatial and information community, please complete the webinar submission form or contact Catherine to discuss.

    If you are a private sector partner, please consider inviting a public sector client to co-present with you. Sponsored opportunities for the private sector are available.  

  • July 01, 2019 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    The URISA GIS Leadership Academy trains future leaders to create winning organizations. Graduates have the knowledge and skills they need to navigate the challenges of changing economies and technologies. The Academy teaches the necessary skills to create effective teams, act with defined purpose, and align organizations on the path to success.

    Overheard: During the very first coffee break on Day One of the GLA in Raleigh in May, one of the attendees noted that his participation already paid for itself with what he learned in the first 90 minutes. Quite the endorsement!

    The GIS Leadership Academy is five-days of training during which participants will learn and discuss:

    • GIS leadership and management techniques
    • Strategic planning
    • Successful team development
    • Organizational capacity building and sustainability strategies (ROI, innovative funding ideas)
    • Program investment and justification
    • Change management
    • Situation assessment and organizational performance evaluation
    • Ethics and professional challenges
    • Problem solving

    Make it Count!In addition to earning 5 days’ worth of Education Points for your GISP Certification or Renewal, this event was also approved for a whopping 37 AICP CM Credits! Click here to access the AICP-CM detail.

    Why did you choose the URISA GIS Leadership Academy?     

    • I chose the URISA GIS Leadership Academy because of its reputation for providing excellent leadership training specific to those in the GIS profession. I have a couple of colleagues who have attended in previous years that speak very highly of it as well.
    • Appears to be a rare opportunity to experience "GIS" training at the management/leadership level, rather than the very common technical level.

    What do you hope to gain from your GLA participation?

    • To develop and enhance my leadership skills in order to provide our County with the best GIS!
    • I need to move away from handling the technical aspects of GIS and become more of a strategist to develop long-term City-wide implementation for GIS.
    • Learn leadership skills to help push GIS to City leaders and enable them to make data-driven decisions.
    • I would like to learn about growing a program and how to demonstrate the benefit of GIS to upper management.

    Register Soon: The GLA includes numerous interactive exercises, team-building tools, and opportunities to discuss topics in a way you cannot do at a large conference. Note that course attendance is limited to about 50 participants to encourage such interaction. Right now there are seats available. But the training is expected to sell out. So register early to guarantee your spot. 

    Venue: Hyatt Regency Toronto (370 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1J9, Canada). The discounted room rate is $229 CAD (approx $170 USD) - with complimentary in-room internet access. The deadline for reservations is July 22, 2019, or until the reserved block is sold out.

    Check out the details and make your plans soon:  Get Started

  • June 11, 2019 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    Dear fellow BeSpatial / urisa ontario members,

    I am so excited to be your new President. I had to think back, but the last time I was President, it was of Maids Hall, Women’s residence at the University of Guelph a long, long time ago! I have been working the GeoSpatial field since Graduating from Sir Sandford Fleming in 1998. I have worked in GIS software with Avenza, cartographic map production at Western University, photogrammetric map production at Triathlon, and for the last 10 years, LiDAR business development with Airborne Imaging.  

    My membership with BeSpatial Ontario, has always been a complement to my “day” job, especially through attending the AGM and various seminars over the years. I have been a member on and off for several years, however became Eastern Section Director in 2017. It has always been a way for me to stay connected with new technology and people in the industry. The key benefits of participating in an Ontario-focused geospatial and information community are to network with folks who have common challenges and share creative and new solutions to those challenges.

    BeSpatial Ontario services include networking and knowledge sharing opportunities with colleagues and industry partners. Membership privileges include discount on events, complimentary webinars, regional events, and an annual program event and workshop with over 250 participants, BeSpatial Ontario works closely with partner associations such as AOLS, GoGeomatics, Go Open Data, MISA to provide added value program offerings.

    During my two year term I would like to focus on 2 things:

    1. I am passionate about helping new graduates be successful in their careers. Over the next two years I plan to help raise our profile with students, increase our student membership by at least 70 more. I would like students to have the opportunity to network within the community and make lasting relationship that will help them in their careers.
    2. I am also interested in raising the profiles of our private sector  and consultant members. We need to hear about what you are doing in the GeoSpatial and information industry. I would like to see more webinars and seminars from these members, partnered with their clients, sharing their real time business solutions to others who would find value in the products and services available.

    I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you at one of our events.


    Susan Muleme Kasumba

  • June 01, 2019 11:17 AM | Anonymous

    Back row, l to R:  Khas Selvarajah, Communications, Andrew Lyszkiewicz, Strategy & Outreach, Mirjana Strajin, Director at-large, Melanie Wawryk, Web, Kyle Murdoch, Northern Section, Marikka Williams, Eastern Section, Hanna Sjostrom, Member Services.

    Front, L to R: Irene Rubinstein, Education, Susan Muleme Kasumba, President, Alex Brossault, Finance and Sandra Crutcher, Executive Director.

    Missing: Catherine Fitzgerald: Immediate Past President, Brock Kingston, Northern Section, John Bacon, Programs, Mohamed Nishath, BeSpatial-Logistics & Wendy Baldin, BeSpatial-Project Management.

  • May 15, 2019 5:40 PM | Anonymous

    BeSpatial'19 Presentations and Event photos are now available for viewing in the Members area. Please sign in to view.

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  • May 11, 2019 11:44 AM | Anonymous

     Back L to R:  Andrew Lyszkiewicz, Strategy & Outreach, Scott Barbacki, Communications, Mirjana Strajin, Programs, Melanie Wawryk, Western Section, Al Little, Immediate Past President, Kyle Murdoch, Northern Section  & Hanna Sjostrom, Member Services, 

    Front L to R: Catherine Fitzgerald, President, Khas Selvarajah, Communications, Irene Rubinstein, Education, Dianne Adams, Finance, Susan Muleme Kasumba, Eastern Section, Sandra Crutcher, Executive Director & Jasna Filipovic, BeSpatial.

    Missing: Brock Kingston, Northern Section, Jeremy Luymes, Web

  • 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.

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