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  • May 05, 2021 8:00 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Be Spatial/ urisa ontario is inviting you to join us at its 34th AGM (Annual General Meeting), program event, executive session and EXPO. 

    Theme: Resiliency: A glimpse into the geospatial future with creative strategies and approaches for geospatial and information professionals. 

    Focus:  New technology implementations, location-based intelligence and workforce management.  

    Date: May 5, 2021

    Location: Full Day Virtual Conference

    Interested in submitting an abstract for a presentation opportunity? Click here

    Interested in participating as an exhibitor or Sponsor?

    Contact: BeSpatial

    More details to come! Stay tuned.

  • February 12, 2021 3:56 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    2021 BCA AWARDS SUBMISSION OPEN UNTIL February 12, 2021

    BeSpatial - The Geospatial and Information Community wants to recognize you for your hard work, creativity and dedication by giving you an opportunity to apply for one of our BCAs - Best Challenge Awards. For details on how you may apply for one of our awards, please visit the Awards and Recognition webpage:

    BCA award Information

  • November 30, 2020 8:00 AM | Hanna Sjostrom (Administrator)

    Give us your feedback for a chance to win a prize!

    Please take 5 minutes to fill out the Membership Survey and be entered for a chance to win a gift card. All respondents who complete the survey by Dec 11th, will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $25 Starbucks gift card.

      Complete the Survey  

    We use the information in the survey to get an idea of how we can serve you better and how we can continue to enhance the BeSpatial community experience. We appreciate your membership and want to make sure that we meet all your expectations.

  • November 13, 2020 11:28 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Home  -A list of scheduled webinars will be posted in the “Save the Date” section on the Home page . We'd like to hear from you!

    Want to Register? Engagement

    BeSpatial / urisa ontario is currently scheduling an ongoing series of webinars for the current program year in monthly noon hour sessions. The webinar content is to be public sector and/or industry recognized and non-corporate aligned.

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

  • October 19, 2020 1:51 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    New webinar postings now available to view:

    Recordings can be found in Member’s Area under Presentations – 2020 Webinars as well as prior years.

    Bookmark the Events page for info and registration.

  • October 15, 2020 3:38 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Opportunity for our sponsors, sustaining and corporate members to get featured in our monthly e-News!

    Profiles will be included in e-News on a first-come first-served basis according to your membership status.  Visit the Profiles page to view past featured partners.

    Book now to secure your spot in one of the remaining 2020 profile months or for 2021 (assigned per membership renewal status). 

    Please email Susan and include a 250-word profile about your company or a project that you are working on that might be of interest.   Feel free to include your corporate logo.  Then, keep an eye on the e-News and the Profiles page!

    Corporate and Regular members

    interested in promoting your company on our site for the full year? Consider upgrading to a Sustaining or Sponsor level

    For more details, visit: Sponsors and Sustaining Options Page

  • September 23, 2020 12:00 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Best Challenge Awards ceremony and Lightning Round for BeSpatial'20 Sponsors and Exhibitors was the highlight of the BeSpatial association September 23 Annual General meeting.

    Congratulations!  2020 BCA (Best Challenge Award Winners)

    • Best public sector GIS- Town of East Gwillimbury,  Carolynne Saxton

    • Best Web GIS - City of Richmond Hill, Danny Bainbridge

    • Best Innovation in GIS- City of Kitchener, Dianne Adams

    • Honorable Mention- City of Vaughan, Jimmy Yovanovski

    Sponsors and Exhibitors Lightening Round. Thank you for your participation!

    ● Esri Canada - Iain Greensmith , Account Manager, Education

    ● Teranet - Michael Franschman, Senior Manager

    ● Consortech - François Laganière, Vice-President

    ● AOLS - Maureen Mountjoy, Deputy Registrar

    ● First Base Solutions - Peter Hettstedt, Business Development

    ● Public Sector Digest - Cliff Patterson, Senior GIS Consultant

    ● Spatial DNA - Todd Lewis, President & CEO

    Although the following companies could not join us today, we recognize them as exhibit supporters of our event. A special thanks to Cansel, Fanshawe College and VertiGIS -  GeoCortex (former Latitude).


    Apply for membership today!   Membership will cover the remainder of 2020 and the full year 2021.

  • September 03, 2020 2:28 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Check out our Career's page  for Job board opportunities, upcoming community career development opportunities.

    New GoGeomatics Virtual Events

    New dates have been announced for a GeoIgnite Online 2020 event and the Canadian Geospatial Virtual Career Seminars.

  • July 01, 2020 10:20 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    A COVID related application was developed and is being updated by the University of Toronto in cooperation with the University of Guelph and the Sick Kids Hospital Toronto.

    Impressive group effort using GitHub. They have been using data from local Public Health agencies posted on open data sites and Open Street Map. Clearest visualization of probably the most reliable data.

    Here it is:  COVID Canada

  • June 10, 2020 2:41 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    YPN Social Network

    BeSpatial has launched its LinkedIn and Facebook pages for the Young Professionals Network where members can connect and share with each other. We will be posting resources that will help to educate, engage and grow young professionals. During COVID-19 members are also encouraged to share and discuss about the affect the pandemic has had on their life and operation of work.

    LinkedIn: BeSpatial Young Professional Network

    Facebook: BeSpatial Young Professional Network

    About the YPN?

    The Young Professional Network consists of a cross-section of new GIS professionals that have been working in a public or private sector organization for 1-7 years. This community includes recent graduates and more experienced professionals just beginning to leverage geospatial technology. Young professionals in this community have a diverse range of experience and skill sets.

    YPN Update from the BeSpatial's May 5th Virtual Town Hall meeting

    COVID-19 has been a crisis that has impacted professionals of all ages. This has been entirely new territory for all of us. While we all might be experiencing this together, young professionals are at a bigger disadvantage. Having not experienced working through a recession before, young professionals and those newly graduating are faced with a difficult challenge.

    Companies have transitioned to work from home and increased safety measures have been put into place for essential field workers. Companies have offered support programs to help improve access to workplace wellness resources and support essential workers during this difficult time. The way young professionals work and complete their jobs has changed. Where there once was in person staff meetings there are now web meetings and conference calls.

    For many young professionals working from home previously was unfamiliar territory that comes with its own set of challenges. To overcome these challenges young professionals have been resilient finding new ways to work and communicate with others effectively. This includes setting up a dedicated workspace, maintaining a schedule, making use of breaks during the work day and increased communication with team members. Overall young workers are adapting to the ever changing work environment leveraging new technology and assisting with the transition where possible.

    Interested in joining or volunteering with the YPN?

    Contact Brooke

    Please feel free to add your comments below to this blog.

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