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  • January 23, 2019 4:24 PM | Anonymous

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  • January 18, 2019 4:18 PM | Anonymous

    BeSpatial'19 Call for Presentations!

    "It's a great time to be in the geospatial  and information community...
    geospatial solutions and analytics in a digital world are more important than you may think!"

    BeSpatial is well known event in the geospatial and information community.  This year BeSpatial is a 2 day event scheduled for

    May 1st and May 2nd, in Thornhill at the Bayview Club. 

    Please note: The Call for Presentation is open until February 15, 2019

    Day 1 will offer a selection of presentations highlighting the role of geospatial and information to support Smart initiatives.  

    Visit: BeSpatial Presentation details for more information.

    Click: Submit an abstract


  • January 14, 2019 1:45 PM | Anonymous

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

    Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

    Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1

    "If you want your business to succeed, lead by gaining the trust of your customers. The best way to do this is by ensuring that their privacy is respected and their data are strongly protected. Embedding privacy, by design, into your operations builds trust and loyalty like no other -- leading to a strong competitive advantage: Win/Win!" - Dr. Ann Cavoukian

    Data, data, data everywhere - All kinds of data - geospatial, open, proprietary, shared and personal. But whose data is it anyway? Who is responsible for the integrity of the data and safeguarding associated personal information?

    How is data being utilized in the creation of smart communities? What do such public-private alliances say about who owns the data?,Can it be licensed to third parties, commercialized, and re-used for purposes not initially identified? How might geospatial data help in attracting new community investment and creating jobs?

    View Profiles: Day 2 Executive Forum (more details coming soon!) is the second of Two full days of sessions planned to address the importance of geospatial and information to the successful realization of Smart initiatives. Topics will cover geospatial, privacy, data essentials, challenges, opportunities, and much more…  

    Join us on May 2, 2019, to learn the answers to these and a host of related questions. Register - Select Early Bird May 2, Day 2 

    The Executive Forum will consist of an opening address followed by 6 Topic panels using a moderated Q&A format on the topics as listed below.

    Featured Presenter Coming Soon!

    1.       Legal and political challenges in data collection and access;

    2.      Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions;

    3.      Community Broadband and Economic Development;

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

    5.      Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge; and 

    6.    Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future.

    Submit an Abstract:  Day 1 May 01 BeSpatial'19 Topic areas

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    Stay tuned for details coming soon!

  • January 09, 2019 4:54 PM | Anonymous

    The Geocentric Network is a new Canadian non-profit that supports the launch, growth and success of small geospatial businesses with targeted events, services, resources and networking opportunities. Connect with customers, meet other business owners, and take advantage of members-only content. 

    Who Should Join?

    The Geocentric Network is geared toward people with a technical background who find themselves in a non-technical role at least some of the time. That includes freelancers, contractors, and small businesses who work with location data or technology. Membership is free for affiliate members, or $50/year for a general membership. General membership is only available to Canadian companies.  

    What Else Do I Need to Know? 

    Members can choose to be listed in our directory, which we market to potential customers. Large geospatial organizations can use the directory to easily connect with geospatial sub-contractors. If you'd like to be listed in our directory, join the network today!

  • December 11, 2018 8:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2018 has been a busy year for BeSpatial / urisa ontario with many live events and webinars! As we approach the end of the year, perhaps you’ll find a few minutes to review a presentation or check out a recorded webinar from 2018.

    In April, 2018, BeSpatial visited Thunder Bay for the Northern Ontario GIS Users Event, a first for the association. Presentations from the conference included:

    In May, 2018, the Annual General Meeting and BeSpatial’18 conference was held in Mississauga.  Many of the presentations from the event are available in the BeSpatial’18 Presentation Archive. Check out a presentation you may have missed from the conference. Dr. Lauriault’s keynote presentation Towards Open Smart Cities is so full of useful information; it’s a great reference if you missed anything during her presentation.

    Our Conference also included two exciting and informative workshops:

    • LiDAR 201 – Applications of LiDAR Data –Mobile, Bathymetric, UAV Point Cloud and more, these presentations covered many ways that LiDAR data can be used.
    • Preparing your Data for Smart Cities using FME 2018 – you had to be there to experience this hands on workshop!

    In June 2018, the association hosted the webinar: Implementation of an Enterprise-wide Common Street Address Database.  John Bacon, City of Hamilton and Marc Curtis, AGSI explain the creation of an authoritative, integrated and maintained source for address data at the City.

    Back to School in September had us hosting a back-to-school LiDAR Webinar: Published LiDAR Specifications and How to Use Them. Included in this session was a detailed description of the various specifications. In addition, we sponsored all of the Ontario GoGeomatics Back to School Socials and added over 60 new student members. 

    In November, we hosted a webinar from the award winning Town of East Gwillimbury: Management and Development Dashboarding for a Rapidly Growing Municipality. Carolynne Saxton, GIS Coordinator from the Town provided an overview of their internationally recognized solution.

    And just last week, the association hosted an applied LiDAR workshop, LiDAR 301 – How do I do it? Software Applications

    All of the BeSpatial presentation archives are available through the Members Section of the BeSpatial website. 

    2019 promises to be a busy year yet again.  The association will be hosting a ‘BeEmployed’ webinar on February 14, 2018.  This webinar is for students, recent graduates and those new to the geospatial and information community. This promises to be an amazing learning and networking opportunity for your colleague who is looking to break into Your industry! Please spread the word.

    BeSpatial will be hosting an event centered around geospatial and information management in the health industry on February 20, 2019. We are still recruiting speakers – submit your presentation idea!

    The Annual General Meeting and BeSpatial’19 Annual Meeting Program and Expo promises to be an exciting event. Save the Date: May 1&2 at the Bayview Golf and Country Club, Thornhill.  Have you considering sharing your work? Submit your presentation idea for BeSpatial’19!

    On behalf of BeSpatial, we wish you Peace, Joy and Happiness through the holiday season. We look forward to connecting again in 2019!


  • December 10, 2018 12:04 PM | Anonymous

    BeSpatial / BeSmart'19 featured presenters at the Executive Forum to be held on May 2, 2019 at the Bayview Club in Thornhill. Below is a list from our preliminary agenda.

     Alan Mitchell, former Executive Director, Global Cities Centre of Excellence, KPMG

    Over Alan's extensive career, he has focused on working with and for Cities. He has over 30 years of experience in a variety of capacities, including developing Smart Cities, eGovernment / eService solutions, conducting service reviews and introducing program and service based budgeting, to name a few. 

    Over the last 20 years, Alan has specialized in the development of program/service models for mapping out the business of cities and local authorities. In this capacity, I have worked with approximately 40 cities across Canada and internationally in support of various transformation initiatives.

     Jan Kestle, President and CEO of Environics Analytics

    Jan Kestle has been a leader in the marketing information industry for more than forty years. An expert in using statistics and mathematics to help solve business challenges, she directed the initiatives that led to the creation of EA’s PRIZM5 segmentation system, WealthScapes financial database and ENVISION5 business intelligence platform, among other data-based products.

    Over the years, Jan has helped hundreds of customers—in industries ranging from finance and retail to the not-for-profit sector—turn data and analytics into insight, strategy and engagement. Prior to founding EA in 2003, Jan was president of Compusearch and spent 19 years at the Ontario Statistical Centre. Active in the marketing community, she is a member of the National Statistics Council, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Marketing Association and the Advisory Board of Ryerson University School of Geography. A frequent conference speaker, she is the recipient of a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics from the University of Western Ontario.

     Chris Moore, CIO, Toronto Region Conservation Authority

    "People ask me what I do, what I enjoy, what I am passionate about when it comes to “work”. My passion and purpose in business is to work in organizations that know they need to transform into what they should become, what they should be next, the new evolved version of themselves."

    Many of these organizations don’t know how to get out of the rut they are in today. They may lack the courage to make the tough decisions. Decisions that might sound foolish or ridiculous. 

    People have described me as visionary with the ability to see how an organization can leverage technology in the future and implement that today. Much of my work over the past decade has been working with organizations to help them become global leaders as they leverage the power of technology. Some people have told me that I have the ability to anticipate the future.

     Doug Lindeblom, Director, Economic strategy, York Region

    Doug Lindeblom oversee the strategic direction and operation of the Economic Strategy Branch, Region of York.  He is a leader in Canada in Smart City initiatives, has a varied business background, economic impact analysis, GTA forecast trends, demographics.

     Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University

    "If you want your business to succeed, lead by gaining the trust of your customers. The best way to do this is by ensuring that their privacy is respected and their data are strongly protected. Embedding privacy, by design, into your operations builds trust and loyalty like no other -- leading to a strong competitive advantage: Win/Win!" - Dr. Ann Cavoukian

    Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. There she created Privacy by Design, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies, networked infrastructure and business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In 2010, International Privacy Regulators unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an international standard. Since then, PbD has been translated into 40 languages

    She is presently the Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University. Dr. Cavoukian is also a Senior Fellow of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University, and a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

    Dr. Cavoukian is the author of two books, “The Privacy Payoff: How Successful Businesses Build Customer Trust” with Tyler Hamilton and “Who Knows: Safeguarding Your Privacy in a Networked World” with Don Tapscott. She has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership in privacy, including being named as one of the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada, named among the Top 10 Women in Data Security and Privacy, named as one of the ‘Power 50’ by Canadian Business, named as one of the Top 100 Leaders in Identity, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada for her outstanding work on creating Privacy by Design and taking it global (May, 2017), named as one of the 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders, (November, 2017), named among the Top Women in Tech, (December, 2017), and most recently, was awarded the Toastmasters District 60 Communication and Leadership Award, (April, 2018).

     Dr. Tracey P. Lauriault, Assistant Professor of Critical Media and Big Data in Carleton University in the School of Journalism and Communication (SJC), Communication Studies, Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA).

    " Engaged in the promotion of evidence-informed decision-making as part of democratic deliberation and actively advances those issues within civil society organizations, academic institutions and government. This includes activities related to open data and open government.  

    As a board member of the Institute for Data Science at Carleton, she brings her ability to bridge computer science, social theory, and public policy. Her ongoing research examines Open Smart Cities in Canada with a partner organization, Open North, and she is a collaborator on an Insight precision agriculture project on big data and AI domains. Tracey is one of the founders of critical data studies and of open data in Canada and was awarded the Inaugural Leadership Award.

    Areas of Expertise: Critical data studies Small, big and spatial data policy,  Data infrastructures,  Preservation and archiving of data, Open data, open government, crowdsourcing,  Evidence-informed decision-making, and Community Wi-Fi.

    Guide developed by Tracey being used as the benchmark to assess the smart city submissions to Infrastructure Canada.

    The Open Smart Cities Guide, v. 1.0 is the end result of Open Smart Cities in Canada, a year long collaborative research project led by OpenNorth and funded by Natural Resources Canada's GeoConnections program. This guide provides a first ever definition for an Open Smart City and is intended as a starter kit for city stakeholders and decision makers. We expect that this living document will grow as we receive more input and learn about additional people, projects, practices and resources that contribute to Open Smart Cities.

     Ed Rubinstein, Director of Environmental Compliance, Risk and Sustainability, UHN

    Ed Rubinstein is the University Health Network’s Director of Environmental Compliance, Risk and Sustainability. He’s been leading the hospital’s many environment programs since 1999 and has helped UHN become a leader in environmental sustainability in health care.

    Both UHN and Ed’s leadership in the field of “greening health care” have been acknowledged with several awards, including from the Ontario Hospital Association, Canadian College of Health Leaders, Natural Resources Canada, Practice Greenhealth and the Canadian Council of Ministers for the Environment; Ed was recognized as one of “Canada’s Clean 16” in 2018.

     Ian Williams, Manager, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Toronto Police Services

    Ian Williams is currently the Manager of the Business Intelligence and Analytics Unit within the Chief’s Office at the Toronto Police Service.  Ian provides leadership and management of information through governance, project management and data analytics initiatives throughout the organization. Ian is also the Service’s lead on innovation and engagement with startups.

    Ian has spent the past 10 years at the Toronto Police Service where he has been involved in Organized Crime, Terrorism, and Human Trafficking projects leading up to his current role.

    Ian has Masters Degrees in Public Policy, Administration & Law, as well as in Spatial Analysis.  He also holds a BA in Geographic Analysis as well as a Graduate Diploma’s in Justice System Administration and International & Security Studies.

     Juliet Slemming

    Senior Legal Counsel, Privacy Officer at Teranet

     Laura Bradley, GM at YorkNet

    Laura Bradley is a Professional Engineer  (YTN - York Telecom Network Inc.) with extensive experience in the telecommunications industry. Work experience includes network and plant design and installation, functional network research and planning, program management, strategic technology planning (voice, data, wireless, broadband, etc.), competitive intelligence and analysis, and project management. 

    Laura has extensive experience in Rural Broadband projects, including working for government agencies in the formulation and delivery of programs. Actionable Intelligence has been a key player in Eastern Ontario in assisting Municipalities to bring broadband to rural areas. Laura has also worked with the Eastern Warden's Caucus to bring a Gigabit Ethernet network across Eastern Ontario which will deliver 10 Mbps to homes across the area.

    Laura has also worked with First Nations and Government of Alberta on projects to incorporate broadband networks.

     Lou Milrad, Lawyer and Advisor, Public-Private tech Alliances

    Recently retired from almost 50 years in the practice of law, Lou continues in his role as Editor of Computers & Information Technology, published by the Canada Law Book division of Thomson Reuters.

    Lou’s career niche has been working closely with and representing an assortment of Canadian municipalities while also fulfilling the role of external General Counsel to a variety of professional and trade associations. These organizations include ITAC (Information Technology Association of Canada), CIPS (Canadian Information Processing Society), KINSA (Kids Internet Safety Alliance), MISA (Municipal Information Systems Society), and BeSpatial (formerly URISA Urban & Regional Information Systems Association, Ontario) of which Lou is also a former President.

    In parallel with the practice of law, Lou broadened his hands-on experience and relationship building strengths by accepting the dual role of both CEO and Chair (2 terms) of the GTMA-Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance. The GTMA, now succeeded by Toronto Global consisted of a public-private partnership comprised of the GTA’s 29 area municipalities, the provincial and federal governments, and a complement of professional and service firms, energy and transportation alliances, financial services and technology companies. Its function is to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) into the GTA and to create new jobs within the Region. Experience in initiating and launching” common-purpose” public/private ICT alliances, has provided Lou with a unique background.

     Mark Bain, Head of the Public-Private Partnerships Practice Group at Torys LLP

    Mark Bain is the Head of the Public-Private Partnerships Practice Group at Torys LLP, and co-head of the Infrastructure and Energy Practice. Master of Laws in project finance. Director of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. Specialties: Active legal practice in the procurement, development and project financing of infrastructure and other major capital projects. Specialist in PPP/ PFI/ AFP and project financing approaches to those transactions.

    Mirza Kamaludeen, Strategic Advisor, Province of Ontario

    Lead, the solution development and implement of a Next Generation Network and Cyber Protection solution - province wide for Ontario K-12 institutions. Based on Advanced Optical / High speed Wireless/Microwave Technologies. - Decision aid multidimensional visual aid and analytics.

    Roy Wiseman, Executive Director, MISA/ASIM Canada

    Insight

    "Data, data, data everywhere - All kinds of data - geospatial, open, proprietary, shared and personal. But whose data is it anyway? Who is responsible for the integrity of the data and safeguarding associated personal information?"

    Roy Wiseman retired from the Region of Peel in 2011, after a long career as IT Director and as the Region’s first Chief Information Officer (CIO).

    Roy has been active in various municipal/public sector associations, including being Executive Director for MISA/ASIM Canada, President of MISA Ontario, President of the Institute for Citizen Centred Service and municipal representative on the Public Sector CIO Council.  He is a regular contributor of articles on the use of technology in government.

    Roy was the first municipal recipient of the Heintzman Award for leadership in promoting citizen-centred service within the Canadian public sector and also received the Peter Bennett Award for his outstanding contribution to the Canadian municipal IT community.  In 2013, MISA Ontario created the Roy Wiseman Award, presented annually to an Ontario municipal employee who is recognized as a role model and mentor, demonstrating integrity and respect with peers and fostering inter-jurisdictional relationships.

    Toby Lennox, President & CEO, Toronto Global

    Toby Lennox is a senior level executive with demonstrated leadership experience, which has been most recently applied in the development of the new regional foreign direct investment attraction agency for the Toronto Region – Toronto Global. By drawing upon his expertise in strategy, corporate governance, government policy, branding, communications and management, Toby led the team that saw the creation of the new company.

  • December 07, 2018 4:10 PM | Anonymous

    The recording of the LiDAR 301 - How do I do it? Software Applications webinar is now available through the Members area of the BeSpatial website.

    Originally presented on December 6, 2018, the webinar demonstrates the use of LiDAR data in Esri ArcGIS, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Bentley Microstation and Global Mapper.

    The webinar was presented by our Industry Partners Esri Canada, Tulloch and Blue Marble Geographics.

  • December 03, 2018 6:04 PM | Anonymous

    The recording of the Management and Development of a Dashboard for a Rapidly Growing Municipality webinar from November 27, 2018, a link to the Town of East Gwillimbury URISA Award Video, and the webinar handout are now available through the Members Area of the BeSpatial / urisa Ontario website.

    From the Members Area:

    Webinar - Management and Development Dashboard for a Rapidly Growing Municipality  Town of East Gwillimbury, November 2018

    Video Note: The Video that plays at the beginning of the Webinar is available as well: Town of East Gwillimbury URISA Award Winner

    Handout: The handout provides the more detailed workflows mentioned during the webinar.

    Not a Member, Consider Join Us

  • November 30, 2018 5:56 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Member, On behalf of the association Board, I am pleased to take this opportunity to share the immediate rebranding of the Urban and Regional Information System Association of Ontario (URISA Ontario) as ‘BeSpatial, The Geospatial and Information Community’. This rebranding does not change the existing membership or sponsorship options.  

    Click here to read the full letter

  • November 29, 2018 4:41 PM | Anonymous


    Your membership in BeSpatial / urisa ontario is important to support and maintain a vibrant array of programs and events in your geospatial and information community.

    For membership options, visit: Join US

    Please join or renew today!

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