BeSpatial / BeSmart'19 - Invitation from president & co-chairs

February 27, 2019 1:30 PM | Anonymous

You're Invited: 

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

Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1


Event co-chairs: 

Catherine Fitzgerald, President, BeSpatial and Manager, Information Services, Municipality of Chatham-Kent; 

Lou Milrad, Public-Private Tech Alliances, former Chair and CEO of the GTMA (Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance) and a former President of BeSpatial / urisa ontario; 

Roy Wiseman, former Executive Director, MISA/ASIM Canada and former CIO, Region of Peel; 

Andrew Lyszkiewicz, Director, Strategy & Outreach, BeSpatial and former Head, Geospatial Centre, City of Toronto and 

Sandra Crutcher, Executive Director, BeSpatial / urisa ontario

Join us on May 2, 2019 to learn some of the answers on a host of related questions.

Day 2 Executive Forum 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 some of the answers.

Select: Early Bird May 2, Day 2.

 Catherine Fitzgerald

President, BeSpatial and Manager, Information Services, Municipality of Chatham-Kent

Insight from our President: GeoSpatial and Information Management professionals are critical partners in the development of Smart Cities. The expert members of BeSpatial connect patterns with place and develop data into insights. The BeSpatial Geospatial professional community has a leadership role to play in protecting private information while developing partnerships for data sharing and supporting information rich communities.

Andrew Lyszkiewicz

Director, Strategy & Outreach, BeSpatial and, former Head, Geospatial Centre, City of Toronto.

Insight: BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact - Geospatial is about geography and spatial relationships. Geography provides the location to connect otherwise disconnected data. Spatial relationships provide location-based intelligence. Therefore, geospatial creates business value and social impact. 

 Roy Wiseman

former Executive Director, MISA/ASIM, Canada, former CIO, Region of Peel

Insight: Fundamental to the notion of a smart city is the idea of using technology to improve services provided by the city to its residents and visitors.  Increasingly, this has meant using smart devices to gather data, much/most of it location-based,  on both the state of the city’s infrastructure, as well as the needs and activities of its people, as they navigate through our community.  This new smart city paradigm provides both major opportunities and major challenges: the opportunities relate to how we can gather, analyze and make the best use of these mountains of data; the challenges are about taking advantage of these opportunities, while respecting fundamental rights to privacy.  Our BeSpatial/BeSmart 2019 Executive Forum will explore both the challenges and the opportunities – and finding the right balance.

 Lou Milrad

Public-Private Tech Alliances, former Chair and CEO of the GTMA (Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance) and a former president of BeSpatial / urisa ontario

Insight: What are the fundamentals of a Smart City? ... 

According to the Smart Cities Council, ubiquitous broadband telecommunications is a prerequisite for a Smart City” while it must also be livable, sustainable and competitive. Global competitiveness, coupled with both domestic and foreign investment attraction and the potential for new job creation coupled with enhanced tax revenues have been significant driving factors in larger cities. While larger communities are typically better able to organize for the implementation of high-speed Internet availability throughout their respective business and neighbourhoods, thereby enabling transition to a smart city, implementation of “reliable and affordable high-speed” community broadband in rural and northern communities traditionally has been most challenging. What are the fundamentals of a Smart City and how do they apply to the community in which I live, and the one in which I work? What are some of the associated political, legal and business challenges?

Where to start and how to transform into a smart community; of what value is previously digitized land-related data? For example, will it create foundations for roadway and transportation-related sensor locations. Similarly, the ability to utilize enhanced business and location data as a tool for attracting new investment into the community as well as retaining current businesses. What about the fairly recent Canada and Ontario governments broadband funding announcements regarding connectivity in rural and northern communities, do they apply to my community? Will evolving public-private sector collaboration produce funding and construction resources so as to also enable access and implementation of “ reliable and affordable high-speed”community broadband in rural and northern communities?

Join us May 2, 2019 to learn some of the answers.

Register Select: BeSmart_Executive Forum May 2, Day 2.

BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum Panel Topics

1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

2. Legal and political challenges in data collection and access
3. Community Broadband and Economic Development
4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities  
5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge
6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

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