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  • May 05, 2021 1:31 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    “Digital transformation in cities needs a human heart and a digital brain”. Geospatial infrastructure is the core of this brain. Future systems, first and foremost, must serve the needs of the people who live there. 

    Alex Miller is president and founder of Esri Canada, the leading geographic information system (GIS) company in Canada, founded in 1984.

    Visit our Spotlight section for more information on our keynote speakers...

  • 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

  • January 31, 2021 5:47 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)
    BeSpatial'21 Annual Program event, Executive presentations and EXPO
    May 4 & 5, 2021
    beResilient LogoBeSpatial’21 is going virtual! 

    1 full event over two 4 hour days (8:30 am - 1:00 pm)

      • January 31 midnight - the deadline for intention to submit is extended from January 17, 2021 
      • March 15, 2021, midnight -  deadline for abstract submission(s) 

    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 March 15.

    We are Resilient! Our members would like to hear how your organization has persevered through the pandemic and shown resiliency. Topics can include:

    • How your operations have changed in response to the pandemic with respect to field data collection, and contact with the general public.
    • Your IT department; how you met the challenge of moving employees to home offices and how you deal with continuing IT issues.
    • Unconventional and expanded uses of GIS software beyond mapping.
    • Lessons Learned – how your organization has solved a problem related to geospatial and how you have used decision making information analytics.
    • What are your concerns with the directions we are headed into the post-pandemic future?
    • How to educate the public and how to get council and government on board with implementing new ideas.
    • Innovative projects that have been completed successfully using geospatial and information analytics.

    Contact John by email asap with your Intention to present.

    Abstract Submission - Please complete the online form.

  • January 21, 2021 2:10 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    beResilient Logo BeSpatial'21

    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 4 & 5, 2021 - Two 4 hour days - 8:30 am - 1:00 pm each day with afternoon workshops.

    Location: Virtual Conference

    Details on How to Exhibit?     

    BeSpatial'21 Sponsors and Exhibitors
  • January 10, 2021 12:45 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

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    Dear Colleagues,

    GeoConnections announces the Announcement of Opportunities for the Fiscal Year 2021-2022. 

    For this Announcement of Opportunities, GeoConnections is focusing funding on contribution projects that will align with the Program’s purpose and objectives.

    GeoConnections Program Purpose

    The purpose of the GeoConnections Program is to provide the Canadian population with integrated Geospatial information over the Internet.

    GeoConnections Program Objectives

    ·       Keep Canada at the leading edge of accessing, sharing and using geospatial information over the Internet;

    ·       Support the integration and use of geospatial data to support effective decision making.

    Interested proponents are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to GeoConnections no later than January 17, 2021 - 23:59, Pacific Time.

    Please visit this web page to download the Invitation for Projects documentation.

    GeoConnections would appreciate if you could share this information with your stakeholders.

    Chers collègues,

    Le programme GéoConnexions annonce la publication de son avis d’offre de participation pour l’exercice 2021-2022.

    Via cet avis d’offre de participation, le programme GéoConnexions concentre son financement sur des projets de contributions qui s'harmonisent avec le but et les objectifs du programme.

    But du programme GéoConnexions

    Le but du programme GéoConnexions est de fournir à la population canadienne de l'information géospatiale intégrée sur Internet.

    Objectifs du programme GéoConnexions

    ·       Garder le Canada à la fine pointe de l’accès, du partage et de l’utilisation de l’information géospatiale sur Internet;

    ·       Soutenir l’intégration et l’utilisation des données géospatiales pour appuyer la prise de décision efficace.

    Les promoteurs intéressés sont invités à soumettre une déclaration d’intérêt à GéoConnexions au plus tard le 17 janvier 2021 – 23 h 59, heure du pacifique.

    Veuillez visiter cette page web pour télécharger la documentation reliée à l’avis d’offre de participation.

    Partager cette information avec vos parties prenantes serait apprécié.


    GeoConnections | GéoConnexions

    Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation | Centre canadien de cartographie et d'observation de la Terre

    Natural Resources Canada | Ressources naturelles Canada

    560 Rochester Street | 560 rue Rochester

    Ottawa (Ontario) Canada K1A 0E4

    Email | Courriel : nrcan.geoconnectionscontributionagreements-accordsdecontributiondegeoconnexions.rncan@canada.ca

  • January 08, 2021 8:00 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    beResilient LogoBe Spatial/ urisa ontario is inviting you to join us at its 34th AGM (Annual General Meeting), program event, executive session and EXPO.  Workshop opportunities in the PM.

    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 4 & 5, 2021 - Two 4 hour days - 8:30 am - 1:00 pm each day

    Location: Virtual Conference, EXPO and Workshops

    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.

  • January 07, 2021 9:00 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Biju imageWe are thrilled to announce Biju Misra, Director, Transformation/Operations at Enbridge, a recognized transformation and strategic leader as the keynote speaker on day 1 of our annual BeSpatial event.

    As competing pressures, disruptive tools and a dizzying array of new options force organizations into the future, professionals in most disciplines need to be resilient. They need to think strategically to prepare themselves and their organizations for a bumpy road ahead. The ongoing digital transformation changes everything we do.

    Our 2-days conference & expo is designed to help geospatial and information professionals to:

    • power their business by turning data into knowledge 
    • develop geospatial data and technology mindset
    • determine how to optimize business results by implementing location intelligence
    • prepare for the next wave of geospatial technologies
    • find out what new developments will influence the digital transformation
    • prepare for new types of jobs which will require new skills and a high degree of adaptability

    At BeSpatial'21, Biju will share his perspective on transformative change, innovation and leadership. He will highlight the importance of teamwork and building high impact teams, critical to enable resilience as we tackle the challenges and opportunities entering the 2020s!

    Insight Statement - Biju Misra

    We are living in times of unprecedented disruption changes in the world around us. Innovation coupled with globalization and interconnectedness is fueling disruption which in turn is driving change in how we live, work, and play. The pace of change is much faster than our ability to absorb. The pace of change will only keep increasing.

    In this increasingly demanding and changing world, it is easy to become overwhelmed and have varying degrees of personal or professional setbacks. How we cope with setbacks in our lives play a major role in our mind and body well being. Building our resilience muscle is key to cope with setbacks and resilient people are able to leverage their skills to cope and recover.

    Everyone reacts differently, however, the key is not to dwell on how far we have fallen but rather how high we can bounce back and be better and stronger than before. Resilient people don't let change or challenge stop their pursuit of their purpose and if anything, they keep going with a belief that tomorrow will be better than today. In many ways resilience is more about letting go and learning to grow. The positive side of all this is that resilience can be learnt through understanding and deliberate practice. 

    If you’re eager to be part of this exciting agenda, you are invited to submit for a presentation opportunity at the geospatial and information community's annual Ontario event. Click here to submit your abstract. 

    In addition to the submissions received for the BeSpatial'20 rescheduled event, we invite you to submit for BeSpatial'21. Deadline for submitting abstracts is February 12, 2021

    BeSpatial'21 overall theme is Resilience

    Resilience ( ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s)

    • an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
    • the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity
    • the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness

    Resilience is made up of five pillars: self-awareness, mindfulness, self-care, positive relationships & purpose.

    Program Highlights - bookmark and check the page often as more details will be coming soon!

    BeResilient Logo BeSpatial'21

    • When: May 4-5, 2021 
    • Where: Virtual
  • January 04, 2021 4:24 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

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    Open for submissions year round up until the February 12 closing date - Awards will be presented at the annual BeSpatial meeting in May.

    Visit the Awards and Recognition web page to see past award winners and how you can participate at BeSpatial'21.

    Call for submissions to our annual BeSpatial awards. This is an opportunity to showcase your Best by entering in the Best Challenge Award recognizing current initiatives and successes within the our geospatial and information community .

    Please add your comments below or email us.

    For more info, email Alex - BCA awards 

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    • When: Date of event: May 4-5
    • Where: Virtual
  • January 04, 2021 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.

  • January 04, 2021 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.  

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