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  • June 15, 2019 2:06 PM | Anonymous

    BeSpatial issued a poll on August 14 seeking your input on program topic areas

    We've heard back and the results are below;

    BeSpatial / urisa ontario will be reviewing these topics of interest at our upcoming strategic planning session. Your feedback on this poll is much appreciated!

    Below are geospatial and Information focused topics identified from our BeSpatial'19 post-event survey:

    • Archiving information and digitizing things for future generations. Fun themes like ways of convincing higher ups to buy into a new GIS system or feature.
    • ArcGIS Online and ArcPro demos, other municipalities with their mapping process.
    • AR, leveraging open source software/ GitHub, municipal uses for lidar.
    • Banking industry.
    • BIM/CIM sessions or workshop.
    • Broad swath of speakers that will be working with GIS data (multi-agency dispatchers & responders - OPP, municipal police/fire/paramedics; Bell 9-1-1; CRTC TIF committee; NENA; Esri Canada; dispatch software providers).
    • Commercial business as a theme.
    • Data and application of GIS with data.
    • Education industry.
    • Employee Focused Forum.
    • Environmental topics, include sessions on emerging industries that will affect and/or collaborate with GIS, such as AI.
    • Field Data Collection, Internet Mapping, Methodology/SOP.
    • GIS Management sessions or balancing the advanced technology with departmental stability.
    • Lessons Learned - more content about mistakes we have made in the past / what are our concerns with the directions we are headed into the future / more information on how to educate public better / more information on how to get council and government on board with implementing new ideas.
    • Lidar and drones acquisition.
    • Lightning presentations... an hr session with ~5-10 minute presentations showcasing successful GIS projects.
    • Open Government Open Data AI/Machine Learning in the spatial world.
    • Privacy and data, Future of GIS, Transit / transportation planning, new or soon to release data science tools time saving methods community engagement / partnerships.
    • Smart Cities - How/who should be involved in smart cities
    • Unconventional/expanded uses of GIS software beyond mapping.
    • Utility focused presentations would add interest.
    • What’s trending? - impacts on business decisions Artificial Intelligence and Internet of things, for example and from a Geospatial perspective. Also, intelligence driven by information through analytics / Geospatial solutions.
    • Webinar or 1/2 Full day session opportunities - Sessions were very high-level due to their short time. Would like to see some longer sessions with more detail offered.

    If you have an presentation that would appeal to our geospatial and information community, please complete the presentation submission form or contact John to discuss. Program content is to be public sector and/or industry recognized and non-corporate aligned.

    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.  

  • June 15, 2019 12:14 PM | Anonymous


    Call for submissions: Open until April 10, 2020

    Educational Program - $500 BeSpatial Bursary Offering

    An annual educational program aimed to increase student participation from the post-secondary level. BeSpatial / urisa ontario is considered Ontario’s leading geospatial and information community for networking, providing opportunities for the post educational job search, exposure to practical applications of geospatial technology, as well as, many different levels of involvement with a diverse geospatial and information community.

    The BeSpatial Student Bursary program offers a $500 bursary for the student who wins the Geospatial and information project competition in the current submission year. This is a great opportunity for students to get name recognition and begin participating in the BeSpatial community.

    For more details Visit: 2020 Bursary


  • June 15, 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    GIS Day is a worldwide event held in November! Plan now! It's a day to celebrate GIS in your organization. For resources and ideas visit the GIS Day website.



  • June 01, 2019 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!

  • 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 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.

  • April 30, 2019 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    BeSpatial/ BeSmart'19 Executive Forum 

    Join the discussion on May 2


    2:00 PM - 5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenges                                      Alan Mitchell, former Executive Director, Global Cities, KPMG;  Laura Bradley, General Manager, YorkNet; DrPatricia McCarney, President and CEO of the World Council on City Data (WCCD) and is a professor of Political Science and the Director of the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto and Dr. Tracey Lauriault, Assistant Professor, Carleton University;

    The Geospatial and Information Community's Annual event

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

    Join the 2 Day Event Wednesday, May 01 and Thursday May 02, 2019

    @ The Bayview Club, Thornhill, ON

    RegisterBeSpatial'19 - Register for 1 or both days! 

    RegisterBeSpatial / BeSmart Executive Forum on May 2 only

    RegisterIntro to FME workshop on May 2 AM
    RegisterFME server technology on May 2 PM

  • April 16, 2019 6:58 PM | Anonymous

     Sponsor Keynote: Thoughts on Navigating the Open Source and Commercial Software Ecosystem

    Chris North, Director, Technology Adoption, Esri Canada

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    There have long been two business models that organizations can use to obtain software – buy commercial-off-the-shelf software or build your own.  Many years ago, those who built their own software began sharing it, and this has evolved into today’s Open Source business model. Both the Open Source model and the Commercial model offer different options, different trade-offs and different means for organizations to get access to the tools they need to get their work done and solve the challenges they face. Yet, all too often the choice of technology is made by looking overly simplistically at only one consideration.  Open Source components (and Commercial solutions for that matter) should not be selected blindly because they’re “cheaper”, but because they offer compelling advantages in terms of interoperability and flexibility. Esri, like many software vendors, not only leverages many Open Source components within their product offerings, but also contributes over 30 projects back to the Open Source community. This talk will explore some thoughts and considerations on the many ways organizations can leverage the best of Open Source components and the best of Commercial solutions for the technology advantages they provide. Open Source and Commercial software can be used together to build the best possible solutions, and here’s the road map.

  • April 16, 2019 4:33 PM | Anonymous

    Consortech offers unique solutions that help organizations link GIS data with corporate applications through the use of a neutral ETL technology.  As a Platinum partner for Safe Software, our certified FME professionals create intelligent connections between systems, databases and business groups.

    Register Introduction to FME

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    The Geospatial and Information Community's Annual event

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

    Join the 2 Day Event Wednesday, May 01 and Thursday May 02, 2019

    @ The Bayview Club, Thornhill, ON

    RegisterBeSpatial'19 - Register for 1 or both days! 


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