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  • 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.

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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

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  • April 15, 2019 6:08 PM | Anonymous

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

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    Join the discussion on May 2

    Concerns over access to broadband are similar those associated with access to basic electricity service in the early 20th century.  The service is increasingly fundamental to participation in modern economic life but can be expensive and/or unavailable in rural areas. P3 models can be used to help bridge service gaps but are, in Canada, typically focused more on traditional “hard” infrastructure such as roads, hospitals and transit. 

    P3 models can be used to help bridge service gaps but are, in Canada, typically focused more on traditional “hard” infrastructure such as roads, hospitals and transit.  Using P3 models for telecommunications will likely require new approaches, with more thought needed on the implications of technology evolution, appropriate sharing of revenue risks, and differences in the pool of potential business partners.

    1:00 PM - 4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities
    Panelists: David FellCEO, EORN (Eastern Ontario Regional Network) Jonathan M. Erling, P.Eng., Executive Director, Global Infrastructure Advisory, KPMG LLP; Mark Bain, Head of Torys’ Public-Private Partnerships practice, and co-head of the firm’s Infrastructure and Energy practice.

    The Geospatial and Information Community's Annual event

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

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    @ The Bayview Club, Thornhill, ON

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  • April 15, 2019 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

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    Successful future cities will combine a profound commitment to design and values driven solutions. These must combine qualitative tools that engage and mobilize residents and the many other stakeholders in our urban world, and quantitative methods. Data is a critical resource as we manage the complexity of cities. Urban informatics should support the many players in urban planning and service delivery, and allow meaningful responses to possible scenarios. Data tools are equally important for residents and visitors.

    Data driven design can be applied to every urban challenge. For example, research shows that cultural activities create cohesion, enhance quality of life, reduce isolation and crime, and support retention of families and individuals. For these reasons, successful cities plan and evaluate distributed cultural offerings and expanded public realms by gathering intelligence about diverse communities’ needs, finding means to embed culture and cultural producers in neighbourhoods, and connect transportation planning to cultural hubs. In other data-driven studies, student post-secondary engagement and success has been correlated with access to transportation as well as affordable housing. While these are intuitive relationships, data provides the hard facts to support effective planning and service delivery for commuter student populations.

    3:30 PM - 6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future                                               

    Panelists: Andrea McKinney, Chief Digital Officer, City of Hamilton; Campbell Patterson, Founding Partner, CPL Communications; Chris Moore, CIO, Toronto Region CA; Dan Mathers, President & CEO, eleven-x and Dr. Sara Diamond, President & Vice Chancellor, OCAD University.  Moderator: Alan Mitchell, former Executive Director, Global Cities, KPMG. 

    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

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  • March 19, 2019 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    Teranet 2019 – Change & Collaboration

    Michael FranschmanSenior Manager, Strategic Accounts, Government & Utilities

    As one of the world’s most advanced land registration systems, we provide services to a network of over 80,000 end users from legal, real estate, financial services plus hundreds of government, utility and commercial organizations.

    As technology evolves within our industry and our customers’ needs and requirements change, Teranet is listening, learning and making changes to support a new way of engagement and a new way of adding more value and return on investment.

    We are proud to announce some major new initiatives at this year’s BeSpatial / BeSmart'19 annual event, providing new services, new solutions and an overall new way of doing business via the collaboration between Teranet, its partners and its customers.

    Please join us for this informative session and discover how your organization can “Collaborate”!

    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

    Register BeSpatial'19 - Register for 1 or both days! 
  • March 08, 2019 12:43 PM | Anonymous

    EagleView Technologies

    When you need accurate data to make informed decisions for the present and future, EagleView is there.

    We combine imagery that reveals the finest and most important details with computer vision to help you gain insights into any location—from anywhere.

    We’re transforming the way you work to give you the highest level of accuracy in a constantly changing world.

    Whether you’re handling business as usual or responding to a catastrophic event, we’re with you every step of the way to bring you the answers you need. With our nearly 20 years of image capture experience and our advances in machine learning, computer vision, and property data analytics, you have the information you need to improve the lives of your customers and constituents.

    At EagleView, our work is never done. We strive to put the best technology and most comprehensive information in the hands of every organization that makes people its mission. By looking at the world through a digital lens, we can all build a better future together.

    Eagleview is a new GOLD member, BeSpatial'19 Sponsor and Exhibitor. Thank you for your support!

  • March 04, 2019 1:08 PM | Anonymous

    Nicholas Day, Metrolinx

    Nick is the Senior Manager of Network Planning at Metrolinx. His team is responsible for the development of the 2041 Regional Transportation Plan's transit network through project evaluations, plans, studies, and guidelines. He is currently leading the work to evaluate the transit projects that are identified in the Regional Transportation Plan’s Frequent Rapid Transit Network. This includes over 70 rapid transit projects across a range of transit technologies, including priority bus, BRT, LRT, subway, and regional rail.

    Prior to joining the Regional Planning team, Nick was the manager of the Modelling & Geomatics at Metrolinx, which provides long-term ridership forecasting and geospatial analysis services across the organization. In that role, he led Metrolinx’s operationalization of the Greater Golden Horseshoe forecasting model to support the 2041 Regional Transportation Plan and many ridership forecasts, data analyses, and maps for transit business cases and planning studies.

    Nick also has over 10 years of experience as a project manager and discipline lead in the transportation consulting sector, spanning multi-modal transportation master plans, major highway and transit corridor studies, ridership forecasting, and intelligent transportation systems. This includes experience leading the development of high traffic operations systems in the United States, container terminal systems in the Middle East, and travel demand models in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. He holds a Bachelors of Applied Science Degree in Engineering Science and a Masters of Applied Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto.

    Through his current and past experience, Nick is familiar with the power of geospatial analysis and the clarity that a well-defined and visually pleasing map can provide. He believes that GIS tools and analysis are a key element of most transportation planning studies, visually bringing concepts and plans to life.

    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

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  • March 03, 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Dan Mathieson, Mayor, City of Stratford

    Insight: The City of Stratford has made significant investments in digital infrastructure. Stratford offers a citywide wireless network that includes 60 kilometers of buried fiber optic high speed internet cable and 400 communications towers. The presence of digital infrastructure has made Stratford the ideal real-life location to test new technology in a “living lab” environment. For example, Stratford has partnered with the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA) to position itself as Ontario’s first real life testing ground for autonomous vehicles. Stratford has also attracted a data center for one of Canada’s largest financial institutions, and has partnered with the University of Waterloo to open a satellite campus that offers a renowned digital media program. Stratford’s success demonstrates the importance of local innovation, and illustrates the economic development opportunities available to municipalities that invest in digital infrastructure.

    Dan Mathieson is in his fifth term as Mayor of the City of Stratford and during his tenure, he has been a member of numerous boards and committees. He is currently the Chair of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), Past Chair of Kings University College at Western University, Chair of the Stratford Police Services Board, Board Member of Hampton Financial Corporation and serves on many local boards and organizations. Dan was awarded the Alumni Award of Excellence from the Master of Public Administration at Western University and he was the 2016 Western University, Public Administration Distinguished Lecturer in Residence. He has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Public Administration Degree from the University of Western Ontario. He is a graduate of the ICD.D Certification Program from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

    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

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    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

  • February 28, 2019 12:30 PM | Anonymous

    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…  

    Register Select: May 2, Day 2. 

    BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Opening Insights re Smart

     Jan Kestle, President, Environics Analytics

    Insight: We live in an era of evidence-based decision-making. Businesses and governments alike are expected to use data and technology to make better and smarter decisions. But how well analysts use the wide variety of available data is the single biggest contributor to the outcome. Normalizing, weighting, standardizing, anonymizing and integrating all types of data to transform them into insights—that’s the challenge. Data scientists require in-depth knowledge of how the data were assembled, what is allowed under both the law and “good ethics” and what methods are best suited to which business problems.

    In our view at Environics Analytics, GIS and spatial analysis experts have demonstrated over the past three decades that geography is the secret sauce in making big data usable. The popular tagline from Esri in the ’90s—“everything happens somewhere”—has never been more timely. Whether analysts are looking at overtly spatial problems or just trying to get an integrated view of citizens and patrons, spatial analysis is an underused “best practice” in privacy-compliant and accurate data transformation. And when we are looking at the development of SMART cities, the data sources and technology can be the foundation of transformative thinking.

    At BeSpatial 2019 the world of public policy, technology, methodology, ethics and program delivery will come together in a single event with people and topics crossing the “silos”. The data are there. The tech is there. The question is whether the will is there to change the culture and move us forward to SMART? Join the dialogue—help make it happen.

    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.

    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

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

    Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

    Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1

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  • 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

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    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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