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  • March 24, 2022 12:37 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Founded in 1989, Consortech is a consulting firm dedicated to generating value through geospatial performance. Partnering with GIS industry leaders Esri and Safe Software, our experts master every single aspect of automation and application integration by leveraging the complementarity of FME and ArcGIS. Consortech distinguishes itself by empowering its clients through a collaborative and step-by-step approach that aims to achieve results.

    Our mission is to work with geomatics leaders to strategically position their departments and leverage geospatial data for the benefit of the organization and the community.

    Stay tuned for details on the  afternoon 3 hour workshop being offered by Consortech:  Application integration in a SAAS context using FME.

  • March 23, 2022 3:44 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Esri Canada Logo

    Esri Canada provides geographic information system (GIS) solutions that empower people in government, business and education to make informed and timely decisions by leveraging the power of mapping and spatial analytics. GIS facilitates operational awareness and multi-agency collaboration.

    Municipal, provincial and federal governments leverage Esri technology to improve service delivery, accountability and fiscal management. Location analytics reveal patterns, risks and opportunities that can enhance infrastructure/asset management, economic development, land use planning, census and elections, routing and dispatch of government services. This technology also enables greater transparency, allowing residents to access more information online.


  • March 23, 2022 1:45 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    First Base Solutions Logo

    First Base Solutions (FBS) delivers high quality geospatial data and custom mapping solutions to organizations across North America. Visualizing complex information using Orthoimagery, Earth Observation and Spatial data enables organizations to save time and money, by efficiently managing projects, offering superior service and outdoing the competition with improved day-to-day decision making. FBS caters to organizations with diverse mapping needs, technical expertise and budgets.


  • March 22, 2022 10:46 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Environics Analytics (EA) is the premier marketing and analytical services company in Canada, helping thousands of customers across every industry sector turn data and analytics into strategy, insights, and results. Established in 2003, we specialize in using best-in-class data, analytics expertise, and purpose-built software to address key challenges in areas such as consumer profiling and segmentation, multichannel media planning and execution, trade area analysis, merchandising strategies and site location decision-making. Our ENVISION platform provides quick and easy access to our comprehensive and privacy-compliant databases—including the latest mobile movement data. Environics Analytics is a Bell Canada company.

  • March 21, 2022 8:55 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    It is with deep and profound sadness that we share the loss of our  colleague and friend John Bacon. John has been an active BeSpatial / urisa ontario board and committee member for many years. His contribution to BeSpatial and the geospatial and information community was extraordinary and will be remembered. We could always rely on John’s positive, friendly and supportive approach. He will be deeply missed.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Good Shepherd or Neighbour 2 Neighbour would be appreciated by the family.

    Please sign the online Book of Condolences at Bay Gardens Funeral Home (www.baygardens.ca), Hamilton (905-574-0405).

  • March 13, 2022 2:10 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)


    Invitation to Sponsors and Exhibitors

    BeSpatial Ontario is inviting you to join us at its 36th AGM (Annual General Meeting), program event, executive session and EXPO.  By sponsoring or exhibiting at our annual event, you will be offered a number of benefits as per the details below.

    Theme: Geospatial plays a pivotal role in providing the fundamental framework for governance, services, infrastructure management and, most importantly today, disaster and recovery management. We stand at the cusp of the 4th Industrial Revolution, which has immense potential to leverage communication and other technology platforms for business growth.

    Date: May 2023  - with 2 approximately 7 hour days - 8:30 am - 12:30 pm each day offering morning program presentations with special afternoon sessions, i.e.,  1-3 hours each (workshop, panel, seminar, etc.) Sponsors have an opportunity to participate in the speaking program. 

    Location: Virtual Conference

    Details on how to Sponsor or Exhibit!

    Take advantage of this opportunity to participate as a BeSpatial'22 Sponsors and Exhibitors! Contact INFO for more details.
  • March 10, 2022 11:36 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)
    Mapping the future of public health with GIS

    Alexander (Sandy) Watts

    The COVID-19 pandemic revealed once again that location matters when it comes to our health. As we transform Canada’s public health system, it’s clear that GIS has the potential to bolster and enhance public health strategy.

    In our keynote talk, we will walk through case studies to demonstrate how recent innovations in location intelligence and geospatial technology can enhance a wide spectrum of public health workflows, improve public health research and evaluation using novel sources of high-resolution spatio-temporal data, and help engage with communities using GIS dashboards and hub sites.

    We will highlight how GIS can facilitate collaboration and engagement between multi-institutional health teams, decision makers, and the public. We will discuss the value GIS brings to the ongoing digital transformation of Canada’s public health systems to facilitate data sharing across jurisdictions, improve access to essential health services for all Canadians and ultimately, to help reduce health inequity.

    Alexander (Sandy) Watts is the Public Health Industry Manager for Esri Canada. He is the lead of Esri Canada’s Public Health program, designed to support Canada’s public health community through the power of GIS and location intelligence. With a background in ecology, spatial statistics and infectious disease research, he has led various geospatial research projects for epidemic planning, preparedness, and response, developing GIS solutions that influenced policy decisions at the Public Health Agency of Canada, the US-CDC, and the World Health Organization. Sandy is passionate about the potential for location intelligence and GIS innovations to solve longstanding and future public health challenges, especially to reduce health inequity.

  • March 09, 2022 11:44 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)
    How Niantic is building the real-world metaverse

    Niantic's mission is to build products and experiences that encourage people to explore the world, exercise, and be social together in the real-world. Our current endeavor is centered around developing AR technology on top of a rich geodata platform that enables developers to build compelling augmented real-world experiences. In this session I'll walk through how we're collecting geodata and building a unique global map of the world in order to realize a real-world metaverse in AR; highlight of the complexities we are facing; and inspire you with the endless opportunities ahead.

    Danbi Lee, GISP - Senior Product Manager, Niantic Labs

    Danbi is a Senior Product Manager for the Geodata Platform at Niantic - owning the growth, management and delivery of geo-location data for Niantic’s published games such as Pokémon GO, Ingress and Pikmin Bloom. Her passion and curiosity for the built environment has led her down many career paths, including environmental science, urban planning and design, municipal parks planning, geospatial analysis, and information management in Canada, the Netherlands, and the US. Danbi works closely with Niantic game teams to help design and deliver features for Niantic Wayfarer, a community mapping program for players of Niantic games. 

  • March 01, 2022 2:40 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

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    Dear Colleagues,

    GeoConnections announces the Announcement of Opportunities for the Fiscal Years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024. 

    For this Announcement of Opportunities for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 fiscal years, the GeoConnections Program is focussing its funding on contribution projects totaling $1,000,000.

    GeoConnections will fund eight projects and provide $125,000 per Project.


    • Keep Canada at the leading edge of accessing, sharing and using geospatial information over the Internet.
    • Coordinate the development of national policies, standards and mechanisms and support their implementation to ensure maintenance and updating of geospatial data and compatibility with global standards.

    Interested proponents are invited to submit a Proposal to GeoConnections no later than June 2, 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

    Please visit this web page to download the Announcement of Opportunities documentation.

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

    Chers collègues,

    Le programme GéoConnexions annonce la publication de l’avis d’offre de participation de GéoConnexions pour les exercices 2022-2023 et 2023-2024.

    Via cet avis d’offre de participation, le programme GéoConnexions concentre son financement sur des projets de contributions pour un total de 1 000 000 $.

    GéoConnexions financera huit projets qui recevront chacun 125 000 $.


    • Garder le Canada à la fine pointe de l’accès, du partage et de l’utilisation de l’information géospatiale sur Internet.
    • Coordonner l'élaboration de politiques, de normes et de mécanismes nationaux et à appuyer leur mise en œuvre afin d'assurer le maintien et la mise à jour des données géospatiales et leur compatibilité avec les normes mondiales.

    Les promoteurs intéressés sont invités à soumettre une proposition à GéoConnexions au plus tard le 2 juin 2022 – 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 opportun et 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 : geoconnectionsca-acgeoconnexions@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca

  • February 16, 2022 11:45 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Implementing a Geospatial Performance Improvement Strategy provides a solid foundation for delivering innovative new solutions to stakeholders and increasing the reach of GIS departments and geospatial data.

    In this presentation, we will define this concept and how its main contributing components (data, technology, processes, people and governance) interact from the point of view of applying automation to seek organizational efficiencies. Use cases will be presented where automation has minimized time-consuming and tedious tasks and where integration has allowed for the combination of sources (geospatial and non-geospatial) to break down silos and create new opportunities.

    Presenter: Lesley MacKenzie, Director of Innovation, Technologies and Strategies, Consortech.  Email 

    Lesley MacKenzie graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. Passionate about geomatics, she has been working in this field for over 22 years and has become a world-renowned reference with FME technology. Throughout the years, she has designed a novel concept of governance and use of best practices with this technology.

    At Consortech, Lesley leads the consulting team in optimizing the use of FME and ArcGIS and accompanying clients towards geospatial performance. As Director of Innovation, Technologies and Strategies, she is responsible for the technological watch and is in constant contact with the Safe Software development team. Lesley also provides high-level consulting services such as strategic analysis, migration of GIS environments to the Cloud and management of large-scale development projects.

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