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  • October 15, 2020 3:38 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Opportunity for our sponsors, sustaining and corporate members to get featured in our monthly e-News!

    Profiles will be included in e-News on a first-come first-served basis according to your membership status.  Visit the Profiles page to view past featured partners.

    Book now to secure your spot in one of the remaining 2020 profile months or for 2021 (assigned per membership renewal status). 

    Please email Susan and include a 250-word profile about your company or a project that you are working on that might be of interest.   Feel free to include your corporate logo.  Then, keep an eye on the e-News and the Profiles page!

    Corporate and Regular members

    interested in promoting your company on our site for the full year? Consider upgrading to a Sustaining or Sponsor level

    For more details, visit: Sponsors and Sustaining Options Page

  • October 01, 2020 8:00 AM | Hanna Sjostrom (Administrator)

    Give us your feedback for a chance to win a prize!

    Please take 5 minutes to fill out the Membership Survey and be entered for a chance to win a gift card. All respondents who complete the survey by Dec 11th, will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $25 Starbucks gift card.

    Survey now closed!  

    We use the information in the survey to get an idea of how we can serve you better and how we can continue to enhance the BeSpatial community experience. We appreciate your membership and want to make sure that we meet all your expectations.

  • September 23, 2020 12:00 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Best Challenge Awards ceremony and Lightning Round for BeSpatial'20 Sponsors and Exhibitors was the highlight of the BeSpatial association September 23 Annual General meeting.

    Congratulations!  2020 BCA (Best Challenge Award Winners)

    • Best public sector GIS- Town of East Gwillimbury,  Carolynne Saxton

    • Best Web GIS - City of Richmond Hill, Danny Bainbridge

    • Best Innovation in GIS- City of Kitchener, Dianne Adams

    • Honorable Mention- City of Vaughan, Jimmy Yovanovski

    Sponsors and Exhibitors Lightening Round. Thank you for your participation!

    ● Esri Canada - Iain Greensmith , Account Manager, Education

    ● Teranet - Michael Franschman, Senior Manager

    ● Consortech - François Laganière, Vice-President

    ● AOLS - Maureen Mountjoy, Deputy Registrar

    ● First Base Solutions - Peter Hettstedt, Business Development

    ● Public Sector Digest - Cliff Patterson, Senior GIS Consultant

    ● Spatial DNA - Todd Lewis, President & CEO

    Although the following companies could not join us today, we recognize them as exhibit supporters of our event. A special thanks to Cansel, Fanshawe College and VertiGIS -  GeoCortex (former Latitude).


    Apply for membership today!   Membership will cover the remainder of 2020 and the full year 2021.

  • September 03, 2020 2:28 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Check out our Career's page  for Job board opportunities, upcoming community career development opportunities.

    New GoGeomatics Virtual Events

    New dates have been announced for a GeoIgnite Online 2020 event and the Canadian Geospatial Virtual Career Seminars.

  • July 01, 2020 10:20 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    A COVID related application was developed and is being updated by the University of Toronto in cooperation with the University of Guelph and the Sick Kids Hospital Toronto.

    Impressive group effort using GitHub. They have been using data from local Public Health agencies posted on open data sites and Open Street Map. Clearest visualization of probably the most reliable data.

    Here it is:  COVID Canada

  • June 10, 2020 2:41 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    YPN Social Network

    BeSpatial has launched its LinkedIn and Facebook pages for the Young Professionals Network where members can connect and share with each other. We will be posting resources that will help to educate, engage and grow young professionals. During COVID-19 members are also encouraged to share and discuss about the affect the pandemic has had on their life and operation of work.

    LinkedIn: BeSpatial Young Professional Network

    Facebook: BeSpatial Young Professional Network

    About the YPN?

    The Young Professional Network consists of a cross-section of new GIS professionals that have been working in a public or private sector organization for 1-7 years. This community includes recent graduates and more experienced professionals just beginning to leverage geospatial technology. Young professionals in this community have a diverse range of experience and skill sets.

    YPN Update from the BeSpatial's May 5th Virtual Town Hall meeting

    COVID-19 has been a crisis that has impacted professionals of all ages. This has been entirely new territory for all of us. While we all might be experiencing this together, young professionals are at a bigger disadvantage. Having not experienced working through a recession before, young professionals and those newly graduating are faced with a difficult challenge.

    Companies have transitioned to work from home and increased safety measures have been put into place for essential field workers. Companies have offered support programs to help improve access to workplace wellness resources and support essential workers during this difficult time. The way young professionals work and complete their jobs has changed. Where there once was in person staff meetings there are now web meetings and conference calls.

    For many young professionals working from home previously was unfamiliar territory that comes with its own set of challenges. To overcome these challenges young professionals have been resilient finding new ways to work and communicate with others effectively. This includes setting up a dedicated workspace, maintaining a schedule, making use of breaks during the work day and increased communication with team members. Overall young workers are adapting to the ever changing work environment leveraging new technology and assisting with the transition where possible.

    Interested in joining or volunteering with the YPN?

    Contact Brooke

    Please feel free to add your comments below to this blog.

  • May 06, 2020 1:57 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Details to follow

  • April 26, 2020 3:17 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Reminder - Webinar NG 9-1-1 Data Preparedness Follow-up Poll:

    Please tell us a bit about your NG 9-1-1 plans by answering our Poll  (link is: https://arcg.is/DSuu0)

  • April 15, 2020 3:34 PM | Jeff Norris (Administrator)

    During this COVID-19 crisis there have been many examples of businesses helping the community through this crisis by providing their special expertise and tools. Esri, a BeSpatial Diamond sponsor, has offered the following expertise and tools to our BeSpatial community.

    1. Free webinar series on GIS technology, data, and resource optimization for public safety. Register here: https://www.esri.com/en-us/industries/public-safety/webinars
    2. Free webinar series on business continuity for infrastructure and utilities. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7848304509437309965
    3. YouTube video on resources and GIS solutions for emergency managers and business continuity planning. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtfFJ4d6L5Q
    4. Free Coronavirus Business Continuity Solution to help businesses, utilities, and governments understand the capacity of their workforce and operational status of their facilities. Learn more here: https://www.esri.com/arcgis-blog/products/arcgis-solutions/business/coronavirus-business-continuity-solution-released/
    5. Donation: Esri is making the following resources available at no cost.
      1. Access the Esri Canada COVID-19 Resource Hub
        • On the COVID-19 Resource Hub, your members will find a collection of data, maps, applications and other resources available to assist in monitoring, preparing for and responding to this rapidly changing situation. These resources are being curated for the Canadian health and business communities to use and share as the pandemic unfolds. These materials will be updated with new content as it becomes available.
      2. Build Your Own Hub Site with a Free Template
        • Esri is providing the ArcGIS Hub template at no cost. Organizations can use it to visualize and analyze the crisis in their own community/asset context. If your members do not have ArcGIS Online, Esri will donate ArcGIS Online with ArcGIS Hub Basic for six months; to activate the donation, please request through the Esri Disaster Response Program. Otherwise, we are asking ArcGIS users to contact their Esri Canada account manager.


  • April 08, 2020 10:10 AM | Jeff Norris (Administrator)

    In response to the evolving situation regarding the Corona Virus,  we want to make you aware of the COVID-19 Resource Hub Esri Canada has developed for public use:

     https://resources-covid19canada.hub.arcgis.com/

    This GIS hub is a collection of data, maps, applications and other resources available to assist in monitoring, preparing for and responding to the rapidly changing situation. You may be aware of some of these resources already, such as the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard, as they have been featured on many news media outlets over the past couple weeks.    These resources are being curated for the Canadian and global health community to use and share as the pandemic unfolds.

    These apps and web services are for your use with your applications, as part of your emergency response operations and or as stand-alone dashboards.  Esri Canada is already working with many municipal, provincial and federal organizations to operationalize these applications for their use.   If you would like any help, please reach out to Esri Canada at: https://esri.ca/en/contact-us

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