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  • February 12, 2021 11:06 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    The City of Peterborough is conducting research into the options for viewing street level imagery for Municipal uses. We would appreciate your input by completing this brief survey.

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  • February 09, 2021 12:14 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    BeSpatial'21

    • When: May 4-5 2021
    • Where: Virtual

    Call for submissions: Open until April 16, 2021

    Educational Program - $500 BeSpatial bursary offering

    The BeSpatial Student Bursary is an annual award that recognizes the contributions of students studying at Ontario post-secondary institutions to the geospatial and information community. This is a great opportunity for students to get name recognition and begin participating in community events.

    For more details Visit:  2021 Bursary

  • February 08, 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
  • February 08, 2021 1:40 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.

  • February 08, 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 05, 2021 3:50 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    We are excited that BeSpatial will be hosting the May 4-5 annual conference event on the PheedLoop virtual platform with its many enhanced event features. PheedLoop is positioned as a marketplace leader in delivering a memorable virtual event experience including a robust conference program, exhibit hall with visitations, demos and meetings, networking opportunities and much, much more!  

    The agenda for our program sessions is also shaping up with keynotes Alex Miller, President, Esri Canada and Biju Misra, Director, Transformation / Operations at Enbridge who will be setting the tone for each day. 

    As in our past onsite events and, in addition to the plenaries, you may choose from a number of breakout sessions.  A workshop,  a YPN focused session for those new to the GIS and information community and networking opportunities will be available throughout each day.  There will also be awards, member recognitions and draw prizes!

    In keeping with our not for profit commitment,  we have adjusted our registration rates to recognize associated costs. We appreciate the ongoing support of our sponsors and members and hope to help accommodate those who may be in a budget crunch during the pandemic. 

    Please take this opportunity to spread the word to your colleagues and encourage them to join you at the event. Let's work together to make this virtual event a grand success! 

    Our new registration rates for the BeSpatial Annual Event May 4-5 are as follows:

    $20 per student

    $45 per person for full conference for groups of three or more

    $50 per person for full conference

    $75 per person for full conference including access to workshop(s)

    We look forward to seeing you virtually in a few months!

  • February 04, 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 21, 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 04, 2021 4:24 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)
    BeSpatial Banner

    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 

    beResilient LogoBeSpatial'21
    • 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.

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