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  • April 04, 2020 2:16 PM | Jeff Norris (Administrator)

    As the situation surrounding coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic continues to evolve geospatial data and technology is being widely used to support a wide spectrum of government and other organizations with mapping, location intelligence and business insights. This helps to monitor, manage and communicate the impact of the outbreak.

    Below is a link to the Geospatial Knowledge Platform showcasing examples of Covid-19 related information dashboards.


    For information specifically related to the outbreak in the Province of Ontario please refer to the link:


  • March 08, 2020 1:19 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Kessey-Dewitt Publications, in Association with URISA, has recently released the second Edition of the GIS Management Handbook—a major revision of the 2009 edition. Below is a brief description and the attached flyer provides additional information. Contact: URISA to order this book

    Description of Book:

    Published by Kessey Dewitt Publications in association with URISA, 460 pp., 2019

    ISBN13: 978-0-9824093-1-2

    This book is a comprehensive guide and reference to the field of GIS management. It provides practical information on the development, implementation, and operation of GIS programs and projects—for a full range of public sector, not-for-profit, and private sector organizations and companies. This book takes a practical approach providing clear descriptions of concepts, issues, and practices that may be used in operational to improve and maximize the efficiency of GIS programs and projects.

  • March 01, 2020 1:43 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Learn what I Learned!   A BeSpatial - Eastern Ontario Regional Event 

    When: TBD

    Where: Queen's University, David Gordon Conference Centre, Kingston, ON

     421 Union St W, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

    It is a great opportunity to connect to GIS professionals in Eastern Ontario and learn how people are using GIS at their organizations.


  • March 01, 2020 1:32 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

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    beResilient LogoBeSpatial / urisa ontario, has made the very difficult decision that due to the rapidly escalating COVID-19 outbreaks and contagion, we have no choice but to postpone our upcoming AGM Program event and Expo. It was planned to take place on May 5th and 6th, 2020 at the Americana Conference Centre in Niagara Falls, ON. We will inform you of the new 2021 dates and details once available.

    Event registrations, exhibit spots, presentation / contest submissions, awards, etc., have been automatically rolled over to the rescheduled 2021 event.

    As we are an organization run by volunteers and having a very limited budget and human resources, we hope that you will be able to attend in 2021. Any requested refund would involve transaction fees from the bank and and dealing with the Canada Revenue Agency to get back the HST. As a small organization offering full refunds would be a huge burden compared to rolling over your registration, which will help us keep costs down and the organization healthy.

    If you have booked a room at the Americana, please contact the hotel directly at (905) 356-8444 to cancel your reservation.

    Exhibitors, sponsors and speakers: We will be contacting you in the coming weeks to offer our apologies and review our plan for 2021. We understand that you may have further questions; please reach us at info@bespatialontario.ca. We thank you in advance for your patience as we try to respond to each email in a timely manner.

    We value the support and understanding of everyone in this unprecedented situation. We are looking forward to getting our strong geospatial and information community back together in the near future. Until then, we send heartfelt thoughts to those who are affected by COVID-19.


    Susan Muleme Kasumba

    Your BeSpatial President


  • February 29, 2020 6:14 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Theme: Learn What I Learned

    Date: TBD

    Where: Queen's University at the Donald Gordon Conference Centre, 421 Union St W, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

    Interested in presenting?

    Submit here

  • February 29, 2020 10:55 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    When: TBD
    Where:  Donald Gordon Conference Centre
    421 Union Street West,

    Kingston, ON K7L 4L6

    Preliminary Agenda Presentation Topics Announced
    • Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking and Opening Remarks
    • "Next Generation 911" Alex Brossault, Program Manager, GIS and Info, City of Guelph with Barry Costello, Esri
    • "GIS in Infrastructure Project Lifecycle" Phil Healey, Manager, Enterprise GIS, City of Kingston
    • "Creating a Culture of Change: Open Government and the Ontario GeoHub”  Mike Dunkley, Land Information Ontario
    • Buffet Lunch and Networking
    • Keynote: "Thoughts On Adding Geo-Records To The Pilot Study On Best Practices For Citizen Access To Public Records.",  Dr. Barry Wellar. C.M., GISP, Past President, URISA.org (1978), Professor Emeritus, University Of Ottawa, President, Information Research Board. 
      • Discussion: Are GEO-Records the key to better citizen access to public records? Based on what they represent , there are reasons to say YES.  Learn more. Review the attached presentation and plan to come to Kingston on March 26 to discuss further!
    • Closing Remarks


  • February 21, 2020 12:14 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)


    • When: Date of event: Early May 2021 - TBA
    • Where: TBA

    Call for submissions: Open until April 10, 2021

    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:  2021 Bursary

  • February 02, 2020 1:35 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)


    • When: Date of event: Early May 2021 - TBA
    • Where: TBA


    Visit booth #11

    Teranet is an international leader and pioneer in electronic land registration systems and commerce.

     Teranet is the exclusive provider of Ontario’s online property search and registration. We developed, own and operate the Ontario Electronic Land Registration System – one of the most advanced, secure and sophisticated land registration systems in the world. Teranet also provides online access to Ontario’s Writs System.

    Teranet also offers a complementary suite of innovative solutions for a number of key industries, including real estate, financial services, law, and government and utilities.

    Teranet continues to grow its global footprint. A Teranet affiliate entity holds an interest in Foster Moore International Ltd, a New Zealand-based global market players in the government register sector.

  • January 31, 2020 2:54 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    BeSpatial'21 - rescheduled due to COVID-19

    • When: Date of event: May 2021 TBA
    • Where: TBA 
    A Featured Executive Forum Presentation

    Kalyan Chakravarthy, Chief Information Officer, Durham Regional Municipality

    Insight Statement:  AI utilization in public sector and how it is helping us in channeling our thoughts into building smart and intelligent cities.

    Kalyan Chakravarthy(KC) is Chief Information Officer for the Regional Municipality of Durham. In this position he is responsible for establishing and implementing a long-term technology strategy for the Region. KC has over 20 years of experience in private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He graduated his MBA from Smith School of Business and did a certificate course on Artificial Intelligence from MIT.

  • January 30, 2020 1:13 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    BeSpatial/ urisa ontario is inviting you to join us at its 33rd Annual program event, executive session and EXPO. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to hear some of the best in the industry speak on the importance of geospatial information and to showcase their initiatives! 

    Click here to take a look at the preliminary program. Don't forget to bookmark this page as news of presentations will be announced soon!

    Date: May 5, 2020 - May 6, 2020
    Location: The Americana, 8444 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls, ON

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