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  • June 01, 2019 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    The URISA GIS Leadership Academy trains future leaders to create winning organizations. Graduates have the knowledge and skills they need to navigate the challenges of changing economies and technologies. The Academy teaches the necessary skills to create effective teams, act with defined purpose, and align organizations on the path to success.

    Overheard: During the very first coffee break on Day One of the GLA in Raleigh in May, one of the attendees noted that his participation already paid for itself with what he learned in the first 90 minutes. Quite the endorsement!

    The GIS Leadership Academy is five-days of training during which participants will learn and discuss:

    • GIS leadership and management techniques
    • Strategic planning
    • Successful team development
    • Organizational capacity building and sustainability strategies (ROI, innovative funding ideas)
    • Program investment and justification
    • Change management
    • Situation assessment and organizational performance evaluation
    • Ethics and professional challenges
    • Problem solving

    Make it Count!In addition to earning 5 days’ worth of Education Points for your GISP Certification or Renewal, this event was also approved for a whopping 37 AICP CM Credits! Click here to access the AICP-CM detail.

    Why did you choose the URISA GIS Leadership Academy?     

    • I chose the URISA GIS Leadership Academy because of its reputation for providing excellent leadership training specific to those in the GIS profession. I have a couple of colleagues who have attended in previous years that speak very highly of it as well.
    • Appears to be a rare opportunity to experience "GIS" training at the management/leadership level, rather than the very common technical level.

    What do you hope to gain from your GLA participation?

    • To develop and enhance my leadership skills in order to provide our County with the best GIS!
    • I need to move away from handling the technical aspects of GIS and become more of a strategist to develop long-term City-wide implementation for GIS.
    • Learn leadership skills to help push GIS to City leaders and enable them to make data-driven decisions.
    • I would like to learn about growing a program and how to demonstrate the benefit of GIS to upper management.

    Register Soon: The GLA includes numerous interactive exercises, team-building tools, and opportunities to discuss topics in a way you cannot do at a large conference. Note that course attendance is limited to about 50 participants to encourage such interaction. Right now there are seats available. But the training is expected to sell out. So register early to guarantee your spot. 

    Venue: Hyatt Regency Toronto (370 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1J9, Canada). The discounted room rate is $229 CAD (approx $170 USD) - with complimentary in-room internet access. The deadline for reservations is July 22, 2019, or until the reserved block is sold out.

    Check out the details and make your plans soon:  Get Started

  • May 06, 2019 5:06 PM | Anonymous

    Ian Williams, Manager of the Business Intelligence and Analytics unit, Toronto Police Services shares success stories on enhanced solutions utilizing its enterprise GIS. Presentations by Jan Kestle, President, Environics; Ed Rubinstein, Director, University Health Network and Dr. Tracey Lauriault, Carleton University add their perspectives to this popular session.

  • May 06, 2019 3:03 PM | Anonymous

    Visualizing SMART Transportation Planning: Transforming Data & Evidence into a Compelling Narrative...Nicholas Day, Director (A), Regional Planning, Metrolinx BeSpatial'19 presentations will soon be available for viewing in the Member's area.

  • May 04, 2019 12:55 PM | Anonymous


    GoGeomatics is proud to announce its 6th annual series of coast-to-coast Back to School Socials beginning this September. In 2018 we welcomed over 500 geospatial, geomatics and geography students to the community. Our goal is to help them achieve success in their chosen careers and provide networking opportunities. 

    The GoGeomatics group leaders, staff and sponsors are bringing the Canadian geospatial community together. We are looking forward to seeing you at the back to school social nearest you.

  • May 01, 2019 4:58 PM | Anonymous

    Des Plaines, IL (July 5, 2019)  URISA is pleased to announce that Barry Wellar, C.M., GISP will provide the closing remarks at the GIS Leadership Academy (GLA) in Toronto (August 19-23, 2019). 

    On March 14, 2019, former URISA President (1978) and Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa, Barry Wellar was inducted into the Order of Canada by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. 

    Governor General Payette remarked:

    "Barry Wellar is a trailblazer in the field of geographic information science (GIS). Professor emeritus at the University of Ottawa, he has been a strong advocate for the field’s recognition as a legitimate domain of scientific inquiry as well as a fundamental research tool. He pioneered the use of GIS applications in public-sector planning at all levels of government, particularly within the urban context. His leadership within the field, both in academia and industry, is extensive and lauded."

    In 2011, Barry was inducted into the URISA GIS Hall of Fame.  His contributions as a leader in the field are abundant and we are honored to have his participation at the GIS Leadership Academy in August. 

    The URISA GIS Leadership Academy has enjoyed steady and enthusiastic participation since it was first presented in 2007. Since then, more than 800 GIS professionals have attended the specialized five-day GIS leadership and management training program that focuses on:

    • GIS leadership and management techniques
    • GIS Strategic planning
    • Successful team development
    • Organizational capacity building and sustainability strategies (ROI, innovative funding ideas)
    • Program investment and justification
    • Change management
    • Situation assessment and organizational performance evaluation
    • Ethics and professional challenges
    • Problem solving

    The Academy is taught by GIS leaders (all are GISPs and accomplished in the field). Each GLA includes numerous interactive exercises, team-building tools, and opportunities to delve into topics in a way you cannot do at a large conference. Attendance is limited in size to encourage such interaction with each event capped at about 50 participants.

    For more information, including registration and a detailed agenda, click here

    Mark Your Calendar:

    URISA GIS Leadership Academy - August 19-23, 2019 - Toronto, Ontario Canada

    GIS-Pro 2019 – September 28-October 2, 2019 – New Orleans, Louisiana

  • April 30, 2019 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    BeSpatial/ BeSmart'19 Executive Forum 

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    2:00 PM - 5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenges                                      Alan Mitchell, former Executive Director, Global Cities, KPMG;  Laura Bradley, General Manager, YorkNet; DrPatricia McCarney, President and CEO of the World Council on City Data (WCCD) and is a professor of Political Science and the Director of the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto and Dr. Tracey Lauriault, Assistant Professor, Carleton University;

    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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    RegisterBeSpatial / BeSmart Executive Forum on May 2 only

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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.

    Register Introduction to FME

    RegisterIntroduction to FME server technology

    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

    RegisterBeSpatial'19 - Register for 1 or both days! 

  • April 15, 2019 6:08 PM | Anonymous

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

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    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

    Join the 2 Day Event Wednesday, May 01 and Thursday May 02, 2019

    @ The Bayview Club, Thornhill, ON

    RegisterBeSpatial'19 - Register for 1 or both days! 

    RegisterBeSpatial / BeSmart Executive Forum on May 2 only

    RegisterIntro to FME workshop on May 2 AM
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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

    RegisterBeSpatial'19 - Register for 1 or both days! 

    RegisterBeSpatial / BeSmart Executive Forum on May 2 only

    RegisterIntro to FME workshop on May 2 AM
    RegisterFME server technology on May 2 PM


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