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  • March 01, 2023 10:17 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)


    Workshops from the Academy will be offered in the afternoons of Tuesday, May 2nd 1:00 pm to 4:30pm and Wednesday, May 3rd – 1:30 pm to 5:00pm

    Register - Select Registration including workshop option

    Presenter:  Workshops will be led by Greg Babinski.

    Greg Babinski is a GIS management consultant and founder of GIS Management Consulting Services LLC, located in the greater Seattle area.

    Between 1998 and the end of 2021 he served as GIS Manager, GIS Finance Manager and GIS Marketing& Business Development Manager for the King County GIS Center in Seattle. Previously he worked for nine years as GIS Mapping Supervisor for the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland.

    He holds an MA in geography from Wayne State University. Greg is a GISP – Certified GIS Professional.

    Greg is Past-President of URISA and founder and Past-Chair of URISA’s GIS Management Institute. In 2005 he founded The Summit – the Washington State GIS Newsletter. In 2019 Greg was awarded an EthicalGEO Fellowship by the American Geographical Society. In addition to GIS consulting, he is a GIS researcher, author, and instructor. He has spoken about GIS management across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Greg has taught GIS for Public Policy as an instructor with the University of Washington Evans Graduate School of Public Administration.

    In his spare time Greg likes ‘hiking steep, narrow and dangerous trails that lead high above the clouds to awesome views’.

    Three (3) workshops will be held each afternoon of BeSpatial’23 (2 days):

    •  Promote and Grow your GIS for Successful Geospatial Managers
    •  GIS Funding, Budgeting and Financial Management for GIS Managers
    •  GIS Return on Investment (ROI) Fundamentals

    These workshops are being offered as part of your BeSpatial'23 registration!  Choose the BeSpatial including workshop registration option 

    Registration closes on April 28, 2023 at midnight

    Register today

  • February 26, 2023 5:15 PM | Hanna Sjostrom, GISP (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 June 30, 2023, will be entered into a draw for a chance to win 1 of 4 $25 Starbucks gift cards. The 23rd survey submitted will receive an Apple AirTag.

    Complete the Survey Here!  

    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.

  • February 26, 2023 3:21 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Municipal GIS Leaders take part in a discussion to give you the opportunity to ask questions and learn from their experiences. We will discuss the variety of Municipal GIS Service Delivery Platforms that their GIS teams maintain, internally and externally, as well as, GIS related initiatives and innovations that are happening in their Municipalities.

    • Nicole Schleifer, Geomatics/Mapping Manager at City of Peterborough

    • Rob Halko, Information Management Lead at Town of East Gwillimbury

    • Jordan Rogers, Manager, Enterprise GIS, Information Systems & Technology at City of Kingston

    • Randal Rodger, Program Manager, Geospatial Analytics, Technology & Solutions at City of Ottawa

    •  Adam Commeford, Team Lead, Location Intelligence & Data Visualization, Digital Innovation & Information Technology at City of Brampton

    Nicole Schleifer - Panelist

    Nicole is currently the Geomatics/Mapping Manager at the City of Peterborough. She is responsible for leading the ongoing development and delivery of the City’s corporate GIS. Nicole has spent almost 2 decades working with municipal governments in everything GIS, she enjoys challenging her organization to think spatially and ensuring her team has the appropriate resources and tools to accommodate.  Her education includes a GIS Applications Specialist post graduate certificate from Fleming College.

    Rob Halko - Panelist

    Rob is currently the Information Management Lead 

    at the Town of East Gwillimbury. He is passionate about utilizing technology in creative and effective ways, to simplify workflows and produce cost-effective results for the municipal sector. People are at the heart of it all - Rob likes to see everyone be successful and find joy in the day to day. His education includes a GIS Applications Specialist post graduate certificate from Fleming College.

    Randal Rodger - Panelist

    Randal has been innovating all things geospatial at the City of Ottawa for over 25 years. He is currently Program Manager of the Geospatial Analytics, Technology and Solutions (GATS) team and oversees the development of the Digital Twin and Reality Capture programs. His portfolio also includes the Geo-Information Centre and Geospatial Projects and Operations Units. Early in his career he shared his geospatial knowledge teaching at Algonquin College, as part of the MAP development team and during his years working on enterprise systems (ESRI, Sun Microsystems, Vision, Oracle).  He then left the server room behind and headed over to Planning and Growth Management to manage Mapping & Graphics and to develop a strong geospatial culture within the Planning department and beyond.   If he is not at work he is likely out cycling somewhere.

    Jordan Rogers, GISP - Panelist 

    Jordan is a senior GIS professional who is currently the Manager of Enterprise GIS at City of Kingston.  Jordan’s agricultural background and interest in land stewardship led him to discover his passion for geography and GIS at the University of Ottawa.  He has been working in the GIS field since 2011 and obtained his GISP designation in 2016.  He has had the opportunity to work with several municipalities as well as in conservation, and utilities.

    Adam Commeford, GISP - Panelist

    Adam is the Team Lead for the Location Intelligence & Data Visualization Team at the City of Brampton. With 15 years of experience in municipal GIS, he specializes in user experience, solution development and open data analysis. Along with an Honours Degree in Geomatics and GIS Applications Specialist Certificate, Adam is an active ESRI GIS Ambassador and Certified GIS Professional (GISP) who enjoys promoting geospatial awareness through the building and sharing of useful web apps and solutions.

    Marikka Williams, GISP - Panel Moderator

    Marikka is a graduate of the University of North Texas and has been GISP certified by GISCI since 2008. Marikka is a GIS Professor for the GIS Post Diploma, Common First Semester and Environmental Technician programs at Fleming College, Eastern section board member for BeSpatial Ontario, and Mapping and Technologies Spatial Data Strategies Chair for Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA).

    She has 20+ years of experience providing GIS services to support Municipal Operations, Engineering Consulting, and Higher Education. She joined Fleming College, as GIS Professor in 2014, and teaches Spatial Analysis, Geovisualization, Municipal Mapping, Geomatics in Surveying, Remote Sensing and Fundamentals of Geomatics. As Mapping Technologies and Spatial Data Interest Group Chair for the CCA, she seeks to build awareness around mapping technologies to deliver spatial information that supports business practices in both public and private sectors. As the manager for the BeSpatial Eastern section, she volunteers to bring GIS education, career development and networking opportunities to students and GIS Professionals. 

  • February 17, 2023 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.

    eNews: March 16

  • February 17, 2023 6:58 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Teranet is Canada's leader in the delivery and transformation of statutory registry services with extensive expertise in land and commercial registries. It also provides insightful property intelligence and data solutions to thousands of customers in the real estate, financial services, government, utilities, and legal markets.

    As a trusted provider of Master Data Management (MDM) solutions and services to government, utilities, and commercial enterprises, Teranet enables customers to improve their decision-making processes by providing reliable property information, location intelligence capabilities, and a world-class customer experience. Teranet clients can access the most authoritative and dependable source of parcel mapping, ownership and easement data, and registered plan images. Our systems provide on-demand and direct access to reputable, adaptable, and trustworthy land registry and land related data via a user-friendly customer interface. Our core purpose is to be the most authoritative and reliable provider of spatial mapping services and land registry data to our customers.

  • February 17, 2023 5:10 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    SKE Inc. is an information solutions company and the team behind the award-winning GeoPortal cloud solution. Since 1994, we have been providing project management, systems design, development, and implementation services and software solutions to governments and large corporate clients.

    By leveraging our GeoPortal technologies, our team can quickly design, build, and implement trusted and effective enterprise-wide information management solutions that help organizations publish, integrate, and give access to data and information.

  • February 17, 2023 3:44 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

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    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 17, 2023 6:54 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Angus GeoSolutions Inc. (AGSI), since 1993 as a Canadian corporation, has been solving business problems with strategic technology and information solutions, empowering government, electrical utility, telecommunication, oil and gas, agriculture, and public safety industries to make better, more informed decisions. AGSI is headquartered in Halton Hills, Ontario with data collection and verification field staff across Canada.

    Go360™ - Integrated Business Applications & Communication

    Go360™ Business Centre is designed around the specific needs of departments, functions, and roles. Integrated applications connect departments, breaking down silos, increasing efficiencies, and communication. Work and data flows effectively from one area to another.

    This means work is assessed and gets assigned quickly. Your employees and teams are more productive. Data and reports are analyzed in real-time, for faster, safer, and more reliable decision making.

    Learn more… 

    Location Warehouse™ - A Comprehensive Database of North American Location & Spatial Information

    Developed over 30 years by collecting, verifying, and managing the highest quality of land-based location information needed to support mission-critical functions for both private and public sector operations.

    AGSI offers many Municipal Government Services including:

    • Address Management - consolidation of address silos, accuracy, and sustainability
    • Permit Tracking - management of contractor and public activities within the community
    • Postal Boundaries - Validate residents’ calls, department mail outs, data analyses - lower tiers.
  • February 16, 2023 1:45 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

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    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.


  • February 15, 2023 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  what is being offered at BeSpatial 2023 by Consortech.

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