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  • February 20, 2019 12:07 PM | Anonymous

     Video Lead-in to Panel 2: Legal and political challenges in data collection and access

      Dr. Ann Cavoukian

    Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University

    "If you want your business to succeed, lead by gaining the trust of your customers. The best way to do this is by ensuring that their privacy is respected and their data are strongly protected. Embedding privacy, by design, into your operations builds trust and loyalty like no other -- leading to a strong competitive advantage: Win/Win!"

    Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. There she created Privacy by Design, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies, networked infrastructure and business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In 2010, International Privacy Regulators unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an international standard. Since then, PbD has been translated into 40 languages

    She is presently the Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University. Dr. Cavoukian is also a Senior Fellow of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University, and a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

    BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum Panel Topics

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    2. Legal and Political Challenges in Data Collection and Access
    3. Community Broadband and Economic Development
    4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities  
    5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge
    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

    You are Invited!  BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact   

    Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

    Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1


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  • February 17, 2019 5:14 PM | Anonymous

    David Fell

    CEO, Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN)

    Insight:  The EORN PPP Model is based on a fundamental principle of market failure in which public demand for high speed internet access is not being sufficiently addressed in rural regions by private sector ISP’s due to the high cost of building broadband infrastructure. Using an evidence-based and data-driven approach to identify market failure in a region, allows governments to invest the minimum amount of public funding necessary to stimulate the maximum amount of private investment that will be required to close the market failure gap.

    David is currently the CEO of the Eastern Ontario Regional Broadband Network (EORN). This Public-Private Partnership (PPP) has invested over $175 million into Eastern Ontario to extend high speed broadband access for rural residents. Prior to his position with EORN, David spent 7 years as Vice President, founder, and co-owner of an eLearning software company called Operitel. Operitel was recognized in 2008 by Profit Magazine as one of Canada’s Top 100 fastest growing profitable companies (on revenues from 2002- 2007). It was also recognized as one of Canada’s Top 50 fastest growing companies in 2006 - PROFIT HOT 50 based on sales growth of 195 percent over two years (2004-2005).

    David is Past Chair of the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation (GPAEDC) and current Chair of the United Way of Peterborough and District. He completed his Executive MBA at Queen’s University in 2010, and co-authored with Dr. Gary Woodill and Ms. Sheryl Herle: The Mobile Learning Edge: Tools & Technology for Developing Your Teams Wherever They Are, published September 2010 by McGraw-Hill.

    You're Invited: BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact   

    Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

    Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1

    RegisterToday! 

    BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum Panel Topics

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    2. Legal and Political Challenges in Data Collection and Access
    3. Community Broadband and Economic Development
    4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities  
    5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge

    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

  • February 17, 2019 11:33 AM | Anonymous

     John Henry

    Regional Chair and CEO, Regional Municipality of Durham

    Insight: Durham recently approved a Broadband Strategy and Action Plan to guide us toward a digitally-connected Region. Our society and economy increasingly rely on online interactions. The Region must embrace and enable this evolution to attract investment. Fast, effective broadband infrastructure is vital to internet-enabled data-driven technologies that now propel business growth. The Region’s competitiveness and ability to grow and diversify our economy depends on reliable digital connectivity. All levels of government play a role in ensuring investments in connectivity. Partnerships and collaboration will be essential to defining, developing and continuing to grow a broadband network to serve all of Durham.

    Elected as Durham’s Regional Chair and CEO in 2018, John Henry served as the Mayor of Oshawa from 2010-2018, and Regional Councillor for Oshawa’s Ward 5 from 2006-2010. He has previously served as a member of the Regional Planning & Economic Development Committee, as Chair of the Durham Region Local Housing Corporation, member of the Durham Region Transit Executive Committee and the Durham Environmental Advisory Committee. Born and raised in Oshawa and a dedicated volunteer, John has a vested interest in the future development, prosperity and quality of life for Durham residents, while keeping a close eye on fiscal responsibility. John is a graduate of R.S. McLaughlin C.V.I., Durham College, George Brown College and Panasonic’s Corporate School. He is also a trained Industrial Fire Fighter, Ice Rescue Specialist and Dive Rescue Specialist. Regional Chair Henry and his wife Katherine, a retired Pharmacist, have two daughters, Danielle who is a Speech Pathologist and Jessica, who is an Officer for the Royal Canadian Army and working towards a degree in Dentistry at McGill University.

    You're Invited: BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact   

    Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

    Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1

    REGISTER Today! 

    BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum Panel Topics

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    2. Legal and Political Challenges in Data Collection and Access
    3. Community Broadband and Economic Development
    4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities  
    5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge

    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future


  • February 16, 2019 4:54 PM | Anonymous

      Dr. Helen Hambly

    Associate Professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development in the Ontario Agricultural College of the University of Guelph.

    Insight:  An infrastructure investment such as a fibre optic network cannot be managed if it can't be measured. Data to inform decision-making for planning and evaluating broadband investment is one of the key constraints affecting investment in digital economies. The social benefit of internet is evidenced with quality and quantity of data, collected over time.  Several key points for accessing and stewarding data for broadband will be highlighted in this discussion.  

    Dr. Helen Hambly is an Associate Professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development in the Ontario Agricultural College of the University of Guelph.

    Dr. Hambly research crosses information, communication and rural society. Her expertise lies in communication for social and environmental change, innovation research methods and data science. She leads the R2B2project.ca Ontario’s largest public-private partnership (P3) funded research initiative for rural internet. The project conducts geospatial and econometric analysis for evidence-based decision-making for public investment in regional and rural broadband.

    Before joining the University of Guelph, Dr. Hambly worked in international R&D programs. She has professional work experience with The World Bank, United Nations and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. Her expertise covers topics such as knowledge mobilization and information and communication technologies for social inclusion and agricultural innovation. Helen grew up on a family farm near Guelph, Ontario.

    You're Invited: BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact   

    Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

    Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1

    REGISTER Today! 

    BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum Panel Topics

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    2. Legal and Political Challenges in Data Collection and Access
    3. Community Broadband and Economic Development
    4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities  
    5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge
    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

  • January 30, 2019 4:41 PM | Anonymous


    Your membership in BeSpatial / urisa ontario is important to support and maintain a vibrant array of programs and events in your geospatial and information community.

    For membership options, visit: Join US

    Please join or renew today!

  • December 15, 2018 12:14 PM | Anonymous


    Call for submissions: Open until April 10, 2020

    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: 2020 Bursary


  • December 11, 2018 8:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2018 has been a busy year for BeSpatial / urisa ontario with many live events and webinars! As we approach the end of the year, perhaps you’ll find a few minutes to review a presentation or check out a recorded webinar from 2018.

    In April, 2018, BeSpatial visited Thunder Bay for the Northern Ontario GIS Users Event, a first for the association. Presentations from the conference included:

    In May, 2018, the Annual General Meeting and BeSpatial’18 conference was held in Mississauga.  Many of the presentations from the event are available in the BeSpatial’18 Presentation Archive. Check out a presentation you may have missed from the conference. Dr. Lauriault’s keynote presentation Towards Open Smart Cities is so full of useful information; it’s a great reference if you missed anything during her presentation.

    Our Conference also included two exciting and informative workshops:

    • LiDAR 201 – Applications of LiDAR Data –Mobile, Bathymetric, UAV Point Cloud and more, these presentations covered many ways that LiDAR data can be used.
    • Preparing your Data for Smart Cities using FME 2018 – you had to be there to experience this hands on workshop!

    In June 2018, the association hosted the webinar: Implementation of an Enterprise-wide Common Street Address Database.  John Bacon, City of Hamilton and Marc Curtis, AGSI explain the creation of an authoritative, integrated and maintained source for address data at the City.

    Back to School in September had us hosting a back-to-school LiDAR Webinar: Published LiDAR Specifications and How to Use Them. Included in this session was a detailed description of the various specifications. In addition, we sponsored all of the Ontario GoGeomatics Back to School Socials and added over 60 new student members. 

    In November, we hosted a webinar from the award winning Town of East Gwillimbury: Management and Development Dashboarding for a Rapidly Growing Municipality. Carolynne Saxton, GIS Coordinator from the Town provided an overview of their internationally recognized solution.

    And just last week, the association hosted an applied LiDAR workshop, LiDAR 301 – How do I do it? Software Applications

    All of the BeSpatial presentation archives are available through the Members Section of the BeSpatial website. 

    2019 promises to be a busy year yet again.  The association will be hosting a ‘BeEmployed’ webinar on February 14, 2018.  This webinar is for students, recent graduates and those new to the geospatial and information community. This promises to be an amazing learning and networking opportunity for your colleague who is looking to break into Your industry! Please spread the word.

    BeSpatial will be hosting an event centered around geospatial and information management in the health industry on February 20, 2019. We are still recruiting speakers – submit your presentation idea!

    The Annual General Meeting and BeSpatial’19 Annual Meeting Program and Expo promises to be an exciting event. Save the Date: May 1&2 at the Bayview Golf and Country Club, Thornhill.  Have you considering sharing your work? Submit your presentation idea for BeSpatial’19!

    On behalf of BeSpatial, we wish you Peace, Joy and Happiness through the holiday season. We look forward to connecting again in 2019!


  • December 07, 2018 4:10 PM | Anonymous

    The recording of the LiDAR 301 - How do I do it? Software Applications webinar is now available through the Members area of the BeSpatial website.

    Originally presented on December 6, 2018, the webinar demonstrates the use of LiDAR data in Esri ArcGIS, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Bentley Microstation and Global Mapper.

    The webinar was presented by our Industry Partners Esri Canada, Tulloch and Blue Marble Geographics.

  • December 03, 2018 6:04 PM | Anonymous

    The recording of the Management and Development of a Dashboard for a Rapidly Growing Municipality webinar from November 27, 2018, a link to the Town of East Gwillimbury URISA Award Video, and the webinar handout are now available through the Members Area of the BeSpatial / urisa Ontario website.

    From the Members Area:

    Webinar - Management and Development Dashboard for a Rapidly Growing Municipality  Town of East Gwillimbury, November 2018

    Video Note: The Video that plays at the beginning of the Webinar is available as well: Town of East Gwillimbury URISA Award Winner

    Handout: The handout provides the more detailed workflows mentioned during the webinar.

    Not a Member, Consider Join Us

  • November 30, 2018 5:56 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Member, On behalf of the association Board, I am pleased to take this opportunity to share the immediate rebranding of the Urban and Regional Information System Association of Ontario (URISA Ontario) as ‘BeSpatial, The Geospatial and Information Community’. This rebranding does not change the existing membership or sponsorship options.  

    Click here to read the full letter


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