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  • February 02, 2023 4:59 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Dear members: Thank you for you support during the past year. We deeply appreciate your ongoing commitment to BeSpatial, your geospatial and information community in Ontario.

    We are looking forward to an interesting program year with monthly webinars that are available to view,  post event, with access in our members' area.

    Our annual BeSpatial event and EXPO is planned for May and  is a virtual event once again!   This decision to remain virtual is based on your feedback to continue to offer an event that provides broad and inclusive access for those who come from across levels and carry out many diverse roles in organizations that makeup our geospatial and information community, 

    Many organizations registered over 10, 20, even 30 staff and enjoyed the range of presentations offered from leaders and shakers across the technical, business and management streams.

    In addition to our popular and informative monthly webinars, we plan to hold onsite events on a regional basis, so that those important face to face opportunities will also be available to our members.

    The BeSpatial early bird registration rate for members will be in effect until March 27th. There are also early bird draw prizes.

    Renew today to ensure that you will continue to receive program highlights as they are released in our eNews and on our social media platforms!

    If you have already paid your annual dues, thanks very much for your ongoing support of your community!

  • February 01, 2023 11:59 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    BeSpatial Annual Event and Expo

    • When: May 
    • Where: Virtual Event

    Call for Submissions is Open until April 02, 2024

    Educational Program - $500 BeSpatial bursary offering

    The BeSpatial Nathan Adams 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:  Annual Bursary

  • February 01, 2023 6:10 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    We are counting down the days to May !

      This once a year geospatial and information community event has something for everyone! 

    The Final program  is now in place. Click the  Schedule where you can view the exciting sessions topics.  There are an array of industry experts and colleagues who are waiting to share their presentations and answer your questions . If you haven't registered already, please do so now.  

    Register for BeSpatial 2022

    A range of topics will be covered including asset management, geospatial data apps, geospatial technology platforms, LiDAR, GIS tools, analytics, 3D, AI and so much more. We are also featuring a session on GISP certification with Todd Kent, Certification Coordinator of the GISCI certification institute.  

  • February 01, 2023 12:00 PM | Hanna Sjostrom, GISP (Administrator)
    It's Time to think about submitting your entry for the BeSpatial 2024 Best Challenge Awards.

    For details, visit the BCA Awards section

    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.

    Visit the Awards Page for past results announced at BeSpatial

    BeSpatial 2022 GOLD Award Winners

    Best Public Sector GIS - City of Hamilton
    Innovation in GIS - Region of Peel 
    Best Web GIS - Town of Milton

  • February 01, 2023 11:27 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)


    Take Notice that the Annual General Meeting of the Members of the "Association") will take place  on the

    ?nd of May, 2024 at the hour of 8:15-8:45a.m. 

    to be held virtually

    for the purpose of approving the financial statements of the Corporation, to elect directors for the ensuing year, to appoint auditors for the Corporation for the ensuing year, approving all Acts of the Board and of the Officers and to deal with such other matters as may be properly presented at the meeting. 

     For details, sign on and visit members area.

  • January 09, 2023 3:21 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Dear BeSpatial Members,

    Well, another year is in the books. And while it feels good to slowly be returning to normal (post-CoVID), the operative word is “slowly”. We’re not quite out of the woods yet, as I can attest as I recover from a bout of CoVID in late November. Fortunately, it wasn’t severe, and other than a loss of smell and taste, it felt more like a mild cold. I’m therefore grateful for the vaccines I received and the continued watchfulness of our Public Health authorities.

    It definitely felt good to have our first in-person Board meeting in late August since I joined BeSpatial. Many of my colleagues on the board were only known to me virtually. We convened to have a strategy meeting to review our mission and strategic objectives, and set some priorities for the organization.

    One of those priorities was to continue to provide meaningful content to our members. Since our AGM, we staged 4 different webinars, including one on Airborne LiDAR, Addressing the Housing Affordability Crisis with Geospatial Data in September, Hamilton’s Enterprise GIS Roadmap in early November, and how the Broadband One Window online map-based platform supports the Province of Ontario’s Accelerated High-Speed Internet Program in late November.

    I’m also thrilled to report that we have filled a vacancy in our team. The Board has welcomed James Dorland, OLS, CLS as Northern Director. James is based in Sudbury, and is actively working towards staging a BeSpatial event in the area in 2023.

    As we look forward to the year ahead, the BeSpatial Board of Directors are already hard at work planning our 2023 AGM, on May 2-3. The theme we have selected is “BeCreative”. Creativity is intelligence having fun!

    • Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way
    • Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought

    Our Geospatial Professional members are creating new insights every day with the work they perform, so this theme should provide a wealth of material. We are deeply appreciative of the sponsors that have already announced their support.

     An initial “Save The Date” e-mail was sent out in late September, and we have recently issued a call for presentations. We’ll once again have different streams, centered around Technical, Business Apps and Strategy, and reflecting the diverse roles our members occupy. In short, we’ll have something for everyone. Please send us your expression of interest to present and a brief abstract, as soon as possible.

    Based on the feedback we received from our last Annual General Meeting, we took the decision to once again host the event virtually. While this may be disappointing to those that were looking forward to some real, face-to-face interaction (including myself), the fact is that we are able to reach a far greater number of our members this way. Many organizations, whether public or private, typically limit how many employees can attend such a live event. Those limitations don’t come into play for a virtual event. But we also recognize that many folks yearn for some in-person networking opportunities, and we have committed to holding a 1 day event in each of our three regions (Eastern, Western & Northern) in 2023.

    Last but certainly not least, I’d like to acknowledge and thank all of the stakeholders that contribute to bringing value to this community of like-minded geo-professionals, from our executive director and board to our volunteers, members, sponsors and other supporting organizations. May this new year hold much health, happiness and prosperity for you and yours.


    Peter Hettstedt
    President, BeSpatial

  • January 02, 2023 4:08 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    We're excited to announce that early bird registration (up until March 31) will give you a chance to win a fantastic  draw prizes!

    Interest in the program is high with presentation spots quickly filling up  the 20+ sessions being offered. Bookmark the Programs Spotlight area for breaking news about our presentations

    BeSpatial'24 is a once a year opportunity that will provide you with professional development , valuable information and updates about what is happening in your field, a chance to visit with exhibitors to learn about their new products and services and networking with others in the geospatial and information community and much more... 

  • January 01, 2023 1:18 PM | Hanna Sjostrom, GISP (Administrator)
    MApps (Maps and Applications) People's Choice Award & Gallery

    It's not too early to start thinking and planning to exhibit in the Gallery! 

    You've worked hard to create a map or application for your organization and now is your chance to show it off to other GIS professionals and colleagues from around the Province at the annual BeSpatial program event!  Show off your best traditional Map design or create a layout to display your latest Web Application. Open for submissions until April 14th.

    For more details

  • December 01, 2022 5:31 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Announcing BeSpatial 2024

    May ?-? (Virtual)

    BeSpatial Ontario is inviting you to view the PheedLoop Home Page for  program highlights as a sampling of sessions being offered.

    Register today to join your colleagues at the geospatial and information community's annual 37th AGM (Annual General Meeting), program event and EXPO.  Bookmark this page and check back often as program details are being updated! 

    Registration will soon open to attend  the May ?  workshop:  Title TBA. There are limited seats and registration is on a  first come basis. 

    A special thank you to our current sponsors and exhibitors. There are opportunities available for you and BeSpatial has added extra features to enhance your exhibit experience. Come join us in the exhibit hall!

    BeSpatial'24 is a once a year opportunity that will provide you with professional development , valuable information and updates about what is happening in your field, a chance to visit with exhibitors to learn about their new products and services and networking with others in the geospatial and information community and much more... 

  • December 01, 2022 2:35 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)
    This blog is interesting. I never thought of the new training opportunities that many low income workers were enabled to pursue during the pandemic. Many used the time to upskill...

    I've found an excellent article on https://community.challengefactory.ca/where-have-all-the-workers-gone/ which may interest you.

    Lisa Taylor from the Challenge Factory presented at  our BeSpatial'21 conference.

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