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  • January 05, 2022 11:58 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)


    BeSpatial Ontario is excited to announce that Nora Young will provide the opening address at BeSpatial'22 to be held May 3-4, 2022.

    Nora Young,  Host of CBC Radio’s Spark | Author of The Virtual Self

    Nora Young is the host and the creator of Spark, a national radio show and podcast about technology and culture, which airs on CBC Radio. She was the founding host of CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera, where she often discussed topics related to new media and technology.

    Her work has also appeared online, on television, and in print. As a journalist, author, and speaker, Nora explores how new technology shapes the way we understand ourselves and the world around us. Her book, The Virtual Self, focuses on the explosion of data about our behaviours, thoughts, opinions and actions.

     She’s a casual blogger and committed hobby podcaster

  • January 04, 2022 12:36 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Towards a Happier New Year

    We hope GOOD members and their families had a happy and safe holiday season.  We're providing some highlights here that we think will be of interest with your 2022 GOOD membership.

    GOOD22 - OpenEarth
    April 21-23, 2022

    We’re gearing up for the #GOOD22 conference. Due to the continuing severity of the pandemic, it has been decided that GOOD22 will be a totally virtual conference.

    Everyone is concerned about climate change and this year’s theme focuses on OpenEarth and the need to actually move from words and data to actions to improve the health of our planet. We’re also concerned about human health and well-being. Our panels will note the importance of data in effecting changes we need to make.

      If you're interested in assisting with the conference or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at connect@go-opendata.ca

    GOOD - What's New for 2022

    We have some new services available to GOOD members for 2022 :

    • GOOD2Know - new set of theme based series throughout the year
    • GOODchat - members only on demand meetups to chat about your issues or interests
    • GOODadvocacy - new opportunities for advocacy on all things open
    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at connect@go-opendata.ca

    GOOD - New Collaborations

    We're pleased to announce that we have two new collaborating partners.

    Code for Canada is a respected non-profit that seeks to help governments and communities harness the power of digital.

    GOOD is part of the International Open Government Partnership’s OGP Local monitoring network. GOOD undertakes the assessment of the Province of Ontario OGP Action Plans.

    If you have any questions or are interested in collaborating with GOOD, please don't hesitate to contact us at connect@go-opendata.ca

    We look forward to you joining us again and wish you and yours a Happier New Year for 2022

    Your GOOD Team
    Jury, Sandra, Dave, Keith, Connie, Mai, Jonathan, Cody, Nathan, Cody, Ushnish

  • January 03, 2022 5:31 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    BeSpatial 2022

    May 3-4 (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 35th AGM (Annual General Meeting), program event and EXPO.  Bookmark this page and check back often as program details are being updated! 

    Registration is now open to attend  the May 4  workshop:  Application Integration in a SAAS context using FME. There are limited seats and registration is on a  first come basis. Note: Must sign in and register separately for the FME workshop.

    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'22 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 31, 2021 4:59 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Dear members: Thank you for you support in 2021. We deeply appreciate your ongoing commitment to BeSpatial / urisa ontario, your geospatial and information community in Ontario.

    We are looking forward to an interesting program year in 2022 with monthly webinar offerings and their ongoing post event access through our members' area.

    Our annual BeSpatial event is planned for May 3-4 and given the ongoing uncertainty with the COVID-19 outbreak and concern for your health safety, we will be hosting a virtual event once again!  

    The BeSpatial'22 early bird registration rate for members will be in effect until mid March. Renew today to ensure that you will continue to receive program highlights as they are released starting in the new year!

    If you have already paid your annual dues, thanks very much!

  • December 16, 2021 3:01 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Dear BeSpatial Members,

    As the year draws to a close, I wanted to take the opportunity to offer my heartfelt thanks to you all for your continued support of our organization. We recognize that in these challenging and often uncertain times, such support is not always assured.

    We were therefore somewhat nervous about staging our first virtual AGM this past May, but delighted and amazed at the excellent turnout and feedback we received from attendees. The responses we received from our post-event survey was extremely encouraging as well.

    Since then, the BeSpatial Board had many long and involved discussions on how we would stage our upcoming AGM in May 2022. We all strived to get back to a live event, but in light of the frequent setbacks we as a society have had in our ongoing struggle to contain and move on from CoVID-19, the Board had to take the difficult decision to once again stage a virtual event. However, the good news is that with the experience we gained through our inaugural virtual event, we are confident we can make BeSpatial ’22 even better.

    The theme we have selected is “BeConnected”, focusing on how organizations cooperate/collaborate in geospatial and data implementations. We feel strongly that there is an abundance of topics and sub-themes that fit well under this overall theme, and we encourage our members and their organizations to submit abstracts that align with this. A first call for presentations was sent out at the end of November, so please consider sharing your experiences with our members. We would love to hear from you.

    Lastly, I wanted to give a quick thanks to our Board members and Executive Director, without whom none of this would be possible. There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes, and their passion and dedication is inspiring.

    And with that, my colleagues on the Board and I would like to wish you and your families the very best for the upcoming holidays, and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. We hope you can join us for BeSpatial ’22. We look forward to “seeing” you there.


    Peter Hettstedt
    President, BeSpatial

  • December 13, 2021 7:33 PM | Hanna Sjostrom, GISP (Administrator)

    Take Notice that the Annual General Meeting of the Members of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association - Ontario (the "Association") operating as BeSpatial / urisa ontario) will be held as a Virtual Meeting on the 3rd day of May 2022, at the hour of 8:30 a.m.

    Members can view details in the Members area/AGM

    To Register visit:  BeSpatial’22

  • December 12, 2021 3:50 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    We are excited that BeSpatial will be hosting the May 3-4 annual event and Expo on the PheedLoop virtual platform with its many enhanced event features. PheedLoop is positioned as a marketplace leader in delivering a memorable virtual event experience including a robust conference program, exhibit hall with visitations, demos and meetings, networking opportunities and much, much more!  

    The agenda for our program sessions is also shaping up with Day 1 and Day 2 keynotes setting the tone for each day. 

    As in our past onsite events and, in addition to the plenaries, you may choose from a number of morning breakout sessions.  Afternoon  sessions will be a choice to attend one session e.g., a workshop, townhall or seminar on a topic such as health or NG911. 

    A YPN session is planned for those new to the GIS and information community and networking opportunities will be available throughout each day.  There will also be awards, member recognitions and draw prizes! Our popular BeSpatial EXPO will be available for visitations, vendor-spotlight sessions and much more!

    In keeping with our not for profit commitment,  we have adjusted our registration rates to recognize associated costs. We appreciate the ongoing support of our sponsors and members and hope to help accommodate those who may be in a budget crunch during the pandemic. 

    Please take this opportunity to spread the word to your colleagues and encourage them to join you at the event. Let's work together to make this virtual event a grand success! 

    ONLINE REGISTRATION is now open!

    To assist with your planning, our new registration rates for the BeSpatial Annual Event May 3-4 are as follows:

    $20 per student member; $40 student nonmember incl. membership

    $60 Early Bird - per member for full event for groups of three or more includes afternoon sessions; $65 member post early bird excludes afternoon sessions - $30.

    $70 Early Bird - per member for full event includes afternoon sessions; $75 post early bird member rate excludes afternoon sessions - $30.

    $125 nonmember full morning program event excludes afternoon sessions; Afternoon session - $125

    We look forward to seeing you virtually in a few months!

  • December 10, 2021 12:52 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Environics Logo

     (EA) is the premier marketing and analytical services company in North America, 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—to generate deep consumer and market insight, authoritative reports and detailed maps. Environics Analytics' team of 200 statisticians, modellers, geographers and business strategists help organizations develop data-driven solutions and achieve success along every phase of their analytics journey.

  • December 01, 2021 6:10 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    We are counting down the days to May 3-4!

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

    The Final program  is now in place. Click the "BeConnected  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 panel discussion on GISP certification with Tony Spicci, Executive Director of the GISCI certification institute.  

  • December 01, 2021 10:10 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Have you registered yet for the excellent programs being offered this year?

    Take a minute a look at the event offerings on our Engagement page.

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