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  • 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.

    Sincerely,

    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)

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    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.

  • December 01, 2021 9:00 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    BeSpatial'22

    • When: May 3-4, 2022 
    • Where: Virtual

    BeSpatial'22 overall theme is BeConnected

    con·nec·tion

    /kəˈnekSH(ə)n/

    • a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else.

    • the connections between social attitudes and productivity

    • Real-world connections draw from, or upon, actual objects, events, experiences and situations to effectively address a concept, problem or issue. It involves learning allows students to actually experience or practice concepts and skills, as opposed to learning that is theoretical or idealistic.

    • Social connection can lower anxiety and depression, help us regulate our emotions, lead to higher self-esteem and empathy, and actually improve our immune systems. By neglecting our need to connect, we put our health at risk.

    • Connection helps us to feel responsible – for ourselves and for each other. Without connection, this feeling of responsibility can fade and we may lose sight of our shared purpose and values. This is the consequence of isolation and disconnection.

    If you’re eager to be part of this exciting agenda, you are invited to submit for a presentation opportunity at the geospatial and information community's annual Ontario event. Click here to submit your abstract for BeSpatial'22.

  • November 30, 2021 8:00 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Be Spatial/ urisa ontario is excited to announce that BeSpatial’22, our geospatial community's 35th Annual General Meeting, program event and Expo will be on May 3 & 4. The decision to meet virtually reflects our continued concern for you and the collective safety of your family and community.  

    Theme: BeConnected will be our theme. Please join us to explore the power of connecting data, technology and people for a lasting impact on business growth.

    Note: This is a 1 full virtual event being offered May 3 & 4 over two 7 hour days.  One event registration will include full access to each day's 4 hour morning program streams that will focus on technical, business, management/executive presentations. Plus, there's our popular Industry partners EXPO with all day vendor presentations. 

    The two afternoons will each offer a choice to attend a 2-3 hour single topic session, for example, health or NG911. These sessions may be in the format of a  workshop, townhall, panel and/or seminar session.

    Note: Early bird registrations include full access to morning and afternoon sessions on both days. Post early bird registrations will require a $30 fee for members to register for one of the afternoon sessions. 

    Date: May 3 & 4, 2022 - Two 7 hour days - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm each day

    Location: Virtual event.

    Early Bird Registration: Member "early bird rates" includes complimentary access to afternoon sessions. 

    Interested in submitting an abstract for a presentation opportunity? Click here

    Interested in participating as an exhibitor or Sponsor?

    Contact: BeSpatial

    More details to come! Stay tuned.


  • October 29, 2021 4:24 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)
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    Open for submissions year round up until the February 13 closing date - Awards will be presented at the annual BeSpatial meeting in May.

    Visit the Awards and Recognition web page to see past award winners and how you can participate at BeSpatial'22.

    Call for submissions to our annual BeSpatial awards. This is an opportunity to showcase your Best by entering in the Best Challenge Award recognizing current initiatives and successes within the our geospatial and information community .

    Please add your comments below or email us.

    For more info, email Alex - BCA awards 

    BeSpatial'22
    • When: Date of event: May 3-4
    • Where: Virtual
  • October 29, 2021 11:27 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    NOTICE TO MEMBERS ONLY

    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 take place  on the

    3rd of May, 2022 at the hour of 8:30 a.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 (pending approval of motion to dispense for Year End 2023 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.

    You are reminded that you have a right to vote on the aforementioned matters by proxy. Members who are unable to attend the meeting either in person or virtual (webinar) are requested to complete, date and sign the enclosed form of proxy, detach and return it forthwith by email or mail to Secretary, BeSpatial / urisa ontario, 15 Thornlea Road, Thornhill, Ontario  L3T 1X2.

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