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  • January 04, 2021 12:01 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)
    BeSpatial'21 Annual Program event, Executive presentations and EXPO
    May 4 & 5, 2021
    beResilient LogoBeSpatial’21 is going virtual! 

    1 full event over two 4 hour days (8:30 am - 1:00 pm); Workshops and Special events planned for the PM

      • March 15, 2021, midnight -  deadline for abstract submission(s) 

    Note: abstracts will be posted online in the program highlights area as approved. 

    The preliminary agenda with designated speakers and presentation times will be posted post March 15.

    We are Resilient! Our members would like to hear how your organization has persevered through the pandemic and shown resiliency. Topics can include:

    • How your operations have changed in response to the pandemic with respect to field data collection, and contact with the general public.
    • Your IT department; how you met the challenge of moving employees to home offices and how you deal with continuing IT issues.
    • Unconventional and expanded uses of GIS software beyond mapping.
    • Lessons Learned – how your organization has solved a problem related to geospatial and how you have used decision making information analytics.
    • What are your concerns with the directions we are headed into the post-pandemic future?
    • How to educate the public and how to get council and government on board with implementing new ideas.
    • Innovative projects that have been completed successfully using geospatial and information analytics.

    Contact John by email asap with your Intention to present.

    Abstract Submission - Please complete the online form.

  • January 01, 2021 11:27 AM | Sandra Crutcher (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 take place  on the

    4th of May, 2021 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 2022 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.

  • December 01, 2020 8:00 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    beResilient LogoBe Spatial/ urisa ontario is inviting you to join us at its 34th AGM (Annual General Meeting), program event, executive session and EXPO.  Workshop opportunities in the PM.

    Theme: Resiliency: A glimpse into the geospatial future with creative strategies and approaches for geospatial and information professionals. 

    Focus:  New technology implementations, location-based intelligence and workforce management.  

    Date: May 4 & 5, 2021 - Two 4 hour days - 8:30 am - 1:00 pm each day

    Location: Virtual Conference, EXPO and Workshops

    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 15, 2020 3:38 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Opportunity for our sponsors, sustaining and corporate members to get featured in our monthly e-News!

    Profiles will be included in e-News on a first-come first-served basis according to your membership status.  Visit the Profiles page to view past featured partners.

    Book now to secure your spot in one of the remaining 2020 profile months or for 2021 (assigned per membership renewal status). 

    Please email Susan and include a 250-word profile about your company or a project that you are working on that might be of interest.   Feel free to include your corporate logo.  Then, keep an eye on the e-News and the Profiles page!

    Corporate and Regular members

    interested in promoting your company on our site for the full year? Consider upgrading to a Sustaining or Sponsor level

    For more details, visit: Sponsors and Sustaining Options Page

  • October 01, 2020 8:00 AM | Hanna Sjostrom (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 Dec 11th, will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $25 Starbucks gift card.

    Survey now closed!  

    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.

  • September 23, 2020 12:00 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Best Challenge Awards ceremony and Lightning Round for BeSpatial'20 Sponsors and Exhibitors was the highlight of the BeSpatial association September 23 Annual General meeting.

    Congratulations!  2020 BCA (Best Challenge Award Winners)

    • Best public sector GIS- Town of East Gwillimbury,  Carolynne Saxton

    • Best Web GIS - City of Richmond Hill, Danny Bainbridge

    • Best Innovation in GIS- City of Kitchener, Dianne Adams

    • Honorable Mention- City of Vaughan, Jimmy Yovanovski

    Sponsors and Exhibitors Lightening Round. Thank you for your participation!

    ● Esri Canada - Iain Greensmith , Account Manager, Education

    ● Teranet - Michael Franschman, Senior Manager

    ● Consortech - François Laganière, Vice-President

    ● AOLS - Maureen Mountjoy, Deputy Registrar

    ● First Base Solutions - Peter Hettstedt, Business Development

    ● Public Sector Digest - Cliff Patterson, Senior GIS Consultant

    ● Spatial DNA - Todd Lewis, President & CEO

    Although the following companies could not join us today, we recognize them as exhibit supporters of our event. A special thanks to Cansel, Fanshawe College and VertiGIS -  GeoCortex (former Latitude).

    Apply for membership today!   Membership will cover the remainder of 2020 and the full year 2021.

  • September 03, 2020 2:28 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Check out our Career's page  for Job board opportunities, upcoming community career development opportunities.

    New GoGeomatics Virtual Events

    New dates have been announced for a GeoIgnite Online 2020 event and the Canadian Geospatial Virtual Career Seminars.

  • July 01, 2020 10:20 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    A COVID related application was developed and is being updated by the University of Toronto in cooperation with the University of Guelph and the Sick Kids Hospital Toronto.

    Impressive group effort using GitHub. They have been using data from local Public Health agencies posted on open data sites and Open Street Map. Clearest visualization of probably the most reliable data.

    Here it is:  COVID Canada

  • June 10, 2020 2:41 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    YPN Social Network

    BeSpatial has launched its LinkedIn and Facebook pages for the Young Professionals Network where members can connect and share with each other. We will be posting resources that will help to educate, engage and grow young professionals. During COVID-19 members are also encouraged to share and discuss about the affect the pandemic has had on their life and operation of work.

    LinkedIn: BeSpatial Young Professional Network

    Facebook: BeSpatial Young Professional Network

    About the YPN?

    The Young Professional Network consists of a cross-section of new GIS professionals that have been working in a public or private sector organization for 1-7 years. This community includes recent graduates and more experienced professionals just beginning to leverage geospatial technology. Young professionals in this community have a diverse range of experience and skill sets.

    YPN Update from the BeSpatial's May 5th Virtual Town Hall meeting

    COVID-19 has been a crisis that has impacted professionals of all ages. This has been entirely new territory for all of us. While we all might be experiencing this together, young professionals are at a bigger disadvantage. Having not experienced working through a recession before, young professionals and those newly graduating are faced with a difficult challenge.

    Companies have transitioned to work from home and increased safety measures have been put into place for essential field workers. Companies have offered support programs to help improve access to workplace wellness resources and support essential workers during this difficult time. The way young professionals work and complete their jobs has changed. Where there once was in person staff meetings there are now web meetings and conference calls.

    For many young professionals working from home previously was unfamiliar territory that comes with its own set of challenges. To overcome these challenges young professionals have been resilient finding new ways to work and communicate with others effectively. This includes setting up a dedicated workspace, maintaining a schedule, making use of breaks during the work day and increased communication with team members. Overall young workers are adapting to the ever changing work environment leveraging new technology and assisting with the transition where possible.

    Interested in joining or volunteering with the YPN?

    Contact Brooke

    Please feel free to add your comments below to this blog.

  • May 06, 2020 1:57 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Details to follow

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