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  • 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.

  • October 29, 2021 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

  • October 28, 2021 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.

  • October 10, 2021 11:28 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Home  -A list of scheduled webinars will be posted in the “Save the Date” section on the Home page . We'd like to hear from you!

    Want to Register? Engagement

    BeSpatial / urisa ontario is currently scheduling an ongoing series of webinars for the current program year in monthly noon hour sessions. The webinar content is to be public sector and/or industry recognized and non-corporate aligned.

    If you have a presentation that would appeal to our geospatial and information community, please complete the webinar submission form or contact John to discuss.

    If you are a private sector partner, please consider inviting a public sector client to co-present with you. Sponsored opportunities for the private sector are available.  

  • August 27, 2021 5:12 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)
    • President, Executive Committee: Peter Hettstedt
    • Vice President, Executive Committee: Melanie Wawryk
    • Finance/ Treasurer, Executive Committee: Alex Brossault
    • Membership/ Secretary, Executive Committee: Hanna Sjostrom
    • BeSpatial/AGM Project Management, Executive Committee: Wendy Baldin
    • Programs, Executive Committee: John Bacon
    • Web Executive Committee: Jeff Norris
    • BeSpatial/AGM and Event Logistics: Mohamed Nishath
    • Strategy & Outreach: Susan Muleme Kasumba, Past President
    • Communication: Gayathri (Gaya) Ganesan
    • Education: Iain Greensmith
    • Eastern Section: Marikka Williams
    • Western Section: Melanie Wawryk
    • Northern Section: Paul Beach & Krista Bullock
    • Director at Large: Andrew Lyszkiewicz
    • Director at Large: Joel Meier
    • Director at Large: James Burn
    • Director at Large (YPN): Brooke Hickmott

    Welcome New Board of Directors

    Welcome to the board Peter Hettstedt, Jeff Norris, James Burn and Joel Meier! We're excited to have such talented professionals join us in moving BeSpatial forward. Stay tuned for their director profiles to come in future eNews.

  • August 20, 2021 1:35 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)


    Joel started his GIS education at the University of Guelph. Then attended Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) and graduated with a specialty in remote sensing. After COGS Joel graduated with a Master's of Science from a joint program between The University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. For the past 5 years Joel has been working in municipal GIS but also has experience at the federal level and within the private sector. Joel's main passions within GIS are RPAS and business intelligence. 

    Board position and email: Director-at-large 

  • August 13, 2021 11:37 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    James Burn, LET, C.E.T., CGS, GISP, EP

    James attended Brock University where he received his B.Sc. in Environmental Geology, and later attended Niagara College receiving a post graduate certificate in GIS and Geospatial Management.

    Over the past 20+ years, James has worked in the engineering field in both the public and private sectors and is currently the GIS Lead and a partner at GM BluePlan Engineering. In this position, he supports core engineering services as well as the Infrastructure Planning, Hydraulic Modeling and Asset Management teams.

    James is a Licensed and Certified Engineering Technologist in geomatics as recognized by the PEO and OACETT respectively and is also certified with the Canadian Institute of Geomatics in Geospatial Management and GIS/LIS in addition to being a certified GISP.

    Company and Position

    GM BluePlan Engineering Limited - GIS Lead, Partner

    Board position and email: Director at-large

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