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  • August 30, 2019 8:31 AM | Anonymous

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    2018 has been a busy year for BeSpatial / urisa ontario with many live events and webinars! As we approach the end of the year, perhaps you’ll find a few minutes to review a presentation or check out a recorded webinar from 2018.

    In April, 2018, BeSpatial visited Thunder Bay for the Northern Ontario GIS Users Event, a first for the association. Presentations from the conference included:

    In May, 2018, the Annual General Meeting and BeSpatial’18 conference was held in Mississauga.  Many of the presentations from the event are available in the BeSpatial’18 Presentation Archive. Check out a presentation you may have missed from the conference. Dr. Lauriault’s keynote presentation Towards Open Smart Cities is so full of useful information; it’s a great reference if you missed anything during her presentation.

    Our Conference also included two exciting and informative workshops:

    • LiDAR 201 – Applications of LiDAR Data –Mobile, Bathymetric, UAV Point Cloud and more, these presentations covered many ways that LiDAR data can be used.
    • Preparing your Data for Smart Cities using FME 2018 – you had to be there to experience this hands on workshop!

    In June 2018, the association hosted the webinar: Implementation of an Enterprise-wide Common Street Address Database.  John Bacon, City of Hamilton and Marc Curtis, AGSI explain the creation of an authoritative, integrated and maintained source for address data at the City.

    Back to School in September had us hosting a back-to-school LiDAR Webinar: Published LiDAR Specifications and How to Use Them. Included in this session was a detailed description of the various specifications. In addition, we sponsored all of the Ontario GoGeomatics Back to School Socials and added over 60 new student members. 

    In November, we hosted a webinar from the award winning Town of East Gwillimbury: Management and Development Dashboarding for a Rapidly Growing Municipality. Carolynne Saxton, GIS Coordinator from the Town provided an overview of their internationally recognized solution.

    And just last week, the association hosted an applied LiDAR workshop, LiDAR 301 – How do I do it? Software Applications

    All of the BeSpatial presentation archives are available through the Members Section of the BeSpatial website. 

    2019 promises to be a busy year yet again.  The association will be hosting a ‘BeEmployed’ webinar on February 14, 2018.  This webinar is for students, recent graduates and those new to the geospatial and information community. This promises to be an amazing learning and networking opportunity for your colleague who is looking to break into Your industry! Please spread the word.

    BeSpatial will be hosting an event centered around geospatial and information management in the health industry on February 20, 2019. We are still recruiting speakers – submit your presentation idea!

    The Annual General Meeting and BeSpatial’19 Annual Meeting Program and Expo promises to be an exciting event. Save the Date: May 1&2 at the Bayview Golf and Country Club, Thornhill.  Have you considering sharing your work? Submit your presentation idea for BeSpatial’19!

    On behalf of BeSpatial, we wish you Peace, Joy and Happiness through the holiday season. We look forward to connecting again in 2019!


  • August 01, 2019 8:05 PM | Anonymous

    BeSpatial Website Redesign

    Help us redesign our website. We are working with a team from Miami University to redesign our site and we need your input. Please help us organize the content on our website in to groupings that make sense to you. The activity shouldn’t take any longer than 10 minutes to complete.

    Click here to access the survey. 

  • July 14, 2019 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    Dear fellow BeSpatial / urisa ontario members,

    I am so excited to be your new President. I had to think back, but the last time I was President, it was of Maids Hall, Women’s residence at the University of Guelph a long, long time ago! I have been working the GeoSpatial field since Graduating from Sir Sandford Fleming in 1998. I have worked in GIS software with Avenza, cartographic map production at Western University, photogrammetric map production at Triathlon, and for the last 10 years, LiDAR business development with Airborne Imaging.  

    My membership with BeSpatial Ontario, has always been a complement to my “day” job, especially through attending the AGM and various seminars over the years. I have been a member on and off for several years, however became Eastern Section Director in 2017. It has always been a way for me to stay connected with new technology and people in the industry. The key benefits of participating in an Ontario-focused geospatial and information community are to network with folks who have common challenges and share creative and new solutions to those challenges.

    BeSpatial Ontario services include networking and knowledge sharing opportunities with colleagues and industry partners. Membership privileges include discount on events, complimentary webinars, regional events, and an annual program event and workshop with over 250 participants, BeSpatial Ontario works closely with partner associations such as AOLS, GoGeomatics, Go Open Data, MISA to provide added value program offerings.

    During my two year term I would like to focus on 2 things:

    1. I am passionate about helping new graduates be successful in their careers. Over the next two years I plan to help raise our profile with students, increase our student membership by at least 70 more. I would like students to have the opportunity to network within the community and make lasting relationship that will help them in their careers.
    2. I am also interested in raising the profiles of our private sector  and consultant members. We need to hear about what you are doing in the GeoSpatial and information industry. I would like to see more webinars and seminars from these members, partnered with their clients, sharing their real time business solutions to others who would find value in the products and services available.

    I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you at one of our events.

    Sincerely, 

    Susan Muleme Kasumba

  • July 13, 2019 5:40 PM | Anonymous

    BeSpatial'21 Presentations and Event photos are now available for viewing in the Members area. Please sign in to view.

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  • June 17, 2019 11:44 AM | Anonymous

     Back L to R:  Andrew Lyszkiewicz, Strategy & Outreach, Scott Barbacki, Communications, Mirjana Strajin, Programs, Melanie Wawryk, Western Section, Al Little, Immediate Past President, Kyle Murdoch, Northern Section  & Hanna Sjostrom, Member Services, 

    Front L to R: Catherine Fitzgerald, President, Khas Selvarajah, Communications, Irene Rubinstein, Education, Dianne Adams, Finance, Susan Muleme Kasumba, Eastern Section, Sandra Crutcher, Executive Director & Jasna Filipovic, BeSpatial.

    Missing: Brock Kingston, Northern Section, Jeremy Luymes, Web

  • May 06, 2019 5:06 PM | Anonymous

    Ian Williams, Manager of the Business Intelligence and Analytics unit, Toronto Police Services shares success stories on enhanced solutions utilizing its enterprise GIS. Presentations by Jan Kestle, President, Environics; Ed Rubinstein, Director, University Health Network and Dr. Tracey Lauriault, Carleton University add their perspectives to this popular session.

  • May 06, 2019 3:03 PM | Anonymous

    Visualizing SMART Transportation Planning: Transforming Data & Evidence into a Compelling Narrative...Nicholas Day, Director (A), Regional Planning, Metrolinx BeSpatial'19 presentations will soon be available for viewing in the Member's area.

  • May 01, 2019 4:58 PM | Anonymous

    Des Plaines, IL (July 5, 2019)  URISA is pleased to announce that Barry Wellar, C.M., GISP will provide the closing remarks at the GIS Leadership Academy (GLA) in Toronto (August 19-23, 2019). 

    On March 14, 2019, former URISA President (1978) and Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa, Barry Wellar was inducted into the Order of Canada by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. 

    Governor General Payette remarked:

    "Barry Wellar is a trailblazer in the field of geographic information science (GIS). Professor emeritus at the University of Ottawa, he has been a strong advocate for the field’s recognition as a legitimate domain of scientific inquiry as well as a fundamental research tool. He pioneered the use of GIS applications in public-sector planning at all levels of government, particularly within the urban context. His leadership within the field, both in academia and industry, is extensive and lauded."

    In 2011, Barry was inducted into the URISA GIS Hall of Fame.  His contributions as a leader in the field are abundant and we are honored to have his participation at the GIS Leadership Academy in August. 

    The URISA GIS Leadership Academy has enjoyed steady and enthusiastic participation since it was first presented in 2007. Since then, more than 800 GIS professionals have attended the specialized five-day GIS leadership and management training program that focuses on:

    • GIS leadership and management techniques
    • GIS Strategic planning
    • Successful team development
    • Organizational capacity building and sustainability strategies (ROI, innovative funding ideas)
    • Program investment and justification
    • Change management
    • Situation assessment and organizational performance evaluation
    • Ethics and professional challenges
    • Problem solving

    The Academy is taught by GIS leaders (all are GISPs and accomplished in the field). Each GLA includes numerous interactive exercises, team-building tools, and opportunities to delve into topics in a way you cannot do at a large conference. Attendance is limited in size to encourage such interaction with each event capped at about 50 participants.

    For more information, including registration and a detailed agenda, click here

    Mark Your Calendar:

    URISA GIS Leadership Academy - August 19-23, 2019 - Toronto, Ontario Canada

    GIS-Pro 2019 – September 28-October 2, 2019 – New Orleans, Louisiana

  • March 19, 2019 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    Teranet 2020 – Change & Collaboration

    Michael FranschmanSenior Manager, Strategic Accounts, Government & Utilities

    As one of the world’s most advanced land registration systems, we provide services to a network of over 80,000 end users from legal, real estate, financial services plus hundreds of government, utility and commercial organizations.

    As technology evolves within our industry and our customers’ needs and requirements change, Teranet is listening, learning and making changes to support a new way of engagement and a new way of adding more value and return on investment.

    We are proud to announce some major new initiatives at this year’s BeSpatial'20 annual event, providing new services, new solutions and an overall new way of doing business via the collaboration between Teranet, its partners and its customers.

    Please join us for this informative session and discover how your organization can “Collaborate”!

    The Geospatial and Information Community's Annual event

    BeSpatial'20: Preparing for Future Impacts ( mobile, community engagement and AI)

    Join the 2 Day Event Tuesday, May 05 and Wednesday May 06, 2020

    @ The Americana Centre, Lundys Lane, Niagara Falls, ON

    Register BeSpatial'20 - Register for 1 or both days! 
  • March 01, 2019 2:17 PM | Anonymous

     "All data to be useful has to "be spatial"!

    We are excited to announce the venue and theme for BeSpatial'19  

    Smart City - the role of the geospatial and information community in shaping and enabling the transformation to SMART! 

    "It's a great time to be in the geospatial and information community... geospatial solutions in a digital world  are more important than you may think! All data to be useful has to be spatial!"

    Two full days of sessions are planned to address the importance of geospatial and information, at all levels, to the successful realization of the Smart City. The approach will provide opportunities for GIS professionals and practitioners to showcase their initiatives along with insights from the management and executive levels. 

    Date: May 5 & 6, 2020
    Location: The Americana Centre
    Lundys Lane, Niagara Falls, ON

    Who Should Attend?

    The intended audience for this 2 day event includes public and private sector with participants from the federal, provincial, regional and municipal levels,  IT leaders, GIS professionals and practitioners, , economic development professionals, city managers, CAO’s, CFO’s, mayors, reeves, wardens, chairs and senior staff – from large, small, rural and first nations municipalities.  Other key stakeholders include community activists and visionaries from the private and not-for-profit sectors.

    Topics

    The topics are of interest to various levels - executives, management, technical and across disciplines.  There are many diverse cross-discipline initiatives underway in areas such as planning and development, transportation, infrastructure, environment, open data, open government, data applications and tools (LiDAR, BIM, data collection sensors), monitoring, managing and analyzing everything spatial. Central to these initiatives is access to spatial information and analysis that is up-to-date and easily available to facilitate collaboration and achieve the efficiencies that a smarter city envisions. Following is a sample of one of our program highlights:

    Some critical topic areas to be addressed:

    • Legal and Political Challenges in Data Collection and Access
    • Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions
    • Community Broadband and Economic Development
    • Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities
    • Benchmarking Leading Practices in Service Delivery, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge
    • Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

    If you want to be participate in one of these hot topic areas, the Call for presentations is Now open!

    Watch for more details coming soon about these special executive panel forums addressing "Challenges and Opportunities".  Other experts in the geospatial and information community are being drawn together to discuss various aspects of information management, Smart Cities and the global move to open and smart! 

    Keynote(s), Presentations, Panels, Workshops, Exhibits and Showcases

    The Geospatial and Information community is actively engaged in many diverse building block initiatives that are supporting and shaping the smart city. A broader understanding of the significance of these spatial initiatives within an organization is required to realize the benefits from this potential and enable a smarter city. The presentations will speak to the critical role that the geospatial and information community plays in the evolution of the smart city. 

    Call for Presentations are now open.  Contact: Sponsorship Opportunities  to receive more details

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