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  • November 01, 2019 11:47 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)
    2020
    • August 19, 2020, 'Learn what I Learned' , Eastern Section event, Queen's University
    • May  2021 TBA

    BeSpatial'21 Annual Program event and EXPO

    Location: TBA

    Details coming soon!

    Interested in submitting an abstract for a presentation opportunity?

    Click Here 

  • October 08, 2019 5:14 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Sandra Crutcher, BeSpatial, Executive Director and Marikka Williams, BeSpatial Eastern Director.


  • September 14, 2019 9:21 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)


  • September 09, 2019 12:37 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

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    The Data Driven Intelligence Working Group & the Public Sector Service Delivery Council is excited to share the Analytics Playbook. 

    The Analytics Playbook will be an effective tool for sector organizations to get started on their analytics journey as well as advance up the maturity curve to implement more advanced tools and methodologies.

    "We have already heard the document has had an impact in helping jurisdictions advocate internally for leadership buy-in and resources to build analytics capacity. Our plan is to keep this document evergreen and incorporate leading practices and cases as the sector and environment evolves. We look forward to keeping you up to date in the future. We ask you to provide us with relevant use cases you feel would be pertinent."

    Click here for more information.     
  • September 01, 2019 2:06 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    BeSpatial issued a poll on August 14 seeking your input on program topic areas

    We've heard back and the results are below;

    BeSpatial / urisa ontario will be reviewing these topics of interest at our upcoming strategic planning session. Your feedback on this poll is much appreciated!

    Below are geospatial and Information focused topics identified from our BeSpatial'19 post-event survey:

    • Archiving information and digitizing things for future generations. Fun themes like ways of convincing higher ups to buy into a new GIS system or feature.
    • ArcGIS Online and ArcPro demos, other municipalities with their mapping process.
    • AR, leveraging open source software/ GitHub, municipal uses for lidar.
    • Banking industry.
    • BIM/CIM sessions or workshop.
    • Broad swath of speakers that will be working with GIS data (multi-agency dispatchers & responders - OPP, municipal police/fire/paramedics; Bell 9-1-1; CRTC TIF committee; NENA; Esri Canada; dispatch software providers).
    • Commercial business as a theme.
    • Data and application of GIS with data.
    • Education industry.
    • Employee Focused Forum.
    • Environmental topics, include sessions on emerging industries that will affect and/or collaborate with GIS, such as AI.
    • Field Data Collection, Internet Mapping, Methodology/SOP.
    • GIS Management sessions or balancing the advanced technology with departmental stability.
    • Lessons Learned - more content about mistakes we have made in the past / what are our concerns with the directions we are headed into the future / more information on how to educate public better / more information on how to get council and government on board with implementing new ideas.
    • Lidar and drones acquisition.
    • Lightning presentations... an hr session with ~5-10 minute presentations showcasing successful GIS projects.
    • Open Government Open Data AI/Machine Learning in the spatial world.
    • Privacy and data, Future of GIS, Transit / transportation planning, new or soon to release data science tools time saving methods community engagement / partnerships.
    • Smart Cities - How/who should be involved in smart cities
    • Unconventional/expanded uses of GIS software beyond mapping.
    • Utility focused presentations would add interest.
    • What’s trending? - impacts on business decisions Artificial Intelligence and Internet of things, for example and from a Geospatial perspective. Also, intelligence driven by information through analytics / Geospatial solutions.
    • Webinar or 1/2 Full day session opportunities - Sessions were very high-level due to their short time. Would like to see some longer sessions with more detail offered.

    If you have an presentation that would appeal to our geospatial and information community, please complete the presentation submission form or contact John to discuss. Program content is to be public sector and/or industry recognized and non-corporate aligned.

    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.  

  • September 01, 2019 12:00 PM | Deleted user

    GIS Day is a worldwide event held in November! Plan now! It's a day to celebrate GIS in your organization. For resources and ideas visit the GIS Day website.


    Post your event on Linkedin: BeSpatial:  or Twitter: BeSpatailON

  • August 01, 2019 8:05 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    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 | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    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 | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    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 | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

     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

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