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  • 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

  • November 30, 2018 5:56 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Member, On behalf of the association Board, I am pleased to take this opportunity to share the immediate rebranding of the Urban and Regional Information System Association of Ontario (URISA Ontario) as ‘BeSpatial, The Geospatial and Information Community’. This rebranding does not change the existing membership or sponsorship options.  

    Click here to read the full letter

  • September 26, 2018 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Latest

    Check them out in the Member's area !



  • June 02, 2018 10:00 AM | Deleted user
     GIS Innovation - Gold
    City of Sault Ste. Marie
    Automation of notification to customers for planned and unplanned water and electric events
     
    GIS Innovation - Silver
    City of Cambridge
    Online tools to track discarded injection drug debris for rapid response for public safety
     
    Best Web - Gold
    Oak Ridges Moraine Groundwater Program
    Public Mapping Portal
     
    Best Web - Silver
    Source Protection Programs Branch (SPPB), Land Resources Cluster (LRC) and Upper Thames Conservation Authority (UTRCA)
    Source Protection Information Atlas
     
    Best Web - Bronze
    Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
    Fish ON-Line
     
    Best Public Sector - Gold
    Town of East Gwillimbury
    Use of GIS technology to enhance the Town’s ability to visualize, monitor and report on the status of new developments by managing workflows
     

    Best Public Sector - Silver
    Town of Orangeville
    Newly set up GIS section with impressive advancements in just 2 years

     

    Best Public Sector - Bronze
    City of Brampton
    Launch of new public GeoHUB for Open Data, Citizen Engagement and Transparency

     
    GIS Leadership Award
    Andrew Lyszkiewicz
     
    2018 Student Bursary
    Nebyu Woldeyohanes
    Honours Geography Degree in Environmental Management, Nipissing University
    Studying Invasive Plant Distribution by Using GIS: Identification and Impacts of Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) on Lake Tana, Ethiopia.


     
    2018 App Winner
    Newmarket - Locate My Plow
    Nick Koopman - Town of Newmarket
     
    2018 Map Winner
    Growth Management Plan
    City of Kitchener Staff
     
       

    A special thank you to URISA Ontario's Executive Director Sandra Crutcher who received a standing ovation that was captured with a selfie!



    Many attendees walked away with a prize given out by BeSpatial's Exhibitors. The winner of the Early Bird Grand Prize, a Bose Bluetooth Speaker, was Melissa Allin from the City of Brampton!


  • May 01, 2018 10:33 AM | Deleted user

    The sun literally shone on this conference - it was the first day of true springtime weather in the Greater Toronto Area. The Communications, Culture and Technology building of the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, was an ideal venue for the day with its massive windows that let in lots of light and its easily accessible outdoor spaces. Appropriately for a meeting of spatial specialists, the interior layout of the building could be a fun challenge to one’s wayfinding skills.


    President Catherine Fitzgerald led a brisk Annual General Meeting with an overview of URISA and its achievements during the past year, and a look ahead to its goals. President Fitzgerald also announced that URISA will be re-branded to BeSpatial with the launch of a new communications campaign. All committees will offer opportunities for members to participate in this new direction.

    The conference had four themes:

    • Data Driven Decision Making and Data Management
    • GIS Strategy and Projects
    • Open Data and Imagery
    • Solutions Development

    View Presentations 

    There were 23 sessions in all and with each lasting 30 minutes, it was possible to attend a good mix of sessions according to one’s interests, with a lot of networking in between sessions.  Another option was to check out the exhibitions by Esri Canada, Teranet, Consortech, The Association of Land Surveyors, Cansel and First Base Solutions.

    BeSpatial ‘18 wrapped up with awards and door prizes and transitioned to BeSocial ’18 at the UTM campus pub.

    Be sure to complete the BeSpatial ’18 evaluation survey!  Your feedback will help us improve future events and can assist us in providing more value to the membership.

    BeSpatial Evaluation Survey

    Photos of BeSpatial ’18 can be downloaded from:

    BeSpatial Photos

    Mark your calendar for BeSpatial ’19 in May 2019!


    Keynote Speaker

    Tracey P. Lauriault of Carleton University presented the keynote “Towards an Open Smart City”.  A concept related to the Internet of Things, Smart Cities have large numbers of electronic data collection sensors throughout an urban area in order to better manage assets and resources.

    This engaging talk covered the many complex issues emerging from the development of Smart Cities, particularly transparency, privacy and data residency.  Currently, city governments do not control their city’s smart grids.  Most of the technologies are developed and owned by private foreign corporations, who collect different data and have different data structures.  While Smart Cities present vast opportunities for better understanding and managing urban processes – everything from traffic flows to crime and safety – care must be taken to ensure that the data collected is stored and shared in appropriate ways.  Who governs the Smart City? is a question that has yet to be answered.

    Professor Lauriault pointed out that all technology exists in a social, political and economic context, but is not necessarily suited to addressing social, political or economic problems.  Additionally there are concerns about public resources being diverted from social programs towards investments in Smart City technology.  Public-Private Partnerships may be an option for financing smart grids.

    Calling for greater participation among geospatial professionals towards the development of Smart Cities, Professor Lauriault said they are by training ideal partners for the project.  Data management and spatial analysis are our mainstays, and so we will have insights into the best ways to leverage the new streams of data from smart grids.



  • March 01, 2018 12:38 PM | Anonymous

    Northern Ontario GIS Users Event

    Presented by URISA Ontario          Event Sponsors:

       

    Date: April 25, 2018

    Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

    Place: Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay

    Join your Northern Ontario geospatial peers for a day of learning best practices, networking, new concepts and technology advances. Focusing on the use of GIS in Northern Ontario, this event will feature presentations from GIS practitioners across many private and public industries.

    If you are interested in contributing to the event, there are some speaking spots still open! We want to hear about your real world experience solving problems with a geospatial approach. 

    Limited Presentation opportunities still available:

    Submit your presentation idea

    Registration is OPEN!

  • November 24, 2017 11:59 AM | Anonymous

    Visit the Member's area to view the Presentations

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