BeSpatial 2021 

AGM and Expo - May 4th & 5th | Virtual Event 


Program Highlights

BeSpatial'21 overall event theme is Resilience

Resilience ( ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s)

    • an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
    • the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity
    • the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness

Resilience is made up of five pillars: self-awareness, mindfulness, self-care, positive relationships & purpose.

Speaker Spotlight

Message from the President

Dear BeSpatial supporter ,

I hope you are well, keeping busy and most importantly, keeping SAFE!

I am writing to make sure you know that our BeSpatial Virtual Annual Event and Expo is to be held over two half day morning sessions, May 4 and 5th, 2021 with workshop opportunities offered in the afternoon.

We are thrilled that Alex Miller, President, Esri Canada and  Biju Misra, Director, Transformation/Operations at Enbridge, both recognized transformation and strategic leaders, will be our keynote speakers for the event.

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.

We look forward to an exciting and informative event.



Susan Muleme Kasumba, Your BeSpatial President


May 4 & 5, 2021:
BeSpatial'21 Virtual AGM, annual program event

 EXPO with workshop and presentation opportunities


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The BeSpatial event is an annual event for the geospatial and information community. The event offers program sessions, executive presentations, industry updates and an expo showcase. The event attracts attendees from a diverse cross-section of public and private disciplines: Geospatial (GIS) professionals and Information service (IT/IS) managers, engineers, surveyors, consultants, analysts, technicians, technologists, specialists, professors and students.

BeSpatial'21 Program Theme

As competing pressures, disruptive tools and a dizzying array of new options force organizations into the future, professionals in many disciplines need to be resilient. They need to think strategically about how to prepare themselves and their organizations for a bumpy road ahead. The ongoing digital transformation changes everything we do.

Geospatial has a strong future. Your participation is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase how your organization has been dealing with business challenges by using the location of anything, which is increasingly becoming everything.

The BeSpatial ’21 virtual conference provides an opportunity for geospatial professionals to showcase their achievements, best practices and challenges preparing for and adapting to the predicted and unpredicted changes in future. 

Our presenters will focus on topics that will help your fellow geospatial community members and other participants to look into the glimpses of the geospatial future including creative strategies, geospatial intelligence, technological trends, legal issues, open data and stewardship.

Our 2-days conference is designed to help geospatial and information professionals to:

•   power their business by turning data into knowledge

•   develop geospatial data and technology mindset

•   determine how to optimize business results by implementing location intelligence

•   prepare for the next wave of geospatial technologies

•   find out what new developments will influence the digital transformation

•   prepare for a new type of jobs which will require new skills and a high degree of adaptability

Who Should Attend?

The intended audience for this 1 day virtual 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.

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BeSpatial'21 is offered over two 4 hour days 8:30 am - 1:00pm. It will be a virtual program including executive presentations with experts in the geospatial and information community. An informative event that has been drawn together to discuss various aspects of our topic. 

Keynote(s), Presentations, Executive Forum
Sponsors, Exhibits and Showcases

The geospatial and information community is actively engaged in many diverse initiatives. A broader understanding of the significance of these spatial initiatives within an organization is required to realize these benefits today and in the future. The presentations will speak to the critical role that the community will play!

Want to BeEngaged? Here is how:

Call for Presentations for In-Year events  

Sponsorship / EXPO  

Best Challenge Awards

MApps (Maps and Apps) Awards 

Student Bursary Award

Sponsorship Opportunities - e-mail: BeSpatial

We would love to hear from you. Please e-mail: BeSpatial with any questions!

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