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  • October 20, 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    What: Webinar - Next Generation 9-1-1 and GIS

    When:  October 20, Noon-1:00 PM

    GIS data is critical to NG9-1-1 operations.  The CRTC has mandated the development of national specifications for GIS data content, accuracy and currency. These changes will dictate that municipalities and other 9-1-1 data suppliers assess their data holdings and management practices. 

    To better understand the above, the City of Guelph and Esri Canada teamed up to assess the City’s readiness to meet the NG9-1-1 data requirements. 

    This session will:

    • provide an overview of the existing 9-1-1 system and why it needs to change
    • explain the NG9-1-1 system’s critical dependence on GIS data
    • explain the national NG9-1-1 data specifications
    • Guelph-Esri Readiness Assessment:
      • project objectives
      • findings:
        • data management and flow modelling
        • City to NG9-1-1 data model comparison
        • challenges for the City
        • recommendations to address the above


    Alex Brossault, Program Manager of Data and Information Technology, City of Guelph

    Barry Costello, Consultant

  • September 23, 2020 1:11 PM | Anonymous

    The BeSpatial association will be hosting a special virtual "members only" event to carry out the business required for its 2020 AGM (Annual General Meeting). 

    Following the September 23 AGM business meeting,  a presentation featuring our northern director,  Paul Beach from award winning Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre’s Acorn Information Solutions (AIS) Group that will highlight the Sault Ste. Marie's GIS Based Vulnerable Persons Registry.

    The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre’s Acorn Information Solutions (AIS) Group and the City of Sault Ste. Marie initiated discussions concerning the development of a Vulnerable Persons Registry (VPR) after the unfortunate passing of Lewis Wheelan during the 2003 North American electrical grid blackout. Lewis had passed away during the blackout because he was electric dependent, needing air conditioning to cool his body.

    Through significant efforts and partnership building, AIS launched the Salt Ste. Marie VPR in 2011. The VPR is a  free, voluntary and confidential registry for persons at greater risk during an emergency or disaster. A secure communication tool provides GIS based data to local first responders and the local power distribution company with the key information they need to help increase one’s safety during the following situations: power outages, home emergencies and large scale emergencies.

    Best Challenge Awards ceremony and Lightning Round for BeSpatial'20 Sponsors and Exhibitors

    A Best Challenge Awards ceremony will be held at this event.  There will also be a lightning round opportunity will be available for BeSpatial'20 sponsors and exhibitors. Contact Andrew for details.

    Not a BeSpatial member but interested in attending?  Update your membership status today!

    Apply for membership   Membership will cover the remainder of 2020 and the full year 2021.

    Keep your eye out for more information and registration is now live for members. New members are welcomed!

  • July 01, 2020 10:20 AM | Anonymous

    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

  • June 28, 2020 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    New webinar postings now available to view:

    Recordings can be found in Member’s Area under Presentations – 2020 Webinars as well as prior years.

    Bookmark the Events page for info and registration.

  • June 26, 2020 2:28 PM | Anonymous

    Check out our Career's page  for Job board opportunities, upcoming community career development opportunities.

    New GoGeomatics Virtual Events

    New dates have been announced for a GeoIgnite Online 2020 event and the Canadian Geospatial Virtual Career Seminars.

  • June 24, 2020 3:38 PM | Anonymous

    Here's a chance to highlight new initiatives and events in our BeSpatial geospatial and information community!

    Opportunity for our sponsors, sustaining and corporate members to get featured in our monthly e-News!

    Profiles will be included in e-News on a first-come first-served basis according to your membership status.  Visit the Profiles page to view past featured partners.

    Book now to secure your spot in one of the remaining 2020 profile months or for 2021 (assigned per membership renewal status). 

    Please email Susan and include a 250-word profile about your company or a project that you are working on that might be of interest.   Feel free to include your corporate logo.  Then, keep an eye on the e-News and the Profiles page!

    Corporate and Regular members

    interested in promoting your company on our site for the full year? Consider upgrading to a Sustaining or Sponsor level

    For more details, visit: Sponsors and Sustaining Options Page

  • June 10, 2020 2:41 PM | Anonymous

    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.

  • May 14, 2020 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    Home  -view a list of scheduled webinars 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.  

  • May 06, 2020 1:57 PM | Anonymous

    Details to follow

  • April 26, 2020 3:17 PM | Anonymous

    Reminder - Webinar NG 9-1-1 Data Preparedness Follow-up Poll:

    Please tell us a bit about your NG 9-1-1 plans by answering our Poll  (link is: https://arcg.is/DSuu0)

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