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  • February 16, 2022 11:45 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Implementing a Geospatial Performance Improvement Strategy provides a solid foundation for delivering innovative new solutions to stakeholders and increasing the reach of GIS departments and geospatial data.

    In this presentation, we will define this concept and how its main contributing components (data, technology, processes, people and governance) interact from the point of view of applying automation to seek organizational efficiencies. Use cases will be presented where automation has minimized time-consuming and tedious tasks and where integration has allowed for the combination of sources (geospatial and non-geospatial) to break down silos and create new opportunities.

    Presenter: Lesley MacKenzie, Director of Innovation, Technologies and Strategies, Consortech.  Email 

    Lesley MacKenzie graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. Passionate about geomatics, she has been working in this field for over 22 years and has become a world-renowned reference with FME technology. Throughout the years, she has designed a novel concept of governance and use of best practices with this technology.

    At Consortech, Lesley leads the consulting team in optimizing the use of FME and ArcGIS and accompanying clients towards geospatial performance. As Director of Innovation, Technologies and Strategies, she is responsible for the technological watch and is in constant contact with the Safe Software development team. Lesley also provides high-level consulting services such as strategic analysis, migration of GIS environments to the Cloud and management of large-scale development projects.

  • February 15, 2022 4:08 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    AirPod Pro

    We're excited to announce that early bird registration (up until March 24) will give you a chance to win a fantastic AirPod Pro draw prize!

    In addition, a limited number of workshop seats are available to members up to March 24 at no cost. Please sign in and register separately for the workshop.

    Interest in the program is high with presentation spots quickly filling up  the 20+ sessions being offered. Bookmark the Programs Spotlight area for breaking news about our presentations

    BeSpatial'22 is a once a year opportunity that will provide you with professional development , valuable information and updates about what is happening in your field, a chance to visit with exhibitors to learn about their new products and services and networking with others in the geospatial and information community and much more... 

  • January 05, 2022 11:58 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    BeSpatial'22

    BeSpatial Ontario is excited to announce that Nora Young will provide the opening address at BeSpatial'22 to be held May 3-4, 2022.

    Nora Young,  Host of CBC Radio’s Spark | Author of The Virtual Self

    Nora Young is the host and the creator of Spark, a national radio show and podcast about technology and culture, which airs on CBC Radio. She was the founding host of CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera, where she often discussed topics related to new media and technology.

    Her work has also appeared online, on television, and in print. As a journalist, author, and speaker, Nora explores how new technology shapes the way we understand ourselves and the world around us. Her book, The Virtual Self, focuses on the explosion of data about our behaviours, thoughts, opinions and actions.

     She’s a casual blogger and committed hobby podcaster

  • December 16, 2021 3:01 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Dear BeSpatial Members,

    As the year draws to a close, I wanted to take the opportunity to offer my heartfelt thanks to you all for your continued support of our organization. We recognize that in these challenging and often uncertain times, such support is not always assured.

    We were therefore somewhat nervous about staging our first virtual AGM this past May, but delighted and amazed at the excellent turnout and feedback we received from attendees. The responses we received from our post-event survey was extremely encouraging as well.

    Since then, the BeSpatial Board had many long and involved discussions on how we would stage our upcoming AGM in May 2022. We all strived to get back to a live event, but in light of the frequent setbacks we as a society have had in our ongoing struggle to contain and move on from CoVID-19, the Board had to take the difficult decision to once again stage a virtual event. However, the good news is that with the experience we gained through our inaugural virtual event, we are confident we can make BeSpatial ’22 even better.

    The theme we have selected is “BeConnected”, focusing on how organizations cooperate/collaborate in geospatial and data implementations. We feel strongly that there is an abundance of topics and sub-themes that fit well under this overall theme, and we encourage our members and their organizations to submit abstracts that align with this. A first call for presentations was sent out at the end of November, so please consider sharing your experiences with our members. We would love to hear from you.

    Lastly, I wanted to give a quick thanks to our Board members and Executive Director, without whom none of this would be possible. There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes, and their passion and dedication is inspiring.

    And with that, my colleagues on the Board and I would like to wish you and your families the very best for the upcoming holidays, and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. We hope you can join us for BeSpatial ’22. We look forward to “seeing” you there.

    Sincerely,

    Peter Hettstedt
    President, BeSpatial

  • December 12, 2021 3:50 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    We are excited that BeSpatial will be hosting the May 3-4 annual event and Expo on the PheedLoop virtual platform with its many enhanced event features. PheedLoop is positioned as a marketplace leader in delivering a memorable virtual event experience including a robust conference program, exhibit hall with visitations, demos and meetings, networking opportunities and much, much more!  

    The agenda for our program sessions is also shaping up with Day 1 and Day 2 keynotes setting the tone for each day. 

    As in our past onsite events and, in addition to the plenaries, you may choose from a number of morning breakout sessions.  Afternoon  sessions will be a choice to attend one session e.g., a workshop, townhall or seminar on a topic such as health or NG911. 

    A YPN session is planned for those new to the GIS and information community and networking opportunities will be available throughout each day.  There will also be awards, member recognitions and draw prizes! Our popular BeSpatial EXPO will be available for visitations, vendor-spotlight sessions and much more!

    In keeping with our not for profit commitment,  we have adjusted our registration rates to recognize associated costs. We appreciate the ongoing support of our sponsors and members and hope to help accommodate those who may be in a budget crunch during the pandemic. 

    Please take this opportunity to spread the word to your colleagues and encourage them to join you at the event. Let's work together to make this virtual event a grand success! 

    ONLINE REGISTRATION is now open!

    To assist with your planning, our new registration rates for the BeSpatial Annual Event May 3-4 are as follows:

    $20 per student member; $40 student nonmember incl. membership

    $60 Early Bird - per member for full event for groups of three or more includes afternoon sessions; $65 member post early bird excludes afternoon sessions - $30.

    $70 Early Bird - per member for full event includes afternoon sessions; $75 post early bird member rate excludes afternoon sessions - $30.

    $125 nonmember full morning program event excludes afternoon sessions; Afternoon session - $125

    We look forward to seeing you virtually in a few months!

  • December 01, 2021 6:10 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    We are counting down the days to May 3-4!

      This once a year geospatial and information community event has something for everyone! 

    The Final program  is now in place. Click the "BeConnected  Schedule where you can view the exciting sessions topics.  There are an array of industry experts and colleagues who are waiting to share their presentations and answer your questions . If you haven't registered already, please do so now.  

    Register for BeSpatial 2022

    A range of topics will be covered including asset management, geospatial data apps, geospatial technology platforms, LiDAR, GIS tools, analytics, 3D, AI and so much more. We are also featuring a panel discussion on GISP certification with Tony Spicci, Executive Director of the GISCI certification institute.  

  • December 01, 2021 10:10 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Have you registered yet for the excellent programs being offered this year?

    Take a minute a look at the event offerings on our Engagement page.

  • December 01, 2021 9:00 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    BeSpatial'22

    • When: May 3-4, 2022 
    • Where: Virtual

    BeSpatial'22 overall theme is BeConnected

    con·nec·tion

    /kəˈnekSH(ə)n/

    • a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else.

    • the connections between social attitudes and productivity

    • Real-world connections draw from, or upon, actual objects, events, experiences and situations to effectively address a concept, problem or issue. It involves learning allows students to actually experience or practice concepts and skills, as opposed to learning that is theoretical or idealistic.

    • Social connection can lower anxiety and depression, help us regulate our emotions, lead to higher self-esteem and empathy, and actually improve our immune systems. By neglecting our need to connect, we put our health at risk.

    • Connection helps us to feel responsible – for ourselves and for each other. Without connection, this feeling of responsibility can fade and we may lose sight of our shared purpose and values. This is the consequence of isolation and disconnection.

    If you’re eager to be part of this exciting agenda, you are invited to submit for a presentation opportunity at the geospatial and information community's annual Ontario event. Click here to submit your abstract for BeSpatial'22.

  • October 29, 2021 10:20 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    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

  • October 28, 2021 2:41 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    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

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