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  • February 26, 2023 5:15 PM | Hanna Sjostrom, GISP (Administrator)

    Give us your feedback for a chance to win a prize!

    Please take 5 minutes to fill out the Membership Survey and be entered for a chance to win a gift card. All respondents who complete the survey by June 30, 2023, will be entered into a draw for a chance to win 1 of 4 $25 Starbucks gift cards. The 23rd survey submitted will receive an Apple AirTag.

    Complete the Survey Here!  

    We use the information in the survey to get an idea of how we can serve you better and how we can continue to enhance the BeSpatial community experience. We appreciate your membership and want to make sure that we meet all your expectations.


  • February 26, 2023 3:21 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Municipal GIS Leaders take part in a discussion to give you the opportunity to ask questions and learn from their experiences. We will discuss the variety of Municipal GIS Service Delivery Platforms that their GIS teams maintain, internally and externally, as well as, GIS related initiatives and innovations that are happening in their Municipalities.

    • Nicole Schleifer, Geomatics/Mapping Manager at City of Peterborough

    • Rob Halko, Information Management Lead at Town of East Gwillimbury

    • Jordan Rogers, Manager, Enterprise GIS, Information Systems & Technology at City of Kingston

    • Randal Rodger, Program Manager, Geospatial Analytics, Technology & Solutions at City of Ottawa

    •  Adam Commeford, Team Lead, Location Intelligence & Data Visualization, Digital Innovation & Information Technology at City of Brampton

    Nicole Schleifer - Panelist

    Nicole is currently the Geomatics/Mapping Manager at the City of Peterborough. She is responsible for leading the ongoing development and delivery of the City’s corporate GIS. Nicole has spent almost 2 decades working with municipal governments in everything GIS, she enjoys challenging her organization to think spatially and ensuring her team has the appropriate resources and tools to accommodate.  Her education includes a GIS Applications Specialist post graduate certificate from Fleming College.

    Rob Halko - Panelist

    Rob is currently the Information Management Lead 

    at the Town of East Gwillimbury. He is passionate about utilizing technology in creative and effective ways, to simplify workflows and produce cost-effective results for the municipal sector. People are at the heart of it all - Rob likes to see everyone be successful and find joy in the day to day. His education includes a GIS Applications Specialist post graduate certificate from Fleming College.

    Randal Rodger - Panelist

    Randal has been innovating all things geospatial at the City of Ottawa for over 25 years. He is currently Program Manager of the Geospatial Analytics, Technology and Solutions (GATS) team and oversees the development of the Digital Twin and Reality Capture programs. His portfolio also includes the Geo-Information Centre and Geospatial Projects and Operations Units. Early in his career he shared his geospatial knowledge teaching at Algonquin College, as part of the MAP development team and during his years working on enterprise systems (ESRI, Sun Microsystems, Vision, Oracle).  He then left the server room behind and headed over to Planning and Growth Management to manage Mapping & Graphics and to develop a strong geospatial culture within the Planning department and beyond.   If he is not at work he is likely out cycling somewhere.

    Jordan Rogers, GISP - Panelist 

    Jordan is a senior GIS professional who is currently the Manager of Enterprise GIS at City of Kingston.  Jordan’s agricultural background and interest in land stewardship led him to discover his passion for geography and GIS at the University of Ottawa.  He has been working in the GIS field since 2011 and obtained his GISP designation in 2016.  He has had the opportunity to work with several municipalities as well as in conservation, and utilities.

    Adam Commeford, GISP - Panelist

    Adam is the Team Lead for the Location Intelligence & Data Visualization Team at the City of Brampton. With 15 years of experience in municipal GIS, he specializes in user experience, solution development and open data analysis. Along with an Honours Degree in Geomatics and GIS Applications Specialist Certificate, Adam is an active ESRI GIS Ambassador and Certified GIS Professional (GISP) who enjoys promoting geospatial awareness through the building and sharing of useful web apps and solutions.


    Marikka Williams, GISP - Panel Moderator

    Marikka is a graduate of the University of North Texas and has been GISP certified by GISCI since 2008. Marikka is a GIS Professor for the GIS Post Diploma, Common First Semester and Environmental Technician programs at Fleming College, Eastern section board member for BeSpatial Ontario, and Mapping and Technologies Spatial Data Strategies Chair for Canadian Cartographic Association (CCA).

    She has 20+ years of experience providing GIS services to support Municipal Operations, Engineering Consulting, and Higher Education. She joined Fleming College, as GIS Professor in 2014, and teaches Spatial Analysis, Geovisualization, Municipal Mapping, Geomatics in Surveying, Remote Sensing and Fundamentals of Geomatics. As Mapping Technologies and Spatial Data Interest Group Chair for the CCA, she seeks to build awareness around mapping technologies to deliver spatial information that supports business practices in both public and private sectors. As the manager for the BeSpatial Eastern section, she volunteers to bring GIS education, career development and networking opportunities to students and GIS Professionals. 

  • February 17, 2023 5:10 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    SKE Inc. is an information solutions company and the team behind the award-winning GeoPortal cloud solution. Since 1994, we have been providing project management, systems design, development, and implementation services and software solutions to governments and large corporate clients.

    By leveraging our GeoPortal technologies, our team can quickly design, build, and implement trusted and effective enterprise-wide information management solutions that help organizations publish, integrate, and give access to data and information.

  • February 17, 2023 6:54 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Angus GeoSolutions Inc. (AGSI), since 1993 as a Canadian corporation, has been solving business problems with strategic technology and information solutions, empowering government, electrical utility, telecommunication, oil and gas, agriculture, and public safety industries to make better, more informed decisions. AGSI is headquartered in Halton Hills, Ontario with data collection and verification field staff across Canada.

    Go360™ - Integrated Business Applications & Communication

    Go360™ Business Centre is designed around the specific needs of departments, functions, and roles. Integrated applications connect departments, breaking down silos, increasing efficiencies, and communication. Work and data flows effectively from one area to another.

    This means work is assessed and gets assigned quickly. Your employees and teams are more productive. Data and reports are analyzed in real-time, for faster, safer, and more reliable decision making.

    Learn more… 

    Location Warehouse™ - A Comprehensive Database of North American Location & Spatial Information

    Developed over 30 years by collecting, verifying, and managing the highest quality of land-based location information needed to support mission-critical functions for both private and public sector operations.

    AGSI offers many Municipal Government Services including:

    • Address Management - consolidation of address silos, accuracy, and sustainability
    • Permit Tracking - management of contractor and public activities within the community
    • Postal Boundaries - Validate residents’ calls, department mail outs, data analyses - lower tiers.
  • February 02, 2023 4:59 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Dear members: Thank you for you support during the past year. We deeply appreciate your ongoing commitment to BeSpatial, your geospatial and information community in Ontario.

    We are looking forward to an interesting program year with monthly webinars that are available to view,  post event, with access in our members' area.

    Our annual BeSpatial event and EXPO is planned for May1-2 and  is a virtual event once again!   This decision to remain virtual is based on your feedback to continue to offer an event that provides broad and inclusive access for those who come from across levels and carry out many diverse roles in organizations that makeup our geospatial and information community, 

    Many organizations registered over 10, 20, even 30 staff and enjoyed the range of presentations offered from leaders and shakers across the technical, business and management streams.

    In addition to our popular and informative monthly webinars, we plan to hold onsite events on a regional basis, so that those important face to face opportunities will also be available to our members.

    Renew today to ensure that you will continue to receive program highlights as they are released in our eNews and on our social media platforms!

    If you have already paid your annual dues, thanks very much for your ongoing support of your community!

  • February 01, 2023 6:10 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    We are counting down the days to May !

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

    The Final program  is now in place. Click the  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 session on GISP certification with Todd Kent, Certification Coordinator of the GISCI certification institute.  

  • January 09, 2023 3:21 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Dear BeSpatial Members,

    Well, another year is in the books. And while it feels good to slowly be returning to normal (post-CoVID), the operative word is “slowly”. We’re not quite out of the woods yet, as I can attest as I recover from a bout of CoVID in late November. Fortunately, it wasn’t severe, and other than a loss of smell and taste, it felt more like a mild cold. I’m therefore grateful for the vaccines I received and the continued watchfulness of our Public Health authorities.

    It definitely felt good to have our first in-person Board meeting in late August since I joined BeSpatial. Many of my colleagues on the board were only known to me virtually. We convened to have a strategy meeting to review our mission and strategic objectives, and set some priorities for the organization.

    One of those priorities was to continue to provide meaningful content to our members. Since our AGM, we staged 4 different webinars, including one on Airborne LiDAR, Addressing the Housing Affordability Crisis with Geospatial Data in September, Hamilton’s Enterprise GIS Roadmap in early November, and how the Broadband One Window online map-based platform supports the Province of Ontario’s Accelerated High-Speed Internet Program in late November.

    I’m also thrilled to report that we have filled a vacancy in our team. The Board has welcomed James Dorland, OLS, CLS as Northern Director. James is based in Sudbury, and is actively working towards staging a BeSpatial event in the area in 2023.

    As we look forward to the year ahead, the BeSpatial Board of Directors are already hard at work planning our 2023 AGM, on May 2-3. The theme we have selected is “BeCreative”. Creativity is intelligence having fun!

    • Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way
    • Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought

    Our Geospatial Professional members are creating new insights every day with the work they perform, so this theme should provide a wealth of material. We are deeply appreciative of the sponsors that have already announced their support.

     An initial “Save The Date” e-mail was sent out in late September, and we have recently issued a call for presentations. We’ll once again have different streams, centered around Technical, Business Apps and Strategy, and reflecting the diverse roles our members occupy. In short, we’ll have something for everyone. Please send us your expression of interest to present and a brief abstract, as soon as possible.

    Based on the feedback we received from our last Annual General Meeting, we took the decision to once again host the event virtually. While this may be disappointing to those that were looking forward to some real, face-to-face interaction (including myself), the fact is that we are able to reach a far greater number of our members this way. Many organizations, whether public or private, typically limit how many employees can attend such a live event. Those limitations don’t come into play for a virtual event. But we also recognize that many folks yearn for some in-person networking opportunities, and we have committed to holding a 1 day event in each of our three regions (Eastern, Western & Northern) in 2023.

    Last but certainly not least, I’d like to acknowledge and thank all of the stakeholders that contribute to bringing value to this community of like-minded geo-professionals, from our executive director and board to our volunteers, members, sponsors and other supporting organizations. May this new year hold much health, happiness and prosperity for you and yours.

    Sincerely,

    Peter Hettstedt
    President, BeSpatial

  • January 01, 2023 1:18 PM | Hanna Sjostrom, GISP (Administrator)
    MApps (Maps and Applications) People's Choice Award & Gallery

    It's not too early to start thinking and planning to exhibit in the Gallery! 

    You've worked hard to create a map or application for your organization and now is your chance to show it off to other GIS professionals and colleagues from around the Province at the annual BeSpatial program event!  Show off your best traditional Map design or create a layout to display your latest Web Application. Open for submissions until April 14th.

    For more details

  • December 01, 2022 5:31 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

    Announcing BeSpatial 2024

    May ?-? (Virtual)

    BeSpatial Ontario is inviting you to view the PheedLoop Home Page for  program highlights as a sampling of sessions being offered.

    Register today to join your colleagues at the geospatial and information community's annual 37th AGM (Annual General Meeting), program event and EXPO.  Bookmark this page and check back often as program details are being updated! 

    Registration will soon open to attend  the May ?  workshop:  Title TBA. There are limited seats and registration is on a  first come basis. 

    A special thank you to our current sponsors and exhibitors. There are opportunities available for you and BeSpatial has added extra features to enhance your exhibit experience. Come join us in the exhibit hall!

    BeSpatial'24 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... 

  • December 01, 2022 2:35 PM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)
    This blog is interesting. I never thought of the new training opportunities that many low income workers were enabled to pursue during the pandemic. Many used the time to upskill...

    I've found an excellent article on https://community.challengefactory.ca/where-have-all-the-workers-gone/ which may interest you.

    Lisa Taylor from the Challenge Factory presented at  our BeSpatial'21 conference.

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