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BeSpatial: A Special Virtual Program Event with AGM meeting

  • September 23, 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Online Meeting


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BeSpatial: A Special Program Event following its 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The BeSpatial association will be hosting a special virtual event to carry out the business required for its 2020 AGM.  Following the AGM,  a Best Challenge Awards ceremony will be held. There will also be a lightning round opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors and a presentation. 


12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM

  • AGM Call to Order, Quorum
  • Minutes of the last AGM - May 1, 2019
  • President's Report (2019-20)
  •  Motions
    • to receive President's report as presented
    • Auditor's report of the Financial Review 2019-20
    • Appointment of Auditor for 2020-21 (Extraordinary motion)
    • Report of the Nominations Committee
    • New Business
  • Sponsors and Exhibitor's Lightning Round
    • Esri Canada, Teranet, Consortech, AOLS, Cansel, Fanshawe College, First Base Solutions, Public Sector Digest, VertiGIS (former Latitude), Spatial DNA. 
  • Keynote - Paul Beach, General Manager,  Acorn Information Solutions
  • Best Challenge Awards

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Keynote Presentation

Sault Ste. Marie's GIS Based Vulnerable Persons Registry

The virtual program for the event will include a presentation 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,

About the Vulnerable Persons Registry (VPR)

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 Sault 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.

This presentation will detail the conception of VPR, the process to implement and maintain and will discuss the initial barriers and the successes that have resulted. With rapidly changing climate conditions and aging populations, most communities are facing the growing issue of protecting its most vulnerable populations. In Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding region, the VPR has served to help this vulnerable population learn about emergency preparedness and know that they will be protected should an emergency occur.

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