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    • June 04, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Valhalla Inn, 1 Valhalla Inn Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario

    Addressing Chaos: How GeoSpatial Manages our Changing Reality

    BeSpatial Ontario is excited to announce the upcoming Spring GIS in-person event to be held in Thunder Bay, Ontario on June 04 at the Valhalla Inn!

    Don't miss this unique and informative geospatial event! Register Now! Note: When you register, you will receive a complimentary 2024 BeSpatial membership!

    Come hear how geospatial is vital in responding to current industry challenges. You will gain insights on how to prepare for and face these changes in our environment and climate. How can you use geospatial data to make and support key decisions? Whether you’re a forester, engineer, conservation officer or a student wondering what a career in geospatial will bring, this full day event will have informative presentations and opportunities for networking with local like-minded individuals. Your contribution and support plays a crucial role in supporting this geospatial and information community event and ensuring its success.

    Please share this information with your colleagues who may not be aware of BeSpatial events. 

    Event Details:

    Tuesday, June 04, 2024

    8:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Valhalla Inn, 1 Valhalla Inn Rd, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6J1

    Continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, coffee service and social networking is included.

    First 20 registrations entered into a draw for a $100 Visa Gift Card

    All registrants entered into a draw for $50 Amazon Gift Card

    • KEYNOTE - KPMG/Environics - Casey Price and Eugene Chan; Big data & GIS: Collision or Collaboration?

    • Confederation College - Raquel Glavish and Marcello Pettenuzzo; Selecting Locations for Pedestrian Crosswalks for the City of Thunder Bay 

    • First Base Solutions / JD Barnes - Joseph Ababio; Data Capture from the Ground to the Sky: Revolutionizing Land Surveying with Aerial Advancements and the Future Frontiers in Geospatial Intelligence

    • CRIBE - Sarah Bencic; GIS for NetZero Solutions in Our Changing Reality

    • CE Strategies - Rylie Nellis and Ericka James; Emergency Management Shifting to a Digital Environment

    • Airborne Imaging - Susan Muleme Kasumba; MNRF GeoHUB LiDAR Review; data to manage chaos

    • Multiple Speed Networking Events throughout the day


    Speakers *** Abstracts *** Flyer

    If you have questions, dietary restrictions, or accessibility needs, please contact: Angela McEachern northern@bespatialontario.ca


    Big data & GIS: Collision or Collaboration?

    Our exciting Keynote Address from Casey Price at Environics and Eugene Chan from KPMG, will conceptualize how the GIS community is using hyper scalers to access datasets that are petabytes in size to make informed decisions when it comes to emergency response efforts, digital twins, tourism and economic development. Geospatial experts are being tasked with solving larger and larger challenges as decision makers and the general populace at large realize how many decisions are actually location based.  In the last five years mobile data has begun to become integrated into geospatial solutions with the hopes of adding an element of temporally based, observed human behaviour to GIS based platforms in an effort to answer an even greater number of questions.  


    Casey PriceSenior Vice President, Partnerships and Extended Channel works collaboratively with both software and data partners to ensure Environics Analytics has access to the best the industry has to offer. Working with partners and client alike, Casey also helps illustrate how clients can make the best use of Environics Analytics tools to address current market challenges. If solution gaps exist, he will influence new product design to meet current and future needs. With more than 30 years in the marketing analytics industry, with expertise in consumer segmentation, predictive analytics, site selection, and business development. Prior to joining Environics Analytics (EA), he held executive-level positions at Pitney Bowes/ MapInfo, Equifax and Compusearch. While at EA Casey has helped create and centralize the training and support team and has led the USA-based business. More recently he led Product Management when several new products were conceived and introduced. The recipient of a Bachelor of Applied Geography degree from Toronto Metropolitan University, he is a regular conference speaker and author of numerous whitepapers on industry topics.

    Eugene Chan,  Executive Director, Deal Advisory Analytics at KPMG has over twelve years of advisory experience in both KPMG’s Deal Advisory and Management Consulting practices where he has provided financial, commercial, operational due diligence, and corporate and operational strategy services in a variety of sectors. Eugene’s current focus is to apply KPMG’s Data & Analytics platform within the Deal Advisory environment to address and analyze business trends, identify opportunities and support value creation, and investigate investment considerations for each transaction and industry. This work could involve applying a range of descriptive and predictive analytics utilizing both internal and external data, proprietary and third-party tools, and machine learning / AI models to drive insights at deal speed. 


    Continental Breakfast - 8:30 am to 9:00 am

    Keynote and Sessions

    Social Networking Hour

    What Awaits You:

    Engaging Presentations: Esteemed speakers will share their collaborative GIS partnership stories and how these interactions have aided their business and career journey. Their valuable insights are sure to inspire you!

    Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow attendees who share your passion for GIS, and data analytics solutions. Build meaningful professional connections and foster collaboration.

    Interactive Q&A Sessions: Engage in lively and enriching Q&A discussions with our esteemed speakers. Pose questions and delve deeper into the GIS applications presented.

    Best Practices: Immerse yourself in learning best practices from others showcasing the latest GIS tools and technologies. Witness firsthand how GIS is revolutionizing business and government efforts.

    Join the Movement: Together, let us be a driving force behind positive change and the pursuit of a more collaborative, more sustainable world through the power of GIS. We envision this event as a catalyst for innovative solutions and lasting partnerships.

    Save the Date, Share the Invitation: Mark your calendars and extend our invitation to your peers and colleagues. Your presence will undoubtedly enrich the event, and we hope to see you there!

    If you have questions, dietary restrictions, or accessibility needs, please contact: Angela McEachern -  northern@bespatialontario.ca

    Benefits of being a BeSpatial member:

    Grow your Geospatial and Information Network

    Being part of the Ontario community connects you to other geospatial and information professionals across multiple sectors. Attending our events, workshops and webinars allows you to meet other users experiencing the same challenges that you face. It's an opportunity to build partnerships and share ideas.

    Receive the Latest News

    As a member of the community, you will receive our regular eNews email blasts, which will keep you up to date on the latest geospatial and information news, events, job postings and more that are happening in Ontario.  

    Earn Professional Credits

    Members earn credits towards professional designations such as the GISP by being members and attending or presenting at Ontario geospatial events.

    Member Discounts and Access to Library of Session Recordings

    Offers discounted member prices to all of our and services such as job postings, webinars and onsite events. Members also have access to past recordings from our webinars and our annual virtual event. 



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