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Join us at the BeSpatial Ontario Annual Conference for cutting-edge insights and networking opportunities. 

Don't miss out! Secure your spot today for a chance to win and be part of this transformative event.

Let's build something amazing together - both spatially and with LEGO giraffes!


GIS: The Secret Ingredient for AI-Powered Digital Twins

Marc Goldman AEC Industry Solutions Director, Esri Inc.

Join us for an enlightening session that delves into the synergy between GIS, digital twins, and artificial intelligence for infrastructure. We will explore how GIS acts as the secret ingredient, integrating with AI and empowering the full potential of digital twins.


1. Introduction to Digital Twins and AI Integration

2. GIS as the Foundation for Digital Twins

3. AI-Powered Insights: Unleashing the Potential

4. Integrating GIS and AI for Digital Twin Success

5. Case Studies and Success Stories

6. Interactive Q and A and Discussion Key Takeaways: - Understanding the symbiotic relationship between GIS, AI, and digital twins.

Insights into leveraging GIS as a foundational element for successful AI implementation. - Real-world examples showcasing the tangible benefits of this integration. - Practical strategies for overcoming challenges in the convergence of GIS and AI for digital twin development.

Innovate to Lead: Anne Dagg's Odyssey in the Wilderness of Knowledge

Mary Dagg, Chief Executive Officer of the Anne Innis Dagg Foundation

In 1956, 23-year-old Canadian biologist, Anne Innis Dagg, made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to become the first Western scientist to study giraffes in the wild. Upon returning to Canada, armed with her unparalleled knowledge in the field of giraffe study, Anne faced unsurmountable sexism in academia that prevented her from achieving tenure and advancing her career. For three decades, Dagg was absent from the giraffe world until 2010 when she was sought out by a group of female giraffologists and not just brought back into the research community, but finally celebrated for her extraordinary work.

Mary Dagg is Anne’s daughter and the Chief Executive Officer of the Anne Innis Dagg Foundation. Mary will showcase how we can BePrepared when we: challenge our expectations, question our data, revisit our theories, and lead in our own way. 

Sign up and get a special link upon registration to view the full length Feature Documentary about Anne Dagg The Woman Who Loved Giraffes staring Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Victor Garber (Alias, Argo, Family Law)

Sign up and get a special link upon registration 

to view the full length Feature Documentary about Anne Dagg 

The Woman Who Loved Giraffes staring Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Victor Garber (Alias, Argo, Family Law)

Bespatial Workshops

****Workshops require pre-registration. More Information

Less than a Month to go - Registration Open!

The 2024 Annual General Meeting virtual event BePrepared (May 1st and 2nd, 2024) will provide an opportunity for geospatial and information professionals to showcase their achievements, best practices and discuss challenges in preparing for and adapting to the predicted and unpredicted changes in the future.

Register Here!


Have you submitted for an award yet?

Data Architecture and Coding Competition

We are excited to announce the launch of the Annual Data Architecture and Coding Competition - a joint initiative by BeSpatial Ontario and Canopy Mapping Co. 

We are seeking groundbreaking solutions - models, scripts, schemes, and applications. Share your problem-solving journey and contribute to our industry's growth.

The winner will be announced at BeSpatial'24 and will take home a $500 cash prize and a prestigious trophy.

Learn More Here!

Canopy Mapping Company

BeSpatial Best Challenge Awards

The Geospatial and Information Community wants to recognize you for your hard work, creativity and dedication by giving you an opportunity to apply for one of our Best Challenge Awards (BCA). The 2024 winners will be announced at our Annual General Meeting online event May 1st, 2024.

Best Challenge Awards Categories

  • Best Public Sector GIS 
  • Best Innovation in GIS
  • Small Organization GIS
  • Open Source GIS or Open Data
Learn More Here!

BeSpatial MApps Awards 

Have you worked hard to create a map or application for your organization? This is your chance to show it off to other GIS professionals and colleagues from around the province at the annual BeSpatial event!

The 2024 submissions are now open until March 15th.

Learn More Here!

BeSpatial Student Bursary

The Nathan Adams Student Bursary is an annual award that recognizes the contributions of students studying at Ontario post-secondary institutions to the geospatial and information community. This is a great opportunity for students to promote themselves and get recognition for their hard work by participating in industry events. Learn more about the bursary here.

BePrepared is the theme for BeSpatial'24. We'd love to hear from YOU on ways that your project is shaping the geospatial future or where the next-generation GIS demonstrates creative ideas in the use of geospatial data and technology. E.g., "Geospatial in Traffic Management" or "Geospatial in Public Health" or "Geospatial and Environmental Concerns".

Share your thoughts on topics you find interesting here.

Ready to submit? Submit your proposal here.

Geospatial has a strong future. Your participation is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase how your organization has been dealing with business challenges by using the location of anything, which is increasingly becoming everything.

The BeSpatial  virtual conference provides an opportunity for geospatial professionals to showcase their achievements, best practices and challenges preparing for and adapting to the predicted and unpredicted changes in future. 

The presentation speakers will help your fellow geospatial community members and other participants to look into the glimpses of the geospatial future including creative strategies, geospatial intelligence, technological trends, legal issues, open data and stewardship.

Our 2-days conference is designed to help geospatial and information professionals to:

  • power their business by turning data into knowledge
  • develop geospatial data and technology mindset
  • determine how to optimize business results by implementing location intelligence
  • prepare for the next wave of geospatial technologies
  • find out what new developments will influence the digital transformation
  • prepare for a new type of jobs which will require new skills and a high degree of adaptability

About us: A geospatial and information-focused association that is recognized as the premier non-profit organization for the community in Ontario promoting information sharing and interoperability with other relevant professional organizations, government organizations, private industry and educational institutions.


We would love to hear from you. Please e-mail: BeSpatial with any questions! 

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Participating Geospatial and Information Community organizations are a cross-section of public, private and educational sectors.

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