Volunteer with Ontario's Geospatial Association!

Volunteers are our lifeblood! The Ontario Association has been so successful because of the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, committee members, and directors. We could not operate without the time and talent that our members freely provide. And in return, volunteers receive many benefits, including professional networking opportunities and professional growth. Volunteering is a great way to network with peers and colleagues in the GIS and IT industry. It is a great way to meet new people and establish professional relationships. 

Benefits

  • Professional networking opportunities at a leadership level
  • Professional growth and development
  • Opportunity to explore and use one's management and organizational skills at the community level
  • Offer existing skills, experiences and knowledge by contributing to support and add value to the GIS Community
  • GISP certification credits
  • Development opportunities and skills that are easily transferable to your workplace
  • Hands on experience with leadership, technical and management initiatives improving promotional or career position
  • Improved interpersonal and management skills  
  • Recognition by your employer

We encourage all members to become involved with the URISA Ontario - positions are available in many areas. Please consider volunteering for a director position or a standing committee. The Eastern, Western and Northern Ontario Sections are looking for dedicated volunteers to help carryout GIS events in those areas.

Director Positions

A Board Director serves a two-year term from April 1st to March 31st and up until the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in April/May time frame. Board members are responsible for setting policy and determining the direction of our association. A director must attend at least 7 meetings each year (5 Board meetings, the annual Strategic Planning and the AGM). Teleconference is available during some board meetings.

Standing Committees

Standing committees meet once a month in varying locations or by teleconference.  Standing committees include:

  • Programs - 2-3 events per year and 1 BeSpatial annual meeting/conference with GIS Showcase Expo, opportunities for industry related webinars
  • Communications - oversees web services, social media initiatives via Twitter and LinkedIn
  • AGM/BeSpatial - assists in the planning and organization of our annual BeSpatial event 
  • Member Services - New member recruitment initiatives; Ongoing surveys of members for feedback and service improvements
  • Strategy and Outreach - Actively seek strategic opportunities for Affiliate and industry engagement to foster joint initiatives and events
  • Section Activities - Board members designated in the northern, eastern and western Ontario areas to plan and deliver program events

If you are unable to volunteer as Chair or for a regular committee member position at this time, then please consider helping with a task for a committee.

Other Volunteering Opportunities

Annual BeSpatial event

We are looking for volunteers to help with the registration desk and the map gallery.

The responsibilities would be: 

  • Helping with registrations 
  • Handing out program agendas
  • Setup and display of MApps (Maps and Applications) gallery entries in exhibit hall at the Annual BeSpatial

Participate at Affiliate Association Events 

When exhibiting, we require volunteers to help man the booth and answer questions.

Program Events

  • Assist in obtaining speakers for Program Events
  • Assist in coordinating the event location and refreshments
  • Provide assistance during the day of the event with registration
  • Write Program Event Summary for inclusion in Member's Update eNews

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the preceding opportunities, or would like more information,

please e-mail:  INFO

In order to volunteer, submit articles or speak at a program event, we do prefer that you are a current member.



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