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  • February 13, 2019 11:45 AM | Anonymous


    QSP Geographics Inc. - Profile of the Month: February 2019

    Celebrating over 30 years of successful operations, QSP Geographics Inc. delivers Geographical Information Systems (GIS), 2D/3D Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), Record/Asset Management, LiDAR and Survey Grade GPS customized end-to-end solutions in the following areas:

    - Gas and Electric Utilities

    - Fibre and Cable Utilities

    - Waste and Water Utilities

    - Government (Federal, Provincial and Municipal)

    - Land Information

    - Environmental and Forestry

    Our experience working with top corporations locally, within North America and throughout the world has built an uncompromising reputation in various geospatial, field collection and CAD disciplines. We build long term partnerships with our clients by providing strategic insight through our consultative approach and deliver industry leading solutions via our investment in people, processes, equipment and technology. Our business practices are conducted with integrity, teamwork and respect for our clients and their business objectives. As a result, we have succeeded in business by adhering to our company’s core values of providing;

    Quality - Our company delivers high quality final products to client specifications.

    Service - We understand the importance of good communication with our clients and ensure excellent work.

    Price - Our organizational and technical efficiencies result in extremely competitive pricing

  • February 13, 2019 11:33 AM | Anonymous

     John Henry, Regional Chair and CEO, Regional Municipality of Durham

    Insight: Durham recently approved a Broadband Strategy and Action Plan to guide us toward a digitally-connected Region. Our society and economy increasingly rely on online interactions. The Region must embrace and enable this evolution to attract investment. Fast, effective broadband infrastructure is vital to internet-enabled data-driven technologies that now propel business growth. The Region’s competitiveness and ability to grow and diversify our economy depends on reliable digital connectivity. All levels of government play a role in ensuring investments in connectivity. Partnerships and collaboration will be essential to defining, developing and continuing to grow a broadband network to serve all of Durham.

    Elected as Durham’s Regional Chair and CEO in 2018, John Henry served as the Mayor of Oshawa from 2010-2018, and Regional Councillor for Oshawa’s Ward 5 from 2006-2010. He has previously served as a member of the Regional Planning & Economic Development Committee, as Chair of the Durham Region Local Housing Corporation, member of the Durham Region Transit Executive Committee and the Durham Environmental Advisory Committee. Born and raised in Oshawa and a dedicated volunteer, John has a vested interest in the future development, prosperity and quality of life for Durham residents, while keeping a close eye on fiscal responsibility. John is a graduate of R.S. McLaughlin C.V.I., Durham College, George Brown College and Panasonic’s Corporate School. He is also a trained Industrial Fire Fighter, Ice Rescue Specialist and Dive Rescue Specialist. Regional Chair Henry and his wife Katherine, a retired Pharmacist, have two daughters, Danielle who is a Speech Pathologist and Jessica, who is an Officer for the Royal Canadian Army and working towards a degree in Dentistry at McGill University.

    You are Invited: BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact   

    Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

    Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1

    REGISTER Today!

    BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum Panel Topics

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    2. Legal and political challenges in data collection and access
    3. Community Broadband and Economic Development
    4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities  
    5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge

    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future


  • February 12, 2019 4:54 PM | Anonymous

     Featured Panelist: Dr. Helen Hambly

    Insight:  An infrastructure investment such as a fibre optic network cannot be managed if it can't be measured. Data to inform decision-making for planning and evaluating broadband investment is one of the key constraints affecting investment in digital economies. The social benefit of internet is evidenced with quality and quantity of data, collected over time.  Several key points for accessing and stewarding data for broadband will be highlighted in this discussion.  

    Dr. Helen Hambly is an Associate Professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development in the Ontario Agricultural College of the University of Guelph.

    Dr. Hambly research crosses information, communication and rural society. Her expertise lies in communication for social and environmental change, innovation research methods and data science. She leads the R2B2project.ca Ontario’s largest public-private partnership (P3) funded research initiative for rural internet. The project conducts geospatial and econometric analysis for evidence-based decision-making for public investment in regional and rural broadband.

    Before joining the University of Guelph, Dr. Hambly worked in international R&D programs. She has professional work experience with The World Bank, United Nations and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. Her expertise covers topics such as knowledge mobilization and information and communication technologies for social inclusion and agricultural innovation. Helen grew up on a family farm near Guelph, Ontario.

    You are Invited: BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact   

    Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

    Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1

    REGISTER Today!

    BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum Panel Topics

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    2. Legal and political challenges in data collection and access
    3. Community Broadband and Economic Development
    4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities  
    5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge
    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

  • February 10, 2019 4:18 PM | Anonymous

    BeSpatial'19 Call for Presentations - a few spots remaining!

    "It's a great time to be in the geospatial  and information community... geospatial solutions and analytics in a digital world are more important than you may think!"

    BeSpatial is well known event in the geospatial and information community.  This year BeSpatial is a 2 day event scheduled for

    May 1st and May 2nd, in Thornhill at the Bayview Club. 

    Day 1 will offer a selection of presentations highlighting the role of geospatial and information to support Smart initiatives.  

    Visit: BeSpatial Presentation details for more information.

    Click: Submit an abstract

    Want to Present at a full Program session?

    Interested in being part of the 2 day EXPO Showcase?

    Visit our Sponsors

    Stay tuned for details coming soon!

    Please note: The Call for Presentation is extended to February 25, 2019.

  • February 10, 2019 12:25 PM | Anonymous

    You're Invited: BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact   

    Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

    Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1

    REGISTER Today!

    Event co-chairs: 

    Catherine Fitzgerald, President, BeSpatial and Manager, Information Services, Municipality of Chatham-Kent; Lou MilradPublic-Private Tech Alliances, former Chair and CEO of the GTMA (Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance) and a former President of BeSpatial / urisa ontario; Roy Wiseman, former Executive Director, MISA/ASIM Canada and former CIO, Region of Peel; and Andrew Lyszkiewicz, Director, Strategy & Outreach, BeSpatial and former Head, Geospatial Centre, City of Toronto.

    Join us on May 2, 2019 to learn some of the answers on a host of related questions.

    Day 2 Executive Forum is the second of Two full days of sessions planned to address the importance of geospatial and information to the successful realization of Smart initiatives. Topics will cover geospatial, privacy, data essentials, challenges, opportunities, and much more…  

    Join us on May 2, 2019 to learn some of the answers.

    Register - Select: Early Bird May 2, Day 2.

     Catherine FitzgeraldPresident, BeSpatial, Manager, Information Services, Municipality of Chatham-Kent

    Insight from our President: GeoSpatial and Information Management professionals are critical partners in the development of Smart Cities. The expert members of BeSpatial connect patterns with place and develop data into insights. The BeSpatial Geospatial professional community has a leadership role to play in protecting private information while developing partnerships for data sharing and supporting information rich communities.

    Andrew Lyszkiewicz, Director, Strategy & Outreach, BeSpatial, Former Head, Geospatial Centre, City of Toronto.

    Insight: BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact - Geospatial is about geography and spatial relationships. Geography provides the location to connect otherwise disconnected data. Spatial relationships provide location-based intelligence. Therefore, geospatial creates business value and social impact. 

     Roy Wiseman,  Former Executive Director, MISA/ASIM, Canada, Former CIO, Region of Peel

    Insight: Fundamental to the notion of a smart city is the idea of using technology to improve services provided by the city to its residents and visitors.  Increasingly, this has meant using smart devices to gather data, much/most of it location-based,  on both the state of the city’s infrastructure, as well as the needs and activities of its people, as they navigate through our community.  This new smart city paradigm provides both major opportunities and major challenges: the opportunities relate to how we can gather, analyze and make the best use of these mountains of data; the challenges are about taking advantage of these opportunities, while respecting fundamental rights to privacy.  Our BeSpatial/BeSmart 2019 Executive Forum will explore both the challenges and the opportunities – and finding the right balance.

     Lou Milrad, Public-Private Tech Alliances, former Chair and CEO of the GTMA (Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance) and a former President of BeSpatial.

    Insight: What are the fundamentals of a Smart City? ... 

    According to the Smart Cities Council, ubiquitous broadband telecommunications is a prerequisite for a Smart City” while it must also be livable, sustainable and competitive. Global competitiveness, coupled with both domestic and foreign investment attraction and the potential for new job creation coupled with enhanced tax revenues have been significant driving factors in larger cities. While larger communities are typically better able to organize for the implementation of high-speed Internet availability throughout their respective business and neighbourhoods, thereby enabling transition to a smart city, implementation of “reliable and affordable high-speed” community broadband in rural and northern communities traditionally has been most challenging. What are the fundamentals of a Smart City and how do they apply to the community in which I live, and the one in which I work? What are some of the associated political, legal and business challenges?

    Where to start and how to transform into a smart community; of what value is previously digitized land-related data? For example, will it create foundations for roadway and transportation-related sensor locations. Similarly, the ability to utilize enhanced business and location data as a tool for attracting new investment into the community as well as retaining current businesses. What about the fairly recent Canada and Ontario governments broadband funding announcements regarding connectivity in rural and northern communities, do they apply to my community? Will evolving public-private sector collaboration produce funding and construction resources so as to also enable access and implementation of “ reliable and affordable high-speed”community broadband in rural and northern communities?

    Join us on May 2, 2019 to learn some of the answers.

    Register - Select: BeSmart_Executive Forum May 2, Day 2.

    BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum Panel Topics

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    2. Legal and political challenges in data collection and access
    3. Community Broadband and Economic Development
    4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities  
    5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge
    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

  • February 05, 2019 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    Join us on May 2, 2019 to learn some of the answers on a host of related questions.

    Day 2 Executive Forum is the second of Two full days of sessions planned to address the importance of geospatial and information to the successful realization of Smart initiatives. Topics will cover geospatial, privacy, data essentials, challenges, opportunities, and much more…  

    Join us on May 2, 2019 to learn some of the answers.

    Register - Select: Early Bird May 2, Day 2.

     Jan Kestle, President, Environics Analytics, BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Opening Insights re Smart

    Insight: We live in an era of evidence-based decision-making. Businesses and governments alike are expected to use data and technology to make better and smarter decisions. But how well analysts use the wide variety of available data is the single biggest contributor to the outcome. Normalizing, weighting, standardizing, anonymizing and integrating all types of data to transform them into insights—that’s the challenge. Data scientists require in-depth knowledge of how the data were assembled, what is allowed under both the law and “good ethics” and what methods are best suited to which business problems. In our view at Environics Analytics, GIS and spatial analysis experts have demonstrated over the past three decades that geography is the secret sauce in making big data usable. The popular tagline from Esri in the ’90s—“everything happens somewhere”—has never been more timely. Whether analysts are looking at overtly spatial problems or just trying to get an integrated view of citizens and patrons, spatial analysis is an underused “best practice” in privacy-compliant and accurate data transformation. And when we are looking at the development of SMART cities, the data sources and technology can be the foundation of transformative thinking. At BeSpatial 2019 the world of public policy, technology, methodology, ethics and program delivery will come together in a single event with people and topics crossing the “silos”. The data are there. The tech is there. The question is whether the will is there to change the culture and move us forward to SMART? Join the dialogue—help make it happen.

    Jan Kestle has been a leader in the marketing information industry for more than forty years. An expert in using statistics and mathematics to help solve business challenges, she directed the initiatives that led to the creation of EA’s PRIZM5 segmentation system, WealthScapes financial database and ENVISION5 business intelligence platform, among other data-based products.

    Over the years, Jan has helped hundreds of customers—in industries ranging from finance and retail to the not-for-profit sector—turn data and analytics into insight, strategy and engagement. Prior to founding EA in 2003, Jan was president of Compusearch and spent 19 years at the Ontario Statistical Centre. Active in the marketing community, she is a member of the National Statistics Council, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Marketing Association and the Advisory Board of Ryerson University School of Geography. A frequent conference speaker, she is the recipient of a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics from the University of Western Ontario.

    BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum Panel Topics

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    2. Legal and political challenges in data collection and access
    3. Community Broadband and Economic Development
    4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities  
    5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge
    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

    You are Invited: BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact   

    Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

    Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1

    REGISTER Today!

  • February 03, 2019 1:45 PM | Anonymous

    You're Invited: BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact   

    Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

    Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1

    REGISTER Today!

    Event co-chairs: 

    Catherine Fitzgerald, President, BeSpatial and Manager, Information Services, Municipality of Chatham-Kent; Lou MilradPublic-Private Tech Alliances, former Chair and CEO of the GTMA (Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance) and a former President of BeSpatial / urisa ontario; Roy Wiseman, former Executive Director, MISA/ASIM Canada and former CIO, Region of Peel; and Andrew Lyszkiewicz, Director, Strategy & Outreach, BeSpatial and former Head, Geospatial Centre, City of Toronto.

    The Executive Forum will consist of an opening Insights followed by 6 Topic panels using a moderated Q&A format on the topics as listed below.

    Featured Presenter

     Dr. Tracey P. Lauriault 

    Insight: Data and related data technologies are core infrastructure for cities and are more that IT and operations, and I would argue that smart city technologies should be part of urban plans and be discussed with residents. These large technological systems not only manage and monitor infrastructure, they are infrastructure that involve, data, code, algorithms, apps, sensors, and platforms that will manage traffic, utilities, equipment and bridges, but also, they are technologies that observe, survey and nudge social behaviour. It might therefore be time for social and technological impact assessments – social, environment, economic, and public good. We will need to apply systems thinking across all business units, from social services to transit, and integrated across digital strategies, open government and data, and procurement. The ideals of open smart cities are moving us in that direction, and it might be better to start that opening consultative processes now before we get locked into large technological solutions that may not be in the public interest.

    Dr. Tracey P. Lauriault is Assistant Professor in Critical Media and Big Data, Communication and Media Studies, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University and Cross Appointed to the MA in Digital Humanities. Her work on open and big data and open smart cities, is international, transdisciplinary and multi-sectoral. She is one of the founders of the new domain of critical data studies and of open data in Canada and has expertise in data infrastructures, spatial media and smart cities. (less than 100 words) (Affiliations, pick the ones you think will resonate with your community) As a board member of the Institute for Data Science she bridges computer science, social theory and public policy. She serves on the multi-stakeholder forum for Canadian Open Government Civil Society Network, is on the Board for Open North Canada, and is a research associate with the Manyooth University Social Science Institute in Ireland, the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University and the Centre for Law Technology and Society at Ottawa University and the Steering Committee for Research Data Canada

    Stay Tuned for more featured panelists coming soon!

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    Panelists:

     Dr. Tracey Lauriault, Assistant Professor of Critical Media and Big Data, Carleton University. 

    Insight:  Data and related data technologies are core infrastructure for cities and are more that IT and operations, and I would argue that smart city technologies should be part of urban plans and be discussed with residents...

     Ed Rubinstein, Director, Environmental Compliance, Risk & Sustainability, University Health Network (UHN)

    Insight: The use of “smart building” technologies and analytics holds a lot of promise for both optimizing building operations and managing energy use. However, implementation of smart building technologies can be challenging for older and complex buildings such as hospitals. There is a great potential for smart buildings in healthcare and some good results to date.

      Ian Williams, Manager, Analytics & Innovation, Toronto Police; 

    Insight: The Toronto Police Service innovation and analytics approach has found success in integrating it’s Enterprise GIS system to deliver solutions within the organization. 

      Jan Kestle, President, Environics Analytics

    Insight: We live in an era of evidence-based decision-making. Businesses and governments alike are expected to use data and technology to make better and smarter decisions... stay tuned as more to come from our featured Keynote in next eNews.

      Jury Konga, Open Knowledge Canada, Moderator

    BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum Panel Topics

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    2. Legal and political challenges in data collection and access
    3. Community Broadband and Economic Development
    4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities  
    5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge
    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

    Join us on May 2, 2019 to hear insights on a variety of Smart topics at the BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact - Geospatial is about geography and spatial relationships. Geography provides the location to connect otherwise disconnected data. Spatial relationships provide location-based intelligence. Therefore, geospatial creates business value and social impact. 

    Register - Select: BeSmart Executive Forum May 2, Day 2.

  • February 03, 2019 12:07 PM | Anonymous

     Video Lead-in to Panel 2: Legal and political challenges in data collection and access

      

    Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Privacy by Design Centre for Excellence:

    "If you want your business to succeed, lead by gaining the trust of your customers. The best way to do this is by ensuring that their privacy is respected and their data are strongly protected. Embedding privacy, by design, into your operations builds trust and loyalty like no other -- leading to a strong competitive advantage: Win/Win!"

    Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. There she created Privacy by Design, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies, networked infrastructure and business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In 2010, International Privacy Regulators unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an international standard. Since then, PbD has been translated into 40 languages

    She is presently the Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University. Dr. Cavoukian is also a Senior Fellow of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University, and a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

    BeSpatial /BeSmart'19 Executive Forum Panel Topics

    1. Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions

    2. Legal and political challenges in data collection and access
    3. Community Broadband and Economic Development
    4. Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities  
    5. Benchmarking Leading Practices, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge
    6. Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

    You are Invited: BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact   

    Executive Forum Event: May 2, 2019 

    Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Drive, Thornhill L3T 3X1


    REGISTER Today!


  • January 30, 2019 4:41 PM | Anonymous


    Your membership in BeSpatial / urisa ontario is important to support and maintain a vibrant array of programs and events in your geospatial and information community.

    For membership options, visit: Join US

    Please join or renew today!

  • January 09, 2019 4:54 PM | Anonymous

    The Geocentric Network is a new Canadian non-profit that supports the launch, growth and success of small geospatial businesses with targeted events, services, resources and networking opportunities. Connect with customers, meet other business owners, and take advantage of members-only content. 

    Who Should Join?

    The Geocentric Network is geared toward people with a technical background who find themselves in a non-technical role at least some of the time. That includes freelancers, contractors, and small businesses who work with location data or technology. Membership is free for affiliate members, or $50/year for a general membership. General membership is only available to Canadian companies.  

    What Else Do I Need to Know? 

    Members can choose to be listed in our directory, which we market to potential customers. Large geospatial organizations can use the directory to easily connect with geospatial sub-contractors. If you'd like to be listed in our directory, join the network today!

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