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Save the Date! BeSpatial '19 May 1 & 2

November 09, 2018 2:17 PM | Anonymous

 "All data to be useful has to "be spatial"!

We are excited to announce the venue and theme for BeSpatial'19.  

Smart City - the role of the geospatial and information community in shaping and enabling the transformation to SMART! 

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

Two full days of sessions are planned to address the importance of geospatial and information, at all levels, to the successful realization of the Smart City. The approach will provide opportunities for GIS professionals and practitioners to showcase their initiatives along with insights from the management and executive levels. 

Date: May 1 & 2, 2019
Location: The Bayview Golf and Country Club
25 Fairway Heights Drive, Thornhill, ON L3T 3X1

Who Should Attend?

The intended audience for this 2 day event includes public and private sector with participants from the federal, provincial, regional and municipal levels,  IT leaders, GIS professionals and practitioners, , economic development professionals, city managers, CAO’s, CFO’s, mayors, reeves, wardens, chairs and senior staff – from large, small, rural and first nations municipalities.  Other key stakeholders include community activists and visionaries from the private and not-for-profit sectors.


The topics are of interest to various levels - executives, management, technical and across disciplines.  There are many diverse cross-discipline initiatives underway in areas such as planning and development, transportation, infrastructure, environment, open data, open government, data applications and tools (LiDAR, BIM, data collection sensors), monitoring, managing and analyzing everything spatial. Central to these initiatives is access to spatial information and analysis that is up-to-date and easily available to facilitate collaboration and achieve the efficiencies that a smarter city envisions. Following is a sample of one of our program highlights:

Some critical topic areas to be addressed:

  • Legal and Political Challenges in Data Collection and Access
  • Data Analytics, Open Data and Smart Business Decisions
  • Community Broadband and Economic Development
  • Public-Private Partnership (P3), Challenges and Opportunities
  • Benchmarking Leading Practices in Service Delivery, Canadian Smart Cities Challenge
  • Building Smart Cities and Communities of the Future

If you want to be participate in one of these hot topic areas, the Call for presentations is Now open!

Watch for more details coming soon about these special executive panel forums addressing "Challenges and Opportunities".  Other experts in the geospatial and information community are being drawn together to discuss various aspects of information management, Smart Cities and the global move to open and smart! 

Keynote(s), Presentations, Panels, Workshops, Exhibits and Showcases

The Geospatial and Information community is actively engaged in many diverse building block initiatives that are supporting and shaping the smart city. A broader understanding of the significance of these spatial initiatives within an organization is required to realize the benefits from this potential and enable a smarter city. The presentations will speak to the critical role that the geospatial and information community plays in the evolution of the smart city. 

Call for Presentations are now open.  Contact: Sponsorship Opportunities  to receive more details

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