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BeSpatial'21 overall event theme is Resilience

Resilience ( ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s)

  • an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
  • the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity
  • the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness

Resilience is made up of five pillars: self-awareness, mindfulness, self-care, positive relationships & purpose.


“A Glimpse into Geospatial Future” - dedicated to geospatial data and technology implementation presentations and

 "Creative Strategies for Geospatial and Information Professionals" will emphasize strategic approaches to new technology implementations, location-based intelligence and workforce management.  

As competing pressures, disruptive tools and a dizzying array of new options force organizations into the future, professionals in most disciplines need to be resilient. They need to think strategically to prepare themselves and their organizations for a bumpy road ahead. The ongoing digital transformation changes everything we do.

Our 1-day virtual conference & expo 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 new types of jobs which will require new skills and a high degree of adaptability


May 4 & 5, 2021: BeSpatial'21 Virtual AGM, annual program event

 EXPO with workshop and presentation opportunities


BeSpatial Starts in

The Geospatial industry has been constantly evolving. The ongoing changes are being dictated by constantly developing (sometimes disruptive) technologies that are influencing business practices, economic models and social behaviour.  Over the years, the industry has adapted to: 

  • Internet
  • New computing environments
  • Mapping technologies
  • Service delivery models such as mobility and self-service
  • Legal frameworks associated with access and use of data

 The one day program will examine some of these current changes and explore future changes that may present to the industry over the coming decade. These may include:

  • Enabling technologies such as the internet, block chain, high resolution sensors, etc.
  • Demographic changes – changes in service delivery models such as self service, mobile applications – delivering services directly to the customer
  • Disruptive technologies causing massive changes in social behavior and economic models such as the share economy, artificial intelligence, internet of things
  • Predicted changes in the environment – collating vast amounts of data and variables to predict and prepare for climate change, land use changes, ecological changes
  • Unpredicted changes in environment – natural disaster – providing quick and accurate responses

The BeSpatial'21 virtual program event will examine some of these changes and future challenges in the use of geospatial data and  the human knowledge and products produced from new technologies. The event  provides an opportunity for the geospatial professionals to showcase their challenges, achievements and best practices associated with geospatial implementations, best practices and challenges preparing for and adapting to the predicted and unpredicted changes in future.

Who Should Attend?

The intended audience for this 1 day virtual 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.

Watch for more details coming soon!

BeSpatial'21 is offered over two 4 hour days 8:30 am - 1:00pm. It will be a virtual program including executive sessions with experts in the geospatial and information community. An informative event that has been drawn together to discuss various aspects of our topic. 

Keynote(s), Presentations, Executive Forum

Sponsors, Exhibits and Showcases

The geospatial and information community is actively engaged in many diverse initiatives. A broader understanding of the significance of these spatial initiatives within an organization is required to realize these benefits today and in the future. The presentations will speak to the critical role that the community will play!


The BeSpatial event is an annual event for the geospatial and information community. The event offers program sessions, an executive forum, industry updates in an expo showcase. The event attracts attendees from a diverse cross-section of public and private disciplines: Geospatial (GIS) professionals and Information service (IT/IS) managers, engineers, surveyors, consultants, analysts, technicians, technologists, specialists, professors and students from Ontario.

Want to BeEngaged? Here is how:

Call for Presentations  

Sponsorship / EXPO  

Best Challenge Awards

MApps (Maps and Apps) Awards 

Student Bursary Award

Sponsorship Opportunities - e-mail: BeSpatial

We would love to hear from you. Please e-mailBeSpatial with any questions!

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