Welcome to Your Geospatial Community in Ontario

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

The extent of cooperation with and between and other Ontario organizations is voluntary but is encouraged. The Board of Directors is striving to meet members’ expectations for services, programs, and initiatives, which are designed to be relevant and helpful in dealing with challenges and opportunities in the workplace. Member participation in the Association's programs is voluntary but encouraged. Member feedback and ongoing communication with the board is very important to the success of programs and initiatives.

Purpose

The Association's Strategy sets goals, priorities and action items, which are important to the members. The overarching goal of the strategy is to provide high quality and affordable services that respond to the needs of members and contribute to continuous improvement of their professional knowledge.


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Mission Statement

BeSpatial  - Geospatial and Information Community

Provide networking opportunities, programs and services enhancing participants professional development.

Vision

Our community of individuals and organizations share and innovate in geospatial and information knowledge and expertise to achieve evidence based decision making.

Strategic Objectives

  • Proactively encourage individuals and organizations to participate in the geospatial and information community.
  • Recognize and reward excellence and innovation within the geospatial and information community.
  • Deliver networking opportunities, programs and services contributing  to geospatial and information community growth, enhanced productivity and innovation.
  • Engage community participation in actively sharing their geospatial and information knowledge and leadership.
  • Advocate for standards that will influence the geospatial and information community.
  • Strengthen our community through the increased volunteer participation in leadership opportunities.
Goals
  • Challenge, Engage, and Recognize the geospatial and information community.
  • Challenge: Address the needs of geospatial information and analytics  for an expanded set of skills and knowledge that are required to respond to challenges in the information economy.
  • Engage: Expand participation by including individuals and organizations representing various industries. Recognize the value of voluntarism and leadership in the development of the geospatial and information community.
  • Recognize: Recognizing the value of information and analysis to unlock the power of data, spur innovation, and improve the quality of informed decisions.
Action 2018-19
  • Broadcast the value of the association and participation:
  • Recognition
  • Networking & Mentoring
  • Leadership
  • Making a difference
  • Making Friends
  • Influencing others
  • Making things happen – seeing things through from start to finish
  • Develop a mentorship program to connect experienced professionals with others.
  • Bring geospatial and information practitioners together with industry specialists to collaborate on solutions and take advantage of opportunities.
  • Develop a committee to expand the reach of our community.
  • Canvas the community to identify emerging challenges and opportunities (topics of interest).
  • Establish collaborative associations with other relevant professional organizations, educational institutions, government and private industry to enhance our network, programs and services.

Guiding Principles

Advocacy                                           Advocate with all relevant organizations on behalf of our members and their needs.

Membership Participation           Facilitate active membership involvement in all aspects of the Association's operation.

Effectiveness                                    Set and accomplish organizational goals, safeguard organizational assets and make efficient use of resources.

Leadership                                        Plan and develop programs and initiatives which help to deal with issues important to members.

Partnerships                                     Actively seek out partnerships with other professional organizations, not for profit organizations,    community groups, educational institutions, government organizations and private businesses.

Sustainability                                   Integrate legal, social, economic, business and fiscal perspectives in our actions.

For the Purposes of ....... Bridging the Gap

Creating a shared understanding of the concepts, issues, and technology of spatially related information management among persons in operations, management and policy making;

Interdisciplinary Approach

Promoting an effective interdisciplinary approach to implementing, maintaining, and utilizing spatially related data, information systems and technology;

Knowledge Exchange

Establishing the vehicle(s) for informing members of industry developments, and for the exchange of members' experiences and viewpoints;

Strong Voice

Providing a focal point for the presentation and dissemination of members' concerns regarding industry standards and economic and legislative matters as they pertain to the use of spatially related information systems.



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