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Northern Ontario GIS Users Event

  • April 25, 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay


  • Student ID will be required at event

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Join your Northern Ontario geospatial peers for a day of learning best practices, networking, new concepts and technology advances. Focusing on the use of GIS in Northern Ontario, this event will feature presentations from GIS practitioners across many private and public industries.

If you are interested in contributing to the event, there are some speaking spots still open! We want to hear about your real world experience solving problems with a geospatial approach. 

Submit your presentation idea

Joining us from out of town? Stay tuned for details on a social event Tuesday evening, April 24, 2018 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Valhalla Inn Lounge

All registrations include a complimentary 1 year membership in URISA Ontario


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!

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 to their peers as well as management and executives 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:

Business, political & legal challenges in implementing community broadband

Moderator: Lou Milrad, Public-Private Tech Lawyer & Advisor (a former President of BeSpatial / urisa ontario).


  • Mark Bain, Partner, Torys, Advisor, McKenzie Valley Fibre et al
  • Geoff Hogan, CEO, Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc.
  • Roy Wiseman, Executive Director, MISA/ASIM Canada (Former CIO, Region of Peel).    

Learn about new ideas for social and digital inclusion and PPP financing. 

Watch for more details coming soon about this special legal panel and other experts in the geospatial and information community that have been drawn together to discuss various aspects of information management, Smart Cities and the global move to open! 

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 and Sponsorship Opportunities to be announced soon! 

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