Upcoming events

    • September 25, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar

    Discussion Whitepaper

    This is a discussion whitepaper about reimagining both the technology and science of growth forecasting for population, housing, and employment for potentially any city around the globe.

    This paper is a complete rethink of growth forecasting from the ground up. Growth forecasting is highly complex, and requires expertise from: statisticians, demographers, urban planners, economists, financial experts, transportation experts, developers, GIS professionals, data scientists, data visualization professionals and information technology professionals.

    This whitepaper proposes a data science approach to the next generation of growth forecasting including predictive modelling that fits within a reimagined technology platform.

    This thinking may lead to exploratory research into the proposed predictive modelling and a data science approach to address the problem of growth forecasting.

    Steve Czajka is a Data Scientist, GIS/IT Professional (BES, OLS, OLIP) with over 20 years of experience in management, consulting, and development of leading edge ESRI based business solutions. Recognized for vision, innovation, creativity, enthusiasm, team motivation and a client focused approach. Managed an enterprise GIS for 14 years, Steve taught GIS at a University level for close to 10 years and has specialized in municipal government for over 15 years.

    • October 22, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar

    It’s All About the Data – York Region’s Analytics Journey

    Public sector organizations have a gold mine of data from many sources. Data is a valuable corporate asset that’s as critical as any - from people to infrastructure. And, it’s growing. Truly leveraging this asset typically means changing the culture and establishing new strategies, structures, and processes. Those organizations which are using analytics and already putting data at the heart of decision-making are well positioned to transform their program and service delivery. This session will highlight components of the recently released Analytics Playbook which provides a guide to support and advance the use of analytics across public sector organizations. Participants will also see how York Region is putting its data to work and becoming a data-informed organization across virtually all its lines of business - human resources, finance, roads, governance, emergency management and more.

    John Houweling is passionate about making a positive difference by helping organizations put their data to work. He loves working with his team to generate ‘aha moments’, change perspectives and create new possibilities using data. Over his career, John has frequently demonstrated how organizations can share data to break silos, transform services and eliminate costs. This pioneering work has helped put York Region in the forefront of governments deriving insight from their trusted data.

    In 2011, John joined York Region as Director of the GIS Program, and evolved the team to make a larger impact - to become corporate leaders in data and analytics. Today, as Director of Data, Analytics and Visualization Services, the program is well-recognized as a model for municipalities.

    Prior to York, he spent 15 years as Esri Canada’s Ontario Region Director helping build new markets and awareness for a burgeoning, new, data intensive technology. Prior to Esri Canada John worked in the Ontario public sector where he developed the framework for what is now Land Information Ontario – the province’s data sharing portal.

    • October 29, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Homewood Suites by Hilton 800 Jamieson Pkwy, Cambridge, ON

    Call for Papers! Utilities and Municipal Assets Oct. 29 Event

    BeSpatial / urisa ontario is inviting the geospatial community to present how they are meeting these challenges in the municipal utilities sector by submitting a presentation for this event.

    Deadline for submitting abstracts is October 4th, 2019. 

    Click here for more information. 

    Registration now open!

    The province of Ontario has been undergoing a challenging search for new energy and water sources to meet community energy and water/wastewater needs while trying maintain existing infrastructure. Compounding this has been the changing ownership of utility companies through mergers and acquisitions. Increasing government regulations on these utilities to promote a cleaner environment, have also been a challenge.  Come and see how the Geospatial community has risen to meet these challenges.

    BeSpatial / urisa ontario's Western Region is excited to host a one day session focused on using Geospatial tools and technique to manage Utilities and other municipal Assets. All members are welcome.

    Date: October 29, 2019

    Time: 9am- 3pm

    Location: Homewood Suites by Hilton

    800 Jamieson Pkwy, Cambridge, ON

    More details to come soon!

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