Upcoming events

    • February 14, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar

    BeEmployed Webinar - For Students

    Are you student in a post-secondary program with emphasis on Geospatial? Do you hope to have a career in one of the many fields available in the Geospatial industry?

    Join BeSpatial for our one hour Webinar – BeEmployed!

    Thursday February 14th (the Thursday before reading week)

    This webinar will feature: 

    • Resume and cover letter writing  (students will be given access to templates)
    • Successful networking
    • Using social media as part of your job search
    • Recommended professional organizations and conferences 
    • How to create your own job
    • Your attendance at our webinar will automatically register you for the new BeSpatial Mentoring Program which starts at our 2019 BeSpatial Conference;
    •       mentors will be available for a 4 month minimum
    •       2 calls a month with your mentor
    •       your mentor will introduce you to people in their network
    •       your mentor with review your resume

    Stay tuned for registration information.

    The webinar will be hosted by Susan Muleme Kasumba, BeSpatial, Eastern Section Director and Irene Rubinstein, BeSpatial Education Director

    • February 20, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Mississauga Grand Event Centre, 35 Brunel Rd Mississauga, ON L4Z 3E8


    Do you have a Health initiative with emphasis on Geospatial and/or Smart Health Information?

    We'd like to hear from you  - Submit your presentation abstract below

    Join BeSpatial for this full day event

    Wednesday February 20th 

    Mississauga Grand Event Centre

    35 Brunel Rd Mississauga, ON L4Z 3E8

     While the title suggests a focus on health, the intent is not limited only to ‘health’ from just a medical perspective.  It is open to adjacent topics such as active lifestyle, active commuting, environment, etc.

    This Program will feature:
    • Innovation health initiatives using geospatial and information applications, analytics, best practices leading to improved and sustainable health and patient care environments.
    • Innovative health case studies that show examples of 

    a. Smart health success stories

    b. Smart health strategies 

    c. Smart health benefits and opportunities and

    d. Smart activities in lifestyle, commuting, environment

    SUBMIT YOUR Presentation Abstract
    • Presentation 40-45 minutes long including 5-10 minutes for questions
    • Deadline to submit presentation January 25th

    REGISTER here.

    The full day event will be hosted by BeSpatial. For information on how you may participate, please contact Mirjana, Programs Director.

    BeHealthy Presentation (Sneak Preview)

    1. The Spatial Pattern: Modeling of Tobacco Complaints

    Hongcheng Zeng, at the Region of Peel, is a business intelligence specialist. His presentation will include a review of the Region’s analysis of spatial patterns of tobacco complaints and the correlation between the following spatial factors: tobacco retailers, schools, and land use information. They have developed a model to predict the future complaint occurrence using impact variables, such as retailers and commercial areas. This spatial modeling approach is portable and can be applied in a variety of fields.

    2. Multi-Volume Story Map Health Atlas Report Leveraging Structure and Flexibility of Story Map Templates for distributing comprehensive health topics

    Adam Munro, at the City of Hamilton, is a GIS Analyst. His presentation will explore how the online utilization and management of spatial data through web-based applications within Public Health organizations for surveillance and reporting of case events has become common in recent years. The  ability to link health issues to a broader public provides context and enhanced functionality to public outreach and reporting to community stakeholders. Come hear how the story map platform is used to create a narrative reporting system which tackles several key health, social and economic issues facing school-aged children today.

    • May 01, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • May 02, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Bayview Club, 25 Fairway Heights Dr, Thornhill, ON L3T 3X1

    The Geospatial and Information Community's Annual event

    BeSpatial / BeSmart'19: Creating Business Value and Social Impact

    2 Day Event Wednesday, May 01 and 02 2019

    @ The Bayview Club, Thornhill, ON

    Early Bird rate until March 15!

    We are excited to announce the venue with topics on Smart Initiatives  - 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. 

    BeSpatial / BeSmart'19 Executive Forum - May 2nd Panel Topics:

    Visit: Executive Forum Details

    • 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

    Watch for more details coming soon about the BeSmart'19 Executive Forum and from 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 SMART initiatives. 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, communities and their environments. 

    Call for Presentations and Sponsorship Opportunities

    The BeSpatial event is an annual event for the geospatial and information community. The BeSpatial'19 event offers program session, an executive forum, industry training, program and an expo showcase that 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 throughout Ontario.

    You are invited to participate in making this year's event a great one! Here is how:

    Exhibition Opportunities

    Best Challenge Awards

    Bursary Award

    MApps (Maps and Apps) Awards

    Program Highlights

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Additional Sponsorship Opportunities - e-mail: BeSpatial

    We would love to hear from you. Please e-mail: BeSpatial with any questions!

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