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    • September 21, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual (GOTOMeeting)

    BeSpatial Young Professional Network Fall Social

    Welcome to the Fall Social! 

    The Fall Social is catered towards student and young professional BeSpatial members. 

    This event will feature guest speakers Susan Muleme Kasumba (BeSpatial President) and Iain Greensmith (ESRI) on their career paths in addition to other members of the YPN Committee.

    Relax, pour yourself a cold one or a cup of tea and join in the conversation!

    Host: Brooke Hickmott - Chair, BeSpatial YPN Committee

    • September 23, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online Meeting

    BeSpatial: A Special Program Event following its 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

    The BeSpatial association will be hosting a special virtual event to carry out the business required for its 2020 AGM.  Following the AGM,  a Best Challenge Awards ceremony will be held. There will also be a lightning round opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors and a presentation. 


    12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM

    • AGM Call to Order, Quorum
    • Minutes of the last AGM - May 1, 2019
    • President's Report (2019-20)
    •  Motions
      • to receive President's report as presented
      • Auditor's report of the Financial Review 2019-20
      • Appointment of Auditor for 2020-21 (Extraordinary motion)
      • Report of the Nominations Committee
      • New Business
    • Sponsors and Exhibitor's Lightning Round
      • Esri Canada, Teranet, Consortech, AOLS, Cansel, Fanshawe College, First Base Solutions, Public Sector Digest, VertiGIS (former Latitude), Spatial DNA. 
    • Keynote - Paul Beach, General Manager,  Acorn Information Solutions
    • Best Challenge Awards

    For details

    Keynote Presentation

    Sault Ste. Marie's GIS Based Vulnerable Persons Registry

    The virtual program for the event will include a presentation from award winning Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre’s Acorn Information Solutions (AIS) Group that will highlight the Sault Ste. Marie's GIS Based Vulnerable Persons Registry,

    About the Vulnerable Persons Registry (VPR)

    The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre’s Acorn Information Solutions (AIS) Group and the City of Sault Ste. Marie initiated discussions concerning the development of a Vulnerable Persons Registry (VPR) after the unfortunate passing of Lewis Wheelan during the 2003 North American electrical grid blackout. Lewis had passed away during the blackout because he was electric dependent, needing air conditioning to cool his body.

    Through significant efforts and partnership building, AIS launched the Sault Ste. Marie VPR in 2011. The VPR is a  free, voluntary and confidential registry for persons at greater risk during an emergency or disaster. A secure communication tool provides GIS based data to local first responders and the local power distribution company with the key information they need to help increase one’s safety during the following situations: power outages, home emergencies and large scale emergencies.

    This presentation will detail the conception of VPR, the process to implement and maintain and will discuss the initial barriers and the successes that have resulted. With rapidly changing climate conditions and aging populations, most communities are facing the growing issue of protecting its most vulnerable populations. In Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding region, the VPR has served to help this vulnerable population learn about emergency preparedness and know that they will be protected should an emergency occur.

    Not a BeSpatial member but interested in attending?  Update your membership status today! 
    • October 20, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar

    Next Generation 9-1-1 and GIS

    GIS data is critical to NG9-1-1 operations.  The CRTC has mandated the development of national specifications for GIS data content, accuracy and currency. These changes will dictate that municipalities and other 9-1-1 data suppliers assess their data holdings and management practices. 

    To better understand the above, the City of Guelph and Esri Canada teamed up to assess the City’s readiness to meet the NG9-1-1 data requirements. 

    This session will:

    • provide an overview of the existing 9-1-1 system and why it needs to change
    • explain the NG9-1-1 system’s critical dependence on GIS data
    • explain the national NG9-1-1 data specifications
    • Guelph-Esri Readiness Assessment:
      • project objectives
      • findings:
        • data management and flow modelling
        • City to NG9-1-1 data model comparison
        • challenges for the City
        • recommendations to address the above


    Alex Brossault, Program Manager of Data and Information Technology, City of Guelph

    Barry Costello, Consultant

    Interested in offering a Webinar? Contact John for details

Past events

August 25, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: Enabling better interoperability with road condition reporting
June 23, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: Taking the Plunge into Open Source GIS
June 03, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar: Clarity from Chaos: Maps and Apps that Drive Decisions
May 12, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar - Preparing and Validating your data for Next Gen 9-1-1 standards using FME
May 05, 2020 BeSpatial: COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall
April 23, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar - Enforcing Cannabis Ordinance Using Satellite Imagery
February 20, 2020 BeSpatial Webinar - Mobile LiDAR Surveying For Municipal Infrastructure Asset Management Applications
December 04, 2019 BeSpatial Webinar - Peer Success Stories: Unlocking the Secrets of Maturity-Driven Strategy
October 29, 2019 Utilities and Municipal Assets
October 22, 2019 BeSpatial Webinar: It’s All About the Data – York Region’s Analytics Journey
September 25, 2019 BeSpatial Webinar: The Next Generation of Growth Forecasts: A Data Science Approach
May 02, 2019 FME Workshop - server technology - PM session
May 02, 2019 Intro to FME Workshop - AM session
May 02, 2019 BeSmart _Executive Forum!
May 01, 2019 BeSpatial'19 - Day 1 or 2 Full Days!
February 20, 2019 BeHealthy Event
February 14, 2019 BeEmployed Webinar
December 06, 2018 LiDAR 301 - How do I do it? Software Applications
September 18, 2018 LiDAR for Dummies Webinar: Published LiDAR Specifications and How To Use Them
June 28, 2018 Implementation of an Enterprise-wide Common Street Address Database
May 03, 2018 Preparing your Data for Smart Cities using FME 2018
May 01, 2018 LiDAR 201 - Applications of LiDAR Data
April 25, 2018 Northern Ontario GIS Users Event
November 08, 2017 Learn What I Learned
September 22, 2017 22nd Annual Geodetic Picnic
September 22, 2017 2017 Open and Smart Communities Forum
September 19, 2017 Back to School - LiDAR 101
May 04, 2017 FME and Asset Management Workshop
May 03, 2017 BeSpatial 2017
October 31, 2016 GIS-Pro 2016
May 05, 2016 BIM Workshop by Consortech
May 04, 2016 BeSpatial 2016
April 28, 2016 Peterborough Leverages Ecopia's Visual Recognition Solution for HQ Property Vector Map
April 14, 2016 Introduction to sUAS
October 20, 2015 Asset Management

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