Leading Edge Geomatics is a New Brunswick company providing aerial survey and geomatics services across North America. With experienced staff and advanced equipment, Leading Edge works with each client to achieve the optimum solution for each project.
With a fleet of four aircraft and seven digital sensors, Leading Edge offers customized solutions to clients across a number of industries including energy, forestry, and mining. The principals of Leading Edge have a combined 40 years of practice in the geomatics industry, and have worked on projects throughout North America, and internationally in Afghanistan, conducting national level survey projects. To date, LEG has flown over 150,000 km² of LiDAR, and more than 100,000 km² of aerial photography.
Bruce Hogan is Chief Executive Officer and Director of Sales at Leading Edge Geomatics. Bruce worked as a Geomatics Technician with the Department of National Defence before becoming Geomatics Manager of the Atlantic region in 2002. In 2006, Bruce began his sales career working for Applanix Corporation as the account manager of Government and Military.
Having delivered keynote addresses and presentations to various military organizations across Canada and internationally in the United States, Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, Romania, and Australia, Bruce has presented to organizations including the FBI and Homeland Security. Bruce brings a strong geomatics background and a keen interest in worldwide sales. As CEO and Director of Sales at Leading Edge, Bruce oversees all marketing, sales, and account management efforts, ensuring clients are satisfied with their LEG products and services.
Bill Kidman is the President, Chief Technical Officer, and co-founder of Leading Edge Geomatics (LEG). Under Bill’s direction, Leading Edge has seen tremendous growth since establishment in 2008. Exceedingly passionate about geomatics and all things related, Bill has years of mapping and technical experience.
After graduating from the Canadian Forces School of Military Mapping in 2003, Bill began his career in mapping with the Department of National Defence. Upon retirement in 2008, Bill took on the position of President and Chief Technical Officer of Leading Edge Geomatics.
Bill’s extensive mapping background includes missions around the world including Kandahar, Afghanistan, with the US Naval Research Laboratory Marine Geophysics Branch, to assist in a multi-sensor, high-altitude, geophysical survey of Afghanistan.
Bill enjoys being involved in all research and development as well as collaborating with industry professionals to discover new applications for Leading Edge Geomatics’ products and services in various industries.
Will Lowry is a co-founder of Leading Edge Geomatics. A graduate of the Canadian Forces School of Military Mapping, Will served his career on the operational side of the Mapping and Charting Establishment. After his 2008 retirement from the Canadian Forces, Will became the Director of Operations and IT Management at Leading Edge.
During his service, Will spent two years as the Commander of a Geomatics Support Team, including an operational tour as the Commander of the All Source Intelligence Center Geomatics Support Team in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Yong Kwon has been involved in advising technology, media, telecom and other growth companies on capital raising and strategic initiatives since 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MBA from the University of Toronto.
Prior to joining Novacap in 2014, Mr. Kwon spent 13 years in investment banking with RBC Capital Markets and Barclays in Toronto, where he was responsible for the origination and execution of M&A advisory, equity and debt financing transactions, primarily in technology and other growth sectors.
Mr. Kwon is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Leading Edge Geomatics and Firmex.
François Laflamme has been involved in the technology sector as an entrepreneur, technology innovator, and private equity investor. He holds an Electrical Engineering Degree from École Polytechnique of Montreal, and an MBA in Finance from HEC Montreal. Mr. Laflamme also completed the Entrepreneurship Development Program at MIT.
Mr. Laflamme has over 25 years of experience in managing technology companies. He was President and CEO of LiquidxStream Systems, a telecom equipment company in the Novacap portfolio. He was also a Partner at IUGO Ventures, a venture-capital fund specialized in the TMT industry, where he led several investments in technology companies based in Canada and the US. In addition, he was Vice-President of IP Telephony at Videotron, where he pioneered the introduction of the local telephony service using next generation VoIP infrastructure. Mr. Laflamme joined Novacap in 2012.
Mr. Laflamme is a Board member of Leading Edge Geomatics, Dialogic, and Réseau Capital. He is Chairman of the Board of Intelerad Medical Systems.
Kristian Valenta is an Associate at Novacap. Prior to joining the firm in 2014, Mr. Valenta was a Senior Analyst at KPMG Corporate Finance in Montreal where he was involved on a number of mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance advisory transactions in various industries including TMT, healthcare, and education. Prior to that, Mr. Valenta worked as an Analyst for TMX/CDS. Mr. Valenta holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Honors Finance from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business.
Mr. Valenta is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Leading Edge Geomatics, Syntax Systems and Nitrex Metal Inc., and serves as an observer on the Board of Directors of Octasic and Dialogic, and has previously served on the Board of Directors of Chemical Computing Group and Firmex.