Management

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

Bruce Hogan – Vice President, Director of Sales
Bruce Hogan – CEO and Director of Sales

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

Bill Kidman — President and CTO

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.

Mike Oliver

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Mike Oliver — Vice President, Corporate Development

Mike Oliver is the Vice President of Corporate Development at Leading Edge Geomatics.  Mike has worked more than 20 years within the energy, engineering and military/aerospace industries. An electrical engineer, Mike has served on the Board of Directors of the Information Technology Association of Nova Scotia (ITANS) and Enterprise Fredericton, and continues to instruct part-time for the University of New Brunswick’s Technology Management & Entrepreneurship Program.

As VP of Corporate Development at LEG, Mike’ focus is strengthening  LEG’s corporate strategy by overseeing activities in support of marketing, training, and resource optimization.

Will Lowry

Bruce Hogan — Vice-President, Director of Sales
Will Lowry — Co-founder

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

Yong Kwon- Board Member
Yong Kwon- Board Member

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.

Francois Laflamme

Francois Laflamme- Board Member
Francois Laflamme- Board Member

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

Kristian Valenta- Board Member
Kristian Valenta- Board Member

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.

Opportunities

Junior Remote Sensing and LiDAR Analyst

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Assist in the efficient cataloguing, organizing and storage all current survey data
• Process trajectories of the highest levels of accuracy and integrity to meet project specifications
• Provide assistance to the survey section in high survey season as needed
• Assist with flight planning as needed
• Provide Production Team with well-organized and standard format data sets
• Making process improvement suggestions and contributing to best practice documents
• Regularly researching new remote sensing and GIS/GPS technologies and service providers

Essential Qualifications:
Successful completion of a post-secondary degree program remote sensing and/or GIS. Strong computer skills and a valid driver’s license are also required. Experience with trajectory processing is considered an asset.

The ideal candidate is a highly-motivated, innovative thinker with the ability to lead others and work in a team. Additional attributes include:

• Very strong data management and organization skills
• Exceptional attention to detail
• Thorough working knowledge of computer database systems and data security requirements
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• A continuous learner and self-starter with excellent problem solving skills
• Ability to project manage, and work with others

To learn more or apply to this position, please email your cover letter and resume in PDF format to hr@legeo.ca. LEG thanks all applicants, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Sensor Operator

The overall goal of this position is to significantly contribute to the ongoing success of
LEG by conducting efficient aerial surveys that provide highly accurate and high-quality data to meet all specifications designated by the client. Reporting to LEG’s Operations Department, this is a part-time leading full-time position. During peak season this position requires significant overtime as well as overnight travel for up to five consecutive weeks.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Operating remote sensing equipment from aircraft:
• Effectively monitoring sensor parameters through mission software and ensuring project specifications are met
• Ensuring sensors are prepared and working before each mission
• Familiarization with sensors and associated hardware in order to better understand and efficiently troubleshoot errors
• Familiarization with the project areas to be surveyed
• Maintaining comprehensive, detailed and accurate field notes
• Accurately inputting data into databases
• Ensuring data and results of the highest accuracy, integrity and quality are consistently delivered to clients

Essential Qualifications:

• Successful completion of Grade 12
• Must be in good physical condition:
• Ability to lift and move gear weighing up to 40 pounds
• Ability to tolerate exposure to dirt, dust, fumes, heat, cold, noise and vibration, extreme cold, heat, and all types of weather conditions
• Ability to sit for prolonged periods in confined spaces
• Valid driver’s license and clean driver’s abstract
• Strong attention to detail
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Desired Attributes:
• Excellent problem solving and decision making skills
• Strong organizational and planning skills
• Highly motivated with a strong work ethic and a commitment to continuous quality improvement
• Demonstrates initiative and the ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Demonstrates a helpful and positive approach to all client and colleague interactions

Please email your cover letter and resume in PDF or Word format to hr@legeo.ca. LEG thanks all applicants, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Junior Software Developer

At Leading Edge Geomatics (LEG), our mission is to provide next generation service and technology solutions in the geomatics industry.  LEG has grown to be one of the top providers of digital aerial photography and LiDAR throughout Canada and the Northeastern United States. Reporting to LEG’s Lead Software Developer, the expected duration of this full-time position is one year.Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Participate in the creation of new software applications.
• Maintain existing production software.
• Participate in peer review and design exercises.
• Preparation of reports, manuals, and other documentation on the status, operation and maintenance of software.
• Assisting in the collection and documentation of user requirements.
• Production of digital spatial information products.Essential Qualifications:Successful completion of a post-secondary degree program in computer science, information systems, software engineering or related degree.Experience with GIS/Geospatial solutions is considered an asset.The Junior Software Developer is a highly-motivated, innovative thinker with the ability to work in a team. Attributes include:• Experience working with GIS formats such as shapefile, GEOtiff, ArcGIS and associated databases and languages• Strong written and verbal communication skills• A strong sense of business and a desire to work in a competitive environment.• A self-starter with excellent problem solving skills.• A continuous learner• Excellent Team SkillsLanguages• C#•R

• Python

• SQL

To learn more or apply to this position, please email your cover letter and resume in PDF format to hr@legeo.ca. LEG thanks all applicants, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Land Survey Technician

We are currently seeking a Survey Technician to join our team. Reporting to LEG’s Operations Manager, this is a part-time leading full-time position.

The overall goal of this position is to significantly contribute to the ongoing success of LEG by conducting efficient ground surveys that provide highly accurate and precise coordinates, and processing the data to meet all specifications designated by the client. During peak season, this position requires significant overtime as well as overnight travel for up to four consecutive weeks.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Effectively planning ground control surveys to meet project requirements within the required timelines

• Thoroughly familiarizing yourself with the project areas to be surveyed, assisting in identifying appropriate control points prior to departure

• Correctly setting up, connecting, configuring and leveling the survey equipment, taking sufficient numbers of measurements to confirm the measurements are correct

• Carefully locating all ground control points in the field

• Closely observing data on provincial control monuments simultaneously with the control points identified during the planning stage

• Quickly and effectively troubleshooting equipment or software problems

• Taking comprehensive, detailed and accurate field notes about all procedures used

• Maintenance of survey equipment and basic vehicle maintenance as required

Essential Qualifications:

Must be in good physical condition:

• Ability to lift and move gear weighing up to 40 pounds

• Ability to tolerate exposure to dirt, dust, fumes, heat, cold, noise and vibration, extreme cold, heat, and all types of weather conditions

• Valid driver’s license and clean driver’s abstract

• Exceptional attention to detail

• Strong written and verbal communication skills

Successful completion of a post-secondary degree program in survey, geomatics engineering, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience, is considered an asset.

Desired Attributes:

• Excellent problem solving and decision making skills

• Strong organizational and planning skills

• Highly motivated with a strong work ethic and a commitment to continuous quality improvement

• Demonstrates initiative and the ability to work independently and as part of a team

• Demonstrates a helpful and positive approach to all client and colleague interactions

To learn more or apply to this position, please email your cover letter and resume in PDF format to hr@legeo.ca. LEG thanks all applicants, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

LiDAR Data Processing Analyst, Terrasolid TerraMatch Consultant/Contractor

At Leading Edge Geomatics (LEG), our mission is to provide next generation service and technology solutions in the geomatics industry.  LEG has grown to be one of the top providers of digital aerial photography and LiDAR throughout Canada and the Northeastern United States. As a result of our expanding product offerings, we are seeking a LiDAR Data Processing Analyst proficient in Terrasolid, specifically TerraMatch and TerraScan, with experience working on large projects and datasets to work as a consultant/contractor with our positioning and production team.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Define, create and setup Terrasolid Projects from scratch
  • Import all LAS data, trajectories and reference data
  • Generate tile structure based on project requirements
  • Process, filter and classify LiDAR as required in TerraScan
  • Run TerraMatch on all resultant data.
  • Assemble and deliver final adjusted data to production
  • Making process improvement suggestions and contributing to best practice documents
  • Regularly researching new remote sensing and GIS/GPS technologies and service providers

Essential Qualifications:

Successful completion of a post-secondary degree program remote sensing and/or GIS. Experience with trajectory processing is considered an asset. Must be highly proficient in TerraMatch, TerraScan, and related Terrasolid products.

The ideal candidate is a highly-motivated, innovative thinker with the ability to lead others and work in a team. Additional attributes include:

  • Proficient in Terrasolid TerraMatch
  • Very strong data management and organization skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Thorough working knowledge of computer database systems and data security requirements.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A continuous learner and self-starter with excellent problem solving skills
  • Ability to project manage, and work with others

To learn more or apply to this position, please email your cover letter and resume in PDF format to hr@legeo.ca. LEG thanks all applicants, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.