Leading Edge Geomatics provides aerial survey and geomatics services across North America. Headquartered in New Brunswick, Canada, with experienced staff and advanced equipment, Leading Edge works with each client to achieve the optimum solution for each project.
With a fleet of seven aircraft and eleven digital sensors , Leading Edge offers customized solutions to clients across a number of industries including energy, forestry, mining, and bathymetry. 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 300,000 km² of LiDAR, and more than 180,000 km² of aerial photography.
Charles W. Miller
Charles Miller is President & CEO at Leading Edge Geomatics. An accomplished executive, Charles brings 20+ years of experience in senior management across several industries, specializing in shifting organizations into high gear while building best-in-class operations. Charles’ past work has earned notable accolades including Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Canada, and Entrepreneur of the Year Award Nominee. Charles attributes his success to balancing entrepreneurship with corporate savvy, and a focus on gaining a complete knowledge of industry and company operations. Charles engages with all aspects of LEG, making measured decisions to accelerate and improve performance across all departments.
Brian Shride is the Sales Director at Leading Edge Geomatics. A skilled and collaborative business development executive, Brian brings over 20 years of business development leadership and success from global engineering and data acquisition firms providing spatial visualization and analytics solutions to public sector, energy, transportation, aeronautics, and natural resources customers. Brian’s experience selling complex solutions and developing strategic partnerships extends across large systems integrators, and professional services companies, federal, state, and local governments, utilities, transportation, and emergency management entities. He will be expanding and accelerating the sales organizations driving LEG services content across North America. Brian holds BSc in Mechanical Engineering and BBA degrees from University of Houston.
Bruce Hogan sits on the board 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, and eventually served as CEO and Director of Sales at Leading Edge, before transitioning to a Board Member in 2019.
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.
Prior to joining Novacap, 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 and interned for Novacap in 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Honours Finance from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business.
Mr. Valenta currently sits on the Boards of Directors for Leading Edge Geomatics, Nitrex Metal and Syntax Systems, and serves as an observer on the Board of Directors of Chemical Computing Group, Dialogic, Firmex and Octasic.
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 Dialogic, and Réseau Capital. He is Chairman of the Board of Leading Edge Geomatics and Intelerad Medical Systems.