Job Opportunity: Intermediate Front-End 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 United States. As a result of our expanding product offerings, we are seeking an Intermediate Front-End Developer to join our team based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Reporting to LEG’s Information Systems Manager, this is a full-time, seven month contract with the possibility for extension. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Development of new software products for internal and external use 
  • Maintenance and upkeep of existing software projects 
  • Researching experimental and unexplored processes 

Essential Qualifications: 

Must have successfully completed training program in software development, computer programming, or a related program through a recognized post-secondary institution. Must have minimum 2 years’ experience in software development and design.  Experience with programming for 3D Space and working with large volumes of data also an asset. 

Required Technical Skills: 

  • Visual Studio 
  •  .NET(C#, VB, ASP) 
  • Angular 
  • MongoDB 
  • Unit Testing Frameworks 
  • Microsoft Azure 
  • Working knowledge of Agile methodologies. 
  • Working Knowledge of Public and Private network security.  
  • Working Knowledge of Computer Hardware, its effects on Software, and vice versa. 
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, rapid iteration, development cycle. 

Desired Attributes: 

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 project and time management skills 
  • Exceptional problem solving skills  
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • A continuous learner and self-starter  
  • Ability to adapt and work in a team environment   

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.  

Job Opportunity: Intermediate Back-End 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 United States. As a result of our expanding product offerings, we are seeking an Intermediate Back-End Software Developer to join our team based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Reporting to LEG’s Information Systems Manager, this is a full-time, seven month contract with the possibility for extension. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Development of new software products for internal and external use 
  • Maintenance and upkeep of existing software projects 
  • Researching experimental and unexplored processes 

Essential Qualifications: 

Must have successfully completed training program in software development, computer programming, or a related program through a recognized post-secondary institution. Must have minimum 2 years’ experience in software development and design.  Experience with programming for 3D Space and working with large volumes of data also an asset. 

Required Technical Skills: 

Working Knowledge of the following technologies:  

  • Visual Studio 
  •  .NET(C#, VB, ASP) 
  • Express 
  • MongoDB 
  • Unit Testing Frameworks 
  • REST API Patterns 
  • Microsoft Azure 
  • Working knowledge of Agile methodologies. 
  • Working Knowledge of Public and Private network security.  
  • Working Knowledge of Computer Hardware, its effects on Software, and vice versa. 
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, rapid iteration, development cycle. 

Desired Attributes: 

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated, innovative thinker with a passion for ensuring that our services are efficient, secure, and reliable. Additional attributes include: 

  • Very strong project and time management skills 
  • Exceptional problem solving skills  
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • A continuous learner and self-starter  
  • Ability to adapt and work in a team environment   

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.  

Charles Miller Appointed President & CEO at Leading Edge Geomatics

Fredericton, New Brunswick, September 20th, 2019 – Leading Edge Geomatics (LEG), a Novacap portfolio company – Canada’s leading private equity firm – is very proud to announce the appointment of Charles Miller as President & CEO.

Charles W. Miller- CEO & President
Charles W. Miller- CEO & President

As an accomplished executive, Charles will oversee bringing the company to its next level, thanks to over 20 years of experience in senior management across several industries. Specialized in shifting organizations into high gear while building best-in-class operations, he will be striving to ensure that employees share a common purpose with cross-organizational engagement and will promote collaboration at all levels of operations. Charles attributes his success to balancing entrepreneurship with corporate savvy, capitalizing on existing customer bases, and creating long-term business value. Prior to joining LEG, Charles was President and COO at Sensors & Software Inc., COO at Single Cup Coffee, Managing Director at CFA Worldwide, and CEO at DynaVenture Corp. Charles will engage with all aspects of LEG, making measured decisions to accelerate and improve performance across all departments.

Throughout his career, Charles has been recognized with major accolades, some of which are:

► Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Canada
► Entrepreneur of the Year Award Nominee

Charles officially joined the company on August 12th, 2019.

About LEG

Leading Edge Geomatics (LEG) is one of the largest aerial Lidar companies in North America – in terms of sensors, aviation assets, and employees. With 7 aircraft and 11 aerial sensors, LEG can customize solutions to clients’ needs. Being able to support projects in industries such as utilities, forestry and coastal mapping among many others, they help their clients convert complex problems into comprehensive metrics. Specializing in LiDAR and photogrammetric solutions, LEG has been able to grow a large profile across North America, the Caribbean and around the world and is one of Novacap’s portfolio companies, Canada’s leading private equity firm.  Leading Edge Geomatics is continuously working to improve quality and to find new applications to provide better service for their clients and to grow within this fast-paced industry.

About Novacap

Founded in 1981, Novacap is a leading Canadian private equity firm with $3.3 billion of assets under management. Its distinct investment approach, based on deep operational expertise and an active partnership with entrepreneurs, has helped accelerate growth and create long-term value for its numerous portfolio companies. With an experienced management team and substantial financial resources, Novacap is well positioned to continue building world-class businesses. Backed by leading global institutional investors, Novacap deals typically include leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, add-on acquisitions, IPOs, and privatizations. Over the last 38 years, Novacap has invested in more than 90 companies and completed more than 130 add-on acquisitions. The company has offices in Ontario and Quebec. For more information, please visit www.novacap.ca.

Fredericton’s Leading Edge Geomatics Ready for Takeoff With New Investment

Originally Published on Huddle: http://huddle.today/from-the-military-to-business-how-frederictons-leading-edge-geomatics-scored-a-big-investment/ 

 

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When Bruce Hogan, Bill Kidman and William Lowry retired from the Canadian military about 10 years ago, they came home with an idea of how to apply what they learned overseas in the business world.
The three men had worked in geomatics in Afghanistan and they knew those skills would be applicable here. They just weren’t sure they could build a viable business.

“We were geomatics in the military flying airborne sensors. Bill Kidman’s last mission was to fly the entire country of Afghanistan [and do] aerial photography,” says Hogan. “We knew what we were doing in terms of the product. Business was a bit of a stretch for us. We had to learn a lot, but we knew how to make the actual systems work and data work.”

But the team did make the business work. Ten years later, Leading Edge Geomatics is a New Brunswick company providing aerial survey and geomatics services across North America. Based in Lincoln, Leading Edge has a fleet of four aircraft and seven digital sensors and offers customized solutions to clients across different industries including energy, forestry, and mining.

Hogan says Leading Edge has worked for companies such as NB Power, Nova Scotia Power and Hydro One in Ontario. On the forestry side, they work with J.D. Irving and other forestry companies in the Maritimes. Leading Edge also has clients in the United States, including Michigan, Texas, Virginia and South Carolina.

What makes the company stand out from others in the industry, Hogan says, is their specialty in the forestry sector. The company has developed its proprietary Enhanced Forestry Inventory management solution. It combines lidar terrain and surface products to offer forestry professionals a mix of forest metrics and terrain data that lead to an improved management strategy and operational efficiencies.

“It’s kind of changing the way for forestry interpretation of the land base,” says Hogan. “We definitely have some intellectual property around forestry that makes us very unique.”

The company’s specialties and potential for growth recently caught the attention of Novacap, a private equity firm based in Montreal and Toronto that has over $2.26-billion of assets under management. The firm announced this month that it made a “strategic investment” in Leading Edge. The details of the investment are not being revealed publically, but founders Hogan, Kidman and Lowry, will continue to operate the business.

While they don’t reveal the size of the investment, Hogan does say it gives them enough capital to double the size of the company.

“It’s a significant investment for us because it allows us to grow. Capital is always not simple to get, so it allows us to have the ability to have unlimited amounts of capital,” says Hogan.

“Our hope is to grow this by double. We’re 60 people now and hopefully [we’ll have] 120 people in the next three to five years. They have the capital to make all that happen. The plane and the sensor itself is like $2-million, so it takes a lot to make that happen.”

Yong Kwon, a partner at Novacap in Toronto, says the firm was interested in Leading Edge because of their story and growth potential.

“We were immediately attracted to the company because it looked like a niche business where they had a differentiated solution,” says Kwon.

“We thought, ‘hey, this is a really neat story.’ Then they had the financials to back it up. Very nice growth and a very profitable company, but they really they hit a constraint in terms of access to capital to buy equipment, to hire people and so on.”

Like all investment firms, Novacap’s goal with Leading Edge is to make a profit. Kwon says they plan on doing this by providing Leading Edge with not just capital, but guidance too.

“Our return is the exact same as management’s return. We hold the same shares that they hold and whatever percentage return we benefit from, they will as well. It’s a true alignment,” says Kwon. “At certain firms, they have very structured investments. They’ll say, ‘we want to make our dollar before you make your dollar.’ There are scenarios where those turn very ugly. We don’t like to put ourselves in the situations. We take a true partnership approach.’”

Hogan says the Leading Edge team is excited to take their company to the next level, while still being based in New Brunswick.

“We take great pride in being in New Brunswick and having a fairly substantial company and getting Montreal and Toronto involved with us to try to turn this into a bigger entity in New Brunswick,” he says. “It’s really exciting to try and actually grow and have the capital investment to be able to grow.”

NOVACAP MAKES STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN LEADING EDGE GEOMATICS

Montreal, Quebec – November 6, 2017: Novacap, one of Canada’s leading private equity firms, today announced that it has made a strategic investment in Leading Edge Geomatics (“Leading Edge”), a New Brunswick-based provider of aerial survey and geomatics services and solutions. Novacap’s investment will further accelerate growth through expansion into new markets, drive strategic acquisitions and continue investments in research and development of the company’s industry leading decision-support solutions.

 
Based in Lincoln, New Brunswick, Leading Edge provides end-to-end aerial lidar surveying services, complete with unique data processing capabilities and industry leading decision support solutions. The company owns and operates its fleet of aircrafts for lidar data collection for end-users across various industries to better manage their assets. The company has developed its proprietary Enhanced Forestry Inventory management solution, combining lidar terrain and surface products to offer forest professionals the combination of forest metrics and terrain data that lead to an improved management strategy and efficiency in operations. Leveraging their experience and technology, the company developed its Powerline Mapping solution to support utility companies in better managing hazardous vegetation for thousands of kilometers of powerlines throughout North America.

 
“Novacap is excited to join forces with Leading Edge and continue investing in people and products, and will support the company in finding new market opportunities to bring the business to the next level,” said Yong Kwon, Partner at Novacap. “Over the last decade, Leading Edge has delivered best-in-class aerial lidar services and industry leading solutions to the forestry, utility and other sectors and we look forward to partnering with the company to help execute an aggressive growth plan and truly bring the business to new heights.”
Bruce Hogan, Bill Kidman and Will Lowry, Leading Edge’s founders will continue to operate the business and maintain a significant interest in the company’s ownership.

 
“We see tremendous growth opportunities in the market for Leading Edge and know we have picked a strong partner with deep operational expertise to help us deliver on this potential,” said Bruce Hogan, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder. “We couldn’t be more excited about the future for the business and what this means for New Brunswick and our key stakeholders.”
The transaction is being financed through the NOVACAP TMT IV Fund, which specializes in partnering with exceptional companies that have high growth potential in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Leading Edge was advised by Confederation M&A, an Atlantic Canada-based boutique M&A advisory firm.

 

ABOUT NOVACAP
Founded in 1981, Novacap is a leading Canadian private equity firm with $2.26 billion of assets under management. The Firm has raised over $2.6 billion in capital since its inception. Novacap’s unique investment approach, based on deep operational expertise and an active partnership with entrepreneurs, has helped accelerate growth and create long-term value for its numerous investee companies. With an experienced management team and substantial financial resources, Novacap is well positioned to continue building world-class companies. For more information, please visit www.novacap.ca.

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ABOUT LEADING EDGE GEOMATICS
Founded in 2008, Leading Edge Geomatics is an industry leader in providing aerial survey and geomatics services across North America. The company was founded by three principals who gained extensive experience in the geomatics industry while working for the Canadian Forces on projects throughout North America and Afghanistan. Leading Edge specializes in using lidar and advanced airborne imagery to help clients in the forestry and utility sector produce maps, collect data and better manage their assets.

March 29/30: LEG and MCFT offering Introduction to LiDAR Based Enhanced Forest Inventory (EFI), Terrain and Surface Products for Forest Professionals

The Maritime College of Forest Technology’s, Department of Continuing Education is pleased to offer Introduction to LiDAR Based Enhanced Forest Inventory (EFI), Terrain and Surface
Products for Forest Professionals with Riley Côté-DeMerchant as instructor. The dates are March 29 and 30, 2017 beginning at 8:30 AM each day. The course will be held in room 230 of the Maritime College of Forest Technology, Fredericton, New Brunswick. Specific course details including an instructor profile, application form, and tuition costs can be found at http://mcft.ca/en/continuing-education/upcoming-courses 

As LiDAR accessibility continues to increase, more industries are adopting the technology and discovering its practical and cost-saving applications. Resource industries including forestry, mining, and energy, are using LiDAR to increase efficiencies and lower operational costs. These industries are continuously discovering new ways to manipulate and apply data to better their operations, such as discovering watercourses and previously undetected structures and growth patterns.

Much like the GIS, LiDAR has the potential to revolutionize the forest industry. The availability of LiDAR derived Enhanced Forest Inventories has recently become more common and available
across many land bases in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, presenting forest professionals with an unprecedented amount of relevant data. The available information ranges from basic tree height, to more complex and detailed inventory attributes such as diameter distribution of stems throughout a stand. Further, EFI provides highly detailed information on the ground, including elevation data, percent slope and, and accurate hydrographic information.

Through hands on demonstrations of software, this course will introduce students to the basics of LiDAR; what it is, how it works, and why it is an economical choice for data collection and analysis. An overview of LiDAR equipment, and discussion of predicted upcoming LiDAR advances, applications and trends will also take place. Riley will also provide insight into the cost-savings that Leading Edge Geomatics (LEG)’s LiDAR products and services provides. You will find out exactly how LiDAR technology can:
-Lower operational costs
-Identify high value wood products
-Analyze variation in forest growth and performance
-Increase safety
-Reduce negative environmental impacts
-Improve change detection
-Account for within stand variability across the landbase

If you have any questions or wish to reserve a seat on this or any other course, please call MCFT at 506-458-0649.

Leading Edge Geomatics receives funding through the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative to develop better mapping technologies

May 26, 2016 – Ottawa – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Leading Edge Geomatics will be able to develop new and advanced airborne mapping technology thanks to a repayable government contribution of $486,471, which was announced today by Matt DeCourcey, Member of Parliament for Fredericton, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

The company, based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, will research and develop a new product to help standardize industry technology. Currently, airborne geomatics companies across the sector—companies that map geographic information—use different equipment. The various mapping technologies have varying capabilities and analyze data in different ways. Leading Edge will develop a product to standardize and integrate these different technologies, which will improve the accuracy of mapping data and the sector’s capabilities for analyzing geomatics information.

The investment is being made through the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI), which supports companies in leading-edge research and development to help improve competitiveness and promote collaboration.

Quotes

“Through investments in research like this, we are committed to ensuring that our aerospace and defence industry remains a world leader. We are proud to support companies like Leading Edge Geomatics that are developing products and services that will drive innovation for years to come.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“The support of the SADI program has enabled us to accelerate the design and commercialization of an innovative set of proprietary aerial survey sensor components that will improve our remote sensing operations and be a catalyst for us to grow our export sales.”
– Bill Kidman, President and Chief Technical Officer, Leading Edge Geomatics

Quick facts

• SADI investments enhance the competitiveness of the Canadian aerospace and defence sector and enable Canadian aerospace and defence companies to accelerate innovation and collaborate with post-secondary and research institutions.
• Atlantic Canada’s aerospace and defence industry includes over 200 companies that employ more than 10,000 people and account for $1 billion in annual revenues.
• This repayable contribution marks the first SADI investment in a New Brunswick–based company and second in Atlantic Canada.
• Founded in 2008, Leading Edge Geomatics provides aerial survey and geomatics services across North America. The company’s airborne imagery helps organizations map, monitor and manage their assets.

May 26, 2016 – Ottawa – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Leading Edge Geomatics will be able to develop new and advanced airborne mapping technology thanks to a repayable government contribution of $486,471, which was announced today by Matt DeCourcey, Member of Parliament for Fredericton, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

The company, based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, will research and develop a new product to help standardize industry technology. Currently, airborne geomatics companies across the sector—companies that map geographic information—use different equipment. The various mapping technologies have varying capabilities and analyze data in different ways. Leading Edge will develop a product to standardize and integrate these different technologies, which will improve the accuracy of mapping data and the sector’s capabilities for analyzing geomatics information.

The investment is being made through the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI), which supports companies in leading-edge research and development to help improve competitiveness and promote collaboration.

Quotes

“Through investments in research like this, we are committed to ensuring that our aerospace and defence industry remains a world leader. We are proud to support companies like Leading Edge Geomatics that are developing products and services that will drive innovation for years to come.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“The support of the SADI program has enabled us to accelerate the design and commercialization of an innovative set of proprietary aerial survey sensor components that will improve our remote sensing operations and be a catalyst for us to grow our export sales.”
– Bill Kidman, President and Chief Technical Officer, Leading Edge Geomatics

Quick facts

• SADI investments enhance the competitiveness of the Canadian aerospace and defence sector and enable Canadian aerospace and defence companies to accelerate innovation and collaborate with post-secondary and research institutions.
• Atlantic Canada’s aerospace and defence industry includes over 200 companies that employ more than 10,000 people and account for $1 billion in annual revenues.
• This repayable contribution marks the first SADI investment in a New Brunswick–based company and second in Atlantic Canada.
• Founded in 2008, Leading Edge Geomatics provides aerial survey and geomatics services across North America. The company’s airborne imagery helps organizations map, monitor and manage their assets.

Associated links

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Industrial Technologies Office
Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative

Leading Edge Geomatics and Aethon Aerial Solutions partner to deliver next generation LiDAR solutions to Utility and forestry industry

Leading Edge Geomatics, leaders in airborne imagery and LiDAR acquisition for forest inventory mapping, environmental monitoring and the managing of power line assets, announced today that it has reached an agreement to become a partner in the Aethon Affiliate Network.

This partnership brings together the technical expertise of Aethon in the development of state of the art autonomous and semi autonomous Aerial Acquisition Systems with the operational excellence and experience of Leading Edge Geomatics.

In announcing the agreement, Bruce Hogan, VP Sales, stated: “By deploying the next generation of airborne LiDAR systems developed by Aethon, Leading Edge Geomatics will offer its clients a next generation service offering. The capability of the new Aethon system will offer electric utilities the capability to inspect poles, monitor vegetation and manage rights of ways while capturing 3D geospatial intelligence for stress analysis, predictive trending and compliance reporting. This is a capability critical to enabling utility customers to strategically manage the long-term health of their infrastructure.”

As a result of the strategic agreement, Leading Edge Geomatics and Aethon Aerial Solutions will form a Joint Venture company based in British Columbia, which will provide access to the west coast market for Leading Edge’s unique forestry and Utility product offerings. “This type of relationship, which will improve access to the west coast market, is key to our export and growth strategy,” stated Mike Oliver, VP of Corporate Development
About Leading Edge Technologies
Leading Edge Technologies deploys the latest 3D sensor and optic technology to acquire aerial imagery for use in infrastructure asset management applications. The company has mapped over 190,000 km of assets in the past five years, and currently owns a fleet of five aircraft, four LiDAR systems, and multiple digital aerial camera systems.
About Aethon Aerial Solutions
Aethon – Aerial Solutions, as part of Aethon holdings, brings together a seasoned team of industry experts with over 100 years of collective experience in airborne LiDAR and remote sensing for commercial industrial and defence applications. By investing in technology and partnering with groups like Leading Edge and others, Aethon Holdings is creating a level of expertise in airborne remote sensing, field operations proficiency, and 3D data analytics for airborne remote sensing, and UAV based inspection that will be unmatched in North America.