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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.

Job Opportunity: Intermediate Software Developer

LEG is seeking an Intermediate Software Developer to join our team based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Reporting to LEG’s Lead Software Developer, this is a full-time, one-year 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
  • Processing of large volumes of data to ultimately create products for client delivery
  • May at times be required to oversee and manage a Junior Developer

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 Software Project planning: Use Cases, Class Diagrams, “SCRUM like” Backlog techniques.
  • Working Knowledge of Public and Private network security.
  • Working Knowledge of Computer Hardware, its effects on Software, and vice versa.
  • Working Knowledge of Regression and Classification Model technology (Random Forest based).
  • Ability to carry a project from concept to final product
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, rapid iteration, development cycle

Working Knowledge of the following technologies:

• .NET(C#, VB, ASP,Core,MVC) & Visual Studio
• HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3, Bootstrap, jQuery
• RESTful Web Services
• GeoServer, Leaflet, OpenLayers
• Subversion, GIT
• Apache Tomcat
• R (Incl. RStudio, Shiny & Plyr type packages)
• SQL
• C++ (Comprehension Only Necessary)

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: Business Development/Account Manager

LEG is seeking a Business Development/Account Manager to join our team based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Reporting to LEG’s VP of Corporate Development, this is a full-time, position.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Drive sustainable financial growth through generation of sales and development of strong relationships with clients
• Manage the preparation and delivery of proposals, as well as responses to RFPs and RFQs
• Provide input and participate in the marketing, planning, and technical development of products and services
• Provide regular updates and management of clients and opportunities with the company’s the CRM Database
• Interact and collaborate with the planning team and technical staff on a regular basis
• Respond to client requests and maintain client relations
• Aid in the preparation and delivery of presentations
• Prepare and execute sales tasks in alignment with sales strategy, proposals, preparation and delivery to effect sales
• Attend relevant industry events such as conferences, trade shows and forums as required
• Additional duties as required

 

Essential Qualifications:

Must have successfully completed a Business program, or program in remote sensing or GIS from a recognized post-secondary institution or have several years’ experience in the industry. Equivalent education and experience will be considered. A strong working knowledge of remote sensing applications and products, and experience in sales or account management an asset. Additional requirements include:
• Proven experience generating sales leads, nurturing client relationships, and closing sales
• Experienced in preparing and delivering presentations
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, technical writing abilities including proposal writing and responding to RFPs/RFQs
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
• Excellent time management and project organization skills

  

Desired Attributes:
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Possesses a strong work ethic, is dependable and responsible, with the ability to be prompt and on time on a consistent basis
• Ability to prioritize issues quickly and creatively with a solution based attitude and strong problem solving and decision-making skills
• Has superior interpersonal and relationship management skills
•  Takes the initiative to constantly improve work processes, client services and quality
•  Is a self-starter who demonstrates the willingness to go the extra mile to meet company objectives

 

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: Marketing Coordinator

LEG is seeking a Marketing Coordinator to join our team based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Reporting to LEG’s CEO and VP of Corporate Development, this is a full-time, permanent position.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Work with CEO and VP Corporate Development to develop and implement the company’s branding and marketing strategy
• Create or coordinate content; implement marketing, branding, and advertising plans
• Prepare and distribute promotional materials as required
• Aid Sales in the preparation and delivery of presentations as required
• Develop and maintain significant business relations within the marketplace in the name of the Company
• Plan meetings and industry events by identifying, assembling, and coordinating requirements; establishing contacts; developing schedules and assignments
• Prepare marketing activity reports and metrics for measuring program success
• Manage company website content, blogs, and internal/external newsletters
• Manage company social media content including LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter
• Additional duties as required

Essential Qualifications:
Must have successfully completed a training program in marketing, communications, remote sensing or GIS from a recognized post-secondary institution, or equivalent experience. Experience with video/photo editing and graphic design an asset. Additional requirements include:

• Strong computer skills, proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
• Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, technical writing abilities
• Knowledge of traditional and digital marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing
• Excellent customer service, time management, and project organization skills
• Effective problem solving and decision-making skills
• Demonstrate initiative and the ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Maintain 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.

Job Opportunity: Aircraft Maintenance Engineer- M1

 

We are currently accepting applications from knowledgeable, hard-working, trustworthy individuals to take an active role in our day to day maintenance activities on Cessna 172R/S, T206H and Piper PA31 aircraft.

The LEE Maintenance team is headquartered in Lincoln, New Brunswick, and works on project sites across North America. The overall goal of this position is to significantly contribute to the ongoing success of LEE by assisting in maintenance and repairs on the fleet of fixed-wing aircraft. Reporting to LEE’s PRM, this position is permanent full-time, with some overtime, weekend and evening work, and work away from base as needed. Benefits package available, wage to commensurate with experience.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Assisting with the general maintenance and servicing of hangar equipment and facilities
• Maintaining an organized, clean and safe hangar environment
• Maintain detailed and accurate logbooks, worksheets, etc., update apprenticeship logbook as specified tasks are completed
• Participate in training courses and professional development as required
• Shall comply with all relevant safety policies and procedures; responsible for reporting any hazards, incidences, accidents, near misses, errors, non-conformances, suspected unapproved parts, etc. to the PRM or QA Manager;
•Responsible for cooperating, with QA auditors and safety auditors during any QA/Safety; inspections, audits or assessments
• Shall comply with all policies contained in company MPM and complete other duties as assigned by the Person Responsible for Maintenance.

Essential Qualifications:
• Canadian AME-M1 license
• Experience working with aircraft types listed above
• Experience working with sheet metal / structures
• Must be competent and efficient at working individually and as part of a team
• Must have reliable transportation
• Valid driver’s license and clean driver’s abstract
• Valid passport and a clean criminal back ground check, ability to travel throughout Canada and USA

Desired Attributes:
• Excellent problem solving and decision-making 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
• Strong attention to detail
• Strong written and verbal communication skills

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

Job Opportunity: Survey Technician

Land Survey Technician

We are currently accepting applications for Survey Technicians to join our team. Reporting to LEG’s Survey Team Lead and 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 throughout North America for up to six consecutive weeks. Starting hourly wage is $17.25/hour.

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.

Leading Edge Welcomes New VP of Corporate Development Vlad Kadatskiy

Leading Edge Geomatics is pleased to announce our new Vice President of Corporate Development, Vladimir Kadatskiy. Over the course of his career, Vladimir has held multiple management positions in different fields, and is considered one of the foremost experts in remote sensing technologies. For over a decade, Vladimir worked at a leading LiDAR manufacturer, where he managed sales, business development, support, and product improvement. He has worked, developed, and promoted Terrestrial, Mobile, Unmanned, Airborne, and Bathymetric LiDAR market segments worldwide. Vladimir’s strong technical expertise and business competence is essential to ensure LEG’s continuous growth.

Vladimir Kadatskiy- VP Corporate Development
Vladimir Kadatskiy- VP Corporate Development

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.