Summary

INNOVATIVE & SUCCESSFUL UAV/DRONE ENTREPRENEUR & CONSULTANT

Bootstrapped and built North America’s first commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) surveying company leading to the formation of the UAV Remote Sensing industry. Developed a team of up to 12 staff throughout the country and expanded operations nationally and brand awareness globally. Drove over $1.8M in sales. Excels at creating and building business relationships. Courageous leader with an eagerness for change. Ability to construct and communicate creative ideas, find clear opportunities and go-to-market. Openness to change, skills in analyzing and pursuing opportunities. Perseverance, get it done positive attitude. A knack to persuade, influence and sell. Anything is possible approach.

Core Competencies

Extensive UAV & Geospatial Industry Knowledge ∙ Drone Consulting Product Development ∙ Strategic Planning ∙ Business Development ∙ Sales and Marketing ∙ Branding ∙ Public Speaking and Media Relations ∙ Entrepreneurship ∙ Project Management ∙ Partnership Development ∙ Client Relations ∙ Team Building ∙ Creativity and Determination ∙ Leadership

Work History

Work History

President and Founder

Skypoint consultants ltd
Aug 2015 - Present

Founder and main principal. SkyPoint is an assembly of highly experienced and skilled drone, UAV regulatory, geomatics and business consultants whose mission is to help drone based mapping, surveying and remote sensing businesses reach their full potential.

  • Business Development - strategies, marketing, sales, growth
  • UAV Regulations
  • Geomatics/Drone Integrations
  • Business Process Workflows
  • Strategic Planning
  • UAV Hardware and Sensors
  • UAV Data Processing Solutions
  • Developing SOPs and Data Tool Chains
  • Drone Marketing
  • Client Support

President and Founder

Accuas
Sep 2007 - Aug 2015

Accuas is the world's first commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Geospatial Surveying and Remote Sensing company. They have numerous UAV flight crews across Canada and service industries such as Mining, Aggregates, Environmental Engineering, Waste Management and Agriculture.

Responsible for all aspects of the business including UAV/Geomatics R&D initiatives, Product Development, Software Development, Sales, Marketing and Branding, Forecasting, Market Research, Operations, Regulatory Compliance, Public Relations, Corporate Policy, Legal, Business Development.

Launched and managed R&D, software and product development activities. Rapidly expanded operations and increased sales by over 100% each year in the first 4 years. Company evangelist and industry spokesperson through speaking events and media outlets including newspaper, radio, national TV news, industry magazines and publications.

  • Drove Product Development activities by collaborating and bringing together multiple disciplines including Software Developers, Aerospace Experts and Geomatics Professionals
  • Generated over $1. 8 million in sales and raised over $800,000 in capital
  • Streamlined efficiencies through implementing Standard Operating Procedures and Business Process Modeling, resulting in 55% + in gross margins
  • Involved in over 2000 drone flights without harm to person or property through training, strict procedures, regulatory compliance and thorough product testing
  • First company in Canada to be granted annual Special Flight Operating Certificates (SFOC) in all regions of the country
  • Fully immersed in the Civil UAV industry, with a seven year successful track record to back it up

Project Manager

Forsite
Jun 2005 - May 2008

Forsite is an integrated forest land management company providing value to their clients through innovative, sustainable, and operationally realistic services.

Lead teams of up to 5 staff at a time on geomatics based forestry projects. Responsible for project planning, goal setting, project budgets and final deliverables.

  • Headed up small to medium sized projects ranging from $20k to $300k.
  • Involved in corporate Business Development and Technical Development activities.
  • Reorganized GIS business processes to streamline productivity and increase accuracies
  • Supported, trained and lead in-office and remote GIS staff
  • Organized diverse cross disciplined staff to form client project teams

GIS Technician

CITY OF kitchener
Dec 2003 - May 2005

The City of Kitchener is situated in Southern Ontario and has a population of approximately 200, 000. The mandate of the GIS section is to provide current, complete and accurate representation of the corporation's business in a geographical context.

Responsible for updating corporate GIS data layers such as land parcel information, maintenance of spatial layers, and attributes, and streamlining GIS business processes.

  • Took imitative and collaborated with the Economic Development department to spatially analyze potential community hall sites based on a regions income, distance and city owned property.
  • Assisted in the implementation of a public works data migration project

GIS/GPS Project Manager

Williams Associates
Jun 2001 - Dec 2003

Williams Associates created GIS software to manage small to medium sized municipal Public Works systems and related maintenance and financial records.

Developed, documented and trained Public Works data collection best practice procedures. Coordinated municipal GPS surveys throughout Westchester County, NY. Responsible for GPS and GIS data accuracies and database transfers.

  • Developed the first corporate GIS for Public Works guide, distributed to 3 municipalities
  • Managed complex project with budgets of over $500k
  • Trained and supported municipal clients on company GIS software system
  • Gathered user requirements for GIS software development

Education

Education

B.A Geography

UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO
Sep 1995 - Apr 1999

Media and Publications

Skills

Skills
Public Speaking


Business Development
Commercial UAVs and Drones
CONSULTING
Branding
Partnerships
MARKETING
Project Managment
Sales
Strategic Planning
Product development
GIS Analysis
Leadership
Research And Development


Geomatics
Entrepreneurship

Technical Skills

Microsoft Office Suite ∙ ESRI ArcGIS ∙ GPS Technologies ∙ Salesforce CRM ∙  Various Project Management Software