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Will Cadell

Founder & CEO
Sparkgeo
Participates in 2 items

Passionate about building new markets and opportunities for geospatial technology, in 2010, I founded Sparkgeo because geospatial can change everything.

I have an academic background in engineering and remote sensing, with a recent postgraduate diploma in strategy and innovation from Oxford. Now my team and I create cross-cutting geospatial solutions for clients from across the globe. We work with some of the biggest brands in technology, agriculture, automotive and aerospace, building cutting-edge geospatial platforms and modernizing legacy systems.

I chair the Hubspace, which supports technology entrepreneurs in Northern BC, and advise Cultivation Capital's Geospatial fund.

Sessions in which Will Cadell participates

Wednesday 21 April, 2021

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
10:45 AM
10:45 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 30 minutes

Do you know what the geospatial product trap is? We fall in love with the technology, not the problem. I am a lucky person. My job has evolved to one where I primarily get to talk about geospatial technology all day. I could be scoping out internal or external projects or evaluating technologies. Increasingly, I provide advice on product ideas. This final situation has forced me to consider the nature of our community-of-practice. The common assumption that geospatial ...

Thursday 22 April, 2021

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
3:30 PM
3:30 PM EDT - 4:30 PM EDT | 1 hour

With PetaBytes of data flowing out of Low Earth Orbit everyday, the opportunity afforded by Earth Observation seems to be greater than ever. But is our community realizing that opportunity yet? Are there winners? How should we be thinking about EO businesses in the roaring 2020s?

Sessions in which Will Cadell attends

Wednesday 21 April, 2021

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
10:00 AM
10:00 AM EDT - 10:30 AM EDT | 30 minutes

Join us for the the launch of GeoIgnite with Jonathan Murphy, the Chair of GeoIgnite, and Dr. Minda Suchan of MDA.Abstract of MDA Keynote: Canada is the world leader in wide area space-based radar Earth observation through the highly successful RADARSAT program, supporting numerous operational and scientific uses for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data. MDA, in conjunction with the Canadian government, has created an internationally recognized brand and reputation for...

Minda Suchan

Keynote speaker
12:30 PM
12:30 PM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT | 30 minutes

Over the past year, Minerva Intelligence, a Vancouver-based cognitive AI company, has been awarded two contracts with Natural Resources Canada to design schemas at a national level: the National Flood Hazard Data Layer (NFHDL) and the National Hydro Network V2 (NHNv2). You might be asking yourself why an AI company is designing and building these important database structures. Minerva's cognitive AI system makes use of semantically inoperable data in knowledge graphs and has designed syste...

2:00 PM
2:00 PM EDT - 2:30 PM EDT | 30 minutes

Explore the structure of an enterprise location intelligence platform at Agriculture Agri-food Canada and how they created a strategic road map to systematically diagnose strengths and weaknesses to drive the use of location intelligence in everyday program and policy decisions of a federal department.Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada supports the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector through initiatives that promote innovation and competitiveness.

2:45 PM
2:45 PM EDT - 3:15 PM EDT | 30 minutes

Maxar is building the highest resolution and most accurate 3D map of the planet and this talk will provide an overview of the products and capabilities that are making it possible.

3:30 PM
3:30 PM EDT - 4:30 PM EDT | 1 hour

Title: Advancing Space Based Observation in Canada:The GeoIgnite 2021 Directors General Geospatial Panel, part of Canada's National Geospatial Conference.Title: Advancing Space Based Observation in CanadaThis is a must attend panel for anyone interested in learning the direction Canada's Federal government geospatial leadership is taking.Join our panelists for an exploration of Canada's geospatial priorities and mission in this exciting discuss...

Thursday 22 April, 2021

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
10:00 AM
10:00 AM EDT - 10:30 AM EDT | 30 minutes

Abstract forth coming: Oversight for CSA program sectors, including in Space Utilization, Space Exploration, and Space Science and Technology.

Luc Brûlé

Keynote speaker
10:45 AM
10:45 AM EDT - 11:15 AM EDT | 30 minutes

At a time of rising climate change impacts, there is a vital and growing need to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters. But there is a critical communication gap between authorities and citizens. Drawing on the results of our massive multi-year climate change R&D project, and with assistance from hundreds of students, citizens, academics, NGOs, and government officials, we have identified the top perceived climate change-relatedcommunication problem...

11:30 AM
11:30 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT | 30 minutes

Join us April 22nd for a Fireside Chat with Dr. Steve Liang, Founder and CTO of SensorUp. Professor and Rogers IoT Research Chair at University of Calgary and Dr. Nadine Alameh the OGC’s Chief Executive Office (CEO).Steve's goal is to disrupt the silos of the Internet of Things by creating, using, and implementing open and interoperable standards and products for device-cloud communications and cloud-cloud communications. Steve is chairing and the editor of several key IoT enabling...

12:00 PM
12:00 PM EDT - 12:45 PM EDT | 45 minutes

In this presentation, Dr. Walter Scott will compare the satellite imaging constellations of Maxar and other commercial companies to show how they stack up in three key metrics: product-market fit, adaptability and capital efficiency. He will also share some key insights on the next generation of Earth Intelligence arriving in 2021 with the launch of WorldView Legion, and what impact that will have for the Canadian geospatial market in the months and years ahead.

1:15 PM
1:15 PM EDT - 1:45 PM EDT | 30 minutes

Applying SafeGraph’s Canadian POI data for community-level analysis in ArcGIS and TableauGeospatial data empowers research bodies, government agencies, and the private sector to visualize and analyze complex problems in new and innovative ways. But location data is only valuable if it is accurate - something many GIS and data analysts know all too well. Armed with accurate, precisely geocoded POI data that includes key attribution related to brands and business types, analys...

Friday 23 April, 2021

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
10:00 AM
10:00 AM EDT - 10:30 AM EDT | 30 minutes

The global geospatial industry is estimated at US$ 500 Billion and delivers an even more significant impact on society, with derived economic benefits estimated to be multifold. These benefits, however, are still not fully understood by key stakeholders and policy and decision-makers, ultimately hindering the global uptake of geospatial information. With decades of national spatial data infrastructure efforts around the world, how can this be? Focusing on the importance of...

Barbara Ryan

Keynote speaker
12:30 PM
12:30 PM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT | 30 minutes

With rapid advances in Earth observation, cloud computing, and analytics technologies, more information on our changing world is more readily available than ever before. Planet is an aerospace and data analytics company at the forefront of these advances -- working to make global change visible, accessible, and actionable, Planet images the full Earth daily at 3.5m resolution and anywhere sub-daily at <50cm. In this talk, we’ll hear from Tara O’Shea, Planet’s Director of Forest Programs, o...

2:00 PM
2:00 PM EDT - 2:30 PM EDT | 30 minutes

This talk will be bringing together the power of location intelligence and blockchain technology for an increased speed and accuracy of transactions and improved decision-making.The value that blockchain brings to geospatial technology is security, immutability, and trusted data. On the other hand, geospatial technology provides the power of location to the blockchain. Together, they represent a game-changer both for their utility and disrupt...

2:45 PM
2:45 PM EDT - 3:45 PM EDT | 1 hour

Join GeoIgnite for this inaugural panel of provincial and territorial geospatial and location technology leaders.We will be discussing issues surrounding: What are main priorities and challenges across jurisdictions? What types of geospatial tools we use to monitor and respond to key challenges like emergency response? How are jurisdictions aligning geospatial tools, data, and people to address climate change? What are some current data...