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James Ashton

Technology Manager
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Participates in 1 Session

James Ashton completed his undergraduate degree in Geography at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, and has a post graduate certificate as a Geographic Information Systems Applications Specialist, from Sir Sanford Fleming College in Lindsay Ontario. James has spent most of his 20 year GIS career working for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Regina, Saskatchewan.  James has work experience with Land Information Ontario (LIO) in the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and has worked as a Geospatial Consultant on Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) enterprise geospatial implementations in Egypt and Ethiopia. James also worked closely with Natural Resources Canada and other federal Departments on the implementation of a Federal Geospatial Platform.

James is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and also has accreditations IT service management, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).

Sessions in which James Ashton participates

Wednesday 21 April, 2021

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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.

Sessions in which James Ashton attends

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 ...

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...

Thursday 22 April, 2021

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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...

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?