James is the President and co-owner of Valentis International Inc, an Edmonton-based IoT and technology consulting company with clients across Western Canada.
From 2007 to December 2017, James was Chief Technology Officer and President, New Ventures of Zedi Inc, a privately-held Calgary-based services company that has been providing technology solutions to enable the Digital Oilfield for the last 15 years. Zedi’s full-service integrated suite of solutions empowers Oil & Gas producers in Western Canada, and United States and 24 other countries to improve production operations.
In his role as CTO, James oversaw technical development for the company’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform, which collects sensor and controller data from field assets and adds value to that data via cloud-based analytics and visualization tools. Presently, this platform supports 1.7 million sensors, and consumes around 60 million readings per day. As President, New Ventures, James also oversaw Zedi’s efforts to expand application of its IIoT platform to attractive growth verticals outside of the Oil & Gas sector, including Clean Tech, Agriculture, and Retail Food Services. He remains a Strategic Advisor to Zedi.
James is also Chair of the TransRail Innovation Group (TRIG), a Calgary-based startup bringing a novel tank level monitoring solution to the transportation of hydrocarbons by rail, and served for 5 years on the Board of TR Tech.
Prior to joining Zedi in 2007, James spent a total of 17 years in the telecommunications and electric utility industries in both Canada and Europe. He has held roles in a variety of positions, including systems-level advanced technology research, IT, finance, project management, marketing, product development and strategic planning.
A native Albertan, he has BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, all from the University of Alberta. He is a Professional Engineer member of APEGA, and is also a Fellow with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
He is active as a soccer coach and leader in the youth sporting community, and he makes his home with his wife and twin daughters in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada