Expertise that is helping change the geospatial trajectory

Meet our industry fellows

Taylor Geospatial Engine (TGE) works to advance geospatial innovation from early-stage research toward viability in commercial markets. 

We strive to identify broad industry issues that, if solved, allow both industry and academia to focus on next-order challenges with commercialization potential. Our intention is to focus on several industry gaps over time.

Our Industry Fellows bring expertise gained through their distinguished careers in the geospatial industry. Their insights help us generate energy within early-stage R&D and academia around technology areas with the most potential to change the trajectory of the use of geospatial data, technology, and insights.

Chris Holmes

Chris Holmes

Chris Holmes is a geospatial technologist and architect whose efforts at the intersection of business and engineering help bring the community to more innovative, open, and interoperable solutions. At Planet, he is a VP of Product, Strategy & Partnerships and a “Planet Fellow” working on various open initiatives, including the Cloud Native Geospatial community and suite of standards. Chris founded the STAC community & standard, lead product management of Cloud-Optimized GeoTIFF’s, and co-founded GeoParquet. He is a Technical Fellow at Radiant Earth and serves on the board of Baseform.

Chris previously served on the boards of the Open Geospatial Consortium, the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association, the Eclipse Foundation,  Brave New Software, and the Open Source Geospatial Consortium (OSGeo).

Tayna Harrison

Tayna Harrison

Dr. Tanya Harrison is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Earth and Planetary Institute of Canada (EPIC). Tanya was previously the Director of Strategic Science Initiatives, and later Director of Science for Impact, at Planet Labs, and the Director of Research for Arizona State University’s Space Technology and Science (“NewSpace”) Initiative. She has worked as a scientist and mission operations specialist on multiple NASA missions over the past 15 years and is now a Co-Investigator on the Canadian Space Agency’s lunar rover mission.

Tanya holds a Ph.D. in Geology with a Specialization in Planetary Science and Exploration from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Wesleyan University, and a B.Sc. in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Washington.

Gregory Black

Gregory Black

Gregg served over 35 years in the US government at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. As a strategist, innovator, engineer, and mapper, he accelerated emerging technology into effective solutions for complex operational challenges. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and The George Washington University and holds multiple certifications in program management, systems engineering, and systems security.

Gregg is happy to support TGE’s objectives. “TGE is a great opportunity for us to work together to create relationships that benefit research, technology, and industry stakeholders – all focused on the magic and power of geospatial information.”

Jed Sundwall

Jed Sundwall

Jed Sundwall is the Executive Director of Radiant Earth. He has over 15 years of experience working at the intersection of data, product development, cloud computing, economics, and policy. Before joining Radiant Earth, he created various data sharing and sustainability initiatives at Amazon, including the Amazon Web Services Open Data Program. He helped create new patterns of sharing data in the cloud that have been adopted by NASA, USGS, Google, Microsoft, and Geosciences Australia.

Jed serves on the Board of Directors of NatureServe, is an advisor to PLACE Fund, and has served on the Landsat Advisory Group. He has a master’s degree in foreign policy from the University of California in San Diego where he studied the adoption of open-source software by the Brazilian federal government.

Will Cadell

Will Cadell

Will is passionate about building new markets and opportunities for geospatial technology, and in 2010, founded Sparkgeo. With his team, Will works with some of the biggest brands in technology, agriculture, automotive and aerospace, building cutting-edge geospatial platforms and modernizing legacy systems. Will also chairs the Hubspace, which supports technology entrepreneurs in Northern BC, and advises Cultivation Capital’s Geospatial fund.

Will has an academic background in engineering and remote sensing, with a recent postgraduate diploma in strategy and innovation from Oxford.