James Freeman


9512 100A Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 0V6


I have 28 years of experience in the telecommunications, Electric Utility, and Oil & Gas industries. I am presently President of Valentis International, a privately-held management consulting and investment company I have run these past 14 years. From 2007-2017, I was on the Executive Team of Zedi, a company in which I am a shareholder. Zedi helps Upstream Oil & Gas producers operate more efficiently by providing sensor-derived measurement and control solutions through its IIoT platform. While at Zedi, I oversaw the design and development of our field devices, back-end Cloud, and market-facing applications, as well as efforts to pivot our technology outside of Oil & Gas into sectors like CleanTech, AgriFoods, and Smart Cities. Most of my career has been spent in strategy or technology management roles. I spent six years with ED TEL/TELUS in broadband access network planning and investment management, 2.5 years in the Czech Republic in a GSM start-up that has since become Vodafone CZ, and 5 years as a partner in a local IT Project Management consulting firm before joining Zedi in 2007. In June 2012, I joined the Board of TR Labs (now TR Tech) , representing the interest of Affiliate members of the consortium, and in 2015, I became a member of the Board of TRIG, a start-up technology company commercializing a novel measurement technology for Oil by Rail transport, and I am now Chair of that Board. I have a MSc Degree in Electrical Engineering, and a MBA, both earned from the University of Alberta. I am a member of APEGA, and active in my community by working with children and adults in sports and wellness development. Specialties: Project Management Technology Management Business Analysis Business Planning Strategic Planning Scrum Software Development Product Development Supervisory Management

Board advisor roles

Board Chair - TR Tech (Western Canada, 2012-2016)

Board Chair - TRIG (Calgary tech start-up, 2015-2018, Chair from April 2018)


Investment company
Valentis International
Preferred Compagny Stages
Preferred Sector
Other preferred sectors
Clean Tech, Industrial, Energy Tech, Agriculture
Type of investor
Investment range
$20,000.00 to $70,000.00