Howard Edel is a Senior Associate of ASL Borstad Remote Sensing, providing consulting support in earth observation and electronic information services. Howard brings over 30 years of experience in federal government program management including interdepartmental collaboration and technology development in collaboration with Canadian university and industry.
Howard is a practicing Professional Engineer in Ontario and has been engaged in a wide variety of remote sensing research for several decades, including hyperspectral sensor design, testing and implementation including the ground based image analysis of image and integration with associated non-image reference data. Howard's experience includes project manager for the development and testing of the near-real-time processing and applications of synthetic aperture radar derived marine vessel, ocean surface (wind and wave) information products supporting the DFO operational, and scientific mandates in collaboration with other federal departments with marine mandates.
Howard served as a systems engineer at the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing for twelve years, designing, building and maintaining sensors and systems. For the subsequent twenty-two years Howard provided senior technical and policy support to the senior management at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). As the remote sensing coordinator for DFO, he gained extensive experience in the development and utilization of Canadian and international space based marine information services available to DFO including international collaboration with ESA and NASA over many years. During his time at DFO, he was also active on policy and program initiatives for the earth and environment section of the Canadian Space Plan (CSP), including technical advice to the DFO Assistant Deputy Minister, Science at the Interdepartmental Committee on Space. This included preparing DFO inputs to the CSP and reviewing the CSP submissions to Cabinet and preparing Briefing notes for the Minister and Deputy Minister in their preparation for their interdepartmental meetings on the CSP. This inter-departmental program experience at the senior government level along with industrial liaison and contracts management with Canadian industry prepares Howard well for major project support as a consultant familiar with Canadian and international science and technology development programs.
In the capacity of consultant during the past four years, Howard has completed several reports and organized workshops for government, university, and industry to review the Canadian plans for future earth observation systems, focusing on user requirements.