Valrie Grant

Founder, GeoTechVision

Jamaica

Valrie Grant founded GeoTechVision as a young professional in 2008. Through her management the company became one of the major players in the Caribbean Geomatic and Geospatial services industry.

Through GeoTechVision Valrie is helping government and corporate entities develop data driven geospatial solutions to address organizational challenges and meet corporate goals. GeoTechVision contributes to the greater advancement of geospatial technologies on the world stage collaborating with many governmental bodies and private companies.

Valrie is often the lone Caribbean voice and one of few women in geospatial boards and committees at the international level. Valrie has received several recognitions and awards including NCB, “Women in Business” Award for 2013, The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014, The University of Technology Trailblazer award in 2015, The Commonwealth Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2015 and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Young Business Executive Award (2016). The JCC and Leadercast Kingston, Leader Worth Following Award, 2018.

Valrie has always been very determined, outspoken, and a high achiever which made her the point of bullying during her earlier years at primary school. Coming from a family that puts a huge emphasis on education, she was always encouraged to pursue her passions for science and entrepreneurship driving her to continuously achieve higher accolades for herself and in all her endeavors. Valrie’s expertise has since transcended beyond her own community to several countries within the Caribbean, Latin America, and numerous other international communities. She has over 20 years of experience and serves on several national, regional and international Boards and Committees such as the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) and as Co-Chair of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM): Americas Private Sector Network.

Her academic background includes: a BSc. Degree in Geology from the University of West Indies, a MSc.  In Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environment from the Manchester Metropolitan University, and studies in Entrepreneurship. Valrie is a certified GIS Professional and an accredited Women’s Innovator Network Caribbean (WINC) Infodev/ WorldBank AP Facilitator for the Caribbean.   Notwithstanding an extremely busy schedule, Valrie is currently authoring a book and reading for an MBA.

Valrie believes in ‘living a great story’ and endeavors to live her best life every day. She prioritizes family, spirituality and living a healthy lifestyle. She is passionate about Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship and relishes every opportunity to mentor women entrepreneurs and young people. This dovetails with her desire to contribute to a culture of entrepreneurship and to do all she can in contributing to an ecosystem of high growth, vibrant, sustainable businesses that aids the development of the Caribbean’s economy.

Sustainable Development Goals 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality), and 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities).