Valrie is the founder and Managing Director of GeoTechVision. She is a certified GIS professional with over 15 years of experience in Geospatial Sciences and over 8 years’ experience as an entrepreneur. She is the current president of the Caribbean Urban Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Chapter, a board member for URISA International, a member of United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Americas Caribbean Project Technical Committee. She is an accredited facilitator by the World Bank/ Infodev Women Innovators Network in the Caribbean (WINC) Accelerator Program. She is the current president of Women Entrepreneurs Network (WENC) Guyana Chapter.
Valrie has received several recognitions and awards including the University of West Indies (UWI) Première Leadership Award (2000), the Jamaica GIS Entrepreneur Award (2012), The URISA Caribbean Chapter Leadership Award (2012), the prestigious National Commercial Bank’s “Women in Business” Award for 2013 in Jamaica. She is a 2014 Vital Voices Grow Fellow- a Program which invests in women business leaders across the globe. She has been the subject of case study for the Women Innovators Network in the Caribbean aswell as the NCB/IDB/PSOJ Case study on Entrepreneurs in Jamaica. She has been featured in the GEM report. Valrie was awarded the Business Excellence Forum (BEF) 2014 Female Entrepreneur of the Year and is also the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014. Most recently, she won the Commonwealth Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2015 and now serves as brand ambassador for commonwealth Businesswomen.
Her academic background includes: a BSc. Degree in Geology from the University of West Indies and a MSc. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environment from the Manchester Metropolitan University and post graduate studies in Entrepreneurship.