Event Synopsis

At a time where the situations we find ourselves in is challenging in a multiple of ways both economically and personally, digital technologies have a powerful role to play in the support and development of many things we currently take for granted.

This event, hosted by CGI in association with Edinburgh Chambers of Commerce, will take the opportunity to consider the future sustainability and development of our rural economy. The role that digital technologies and data analytics may play can be central to efficient and effective food production (“Smart Farming”), land use and environment management in Scotland.

Join Justene Ewing, Vice President CGI (Edinburgh Metro, Scotland) and guest Eddie Turnbull, Scottish Government Deputy Director and Head of ARE Digital and Information Systems as they give:

  • A summary of the current position
  • A review of the technologies and their potential
  • The drivers for change
  • The benefits and the challenges

Speaker Biographies

Justene EwingJustene Ewing, Vice President CGI (Edinburgh Metro, Scotland)

As a Vice President at CGI, Justene was most recently involved in the leadership and delivery of a large local government IT outsourcing and digital transformation contract. She was responsible for ensuring the stakeholder management frameworks were implemented and tight control was maintained against the management foundation and operational delivery.

Justene is responsible for a number of clients across Scotland, business growth, strategic partnerships and CGI brand strategies to ensure delivery of sustainable and profitable growth in Scotland to support the skills agenda, CSR, STEM programmes and creating jobs and opportunities in Scottish communities.


Eddie TurnbullEddie Turnbull, Scottish Government Deputy Director/Head of ARE Digital and Information Systems

Eddie Turnbull leads the Digital and Information Systems Division within the Scottish Government Directorate for Agriculture and the Rural Economy. The Division has over 200 IT professionals and supports a large and complex set of IT/Digital services for both internal and external customers.

As well as responsibility for service provision Eddie has a policy leadership role promoting and enabling digital skills and technologies for land use, food production and environment management in Scotland. He has worked for Scottish central government for 41 years, always with ICT leadership as a career anchor.


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